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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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PBS | NPR Forum Network History
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A.N. Wilson, fellow, Royal Society of Literature The distinguished historian A.N. Wilson charts Britain's rise to world dominance. In his much anticipated sequel to the classic The Victorians , he describes how, in little more than a generation, Britain's power and influence in the world virtually dissolved. Wilson presents a panoramic view of an era, stretching from the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, to the dawn of the Cold War in the early 1950s. He offers riveting accounts of the savagery...
Topic: history
PBS | NPR Forum Network Arts & Media
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David Lynch, filmmaker; Fred Tavis, neuroscientist, Maharishi University; John Hagelin, physicist, Maharishi University David Lynch, the award-winning writer, director, and producer, answers questions on his films, his 32-year practice of Transcendental Meditation, and the role of consciousness in the creative process. He is joined by physicist John Hagelin, who was featured in the documentary "What The Bleep Do We Know?" and neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis, Director of the Center for...
Topic: media
PBS | NPR Forum Network Spirituality & Religion
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Larry Witham, reporter, writer Journalist and author Larry Witham talks about the topics found in his book, The Measure of God: History's Greatest Minds Wrestle with Reconciling Science and Religion In this lecture, Witham explores the tension between science and religion that lies at the heart of contemporary debates on stem cell research, cloning, and teaching evolution in the school curriculum. PBS | NPR Forum Network program with Cambridge Forum The First Parish Church in Cambridge 2005 Oct...
Topic: religion
PBS | NPR Forum Network Arts & Media
by WGBH
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Zainab Salbi, writer, activist Zainab Salbi was 11 when her father was chosen to serve as Saddam Hussein's personal pilot. Her mother eventually sent Zainab to America for an arranged marriage, to spare her from Saddam's growing affection, but the marriage turned out to be another world of tyranny and abuse. Zainab started over. She forged a new identity as a champion of female victims of war, dedicating her life to speaking out on behalf of oppressed women around the world. In this intimate...
Topic: society & culture
PBS | NPR Forum Network Health & Science
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Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Science and Technology Imagine a world where we could engineer living tissues to cure a disease, heal an injury, or fix a broken heart. Tissue engineering combines the principles of biology, engineering and medicine to create biological substitutes of native tissues. Can we use engineered tissue to better understand our own bodies? What are the promises of this new technology? What are the roadblocks and controversies? This project is...
Topic: health