Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election (Pew)

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The Generation Gap and the 2012 Election (Pew Research Center)

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In the last four national elections, generational differences have mattered more than they have in decades. According to the exit polls, younger people have voted substantially more Democratic than other age groups in each election since 2004, while older voters have cast more ballots for Republican candidates in each election since 2006.

The latest national polls suggest this pattern may well continue in 2012. Millennial generation voters are inclined to back Barack Obama for reelection by a wide margin in a matchup against Mitt Romney, the Republican candidate who has run the strongest against Obama in many polls. By contrast, Silent generation voters are solidly behind Romney.

In between the youngest and the oldest voters are the Baby Boom generation and Generation X. Both groups are less supportive of Obama than they were in 2008 and are now on the fence with respect to a second term for the president.
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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Interactive Map Showing Immigration Data Since 1880

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Interactive Map Showing Immigration Data Since 1880 (New York Times, 10 March 2009)

Click the above link and select a foreign-born group to see how they settled across the United States.

Link: Interactive Map Showing Immigration Data Since 1880



New Report Analyzes Latest Demographic Trends for Asian Americans

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New Report Analyzes Latest Demographic Trends for Asian Americans

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The Asian American Center for Advancing Justice just released a new report, A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans in the United States, 2011, analyzing the latest demographic trends for Asian Americans. The demographic report, released today as a part of the Advancing Justice Conference, analyzes Census and other data on Asian Americans and highlights key issues facing the nation's fastest growing racial group. The report assesses contributions and challenges facing the diverse ethnic groups that comprise the Asian American community, from their increased economic and civic contributions to continued challenges in housing and healthcare access to stereotypes around educational attainment and employment.
Overview: New Report Analyzes Latest Demographic Trends for Asian Americans
Complete Report (PDF): A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans in the United States, 2011



Tuesday, October 25, 2011

The Jewish District in Medieval Vienna (German narration)

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The Jewish district in medieval Vienna (Vimeo video with German narration)

Abstract:
In the Middle Ages Vienna was home to a thriving Jewish community, one of the largest and most important in Europe. Famous Rabbis taught and worked here and made Vienna into a center of Jewish knowledge. This lively and creative environment was forced to an abrupt end in 1420-21 with the expulsion and murder of the Viennese Jews. This virtual tour allows us to walk through the Vienna of the 14th Century and showcases the Jewish festivals and customs of that time, helping us understand how the life of this medieval Jewish community was organized.
Link: The Jewish district in medieval Vienna



Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Harvard Classics

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The Harvard Classics, originally known as Dr. Eliot's Five Foot Shelf, is a 51-volume anthology of classic works from world literature, compiled and edited by Harvard University president Charles W. Eliot and first published in 1909. The most comprehensive and well-researched anthology of all time comprises both the 50-volume "5-foot shelf of books" and the the 20-volume Shelf of Fiction. Together they cover every major literary figure, philosopher, religion, folklore and historical subject through the twentieth century.n 1910, Dr. Charles W. Eliot, then President of Harvard University, put together an extraordinary library of "all the books needed for a real education."

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Imperial History of the Middle East

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Imperial History of the Middle East

Abstract: 5,000 years of Middle East history and empire building in 90 seconds.

Link: Imperial History of the Middle East



Early Music Online

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Early Music Online

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Early Music Online is a pilot project in which 300 of the world’s earliest surviving volumes of printed music, held in the British Library, have been digitised and made freely available online. You can explore the digitised content via the British Library Catalogue. Included are full details of each digitised book, with an inventory of the contents of each, searchable by composer name, title of composition, date and subject, and with links to the digitised content. You can also browse the digitised content by going straight to Royal Holloway's digital repository.
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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Cross-Cultural Health Care: Case Studies

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Cross-Cultural Health Care: Case Studies

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These case studies investigate concepts of culture and their impact on health beliefs, discuss the impact of the patients' social and cultural factors on their ability to access health care, and explore how health care providers can work effectively with patients from culturally diverse backgrounds.
Link: Cross-Cultural Health Care: Case Studies



Thursday, September 29, 2011

Using Medify for Medical Research

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Medify

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Medify enables you to search through peer-reviewed/refereed medical research studies to find studies, clinical trials, etc. on causes and treatments of medical conditions.
Link: Medify



Monday, September 26, 2011

Digital Dead Sea Scrolls

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Digital Dead Sea Scrolls Official Site

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The Israel Museum welcomes you to the Dead Sea Scrolls Digital Project, allowing users to examine and explore these most ancient manuscripts from Second Temple timehttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifs at a level of detail never before possible. Developed in partnership with Google, the new website gives users access to searchable, fast-loading, high-resolution images of the scrolls, as well as short explanatory videos and background information on the texts and their history. The Dead Sea Scrolls, which include the oldest known biblical manuscripts in existence, offer critical insight into Jewish society in the Land of Israel during the Second Temple Period, the time of the birth of Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism. Five complete scrolls from the Israel Museum have been digitized for the project at this stage and are now accessible online.

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Public Domain Review

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The Public Domain Review

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The public domain is a vast commons of material that everyone is free to enjoy, share and build upon without restriction. All works eventually enter the public domain – from classic works of art, music and literature, to abandoned drafts, tentative plans, and overlooked fragments.

The Public Domain Review aspires to become a bounteous gateway into the whopping plenitude that is the public domain, helping our readers to explore this rich terrain by surfacing unusual and obscure works, and offering fresh reflections and unfamiliar angles on material which is more well known.

By providing a curated collection of exotic scraps and marvellous rarities and linking to freely distributable copies of works in online archives and from far flung corners of the web, we hope to encourage readers to further utilise and explore public domain works by themselves.
Link: The Public Domain Review




Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophy

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Polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophy

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We understand intercultural philosophy as the endeavor to give expression to the many voices of philosophy in their respective cultural contexts and thereby to generate a shared, fruitful discussion granting equal rights to all. In intercultural philosophy we see above all a new orientation and new practice of philosophy – of a philosophy that requires an attitude of mutual respect, listening, and learning.

It entails a new orientation because, in acknowledgment of the cultural situatedness of philosophy, claims must prove themselves interculturally, and culture and cultures must be consciously kept in view as the context of philosophising. It entails a new practice because this consciousness demands a departure from an individual, mono-cultural production of philosophy and seeks instead a dialogical, process-oriented, fundamentally open polyphony of cultures and disciplines.

polylog seeks to realize such practices in an intercultural dialogue among philosophers as well as other interested scholars and members of society – in a philosophical polylogue. The project pursues this aim by providing a virtual platform for the world-wide discussion of topics in intercultural philosophy. Intercultural philosophy is not thereby intended as a new theory, discipline, or school to be established. Rather, the diversity of intentions and approaches should be met with the greatest possible openness as well as academic seriousness – as much as possible in the appropriate form and manner.
Link: Polylog: Forum for Intercultural Philosophy



Multiculturalism and integration: struggling with confusions

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“Multiculturalism and Integration: struggling with confusions” by Tariq Modood

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This spring 2011 has been quite hot politically. The Arab spring has raised new hope about the social and political reform in the Arab countries. It has prompted European societies to rethink their often quoted stereotype that Islam is not compatible with democracy or liberalism. At the same time Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor Angela Merkel have announced that multiculturalism has failed. Of course Germany has never practiced any sort of multiculturalism for it to fail (or succeed)! And multiculturalism in Britain seems to be alive and strong even if it has gone through a period of critical rethinking. In this online debate organised by the ACCEPT PLURALISM project, we want to explore some of the limits of the currently used concepts and policy approaches, concentrating in particular on the notion of multiculturalism on one hand, and that of integration, as they are both used with so many different meanings and connotations that they some time risk confusing things. Professor Tariq Modood's paper starts the debate.
Link: “Multiculturalism and Integration: struggling with confusions” by Tariq Modood



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

1882 Project: American Civil Rights And The Exclusion Laws

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1882 Project: American Civil Rights And The Exclusion Laws

Abstract
The 1882 Project is a nonpartisan, grassroots effort focused on educating policymakers and the public about the Chinese Exclusion Laws and the impact such legislation had on our history. The 1882 Project aims to work with Congress to pass resolutions expressing regret for the implementation of the Chinese Exclusion Laws, and to raise national awareness.

The Chinese Exclusion Laws involved legislation Congress passed between 1879 and 1904 that explicitly discriminated against persons of Chinese descent based on race. The laws imposed increasingly severe restrictions on immigration and naturalization. Congress repealed the laws as a wartime measure in 1943, without any express acknowledgement that the laws violated fundamental civil rights.
See also:
Links:
  1. 1882 Project: American Civil Rights And The Exclusion Laws
  2. Why an apology by Congress for Chinese Exclusion is Important Today
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Infographic: The Growth of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

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Infographic: The Growth of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities

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Asian American and Pacific Islander communities will more than double their demographic numbers in the next 40 years by an increase of 150 percent, according to Census estimates. In the last 10 years these communities have jump-started this growth by soaring 43.3 percent—more than any other racial group. Consequently, growth in the Asian American and Pacific Islander electorates has also risen. To meet these constituents needs, responsive, equitable policies are increasingly necessary to best represent the multitude of Asian and Pacific Islander-descended communities.
Link: Infographic: The Growth of Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

How Many Hispanics in the U.S.?

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How Many Hispanics in the U.S.? (Pew Research Center Publications, 15 March 2011)

Excerpts:
The number of Hispanics counted in the 2010 Census has been larger than expected in most states for which the Census Bureau has released detailed population totals so far, according to an analysis by the Pew Hispanic Center, a project of the Pew Research Center. The gap between the Census 2010 count and Census Bureau population estimates has been widest in states with relatively small Hispanic populations.


Link: How Many Hispanics in the U.S.?


Monday, March 7, 2011

Association of Religious Data Archives (ARDA)

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Link: Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)

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The ARDA provides free access to the most authoritative religion statistics, data and church membership reports from around the world, including Christian statistics and data. The ARDA offers recent U.S. and international survey findings, local, national and global profiles of religion, and detailed demographic reports and maps of religious and protestant denominations in America. Relying on an archive of over 500 data collections, the Association of Religion Data Archives provides online tools and resources for educators, religious congregations, researchers, journalists, and anyone interested in religion statistics and data. The data collections have been submitted by the world's foremost religion scholars and research centers.
Link: Association of Religion Data Archives (ARDA)


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University

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The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University

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Since its inception in 2001, the Malcolm X Project at Columbia University has been concerned primarily with gathering and illuminating new research about El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz through two major initiatives: 1) the construction of a robust, web-based, multimedia version of The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and 2) the research and development of a biography of Malcolm X written by Dr. Manning Marable, the project's director.
Link: The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University



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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Google Art Project

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Google Art Project showcases world renowned artwork from museums around the world. You can explore beautiful art at your own time and pace through a virtual tour of major museums from around the world. For more information, see the Visitor's Guide/FAQ page and a review in the New York Times.

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Al-Jazeera Live Streaming on the Web

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From its inception until its current limelight, watching Al-Jazeera is essential to following global social, political, and religious developments in the world today. Sponsored by the ruler of Qatar, Al-Jazeera began as a satellite station that focused on developments in the Middle East. From that starting point, it has grown by leaps and bounds to provide a truly international and global news network rivalling CNN. Today, Al-Jazeera covers news and analysis from Africa to Asia, from the United States to China. U.S. viewers can watch Al-Jazeera live on the web.

Link: Watch Al-Jazeera live on the web.



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Monday, January 31, 2011

Resources for the Study of the History, Culture & Literature of Malaysia

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Roundup of resources for the study of the history, culture, and literature of Malaysia:
  • Sejarah Melayu: A History of the Malay Peninsula (very comprehensive coverage)

  • Sejarah Melayu Library
    The Sejarah Melayu Library is perhaps the largest public on-line collection of books and other texts on the history of the Malay archipleago and its surrounding region. Consisting of over 1000 documents in electronic PDF format, the library includes books, travelogues, general histories, journals, newspaper articles, academic papers, encyclopaediae, dictionaries and other types of references. Essential downloads include the Sejarah Melayu itself, the Kedah Annals, Hikayat Abdullah and The Commentaries of Alfonso d'Albuquerque.



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