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 BranĂ© 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