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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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Middlebury Special Collections
by Middlebury College
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Prof. Dunning challenges the conventional wisdom that natural resource wealth promotes autocracy. Oil and other forms of mineral wealth can promote both authoritarianism and democracy, Dunning argues, but they do so through different mechanisms; an understanding of these different mechanisms can help elucidate when either the authoritarian or democratic effects of resource wealth will be relatively strong. Exploiting game-theoretic tools and statistical modeling as well as detailed country case...
Topics: Economics, Petroleum, Natural resources, Lectures, Middlebury College
Source: Digital Lecture Archive, Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury, Vt.
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
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Engineer RA Mashelkar shares three stories of ultra-low-cost design from India that use bottom-up rethinking, and some clever engineering, to bring expensive products (cars, prosthetics) into the realm of the possible for everyone.
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDIndia 2009, TED, Talks, business, design, economics, industrial design, technology,...
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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Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, data, economics, global issues, happiness, statistics, tedbooks,...
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
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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MacArthur winner Sendhil Mullainathan uses the lens of behavioral economics to study a tricky set of social problems -- those we know how to solve, but don't. We know how to reduce child deaths due to diarrhea, how to prevent diabetes-related blindness and how to implement solar-cell technology ... yet somehow, we don't or can't. Why?
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, economics, global issues, health, technology, women, TEDIndia 2009,...
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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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
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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
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The future of green is local -- and entrepreneurial. At TEDxMidwest, Majora Carter brings us the stories of three people who are saving their own communities while saving the planet. Call it "hometown security."
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDxMidwest, TED, Talks, business, community, economics, green, 2010
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
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
by TED.com
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Hanna Rosin reviews startling new data that shows women actually surpassing men in several important measures, such as college graduation rates. Do these trends, both US-centric and global, signal the "end of men"? Probably not -- but they point toward an important societal shift worth deep discussi
Topics: TEDTalks, TEDWomen, TED, Talks, culture, economics, education, global issues, women, 2010
TED Talks
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Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt -- by testing solutions with randomized tria
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, poverty, third world, TED2010, 2010
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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As the world faces recession, climate change, inequity and more, Tim Jackson delivers a piercing challenge to established economic principles, explaining how we might stop feeding the crises and start investing in our future.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, development, economics, green, poverty, sustainability, TEDGlobal 2010, 2010
TED Talks
by TED.com
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It may seem that big problems require big solutions, but ad man Rory Sutherland says many flashy, expensive fixes are just obscuring better, simpler answers. To illustrate, he uses behavioral economics and hilarious examples.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, creativity, design, economics, engineering, politics, TEDSalon London 2010,...
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
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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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In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, curiosity, economics, global issues, innovation, physics, science, space,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Historian and diplomat Joseph Nye gives us the 30,000-foot view of the shifts in power between China and the US, and the global implications as economic, political and "soft" power shifts and moves around the globe.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, china, culture, economics, global issues, government, peace, politics, war,...
TED Talks
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Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our experiencing selves and our remembering selves perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, economics, happiness, mind, philosophy, psychology, science,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Enric Sala shares glorious images -- and surprising insights and data -- from some of the most pristine areas of the ocean. He shows how we can restore more of our oceans to this healthy, balanced state, and the powerful ecological and economic benefits of doing so.
Topics: TEDTalks, Mission Blue Voyage, TED, Talks, economics, fish, mission blue, oceans, science, 2010
TED Talks
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Laurie Santos looks for the roots of human irrationality by watching the way our primate relatives make decisions. A clever series of experiments in "monkeynomics" shows that some of the silly choices we make, monkeys make too.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, brain, business, design, economics, money, psychology, science, TEDGlobal...
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,...
TED Talks
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When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Buddhism, business, economics, happiness, money, psychology, TED2010, 2010
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
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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
by TED.com
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Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, choice, culture, economics, psychology, social change, society,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, climate change, economics, energy, environment, green, law, nuclear weapons,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research -- and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now.
Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Slavery, business, economics, global issues, humanity, trafficking, TED2010,...
University of Washington Libraries
by University of Washington. Instructional Media Services.
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Host Al Page interviews Lawrence Klein, Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington and Nobel Prize winner in Economics. Professor Klein discusses economic forecasting, computer technology, systems and models, data accumulation and accuracy; politics and the economy, tax reform, economic recovery, capital investment; service economy, technical development, education, unemployment.  Originally broadcast on UWTV as a segment from...
Topics: Klein, Lawrence R. (Lawrence Robert), 1920-2013, Nobel Prize winners, Economic forecasting,...
University of Washington Libraries
by University of Washington. Instructional Media Services.
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Gary Becker, Professor of Economics, University of Chicago, and Visiting Professor, University of Washington, a noted economist and sociologist, takes a look at the merger of those two fields. Topics range from the criminal justice system and capital punishment to market economies vs. socialist economies.  Originally broadcast on UWTV as a segment from Upon reflection in 1985. 
Topics: Becker, Gary S. (Gary Stanley), 1930-2014, Economics, Social sciences, Capitalism, Marxian...