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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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How can a struggling country break out of poverty if it's trapped in a system of bad rules? Economist Paul Romer unveils a bold idea: "charter cities," city-scale administrative zones governed by a coalition of nations. (Could Guantánamo Bay become the next Hong Kong?)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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John Gerzema says there's an upside to the recent financial crisis -- the opportunity for positive change. Speaking at TEDxKC, he identifies four major cultural shifts driving new consumer behavior and shows how businesses are evolving to connect with thoughtful spendi
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, United States, advertising, business, economics, marketing, shopping, TEDxKC,...
TED Talks
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The debate over foreign aid often pits those who mistrust "charity" against those who mistrust reliance on the markets. Jacqueline Novogratz proposes a middle way she calls patient capital, with promising examples of entrepreneurial innovation driving social change.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED@State, TED, Talks, Africa, business, development, economics, global issues,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Even as mega-banks topple, Juan Enriquez says the big reboot is yet to come. But don't look for it on your ballot -- or in the stock exchange. It'll come from science labs, and it promises keener bodies and minds. Our kids are going to be ... different.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, business, economics, robots, science, technology, tedbooks, TED2009,...
TED Talks
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we're not as rational as we think when we make decisions.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, culture, economics, global issues, psychology, science, self,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Many people think the lines on the map no longer matter, but Parag Khanna says they do. Using maps of the past and present, he explains the root causes of border conflicts worldwide and proposes simple yet cunning solutions for each.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, history, map, politics,...
TED Talks
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Someone always asks the math teacher, "Am I going to use calculus in real life?" And for most of us, says Arthur Benjamin, the answer is no. He offers a bold proposal on how to make math education relevant in the digital age.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, economics, education, math, statistics, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Mike Rowe, the host of "Dirty Jobs," tells some compelling (and horrifying) real-life job stories. Listen for his insights and observations about the nature of hard work, and how it’s been unjustifiably degraded in society today.
Topics: TEDTalks, EG 2008, TED, Talks, economics, entertainment, work, 2008
TED Talks
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Journalist Misha Glenny spent several years in a courageous investigation of organized crime networks worldwide, which have grown to an estimated 15% of the global economy. From the Russian mafia, to giant drug cartels, his sources include not just intelligence and law enforcement officials but criminal insiders.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, adventure, crime, economics, global issues, writing, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Behavioral economist Dan Ariely studies the bugs in our moral code: the hidden reasons we think it's OK to cheat or steal (sometimes). Clever studies help make his point that we're predictably irrational -- and can be influenced in ways we can't grasp.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, economics, evil, psychology, science, self, society, TED2009,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED2009, TED, Talks, business, china, culture, economics, future, global issues,...
TED Talks
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Loretta Napoleoni details her rare opportunity to talk to the secretive Italian Red Brigades -- an experience that sparked a lifelong interest in terrorism. She gives a behind-the-scenes look at its complex economics, revealing a surprising connection between money laundering and the US Patriot Act.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, economics, global issues, money, TEDGlobal 2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nandan Nilekani, the visionary co-founder of outsourcing pioneer Infosys, explains four brands of ideas that will determine whether India can continue its recent breakneck progress.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, development, economics, global issues, politics, potential,...
TED Talks
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Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, advertising, business, creativity, economics, happiness, life, psychology,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Hans Rosling was a young guest student in India when he first realized that Asia had all the capacities to reclaim its place as the world's dominant economic force. At TEDIndia, he graphs global economic growth since 1858 and predicts the exact date that India and China will outstrip the US.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, health, statistics, technology, visualizations, TEDIndia 2009, 2009
TED Talks
by TED.com
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We're at a unique moment in history, says UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown: we can use today's interconnectedness to develop our shared global ethic -- and work together to confront the challenges of poverty, security, climate change and the economy.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDGlobal 2009, TED, Talks, collaboration, communication, economics, global issues,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, economics, future, global issues, technology, third world,...