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Exploring Society: Program 19 Communications Media and Technology

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Featuring commentary from sociologists Raymond Eve, Gordon Fellman, and Mary Virnoche, this video uses real life examples to explain the positive and negative impact of communications media on society.
VHS
2002
Ivy (By Request)
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In Jackson Heights

Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse communities in the United States and the world. There are immigrants from every country in South America, Mexico, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and China. The people who live in Jackson Heights, in their cultural, racial and ethnic diversity, are representative of the new wave of immigrants to America.. The subject of this film is the daily life of the people in this community—their businesses, community centers, religions, and political, cultural and social lives—and the conflict between maintaining ties to traditions of the countries of origin and the need to learn and adapt to American ways and values.. Official Selection at the Toronto International Film Festival.. Nominated for [...]
Online
2018; 2015
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High School

HIGH SCHOOL was filmed at a large urban high school in Philadelphia. The film documents how the school system exists not only to pass on "facts" but also transmits social values from one generation to another. HIGH SCHOOL presents a series of formal and informal encounters between teachers, students, parents, and administrators through which the ideology and values of the school emerge.. Chosen for preservation by the National Film Preservation Board.. "HIGH SCHOOL, a wicked, brilliant documentary about life in a lower-middle-class secondary school." – Richard Schickel, Life. "HIGH SCHOOL shows no stretching of minds. It does show the overwhelming dreariness of administrators and teachers who confuse teaching with discipline. The school somehow takes warm, breathing teen-agers and tr [...]
Online
2018; 1968
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Framing Lesbian Fashion

A landmark 1992 film, Framing Lesbian Fashion looks at the evolution of lesbian attire and identity -butch/femme, flannel, androgyny, cross-dressing and drag, queer fluorescent, S/M and leather, lipstick and more. Featuring interviews with Sally Gearhart, JoAnn Loulan, Arlene Stein, Kitty Tsui and others, Framing Lesbian Fashion incorporates archival photos and personal stories to document the sociology and history of lesbian fashion as it existed in the early 90s, and still impacts the culture today..
Online
2016; 1992
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The True Meaning of Pictures: Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia

The True Meaning of Pictures is a feature length documentary which addresses the issue of representation in documentary photography by examining the work of American photographer Shelby Lee Adams.. More specifically, the film seeks to (i) spend time with the subjects of Adam's work, in order to get to know them better and (ii) address the controversy and response Adams' photographs generate, which involves the politics of representation. Both strands of the film will combine to explore the larger-- and also self-reflexive-- issue of whether it is possible to "document" a community. The emotional intention is to compel viewers to move beyond voyeurism into empathy, so that by the end of the film they will feel authentically connected to people with whom they assume they have nothing i [...]
Online
2016; 2004
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Rich Hill

Rich Hill, Missouri (population 1,393) could be any of the countless small towns that blanket America’s heartland. But to teenagers Andrew, Harley and Appachey, it’s home. ..As they ride their skateboards, go to football practice, and arm wrestle their fathers, they are like millions of other boys coming of age. But faced with unfortunate circumstances – an imprisoned mother, isolation, instability, and parental unemployment – adolescence can be a day-to-day struggle just to survive. With no road map and all evidence to the contrary, they cling to the hope that hard work will be rewarded and even they can live the American dream.
Online
2017; 2013
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Santa Fiesta

There are nearly 16,000 fiestas in Spain each year featuring the brutal abuse of animals. Organized around religious observances, these festivals bring together entire towns, including children, and become celebrations of unbelievable cruelty. 60,000 animals estimated to suffer each year during these “Fiestas of Blood”.. Bulls are impaled with gasoline-soaked spikes which are set afire. Some are stabbed, tied, or thrown into the water. Pigeons, rats, pigs, geese, horses and even ants are made to suffer, while people dance, drink, laugh. The life of the people and the death of the animals is celebrated, with the silent complicity of priests, amongst prayers and mystical processions.. "Santa Fiesta" is a feature documentary about these sadistic cocktails of celebration, blood and faith [...]
Online
2018; 2016
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Artisans and Traders [electronic resource]

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Explores the link between economic and cultural evolution. Examines the contrast between the simple divisions of labor in earliest civilization with the increasing job specialization and economic interdependence of today's culture, causing a continual restructuring of society.
Online
1993
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Realms [electronic resource]

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Explores the internal workings of societies and their external relations by looking at marriage, alliances, trade and warfare. Examines how archaeologists determine this information by trying to reconstruct geographic borders for ancient civilizations.
Online
1993
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Infancy and Early Childhood [electronic resource]

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The impending birth of a new baby causes a Pennsylvania farm family to review the developmental stages of life and death in their three generations. The commentary of scholars places their experience in sociological and psychological perspective as the development of the new baby exemplifies the developmental "clocks" of infancy and early childhood. Other case studies examine the influence of the child's personality on the family.
Online
1990
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Childhood and Adolescence [electronic resource]

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Examines the formative years before and during adolescence and the stressful task of molding an identity when biological and social clocks are out-of-synch.
Online
1990
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Early Adulthood [electronic resource]

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Young adults from a variety of economic and social backgrounds discuss the social and psychological pressures to separate from family, begin to set goals, and face the realities of life.
Online
1990
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Middle Adulthood [electronic resource]

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Adults from a variety of social and economic backgrounds discuss their experience of middle age. They attest to disappointments in life and some, to midlife crisis, but all to a continuing desire to make life the best it can be. At this period of life, creating a legacy for the next generation also becomes a predominant interest.
Online
1990
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Late Adulthood [electronic resource]

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A variety of case studies look at the last stage of development when people consider whether the story of their life has been a good one. The significance of grand parents and their grand children is explored. The program also examines the current trend for people to work well beyond the usual "retirement" age or to live dreams that were impossible to achieve when they were younger.
Online
1990
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Do Unto Others [electronic resource]

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A panel including Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, Faye Wattleton of Planned Parenthood, and Willard Gaylin of the Hastings Center, explore the question: How much do we as individuals owe to other members of our communities? They respond to a variety of hypothetical situations such as sounds of distress from a battered woman and child, a homeless woman living outside your apartment, and a man who is unfaithful to his wife and possibly risks exposing her to AIDS.
Online
1989
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To Defend a Killer [electronic resource]

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A panel of American jurists and a philosopher discuss the ethics of criminal justice. The panelists discuss whether lawyers should defend people whom they they know to be guilty and how aggressive should the defense be. They also discuss where to draw the line when it comes to citizens taking matters into their own hands, deterrence versus rehabilitation, and society's right to retribution. Includes commentary by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, defense attorney Jack Litman, and philosopher John Smith of Yale.
Online
1989
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Does Doctor Know Best? [electronic resource]

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A panel of medical experts discuss the ethics of doctor-patient relationships. Using the case of a young woman diagnosed as having cancer who subsequently becomes pregnant, the panelists discuss how much the patient should be told, who is in charge of selecting medical treatment, and whether doctors should allow their patients to commit suicide. Doctors from the National Cancer Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center discuss controversies created by modern medicine with C. Everett Koop, journalist Ellen Goodman, and others.
Online
1989
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Truth on Trial [electronic resource]

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A panel of American jurists, a philosopher, and a newspaper editor discuss whether the purpose of a trial is to discover the truth, to achieve justice, or a means of carrying on a private dispute. They also consider whether the trial lawyer is responsible only to his client, or if he has a duty to the court, to the opposition, and to the public. Finally, they discuss what is owed to the public that is affected by the trial, but is not part of it. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Judge Robert Merhige, attorneys Floyd Abrams and Stanley Chesley, philosopher John Smith, and others debate civil litigation's ethical dilemmas.
Online
1989
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Politics, Privacy and the Press [electronic resource]

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Panelists from both sides, including Washington Post publisher Katharine Graham, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, and Geraldine Ferraro, consider the ethics of privacy as it relates to public figures and the news media. The panelists are asked to consider the hypothetical case of a senator preparing to run for the presidency. What facts about the senator's private life will rule out his candidacy? How aggressively should the media look for past secrets? How close should the senator get to the media elite, and vice versa? Does political reporting, particularly when it focuses on private lives, do a service to the political process?
Online
1989
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Myths and Realities of Aging [electronic resource]

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Older people from a cross-section of ethnic and social groups, discuss the psychology of aging and the myths about aging that restrict their freedoms. Indicates that it is common for people who have experienced racial discrimination in their past, to feel like "survivors" as they age. Also indicates that longevity is creating "beanpole" families where people who live beyond 80 are unclear of their role and negative family relationships are prolonged rather than resolved. Defines topics of study for sociologists researching the new society of older, long-lived adults.
Online
1993