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History of English (combined)

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Free learning from The Open University http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/history-the-arts/culture/english-language --- A look at the history of the English lan...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 13, 2013 10:31 AM

10 minutes on how English developed.

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NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained

NSA files decoded: Edward Snowden's surveillance revelations explained | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
In the last five months, the NSA's surveillance practices have been revealed to be a massive international operation, staggering in scope. But how do all of the NSA's programmes fit together – and what does it mean for you?
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Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night - Pocket History 1

Remember, remember the 5th of November... It's November 5th and the night is full of fire and explosions, but no problems. This is the annual British event c...

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The NSA Isn't Foiling Terrorist Plots - FPIF

The NSA Isn't Foiling Terrorist Plots - FPIF | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
There's still no credible evidence that the NSA's massive digital surveillance has disrupted any terrorist plots.
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The World Without U.S. - FPIF

The World Without U.S. - FPIF | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
Just as humans must reconfigure their relationship with nature, the United States must reconfigure its relationship with the world.
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Teaching Thoreau In a Hyper-Connected World

Teaching Thoreau In a Hyper-Connected World | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
Teachers are challenging students to set aside their hyper-connected lives and consider Henry David Thoreau’s Walden.

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Crash Course!

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Six awesome courses in one awesome channel: John Green teaches you US History and Hank Green teaches you Chemistry. Check out the playlists for past courses ...
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Happy St Patrick's Day from Discover Ireland

This short film is an ode to Ireland on St. Patrick's Day (which means we used a little bit of poetic licence!). Hope you all enjoy it. Happy St Patrick's da...

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A delightful video guide for how to become a British monarch

A delightful video guide for how to become a British monarch | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
The rules of royal succession are weirder and more elaborate than you might think.
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Little England or Great Britain?

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ASKED to name the European country with the most turbulent future, many would pick Greece or Italy, both struggling with economic collapse. A few might finger...
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The Guardian Politics Weekly Podcast | Politics | The Guardian

The Guardian Politics Weekly Podcast | Politics | The Guardian | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
The Guardian's weekly podcast on UK and world politics featuring political analysis from top journalists and commentators
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Halloween Video — History.com

Halloween Video — History.com | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
Get the facts on Halloween history and traditions, including its ancient roots and today's candy craze.

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America's Orphaned Diplomacy - FPIF

America's Orphaned Diplomacy - FPIF | Cultural affairs | Scoop.it
America’s money-soaked political system simultaneously bolsters the military-industrial complex and undermines diplomacy.
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Salem Witch Trials Podcast

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, October 19, 2013 3:02 PM

With Halloween right around the corner, the Salem Witch trials loom large in the collective American psyche.  While many emphasize the supernatural and the scandalous, this Maps 101 podcast (based on the article written by Julie Dixon and yours truly) gives the geographic and historic context to understand the tragedy of the 1692 witch trials.


Tags: seasonal, historical, colonialism.

Mohamed Maktoub's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:20 AM

لوحة  عظيمة  مثل صاحبها 

Justin McCullough's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:37 PM

The outbreak of the Salem Witch Trials really are really something that produces many questions. Perhaps the most obvious question is why did these trials happen all of a sudden? A community largely based off of agriculture produces an atmosphere of superstition. This can be seen in the events that led up to the Salem witch trials. With the land barely producing enough to sustain the town, people look for a scapegoat to blame. Neighbors turned on neighbors in order to obtain more land claiming that each other were witches. It is interesting to see that in a time of crisis one can a helping hand is not always the popular choice; as seen in the Salem Witch Trials the opposite extreme is taken place. 

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The benefits of a total surveillance state – Stuart Armstrong – Aeon

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In the future, most people will live in a total surveillance state – and some of us might even like it

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Rethinking America’s Exceptionalism - The Globalist

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Can Americans exist without the ideology of exceptionalism that has carried them for over two centuries? By Patrick Smith
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How and Why We Read: Crash Course English Literature #1

In which John Green kicks off the Crash Course Literature mini series with a reasonable set of questions. Why do we read? What's the point of reading critica...

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, October 10, 2013 1:46 AM

Nice justification of literature, liberal arts, pitched beautifully for anglophone teens, but just about right for undergrad second language speakers, IMO.

Eion_D's curator insight, March 30, 2014 6:44 AM

Hopefully more engaging than the last post, John Green has created a series of Crash Course videos based around Literature. This is the first, it links in to our discussions about thinking critically, and why it's so important to be able to delve deeper. Finding meaning, creating an analysis of a text shouldn’t be a nightmare; it should give you the opportunity to view the world differently. So with that in mind, and having watched the video, I want you to sit down and have a think about the text Romeo & Juliet, before answering these two questions:

            Using the comments section, create for me, a list of the things you have learnt from the play. It's pretty simple, just a list of information, literary concepts, feelings or understandings you have gained from reading the play. Why? Because reflecting on what we've learnt from a text will help us move forward in understanding ourselves and how we can communicate those changes with others. By doing it together, with everyone's input, we can create a storyboard of our learned experiences as a group.

            Pick a character from the play (this exercise may help, if you're struggling to build the above list). Choose the character you thought you would most hate. Tell me why you thought they would be loathsome. And then as clearly and concisely as you can, explain why you were surprised that you didn't hate them at all. What experiences changed your mind? Were they persuasive speakers? Did their actions redeem themselves in your eyes? What emotion, or lived experience caused you to empathise with them, despite how much you wanted to hate them?

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Quia - 8 Famous British painters (Matching and audio quiz)

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