Geography

Welcome to Philadelphia | Genealogy Roadshow

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Find out why Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is known as the "birthplace of democracy," in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

History of St. Paul's Cathedral | Time Scanners: St. Paul's Cathedral: Chapter 2

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Explore the basic building tools used to create London's St. Paul's Cathedral in this segment from Time Scanners. In the process of building, Sir Christopher Wren came up against a huge proble: the whole place was sinking. Using laser scanning technology, the team discovers that the structure is slowly sinking and they look for clues as to why this is happening. Was there a flaw in Sir Christopher Wren's design?

Barrio de Paz | Global Oneness Project

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Students watch a short film, Barrio de Paz by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, which tells the story of peace worker Nelsa Libertad Curbelo and the city's gang youth, who have left behind a life of crime to come together and provide services to their struggling community. Loved like a mother, Nelsa has helped the gangs channel their need for unity, structure, and love into the power to participate in society.

In this lesson, students explore how respect, trust, and love can transform youth violence. Through classroom discussion, students examine reasons why young people join gangs and ways those instincts can become the foundation for creative participation in society. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

 

 

Gender Roles

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Undergraduate Ben Knox was the only male expedition member and studied Fijian men and cultural differences. Part of his research concentrated on the Fijian phrase “Vaka Vanua” which roughly translates as “to resemble the land” and is a philosophical ideal of great meaning to Fijian men.

Science and Research in Philadelphia | Genealogy Roadshow

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Philadelphia was once home to Founding Father and great American scientist, Benjamin Franklin. Find out why Philadelphia is still known as a hub of science and technology research today, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow.

What Would it Look Like | Global Oneness Project

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Increased global consumerism has vast environmental, economic, and social repercussions. Thought leaders across the globe investigate the unsustainable cultural values at the root of modern consumption.

Students watch a 25-minute film, What Would It Look Like? by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the environmental, economic, and social impacts of global consumerism. 

In this lesson, students discuss what motivates their own consumer choices as well as the effects of consumerism on the global economy. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

St. Paul's Cathedral | Time Scanners

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Explore the mysteries of St Paul's Cathedral in the heart of London in this episode of Time Scanners. Watch as a team of structural engineers uses 3D laser technology and an exact replica model to reveal architect Sir Christopher Wren's design of St. Paul's majestic dome. Despite its unstable foundation, St. Paul's has remained intact, even surviving a direct hit by a German bomb during the London Blitz during World War II.

The Garbology Project

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Graduate student Mallory K. Messersmith’s group project was a Garbology study. Mallory discusses the composition of Fijian garbage and how it may be changing as Fijians purchase and use more imported western items, particularly food items.

Welcome to New Orleans | Genealogy Roadshow

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Explore the virbant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, in this clip from season 2 of Genealogy Roadshow. The city is one of America's oldest and most unique, with a proud and colorful heritage all its own. Learn about the different cultures, music and religions that have come from the city, as well as how they contribute to its culture today.

A Thousand Suns | Global Oneness Project

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In an age of rising populations and climate change, global food security is a major concern. New farming technologies and market-based agriculture provide one answer while traditional farming practices and natural resource management provide another. 

Students watch the film,  A Thousand Suns by Emmanuel Vaughan-Lee, about the traditional farmers of the African Rift Valley and their unique world-view.

In this lesson, students examine the impacts of globalization and climate change on traditional farming in the Gamo Highlands of the Rift Valley. Students identify ways that Gamo farming is linked to a unique holistic worldview and debate whether globalization is having a positive or negative impact on Gamo culture. Reflective writing prompts are also included for students to demonstrate their understanding of the story.

 

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