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Juan's Story: Bullying | The Graduates Film Module

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This film module spotlights Juan’s story and the value of arts programs in building self-esteem and community. Students will look at how bullying can be an obstacle to Latino youth, especially with regards to immigrant, undocumented, racial, socioeconomic, and LGBTQ groups. They will explore how the arts can be a powerful way to bring different voices into dialogue, and how they can be tools for increasing self-esteem and combating stereotypes and negative images.

Deviance on Stage | The Nance

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Watch this scene from The Nance in which the characters argue about decency laws restricting freedom of expression in the theater in 1930s New York City. Nathan Lane stars in this ensemble production as Chauncey Miles, a homosexual actor working in the burlesque theater district. In this excerpt, the characters discuss Mayor Fiorello La Guardia's efforts to shut down burlesque shows.

The Art of Double Entendre | The Nance

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Watch as actor Nathan Lane defends burlesque comedy performances before a judge in this excerpt from the play The Nance. Lane's character, Chauncey Miles, tries to explain to the court what the term "double entendre" means and why it's funny to audiences. Chauncey is on trial for violating decency laws in the theater in 1930s New York City.

Depression Politics | The Nance

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Actor Nathan Lane stars in this production of The Nance, a play set in the 1930s that addresses discrimination against homosexuals within the theater community of New York City. An ensemble cast argues about the merits of Communism, human rights, and left-wing politics in this excerpt from the play.

Is YouTube Making Us Smarter? | PBS Idea Channel

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Did you know there's a place where you can learn just about anything you'd like? It's true! It's called YouTube! Sure, YouTube has hundreds of thousands of hours of deliciously time-wasting content, but it's much more than just a black hole of pet videos and funny clips. If you know where to go, YouTube has some of the best educational content on the planet! Although watching Kahn Academy all day might be a bit dry, the creativity of YouTube creators has allowed "education" to be transformed in a variety of amazing and engaging ways. YouTube probably won't replace schools anytime soon, but it's a pretty awesome alternative. 

Protest | The Nance

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Watch as the characters unionize and prepare to protest the censorship of 1930s burlesque shows in this excerpt from The Nance starring Nathan Lane. Under the leadership of Mayor La Guardia, police cracked down on burlesque performers in the 1930s, accusing them of violating decency laws. This comedic play dramatizes the discrimination of homosexuals and other performers in the burlesque theater scene of the era.

The Raid | The Nance

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Chauncey Miles, a homosexual burlesque performer, explains to his roommate that the theater was raided by police for violating decency laws in this excerpt from the play The Nance. In this comedic scene, Chauncey mocks the trumped-up charges while Ned tries to understand what laws were broken.

Chastity's Story: Homelessness

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This film module spotlights Chastity’s story and building a support system for students struggling with poverty.

Minecraft EDU Creator Joel Levin! | PBS Idea Channel

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If you saw our recent episode on Minecraft EDU, then you'll be interested in Mike's talk with its creator, Joel Levin! Levin discusses his vision for Minecraft EDU and how he uses Minecraft EDU in his own classroom. 

Shmuly Yanklowitz's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Shmuly Yanklowitz is an intellectual rabbinical student at New York City's Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School and a passionate activist. A Modern Orthodox Jew, he feels compelled to break boundaries, to resist becoming an old-style rabbi stuck within the walls of the synagogue.

Bilai Ansari's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Bilal Ansari is an African American father of three and a student in the Islamic Chaplaincy Program at Hartford Seminary. He works tirelessly in the Connecticut prison system, where inmates often convert to Islam, but where he is also the victim of a hate crime perpetrated by some of his co-workers.

Rob Pene's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Rob Pene was born in American Samoa and came to the United States on a baseball scholarship. Unsuccessful in his major-league tryouts, he pursues his passion through an urban ministry. He also writes and performs Christian rap. The sudden death of his father challenges Pene’s commitment to his chosen path.

Steven Gamez's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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This film tells the story of Steven Gamez who is studying to become a Catholic Priest. Steven is a Tejano (Texan-Mexican), born and raised on San Antonio’s rough West Side. He dreams of returning to his neighborhood and serving the poor.

Tahera Ahmed's Story | What's Your Calling? Film Module

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Tahera Ahmad is an outspoken young woman from a traditional Pakistani-American family. She is a coach and mentor for Muslims in high school while studying to be an Islamic chaplain. A trip to Egypt takes her out into the world for the first time, where she reflects on being a leader.

Darlene's Story: Teen Parenting | The Graduates Film Module

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The film module spotlights Darlene's story and the educational opportunities and challenges for young parents and their children. This film module may be used with The Graduates Youth Action Guide lesson on teen parenting.

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