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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
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As a young child, Tania Luna left her home in post-Chernobyl Ukraine to take asylum in the US. And one day, on the floor of the New York homeless shelter where she and her family lived, she found a penny. She has never again felt so rich. A meditation on the bittersweet joys of childhood -- and how to hold them in mind.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, money, TED@New York, 2012
TED Talks
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Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission. Wilson, who has won backing to create a company to realize his vision, explains why he's so excited about his innovative design for small modular fission reactors -- and why it could be the next big step in solving the global energy crisis.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, innovation, nuclear energy, physics, science, technology, youth, TED2013, 2013
This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Ecosystems, Alaska, Sociology
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
TED Talks
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Apes, dolphins and elephants are animals with remarkable communication skills. Could the internet be expanded to include sentient species like them? A new and developing idea from a panel of four great thinkers -- dolphin researcher Diana Reiss, musician Peter Gabriel, internet of things visionary Neil Gershenfeld and Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Internet, animals, technology, TED2013, 2013
This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Paintings, Art, Renaissance
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
2013-03-16
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Geography, Environmental Studies, Politics
Source: WaterSymposiumPart5.mp4
This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Politics, Ecology, Environmental Studies
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Activism, Sustainability, Urbanism
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
TED Talks
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Today, thanks to better early detection, there are 63% fewer deaths from heart disease than there were just a few decades ago. Thomas Insel, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, wonders: Could we do the same for depression and schizophrenia? The first step in this new avenue of research, he says, is a crucial reframing: for us to stop thinking about “mental disorders” and start understanding them as “brain disorders.” (Filmed at TEDxCaltech.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, health, mental health, neuroscience, TEDxCaltech, 2013
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Environmentalism, Journalism, Media
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Art, Art Critique, Chinese Contemporary Art
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
TED Talks
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In this well-argued talk, Timothy Bartik makes the macro-economic case for preschool education -- and explains why you should be happy to invest in it, even if you don't have kids that age (or kids at all). The economic benefits of well-educated kids, it turns out, go well beyond the altruistic. (Filmed at TEDxMiamiUniversity .)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, education, TEDxMiamiUniversity, 2012
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Here's a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely -- but the government can't find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It's an unusual bond that helps fund new social services -- especially those where a small investment could create a much larger societal...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, social change, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
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In a highly entertaining performance, beatboxer Tom Thum slings beats, comedy and a mouthful of instrumental impersonations into 11 minutes of creativity and fun that will make you smile. ( Filmed at TEDxSydney .)
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Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, live music, music, TEDxSydney, 2013
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Once the powerhouse of America's industrial might, Detroit is more recently known in the popular imagination as a fabulous ruin, crumbling and bankrupt. But city planner Toni Griffin asks us to look again -- and to imagine an entrepreneurial future for the city's 700,000 residents.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, cities, culture, TEDCity2.0, 2013
This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Geography, GMOs, Child Labor
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Water, Environmental Science, Sustainability
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
by Middlebury College
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This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Power, Resources, Sustainability
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Water, Environmental Science, Sustainability
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Biology, Environmental Science, Sustainability
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive
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This video is part of the Middlebury College Digital Lecture Archive.
Topics: Middlebury College, Lectures, Sustainability, Environmental Science, Geography
Source: MiddMedia A/V exports
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Iran and Israel: two nations with tense relations that seem existentially at odds. But for all their antagonistic rhetoric, there is a recent hidden history of collaboration, even friendship. In an informative talk, Trita Parsi shows how an unlikely strategic alliance in the past could mean peace in the future for these two feuding countries.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Foreign Policy, Iran, Middle East, global issues, government, peace,...
TED Talks
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Once it's created, plastic (almost) never dies. While in 12th grade Miranda Wang and Jeanny Yao went in search of a new bacteria to biodegrade plastic -- specifically by breaking down phthalates, a harmful plasticizer. They found an answer surprisingly close to home.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, bacteria, biology, plastic, pollution, science, youth, TED2013, 2013
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High school science teacher Tyler DeWitt was ecstatic about a lesson plan on bacteria (how cool!) -- and devastated when his students hated it. The problem was the textbook: it was impossible to understand. He delivers a rousing call for science teachers to ditch the jargon and extreme precision, and instead make science sing through stories and demonstrations. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, children, education, science, TEDxBeaconStreet, 2012