Friday, January 24, 2014

Thousands of years of visual culture made free through Wellcome Images

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Abstract:
We are delighted to announce that over 100,000 high resolution images including manuscripts, paintings, etchings, early photography and advertisements are now freely available through Wellcome Images. Drawn from our vast historical holdings, the images are being released under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) licence. This means that they can be used for commercial or personal purposes, with an acknowledgement of the original source (Wellcome Library, London). All of the images from our historical collections can be used free of charge.

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Free Art Books in PDF format from Getty Museum's Virtual Library

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Download more than 250 free art books in PDF format from Getty Museum's Virtual Library backlist catalogue.

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Friday, January 17, 2014

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Classic Speeches on YouTube

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FINAL SPEECH: "I have been to the mountaintop" (3 April 1968)


"I Have A Dream"




Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence:


Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence: Certified Transcript of Speech & Sound Recording Originally delivered 4 April 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City. (See below for YouTube clips of this landmark speech).

"Why I Am Opposed To The Vietnam War"










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Thursday, January 16, 2014

World Migration Report 2013

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International Organization for Migration, World Migration Report 2013

Synopsis:
The first three chapters of the World Migration Report 2013 provide an introduction to the theme “Migrant Well-being and Development”, present the current global migration situation across four migration pathways (migration that is South to North; South to South; North to North; or North to South), and review existing research on the emerging field of happiness and subjective well-being. Chapter Four presents original findings on migrant well-being from the Gallup World Poll, examining outcomes on six core dimensions of well-being – Financial, Career, Social, Community, Physical and Subjective - and how they differ across the four migration pathways. The final chapter presents key conclusions and makes recommendations for future initiatives to monitor migrant well-being and the impact of migration on development. The chapter also makes reference to the inclusion of migration in the global post-2015 development framework.

Download the Report: EN | FR | ES
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Free Public Access eBooks from the University of California Press

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The University of California Press offers more than 700 free ebooks for online public access. These titles are available for online reading only. Unfortunately, they cannot be downloaded to your ereader or tablet.


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Friday, January 10, 2014

A Gender Neutral Pronoun Re-emerges in China

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A Gender Neutral Pronoun Re-emerges in China, by Victor Mair (Slate.com, 26 December 2013)

Excerpt:
One of the first things a student learns when studying Mandarin is the third person pronoun, tā. This was originally written 他 , with "human" radical (a radical is a part of a Chinese character that imparts some semantic or linguistic information), and it stood for feminine, masculine, and neuter—"he," "she," and "it." During the early 20th century, however, some bright folks—undoubtedly in emulation of European languages—thought it would be a good idea to introduce gender into the Chinese writing system, so 她 (with "female" radical) came to be used for the feminine and 它 (with "roof" radical) for the neuter. I always thought that rather odd, because no attempt was made to differentiate the three forms in speech, only in writing, hence 他, 她, and 它 were still all pronounced tā.
Victor Mair is Professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Cinema classics: the best energy & environment films

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Cinema classics: the best energy & environment films, by Richard Smith (The Conversation, 7 January 2014)

Excerpt:
The motion picture was born of industrial revolution, the first image in history whose base materials were electrical and chemical energy. Cinema exhibited the laws of motion on a white rectangle for all to see and experience. Some of the most thrilling special effects of motion play with our vestibular system, with our inner sense of direction, our sense of up and down, of left and right, and of course our position in space. Remember Jake Sully’s first moment of flight in Avatar (2009)? Films such as Babel (2006), by Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, reinforce the idea that we belong to one environment, natural and artificial, by exploiting the relatedness of distant events. What then are the best films about energy and environment?
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Foreign Friends, African Friends

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The appearance of colored peoples, and blacks in particular, in Chinese propaganda posters always has been problematic. Before the CCP grasped power, the only attention devoted to colored peoples in Chinese art was of a negative tone. Once the PRC was established, however, this attitude changed. Now that racial problems were seen as class problems, China increasingly discovered similarities between its own traumatic experiences with 'white imperialism' and those of other victimized 'colored' people in the world. It was time to downplay the traditional and deeply ingrained feelings of superiority. One of the first official steps to gain credibility as a supporter of the oppressed was taken in September 1950, when the Chinese lodged an official protest against the policy of apartheid in South Africa. Africans soon became regular guests in Beijing, where they were entertained at parties and met with the highest state leaders. By the late 1950s, many delegations had passed through Beijing and Zhongnanhai. But the Chinese did not actively spread the gospel of revolution and national liberation yet. They merely positioned themselves as a model that needed to be followed to gain independence.
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