Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Invisible Children

Frazar Online Film Collection: Invisible Children

Source: Google Video

In the spring of 2003, three young Americans traveled to Africa in search of such as story. What they found was a tragedy that disgusted and inspired them. A story where children are weapons and children are the victims. The "Invisible Children: rough cut" film exposes the effects of a 20 year-long war on the children of Northern Uganda. These children live in fear of abduction by rebel soldiers, and are being forced to fight as a part of violent army. This wonderfully reckless documentary is fast paced, with an MTV beat, and is something truly unique. To see Africa through young eyes is humorous and heart breaking, quick and informative - all in the very same breath.


In the Library:
  • Hansen, Holger Bernt, and Michael Twaddle. 1998. Developing Uganda. Oxford: James Curry.  [link: NetLibrary, WorldCat]
  • Ness, Cindy D. 2008. Female terrorism and militancy: agency, utility, and organization. Contemporary terrorism studies. London: Routledge.  [link: NetLibrary, WorldCat]
  • Vinci, Anthony. 2009. Armed groups and the balance of power the international relations of terrorists, warlords and insurgents. LSE international studies. London: Routledge.  [link: NetLibrary, WorldCat]

On the Web:

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Donner Party

Frazar Online Film Collection: The Donner Party

Source YouTube

At the start of spring in the year 1846 an appealing advertisement appeared in the Springfield, Illinois, Gazette. ''Westward ho,'' it declared. ''Who wants to go to California without costing them anything? As many as eight young men of good character who can drive an ox team will be accommodated. Come, boys, you can have as much land as you want without costing you anything.'' The notice was signed G. Donner, George Donner, leader of what was to become the most famous of all the hundreds of wagon trains to start for the far west, the tragic, now nearly mythic Donner Party.
If ever there was a moment when America seemed in the grip of some great, out-of-the-ordinary pull, it was in 1846. The whole mood was for movement, expansion, and the whole direction was westward. It was in 1846 that the Mormons set out on their trek to the Great Salt Lake. It was in 1846 that the Mexican war began and effectively all of Texas, Mexico and California were added to the United States.
And it wasn't just young men who answered the call. Whole families and people of all stations in life joined the caravan, which is part of the fascination of this haunting story. One is struck, for example, by how many women there were in the Donner party and how many of them survived the horrific ordeal they met. Imagine packing up an entire household, saying good-bye to all you've known and setting off to walk essentially to walk to California, a continent away, little knowing what was in store.

In the Library:
On the Web:
  • PBS American Experience: The Donner Party website
  • Donner Party Archaeology Project at the University of Montana website

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Salt of the Earth

Frazar Online Film Collection: Salt of the Earth

Source: Google Video

Herbert Biberman's 1954 film, Salt of the Earth, has the distinction of being the only film to be blacklisted in the United States. From the Wikipedia article:

Salt of the Earth (1954) is an American drama film written by Michael Wilson, directed by Herbert J. Biberman (husband of Academy Award-winning actress Gale Sondergaard), and produced by Paul Jarrico. All had been blacklisted by the Hollywood establishment due to their involvement in socialist politics.[1]
The movie became a historical phenomenon and has a cult following due to how the United States establishment (politicians, journalists, studio executives, and other trade unions) dealt with the film. Salt of the Earth is one of the first pictures to advance the feminist social and political point of view.
The film centers around a long and difficult strike led by Mexican-American and Anglo miners against the Empire Zinc Company. The film shows how the miners, the company, and the police, react during the strike. In neorealist style the producers and director used actual miners and their families as actors in the film.

In the Library:

On the Web:

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Emma Goldman

Frazar Online Film Collection: Emma Goldman

Source: Google Video

On a cold December morning in 1919, just after midnight, Emma Goldman, her comrade Alexander Berkman, and more than 200 other foreign-born radicals were roused from their Ellis Island dormitory beds to begin their journey out of the United States for good.
Convicted of obstructing the draft during World War I, Goldman's expatriation came 34 years after she had first set foot in America, a young, brilliant, Russian immigrant. For more than three decades, she taunted mainstream America with her outspoken attacks on government, big business and war.
Goldman's passionate espousal of radical causes made her the target of persecution. Her sympathy for Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley, brought down upon her the hatred of the authorities and the public at large. Feared as a sponsor of anarchy and revolution, she was vilified in the press as "Red Emma," "Queen of the Anarchists," and "the most dangerous woman in America."

In the Library:

On the Web:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


Frazar Online Film Collection: Home

Source: YouTube

French environmentalist and photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand's film Home, which was recently released world-wide in a record 181 countries, chronicles the current state of our impact upon the Earth's environment. Comprised of stunning aerial photography and a moving musical score, the film was made available on YouTube on the same day as it debuted in theatres across the world.


In the Library:
On the Web:

Monday, June 8, 2009

Introduction to Buddhism

Frazar Online Film Collection: Introduction to Buddhism

Source: YouTube

From Open Culture:
When the Dalai Lama paid a visit to Emory University, he offered an introductory lecture to Tibetan Buddhism. The lecture is not exactly what you’d normally get in the university classroom. The talk is not entirely linear. And he spends some time speaking in English, then speaks in his native tongue (with the help of an interpreter). But, he can talk about Buddhism with the authority that few authors can, and there’s a reason audiences come to see him in droves. Things really get going about 23 minutes in.

In the Library:
  • Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, and Robert Kiely. 1996. The good heart: a Buddhist perspective on the teachings of Jesus. Boston: Wisdom Publications. [link: WorldCat]
  • Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, and Victor Chan. 2004. The wisdom of forgiveness intimate conversations and journeys. New York: Riverhead Books. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Cherniack, David, Bstan-ʼdzin-rgya-mtsho, and Robert A. F. Thurman. 1997. The Four Noble Truths [DVD]. New York: Mystic Fire Video. [link: WorldCat]
  • Conze, Edward. 1959. Buddhism, its essence and development. New York, N.Y.: Harper & Bros. [link: WorldCat]
  • Goleman, Daniel. 2003. Destructive emotions: how can we overcome them? : a scientific dialogue with the Dalai Lama. New York: Bantam Books. [link: WorldCat]
  • Hamilton, Clarence Herbert. 1952. Buddhism, a religion of infinite compassion; selections from Buddhist literature. The Library of religion, v.1. New York: Liberal Arts Press. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Invisible Ballots: A Temptation for Electronic Voter Fraud

Frazar Online Film Collection: Invisible Ballots

Source: Google Video

Invisible Ballots - A Temptation for Electronic Vote Fraud - Governments are installing computerized voting systems with no paper record to verify accuracy. Elections will be controlled by companies that do not allow voters to inspect their software. If vote counting becomes privatized, there may be no way to get it back. Hightech vote fraud is already a reality. If you value your vote, you must get this information to your friends – and fast!


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On the Web:

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Wave That Shook the World

Source: Google Video

This PBS documentary details the events that occurred on December 26, 2004, in which an undersea earthquake off of the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia caused massive tidal flooding along several coasts in the Indian Ocean, including Indonesia, Sri Lanka, India and Thailand. Over 225,000 people lost their lives, and is considered one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history.


In the Library:
  • Iles, Curt. 2005. Hearts across the water: stories of hope from hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and the tsunami. Dry Creek, Louisiana: Creekbank Stories. [link: WorldCat]
  • Tsunami response : lessons learned : hearing before the Committee on Foreign Relations, United States Senate, One Hundred Nineth [sic] Congress, first session, February 10, 2005. USGPO. [4th floor, Gov. Docs: Y 4.F 76/2:S.HRG.109-153]
  • Murty, T. S., U. Aswathanarayana, and N. Nirupama. 2006. The Indian Ocean tsunami. London: Taylor & Francis. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
On the Web:

Anarchism in America

Google Video

A colorful and provocative survey of anarchism in America, the film attempts to dispel popular misconceptions and trace the historical development of the movement. The film explores the movement both as a native American philosophy stemming from 19th century American traditions of individualism, and as a foreign ideology brought to America by immigrants. The film features rare archival footage and interviews with significant personalities in anarchist history including Murray Bookchin and Karl Hess, and also live performance footage of the Dead Kennedys.
In the Library:

David, H. (1958). The history of the Haymarket affair; A study in the American social-revolutionary and labor movements. New York: Russell & Russell.

Goldman, E. (1969). Anarchism, And other essays. New York: Dover Publications.

Goldman, E. (1970). Living my life. New York: Dover Publications.

Shatz, M. (1971). The Essential works of anarchism. New York: Bantam Books.

Tullock, G. (1972). Explorations in the theory of anarchy. Balcksburg, Va: Center for the Study of Public Choice, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Bakunin, M. A., & Dolgoff, S. (1972). Bakunin on anarchy. New York: A.A. Knopf.

Tullock, G. (1974). Further explorations in the theory of anarchy. Blacksburg, Va: University Publications.

Carr, E. H. (1975). Michael Bakunin. New York: Octagon Books.

Pennock, J. R., & Chapman, J. W. (1978). Anarchism. Nomos, 19. New York: New York University Press.

Thomas, P. (1980). Karl Marx and the anarchists. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul.

Bakunin, M. A., & Shatz, M. (1990). Statism and anarchy. Cambridge texts in the history of political thought. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Sonn, R. D. (1992). Anarchism. Twayne's studies in intellectual and cultural history, no. 4. New York: Twayne.

Brooks, F. H. (1994). The Individualist anarchists: An anthology of Liberty (1881-1908). New Brunswick, N.J., U.S.A.: Transaction.

Heider, U. (1994). Anarchism: Left, right, and green. San Francisco: City Lights Books.

McLaughlin, P. (2002). Mikhail Bakunin The philosophical basis of his theory of anarchism. New York: Algora Pub.

Stringham, E. (2005). Anarchy, state and public choice. New thinking in political economy. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

Berkman, A., Fellner, G., & Zinn, H. (2005). Life of an anarchist: The Alexander Berkman reader. New York: Seven Stories Press.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media

Source: (Alternate: Google Video, YouTube pt.1, pt.2, pt.3, pt.4, pt.5, pt.6, pt.7, pt.8, pt.9, pt.10, pt.11, pt.12, pt.13, pt.14, pt.15, pt.16, pt.17)

From Wikipedia:

Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) is a multi award-winning documentary film that explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, a linguist, intellectual, and political activist. Created by two Canadian independent filmmakers, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, it expands on the ideas of Chomsky's earlier book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, which he co-wrote with Edward S. Herman.


In the Library:
  • Barsky, Robert F. 1997. Noam Chomsky: a life of dissent. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1969. American power and the new mandarins. New York: Pantheon Books. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1991. Deterring democracy. London: Verso. [link: WorldCat]

  • Chomsky, Noam. 2003. Hegemony or survival: America's quest for global dominance. New York: Metropolitan Books. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam, and Carlos Peregrín Otero. 2004. Language and politics. Oakland, CA: AK Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam. 2000. A new generation draws the line: Kosovo, East Timor, and the standards of the West. London: Verso. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam, and Noam Chomsky. 2002. Pirates and emperors, old and new: international terrorism in the real world. Cambridge, MA: South End Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1996. Powers and prospects: reflections on human nature and the social order. Boston, MA: South End Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1975. Reflections on language. New York: Pantheon Books. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1982. Towards a new cold war: essays on the current crisis and how we got there. New York: Pantheon Books. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam, and Edward S. Herman. 1979. The Washington connection and Third World fascism. Boston: South End Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Chomsky, Noam. 1992. What Uncle Sam really wants. The Real story series. Berkeley: Odonian Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Collier, Peter, and David Horowitz. 2004. The anti-Chomsky reader. San Francisco: Encounter Books. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Hamm, Bernd. 2005. Devastating society: the neo-conservative assault on democracy and justice. London: Pluto Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Harman, Gilbert. 1974. On Noam Chomsky; critical essays. Garden City, N.Y.: Anchor Press. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:

The Least of These: Family Detention in America

Source: SnagFilms

The Least of These explores one of the most controversial aspects of American immigration policy: family detention.

As part of the Bush administration policy to end what they termed the “catch and release’” of undocumented immigrants, the U.S. government opened the T. Don Hutto Residential Center in May 2006 as a prototype family detention facility. The facility is a former medium-security prison in central Texas operated by CCA, the largest private prison operator in the country. The facility houses immigrant children and their parents from all over the world who are awaiting asylum hearings or deportation proceedings.

The facility was initially activated with little media attention or public knowledge. Soon, however, immigration attorney Barbara Hines was contacted by detainees seeking representation, and she became increasingly concerned about the troubling conditions there. She joined forces with Vanita Gupta of the ACLU and Michelle Brané of the Women’s Refugee Commission to investigate conditions and seek changes. Their efforts were initially hampered by a lack of openness and oversight within the Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) organization. Undeterred, the three attorneys attempted to bring about changes in both policy and conditions, by making their findings public, encouraging involvement by activists and the media, and ultimately by filing a historic lawsuit.

As these events unfold, the film explores the government rationale for family detention, conditions at the facility, collateral damage, and the role (and limits) of community activism in bringing change. The film leads viewers to consider how core American rights and values – due process, presumption of innocence, upholding the family structure as the basic unit of civil society, and America as a refuge of last resort – should apply to immigrants, particularly children.


In the Library:
  • Daniels, Roger. 2004. Guarding the golden door: American immigration policy and immigrants since 1882. New York: Hill and Wang. [WorldCat]
  • Elsner, Alan. 2004. Gates of injustice: the crisis in America's prisons. Financial Times Prentice Hall books. Upper Saddle River, NJ: FT Prentice Hall. [WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • González, Juan. 2000. Harvest of empire: a history of Latinos in America. New York: Viking. [WorldCat]
  • Graham, Otis L. 2004. Unguarded gates: a history of America's immigration crisis. Lanham, Md: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Haines, David W., and Karen Elaine Rosenblum. 1999. Illegal immigration in America: a reference handbook. Westport, Conn: Greenwood Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Hayter, Teresa. 2000. Open borders the case against immigration controls. London: Pluto Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Loury, Glenn C. 2008. Race, incarceration, and American values. A Boston review book. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [Link: WorldCat]
  • Wong, Carolyn. 2006. Lobbying for inclusion: rights politics and the making of immigration policy. Stanford, Calif: Stanford University Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Neuman, Gerald L. 1998. Habeas Corpus, Executive Detention, and the Removal of Aliens. Columbia Law Review 98, no. 4 (May): 961-1067. doi:10.2307/1123354. [link: JSTOR]

On the Web:

Friday, April 3, 2009

Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?

Source TED Talks

Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this."

A visionary cultural leader, Sir Ken led the British government's 1998 advisory committee on creative and cultural education, a massive inquiry into the significance of creativity in the educational system and the economy, and was knighted in 2003 for his achievements. His latest book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, a deep look at human creativity and education, was published in January 2009.

In the Library:

Flower, J. A. (2003). Downstairs, upstairs: The changed spirit and face of college life in America. Ohio history and culture. Akron, Ohio: University of Akron Press.

Stevens, M. L. (2007). Creating a class: College admissions and the education of elites. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press.

Dressel, P. L., & Faricy, W. H. (1972). Return to responsibility. The Jossey-Bass series in higher education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Fisher, R., & Williams, M. (2004). Unlocking creativity Teaching across the curriculum. London: David Fulton.

Drews, E. M. (1972). Learning together; how to foster creativity, self-fulfillment, and social awareness in today's students and teachers. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall.

McVickar, P. (1972). Imagination: key to human potential. Washington: National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Guilford, J. P. (1968). Intelligence, creativity, and their educational implications. San Diego, Calif: R.R. Knapp.

De Bono, E. (1968). New think; The use of lateral thinking in the generation of new ideas. New York: Basic Books.

Gowan, J. C., Demos, G. D., & Torrance, E. P. (1967). Creativity: its educational implications. New York: Wiley.

Massialas, B. G., & Zevin, J. (1967). Creative encounters in the classroom; Teaching and learning through discovery. New York: Wiley.

Smith, J. A. (1967). Creative teaching of the creative arts in the elementary school. Allyn and Bacon series in creative teaching. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Gelb, M. (1998). How to think like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven steps to genius every day. New York, N.Y.: Delacorte Press.

Root-Bernstein, R. S., & Root-Bernstein, M. (1999). Sparks of genius: The thirteen thinking tools of the world's most creative people. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin.

On the Web:
  • Sir Ken Robinson's official website

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pirate Radio USA

Source: Google Video

Pirate Radio USA looks at the rise of "pirate radio" following the regulation and licensing of radio frequency broadcast by the FCC, featuring a number of pirate radio stations around the United States, their various techniques, as well as the reasons why for broadcasting in violation of Federal laws. The documentary also details the impact of pirate radio (as a component of Indymedia) during the World Trade Organization protests during the Seattle 1999 meeting.


In the Library:
  • Albarran, Alan B., and Gregory G. Pitts. 2000. The radio broadcasting industry. Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. [link: WorldCat]
  • American Radio Relay League. 1985. The ARRL handbook for the radio amateur. Newington, Conn: American Radio Relay League. [link: WorldCat]
  • Anders, Allison, Dean Lent, Kurt Voss, Marcus De Leon, Chris D., Luanna Anders, Chris Shearer, John Doe, and Dave Alvin. 2006. Border radio. [Irvington, N.Y.]: Criterion Collection. [link: WorldCat]
  • Doerksen, Clifford John. 2005. American Babel: rogue radio broadcasters of the jazz age. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Einstein, Mara. 2004. Media diversity economics, ownership, and the FCC. LEA's communication series. Mahwah, N.J.: L. Erlbaum Associates. [link: WorldCat]
  • Hilliard, Robert L. 1991. The Federal Communications Commission: a primer. Electronic media guides. Boston: Focal Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Squier, Susan Merrill. 2003. Communities of the air: radio century, radio culture. Durham: Duke University Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Walker, Jesse. 2001. Rebels on the air: an alternative history of radio in America. New York: New York University Press. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Common Routes: St. Dominique, Louisiana

Source: Google Video

This short film produced for the an exhibition at the Historic New Orleans Collection traces some of the parallel history and experiences of creoles of color in two of France's premiere colonies in the New World: Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) and Louisiana.


In the Library:
  • Baade, Hans W. 1980. Louisiana's laws and the Creole family in history. Austin, Tex: Baade. [link: WorldCat]
  • Brown, Gordon S. 2005. Toussaint's clause: the founding fathers and the Haitian revolution. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi. [link: WorldCat]
  • Brown, Richmond F. 2007. Coastal encounters the transformation of the Gulf South in the eighteenth century. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Gomez, Michael Angelo. 2006. Diasporic Africa a reader. New York: New York University Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Hall-Quest, Olga Wilbourne, and Victor Lazzaro. 1968. Old New Orleans, the Creole city; its role in American history, 1718-1803. New York: Dutton. [link: WorldCat]
  • Ingersoll, Thomas N. 1999. Mammon and Manon in early New Orleans: the first slave society in the Deep South, 1718-1819. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • James, Cyril Lionel Robert. 1980. The black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo revolution. Motive. London: Allison & Busby. [link: WorldCat]
  • Kein, Sybil. 2000. Creole: the history and legacy of Louisiana's free people of color. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:
  • The Creole City - an online exhibit at the Louisiana State University Libraries Web site.

Rip! A Remix Manifesto

Meet Girl Talk. Today we're going to make a mash-up, find out who Girl Talk is, and why his music holds the key to the future of culture.

Copyright vs Copyleft. Let's explore the remixers manifesto.

Culture always builds on the past. Did Muddy Waters build on the blues? And did Led Zeppelin build on Muddy Waters? Does Girl Talk need permission to build on all of it?

Asking permission. What would happen if Girl Talk asked permission to sample from the people who own the history of music?

The past tries to control the future. The Internet was not the first technology to disrupt business models. From the printing press to the player piano, one generation is always calling the next a "pirate."

Lawrence Lessig gives Brett some advice. Lessig has been traveling the globe for over a decade trying to convince the world to re-think copyright. We asked him for some legal advice.

Open source cinema. Today's remixers are building a new literacy and they're leaning on a tradition much older than Girl Talk.

Cory Doctorow and the King of Remix. Walt Disney, the biggest remixer of all, built an empire from remixing fairy tales from the public domain. Why can't we do to Mickey Mouse what Walt did to the Brothers Grimm?

Culture jam! Remixers are fighting back. Meet Negativland, the original Culture Jammers.

Our culture is becoming less free. In the US, copyright laws are allowing record companies to sue preachers, single moms and even dead people. My country – Canada – is being pressured to adopt this approach to intellectual property. Is yours?

Radio Head – Paris Hilton – Girl Talk. The Internet may be a highway of piracy for some, but not for many musicians. It is providing them access to a whole world of fans. The music industry is evolving, and in the process, providing a road map for all areas of our culture.

Open Source art in Brazil. Do we have to beg permission to build on the past? In Brazil, a balance has been struck between intellectual property and the public domain.

The Revolution will be digitized. We could all learn a little from the Mouse Liberation Front. The future is ours!


In the Library:

Fishman, S. (2001). The public domain How to find copyright-free writings, music, art & more. Berkeley:

Vaidhyanathan, S. (2001). Copyrights and copywrongs: The rise of intellectual property and how it threatens creativity. New York: New York University Press.

Lessig, L. (2004). Free culture: How big media uses technology and the law to lock down culture and control creativity. New York: Penguin Press.

Herrington, T. K. (2001). Controlling voices Intellectual property, humanistic studies, and the Internet. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press.

National Research Council (U.S.). (2000). The digital dilemma Intellectual property in the information age. Washington, DC: National Academy Press.

Litman, J. (2001). Digital copyright: Protecting intellectual property on the Internet. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books.

Matsuura, J. H. (2003). Managing intellectual assets in the digital age. Boston, MA: Artech House.

Einhorn, M. A. (2004). Media, technology, and copyright Integrating law and economics. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

Spinello, R. A., & Tavani, H. T. (2005). Intellectual property rights in a networked world Theory and practice. Hershey, PA: Information Science Pub.

Rimmer, M. (2007). Digital copyright and the consumer revolution Hands off my iPod. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

On the Web:

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues

Source: Google Video (Hi Res sources:,, MegaUpload, or BitTorrent file)

From Wikipedia:

Sita Sings the Blues is a 2008 animated feature film written, directed, produced and animated entirely by American artist Nina Paley (with the exception of some fight animation by Jake Friedman in the "Battle of Lanka" scene)[2] primarily using 2D computer graphics.

It intersperses events from an episode of the Ramayana, illustrated conversation between Indian shadow puppets, musical interludes voiced with tracks by Annette Hanshaw and scenes from the artist's own life. The ancient mythological and modern biographical plot are parallel tales, sharing numerous themes.

In the Library:
  • Dehejia, Vidya. 1994. The Legend of Rama: artistic visions. Bombay: Marg Publications. [link: WorldCat]
  • Vālmīki, and Aubrey Menen. 1954. The Ramayana. C. Scribner. [link: WorldCat]
On the Web:

Closing the School of Assassins

Source: YouTube

A radio interview with Father Roy Bourgeois, founder of School of the Americas Watch (SOAW), an advocacy group dedicated to shutting down the U.S. Army School of Americas located in Fort Benning, Georgia. According to SOAW, the School of Americas:
"trains Latin American security personnel in combat, counter-insurgency, and counter-narcotics. SOA graduates are responsible for some of the worst human rights abuses in Latin America. In 1996 the Pentagon was forced to release training manuals used at the school that advocated torture, extortion and execution. Among the SOA's nearly 60,000 graduates are notorious dictators Manuel Noriega and Omar Torrijos of Panama, Leopoldo Galtieri and Roberto Viola of Argentina, Juan Velasco Alvarado of Peru, Guillermo Rodriguez of Ecuador, and Hugo Banzer Suarez of Bolivia. Lower-level SOA graduates have participated in human rights abuses that include the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero and the El Mozote Massacre of 900 civilians."
Renamed the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) in 2000, the School continues to operate and provide training to military and para-military forces of several Latin and South American governments.

In this interview, Fr. Roy talks about his experiences growing up in Louisiana, serving in Viet Nam, the influences which brought him to the Catholic priesthood, his missionary work in Bolivia as well as his learning firsthand of human rights abuses in Latin America by groups and individuals directly sponsored by the US Government.


In the Library:
  • Bouvier, Virginia Marie. 2002. The globalization of U.S.-Latin American relations democracy, intervention, and human rights. Westport, Conn: Praeger. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Gill, Lesley. 2004. The School of the Americas: military training and political violence in the Americas. American encounters/global interactions. Durham: Duke University Press. [link: WorldCat]
On the Web:

Goddess Remembered

Source National Film Board of Canada

This documentary is a salute to 35,000 years of the goddess-worshipping religions of the ancient past. The film features Merlin Stone, Carol Christ, Luisah Teish and Jean Bolen, all of whom link the loss of goddess-centric societies with today's environmental crisis. This is the first part of a 3-part series that includes The Burning Times and Full Circle.


In the Library:

Gimbutas, M. (1991). The language of the goddess: Unearthing the hidden symbols of western civilization. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco.

Reis, P. (1991). Through the Goddess: A woman's way of healing. New York: Continuum.

Campbell, J., & Musès, C. (1991). In all her names: Explorations of the feminine in divinity. [San Francisco]: HarperSanFrancisco.

Baring, A., & Cashford, J. (1991). The myth of the goddess: Evolution of an image. London, England: Viking Arkana.

Billington, S., & Green, M. J. (1996). The concept of the goddess. London: Routledge.

Monaghan, P., & Monaghan, P. (1997). The new book of goddesses & heroines. St. Paul, Minn: Llewellyn Publications.

Ruether, R. R. (2005). Goddesses and the divine feminine A Western religious history. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Gross, R. M., & Ruether, R. R. (2001). Religious feminism and the future of the planet: A Christian-Buddhist conversation. New York: Continuum.

Beattie, T. (2006). New Catholic feminism Theology and theory. London: Routledge.

Haddad, Y. Y., & Esposito, J. L. (2001). Daughters of Abraham: Feminist thought in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Eller, C. (1993). Living in the lap of the Goddess: The feminist spirituality movement in America. New York: Crossroad.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Herbert's Hippopotamus: Marcuse and Revolution in Paradise

Source: Google Video

This documentary examines the turbulent life in California of political philosopher Herbert Marcuse (1898-1979), author of One-Dimensional Man, Reason and Revolution and Eros and Civilization, among other books, professor of philosophy at the University of California San Diego, and a visionary and influential force for the student movement worldwide during the Sixties and Seventies. Blending archival footage, interviews, re- created scenes and voice-over narration, the video profiles not only the life of Marcuse but also the history of student protest and social activism. The video features interviews with Marcuse's student Angela Davis, former UCSD Chancellor William McGill, colleagues Fredric Jameson and Reinhard Lettau, and rare footage of Marcuse and former California Governor Ronald Reagan. Directed by Paul Alexander.


In the Library:
  • Alford, C. Fred. 1985. Science and the revenge of nature: Marcuse & Habermas. Gainesville, FL: University Presses of Florida. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Breines, Paul. 1970. Critical interruptions; new left perspectives on Herbert Marcuse. [New York]: Herder and Herder. [link: WorldCat]
  • MacIntyre, Alasdair C. 1970. Herbert Marcuse; an exposition and a polemic. New York: Viking Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert, and Douglas Kellner. 2007. Art and liberation. London: Routledge. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1972. Counterrevolution and revolt. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1966. Eros and civilization; a philosophical inquiry into Freud. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert, Richard Wolin, and John Abromeit. 2005. Heideggerian Marxism. European horizons. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Marcuse, Herbert, and Douglas Kellner. 2005. The new left and the 1960s. London: Routledge. [link: WorldCat, NetLibrary]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1964. One-dimensional man; studies in the ideology of advanced industrial society. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1960. Reason and revolution; Hegel and the rise of social theory. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Marcuse, Herbert. 1973. Studies in critical philosophy. Boston: Beacon Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Robinson, Paul A. 1969. The Freudian left: Wilhelm Reich, Geza Roheim, Herbert Marcuse. New York: Harper & Row. [link: WorldCat]

On the Web:

The Political Dr. Seuss

Source: Google Video

In celebration of Theodor Geisel's 105th birthday come's this biographical film of the all-time best-selling children's author known to millions as simply "Dr. Seuss."
"Most people know Dr. Seuss as the man behind 'The Cat in the Hat.' But how many know that 'Yertle the Turtle' was modeled after Hitler--or that Dr. Seuss created WWII political cartoons that denounced racism, isolationism and other issues of the day. 'The Political Dr. Seuss' reveals how popular children's author Theodor Geisel advocated social change, teaching generations of children not only how to be better readers, but better people as well."

In the Library:
  • Cohen, Charles D. 2004. The Seuss, the whole Seuss, and nothing but the Seuss: a visual biography of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
  • Geisel, Theodor Seuss. 1995. The secret art of Dr. Seuss. New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
  • Kemp, James W. 2004. The Gospel according to Dr. Seuss: [snitches, sneeches, and other creachas]. Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • MacDonald, Ruth K. 1988. Dr. Seuss. Boston: Twayne Publishers. [link: WorldCat]
  • Minear, Richard H., Theodor Seuss Geisel, Seuss, and Art Spiegelman. 1999. Dr. Seuss goes to war: the World War II editorial cartoons of Theodor Seuss Geisel. New York: New Press. [link: WorldCat]
  • Morgan, Judith, and Neil Morgan. 1995. Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel: a biography. New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
  • Nel, Philip. 2004. Dr. Seuss: American icon. New York: Continuum. [link: WorldCat]
  • Seuss. 1986. You're only old once! New York: Random House. [link: WorldCat]
On the Web:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


Source National Film Board of Canada

This Oscar®-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who, 30 years ago, produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist's worst nightmare - having lost his ability to create and succumbing to addiction, he panhandles on the streets to make ends meet. Through the use of computer-generated characters, Landreth interviews his friend and colleague in an effort to shed light on his downward spiral. Some strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.


In the Library:
  • Sarris, Nikos [2005] 3d modeling and animation : synthesis and analysis techniques for the human body. Hershey PA : IRM Press, [Netlibrary]
  • Grant, John [2001] Masters of Animation. New York, NY : Watson-Guptill Publications, [WorldCat]
  • Cohen, Karl. [1997] Forbidden animation : censored cartoons and blacklisted animators in America. Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co. [WorldCat]
  • Sitney, P. Adams [2002] Visionary film : the American avant-garde, 1943-2000. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press. [NetLibrary]
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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Pacifist Who Went to War

Source National Film Board of Canada

This documentary is the story of two Mennonite brothers from Manitoba who were forced to make a decision in 1939, as Canada joined World War II. In the face of 400 years of pacifist tradition, should they now go to war? Ted became a conscientious objector while his brother went into military service. Fifty years later, the town of Winkler dedicates its first war memorial and John begins to share his war experiences with Ted.


In the Library:
  • Huxley, Aldous. [1937] An encyclopaedia of pacifism . New York : Harper [WorldCat]
  • Brock, Peter. [1998] Varieties of pacifism: a survey from antiquity to the outset of the twentieth century. New York: Syracuse University Press. [Netlibrary]
  • Brock, Peter [1968] Pacifism in the United States, from the colonial era to the First World War. New Jersey: Princeton University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Payne, James. [2004] A history of force : exploring the worldwide movement against habits of coercion, bloodshed, and mayhem. Sandpoint, Idaho : Lytton Pub. Co [WorldCat]
  • Cooney, Robert. [1977] The Power of the people : active nonviolence in the United States. Culver City, Calif. : Peace Press. [WorldCat]
  • Cooper, Sandi. [1991] Patriotic pacifism : waging war on war in Europe, 1815-1914. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [WorldCat]
  • Yoder, John Howard. [1992] Nevertheless [electronic resource] : the varieties and shortcomings of religious pacifism. Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press [Netlibrary]
  • Dyck, Cornelius J. [1993] An Introduction to Mennonite history [electronic resource] : a popular history of the Anabaptists and the Mennonites. Scottdale, Pa. : Herald Press. [Netlibrary]
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