Geography

Vietnam Veterans Memorial: An Alabama Bicentennial

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Students come face-to-face with the Vietnam War when they meet veterans and visit the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The war is revealed through compelling stories grounded in the personal experiences of Alabama veterans and others who were touched by the Vietnam War. Student reporters conduct interviews, experience a virtual draft, visit the Memorial with a veteran, and consider the lasting effects of the war.

Incan Engineering | Time Scanners: Machu Picchu

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Discover how the Inca terraces at Machu Picchu have stood the test of time in this clip from Time Scanners. The team scans deep below the surface of the terraces using Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR). Then, back at Tech HQ, they analyze the data to find the purpose of the terraces were both agricultural and structural.

Overview of the Fiji Expedition

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The National Science Foundation developed an REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) grant to create opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds to participate in "hands-on" scientific research. University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) anthropologist, Dr. Sharyn Jones, was program leader for a two-year grant that provided funds for 18 students to participate in a summer field school based in Fiji. Nine students participated in an archaeology program in the summer of 2009. In 2010, a different group of nine students participated in a cultural anthropology and ethnohistory program.

Dr. Loretta Cormier, associate professor of anthropology at UAB, gives a detailed overview of the 2010 Fiji Expedition. This overview, coming from a cultural anthropologist's prospective, is especially insightful. Visit the UAB in Fiji website for the "Virtual Field Trip."

Our Private Idaho | America by the Numbers: Episode 3

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The American suburbs are becoming more diverse, but the "exurbs" that surround them remain largely Caucasian. Learn about these more homogenous areas of the country, and examine some of the issues they face. White Americans account for only 6 percent of the total population growth nationwide, but they make up 73 percent of growth in exurban areas. In this episode, visit Coeur d'Alene, Idaho—a majority Caucasian town that successfully ousted the Aryan Nations in 2000. Hear from some of the residents about their views on diversity and community.

Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience

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Theodore Roosevelt and the Western Experience examines the 26th president of the United States. TR or Teddy as he has come to be known, balanced his identity of an intellectual from the East with the frontiersman of the West. His love of nature as a boy carried on throughout his life, influencing policy decisions as president that we still see today.  

Inside Roman Architecture | Time Scanners: Colosseum

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Investigate the complex infrastructure of Rome's Colosseum in this clip from Time Scanners. Ravaged by time and earthquakes, only parts of the Colosseum remain. The team travels 150 miles from Rome to Pozzuoli to explore another amphitheatre, with a hypogeum similar to Colosseum's.

Fijian Folkways

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Folkways are considered any informal mores that are followed through imitation and mild social pressure but not strictly enforced or put into law. Dr. Sharyn Jones discusses some Fijian folkways as she narrates a video tour of the town of Liku, a town of about 60 people. It is the most traditional village on the island of Nayau.

Conservative Families in a Changing America | America by the Numbers

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Learn why some white American families are moving out of cities, beyond suburbs, to "exurbs," in this clip from America by the Numbers. Hear from the Boland family, who moved from Los Angeles to Northern Idaho, in search of a quieter life, with a focus on conservative, Christian values.

Immigration Debate

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Stacey Delikat reports from Arizona about their 2010 immigration law and the national debate that has ensued because of it. Explore the background, rationale, and implications of the 2010 Arizona immigration law. Understand the various positions taken in support of or opposition to the 2010 Arizona immigration law and critically evaluate the merits and legality of the law. Write creatively from various perspectives on the immigration issue.

The London Blitz | Time Scanners: St. Paul's Cathedral

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Watch as a tem of experts reimagine the damage to St. Paul's Cathedral from the London Blitz of World War II in this clip from Time Scanners. Using laser scanners and archival photos, the team explores shrapnel damage and the gaping hole in the cathedral floor. By scanning the damaged walls, the team traces the path of the shrapnel through the window to pinpoint exactly where the bomb exploded.

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