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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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Technology is advancing in leaps and bounds -- and so is economic inequality, says writer Chrystia Freeland. In an impassioned talk, she charts the rise of a new class of plutocrats (those who are extremely powerful because they are extremely wealthy), and suggests that globalization and new technology are actually fueling, rather than closing, the global income gap. Freeland lays out three problems with plutocracy … and one glimmer of hope.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, inequality, money, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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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
TED Talks
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The developed world holds up the ideals of capitalism, democracy and political rights for all. Those in emerging markets often don't have that luxury. In this powerful talk, economist Dambisa Moyo makes the case that the west can't afford to rest on its laurels and imagine others will blindly follow. Instead, a different model, embodied by China, is increasingly appealing. A call for open-minded political and economic cooperation in the name of transforming the world.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, Africa, china, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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James Glattfelder studies complexity: how an interconnected system -- say, a swarm of birds -- is more than the sum of its parts. And complexity theory, it turns out, can reveal a lot about how the economy works. Glattfelder shares a groundbreaking study of how control flows through the global economy, and how concentration of power in the hands of a shockingly small number leaves us all vulnerable. (Filmed at TEDxZurich.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, complexity, economics, global issues, TEDxZurich, 2012
TED Talks
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What motivates us to work? Contrary to conventional wisdom, it isn't just money. But it's not exactly joy either. It seems that most of us thrive by making constant progress and feeling a sense of purpose. Behavioral economist Dan Ariely presents two eye-opening experiments that reveal our unexpected and nuanced attitudes toward meaning in our work. (Filmed at TEDxRiodelaPlata.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, leadership, productivity, work,...
TED Talks
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Greece has been the poster child for European economic crisis, but former Prime Minister George Papandreou wonders if it's just a preview of what's to come. “Our democracies," he says, "are trapped by systems that are too big to fail, or more accurately, too big to control” -- while "politicians like me have lost the trust of their peoples." How to solve it? Have citizens re-engage more directly in a new democratic bargain.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, global issues, politics, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
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What can economists learn from linguists? Behavioral economist Keith Chen introduces a fascinating pattern from his research: that languages without a concept for the future -- "It rain tomorrow," instead of "It will rain tomorrow" -- correlate strongly with high savings rates. Read more about Chen’s explorations »
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, business, data, economics, language, TEDGlobal 2012,...
TED Talks
by TED.com
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Trinidad and Tobago amassed great wealth in the 1970s thanks to oil. But in 1982, a shocking fact was revealed -- that 2 out of every 3 dollars earmarked for development had been wasted or stolen. This has haunted Afra Raymond for 30 years. Shining a flashlight on a continued history of government corruption, Raymond gives us a reframing of financial crime. (Filmed at TEDxPortofSpain.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, corruption, crime, economics, government, TEDxPortofSpain, 2012
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When two people are trying to make a deal -- whether they’re competing or cooperating -- what’s really going on inside their brains? Behavioral economist Colin Camerer shows research that reveals just how little we’re able to predict what others are thinking. And he presents an unexpected study that shows chimpanzees might just be better at it than we are. (Filmed at TEDxCalTech.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, choice, economics, neuroscience, TEDxCaltech, 2013
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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
TED Talks
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Everyone's talking about the "Internet of Things," but what exactly does that mean for our future? In this thoughtful talk, economist Marco Annunziata looks at how technology is transforming the industrial sector, creating machines that can see, feel, sense and react -- so they can be operated far more efficiently. Think: airplane parts that send an alert when they need to be serviced, or wind turbines that communicate with one another to generate more electricity. It's a future with...
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, technology, TED@BCG San Francisco, 2013
TED Talks
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Why doesn’t the government just get out of the way and let the private sector -- the “real revolutionaries” -- innovate? It’s rhetoric you hear everywhere, and Mariana Mazzucato wants to dispel it. In an energetic talk, she shows how the state -- which many see as a slow, hunkering behemoth -- is really one of our most exciting risk-takers and market-shapers.
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, finance, government, innovation, investment, technology,...
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The 2007-2008 financial crisis, you might think, was an unpredictable one-time crash. But Didier Sornette and his Financial Crisis Observatory have plotted a set of early warning signs for unstable, growing systems, tracking the moment when any bubble is about to pop. (And he's seeing it happen again, right now.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, economics, global issues, prediction, TEDGlobal 2013, 2013
TED Talks
by TED.com
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It's amazing what a rigged game of Monopoly can reveal. In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex and daunting challenge, there's good news too. (Filmed at TEDxMarin.)
Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, behavioral economics, psychology, TEDxMarin, 2013
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...