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Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe'

Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe' | Human Geography CP | Scoop.it

"A state commission working on a much-discussed report titled 'Foundations of State Cultural Politics' will release their findings in two weeks, presidential advisor Vladimir Tolstoi announced last week, adding that the basic formula of the report could be summarized as 'Russia is not Europe.'"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 8, 7:17 PM

At times Russia has sought to be perceived as a part of Europe only to be excluded in the minds (and institutions) of Western Europe.  Now, in a discursive way to protect itself, it is reaffirming and building a cultural buffer zone between Europe and Russia.  What are the borders of Europe as you think of it?  Can world regions change over time?  Any examples of regions having their borders redrawn?  


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Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 28, 9:46 PM

Russia is usually associated with Europe but not Western Europe but there is a push to separate Russia from Europe.

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How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads

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It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. Learn how to do it with the Green Screen app by Do Ink.

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Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe'

Culture Ministry Affirms 'Russia is not Europe' | Human Geography CP | Scoop.it

"A state commission working on a much-discussed report titled 'Foundations of State Cultural Politics' will release their findings in two weeks, presidential advisor Vladimir Tolstoi announced last week, adding that the basic formula of the report could be summarized as 'Russia is not Europe.'"


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 8, 7:17 PM

At times Russia has sought to be perceived as a part of Europe only to be excluded in the minds (and institutions) of Western Europe.  Now, in a discursive way to protect itself, it is reaffirming and building a cultural buffer zone between Europe and Russia.  What are the borders of Europe as you think of it?  Can world regions change over time?  Any examples of regions having their borders redrawn?  


Tags: RussiaEurope, regions.

Lauren Sellers's curator insight, May 28, 9:46 PM

Russia is usually associated with Europe but not Western Europe but there is a push to separate Russia from Europe.

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The Human Imprint

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A Human Geography Resource; Especially for Teachers

 

The Human Imprint is home to everything Human Geography related for the student, educator, and the every day Joe/Jane. This site includes geographic related stories, lesson plans, and other links that bring us closer to understanding the “why of where.”


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 4, 10:54 AM

Have you already seen this resource produced by a Chicago AP Human Geography teacher?  If not, there's no time like the present!

Melanie Kirchhof's curator insight, March 9, 8:25 AM

Resource for geography teachers

SFDSLibrary's curator insight, May 13, 4:58 AM

Words leading to new Geography treads.

good for up to date articles.

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Teaching Kids about Global Poverty

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"Living on One Dollar is a full-length documentary made by four college students who traveled to rural Guatemala to live on just a dollar a day. Upon their return, they created Living On One, a nonprofit to raise awareness and inspire action around global issues like hunger and poverty -- and started by publishing the Change Series of video shorts. I found it so compelling I've dedicated this whole film fest to it. Each episode not only succinctly frames an issue faced by people in the developing world and makes it personal, but also offers resource links to learn more -- and even better -- to do something about it."


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Character Minutes's curator insight, March 13, 10:24 AM

Several character traits could be empasized using theses videos. The wheels in my mind are turning!

 

Marianne Naughton's curator insight, March 13, 5:14 PM

Fundraiser event taught by kids

lyn chatfield's curator insight, March 17, 8:49 PM

The links

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9 Maps That Should Outrage Southerners

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Look, there are lots of things to love about the South. It's clean and quiet. There's delicious food, good people and often amazing weather. But that's exactly why it makes us so sad to think about all the ways in which the region is struggling today...

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Jane Ellingson's curator insight, March 11, 4:02 PM

Great Choropleth Maps....:)

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Did You Know 3.0

The New 2012 HD version on the progression of information technology researched by Karl Fisch, and modified by me! Globalization & The Information Age.

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steve smith's curator insight, January 29, 10:30 PM

Great for beginning the development topic

Mrs. B's curator insight, February 5, 6:19 AM

If you haven't seen this classic, don't wait one more minute! Creates a paradigm shift!

Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 5, 4:55 PM

Did you Know? Shift Happens, and it is happening at an exponential rate. Half of this 2012 version maybe obsolete. Time, and technology, does not stand still.

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Map: What Country Does Your State's Life Expectancy Resemble?

Map: What Country Does Your State's Life Expectancy Resemble? | Human Geography CP | Scoop.it
How California and Virginia can be as different as Liechtenstein and Brunei 

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Typhoon Haiyan Before & After

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View interactive before and after images showing the devastation Typhoon Haiyan has caused in Tacloban City, Philippines.

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megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 8:35 PM
Looking upfront at the before and after the typhoon hit the Philipines right on the coast line. The coast was completly wiped out and destructed it looked as though nothing was ever there. Not only were homes and businesses destructed but over 2500 people were killed in this natural disaster.
Joseph Thacker 's curator insight, April 19, 7:50 PM

By viewing the before and after images, one can see how destructive this typhoon was. Almost every building was absolutely destroyed and the damage looks overwhelming. Disaster's such as this can really set a country back, as the damage appears to be costly. Although sad to look at, these images were informational. 

Tracy Galvin's curator insight, May 3, 4:01 PM

A great set of photos to show the great destructive force of a storm on coastlines. The Philippines are a bunch of small islands made up of primarily coastlines so this typhoon destroyed huge amounts of the country.

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Modern Slavery

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"I recently saw this map in a Washington Post article about modern day slavery and was immediately was struck by the spatial extent and amount of slaves in today’s global economy.  As stated in that article, “This is not some softened, by-modern-standards definition of slavery. These 30 million people are living as forced laborers, forced prostitutes, child soldiers, child brides in forced marriages and, in all ways that matter, as pieces of property, chattel in the servitude of absolute ownership.”  This map shows some important spatial patterns that seem to correlate to economic and cultural factors."


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Victoria McNamara's curator insight, December 11, 2013 9:36 PM

For slavery to thrive you need a big business to produce goods for and a large amount of people to actually do the work for little or no pay. We can try to eliminate by having machines produce goods or paying the workers more and giving them better working conditions. Our spending habits are some what responsible because these slaves our producing our products for us for very cheap. 

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:15 AM

In my opinion slavery is the worst possible living situation. id rather be be free but have no food suply than to be a slave. its dishearting to look at these numbers and see that 30 million people have to deal with the worst quality of live possible. but what sickens me the most is the lack of information we have been given about this though primary schools. In school we were taught about Lincoln freeing the slaves ans american slavery almost every year. But not a single time did they connect or even touch on that it is a massive problem in the world today. It was to the extend that for a few years i was mislead to thinking that Lincoln made this a slave free world, boy was i wrong. Slavery is revesable though, it can be countered by harser punishments and more restrictions on the slave owners. We could also do our best to make it so they bring in as little money as possible so they are forced to find a different occupation. 

Jessica Rieman's curator insight, March 19, 2:04 PM

MOdern Slavery is a huge problem throughtout the world and especially in Africa and surrounding sister countries. For example, in Africa this map shows us that the slave rate is more than .75 this indicates that there is a small percentage of the country that is not enslaved in some way. This is outrageous for the modern society to think of in todays world especially because as Americans we think of the slave trade and slavery being something that happened many years ago and then slavery was abloished and now nothing bad happens anymore well we couldn't be more WRONG! AMericans are mostly ingornat to the fact that although slavery is not announced in surronding counintents and countries does not mean that it doesn't exist. Another example of this is the Somali blood diamonds and how the children become toy-soldiers and are turned into rebels because if they dont they will be killed so this is the type of society where it is kill or me killed. These CHILDREN are trained to kill anyone and everyone who gets in their way; taken away from their families at a young age and then brainwashed into using their ignorance as bliss.

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Muslim beauty pageant challenges Miss World contest

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"Muslim women from six countries defy western beauty ideals, emphasize spirituality.  Organizers of the event said they wanted to show Muslim women there is an alternative to the idea of beauty put forward by the British-run Miss World pageant. They also stress that opposition to the pageant can be expressed non-violently." 


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Rawr_adventuretime's comment, October 3, 2013 10:27 AM
This is social because the gender relations is women defying ideas of beauty and expressing beauty through spirit instead of body and looks c:
Mrs. B's curator insight, October 5, 2013 6:34 AM

What do you think?

Hannah Hitchcock's curator insight, December 13, 2013 10:54 AM

This article is a really good example on how beauty is a cultural perception. American pleople have a skewed idea of beauty, those shown above not being in that category. In other countries, these women might be extreamly beautiful, but the American perception doesn't believe the same things.  

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Oktoberfest 2013

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The beer halls are empty and steins put away from the 180th Oktoberfest in Munich. The world's largest traditional Bavarian beer festival, celebrated by an estimated 6 million visitors, wrapped up last Sunday.

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Renata Hill's comment, October 14, 2013 3:52 PM
I so want to attend this festival some time!
megan b clement's comment, December 15, 2013 9:06 PM
In Munich the world's largest Bavarian beer festival Oktoberfest is a good time for the millions of visitors. Only six local brewers beers were featured in this festival. The festival starts on September 21st and goes through to October 6th. It is a good time for all!
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Why We Dress The Way We Do

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In 40,000 BC, humans started wearing animal skins to hide their shameful nakedness.
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▶ Countries inside Countries: Bizarre Borders


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Christian Allié's curator insight, March 10, 4:19 AM

............ Fada (s) ..................

Julie McCrackin's curator insight, April 4, 5:35 AM

A video that shows all of the countries that are either within another country or who are singular/double bordered. Cool.

Colleen Blankenship's curator insight, May 18, 11:52 AM

Talk about landlocked!  How would you form policy for a country that is completely surrounded by another country?

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Would You Shock Somebody to Death? | RCScience

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Milgram’s headline-grabbing conclusion that 62.5% of people obeyed instructions appeared to show most of us can be led to kill at an authority’s bidding. But this statistic came from his second, and most widely reported experiment, which involved just 40 people.

 

In fact, Milgram conducted 23 different kinds of experiments, each with a different scenario, script and actors. This patchwork of experimental conditions, each conducted with a sample of only 20 or 40 participants, yielded rates of obedience that varied from 0% to 92.5%, with an average of 43%. Contrary to received opinion, a majority of Milgram’s participants disobeyed.


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An Atlas of Poverty

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We think we know what poverty looks like. But how do we accurately account for it? How do we know where to look?
Poverty maps are one place to begin. Technological advances of the past decade—the increased capability to both collect and process improved data—make it possible to reveal the face of the poor in finer detail than ever before. By translating data into the visual accessibility of a map, we can locate poverty more precisely, understand its sources more comprehensively—and attack it more effectively. Such maps can even be used to monitor the results of anti-poverty efforts. Poverty maps can be part of a strong, new foundation for building and tailoring policies and programs, to reach those people that will benefit the most.
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Nancy Watson's curator insight, March 9, 5:27 PM

This is very revealing

Sieg Holle's curator insight, March 10, 6:10 PM

solutions anyone......

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Demographic Atlas

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This atlas shows how the population is changing - growing in some parts of the country, while shrinking in others. The maps show the entire United States by county, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 Census and Esri. How do things look in your neighborhood?

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World’s Muslim population more widespread than you might think

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There are about 1.6 billion Muslims, or 23% of the world's population, making Islam the second-largest religion.

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Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 7:40 AM

Religion is a widely popular theme throughout the world. People participate in thousands of different religions and who know Islam could become the second largest in the world?

Paige Therien's curator insight, May 4, 10:29 AM

The Muslim world is very misunderstood, especially in the United States.  When someone hears "Muslim" they might immediately think of Arabs in the Middle East.  However, Muslims are spread throughout the world and Islam is practiced by many types of ethnic groups (not all Arabs are Muslim either!)

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 6:09 PM

Islam is a huge widespread religion. There is no surprise that it could ever become so large. The majority of Islamic followers is in the Asia-Pacific part of the world where that is no shocker either.

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Why Sochi?

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Why would Vladimir Putin want to host the Olympics in an underdeveloped place where terrorists lurk nearby? The answer is not as complicated as it may seem.

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Jessica Rieman's curator insight, February 18, 10:46 AM

It comes at not shock that Russia has had it's share of bad rulers that exzibit totalitarianistic views. Russia has always been in a state of massacre or some time of bad war torn conflict happeening. Russia is also the type of place where you can drive in each way 45 minutes and be able to either swim in the black sea or ski on the snowy trails. I think this is one of the reasons why the winter olympics are hosted here.

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 18, 11:52 AM

There are many reasons as to why the Olympics this year are held in Sochi, Russia i. Although it is an underdeveloped, terrorist driven area, it holds much potential and Vladimir Putin has reasons to why it is the perfect place.

Nathan Chasse's curator insight, February 28, 9:59 PM

This article explains why Putin wanted the Winter Olympic games to be in Sochi. The Olympics have historically been used as a way for a nation to showcase progress or power, and the case is no different here. By hosting the games in Sochi, Putin was drawing attention to his successful crushing of the Chechen rebels and Russia's reinvestment into the area. Through the games, Putin is trying to make an international statement about the security and progress in this war-torn area. Still, there are a number of Chechen rebel cells and Circassian protesters in the area with a grudge against Russia.

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Outdated Sports Mascots

Watch the #BigGame commercial the NFL would never air. Get involved by contacting the Washington Professional Football Team, the NFL and the Washington Post:...

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, February 2, 5:36 PM

The National Congress of American Indians did not have the funds to run this ad during the Super Bowl to promote their campaign to get the Washington Redskins to change their mascot.  Some argue that it is not offensive but this simple video powerful shows how many Native Americans feel insulted by this anachronistic moniker.  

Paige Therien's curator insight, February 3, 7:52 AM

The superbowl game as well as the commercials that air during it is very telling about the United State's culture.  So much so, that someone who is totally unfamiliar with the culture could learn a whole lot about how our country spend its time, what we eat, what we value, our politics, and how people from other areas interact with eachother.  This is very important when thinking about what we do not see during these games, like this commercial which did not have the funding to air.  Has the idea of race become so much of our cultural mindset that people turn a blind eye to a NFL team called the "redskins" and deem it unoffensive?  This video is powerful because it shows that a diverse, expansive group of people could not possibly be given an umbrella term.

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"Upside down" map of the world, by Hema Maps Get... - Maps on the Web

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'Upside down' map of the world, by Hema Maps
Get a puzzle with this map (affiliate) ('Upside down' map of the world, by Hema Maps Get a puzzle with...

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Create Your Own Map

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"Create a color-coded Visited States Map, showing off your road travel in the United States and Canada."


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Tony Aguilar's curator insight, November 8, 2013 12:12 AM

create your own map is interesing because it allows you to visualize and share with others your own journey around the country in terms of residence and visits being in seperate colors. Compared to the size of the country I myself have only been to very few states. I have yet to go to Alaska, Hawaii, the Midwest parts, and much of the Western part of the country. I am convinced that extensive travel is something i will accomplish in the yeard ahead. For the professor himself he still has several more states to visit. It is propbable that he will visit many more in the years to come

Charles Adami's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:52 PM

Students color code states involved in expedition. Louisiana Purchase , and US circa 1803.

Cam E's curator insight, January 28, 9:40 AM

I took the liberty of using this site which was linked on my Professor's page to create my own map of travels within the United States! Green represents states which I've spent many nights, amber for states which I briefly passed through, and red for states I've never been to at all. I didn't include the map for Canada as well, but I've been to Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Ontario primarily. I'm very into the idea of travel and intend to visit as many places as I can in my lifetime, but I have focused much of my journeys for the future into foreign countries. This map gave me the hint that I might want to focus homeward a bit more.

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Detroit on the edge

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Bob Simon reports on the decline of America's former industrial capital and the people determined to bring it back

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 16, 2013 5:32 PM

Detroit is the largest city to declare bankruptcy and more importantly the first major American city to essentially fail as a major metropolitan area.  Sections of the city are reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic bestselling novel:  80,000 buildings stand empty, 40% of the streetlights don’t work, and it routinely takes police one hour to respond to a 911 call.


Tags: urban, economic, industry, Detroit

Gregory S Sankey Jr.'s curator insight, November 19, 2013 9:21 AM

The Detroit "Renaissance"  is an interesting one to say the least. There is an obvious opportunity to lay the foundations for something new and bold after clearing the rubble that has become detroit. But who is going to be displaced once the rubble's cleared and the trendy cafes, art studios, and co-ops are erected? Who amongst the poor and already displaced will be held up high, encouraged, and supported to help create this new Detroit? Cutting costs from health care and pensions, from those who already live in this city and are struggling, doesn't sound particularly productive. Especially after referencing having posession of extremely valuable art pieces that could be sold off. This article really sheds a light on the pro's and con's that are associated in capital investment in a bankrupt and wartorn American city.

I don't think that the poor and hungry care about paint on a canvas. They need access to opportunity and the resources to seize it.

 

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Racist Costumes?

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 8, 2013 7:14 PM

Halloween is an intriguing cultural festival that reveals much about society.  For many, it is a time to push the boundaries of what is acceptable social behavior and subvert cultural norms.  I think this set of images reveals that cultural senstivity can be low as many are hoping to push the envelope.   

Justin McCullough's curator insight, October 13, 2013 8:04 PM

I've never celebrated Halloween mainly because I feel like it's open season for offensive things like this to occur. Although some of them may be a little funny, I can see how these costumes can be offensive to certain cultures. However, what i find really offensive is that people actually try to defend their blatantly racist costumes. Yet, for many Halloween is a cultural norm and any perceived attack on a cultural/social norm will be strongly defended even if that practice is openly/purposefully offending another group of certain people.

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China's generation gap

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"Chinese parents bemoan the laziness and greed of their children, but this generation of young people has had enough.  Parents who spent their own twenties labouring on remote farms have children who measure their world in malls, iPhones, and casual dates."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 13, 2013 5:01 PM

China rapid economic ascent has been astounding, but it has led to some interesting cultural dynamics as parents and children are literally from different worlds.