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Changing The World, One Map At A Time

Maps have always been a source of fascination and intrigue. Today's maps, however, can also help to save lives during disasters, document human rights abuses and monitor elections in countries under repressive rule. This presentation will explain how today's live maps can combine crowds and clouds to drive social change.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 20, 2014 1:03 PM

On this Thanksgiving, I want to remind this community that geospatial skills can be used to help othersWant to see geographic knowledge and geospatial skills in action?  Crowd-sourced mapping is increasingly an important resource during an emergency.  Poorer places are often not as well mapped out by the commercial cartographic organizations and these are oftentimes the places that are hardest hit by natural disasters.  Relief agencies depend on mapping platforms to handle the logistics of administering aid and assessing the extent of the damage and rely on these crowd-sourced data sets made by people like you and me. 

Tagsdisasters, mapping, cartographyTED201, video.

Jon Olaizola's curator insight, November 28, 2014 11:55 AM

You can help!

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The Great Mosque of Djenné

The Great Mosque of Djenné, Mali, is a magnet for tourists, but it is increasingly difficult for locals to live a normal life around it.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 5, 2014 9:12 PM

This New York Times short video is an intriguing glimpse into some of the cultural pressures behind having the designation of being an official world heritage site.  The great mosque combined with the traditional mud-brick feel to the whole city draws in tourists and is a source of communal pride, but many homeowners want to modernize and feel locked into traditional architecture by outside organizations that want them to preserve an 'authentic' cultural legacy.

Tags: Islam, tourism, place, religion, culture, historical, community, Mali, Africa.

Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 17, 2014 6:08 PM

Its incredible to see the kinds of things humans are capable of producing with the resources they have at hand. This remarkable site comes with at a prize. native Malians who reside in Djenné are able able to update the site of their home. If they do, they must update it to its original form keeping in line with the look of the entire town. This makes me think of the times when French super powers were managing the land of Mali. They were refrained from making changes and had to keep a uniformity all around. These people are forced to keep the same throughout. Its as if the people are still living under colonial rule with these restrictive guidelines.

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40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities

40 Percent Of The World's Cropland Is In Or Near Cities | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Just how much of the world's cropland can we really call urban? That's been a big mystery until now.


Now, a study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters has an answer: Somewhere around 1.1 billion acres is being cultivated for food in or within about 12 miles (20 kilometers) of cities. Most of that land is on the periphery of cities, but 16.6 percent of these urban farms are in open spaces within the municipal core.

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 26, 2014 1:43 PM

Is this a surprise?

Bella Reagan's curator insight, November 28, 2014 5:57 PM

Unit 1-Nature and perspectives on geography


This article explains how rural and urban areas are in the same nature. rural lands and urban lands are close or combined with each other though farms. These farms are affecting cities when they are so close from the sharing of resources. Water is a problem in these places through water scarcity. Places already with lack of water now are sharing with farms just outside the city. 


This relates to the unit through judging both perspectives or rural and urban societies working and living together. The urban societies are affected especially when water is a problem alone and then has to be shared with farms. People have noticed many farms are near cities with 80 percent of these rural lands near urban civilizations. Although many people have different views on what is considered urban,  and if these farms really are in urban areas. 

Sreya Ayinala's curator insight, November 30, 2014 10:04 PM

Unit 5 Agricultural and Rural Land Use

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Thanksgiving Resources

Thanksgiving Resources | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"Thanksgiving has some fascinating spatial, historical and cultural components to it...here are some of my favorite teaching resources to use as Thanksgiving approaches."


Tags: Thanksgiving, food, seasonal.

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Miles Gibson's curator insight, November 23, 2014 12:13 PM

Unit 1 nature and perspectives of geography

This map shows the consumption of sweet potato pie on thanksgiving in the u.s. it also shows the production of these pies also. It is also interesting how the south is again labeled and stereotyped in a certain way of being irrelevant or redneck.

This map relates to unit 1 because it shows the functional regions of local sweet potato pie production. It also shows the parts of the south as the most consuming people. Again pinning the south as weak and less educated. This is a possible vernacular map also because of that.

Raven Blair's curator insight, December 2, 2014 7:46 PM

The home of the first Thanksgiving, Plymouth County, is one of three of the only places that produces cranberries.It is interesting how Thanksgiving includes multiple assortments of the geography of food production and food consumption.  

Evan Margiotta's curator insight, January 4, 6:49 PM

Culture Unit 3 - This map shows the spacial relationship of an aspect of thanksgiving in the United States. It demonstrates how even popular culture is not always same throughout a particular area or country. It may actually change around perceptual regions rather than formal regions.

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It's all English... right?

It's all English... right? | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
English spoken in Australia, Belize, Canada, Caribbean, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom, Un...

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Andrew Stoops's curator insight, November 12, 2014 8:52 PM

This is an article that makes it apparent that even technology is behind the times in new dialects and forms of English. One would think that technology would be able to adapt but not yet. It just shows the ever changing pace of language.

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Accidental Discoveries That Changed The World - Reactions

Subscribe! http://bit.ly/ACSReactions Throughout the history of science, many major discoveries came accidentally. Sometimes they came from recognizing potential in an unexpected product or...

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How the Hawaiian Language Got to Harvard College - Honolulu Civil Beat

How the Hawaiian Language Got to Harvard College - Honolulu Civil Beat | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

I could say that this article started the day I set foot on Harvard’s campus in the Fall semester of my Freshman year, but that would be a lie — that would be to overlook the generations of linguistic trails already paved for me.

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Cam Morford's curator insight, November 13, 2014 8:56 AM
It's interesting to read and learn about the struggles of people who speak other languages in a predominantly English society. I can't imagine a harsher environment than Harvard. Native Hawaiian is a really cool language. While I don't believe it is in danger of extinction, I do believe that Hawaiians are being faced with the pressure to rely solely on English. As Hawaii becomes more and more americanized, the folk culture faces a new set of challenges. I'm amazed by the decision that many young Hawaiians are making to explore mainland schools. But should Hawaiian count for a foreign language credit if they already know it? Should Spanish count? Basically, if you speak multiple languages, should you be required to learn another language, or will your current knowledge suffice?
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Do Different Languages Confer Different Personalities?

Do Different Languages Confer Different Personalities? | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

LAST week, Johnson took a look at some of the advantages of bilingualism. These include better performance at tasks involving "executive function" (which involve the brain's ability to plan and prioritise), better defence against dementia in old age and—the obvious—the ability to speak a second language. One purported advantage was not mentioned, though. Many multilinguals report different personalities, or even different worldviews, when they speak their different languages.

It’s an exciting notion, the idea that one’s very self could be broadened by the mastery of two or more languages. In obvious ways (exposure to new friends, literature and so forth) the self really is broadened. Yet it is different to claim—as many people do—to have a different personality when using a different language. A former Economist colleague, for example, reported being ruder in Hebrew than in English. So what is going on here?

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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 3, 2013 3:36 AM

I guess it is more about being better equipped for life. There is a belief that those who know two or more languages are better equipped for life. It is not that they are more intelligent, rather it is about having a good social aptitude,  and being better communicators!

Irvin Sierra's curator insight, November 12, 2014 10:33 PM

This article relates to the subject of language that we are looking at in class because it conveys if different languages mean different personalities. We were talking basically about this last class where they're some words in Spanish that you wont be able to translate into English. It doesn't mean that people have different personalities it just means that people will be more comfortable with their first language rather than their second language. Language does not reflect on you by your personality but more as your background. 

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The Origins Of The Shiite-Sunni Split

The Origins Of The Shiite-Sunni Split | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
The division between Islam's Shiite minority and the Sunni majority is deepening across the Middle East. The split occurred soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad, nearly 1,400 years ago.

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James Hobson's curator insight, October 27, 2014 9:08 AM

(SW Asia topic 8)

This article provides the 'Sparknotes' of the reasoning for the schism between Sunni and Shia. It all boils down to who was to succeed Mohammed: his bloodline or who the community elected? This quickly turned violent, bearing striking similarity to some of the religious martyrs -both good and bad-  we hear about today. Just think how much the world -especially that of today and Southwest Asia- would have changed if Mohammed had made known who he desired to take his position? It seems as if personal interpretation and sticking to one's faith, as with virtually all religions, is the only feasible solution for now. Though it does not answer the question and leaves a divide, history has proven that ultimately there does lie strength in diversity, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out as it pertains to Islamic sects in the near future.

Samuel D'Amore's curator insight, December 16, 2014 1:56 AM

Like many Americans while having heard Sunni and Shiite Islam before I wasn't quite sure what the difference was besides the fact it was seemingly enough to cause centuries of conflict. This article does a good job of providing background for Americans who find themselves distanced or simply poorly informed about the different sects of Islam. A good understanding of this is important especially today when we find ourselves entwined in the business and affairs of the Middle East.

Alec Castagno's curator insight, December 17, 2014 2:49 PM

While much of the sectarian violence in places like Iraq has been a result of intentional sabotage by extremist or insurgent forces, the deep historical nature of this split allowed these sparks of violence to become a heavy fight again. Islam is one religion, but the two sects are based on different interpretations of the faith. The two sects have coexisted in relative peace for some time, but the current conflict shows that the fundamental differences still create a huge divide between the sects.

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How harsh environments make you believe in God (or gods)

How harsh environments make you believe in God (or gods) | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
A new study links climatic instability and a lack of natural resources to belief in moralizing gods in cultures around the world.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 13, 2014 1:58 PM

I’m not posting this in spite of its controversial nature—I am sharing this precisely because it has raised eyebrows.  Many have read this and seen elements of environmental determinism in the cultural analysis of religions (despite the researcher’s insistence that their findings should not be taken as a form of geographical determinism).

While there appears to be a correlation between a belief in moral god(s) and a harsh environment, others could also look at this map and see the mapping of poverty, colonialism or historical evangelism.  Environmental determinism was used to justify colonialism and racist ideologies, geography fully rejected anything with even a hint of environmental determinism.  Geographers are hypersensitive to the critique of environmental determinism; that is why it is difficult to find modern geographic research that knocks on the door of determinism. 

Questions to Ponder: How much environmental determinism is in this research?  What alternatives exist to environmental determinism?  How much of a factor is the environment in shaping cultural patterns? 

Tags: environment, religion, culture,  unit 1 GeoPrinciples.

Scott Langston's curator insight, November 16, 2014 6:25 PM

Inspiring faith? Is God an environmental construct?

Kelli Jones's curator insight, December 2, 2014 1:06 AM

This article talks about how where we live can influence our religion. I couldn't agree more. Although I have been an active member of a church for a long time now I can't help but think that if I didn't live in the US I wouldn't be a Christian. If I were born in China for example I may not even know the name Jesus Christ. That's a scary thought. 

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Complexity in Syria

Complexity in Syria | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, April 2, 2014 6:19 PM

This map shows tha tthere are an overwhelimg amount of Arabs especially in centeral Syria. And then on the coast lline it is mostly mixed with pink representing the overwhlming other majority.

Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:11 PM

It appears from this article that Syria is a complicated country. The map shows the different ethnic and religious groups of Syria, along with other groups, all of which live within a small area. Syria, along with other countries within the Middle East have been faced with one serious issue or another. Many different people live within a very small area; those people practice different religions and are ethnically and culturally different. Unfortunately, being different in this part of the world may get you killed.   

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 2014 1:25 PM

Maps such as this one are very valuable when trying to understand conflict.  In Syria and the greater Levant area, unbalanced power and representation in politics is the result of many different religious and ethnic groups living in such close proximity each other, allowing conflict to become very invasive.

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Comparing the five major world religions

"It's perfectly human to grapple with questions, like 'Where do we come from?' and 'How do I live a life of meaning?' These existential questions are central to the five major world religions -- and that's not all that connects these faiths. John Bellaimey explains the intertwined histories and cultures of Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam."

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MsPerry's curator insight, September 1, 2014 9:48 AM

APHG-Unit 3

Lindley Amarantos's curator insight, September 5, 2014 9:13 AM

Great insight into our 5 major world religions.

Brett Laskowitz's curator insight, January 28, 12:06 PM

This is also a good introductory video for the Religion unit.  It will at least give students a general overview of the major world religions as a baseline of information to reference when diving deeper into the unit content.

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Geosense: an online world geography game

An online world geography game...

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:09 PM

Play and learn geography and spatial awareness...

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For Northern Ireland, Wounds From 'The Troubles' Are Still Raw

For Northern Ireland, Wounds From 'The Troubles' Are Still Raw | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Sixteen years after the much-heralded Good Friday Agreement between Protestant and Catholic forces in Northern Ireland, walls separating neighborhoods are a sign of how profoundly divided it remains.
Andrew Stoops's curator insight, November 30, 2014 6:25 PM

While this article shows us the religious divide in Ireland, the fear and hate seems eerily reminiscent of problems of race in America with the recent riots and such. While we haven't necessarily had to put up large walls and people have been killed but not all of the killings relate directly to the split between race and harshness. This article also draws on my heritage as an Irish descendant and it is interesting to see the divide in a country over a religion.


Kaeleigh Herstad's curator insight, December 1, 2014 3:59 PM

Interesting story about the impact of The Troubles and the continued need for the Peace Walls that separate neighborhoods in Northern Ireland:


"And even though The Troubles officially ended in 1998, today many people still say they don't want the walls to come down. 'Until people feel a sense of security themselves, then I think we haven't created the context where I think it's fair to bring these walls down,' Bryan says."

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Kuwaiti cartoonist battles opponents on how to portray Islam to the world

Kuwaiti cartoonist battles opponents on how to portray Islam to the world | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"Naif al-Mutawa, creator of comic book series THE 99, spoke with Al-Monitor about the recent death threat by the Islamic State and how US President Barack Obama's enemies became his."


Seven years after the Kuwaiti psychologist and entrepreneur first launched his comic book series based on the 99 attributes of Allah, he's facing a sudden onslaught of death threats, fatwas and lawsuits (his comic books were highlighted in this TED talk on cultural change in the Islamic World). His US distributor, meanwhile, continues to sit on a TV deal, in part because of pressure from conservative bloggers who object to any positive description of Islam.

 Tags: Middle East, religion, Islam.
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Kaitlin Young's curator insight, December 12, 2014 3:06 PM

Islam faces many challenges in today's world. Many Muslims  believe that media and pop culture threaten to undermine the value and teachings of Islam, there are people who are trying to embrace world cultural trends in order to make the religion more relative to today's youths. A Kuwaiti psychologist is combining pop culture with Islam by meshing together comic book superheros and religion. This adaptation to the changing world is angering fundamentalists, but in order for a religion to remain viable in a changing world, it needs to remain static. 

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Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops

Here's what 9,000 years of breeding has done to corn, peaches, and other crops | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Corn, watermelon, and peaches were unrecognizable 8,000 years ago.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 28, 2014 1:25 PM

I think the term 'artificial' in the image might be misleading and it depends on your definition of the word.  Humans have been selectively breed plants and animals for as long as we've been able to domestic them; that is a 'natural' part of our cultural ecology and has lead to great varieties of crops that are much more suitable for human consumption than what was naturally available.  Long before climate change, humans have been actively shaping their environment and the ecological inputs in the systems with the technology that their disposal.  This is a good resource to teach about the 1st agricultural revolution.     

Tags: food, agriculture, consumption, unit 5 agriculture.

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23 maps and charts on language

23 maps and charts on language | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"Did you know that Swedish has more in common with Hindi than it does with Finnish? Explaining everything within the limits of the world is probably too ambitious a goal for a list like this. But here are 23 maps and charts that can hopefully illuminate small aspects of how we manage to communicate with one another."


Tags: language, culture, English, infographic.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, November 20, 2014 8:54 AM

Interesting visual representation of language and their relationships.  Language defines us.  It doesn't just give us a way to communicate but it also limits how we define and describe our world.

Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 26, 2014 1:40 PM

Mapping of languages...

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Bilingual brains better equipped to process information

Contact: Julie Deardorff
Northwestern University
Bilingual brains better equipped to process information

Forget Sudoku: Speaking multiple languages routinely exercises the brain

Speaking more than one language is good for the brain, according to new research that indicates bilingual speakers process information more efficiently and more easily than those who know a single language.

The benefits occur because the bilingual brain is constantly activating both languages and choosing which language to use and which to ignore, said Northwestern University's Viorica Marian, the lead author of the research and a professor in the department of communication sciences and disorders in the School of Communication. When the brain is constantly exercised in this way, it doesn't have to work as hard to perform cognitive tasks, the researchers found.

"It's like a stop light," Marian said. "Bilinguals are always giving the green light to one language and red to another. When you have to do that all the time, you get really good at inhibiting the words you don't need," she said.

The study, which will be published online in the journal Brain and Language on Nov. 12 was one of the first to use fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to test co-activation and inhibition in bilinguals. Co-activation during bilingual spoken language comprehension, a concept Marian pioneered in 1999, means that fluent bilinguals have both languages "active" at the same time, whether they are consciously using them or not. Inhibitory control involves selecting the correct language in the face of a competing other language.

Earlier in her career, Marian recorded eye movements to track co-activation and inhibition. She found that when bilinguals heard words in one language, such as "marker" in English, they often made eye movements to objects whose names sounded similar in another language they knew, such as "marka" which means stamp in Russian.

She is now looking at the brain itself by using MRI imaging, which shows blood flow to certain areas as the volunteers perform a cognitive task. The more oxygen or blood flow to the region, the harder that part of the brain is working.

In her most recent study, volunteers were asked to perform language comprehension tasks. Upon hearing a word, study participants were shown pictures of four objects. For example, after hearing the word " cloud" they would be shown four pictures, including a picture of a cloud and a picture of a similar-sounding word, such as a "clown." The study participants needed to recognize the correct word and ignore the similar-sounding competing word.

The bilingual speakers were better at filtering out the competing words because their brains are used to controlling two languages and inhibiting the irrelevant words, the researchers found.

The fMRI scans showed that "monolinguals had more activation in the inhibitory control regions than bilinguals; they had to work much harder to perform the task," Marian said.

Other research suggests efficient brains can have benefits in everyday life. For example, bilingual children were better at ignoring classroom noise than children who speak one language, according to a study Marian recently coauthored with colleagues in the U.K., which was published last month in the journal Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

"Inhibitory control is a hallmark of cognition," said Marian. "Whether we're driving or performing surgery, it's important to focus on what really matters and ignore what doesn't."

The fact that bilinguals are constantly practicing inhibitory control could also help explain why bilingualism appears to offer a protective advantage against Alzheimer's and dementia, said Marian.

"That's the exciting part," she said. "Using another language provides the brain built-in exercise. You don't have to go out of your way to do a puzzle because the brain is already constantly juggling two languages. "

Marian's team included Northwestern Ph.D candidates Sarah Chabal and James Bartolotti. They collaborated with Kailyn Bradley and Arturo Hernandez of the University of Houston.

Marian grew up speaking Romanian and Russian. English is her third language; she also speaks some basic Spanish, French and Dutch.

"It's never too late to learn another language," she said. "The benefits can be seen even after just one semester of studying."

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Gabe Chavez's curator insight, November 12, 2014 7:17 PM

So could the rumor be true, being bilingual  makes you smarter," in some ways". Being bilingual doesn't give you more information but it basically just makes your brain stronger and better at doing somethings just cause it uses the same part of the mind of that when you speak two languages. It is very fascinating to me how that works.

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How my school integrates languages into the primary curriculum - The Guardian

How my school integrates languages into the primary curriculum - The Guardian | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Teacher Heather Martin on why integrating Spanish in every aspect of her school – such as assemblies, tutor time, history and geography – is the key to language learning success

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Cam Morford's curator insight, November 12, 2014 11:17 PM

I wish I would have grown up learning multiple languages.  I envy the kids who can switch back and forth between multiple languages.  This article discusses the importance of early childhood education. Growing up, I wasn't exposed to other languages.  I believe that if we want to embrace a multilingual society, the time to learn is during the developmental stages of childhood.  Exposing children to sounds, words, or sentences from various languages can benefit their learning.  My only concern is that overexposure to a wide variety of languages could result in a loss of nationalism or culture.     

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More States In America Now Joining Movement To Produce English The Official Language

More States In America Now Joining Movement To Produce English The Official Language | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

Throughout in 2010, many says have actually argued if it must make English its formal language. To some, these types of a move makes sense specially considering that the almost all folks (about 80 %) know English because their main language. Regardless of this statistic, the ways a state which... http://www.newsyab.com/more-states-in-america-now-joining-movement-to-produce-english-the-official-language/

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Irvin Sierra's curator insight, November 12, 2014 10:18 PM

This article has to do with what we are talking about in class about languages. It has to do with the subject because in the class book it stated how the US does not have English as their official language, even though that's what basically everyone speaks. These states are tying to make a movement and make English their official language. I don't see why you have to make it your official language i don't see a problem with being able to speak other languages.

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Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
New cognitive research suggests that language profoundly influences the way people see the world; a different sense of blame in Japanese and Spanish

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Noah Bolitho's curator insight, November 12, 2014 10:19 PM

It's interesting how we always associate our language that we speak with being our main part of our culture. I know that one of the first things I think of when people ask what I think about our culture is the fact that I speak English. Yes, it is a major role, but honestly some families I know speak fluent Spanish, yet engage in very similar lifestyles as my self and my family. Yes language is a big factor when thinking about culture, but there are plenty of exceptions.

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The world as it is: The influence of religion

The world as it is: The influence of religion | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"Seldom has it been more important for Americans to form a realistic assessment of the world scene. But our current governing, college-­educated class suffers one glaring blind spot.

Modern American culture produces highly individualistic career and identity paths for upper- and middle-class males and females. Power couples abound, often sporting different last names. But deeply held religious identities and military loyalties are less common. Few educated Americans have any direct experience with large groups of men gathered in intense prayer or battle. Like other citizens of the globalized corporate/consumer culture, educated Americans are often widely traveled but not deeply rooted in obligation to a particular physical place, a faith or a kinship."

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 22, 2014 11:57 AM

Religion and its influence

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, October 1, 2014 11:19 PM

Unit 3

Brett Laskowitz's curator insight, January 28, 12:17 PM

My APHUG students will read this article before even beginning our study of religion.  My hope is that this may at the very least help them empathize with the religious fervor that still has such a profound impact on the culture of much of the world.  

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U.S. Protestants Lose Majority Status

U.S. Protestants Lose Majority Status | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

For the first time in its history, the United States does not have a Protestant majority, according to a new study.


Interestingly, this is not due to the rise of a new religious group, but the rise of secularism in the United States. The fastest growing group in the United States is the religiously unaffliliated. Click here for a simplified AP news story on the report. 


Questions to ponder: What are some causal factors that might explain why there is an increase in the non-religious population in the United States today? How does this impact American culture and politics?


Tags: religion, USA, culture, unit 3 culture.

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Seth Dixon's comment, October 9, 2012 9:20 AM
And the report outlines that since 2010 (when the chart data ends) Protestants have continued to lose members.
Ali and bradyn's curator insight, December 1, 2013 1:14 PM

A religious article that shows U.S Protestants Lose Majority Status 

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Topography of Religion

Topography of Religion | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it

"The Pew survey sorts people into major groupings--Christians; other religions, including Jewish and Muslim; and 'unaffiliated,' which includes atheist, agnostic and 'nothing in particular.'  Roll your cursor over the map to see how faiths and traditions break down by state."

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CT Blake's curator insight, August 29, 2014 7:09 PM

Awesome interactive map showing the relative religious composition of states.

Ignacio Quintana's curator insight, December 1, 2014 6:56 PM

Even though this is just an info-graphic, this is very interesting. What we can see from this map is the spatial organization of religion specifically in the U.S. It's interesting to see how protestant makes up the majority (but apparently not according to the article above this from Haak's page) and how drastically these views can change from coast to coast, and state to state. What I find particularly interesting is that you can clearly find hearths of many of these religions, for example, Utah has an extremely out-numbering amount of Mormons. For obvious reasons that is, but still very educational to see the centers of many of the big religions in the United States.

Joshua Mason's curator insight, January 28, 8:46 PM

Looking at the map, it looks like the Northeast is predominately Catholic while the further South you go along the Eastern coast, you find more Protestants, mostly Evangelical, especially in the from Confederate States. The Mid and Northwest seems to hold a healthy mix of all the Christian denominations while places in the Southwest have a higher Catholic percentage, my guess would be from immigration from Mexico. The one odd ball out in the Southwest is Utah with its 58% of Mormons.

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Map Puzzles - Learn U.S. and World Geography Online

Map Puzzles - Learn U.S. and World Geography Online | Haak's APHG | Scoop.it
Learn US and World geography with online Map Puzzles and games. Map Puzzles to learn continents, countries, states, capitals, borders, physical features and cultural monuments.

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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:08 PM

Have fun learning geography!