January 1, 2007

The “In” Crowd and Social Cruelty DVD

Posted in Social Sciences, Videos/DVDs at 7:23 pm by Ellie

Call number: HQ 799.2 .P44 I6 2002

What does it take to be popular? Quite often it has nothing to do with being nice. In this ABC News special, correspondent John Stossel visits middle anin1.jpgd high schools to discover why kids dish out abuse, why they take it, and what parents and school administrators can do to make it better. He also visits schools with successful anti-bullying programs. Discussions with students, as well as with psychologist Michael Thompson, author of Best Friends, Worst Enemies, reveal a number of factors that cause popularity or unpopularity among children, adolescents, and even adults. (41 minutes) (From the publisher Films for the Humanities & Sciences)


October 1, 2006

Our Constitution: A Conversation

Posted in Law & Government, Social Sciences, Videos/DVDs at 6:51 pm by Ellie

Call number: KF5130 .S909 2005

Unitconversation.jpged States Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Stephen Breyer talk about the Constitution with high school students at the Supreme Court. The classroom-ready video features the Justices taking questions from students and discussing why we have and need a Constitution; what federalism is; how implicit and explicit rights are defined; and how separation of powers ensures that no one branch of government obtains too much power.

Mandate: The President and the People DVD

Posted in Law & Government, Social Sciences, Videos/DVDs at 6:47 pm by Ellie

Call number: KF5130 S9 M2 2006

Narramandate.jpgted by veteran CBS News correspondent Lesley Stahl, Mandate examines the long and complex relationship between the presidency and public opinion.

Leading historians, political scientists, and public figures offer insight into presidents and the presidency from George Washington through FDR. Length: 35 min.

The Constitution: That Delicate Balance DVD

Posted in Social Sciences, Videos/DVDs at 6:39 pm by Ellie

Tracking number: 629GE-631GE

Conconstitution1.jpgstitutional issues come to life in this Emmy Award-winning series. Key political, legal, and media professionals engage in spontaneous and heated debates on controversial issues such as campaign spending, the right to die, school prayer, and immigration reform. This series will deepen understanding of the life and power of this enduring document and its impact on history and current affairs, while bringing biases and misconceptions to light.

Produced by Columbia University Seminars on Media and Society. 1984.

September 1, 2006

American History X DVD

Posted in Social Sciences, Videos/DVDs at 3:00 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 628GE
Derek Vinyard (Edward Norton) returns from prison to findamerican.jpg his younger brother, Danny (Edward Furlong), caught in the same web of racism and hatred that landed him in prison. After Derek’s father is killed in the line of duty by a minority, Derek’s view of mankind is altered, but while in prison, he discovers that there is good and bad in every race. The task before him now is to convince Danny of his newfound enlightenment.

Conservatives without conscience / John W. Dean

Posted in Law & Government, Social Sciences at 3:00 am by Ellie

Call Number: JC573.2 .U6D43 2006

John Dean, author of The New York Times bestseller Worse Than Wconserv.gifatergate, takes a sobering look at how radical elements are destroying the Republican Party along with the very foundations of American democracy. (From the publisher Penguin Group USA)

Good book : reading the Bible with mind and heart / Peter J. Gomes

Posted in Social Sciences at 3:00 am by Ellie

Call Number: BS511.2 .G66 1996
Whygood.gif is the Bible so often used as a tool for division and exclusion? And why are so many intelligent and compassionate people embarrassed to say they find wisdom and comfort in the Bible? In this groundbreaking book, the man Time magazine called one of the seven best preachers in America provides answers to these questions and shows what the Bible says about topics that concern us all, including joy, suffering, evil, and goodness. Read the rest of this entry »

August 7, 2006

Quiet Rage: The Stanford Prison Experiment DVD

Posted in Social Sciences, Videos/DVDs at 10:10 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 617GE
Gprison.gifuaranteed to stimulate critical thinking and discussion, the film features archival footage, flashbacks, post-experiment interviews with the prisoners and guards, and comparisons with real prisons. It documents the surprise arrests by city police and vividly shows the pathology that developed among participants, forcing the two-week study to be terminated after only 6 days. Viewer-tested previews reveal its value across many high school and college courses and among a variety of community audiences, including correctional, judicial, military, and civic. (From www.prisonexp.org)

A Class Divided with Jane Elliot DVD

Posted in Education, Social Sciences, Videos/DVDs at 10:10 am by Ellie

Tracking number: 618 GE

In 1968, the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was killed, thclass.jpge students in a small third-grade class came to school confused.

King had been the “Hero of the Month” the previous February. They couldn’t understand why he had been killed. Their teacher, Jane Elliott, knew that she would have to try to help them understand the enormity of his death.

She decided to try a daring classroom exercise on the meaning of discrimination.

What she taught those children and the effects her lesson had on them throughout their lives are explored in A CLASS DIVIDED. First broadcast in 1985, A CLASS DIVIDED was hailed as a “riveting, and potentially life-changing hour” and was honored with the Sidney Hillman Prize Award and an Emmy Award for outstanding informational programming.

Over the years, A CLASS DIVIDED has become a classic powerful exploration into the nature of prejudice which has been used in classrooms, prisons, corporations and many other governmental and educational settings.

This award-winning documentary is enhanced by a comprehensive Trainer’s Guide applicable to all ages.

• Sidney Hillman Prize Award
• Emmy Award