Direct, structural, and cultural violence

Direct, structural, and cultural violence

[MUSIC PLAYING] SARAH JESSOP: Norwegian theorist Johann Galtung developed a three-layered understanding of violence that represents how a confluence of factors merge, in particular historical moments, to shape the conditions for the promotion of violence. Direct violence is what we normally think of when we think about violence. It represents behaviors that serve to threaten […]

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The birth of world literature

[MUSIC – FELIX MENDELSSOHN, “WEDDING MARCH”] MARTIN PUCHNER: Thanks to Eckermann’ notes, we know that the birth of world literature took place in the afternoon of January 31, 1827 at Goethe’s house. By the time, Eckermann had been in Weimar for over a year and a half and had settled into a routine. A few […]

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AP® English Literature & Composition – Part 1: Stories | BerkeleyX on edX | Course About Video

AP® English Literature & Composition – Part 1: Stories | BerkeleyX on edX | Course About Video

[MUSIC PLAYING] MAGGIE SOKOLIK: Hi. My name is Maggie Sokolik. Welcome to the course. We’re going to be covering stories, poems, and plays. “Dracula” is based on a real person. This person is Vlad III, or Vlad the Impaler. Now let’s take a listen to a short selection from Bram Stoker’s “Dracula.” SPEAKER 1: Then […]

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Electronic Literature | DavidsonX on edX | Course About Video

Electronic Literature | DavidsonX on edX | Course About Video

MARK SAMPLE: Imagine a computer game played by millions made of only text on a screen. Imagine a poem 13 billion stanzas long. Imagine a play written by a computer in 1963. Imagine a love story between a printed page and a computer screen played out in the space between the two of them. Welcome […]

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A Hallmark of Civilization

A Hallmark of Civilization

The practice of granting asylum to people fleeing persecution is one of the earliest hallmarks of civilization. References to it have been found in texts written 3,500 years ago, during the great early empires in the Middle East such as the Hittites, Babylonians, Assyrians and ancient Egyptians. In the 20th century, the 1951 Refugee Convention, […]

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Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe | ASU on edX | Course About Video

Western Civilization: Ancient and Medieval Europe | ASU on edX | Course About Video

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The Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations

The Maastricht Principles on Extraterritorial Obligations

Well, the adoption of the Maastricht Principles on the Extraterritorial Obligations of States in the Area of Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights is a very interesting experience, showing how international human rights law can be made to evolve, thanks to the mobilization of nongovernmental organizations and academic experts. Basically, the idea of these principles being […]

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