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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
Aug 8, 2013 TED.com
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To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, hospitalized, drugged, Longden was discarded by a system that didn't know how to help her. Longden tells the moving tale of her...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, health, health care, mental health, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
May 7, 2013 TED.com
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For foreigners, learning to speak Chinese is a hard task. But learning to read the beautiful, often complex characters of the Chinese written language may be less difficult. ShaoLan walks through a simple lesson in recognizing the ideas behind the characters and their meaning -- building from a few simple forms to more complex concepts. Call it Chineasy.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, education, language, TED2013, 2013
TED Talks
Oct 18, 2012 TED.com
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Our leaders need to be held accountable, says journalist Heather Brooke. And she should know: Brooke uncovered the British Parliamentary financial expenses that led to a major political scandal in 2009. She urges us to ask our leaders questions through platforms like Freedom of Information requests -- and to finally get some answers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, culture, journalism, news, politics, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Jun 29, 2012 TED.com
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"Is it okay if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health care, mental health, TEDGlobal 2012, 2012
TED Talks
Apr 23, 2012 TED.com
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Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cosmos, physics, science, universe, TED2012, 2012
TED Talks
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Nature’s beauty can be easily missed -- but not through Louie Schwartzberg’s lens. His stunning time-lapse photography, accompanied by powerful words from Benedictine monk Brother David Steindl-Rast, serves as a meditation on being grateful for every day.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biodiversity, biology, compassion, culture, photography, TEDxSF, 2012
TED Talks
May 19, 2011 TED.com
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In the deep, dark ocean, many sea creatures make their own light for hunting, mating and self-defense. Bioluminescence expert Edith Widder was one of the first to film this glimmering world. At TED2011, she brings some of her glowing friends onstage, and shows more astonishing footage of glowing undersea life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, exploration, ocean, oceans, photography, science, TED2011, 2011
TED Talks
Sep 23, 2009 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
Sep 3, 2009 TED.com
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Evan Grant demonstrates the science and art of cymatics, a process for making soundwaves visible. Useful for analyzing complex sounds (like dolphin calls), it also makes complex and beautiful designs.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, design, math, presentation, science, visualizations, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
May 20, 2009 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 22, 2008 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