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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
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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As political turmoil in Yemen continues, the editor of the Yemen Times, Nadia Al-Sakkaf, talks at TEDGlobal with host Pat Mitchell. Al-Sakkaf's independent, English-language paper is vital for sharing news -- and for sharing a new vision of Yemen and of that country's women as equal partners in work and change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, communication, global issues, journalism, politics, war,...
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Have we used up all our resources? Have we filled up all the livable space on Earth? Paul Gilding suggests we have, and the possibility of devastating consequences, in a talk that's equal parts terrifying and, oddly, hopeful.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, science, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Using sleight-of-hand techniques and charming storytelling, illusionist Marco Tempest brings a jaunty stick figure to life onstage at TEDGlobal.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2011, TED, Talks, entertainment, magic, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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eye 400
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After re-purposing CAPTCHA so each human-typed response helps digitize books, Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions by many on the Internet for greater good. At TEDxCMU, he shares how his ambitious new project, Duolingo, will help millions learn a new language while translating the Web quickly and accurately -- all for free.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxCMU, TED, Talks, Internet, collaboration, computers, language, technology, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, activism, city, government, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Psychologist Philip Zimbardo asks, "Why are boys struggling?" He shares some stats (lower graduation rates, greater worries about intimacy and relationships) and suggests a few reasons -- and challenges the TED community to think about solutions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, culture, education, gaming, gender, sex, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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Onstage at TED2012, Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, invention, sustainability, technology, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 29, 2012 TED.com
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New York was planning to tear down the High Line, an abandoned elevated railroad in Manhattan, when Robert Hammond and a few friends suggested: Why not make it a park? He shares how it happened in this tale of local cultural activism.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, activism, arts, cities, culture, 2011
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, Featured, arts, culture, entertainment, gender, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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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
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Around the world right now, one billion people are trapped in poor or failing countries. How can we help them? Economist Paul Collier lays out a bold, compassionate plan for closing the gap between rich and poor.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, business, development, economics, global issues, politics,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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eye 594
favorite 2
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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
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Jacqueline Novogratz tells a moving story of an encounter in a Nairobi slum with Jane, a former prostitute, whose dreams of escaping poverty, of becoming a doctor and of getting married were fulfilled in an unexpected way.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, activism, business, culture, global issues, poverty, women, work,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, architecture, biology, cities, design, 2010
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Capt. Charles Moore of the Algalita Marine Research Foundation first discovered the Great Pacific Garbage Patch -- an endless floating waste of plastic trash. Now he's drawing attention to the growing, choking problem of plastic debris in our seas.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, environment, oceans, plastic, science, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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MOMA design curator Paola Antonelli previews the groundbreaking show " Design and the Elastic Mind " -- full of products and designs that reflect the way we think now.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, art, brain, design, museums, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, book, culture, history, humor, science, sex, writing, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Author and activist Isabel Allende discusses women, creativity, the definition of feminism -- and, of course, passion -- in this talk.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, entertainment, global issues, love, parenting, storytelling, women,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Nicholas Negroponte talks about how One Laptop per Child is doing, two years in. Speaking at the EG conference while the first XO laptops roll off the production line, he recaps the controversies and recommits to the goals of this far-reaching project.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, One Laptop Per Child, activism, computers, design, technology, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Dr. Seyi Oyesola takes a searing look at health care in underdeveloped countries. His photo tour of a Nigerian teaching hospital -- all low-tech hacks and donated supplies -- drives home the challenge of doing basic health care there.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, design, health, health care, invention,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The wonderful Nellie McKay sings "Mother of Pearl" (with the immortal first line "Feminists don't have a sense of humor") and "If I Had You" from her sparkling set at TED2008.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2008, TED, Talks, entertainment, humor, love, music, piano, short talk, women, 2008
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Savage-Rumbaugh's work with bonobo apes, which can understand spoken language and learn tasks by watching, forces the audience to rethink how much of what a species can do is determined by biology -- and how much by cultural exposure.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2004, TED, Talks, Featured, animals, apes, biology, culture, education, evolution,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the former finance minister of Nigeria, sums up four days of intense discussion on aid versus trade on the closing day of TEDGlobal 2007, and shares a personal story explaining her own commitment to this cause.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, development, economics, entrepreneur, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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In this fiery and funny talk, New York Times food writer Mark Bittman weighs in on what's wrong with the way we eat now (too much meat, too few plants; too much fast food, too little home cooking), and why it's putting the entire planet at risk.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2007, TED, Talks, environment, food, green, sustainability, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Diane Benscoter spent five years as a "Moonie." She shares an insider's perspective on the mind of a cult member, and proposes a new way to think about today's most troubling conflicts and extremist movements.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, God, activism, faith, meme, religion, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The man who helped usher in the environmental movement in the 1960s and '70s has been rethinking his positions on cities, nuclear power, genetic modification and geo-engineering. This talk at the US State Department is a foretaste of his major new book, sure to provoke widespread debate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, alternative energy, climate change, development, environment,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, war photographer James Nachtwey shows his life’s work and asks TED to help him continue telling the story with innovative, exciting uses of news photography in the digital era.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, TED Prize, activism, arts, culture, death, global issues, media,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, alternative energy, design, energy, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Iqbal Quadir tells how his experiences as a kid in poor Bangladesh, and later as a banker in New York, led him to start a mobile phone operator connecting 80 million rural Bangladeshi -- and to become a champion of bottom-up development.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2005, TED, Talks, alternative energy, business, communication, culture,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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We know the negative images of Africa -- famine and disease, conflict and corruption. But, says Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, there's another, less-told story happening in many African nations: one of reform, economic growth and business opportunity.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, Africa, Featured, business, corruption, global issues, investment,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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At TEDU 2009, Erik Hersman presents the remarkable story of Ushahidi, a GoogleMap mashup that allowed Kenyans to report and track violence via cell phone texts following the 2008 elections, and has evolved to continue saving lives in other countries.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, Africa, activism, communication, disaster relief, global issues,...
TED Talks
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Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee has two powerful stories to tell -- of her own life's transformation, and of the untapped potential of girls around the world. Can we transform the world by unlocking the greatness of girls?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2012, TED, Talks, global issues, peace, social change, women, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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The legendary chimpanzee researcher Jane Goodall talks about TACARE and her other community projects, which help people in booming African towns live side-by-side with threatened animals.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2007, TED, Talks, Africa, animals, biodiversity, environment, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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At his carpet company, Ray Anderson has increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional "take / make / waste" industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, design, environment, green, materials, poetry,...
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Robin Chase founded Zipcar, the world’s biggest car-sharing business. That was one of her smaller ideas. Here she travels much farther, contemplating road-pricing schemes that will shake up our driving habits and a mesh network vast as the Interstate.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2007, TED, Talks, business, cars, technology, transportation, 2007
TED Talks
Apr 26, 2012 TED.com
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Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2005, TED, Talks, physics, science, universe, 2005
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, Africa, creativity, energy, invention, poverty, 2009
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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A TED archive gem. At TED in 1998, Brenda Laurel asks: Why are all the top-selling videogames aimed at little boys? She spent two years researching the world of girls (and shares amazing interviews and photos) to create a game that girls would love.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED1998, TED, Talks, arts, children, culture, design, entertainment, gaming, technology,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the only real difference between humans and chimps is our sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to change the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2002, TED, Talks, Africa, Featured, animals, culture, environment, global issues,...
TED Talks
Apr 25, 2012 TED.com
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Using robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools, Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It's not a "self-driving" car, he's careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route -- and drive independently.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2011, TED, Talks, design, technology, transportation, 2011