Top 5: Films on Demand, August 2016

Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Women First & Foremost (183 mins)
Hosted by Rita Moreno and Dee Wallace Stone. Volume 1: Remember the Ladies, Volume 2: Touching the Clouds with Pen and Plane, and Volume 3: A Lady in the Spotlight

4. Moyers & Company: Trading Democracy for “Security” (56 mins)
The violent Boston rampage triggered a government response that, according to journalist Glenn Greenwald, adds a new dimension to troubling questions about government secrecy, overreach, and what we sacrifice in the name of national security. In this edition of Moyers & Company, Greenwald joins Bill to peel back layers that reveal what the Boston bombings and drone attacks have in common and how secrecy leads to abuse of government power.

3. Shouting Fire: Stories from the Edge of Free Speech (73 mins)
What political guarantees must a society possess in order to truly enjoy freedom of expression? Do Americans ever benefit by limiting the scope of the First Amendment? This program examines those questions, focusing on case studies that weigh free speech against other societal influences. These include the backlash against University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill’s musings on imperialism in U.S. policy; principal Debbie Almontaser’s forced resignation from New York’s first Arabic-English public school due to her alleged terrorist sympathies; inappropriate or excessive restraint against protestors at the 2004 Republican National Convention; and the suspension of a San Diego high schooler for wearing a “Homosexuality Is Shameful” t-shirt.

2. Regional Realism—American Passages: A Literary Survey (27 mins)
Set in the antebellum American South, but written after emancipation, Mark Twain’s novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn remains a classic of American literature. This program compares Twain’s depiction of Southern vernacular culture to that of Charles Chestnutt and Kate Chopin, and in doing so, introduces the hallmarks of American Realism.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for August is:

Map of the world with an orange background1. Explaining Globalization (55 mins)
Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy.

Top 5: Films on Demand, April 2016

Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Ruling by the Book: Illuminations: The Private Life of Kings (60 mins)
Dr. Janina Ramirez unlocks the secrets of illuminated manuscripts that were custom-made for kings and explores the medieval world they reveal. She begins her journey with the first Anglo-Saxon rulers to create a united England, she views the Liber Regalis at Westminster Abbey, encounters books in the British Library’s Royal manuscripts collection which are over a thousand years old, and examines a royal family tree which is five meters long.

4. The Road to Freedom: Gandhi (52 mins)
In the final episode, Mishal Husain explores the dramatic last years of Gandhi’s life, which culminated in his death by an assassin’s bullet. She gets to the bottom of an enduring mystery—why is Gandhi revered as Father of the Nation, when India turned its back on Gandhi’s blueprint for the country? Mishal retraces Gandhi’s visit to England in 1931 and uncovers evidence that Gandhi may have unwittingly contributed to the eventual partition of India. Newsreel footage from the time captures Gandhi meeting the people of Lancashire and London’s East End, and Tony Benn recalls meeting him as a six-year-old boy. Sixteen years later, India is free, but by then Gandhi is a broken man: sidelined from the center of power and devastated by partition and the horrific violence that independence brings. But it is Gandhi’s darkest hour that finally brings his greatest triumph.

3. The First Europeans: Migrations from Africa (54 mins)
Out of the great cradle of Africa came several waves of prehistoric hominid populations, some venturing into the Middle East while others crossed land bridges into Spain. This program shows how, over millennia, these nomads laid the groundwork for a permanent human presence in Europe. From La Caune de l’Arago in France to Britain’s Boxgrove cliffs to a Hungarian riverbank where Neanderthals and anatomically modern humans may have intermingled, the film explores stone tool innovations, shelter technology, burial practices, and early art and craft examples through which we can trace the emerging dominance of Homo sapiens on the continent. Portions in other languages with English subtitles. Part of the series The First Europeans.

2. Cooperative Learning and Culture: The Effective Teacher (46 mins)
Award-winning educator, author, and lecturer Harry K. Wong, in this classic video presentation, describes his method for teaching students how to work in cooperative groups. Dr. Wong believes effective teachers begin a lesson with a motivator—or attention-grabber—related to the lesson and designed to pique students’ curiosity. Research shows that the most effective learning in the classroom is in support groups. By teaching students to work cooperatively in groups, you prepare them for tomorrow’s world. Through cooperative group work, students learn to be self-motivated, self-directed, and procedure-oriented. Effective teachers create a classroom culture while effective administrators create a school culture. Students are taught procedures that allow for the smooth and efficient functioning of a classroom/school. These procedures establish the culture or shared values of the classroom/school. When you walk into a classroom/school with culture, you can sense the unity and purpose—a sense of belonging. Part of the series The Effective Teacher.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for April is:

fod-apr161. Save Our History: The Underground Railroad (92 mins)
The Underground Railroad was arguably the most important activist movement in American history, a loose network of people bound together by conscience and a determination to topple the institution of slavery by helping slaves escape to the North. “Conductors” risked fines and imprisonment for their devotion to the cause of freedom; “passengers” risked their lives. Hosted by Alfre Woodard, this program traces the hazardous journey undertaken by countless slaves, showing how they were guided—and pursued—along the way. Historical documents, visits to significant sites, and the rich music of the period are featured, as well as interviews with the descendants of noted abolitionists and commentary from experts including Ed Rigaud, president of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Top 5: Films on Demand, February 2016

Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. The Time Has Come 1964–1966: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985 (56 mins)
After a decade-long cry for justice, a new sound is heard in the civil rights movement: the insistent call for power. Malcolm X takes an eloquent nationalism to urban streets as a younger generation of black leaders listens. In the South, Stokely Carmichael and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) move from “Freedom Now!” to “Black Power!” as the fabric of the traditional movement changes.

4. Workplace Leadership (13 mins)
Why do some people make great leaders, and are they born or made? These are just some of the questions explored in this program. Individuals in all kinds of situations and positions can provide real leadership if they have the opportunity and the desire to do so. This video explores the effort and determination required to get ahead in various fields.

3. Comic Books and African-Americans (55 mins)
Early comic book portrayals of African-Americans were usually demeaning. “Negro Romance” reflects an effort to portray blacks favorably to whites. Orrin Evans reflected the other side of a larger debate, creating “All-Negro Comics” with black characters for black audiences.

2. Haiti and Dominican Republic: An Island Divided—Black in Latin America, with Henry Louis Gates Jr. (52 mins)
In the Dominican Republic, Professor Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions of racial classification. In Haiti, Professor Gates tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’ hard-fought liberation from Napoleon Bonaparte’s French empire became a double-edged sword.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for February is:

fod-feb161. Nurturing Leadership (34 mins)
Are leaders born, or made? This video shows that while certain personality traits may influence leadership abilities, there are also leadership qualities that can be learned and nurtured. Business leaders, politicians, coaches and others share their perceptions of what it takes to be a leader, relating to viewers that observing certain principles and adopting admirable behaviors can help develop leadership attributes. Integrity, honesty, dependability and the belief in an organization’s core values are showcased, along with the elements necessary to create a culture of excellence. A basic definition of leadership as the action of leading a group of people toward a common goal is the preface to the importance of creating a vision of the future—the true mark of a leader. Listening, teamwork, motivation and the ability to engage others in a cause are also presented as leadership qualities. Many modern-day or historical capsules of leadership bring to life the concept of developing the traits to become a leader.

2015 Most Popular eJournal Titles

In 2015 the most frequently accessed journals for scholarship by the Clayton State community were:

5. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology
Publishes original papers in all areas of personality and social psychology and emphasizes empirical reports, but may include specialized theoretical, methodological, and review papers.
Full-text coverage: 1965 – present

4. Journal of Advanced Nursing
Contributes to the advancement of evidence-based nursing, midwifery and healthcare by disseminating high quality research and scholarship of contemporary relevance and with potential to advance knowledge for practice, education, management or policy.
Full-text coverage: 1981 – present (12 month delay)

3. Professional Psychology: Research & Practice
Publishes articles on the application of psychology, including the scientific underpinnings of the profession of psychology. Articles that present assessment, treatment, and practice implications are encouraged. Both data-based and theoretical articles on techniques and practices used in the application of psychology are acceptable.
Full-text coverage: 1969 – present

2. College Student Journal
Publishes original investigations and theoretical papers dealing with college student values, attitudes, opinions, and learning.
Full-text coverage: 1996 – present

and the number 1 journal for researchers in 2015 was:

C1 PAGE.indd 1. American Journal of Public Health (AJPH)
Published by the American Public Health Association since 1911. Publishes current, in-depth public health information. Selected as a core journal by the Public Health/Health Administration section of the Medical Library Association. AJPH is the publication health organizations depend on for authoritative editorials, thought-provoking commentary, and timely health policy analysis.
Full-text coverage: 1971 – present

 

 

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2015 Classical Music Library Popular Tracks

Classical Music Library is an online streaming audio collection of Classical music recordings available to all Clayton State students. Last year users enjoyed listening to the following tracks:

5. Requiem Realisations (CD 1)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Specialized Area of Interest: Classical
Ensemble: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Academy of Ancient Music
Performers: Elin Manahan Thomas; Christine Rice; James Gilchrist; Christopher Purves

4. Chopin: Nocturnes, etc.
Composer: Fryderyk Franciszek Chopin
Specialized Area of Interest: Romantic
Performer: Artur Rubinstein

3. Schumann: Character Pieces I
Composer: Robert Schumann
Specialized Area of Interest: Romantic
Performer: Florian Uhlig

2. Music for the Moment: Opera Sopranos
Composer: Francesco Durante
Specialized Area of Interest: Baroque; Classical; Romantic
Ensemble: Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca
Performer: Roberta Invernizzi

and the number 1 Classical Music Library track for 2015 was:

2015cml-toptrack 1. Copland: Appalachian Spring
Composer: Aaron Copland
Specialized Area of Interest: 20th Century
Ensemble: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble

 

 

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Top 5: Films on Demand, May 2015

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Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. North Korea: Secret Nation (18 mins)
This undercover report documents the stark poverty and extreme repression in North Korea that exist alongside spectacular cultural events and age-old customs unfettered by political ideology. Posing as a tourist, broadcast journalist Janet Choi risked arrest to get an inside look at one of the planet’s most secretive-and brutally totalitarian-countries while under surveillance by a police “tour guide.” Archival footage, an interview with a defector, and commentary by Dr. Daniel Pinkston and Timothy McCarthy, both of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, provide additional insights into the country’s history, culture, military posture, and living conditions.

4. Aspects of Melody (5 mins)
Can you sing it? A certain melody, that is. This Chat examines different types of melodies, on the spectrum from simple to complex. Part of the Discovery Orchestra Chat series.

3. Fighting Back 1957–1962: Eyes on the Prize—America’s Civil Rights Movement 1954–1985 (60 mins)
States’ rights loyalists and federal authorities collide in the 1957 battle to integrate Little Rock’s Central High School, and again in James Meredith’s 1962 challenge to segregation at the University of Mississippi. Both times, a Southern governor squares off with a U.S. president, violence erupts—and integration is carried out.

2. Frantz Fanon: Black Skin, White Mask (52 mins)
Frantz Fanon’s two major works, Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), were pioneering studies of the psychological impact of racism on both colonized and colonizer. This program explores the preeminent theorist of anti-colonialism, integrating the facts of Fanon’s brief but eventful life with his long and tortuous inner journey. Interviews with family members and friends, documentary footage, readings from Fanon’s work, and dramatizations of crucial moments in his life are woven together, while cultural critics Stuart Hall and Françoise Verges provide historical context for Fanon’s philosophies.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for March is:

1. TEDTalks: Elyn Saks—A Tale of Mental Illness…from the Inside (15 mins)
“Is it okay if I totally trash your office?” It’s a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn’t a joke. A legal scholar, in 2007 Saks came forward with her own story of schizophrenia—a condition controlled by drugs and therapy yet ever-present. In this powerful TEDTalk, she asks us to see people with mental illnesses clearly, honestly, and compassionately.

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Top 5: Films on Demand, March 2015

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Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Many Tongues Called English, One World Language (52 mins)
This program explores how America’s rise as an economic power made it the driving force behind the spread of English in the 20th century. A world tour illustrates how English has mixed with other languages-from “Franglais” in France to “Singlish” in Singapore-and how the dollar’s power, coupled with the lure of consumerism, has made English the international trade language. Bringing it full circle, host Melvyn Bragg returns to the British Isles to survey English as it is spoken there now, measuring the influence of American slang and vocabulary from other languages.

4. V. S. Naipaul: The Enigma of Writing (53 mins)
In this program, novelist V. S. Naipaul, winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Literature, explores the relationship between a writer and his work, offering insights into his life, his career, and his subtly incisive novel/memoir The Enigma of Arrival. In particular, he contrasts the inspiration of living in the English countryside with the Caribbean, Indian, and African influences that dominate his earlier writings. Excerpts from Miguel Street, A House for Mr. Biswas, and other books-read by actor Roshan Seth and by Naipaul himself-round out this engaging interview.

3. Seeds of Change: A Case Study of Sustainable Development in China (48 mins)
After surviving an emergency crash-landing, Dr. Sam Chao resolved to do something that would make a difference in the world. This award-winning program follows the outcome of his resolution: ECO, the Ecological Conservancy Outreach fund. Donating his life savings to the project, Dr. Chao enlists his childhood friend, Dr. Larry Wang, to clean up the Yangtze River and its tributaries, ravaged by erosion due to deforestation. As the video shows, sustainable ecological improvement must be linked to economic improvement for farmers whose very lives hang in the balance of such plans. Filmed largely in China’s Yunnan province, Seeds of Change visits the farmers who switch from growing crops on the riverbanks to forest-based agriculture.

2. Diversity in the Workplace: Playing Your Part (23 mins)
In workplaces, as in any other part of society, people are diverse. They come from different cultures and may have different belief systems, values, and religions. There is also diversity in interpersonal styles, mental ability, sexual orientation, age, and ways of thinking and learning. Using dramatized scenarios, this program shows how a wide range of personnel can work together successfully. Topics covered include the scope of diversity, responding sensitively, knowing the guidelines, communicating appropriately, and building on diversity.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for March is:

1. Creative Healing in Mental Health: Art and Drama in Assessment and Therapy (50 mins)
Art enables even those with little or no language to express themselves more fully and to project aspects of themselves that can be otherwise hard for therapists to intuit. This program guides mental health clinicians through the process of effectively utilizing art and drama in patient assessment and treatment. The video explains how to design a playful, nonjudgmental setting for these therapies, suggesting materials such as toys, masks, and costumes along with art supplies, and providing strategies to enhance creativity. Considerations of what to offer based on clinical goals are followed by demonstrations of how to invite patients to safely reflect on their artistic process.

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Classical Music Library Popular Tracks, February 2015

Classical Music Library is an online streaming audio collection of Classical music recordings available to all Clayton State students. Last month users enjoyed listening to the following tracks:

5. Requiem Realisations (CD 1)
Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Specialized Area of Interest: Classical
Ensemble: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge; Academy of Ancient Music
Performers: Elin Manahan Thomas; Christine Rice; James Gilchrist; Christopher Purves

4. Copland: Appalachian Spring
Composer: Aaron Copland
Specialized Area of Interest: 20th Century
Ensemble: St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble

3. Handel: Messiah
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Specialized Area of Interest: Baroque
Ensemble: Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra
Performer: James Taylor; Thomas Quasthoff; Ingeborg Danz; Sibylla Rubens

2. Purcell: Odes
Composer: Henry Purcell
Specialized Area of Interest: Baroque
Ensemble: Taverner Consort; Taverner Players
Performer: Andrew Parrott

and the number 1 Classical Music Library track for February was:

1. Schumann: Character Pieces I
Composer: Robert Schumann
Specialized Area of Interest: Romantic
Performer: Florian Uhlig

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Top 5: Films on Demand, January 2015

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Films on Demand is an online streaming video subscription available to all Clayton State students. Last month users were busy watching the following titles:

5. Racial Stereotypes in the Media (42 mins)
Although demeaning and offensive racial stereotypes were pervasive in popular media of every kind during the 20th century, most observers would agree that the media is much more sensitive to representations of race today. But the pernicious effects of that stereotyping live on in the new racism arising from disparities in the treatment of stories involving whites and people of color in a ratings-driven news market, media-enhanced isolationism as a result of narrowcasting, and other sources. This program examines the relationship between mass media and social constructions of race from political and economic perspectives while looking at the effects media can have on audiences.

4. Black Panther/San Francisco State: On Strike (34 mins)
This two-part program begins with the actual film the Black Panther Party used to promote its cause. Shot in 1969 in San Francisco, it’s an exemplar of 1960s activist filmmaking, featuring an interview from jail with Black Panthers cofounder Huey Newton, as well as footage of cofounder Bobby Seale explaining its Ten Point Program and Eldridge Cleaver discussing the Panthers’ appeal to the black community. The program’s second part, shot by students and their supporters during the San Francisco State University strike of 1968–1969, documents the groundbreaking protest that led to the establishment of the first ethnic studies department at an American university.

3. The Constitution and Foundations of Government (26 mins)
Why do written documents figure so prominently in the early history of the United States? There are plenty of explanations, but they all boil down to the philosophical ideas that drove the American colonies to declare their independence—and a profound awareness that those ideas should be inseparable from the rule of law. This program explores the origins, outbreak, and outcome of the American Revolution, the major political texts which grew out of that struggle, and their ongoing significance today. Topics include the heavy British taxation that helped spark the Revolution; the spirit and structure of the Declaration of Independence; the short-lived Articles of Confederation; the drafting and ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and their implications for U.S. government as we know it today. A viewable/printable instructor’s guide is available online.

2. Explaining Globalization (56 mins)
Everyone talks about globalization, but what does it really mean? And what are its implications for the average American? In this compilation of NewsHour segments, experts from the U.S. and abroad speak their minds on a shrinking world and an expanding global economy.

and the number 1 Films on Demand video for January is:

1. The Great Depression (31 mins)
A part of the series America in the 20th Century. From the collapse of the stock market on October 29, 1929—Black Tuesday—to the many federal initiatives designed to revive the faltering U.S. economy, this program offers an insightful overview of life during the Great Depression. The presidential administrations of Herbert Hoover and FDR; the New Deals and their effects on labor, conservation, and cultural life; the Dust Bowl; and the Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act are discussed.

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Classical Music Library Popular Tracks, October 2014

Classical Music Library is an online streaming audio collection of Classical music recordings available to all Clayton State students. Last month users enjoyed listening to the following tracks:

5. Peri: Euridice
Composer: Jacopo Peri
Specialized Area of Interest: Renaissance
Ensemble: Ensemble Arpeggio
Performers: Monica Benvenuti, Rossana Bertini, Mario Cecchetti, Gian Paolo Fagotto, Sergio Foresti and Furio Zanasi

4. Schutz: Christmas Story & Gabrieli: Christmas Motets
Composer: Heinrich Schütz
Specialized Area of Interest: Renaissance; Baroque
Ensemble: King’s Consort
Performers: John Mark Ainsley, Michael George and Ruth Holton

3. Schubert Masses
Composer: Franz Schubert
Specialized Area of Interest: Classical
Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch

2. Gabrieli: The Glory of Venice
Composer: Giovanni Gabrieli
Specialized Area of Interest: Renaissance
Ensemble: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
Performer: Stephen Cleobury

and the number 1 Classical Music Library track for October is:

1. Concerti italiani
Composer: Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Specialized Area of Interest: 20th Century
Ensemble: CBC Vancouver Orchestra
Performer: Christopher Millard

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