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The Storm that Swept Mexico: Revolutionary Women | Media Gallery

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Women constitute half of the world’s population yet their contributions to major social, cultural and political events are often overlooked, misunderstood, misrepresented, or undocumented. In this lesson accompanied by a film clip adapted from 'The Storm that Swept Mexico', students will discover why women’s participation was crucial to the Mexican Revolution, and how women’s ability to contribute to society changed during the revolutionary period. Through the multimedia extensions, students will explore how gender shapes our understanding of history and continues to impact expectations and opportunities for individuals in the present.

REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN: EDUCATOR GUIDE AND LESSON PLAN

Altruism | Religion & Ethics Newsweekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly discusses the topic of altruism by profiling people who have performed good deeds. Those profiled were inspired not only by religious teachings, but also by a personal desire to help those less fortunate. This video looks at the actions of a kidney donor, 9/11 first responders and the villagers of Le Chambon in southern France during World War II.

Population, Sustainability, and Malthus | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about human population. How many people can reasonably live on the Earth? In 1800, the human population of the Earth passed one billion. Thomas Malthus posited that growth had hit its ceiling and that the population would level off. He was completely wrong, as there are currently seven billion people on the planet! John will teach a little about how Malthus made his calculations and explain how Malthus came up with the wrong answer.

Hindu Temple Dedication

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly shows Hindus in the state of Maryland worshipping two highly revered deities, Vishnu and Shiva, in the same temple. Generally, Shiva, the creator and destroyer, and Vishnu, the preserver, are worshipped and adored in separate temples. Maryland's Sri Shiva Vishnu Temple is constructed in the shape of a reclining human being to highlight the Hindu concept of unity in diversity.

Empowering Girls by Changing Tradition | FILMS BYKIDS

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Learn how girls in a village in Senegal are empowered by their community’s decision to publicly abandon the traditions of female genital cutting and child marriage in this video from FILMS BYKIDS: Walk on my Own. Ndèye Fatou Fall, a 13-year-old filmmaker, tells the story of how she and other girls in her village can walk on their own by continuing their education, exploring new career opportunities, and marrying whom they choose. Support materials are available, including discussion questions and vocabulary.

FILMS BYKIDS pairs master filmmakers with teenagers from around the world to create short personal documentaries that educate Americans as they encourage understanding and engagement about globally relevant issues.

Money & Debt | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about money - what it is, what it is for, how we use it - and debt, along with a slew of other interesting ideas on the way. We'll investigate whether money displaces barter and then leads to war, slavery, and what we think of as civilized social orders. A major work referenced is Debt: The First 5000 Years by David Graeber.

An Ottoman Region | 1913: Seeds of Conflict

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Learn about the "first Aliyah" to Palestine by Jewish immigrants. These immigrants came from Eastern Europe to escape a wave of Anti-Semitism brought on by pogroms from Czar Alexander of Russia in 1881. In Palestine, most of the Jews were of Mediterranean origin and in an empire dominated by Islamic culture, they accepted their secondary status. Hear about how the Jews of the "first Aliyah" reconciled with this.

Integrating into a New Culture as a Refugee| FILMS BYKIDS

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Explore the challenges faced by Syrian refugees when settling in a new place in this video from FILMS BYKIDS: Out of Aleppo. Mohammad Shasho is one of the many refugees forced to leave their home in order to escape war and violence in Syria. Mohammad shares how he has worked toward integrating into a new culture in Germany and his aspiration to one day return to his homeland. Support materials include a background essay, discussion questions, and links to additional classroom resources on the Bykids website.

FILMS BYKIDS pairs master filmmakers with teenagers from around the world to create short personal documentaries that educate Americans as they encourage understanding and engagement about globally relevant issues.

 

War & Human Nature | Crash Course World History

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Join host John Green to learn about war - specifically, whether humanity is naturally warlike and hard-wired to kill or if war is perhaps a cultural construct. John will talk about the Hobbes versus Rousseau debate, the effects that war has on human social orders, and the effects that war has on individuals.

Ganesha Chaturti | Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly

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This video from Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly describes the rituals and spiritual significance of an 11-day Hindu celebration called Ganesha Chaturthi, honoring Lord Ganesha. Widely regarded as the Remover of Obstacles, Lord Ganesha is one of the most popular gods of India. On the final day of the festival, Lord Ganesha’s image is paraded through the streets accompanied by drum beats, devotional songs and dancing, and then immersed in a river or sea.

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