Geography

Rockefeller's Background Information and the Toyota Deal

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Explore how Jay Rockefeller's background enabled him to establish a working relationship with Toyota Manufacturing which had a positive impact on West Virginia's economy.

Petra's Ancient Monastery | Time Scanners: Petra: Chapter 4

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Ground Penetrating Radar enables a team of experts to explore underground Petra in this segment from Time Scanners. By examining the facade of a monastery and scanning with GPR, the team discovers the remains of a staircase and what may be buried beneath the surface.

Tara Zahra, Historian | MacArthur Fellows Program

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In this interview, 2014 MacArthur Fellow Tara Zahra discusses why it is important to challenge the way we view our concepts of nation, family, and ethnicity and how her work as a historian is helping to paint a more integrative picture of twentieth-century Europe. Zahra’s writings combine broad social and historical analysis with extensive archival work across a wide range of locales. This resource is part of the MacArthur Fellows Program Collection.

The Effects of War: Roland Ada's Story | America by the Numbers

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Learn about the effects of war on the veterans in Guam, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Guam has the largest percentage of veterans in the United States and its territories, but ranked last in per capita spending on medical care by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. In this clip, Iraq War Veteran Roland Ada explains how his past experiences in the war affect his daily life.

9 Star Hotel: Borders Around the World

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This lesson plan is designed to be used with the film, 9 Star Hotel, which shows the daily struggles of Palestinian men who have illegally crossed the border to work in construction in Israel. Classrooms can use this lesson to examine and compare borders around the world and their related issues. Note: This film is in Arabic with English subtitles.

Trail Town | Appalachian Innovators

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Examine how community members of West Eaton, PA and other towns along the Great Allegheny Passage are expanding upon existing resources such as railroads, hiking trails, and bike paths to increase economic development in their areas.

Theories of Rome's Colosseum | Time Scanners: Colosseum: Chapter 4

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Learn the secrets of the ancient Colosseum in Rome by studying Beijing's Bird Nest Stadium in this segment from Time Scanners. The team uses their laser scanning technology to digitally recreate both stadiums. By comparing them side by side, the team learns how the Roman's engineered evacuation routes from the stadium.

Education in Fiji

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Several students on the 2010 trip to Fiji wanted to focus on the children of Fiji. Undergraduate Anna McCown’s individual project was a study of education in Fiji. Anna noted cultural differences in the interactions between teachers and students. The primary focus of her project was the loss of indigenous knowledge due to the influences of western colonialism and the development of the educational system and curriculum in Fiji. Undergraduate Lindsay Whiteaker studied the Fijian child’s perspective, how they live, their ideas about food and social relationships. She gave children drawing assignments, and then interviewed them after completion of their drawings. Her group project was a study of Fijian music. Undergraduate Helena Corzan’s individual project was to discover cultural differences by asking children to take photographs of things they thought were beautiful, things they thought were ugly, as well as their friends, family, and their home. Her findings are surprising.

Guam Veterans Roundtable | America by the Numbers

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Find out why many of the citizens of Guam choose to serve in the military, and what their experiences mean to them, in this clip from America by the Numbers. Many veterans struggle with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of their service. But after returning home, many Guamanian veterans say they struggle to get the healthcare they need from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Exploring Borderlands | American Passages: Unit 2

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Discover writings based on the experiences of mestizos, people of mixed racial and cultural backgrounds, in this half-hour video from the American Passages series. The U.S./Mexico border region has long been a site of contact, conflict, and new beginnings. It is a place where geographical, cultural, political, and racial boundaries are challenged and restructured. Contemporary Chicano literature and culture arises out of a literary history that begins with the narratives of Spanish exploration.

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