Wesleying Summer Lecture Series: Part VI

  • Stumbling on Happiness“Most of us spend our lives steering ourselves toward the best of all possible futures, only to find that tomorrow rarely turns out as we had presumed. Why? As Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert explains, when people try to imagine what the future will hold, they make some basic and consistent mistakes. Just as memory plays tricks on us when we try to look backward in time, so does imagination play tricks when we try to look forward. Using cutting-edge research, much of it original, Gilbert shakes, cajoles, persuades, tricks, and jokes us into accepting the fact that happiness is not really what or where we thought it was. Gilbert brilliantly describes all that science has to tell us about the uniquely human endeavor to envision the future, and how likely we are to enjoy it when we get there.”

  • The Way the Music Died – (PBS Frontline) “In the recording studios of Los Angeles and the boardrooms of New York, they say the record business has been hit by a perfect storm: a convergence of industry-wide consolidation, Internet theft, and artistic drought. The effect has been the loss of billions of dollars, thousands of jobs, and that indefinable quality that once characterized American pop music.”It’s a classic example of art and commerce colliding and nobody wins,” says Nic Harcourt, music director at Los Angeles’s KCRW-FM. “It’s just a train wreck.”
  • The Meth Epidemic – “Speed. Meth. Glass. On the street, methamphetamine has many names. What started as a fad among West Coast motorcycle gangs in the 1970s has spread across the United States, and despite lawmakers’ calls for action, the drug is now more potent, and more destructive, than at any time in the past decade. In “The Meth Epidemic,” FRONTLINE, in association with The Oregonian, investigates the meth rampage in America: the appalling impact on individuals, families and communities, and the difficulty of controlling an essential ingredient in meth—ephedrine and pseudoephedrine—sold legally in over-the-counter cold remedies.”
  • In Loud and Proud: The Rise of Homo Hop – (BBC Radio) “Letitia from Radio 1’s Sunday Surgery meets the artists that are challenging the great hip-hop taboo. Qboy, one of the UK’s rising homo hop stars, has kept his audio diary as he travels to the USA to meet the queer hop stars across the pond.”

  • Dubai: Sudden City – (National Geographic) “Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has led the transformation of Dubai from a drowsy fishing village to a tax-free business haven and world capital of glittering excess. National Geographic senior writer/editor Cassandra Franklin-Barbajosa reads Afshin Molavi’s January 2007 article, ‘Dubai: Sudden City.'”

  • God’s Next Army – (BBC) A documentary akin to Jesus Camp…kinda answers the question as to what those kids do when they grow up.
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6 thoughts on “Wesleying Summer Lecture Series: Part VI

  1. Anonymous

    is god’s next army the one about the batshit crazy phelps family, or something else? jesus camp is one of the scariest movies i’ve ever seen

  2. Anonymous

    is god’s next army the one about the batshit crazy phelps family, or something else? jesus camp is one of the scariest movies i’ve ever seen

  3. Eric

    I recommend Dan Gilbert. He gave a really great talk at the TED conference, its 20 minutes, you can view it here. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/97If you want to stay educated and entertained over the summer and want a break from books, a lot of these talks are absolutely incredible. I also recommend the talks #93, 66, 140, and 113 (you can change the id number at the end of the url).

  4. Eric

    I recommend Dan Gilbert. He gave a really great talk at the TED conference, its 20 minutes, you can view it here. http://www.ted.com/index.php/talks/view/id/97
    If you want to stay educated and entertained over the summer and want a break from books, a lot of these talks are absolutely incredible. I also recommend the talks #93, 66, 140, and 113 (you can change the id number at the end of the url).

  5. Nick

    Maybe this is old news, but there are a bunch of podcasted courses available for free in the “iTunes U” section of the iTunes store.

  6. Nick

    Maybe this is old news, but there are a bunch of podcasted courses available for free in the “iTunes U” section of the iTunes store.

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