Wesleying Summer Lecture Series: Part II

Allo friends. Today, I’ll be posting early since I have a ton of crap to do tomorrow. Enjoy your learnings.

  • The Storm – “‘The Storm’ an hour-long FRONTLINE investigation, examines how and why government at every level — local, state and federal — was unprepared, uncoordinated and overwhelmed in dealing with the Hurricane Katrina disaster that devastated the Gulf Coast in the late summer of 2005 and killed more than 900 people in New Orleans”
  • Charles Dickens – (BBC) A cute, short animation about the life of Charles Dickens.
  • An Introduction to Islam“Director of the Jackson School of International Studies, Jere Bacharach, leads this overview of the basic tenets of the Islamic faith.”
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Father of Modern Fantasy Literature“Although J.R.R. Tolkien did not invent heroic fantasy, in the latter part of the twentieth century, The Lord of the Rings has become almost a standard literary form for the genre. What is it about Tolkien and his work that has fostered this modern literary and commercially successful phenomenon?”
  • How Does the Autistic Brain Work? – “ Crammed into our craniums, the three-pound human brain may be the most complex matter in the universe. And, scientists are learning more about how it works by investigating how it doesn’t work. A 13 year-old young man named Tito Mukhopadhyay may be the Rosetta stone for autism, revealing what it feels like to be autistic.”
  • The Hidden Curricula of EducationDouglas Kellner, Professor George F. Kneller Philosophy of Education Chair at UCLA describes how modern education conditions the student for the capitalist workplace. This “hidden curricula” is inherently conservative. Kneller seeks to explore a more progressive approach.
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