Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine

Bad Astronomy | Discover Magazine: "I do so love astronomy.

I love the knowledge we have of how the cosmos works. I love understanding the size and scale of things, the motions of the Universe, the interaction of objects through gravity, electromagnetism, and collisions. I love sitting out under a dark sky and soaking in the cold, dim points of light, and knowing that we know what they are and how they work, the first generations of humans on Earth who can make such a boast."

Bad Astronomy
Discovery Space

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

John Hanson
John Hanson: First President of the United States Under the Articles of Confederation

Levering, Ralph B. “John Hanson, Public Servant.” Maryland Historical Magazine 71 (Summer 1976): 113-33.
Cavanaugh, John W. Our Two First Presidents, John Hanson—George Washington. The Gold Book of United States History, Full of Gold Nuggets . [New York?: N.p., 1932.

John Hanson, President of the United States in Congress Assembled, 1781-1782 . Baltimore: Cushing, [1892?].

Johnson, Amandus. John Hanson: First President of the United States Under the Articles of Confederation . [Philadelphia: Swedish Colonial Society, 1966].

Kremer, J. Bruce. John Hanson of Mulberry Grove . New York: A. & C. Boni, Inc., 1938.

Levering, Ralph B. “John Hanson, Public Servant.” Maryland Historical Magazine 71 (Summer 1976): 113-33.

Nelson, Jacob A. John Hanson and the Inseparable Union; An Authentic Biography of a Revolutionary Leader, Patriot and Statesman . Boston: Meador Publishing Company, 1939.

Scharf, J. Thomas (John Thomas). Essay on John Hanson . N.p., 1892.

Smith, Seymour Wemyss. John Hanson, Our First President . New York: Brewer, Warren, and Putnam, 1932.

Stoeckel, Herbert J. The Strange Story of John Hanson, First President of the United States; A Guide to Oxon Hill Manor and Mulberry Grove in Maryland . 1956. Reprint, Hartford, Conn.: Hanson House, 1958.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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Friday, November 14, 2008

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Blogging and RSS
Depending on who you talk to, RSS stands for Rich Site Summary or Real Simple Syndication. Either way, RSS is a real important technology that information specialists and educators would be well advised to harness sooner rather than later. In simple terms, Weblogs (and an ever-growing number of other sites) generate a behind-the-scenes code in a language similar to HTML called XML. This code, usually referred to as a "feed" (as in "news feed"), makes it possible for readers to "subscribe" to the content that is created on a particular Weblog so they no longer have to visit the blog itself to get it. As is true with traditional syndication, the content comes to you instead of you going to it.

For instance, say you've found 20 or 30 (or, like me, 120!) Weblog sites on the Internet that interest you. Finding the time to click through to those sites on a regular basis is probably pretty difficult. But what if you had to go to only one place to read all of the new content on all of those sites? Wouldn't be so difficult, would it? Well, that's exactly what RSS allows you to do by using what's called an "aggregator" or news-feed collector. The aggregator checks the sites you subscribe to, usually every hour, and it collects all the new content into a folder that is just waiting for you to come and read it. Big deal, you say? Very big, indeed, for a variety of reasons.

Take this general scenario, for instance: You currently get the headlines from The New York Times via an e-mail message that arrives each morning. But more and more, your e-mail box is being clogged up by spammers selling everything from pornography to mortgages. There are new virus warnings every day. Not so with RSS. The feed your aggregator checks is virus free, and you know that everything in your aggregator is something you want to read because you subscribed to it. No ads, no spam, just new content from the sources you read. You can scan the headlines, read the entire post, click through to the actual Web site, and file the information away for later retrieval.

Will Richardson

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Eight Newspapers from the New Yourk Times Company

Web site:
User name: 2008
Password: election

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

King James

Photograph by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters.

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LeBron James on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Volume 96, Issue 7 (February 18, 2002)

LeBron James

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Senator Barack Obama in Nyangoma Kogelo village, west of Kenya's capital Nairobi, November 5, 2008. (Thomas Mukoya/Reuters)

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Monday, October 27, 2008

Web 2.0 Learning

Creative Web 2.0 Learning

From: heyjudeonline, 2 years ago

Creative Web 2.0 Learning
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: creativity library)

Explore, discover, learn, dream and believe that Web 2.0 can help transform your learning and teaching to engage students in 21st century learning.

SlideShare Link

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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Social Netork websites: best practices from leading services

Social network websites: best practices from leading services

From: faberNovel, 11 months ago

This document provides a general background for understanding social network websites and the study of online matchmaking websites and business network websites

This study is only the first step. Distributed under creative commons license, it should be completed and improved through the contribution of external experts, firms and web users as major moves in the industry are expected to occur in the coming months

SlideShare Link

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Technology Is All Around Us's all around us...

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Create your own video or slide show about what impacts your "world". "What is...all round you?"
Google News is a great resource

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Stewarting Technology for Communities

Etienne Wenger's 2002 Technology Classification updated

From: smithjd, 8 months ago

In thinking about the technology marketplace for supporting communities of practice, the scheme that Wenger developed for the US Federal Government Council of CIOs is still used and updated.

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View Hometown Baghdad webisodes

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Search Topics , NOW| PBS

Search Topics

[Under Construction]

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The Connection Between High Gas Prices and the Housing Crisis
Driven to Despair
Transcript: Driven to Despair
Blueprint America
NYC Subway Map
MTA-New York City Transit

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Unit 3

Power Point Multimedia Presentation

Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates of 2008. Create the following slides:

  1. Create slides that represent the candidates for the following parties:
    1. Democrat
    2. Republican
    3. Green
    4. Independent
    5. Socialist
    6. Communist
    7. See Procon and Election 2008
  2. States of the Candidates
    1. Show each candidate's respective states, i.e. map, chart, etc.
    2. Links to each party's website
  3. Party Platform and Mission
    1. Describe in one paragraph briefly the platform of each party
  4. What 2 issues are important to you?
  5. The Caucus Blog Ask a Reporter
    1. What candidates agree with your issues?
    2. US Electoral College US Electoral College
  6. Video Clips
    1. Insert a video clip of candidates speeches
  7. All images must be cited
  8. Voting Rights and Citizenship

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Monday, June 9, 2008

2007-2008 Class Evaluation

Students please complete the class evaluation.

Please place your comments on this blog.

1. What did you like the most about this class?

2. What did you like the least about this class?

3. What was the most important thing you learned from this class?

4. If you taught this class next year, what would you change to make it better?

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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

What other ways to post pictures are available?

"There are a number of third-party services that will let you post pictures to your blog, including Picasa,Flickr, BuzzNet, FotoFlix, Photobucket, and Photolightning"

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Thursday, May 1, 2008

Monday, April 14, 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Pew Global Attitudes Project - A series of worldwide public opinion surveys

Pew Global Attitudes Project - A series of worldwide public opinion surveys

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LoyalTV is a web site that allows consumers to send in video content about why they love their favorite brands. It is consumer generated so people can use the site to browse and interact with others and find consumer opinions, feedback and reviews on brands everyone knows and love…before they go out and buy them.

  1. Word of mouth has always been the best way to find out about something. It's the real scoop from real people. It's the information you need before you make a decision.
  2. loyalTV is the place for real people to share word of mouth about products, services and life experiences.
  3. Watch real people, not a paid spokesperson, describe their own purchases and experiences so you can use and share that information with others.
  4. Make an impact on others by posting a video about the things you feel strongly about, whether positive or negative.
  5. The world of word of mouth is just a click away. Join loyalTV, where information is contagious. Catch it, spread it generously and come back for more.

eHow - How to do just about everything

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

New York City

Office of the Mayor
Majoral and City Agencies
NYC Organization Chart
The New York City Council
The Comptroller
Legislation and Committees
Borough Presidents
New York State Officials
Federal Officials
Community Newspapers
Brooklyn Paper
OUR TIME PRESS - Founded 1995
Brownsville, Brooklyn

Community Issues

  1. Describe your community.
  2. Explain and demonstrate how one of your elected officials supports your community.
  3. Pursue a community issue that interests you.
  4. Community Story: What Makes a Good Story?
Community Guidelines
  • Pick a problem statement that interests you
  • Be concerned about how your solution adds value
  • Brainstorm several solutions before picking one
  • Research what else is done similar to your idea
  • State what approach you will take and what technologies you will use
  • Dissect, investigate and inspect your idea until you know what you will/won't do
  • Visit this Eminent Domain
  • Explore

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    Monday, March 17, 2008

    Women's History Month

    The African -American women were classed as third rate in the human scale that was implemented by the slaveowners; categorized under the whites, then under the African-American males. The African-American women were kept in good standing for the convenience of child bearing. Overburdened with the trials and tribulations of slavery . Cite

    • You choose 1
    • What 2 things did you learn from her?
    • What is a feminists?

    1. Elizabeth Freeman (Mum Bett)

    Margaret Washington on Elizabeth Freeman

    The Official Website for Elizabeth Mumbet Freeman

    2. Phillis Wheatley

    3. Sojourner Truth Ain't I A Woman?

    4. Maria Stewart ....More

    5. Famous Female Activists & Artists "These women with their heroic vision, intelligence, and courage are role models for contemporary feminists and freedom fighters of all persuasions."

    Citation Africans In America

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    Friday, March 14, 2008

    What Is Podcasting

    What Is Podcasting
    Podcasts can be used for a variety of purposes, such as syndicating your own weekly internet talk show or mixtapes.

    The types of podcasts out there are as varied as the web itself. The majority of podcasts tend to be bloggers who use the audio medium to supplement their sites. Podcasts aren't censored, they're not bound by any time limit, and there are no rules.
    To get an idea of the more popular podcasts out there, check out my favorite spot: Podcast Alley at Podcast

    You can also see the latest podcasts published from all over the web on When a podcast is published, the site is usually notified (pinged) and populates the list. If you're ready to listen to your first podcast, then it's now time to grab an application that will do the podcast grabbing for you.

    Finding Your Voice (and Others')
    Directory of RSS readers
    Planet B-Boy
    Knucklehead Zoo

    Podcast Readers

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    What Is Podcasting?

    Podcasts can be used for a variety of purposes, such as syndicating your own weekly internet talk show or mixtapes.

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    Basketball's Secrets. Thier Legency

    Basketball's Secrets. Thier Legency

    You must watch it ESPN Network March 16 and 17 at 9PM

    The film is a tribute to whom?
    Let us highlight Earl "The Pearl" Monroe's life

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    Wednesday, March 5, 2008

    The Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Blog

    Communicate with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Listen to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about Blogging

    Bebop and beyond Music
    Bessie Coleman helped black women soar Dr. James West — inventor of the electret microphone

    America still holds the torch with the NBA Castro moves on

    Black History Month
    The real history of the light bulb
    Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler: First black female doctor
    Star wars, NBA-style
    With Barack ...
    How to shoot a skyhook ... after 50 Dr. Mark E. Dean: The face in the computer
    Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus Dr. Daniel Hale Williams: Heart surgeon

    Famous Black Inventors


    • Since retiring as a player in 1989, Kareem has balanced his love of basketball with his love of history. In 2002 he led a USBL team, the Oklahoma Storm, to a championship. Since 2005, he has been the special assistant coach for the Lakers, working with Andrew Bynum.
    • Kareem also remains intellectually active, authoring four bestselling history books intended to popularize the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history. His books include:
    • "Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement"
    • "Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII's Forgotten Heroes"
    • "A Season on the Reservation," which chronicles his time teaching basketball and history on an Apache Indian reservation in White River, Ariz.
    • New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller, "On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance.
    • "His audio adaptation, "On the Shoulders of Giants: My Audio & Musical Journey through the Harlem Renaissance," is a four-volume compilation.

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    Monday, March 3, 2008

    A Few Strategies for Creating a Good Blog

    The first step is to create a blog as obviously you cannot have a successful blog without going through the agony and ecstasy of creation.

    1. Choosing a subject : If you want to blog successfully you have to choose a subject close to your heart. A subject which you should be passionate about. This has two advantages. One you will never get bored and stop posting to your blog. Secondly since you are passionate about the subject you will probably already have a large amount of information on the subject and - as the heart rules the head - are actively involved in finding more about it. It will also help a lot if you are blogging about your career and area of expertise. It will help even more if you choose to provide solutions to common problems in your blog. This is better than having an opinion blog full of rants and raves unless you are already a top-notch journalist with an existing audience.

    Monitor blog and blog traffic : Keep a hand on your blog pulse. Install a counter to see how many hits you are getting. For full and detailed stats install Google Analytics. Keep track of your backlinks by claiming your blog at Technorati.

    Add attractive content to your blog which will attract traffic.

    2. Add content regularly
    without lapsing.

    3. Add content frequently. The more frequently you add content to your blog it will attract more traffic and subscribers. Each post will attract some traffic. Hence as per the Long Tail theory the more posts your blog has the more traffic it gets.

    Add original content. If not original provide links to the credits. Do not copy and paste blindly. Add your own spin to the originals (think The Departed, based on Hong Kong thriller Infernal Affairs which inspired Martin Scorsese to create this blockbuster.)

    Add Readable Content. Long posts with bulky paragraphs are difficult to read on the screen. Lists of items are easily read and imbibed by the viewer. Implement the expandable summaries hack to show a small paragraph (teaser) followed by a 'Read More' link.

    4. Upload pictures to your blog to illustrate your point. Not too many and not too large or page will take long time to load.

    5. Check spelling and grammar
    before publishing.

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    Friday, February 29, 2008

    Did you know?

    What is Plagiarism?
    What is citation?

    Creative Commons is a non-profit that offers an alternative to full copyright.
    The best online photo management and sharing applications in the world
    About Flickr Flickr Blog
    About Photobucket
    About Picasa

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    Saturday, February 23, 2008

    Make your own gadget

    Make your own gadget

    Google Apps

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    Widgets for your Blog, MySpace, LiveJournal, or Website

    What is a Widget?
    Accoring to Wikipedia:
    A Web Widget is a portable chunk of code that can be installed and executed within any separate HTML-based web page by an end user without requiring additional compilation.

    Web Widgets can be utilized by end users to enhance a number of web-based hosts, or drop targets. Categories of drop targets include social networks, blogs, personal homepages, and operating system desktops.

    Widgets for your Blog, MySpace, LiveJournal, or Website –

    Mickael Pietrus Widget

    Mickael Pietrus Bio English

    His from Guadeloupe

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    Friday, February 22, 2008

    Home | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

    Home The Onion - America's Finest News Source

    The Onion Definition: The Onion is a United States-based parody newspaper published weekly in print and daily online. It features satirical articles reporting on international, national, and local news as well as an entertainment newspaper and website known as The A.V. Club. It claims a national print circulation of 710,000[1] and says 67 percent of its Web site viewers are between 18 and 44 years old.[2]

    The "Gen-X satiric" newspaper. Baby boomer versus Generation X Explain?

    As Obese Population Rises, More Candidates Courting The Fat Vote

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    Home | The Onion - America's Finest News Source

    Home The Onion - America's Finest News Source

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    The Huffington Post- News Blogs Video

    Breaking News and Opinion on The Huffington Post

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    Michelle Malkin - A Conservative Mother's Blog

    Michelle Malkin

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    Techcrunch A Blog


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    Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

    Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters

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    Boing Boing

    Boing Boing

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    Friday, February 15, 2008

    Who's Giving The Big Political $$$

    Based on data released by the FEC on Monday, January 07, 2008.
    Top All-Time Donor Profiles


    Blue Chip InvestorsTop Donor Dossiers

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    What is Mahalo?

    In your own words What is Mahalo?
    What is Mahalo proposition? How is it different from Google?

    1. Review this website as an aspiration and an objective
    2. Recreate the Mahalo 24 Categories on your blog. (You will find the list of categories on the right side of this webpage or on the homepage)
    3. Create your own ideas and interests under these categories.
    4. Begin now building this project. By Spring Recess 1/2 of your categories should be developed.
    5. Remember this is an ongoing project

      An Example: News: Teen Obesity

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    The Next Tech President

    Next Tech President
    What each Presidential candidate does not know about technology is alarming. That's what this virtually unknown tech blogger figured out after pulling off his own Presidential technology poll and now is getting the world's attention.

    Create your own specialized blog pages
    See this blog as an example
    Kurt the Cyberguy

    Create your own specialized blog pages that are informatative and factual to the world and a place to receive comments. See this blog as an example

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    Let's Talk About....

    Kareem Williams Shanayah Ricks

    Janiel Thomas Glenise Stoute Jelani Hypolite

    McNally Sylvestre George Chapman

    Sharina Clarke Kalisha Carrington

    Darrius Ellis Romona Heywood Evan Higgins

    Raven Dantzler Katherine Ceron Andell Cedeno

    Charles Hart Jaylene Ashby

    Deryck Nicholson Andre Aiken

    Thpring Colodner Myesha Woodruffe

    Taisha Blair Nzinga Hyacinthe Eiman Makki

    Aripul Hoque Chynna Charles

    Abigail DeJesus Kareem Hamilton

    Angel Morales

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    Thursday, February 14, 2008

    Black History Month - Historical Figures

    Present your Historical Figures on your own blog
    Information you use must be cited

    Bring this person to life!!!!

    • Achievements
    • Timeline
    • Legacy (Contribution)
    • Activism
    • Challenges
    • A quotation by the person
    • A picture or video with source cited
    • How the world changed him or her
    • What did you discover
    • Citations What is citation?

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    Wednesday, February 13, 2008

    The Other America - The Best and Least Known Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    A Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
    14 April 1967
    Stanford University

    Dr. King's "The Other America" Speech at Stanford

    Create a dynamic podcast on Dr. King's speech that was delivered on April 14, 1967 at Sanford University.

    ----Does the USA today have the same national and international problems it experienced in 1967? Give examples.
    ----Read Dr. King's speech and view the video of him presenting the speech.
    ----Describe the two Americas Dr. King talked about on your podcast as you understand it. Include some of his message.
    and give examples if two Americas exist in 2010
    -----Dr. King defines racism in the USA. Give some examples. Include some of his messsageReview and read an interview

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    Sunday, January 27, 2008

    Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige - Never Gonna Break My Faith

    Aretha Franklin & Mary J. Blige - Never Gonna Break My Faith

    What do Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Barrack Obama and Muhammad Ali have to do with this song?

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    Friday, January 25, 2008

    A Discussion About the Middle East

    Rashid Khalidi Edward Said Professor of Arab Studies Director of the Middle East Institute

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    Tuesday, January 22, 2008

    Dummies Guide to Google Blogger Beta

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    The Mail-to-Blogger

    1. The Mail-to-Blogger feature turns any email account into a blog-posting application. In Settings Email you can create a Mail-to-Blogger address which you will use to send posts via email to your blog:

    2. To post to your blog via email, you need to configure your Mail-to-Blogger email address in Settings Email:

    3. Note that this email address must be kept secret. Otherwise, anyone who gets it will be able to post as you.
    Also be sure to specify whether or not you prefer your email posts to publish automatically. If this option is not checked, then your posts will be saved on your account but will not appear on your blog until you log in to and publish them yourself.

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    The "Why Question"

    Your "Why Question"

    1. Create your "Why Question", i.e. political, social, historical, religious, economical, etc.
    2. Explain the answer in details
    3. Who are the experts?
    4. What are the Pros and Cons?

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    Saturday, January 19, 2008

    Thirteen/WNET African American Lives-The Story In History

    Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr.


    1. Who is Dr. Henry Gates?
    2. Choose one interviewee and discuss the follwing: (Remember to include the name of the person)
    3. His or her family name
    4. The historical event(s) and the significance to the institution of slavery in the United States

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    NEW YORK VOICES : The Liberians of Staten Island | Thirteen / WNET New York

    NEW YORK VOICES : The Liberians of Staten Island Thirteen / WNET New York

    1. Liberia, a West African country founded by freed American slaves
    2. In two (2) paragraphs write when and why did freed Americans go to Liberia. (Hint: See Dr. Shabaka) or History Of Liberia: A Time Line
    3. What questions would you ask Agnes Umunna and Jacob Massaqoi and their organizations?
    4. Contact him and conduct an interview.

    Liberia, Maryland State Colonization Society

    Agnes M.F.Kamara-Umunna,Straight From The Heart Radio Producer/ Presenter

    Seeking Hidden Accounts of Atrocity

    From Staten Island Haven, Liberians Reveal War’s Scars

    Liberia Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    The Liberian peace process 1990-1996 Chronology Wikipedia-Liberia

    Truth and Reconciliation Commission (Liberia) UNIBOA

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    Somewhere Over The Rainbow

    1. Who is this artist?
    2. What country do you think he is in?
    3. Describe in detail how these lyrics affect you?

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    Chris Rock

    1. What argument is Chris Rock addressing?
    2. Give me your opinion?
    3. What is New York State position? Give examples and the link to the NYS law?

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