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Cultural & Academic Films

This library of academic and cultural films features collections from the Academic Film Archive and the Media Burn Independent Film Archive, as well as a selection of documentaries created by Dorothy Fadiman. In addition, films from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology are presented including those by Watson Kintner who used film to document his world travels, and the popular television show from the 1950s: “What in the World?”

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TED Talks
by TED.com
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At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don't "act like a man." Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other. His solution: Break free of the "man box."
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Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, global issues, men, women, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDMED 2009, TED, Talks, activism, happiness, health, heroism, prosthetics, social...
TED Talks
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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg looks at why a smaller percentage of women than men reach the top of their professions -- and offers 3 powerful pieces of advice to women aiming for the C-suite.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, business, education, leadership, technology, women, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and team study the world's "Blue Zones," communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. At TEDxTC, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits that keep them spry past age 100.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, culture, exploration, food, health, life, science, TEDxTC, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, economics, energy, environment, green, law, nuclear weapons,...
TED Talks
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11-year-old Birke Baehr presents his take on a major source of our food -- far-away and less-than-picturesque industrial farms. Keeping farms out of sight promotes a rosy, unreal picture of big-box agriculture, he argues, as he outlines the case to green and localize food production.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxNextGenerationAsheville, TED, Talks, agriculture, business, environment, food, green,...
TED Talks
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Plants behave in some oddly intelligent ways: fighting predators, maximizing food opportunities ... But can we think of them as actually having a form of intelligence of their own? Italian botanist Stefano Mancuso presents intriguing evidence.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, collaboration, science, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Product designer Eben Bayer reveals his recipe for a new, fungus-based packaging material that protects fragile stuff like furniture, plasma screens -- and the environment.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, environment, green, nature, plastic, product design, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
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Pollen goes unnoticed by most of us, except when hay fever strikes. But microscopes reveal it comes in stunning colors and shapes -- and travels remarkably well. Jonathan Drori gives an up-close glimpse of these fascinating flecks of plant courtship.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, botany, environment, life, sex, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Lego blocks: playtime mainstay for industrious kids, obsession for many (ahem!) mature adults. Hillel Cooperman takes us on a trip through the beloved bricks' colorful, sometimes oddball grownup subculture, featuring CAD, open-source robotics and a little adult behavior.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, design, entertainment, entrepreneur, gaming, TED2010, 2010
TED Talks
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Sheryl WuDunn's book "Half the Sky" investigates the oppression of women globally. Her stories shock. Only when women in developing countries have equal access to education and economic opportunity will we be using all our human resources.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Slavery, development, economics, education, poverty, third world,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the "end of men"? Probably not -- but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussi
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, economics, education, global issues, women, 2010
TED Talks
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In war we often see only the frontline stories of soldiers and combat. AT TEDGlobal 2010, Zainab Salbi tells powerful "backline" stories of women who keep everyday life going during conflicts, and calls for women to have a place at the negotiating table once fighting is over.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, iraq, politics, war, women, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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At TEDxNASA, Dennis Hong introduces seven award-winnning, all-terrain robots -- like the humanoid, soccer-playing DARwIn and the cliff-gripping CLIMBeR -- all built by his team at RoMeLa, Virginia Tech. Watch to the end to hear the five creative secrets to his lab's incredible technical success.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AI, engineering, robots, science, technology, TEDxNASA, 2009
TED Talks
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Convince just 100 key companies to go sustainable, and WWF's Jason Clay says global markets will shift to protect the planet our consumption has already outgrown. Hear how his extraordinary roundtables are getting big brand rivals to agree on green practices first -- before their products duke it out on store shelves.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, environment, green, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Marcel Dicke makes an appetizing case for adding insects to everyone's diet. His message to squeamish chefs and foodies: delicacies like locusts and caterpillars compete with meat in flavor, nutrition and eco-friendliness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, environment, food, health, insects, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In this passionate talk, Eve Ensler declares that there is a girl cell in us all -- a cell that we have all been taught to suppress. She tells heartfelt stories of girls around the world who have overcome shocking adversity and violence to reveal the astonishing strength of being a girl.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, gender, self, social change, women, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
Gerard Arthus - NASA Images, Videos, and Documents; A Collection
by JPL/NASA
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This is an educational video "Saturn's Beautiful Aurora", produced by the JPL and NASA. Uploaded for an introductory course on Astronomy. ASTR110 section 01, Ancilla College, Donaldson Indiana. Published under the Creative Commons License and in the Public Domain.
Topics: astr110, astronomy, aurora, garthus, JPL, NASA
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Peter Molyneux demos Milo, a hotly anticipated video game for Microsoft's Kinect controller. Perceptive and impressionable like a real 11-year-old, the virtual boy watches, listens and learns -- recognizing and responding to you.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, AI, children, computers, design, gaming, psychology, technology, TEDGlobal...
TED Talks
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Chef Barton Seaver presents a modern dilemma: Seafood is one of our healthier protein options, but overfishing is desperately harming our oceans. He suggests a simple way to keep fish on the dinner table that includes every mom's favorite adage -- "Eat your vegetables!"
Topics: TEDTalks, Mission Blue Voyage, TED, Talks, environment, fish, food, oceans, sustainability, 2010