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How to Start a Revolution

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How to start a revolution profiles Gene Sharp through interviews with his ally, Retired U.S. Army Colonel Robert Helvey, and key leaders of nonviolent revolutions around the world--all of whom testify to the power of Gene's work in practice. This film shows how one man's thinking has contributed to the liberation of millions of oppressed people living under some of the most brutal dictatorships in the world, and how his work in direct action and civil disobedience continues to be used today to topple dictators using the sheer force of nonviolent people power.
DVD
2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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Rebels: A Journey Underground

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"Presents the historical battle of wills ... between the mainstream and the margin. ... Interviews with many main characters and their supporting cast add depth to our understanding of the role they played in our society's history"--Container.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Bobby Ghosh - Why Global Jihad Is Losing

Throughout the history of Islam, says journalist Bobby Ghosh, there have been two sides to jihad: one internal - a personal struggle to be better - and the other external. A small minority (most recently, Osama bin Laden) has appropriated the second, using it as an excuse for deadly global violence against "the West." In this TEDTalk, Ghosh suggests that now that bin Laden's worldwide organization has fragmented, it's time to reclaim the word.
Online
2012
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A Time to Fight [electronic resource]: HIJOS Speaks Out for the Disappeared of Argentina

In 1976, a military coup in Argentina triggered the mass persecution of political dissidents, and tens of thousands of people were killed or disappeared. Two decades later, children of the disappeared created an organization called HIJOS-an acronym that, in English, translates as Daughters and Sons for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence. This program focuses on HIJOS member Lucia Garcia as it chronicles her 15-year-long struggle for justice. The trauma, both individual and collective, is set against the achievement of bringing human rights abusers to court. A Time to Fight has been filmed in a variety of formats across the years, reflecting the long period of the shoot and giving each period a distinctive look as Garcia's voice narrates her memory of the struggle fro [...]
Online
2012
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TEDTalks [electronic resource]: Margaret Heffernan - Dare to Disagree

Most people instinctively avoid conflict, but as management thinker Margaret Heffernan shows us in this TEDTalk, good disagreement is central to progress. She illustrates (sometimes counterintuitively) how the best partners aren't echo chambers - and how great research teams, relationships, and businesses allow people to deeply disagree.
Online
2012
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: The Sandy Hook Promise

The grief of Francine and David Wheeler, whose son Ben was killed in the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School, has led them to the Sandy Hook Promise, a nationwide group founded by Newtown, Connecticut, friends and neighbors to heal the hurt and find new ways to talk about and campaign against the scourge of gun violence. One of their allies is folksinger/activist Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame), who joined with the Wheelers and others in a concert of harmony, resilience, and solidarity. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Francine Wheeler and Peter Yarrow discuss with Bill the power of music to create change and their mission to protect people from gun violence. Later, the conversation continues as David Wheeler joins his wife to talk about what can be done and if th [...]
Online
2013
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Zeitgeist [electronic resource]: The Movie - Don't Mind the Men Behind the Curtain

This program offers a whirlwind tour of the subjects of central banking, war pretexts, banking panics, the military-industrial complex, media culture, and, ultimately, the mental neurosis and deadly addiction known as "power." A part of Zeitgeist: The Series.
Online
2008
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: How People Power Generates Change

With our democracy threatened more than ever by plutocrats and the politicians in their pockets, the antidote to organized money is organized people. Across the country, individuals are banding together and demanding change-and often delivering it. This edition of Moyers & Company introduces viewers to three grassroots organizers leading the way. First up: Marshall Ganz, a social movement legend associated with Mississippi's Freedom Summer of 1964, the United Farm Workers' Cesar Chavez, and Barack Obama's historic 2008 presidential campaign. Later on the show, the spotlight shifts to economic equality advocates Rachel LaForest, executive director of Right to the City, and Madeline Janis, cofounder and national policy director of the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy.
Online
2013
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One Fine Day [electronic resource]: Individual Acts of Courage and Defiance

Idealists thrive on the notion that a single person can change the world-but what basis does it have in reality? Is there room for it in an age of oppression and unrepentant brutality? This film profiles six people from different cultures and religions who, through small nonviolent actions, helped to overcome injustice. Ashin Kovida, a Buddhist monk now living in the U.S., reflects on his leadership of anti-government protests in Myanmar, formerly Burma. Maria Jesus Sanhueza, a young Chilean woman, describes her role in the Penguin Revolution which brought about government funding for education. And Christian Fuhrer, former pastor of the St. Nicholas Church in Leipzig, Germany, recounts the Monday Demonstrations and "Prayers for Peace" that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall. Equally [...]
Online
2012
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Moyers & Company [electronic resource]: Going to Jail for Justice

During the closing weeks of the Bush White House, environmental activist Tim DeChristopher protested the auction of drilling rights to publicly owned Utah wilderness. After disrupting the proceedings by taking part in the bidding-a unique form of dissent-he was arrested for criminal fraud, found guilty, and sentenced to two years in federal prison. In this edition of Moyers & Company, DeChristopher joins Bill to talk about the necessity of civil disobedience in the fight for justice, how his jury was ordered to place the strict letter of the law over moral conscience, and the future of the environmental movement. DeChristopher is cofounder of the grassroots environmental group Peaceful Uprising.
Online
2013
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Peace and Conflict Resolution: Part 1 [electronic resource]

Are there common threads among ethnic conflicts throughout the world? How does the hopelessness born of poverty and illiteracy contribute to the appeal of violence and fanaticism for young people? These are some of the questions asked at the Tomorrow's Leaders conference which brought together young people from Africa, the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, the Middle East, and the United States. Elie Wiesel's Foundation for Humanity sponsored the conference and he talks about the importance of dialogue. Also featured is a report on P.S. 230 in Brooklyn, New York, an elementary school where students learn conflict resolution techniques in order to prevent violence and promote tolerance.
Online
1995
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Peace and Conflict Resolution: Part 2 [electronic resource]

With the support of the All Children Together Movement (ACT), parents created the first integrated school in Northern Ireland. With 28 students, one full-time teacher, and a principal, these parents began the process of religious and political reconciliation. This episode excerpts the documentary "Leap of Faith" which tells the story of the school and its rocky beginning. "Seeds of Peace" is another documentary that is featured. At a summer camp in Maine, young Israelis and Palestinians come together to learn and understand each other, and resolve their differences constructively. Finally, an interview with Archbishop Desmond Tutu about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The mandate of the commission is to expose the crimes of apartheid and promote reconciliation in [...]
Online
1996
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Children and Human Rights: Part 3 [electronic resource]

The rights of children around the world are a constant concern, as they are among the most vulnerable members of society. Advocates for the rights and protection of children must be prepared to fight on multiple fronts from health care, education, and government child welfare systems under immense pressure legally and economically. This episode celebrate those who struggle to protect children The Stand for Children Rally was held in Washington, D.C. and was attended by thousands of Americans and children's rights advocates. Denmark's Children's Council attempts to bring the voice of children directly to the seat of government. Also featured is the story of Yasmin, a street child from India who opens her world and shows the importance of education through a video diary.
Online
1996
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Heroes of Human Rights [electronic resource]

This episode celebrates the heroes in the fight for human rights. Features include excepts from the documentary "At the Edge of Conflict" about the Waiapi people who fought for and won tribal land rights, and a profile of Guatemalan Nobel Laureate Rigoberta Menchú - an advocate for indigenous and women's rights. Further profiles include Richard N'Sanzabagoma, a human rights activist from Rwanda, and Geoffrey Canada, who defends the rights of children in Harlem. Also, journalist Roy Gutman and filmmaker Ademir Kenovic chronicle the war in the former Yugoslavia, and journalist Veronica Guerin, who was murdered while covering the war in Ireland, is remembered. Finally, a conversation with Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Elie Wiesel.
Online
1996
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Egypt [electronic resource]: Behind the Revolution

Filmed during the spring of 2011, this program offers an inside look at the events that led to Hosni Mubarak's resignation and a new political era in Egypt. It gives the uprisings in Cairo and other cities historical and cultural context so that viewers can better understand how a powerful, U.S.-backed regime could crumble with minimal violence and in such short order. In addition to a wide-ranging sociopolitical discussion, the film's on-the-ground testimonials fill in important details which, at the time, didn't reach observers outside the country. Egyptians from all walks of life are interviewed, explaining their contributions to Mubarak's fall and offering their reasons for taking to the streets to call for freedom and reforms. From the brewing discontent that preceded the revolu [...]
Online
2011
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China [electronic resource]: From Cartier to Confucius

Surging economic strength, expanding military capabilities, and an undeniable impact on the existing global order-these make up the dramatic narrative of 21st-century China. Meanwhile, a small group of philosophy students at Shanghai's prestigious Fudan University convenes each Friday night to study texts by Confucius and other classical philosophers. These young scholars have embraced-or at least do not disavow-China's consumerist-driven ascendancy, but they are insecure about the lack of principles to guide it. In the process of rediscovering values that were buried during the Cultural Revolution, a core question emerges: Will Confucianism regain more than a tentative foothold amid the fervor of state capitalism? Will the ruling class eventually welcome the ancient ideas and their [...]
Online
2012
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The Cleantech Future [electronic resource]: Industries for a Healthy Planet

Is it realistic or fanciful to look forward to a clean world? A world in which energy is 100 percent renewable, water is no longer polluted, transportation is truly green, and production methods are harmless to the environment? According to the "clean technology" school of thought, there will be such a world. This film explores the fascinating possibilities of a new industrial revolution promised by cleantech entrepreneurship and corporate practices. While not every scientist or economist sees them as inevitable, these possibilities include eco-friendly mobility powered by sustainable energy, clean drinking water for all thanks to nanotechnology, textile dyes that use recycled carbon dioxide, and more. Is all of this feasible? Could it be happening successfully even now? Commentary f [...]
Online
2012
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The Last Poets [electronic resource]: Made in Amerikkka

Woven into the roots of hip-hop, slam poetry, and other socially conscious forms of expression is the seminal work of the Last Poets, a confederation of musicians and spoken-word artists who began performing together in 1968. This film documents a 2011 concert and recording session in which the Poets reintroduce some of their best known compositions, displaying as much energy and passion as when they first took on the mantle of Black Power advocacy. Mingling the performance sequences with lyrics splashed across the screen in urban-cool graphics, the program also features a vivid parade of talking-head discussions that take viewers from the group's origins and the formative experiences of its individual members to the heady atmosphere of today's hip-hop scene. In the latter, the Last [...]
Online
2012
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In an Instant [electronic resource]: The Madness of Crowds

Individual human behavior is far different from human behavior in a crowd. This ABC News report takes a look at "crowd think" and the herd mentality of stampedes, where logic is forgotten. We have been socialized beyond the point of reason.
Online
2013
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The Christchurch Earthquake [electronic resource]: A Case Study

The 2011 earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand was devastating for the city's residents and the surrounding landscape. This program presents an in-depth case study of the event, focusing on both the science behind it and its social impact. Using firsthand accounts from seismology experts, emergency response leaders, rebuilding and reconstruction co-coordinators, and local people, the video explains what causes earthquakes, their effects on the environment and on society, and ways a community can prepare for quakes.
Online
2013