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Opus 1 Classical
Use this site to search for classical music concerts and opera in over two-dozen cities around the world. Also includes links to venues, lists of music festivals by country, and news updates. From ProKlassika.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23443
Companion to a 2003 reality-TV series where "modern-day men and women [took] on the task of fighting as knights, Vikings, Roman soldiers and gladiators." Provides historical and educational features for to each type of warrior, warrior profiles, links to teaching tools and websites, and related material. From Thirteen/WNET.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23792
Examples of the marketing trend of temporary retail manifestations. The site has "dubbed this trend 'pop-up retail,' as these initiatives have a tendency to pop up unannounced, quickly draw in the crowds, and then disappear or morph into something else, adding to retail the fresh feel, exclusivity and surprise" that galleries and theaters use. From trendwatching.com, "an independent and opinionated trend firm."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23797
Can Secular Democracy Survive in Turkey?
This May 2007 article examines "growing doubts among Turks that democracy can thrive in their country and increasing worries that Islam is playing a larger, and possibly harmful, role in politics." Accompanying survey data covers opinions about democracy in Turkey, the struggle between those who want to modernize the country and Islamic fundamentalists, and causes of extremism. Includes a link to a related backgrounder. From the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23789
Close to Slavery: Guestworker Programs in the United States
This report outlines concerns with the U.S. guestworker program for unskilled laborers (called the H-2 program), such as "Holding the 'Deportation Card'" (imbalance of power between employer and worker), wage and hour abuses, contract violations, and denial of medical benefits for on-the-job injuries. Provides recommendations for improving the guestworker program, which the report finds is "inherently abusive and should not be expanded in the name of immigration reform." From the Southern Poverty Law Center.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23751
Crying and Tears
Material for children about how and why we cry. Covers what are tears, what makes eyes water, and typical situations that may cause crying. Also includes some interesting facts, such as that "in general, baby boys cry more than baby girls" and that "sometimes we laugh until we cry." From the Children, Youth and Women's Health Service in South Australia.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23755
WOMAN Challenge: Women and Girls Out Moving Across the Nation
Details about this "free eight week challenge [that] encourages women and girls to walk 10,000 steps or get 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. [It] begins on Mother's Day, May 13, and ends on July 8, 2007." Includes a map of the "virtual routes" used for measuring progress, ideas for starting a physical fitness program and for goal-setting, and related material. From the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23771
BBQ History: A Guide to Selected Resources
Bibliography of books, representative journal articles, and links to websites about the history of barbecuing and of barbecuing practices in the U.S. Compiled by Alison P. Kelly of the Science Reference Section, Library of Congress (LOC).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23682
National Barbecue Association (NBBQA)
This trade association is "dedicated to all things barbecue with the single exception of providing sanctioning services and rules for BBQ cook-offs." Its site features a FAQ (on topics such as how to clean a grill and the best type of wood), tips and recipes, and a calendar of barbecue events and festivals. The "About NBBQA" section includes a listing of member barbecue restaurants throughout the U.S. Some material only available to members.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23681
Statisticians in History
"Here you will find biographies on some of the most accomplished statisticians in history. Also featured are papers written by some of these statisticians." Covers individuals such as Ada Byron, Lady Lovelace, "one of the most picturesque characters in computer history," and Florence Nightingale, who was a math tutor before she became a nurse and who "invented colorful polar-area diagrams to dramatize medical data." From the American Statistical Association.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23752
Citizendium: The Citizen's Compendium
This site is "an open wiki project aimed at creating an enormous, free, and reliable encyclopedia. The project, started by a founder of Wikipedia, aims to improve on the Wikipedia model by adding 'gentle expert oversight' and requiring contributors to use their real names." According to the site, "most of our contributors are 'authors,' not editors, and most lack PhDs. Many lack any degrees at all."
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23620
Time Collection: Tennis Greats
Collection of Time magazine covers and stories about tennis players such as Helen Wills, Althea Gibson, Bobby Riggs, Jimmy Connors, and Bjorn Borg. Includes quotes highlighting the magazine's tennis coverage. From Time magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23697
American Experience: Summer of Love
Companion website to a 2007 documentary about the summer of 1967, when "thousands of young people from across the country flocked to San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district to join in the hippie experience, only to discover that what they had come for was already disappearing." Features include an illustrated article about the San Francisco Oracle periodical, video clips of San Francisco events, personal stories, teacher's guide, and more. From the PBS program American Experience.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23650
California Dreamers: A Public Opinion Portrait of the Most Diverse Generation the Nation Has Known
The key objectives of the poll, conducted by cell phone and with results released in April 2007, "were to capture the opinions of California's new generation of 16-22 year olds on various issues affecting their lives ... [and] to gain an understanding of their educational goals." Features poll results and a summary of findings. From New American Media, with support from several foundations and the University of California Office of the President (UCOP).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23793
Présidence de la République
Official website for the president of France. Provides biographical material and speeches and documents from the current president, a picture gallery of presidents back to the Second Republic (1848), and a history of the president's Elysée Palace and other presidential residences. Also includes background about symbols of the republic, such as the French flag and Marianne (allegorical figure of liberty and the republic), and links to related sites. Available in several languages.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23796
Companion website to a 2006 documentary about developments in Turkey, a country that historically "has been run by a stridently secular business and political elite struggling to align itself with the Western world, while its pious Muslims have been pushed to the political and economic fringes." Includes a timeline, map, images, a related news article, program notes, classroom discussion items, and more. Part of "Wide Angle," produced by Thirteen/WNET.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23790
FactCheckEd.org: Annenberg Classroom Fact Check
Collection of classroom materials focused on helping students learn how to research and examine messages and claims encountered in media and advertising. Provides lesson plans, websites recommended for research, answers to common questions about government and politics, a dictionary, and a discussion forum for teachers. From the Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23791
National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM)
NMAM in May, "as designated by Congress, provides a period encompassing both the history and recognition of our armed services with an in-depth look at the diversity of its individuals and achievements." The site features suggestions for individuals to support the military (such as flying the American flag and hiring veterans), a slide show tribute, links to news, and a listing of commemorative events throughout the country.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/23680
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