Thursday, April 25, 2013

Average American's Daily Use of Conflict Minerals

Daily Use of Conflict Minerals

Conflict Minerals (Map)

Civil Rights History (Introductory Material)



A "stereotype" is a generalization about a person or group of persons. We develop stereotypes when we are unable or unwilling to obtain all of the information we would need to make fair judgments about people or situations. In the absence of the "total picture," stereotypes in many cases allow us to "fill in the blanks." Our society often innocently creates and perpetuates stereotypes, but these stereotypes often lead to unfair discrimination and persecution when the stereotype is unfavorable.

A stereotype is a way we simplify our world. It is a short-hand way we deal with complex events. Stereotypes become dangerous when they leave us blind to individual differences.


Prejudice: A negative or hostile attitude toward another social group

Threat to self-esteem
Exploitation Theory
Scapegoating Theory
Authoritarian Personality Theory

Discrimination: Refers to an unfavorable action, behavior, outcome or treatment

Less access to:

-approval and popularity

-rights and privileges

-power, knowledge and popularity

Exposure to social risks:

-victimization through violence

-suspicion and blame for crimes

-rejection, alienation and isolation, which contributes to low self esteem, self-hatred and self-destructive behavior

-economic exploitation and oppression

Examples in history have been:

* African-Americans being forced to ride in the back of the bus

* German Jews being required to wear a yellow "Star of David"

* minorities being referred to by pejorative slang names

* minorities being the subject of jokes which poke fun at the target's race, religion, or ethnic origin, and which rely on stereotypes

* Japanese-Americans being isolated in camps during World War II

* Native Americans having their land confiscated in violation of treaties, being the victims of government-sponsored massacres, and being placed on reservations.


Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Secret Life of Bees Final Project (English 509)

Create a foldable book like the one you see above. Include all the main characters from The Secret Life of Bees. Include pictures of the main characters, quotes, and key words describing their physical characteristics, personal characteristics, challenges and accomplishments. 

Each panel is worth 10 points. (Picture-3 points, Quote-3 points, Key Words-4 points)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Road to War (Infographic)

The Cambodian Genocide

Map of Cambodia

Watch: Frontline: "Cambodia: Pol Pot's Shadow"

Discussion Questions:
1. Who were the Khmer Rouge?

2. When did the Khmer Rouge take power?

2. What did they believe? What were they trying to achieve?

3. What was the ultimate result of the rule of the Khmer Rouge?

4. What has happened to the Khmer Rouge? (When were they driven from power? Where are they now? Have top officials in the Khmer Rouge been held responsible for the genocide in Cambodia?)

5. Relate this story to other stories of genocide we've discussed in class. In your answer discuss how those in power used propaganda in their attempts to commit genocide. Discuss how those in power attempted to dehumanize targeted groups. Discuss any differences between genocides you've studied in the past (the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, the Cambodian genocide).

6. Discuss how the genocide in Rwanda and the genocide in Cambodia affect the life of Rwandans and Cambodians today.

Timeline:The History of the Cambodian Genocide
CNN: A Timeline of the Khmer Rouge
39 Years After Rise of Khmer Rouge, Hope for a Trial's End

Final scene from "The Killing Fields"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tour a Refugee Camp Assignment

1. What is a refugee?
2. What four things do refugees need?
3. As a refugee, what is your first priority?
4. What will you use to build your shelter?
5. How many refugees are there in the world?
6. Which continent has the most refugees?
7. What is an IDP?
8. Most IDPs are from what three countries?
9. 75% of IDPs are _______________ and _______________.
10. International law calls for the protection of _______________ in conflict, however they are often targeted. Ordinary people have been ______________, ____________, ____________  or attacked.
10. For young children, it isn't just getting enough food that is important, it's also important to get enough ______________ because it helps children fight off ____________________.
11. Because of poor sanitation, what health issues do refugees sometimes face?

World Water Crisis  book Blue Planet Run safe drinking water to the one billion people who lack it
Two Sudanese boys drink with specially fitted plastic tubes provided by the Carter Center to guard against the water-borne larvae which are responsible for guinea worm disease. The program has distributed millions of tubes and has reduced the spread of this debilitating disease by 70 percent.

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Darfur is Dying

Monday, April 15, 2013

Best and Worst Places for Women

INFOGRAPHIC: Where Is The Safest Place In The World For Women To Live And Work?

History of Genocide Infographic and Questions


Answer the following questions based on the infographic:
1. Define genocide.
2. How many genocides have taken place since the Holocaust?
3. Each red hand represents how many people?
4. Which genocide resulted in 800,000 deaths in less than 100 days?
5. Which genocide is still occurring?
6. What is "dehumanization"?
7. Give two examples of how targeted groups have been dehumanized? (Think of examples we've discussed in class or examples from the film "Hotel Rwanda."
8. Define propaganda.
9. How is propaganda used in the process of committing genocide? (Think of examples we've discussed in class or examples from the film "Hotel Rwanda."
10. What is the final stage in a genocide?
11. On a map, find and label where the following genocides took place:
-The Holocaust


South Sudan Infographic

Infographic: South Sudan


impression management

Crisis in Sudan-Infographic

Refugee Map of the World

Interactive Refugee Map of the World

Doctors without Borders (Refugee Camp Fact Sheets and Exhibits)