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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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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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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
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
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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,...
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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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,...
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...