Human ecology

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."

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.

Sapelo Island Culture

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This video segment from Egg: the arts show presents the Gullah/Geechee community of Sapelo Island, a barrier island located off the coast of Georgia. The original Gullah/Geechee people were enslaved there but when slavery was abolished, the island was abandoned to the former slaves. Sapelo Island's valuable land is now threatened as it is the only Gullah/Geechee community to successfully resist real estate development. Each year, in order to preserve and educate people outside Sapelo, island residents hold a festival bringing people to the island to teach them about Gullah/Geechee life and culture.

Lesson 4: Homestead Act Signed: The Challenges of the Plains

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The Plains were hard to live on. Many of the newcomers were used to living in villages and then walking or riding out to their fields to farm, but the Homestead Act required claimers to live on and farm the land in 160-acre plots. Loneliness was a fact of life. Settlers also had to contend, both physically and psychologically, with what to them was a wilderness. Each geographic area presented its own challenges, and the settlers learned to adapt to the environment.

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.

 

 

Desert Razors ATVs | Outdoor Nevada

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In this episode host John Burke takes a high-speed tour on an ATV.  

Designing and Engineering the Colosseum | Time Scanners: Colosseum: Chapter 2

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To learn more about the engineering design of Rome's Colosseum, the team travels to the city of Pozzuoli in this segment from Time Scanners. Pozzuoli's smaller, yet beautifully preserved amphitheatre is extremely similar to the Colosseum's design. The team explores the hypogeum, an area beneath the fighting arena from where the Romans staged the gladiators and wild animals before the fights.

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.  

Ancient Roman Engineering | Time Scanners: Colosseum

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Explore a modern-day Olympic stadium in Rome for clues to ancient Roman engineering techniques in this clip from Time Scanners. Using 3D laser scan technology, the team of archaeologists and structural engineers theorize about the purpose of the holes dotted around the Colosseum and the possiblity of a moveable awning system.

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.

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