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Get Out, Get Active

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Bring geography to life inside the classroom and out.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 18, 2013 3:40 PM

It is now Geography Awareness Week!  Geography isn't just something to study, it's something to do.  Make geography active and engaging.  Here are some resources that we are using in Rhode Island for #GeoWeek.  What is your local Geographic Alliance doing?  If you don't know, now is a great time to join. 

Sue Blough's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:20 PM

There are 10 practical ideas for incoprotating this subject into other lessons. They appeal to the Visual/Spatial learners in particular.

Cindy Powell's curator insight, November 20, 2013 12:41 PM

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Lots of interactive geography here.

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Cool at 13, Adrift at 23

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A study finds that after early adolescence the social status of socially precocious teenagers often plummeted.
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“To be truly mature as an early adolescent means you’re able to be a good, loyal friend, supportive, hardworking and responsible,” Dr. Allen said. “But that doesn’t get a lot of airplay on Monday morning in a ninth-grade homeroom.”

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Thanksgiving Resources

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Thanksgiving has some fascinating spatial components to it.  My wife and I prepared an article for the Geography News Network on Maps101.com that shows the historical and geographic context of the first Thanksgiving and in the memorialization of Thanksgiving as a national holiday (if you don’t subscribe to Maps 101, it is also freely available as a podcast on Stitcher Radio or iTunes).


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 16, 2013 7:52 PM

One of my favorite combinations of maps for Thanksgiving involves the geography of food production and food consumption.  When we start looking at the regional dishes on Thanksgiving plates we can see some great patterns.  This ESRI storymap asks the simple question, where did your Thanksgiving Dinner come From?

 

This StoryMap is a great resource to combine with this New York Times article that shows the regional preferences for the most popular Thanksgiving recipes.  Where are sweet potatoes grown?  Where do people make sweet potato pie for Thanksgiving? 

Plymouth County, MA is heart of only 3 cranberry producing regions and is was also home to the first Thanksgiving.  How has this New England local ecology and traditional food patterns influenced national traditions? 

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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 17, 2013 6:14 AM

This website is interesting because it gives us the geography of where specific foods in the country are manufactured such as cranberrie sauce, turkeys, sweet potatoes and helps us develop a rich cultural history and earn solidarity of where we come from and the traditions that make us who we are in terms of culinary choices. The original thanksgiving with the early puritan settlers in New England most likely reflected dishes that were synonomous with foods that natives grew and other local items that were family in this area. Now because of industry we to choose foods that have their origin from markets nationwide.

Al Picozzi's curator insight, November 17, 2013 12:35 PM

Love to see where the traditional American Thanksgiving food comes from.  We have that, but growing up in an all Italian household Thanksgivng was more then Turkey...it had an added Italian flavor.  Start with antipasto that had a prosciutto that would met in your mouth, plus cheeses, muhrooms, other meats, then would come the soup, then the pasta, could be any variety then the Turkey, but you would also have a ham because you never knew who was going to stop by, plus all the trimmings and then finally dessert with Italian cookies and pastires along with the Thanksgivng traditions of pumpkin and apple pies.  We took breaks inbetween courses to watch some football and make room for more food becasue it was all good.  We literally ate all day.  So for us out food came form all over the world.  In a nation of immigrants, we added our own flavor to an American Holiday..and to me whats more American than brining in some of your own hertitage into a holiday..we are after all a "melting pot"

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The Evolution of Women's Workwear Through the Decades

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Clothes say a lot about women's evolving roles in the workplace. A history of 20th century office fashion in photos.

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Stephen Zimmett's curator insight, October 24, 3:48 PM

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Waging War Against Global Food Waste

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National Geographic Emerging Explorer Tristram Stuart wants the world to stop throwing away so much good food.

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hailey thornton's curator insight, November 6, 8:56 AM

what do we do when we have leftovers from our dinner. we throw it all away . if we just took the salvageable veggies that we can use to feed the animals that we end up eating . the landfills are being filled faster than we can get rid of what is in them .  we need to find alternative ways to get rid of our waste cause

we will be living in a land fill in the future if we dont

Rebecca McClure's curator insight, November 15, 11:13 PM

Year 9: Food Security

Alex Lewis's curator insight, November 21, 12:18 PM

I think this is a great idea, and the more we reduce our food waste, the better. We can use this food to feed the starving, which would solve two problems at once. Also, the idea of feeding the excess food to the pigs is a good idea. Not as good as conserving the food to give to the needy though. 

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Hong Kong’s umbrella revolution

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The story behind the Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

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Giselle Figueroa's curator insight, October 8, 2:52 PM

What caught my attention was the name that this protest has ("umbrella revolution”). After investigating I could find why this protest has that name, the reason is  because the people who are protesting  used umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas.The Occupy Central movement ( which is  a civil disobedience campaign initiated by Benny Tai Yiu-ting, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong , and advocated by Occupy Central with Love and Peace) threatens to block financial and commercial center of Hong Kong if their demands are neglected: the resignation of the Chief Executive, Leung Chun-ying and the possibility of holding truly democratic elections in 2017. If none of the parties can agree I think there will be any solution for both parties and this will continue.

Edelin Espino's curator insight, October 10, 2:56 PM

The umbrella revolution in Hong Kong is simply that Protestants are using all kind of tools to block the tear gas that the police are pulling them. Protests in Hong Kong are to change some of the rules that Beijing has also want Leung Chun-ying resign his position. The vast majority of the protesters are young and who began the protests were also young people who are fighting for the good of their city.

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The Political Geography of Hong Kong's Protests

The Political Geography of Hong Kong's Protests | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
The territory's residents are demanding democracy in city intersections, not central squares.

 

The significance of the protests, which have brought tens of thousands into the streets, lies not only in what protesters are demanding but also in where they're demanding it—and where they're not. Consider that pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong typically happen in Victoria Park, which is about two and a half miles from Central District and which hosts the annual June 4 candlelight vigil commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing. This time around, however, few police or protesters have ventured there.

The unpredictable, spontaneous geography of the protests is important precisely because it transcends the status quo. It is a testament to how serious these demonstrations are that they refuse to be contained.

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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 6, 3:26 PM

The relative location of these protests are what is important in the OCLP movement. The protest are no longer contained to the Victoria Park, the are popping up in intersections and seriously disrupting the status quo of every day life in Hong Kong. The geography of these protest illustrate how different and important the OCLP movement may be. This movement shows how geography can help explain social movements. Because the OCLP movement is popping up in areas where no other protest have occurred, it is hinting to the possible large scale influence the movement might have.

Alec Castagno's curator insight, October 7, 10:02 AM

The increased visibility of the internet and globalization has made large scale demonstration not only a good way to show civil discontent but the preferred method of increasing awareness of an issues across the world. Because Hong Kong is such an integrated part of global economy, they can stage these massive protests without too much fear of violent police reaction, as the world will be quick to condemn such action as soon as it happens. While the protests started as a student movement, it has now spread throughout the city and both younger and older people, students and professionals, have begun to participate. This popular participation shows how serious these issues are to the people of Hong Kong.

Chandler and Zane's curator insight, October 16, 4:44 PM

Political: There have been lots of protest lately in China. Chief executive CY Leung announced that he is planning to shut down Hong Kong's  central district. People are not happy with this and the protest are becoming very big for this little island. 

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Media and Culture--Perspective and Bias

"Religious scholar Reza Aslan took some serious issue on CNN Monday night with Bill Maher‘s commentary about Islamic violence and oppression. Maher ended his show last Friday by going after liberals for being silent about the violence and oppression that goes on in Muslim nations. Aslan said on CNN that Maher’s arguments are just very unsophisticated.  He said these 'facile arguments' might sound good, but not all Muslim nations are the same. Aslan explained that female mutilation is an African problem, not a Muslim one, and there are Muslim-majority nations where women are treated better and there are even female leaders."


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 27, 10:49 AM

I do not this that the media changes people perspectives and opinions on how they view the world rather reinforces the bias and prejudice they already have. In the world of the 24 hour news cycle, there are many "credible" news sources that project opposing ideologies. The viewers have choice when it comes to where they get their information. If someone has a conservative background, they will watch Fox News because it reinforces their believes, liberals watch MSNBC for the same reason. This leads to every issue being viewed through two very distinct lenses and therefore making how Americans view issues and other countries in a very black and white way. I think that the media only strengthen the attitudes people have before tuning in, rather than changing them.

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, November 4, 12:50 PM

If we  know anything about Bill Maher its that religion is one of his most prevalent talking points. This is obvious with the bias that come out when he speaks about any organized religion especially Islam. I agree with Reza Aslan in that the West has definitely stereotyped the Muslim world as being backwards and violent. There are definite trends in the Middle East however that can not be ignored. There are many countries that commit atrocities under the guise of sharia law. Islamic people as a majority are not violent or backwards but today there are very extreme sectors that are perverting the Koran and that fact cannot be ignored. So although I agree with Aslan I do think he is wrong saying that Islam has no role in the actions of some countries that engaged in such acts as female mutilation. It is true that all religions have had extreme sects that are violent but in the 21st  century it seems that Islam has some very violent and dangerous marginal groups.

Kaitlin Young's curator insight, November 22, 5:42 PM

Over-generalization in regards to people and places can lead to discrimination, stereotypes, and misunderstandings. Media in the United States is notorious for generalizing entire regions of the world instead of expressing the differences between these places. While a people of a region may have some similar characteristics, it does not mean that that entire region is the same. The media tends to use the term "Muslim Nations" in order to speak about areas of the Middle East where violent, radical Islamic groups raise terror. The term "Muslim Nations" has been made to spark fear, anger, and hatred in American households, but "Muslim Nations"  are not the ones that people should be scared of. Countries with an Islamic majority are not just typified by their religion, and they definitely should not be typified by the media's portrayal of Islamic insurgencies. 

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‘Tiny houses’ will make up Austin’s new homeless community

‘Tiny houses’ will make up Austin’s new homeless community | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
A 27-acre master planned community will boast the cheapest housing in Austin and it's all geared toward the chronically homeless.
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Urban Unit!!!!

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The Crazy Scientist Behind One Of The Most-Watched TED Talks Explains Ebola In 90 Seconds

Things that matter. Pass 'em on.
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Okay, number one. Hans is not crazy...he RULES our immigration and migration unit. He is totally awesome. This is an interesting scoop that will preface this video on Ghana and access to basic health care:

http://vimeo.com/32808501  ;

And that TED talk they are referencing...we watch it too! And it contains good news!

All of these make sense when we get to the Demographic Transition Model in Unit 2....but scoop when you see something that piques your interest....then you can connect it later because EVERYTHING IS GEOGRAPHY AND GEOGRAPHY IS EVERYTHING!!!!

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Geography Soup

"A great resource full of great links to accompany the Geography Soup channel on Vimeo."  


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 18, 2:19 PM

Geography Soup is a Vimeo channel designed to include interesting videos that are laden with geographic content in them.  This powerpoint slideshow has resources designed to help you get the most flavor and substance out of these (and any other) video resources.   This is especially great for K-12 students, physical and regional geography.


Tags: K12, video.

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Water In Crisis - Spotlight Tanzania

Water In Crisis - Spotlight Tanzania | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Learn about the water crisis facing Tanzania.
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I am currently doing research on water wells in Tanzania...

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Cultural Patterns and Food

"Berlin Bureau Chief Michael Slackman looks into the obsession with currywurst, a popular street dish that combines sausage, ketchup and curry powder, and brings different Berliners together."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 24, 8:43 AM

This short video has been added to the the interactive map, Place-Based Geography VideosThis depiction of street foods in German cities is a rich, tangible example to show cultural patterns and processes.  Currywurst is a unifying force across socioeconomic classes in Germany, but it is also a product of globalization and cultural interactions across regions.  Culture is not static and this New York Times video can be used to teach the various concepts of culture; per the updated APHG outline, the initial concepts of culture are:  

  • Culture traits
  • Diffusion patterns
  • Acculturation, assimilation and multiculturalism
  • Culture region, vernacular region, cultural hearth
  • Globalization and the effects of technology on culture.


Question to Ponder: How are these 5 major elements of culture seen in this video?


Tags: food, migration, culturediffusion, globalization, consumption, APHG.

Adriene Mannas's curator insight, September 25, 8:00 PM

Unit 1! Culture

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Unit 3

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A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

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"In a paper published Thursday in Science, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude that instead of leveling off in the second half of the 21st century, as the UN predicted less than a decade ago, the world's population will continue to grow beyond 2100."


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Linda Rutledge Hudson's curator insight, September 29, 8:11 AM

I've been watching the numbers for some time and have felt, and told my students -- we would grow faster and more than previous predictions.  They have changed the #'s a few times.  This estimate seems more reasonable.

 

Caroline Ivy's curator insight, October 2, 10:57 PM

This unit focuses on immigration and population. This article shows the aftermath of both. 

 

The Earth's population is currently at about 7.1 billion people. By the time people of my generation are old and ailing, we'll be at about a 35% increase! We can't even feed ourselves now. How will we feed 11 Billion? 

 

Scientists stress the importance of education—especially women in developing countries—and believe the problem can be controlled and dealt with. 

 

There are many issues that are sure to come in the advancing years—regarding ethics, politics, human rights, of course—but there is no way to be sure. 

 

Buckle up, everyone. It's gonna be a bumpy ride. 

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 27, 11:46 AM

Population geography is a field that hinges on accurate data. These recent projections, if true, will alter how many countries approach population control in the future. If the UN is projecting the population to grow beyond 2100 and not level off than it is likely that in many countries anti-natal policies will start to be implemented, in some but not all cases it is likely these policies will back fire leaving some countries with populations that are too low to sustain the growth of their country. In Singapore for instance, in the 1970s the government enacted anti-natal policies that were so effective that by the mid 1980s they had negative population growth and not enough workers to replace their aging workplace. If the populations grow as the U.N. projects we may see similar circumstances occur.

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Black Friday Is Buy Nothing Day: Here Are 10 Films to Inspire a Joyous Shopping-Free Holiday

Black Friday Is Buy Nothing Day: Here Are 10 Films to Inspire a Joyous Shopping-Free Holiday | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Since 1997, the biggest shopping day of the year in North America has also been known as Buy Nothing Day - a playful protest against the cultural and commercial pressures that compel us to consume...
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A Boy Makes Anti-Muslim Comments In Front Of An American Soldier. The Soldier's Reply: Priceless.

A Boy Makes Anti-Muslim Comments In Front Of An American Soldier. The Soldier's Reply: Priceless. | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
If I ever hear an anti-Muslim comment, I will repeat the words of this soldier.
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How Many Countries Can You Identify By Just Their Outlines?

How Many Countries Can You Identify By Just Their Outlines? | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Time to see how well you paid attention in geography class.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 24, 7:30 PM

Just for fun...and no cheating!!!

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"Da Jesus Book" Is The Best Bible Translation

"Da Jesus Book" Is The Best Bible Translation | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
"You know, God neva send me, his Boy, inside da world fo punish da peopo."
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What is Pidgin and when is it used? Here is a good example from Hawaii.

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Our infant mortality rate is a national embarrassment

Our infant mortality rate is a national embarrassment | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

The United States has a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control. A baby born in the U.S. is nearly three times as likely to die during her first year of life as one born in Finland or Japan. That same American baby is about twice as likely to die in her first year as a Spanish or Korean one.

Despite healthcare spending levels that are significantly higher than any other country in the world, a baby born in the U.S. is less likely to see his first birthday than one born in Hungary, Poland or Slovakia. Or in Belarus. Or in Cuba, for that matter.

The U.S. rate of 6.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births masks considerable state-level variation. If Alabama were a country, its rate of 8.7 infant deaths per 1,000 would place it slightly behind Lebanon in the world rankings. Mississippi, with its 9.6 deaths, would be somewhere between Botswana and Bahrain.

 


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Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy

Muslim Pilgrims Are Taking "Hajj Selfies" And Clerics Are Not Happy | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it
Clerics are reportedly condemning the latest "selfie fever" at Islam's holiest sites.

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Luke Walker's curator insight, October 3, 3:31 AM

It was only a matter of time before this happened...

CT Blake's curator insight, October 5, 10:57 AM

More instances of how tech and cultural diffusion can impact culture...and create cultural conflicts.

Sarah Ann Glesenkamp's curator insight, October 26, 10:11 PM

Pop culture and religion

 

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The Most Complex International Borders in the World

"In this video I look at some of the most complex international border. Of course, there are more complex borders in the world, but this video looks at some of my favourites."


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ELAdvocacy's curator insight, October 3, 9:40 AM

There are so many reasons our immigrant students come to the United States.  Some stories are so complex and painful it can be extremely difficult for Americans to understand.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, October 3, 10:21 PM

Interesting!

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The Most Complex International Borders in the World

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World Record Mapping Event

World Record Mapping Event | AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

Join our FREE GIS Day World Record mapping event taking place during Geography Awareness week (Nov 17th -21nd 2014, video with more details).  With a local to global perspective, we want students to map their thoughts and feeling about their local area.

 

They can add their data to a global map that is shared with the world. Help us achieve our goal of having 100,000 students take part globally.  The event will provide great opportunities for:

 

Using the latest GIS technologySpatial thinkingData analysis with GISMap designConnecting students with their peers worldwide

Tags: mapping, GIS,  K12, ESRI, geospatial, edtech.

 


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CT Blake's curator insight, October 5, 10:40 AM

Aw ay for all of our students on a global basis!

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 6, 12:19 PM

We are totally doing this!!!! Unit 1

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NYC Streets Metamorphosis

There's nothing more dramatic than looking back five or ten years at Streetfilms footage to see how much the streets of New York City have changed. In this wonderful…
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Urban Geography...case study NYC!!!

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The myth of religious violence

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The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But, Karen Armstrong writes, the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple

 

After a bumpy beginning, secularism has undoubtedly been valuable to the west, but we would be wrong to regard it as a universal law. It emerged as a particular and unique feature of the historical process in Europe; it was an evolutionary adaptation to a very specific set of circumstances. In a different environment, modernity may well take other forms. Many secular thinkers now regard “religion” as inherently belligerent and intolerant, and an irrational, backward and violent “other” to the peaceable and humane liberal state – an attitude with an unfortunate echo of the colonialist view of indigenous peoples as hopelessly “primitive”, mired in their benighted religious beliefs. There are consequences to our failure to understand that our secularism, and its understanding of the role of religion, is exceptional. When secularisation has been applied by force, it has provoked a fundamentalist reaction – and history shows that fundamentalist movements which come under attack invariably grow even more extreme. The fruits of this error are on display across the Middle East: when we look with horror upon the travesty of Isis, we would be wise to acknowledge that its barbaric violence may be, at least in part, the offspring of policies guided by our disdain.

 

Tags: religion, culture, conflict, political, geopolitics.


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Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 27, 12:10 PM

Xenophobia is the fear of the other. The fear of other religions as being violent and extreme is perfectly described as xenophobia. Many of the developed countries like to simply religious regimes as violent, backwards, or oppressive because they do not fit the mold that they operate in. This article shows that the violence that occurs in the name of religion may actually be a response to the rest of the world trying to stop religions involvement in government. In the 1980s when the USSR tried to overthrow Afghanistan, religious fighters like Osama Bin Laden grew their influence and became more extreme as a result. Religion can be used as a force of good in politics but what ends up happening is because many view Religion and politics are realms that need to be separate, their efforts to keep them separated result in the creation of extremist and hatred. Developed countries are so quick to place the place on the other for violent religious regimes when they should be focusing on the part they played in helping create the problem. 

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Which States Are in the Midwest?

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Here's a somewhat regular argument I get in: Which states make up which regions of the United States? Some of these regions -- the West Coast, Mountain States, Southwest and Northeast are pretty cl...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 16, 2:58 PM

Vernacular regions aren't defined by a one particular trait, but are how we think about places.  These 'regions of the mind' are how we organize information about places, which is why these regions aren't sharp or precise.  In a similar article, they investigate what we consider to be a part of the South using similar crowdsourcing data. 

 

Tags: USA. regionsmapping.

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 1, 11:07 PM

Unit 1 

Jacob Crowell's curator insight, October 27, 11:00 AM

This map shows the cultural attributes we place up on a region. When many Americans view a certain region, some images stick out. This map shows that people who live in areas that reflect that Midwestern imagery identify as Midwestern. When I think Midwestern, I picture farming and agriculture, long stretches of fields, people going to work on farms every day. The three states with the highest  response, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana all fit that image. They are agricultural states.that fit that stereotype.

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The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

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"For at least 70 years, the Red Delicious has dominated apple production in the United States. But since the turn of the 21st century, as the market has filled with competitors—the Gala, the Fuji, the Honeycrisp—its lead has been narrowing. Annual output has plunged."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 23, 2:05 PM

The story of the Red Delicious is almost a perfect analogy for the food industry.  It was genetically selected for its marketable skin, an aesthetically sumptuous red.  The skin of the Red Delicious better covers bruises than other varieties and tastes more bitter.  Consumers were buying what the industry promoted and “eating with their eyes and not their mouths.”  But recently there has been a backlash in the United States and more American consumer are seeking out other varieties; meanwhile the apple producers are working on exporting this variety to around the world, but especially into Chinese markets.  


Tags: agriculture, food production, food distribution, agribusiness, USA

Linda Alexander's curator insight, September 25, 10:33 AM

I believe this is the rotten tasting apple that comes with your meals at Panera. 

Jennifer Brown's curator insight, September 29, 12:40 PM

I loved this article for so many reasons! One who doesn't love an old man who sticks it to the grocery store managers? Two this is a perfect example of what humans do to everything they touch. To munipulate an apples genetics so much that it no longer exists? Seriously? What ever happen to if it aint broke don't fix it? This is also the prime example of how we are as a society. As long as everything is shiny and pretty on the outside don't worry about the inside. Red Delicious apples have a nice attractive outside but the inside is usually blah..

 

I'll stick to my Honeycrisps!