This year’s Nobel Prize in Medicine was given to three men who helped to work out the mechanics of the human immune system. Here is a video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xr5og53z_dc
The Iraq war that began in 2003 and led to the eventual fall of Saddam Hussein was a pivotal event of the last decade and continues to be dated in public opinion and in scholarship. The titles listed below are ebooks that are a part of this debate. Click on each title view the book (MVCC ID required from off campus. You can click on this subject heading, Iraq War-2003, to view ALL of our titles (print and electronic) on this war.
- Leading to the 2003 Iraq war: the global media debate (2006) edited by Alexander G. Nikolaev and Ernest A. Hakanen
- Betraying our troops: the destructive results of privatizing war (2007) by Dina Rasor and Robert Bauman
- Neo-conned!: just war principles : a condemnation of war in Iraq (2007) by D.L. O’Huallachain & J. Forrest Sharpe, editors
- A switch in time: a new strategy for America in Iraq (2006) by Kenneth M. Pollack and the Iraq Policy Working Group of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution
A new oil pipeline has been proposed across the center of the US:
A proposed pipeline would carry oil from Canadian tar sands fields to Texas refineries, but the project has sparked high-profile protests. Jeffrey Brown discusses the controversial Keystone XL pipeline proposal with the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research’s Robert Bryce and environmentalist Bill McKibben. (from the Newhours)
The proposed map of the pipeline:
Check out this new documentary in the library, Woodie Guthrie: Ain’t Got No Home. Here’s a summary:
Written by Woody Guthrie in 1940, “This Land Is Your Land” is one of the United States’ most famous folk songs. Its Oklahoma born author, Woodrow Wilson “Woody” Guthrie, was a complex, multi-talented man whose songs would come to exemplify that strain of American music. Yet his life was a tangle of unresolved contradictions: an indifferent guitar player yet an accomplished musician; three times married, but a perennially unfaithful husband; distant or doting father; acquainted with many yet well-known to few; a rambler who longed for home; the writer of as many as 1,400 songs, which he set to borrowed melodies. He recorded over 400 songs and enjoyed a great deal of success, but only became widely popular during the folk revival of the 1950s. This film chronicles the life and times of Woody Guthrie – populist poet, balladeer, rabble-rouser, and prototypical ramblin’ man.
This video, The New York Times They Are a-Changin’, from Phillip Mendonça-Vieira is a collection of 12,000 screen shots of the NY times captured between September 2010 to July 2011. This includes major world events like the Chilean miners [0:39], to the Arab Spring [3:38], and the Japanse Tsunami [4:54].
In 1991, John Singleton’s films Boyz N the Hood splashed onto the scene changing public discussion about urban life, violence, and culture. This short NPR piece discusses the film after 20 years:
- Boyz N the Hood Rings Out, 20 Years Later: (http://www.npr.org/2011/07/08/137675331/boyz-n-the-hood-rings-out-20-years-later&sc=nl&cc=movn-20110708)
I also wanted to pass along this article that explores the themes presented in Boyz N the Hood:
- Mimura, Glen Masato. “On fathers and sons, sex and death: John Singleton’s Boyz N the Hood.” Velvet Light Trap (1996): 14+. Expanded Academic ASAP. Web. 8 July 2011. (MVCC ID Required to access from home):
A quote from the article: “More significantly, Boyz offers an alternative vision, not so much about how to address violence in the community, but rather how to get out of it. More than merely strategic or pragmatic, this vision is also a principled guide to living one’s life. But a guide for whom is the question which motivates and constitutes the central problem of my investigation” (p. 14-15).
I wanted to pass along this link to the edublog post “7 Tools Students Can use to Create Music Online:” http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2011/06/7-tools-students-can-use-to-create.html.
This may be helpful for many of our students looking for unique projects and way to wow their classmates and instructors.
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