• Justice Beyond Borders, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS
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    Justice Beyond Borders, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS

    The overview effect is a psychological, cognitive shift that happens to many astronauts when they go into space for the first time and see Earth. It’s this feeling they describe as the full definition of awesome. So being in awe of this pale blue dot that contains all life that has ever lived and died. And so what astronauts describe is that you cannot see man-made borders in space. But what you can see and understand is how connected we all are on this Spaceship Earth. And so, the worldwide Survivor Bill of Rights is predicated on this principle that justice should not depend on geography.

  • When Astrophysics Meets Civil Rights, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS
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    When Astrophysics Meets Civil Rights, Amanda Nguyen | MAKERS

    I have two burning questions that I wake up every morning to. It’s what is our place in the universe? And where am I going to do about it? Space makes me feel both so humbled and special at the same time. Because when you at the sky you see all these lights. And that star light has traveled billions of years. That photon has traveled all this way to reach your eye. We are but a blink of an eye in the universe. But also we’re able to be cognizant, and love, and understand, and process our life. So what are we going to do with our flicker on…

  • Why U.S. Working Moms Are So Stressed
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    Why U.S. Working Moms Are So Stressed

    CAITLYN COLLINS: Work-family conflict is an issue that plagues mothers across Western industrialized countries, but it’s easier in some places than others to be a working mom. The United States is one of two countries on the planet that doesn’t offer paid maternity leave. The United States and Papua New Guinea are the only two countries in the world that don’t offer this benefit on a federal level. [MUSIC PLAYING] I was interested in understanding what life was like day-to-day for women who live in other countries that have very different work-family policy supports, and also really different cultural attitudes when it comes to gender, and work, and caregiving. Sweden…

  • Pelosi Presses On & Constitutional Scholars Testify | The Daily Show
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    Pelosi Presses On & Constitutional Scholars Testify | The Daily Show

    Impeachment took yet another major step forward when Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and sober Lucille Bluth, gathered up all the flags she could find for a major announcement. NEWSMAN: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announcing to the country and to the world that articles of impeachment against President Trump will proceed, Pelosi telling the American people that Trump has left the U.S. Congress with no choice but to move forward. Sadly but with confidence and humility, with allegiance to our founders and a heart full of love for America, today I am asking our chairman to proceed with articles of impeachment. Oh, my God, oh, my God! Oh, my…

  • The Constitution, the Court, and Social Change | Tomiko Brown-Nagin || Radcliffe Institute
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    The Constitution, the Court, and Social Change | Tomiko Brown-Nagin || Radcliffe Institute

    Good evening. My name is A’Lelia Bundles. And I am Radcliffe College and Harvard College class of 1974. And I just– [APPLAUSE] –and I just spent the weekend in Cambridge at my 45th reunion, which was lots of fun. We have a really special class. What can I– I know everybody’s class is special, but ours is really special. And I just want to welcome you here. What an incredible turnout. Thank you all for coming. We have a wide range of ages and connections– Harvard and Radcliffe, and not Harvard and Radcliffe, and people who love the mission of what is going on. When the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced…

  • How Powerful Is The Ivy League?
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    How Powerful Is The Ivy League?

    U.S. President Barack Obama’s oldest daughter, Malia, will begin studying at Harvard University in 2017. Malia will join a long line of Presidents’ children who have studied at the elite group of universities. So what is the appeal of an Ivy League education, and why are these schools so powerful? Well, the Ivy League is synonymous with elitism and prestige, and its schools are generally regarded as some of the best in the world. The origin of “Ivy League” is still a matter of debate, however one legend attributes the name to the Roman Numeral “IV”, which represented the original four institutions. Today, the official Ivy League encompasses eight private…

  • Kicked Out For Owning Guns | Leyla Pirnie
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    Kicked Out For Owning Guns | Leyla Pirnie

    reason number 561 to never move to Massachusetts as if you needed another one a harvard graduate student has been threatened with eviction from her Massachusetts apartment because her roommates found out she’s a legal gun owner and it made them anxious let it snow let it snow and snow after a confrontation with her roommates she was told she had to choose between her guns and her apartment but you see living in Somerville Massachusetts 24 year old Leyla Pirnie knew about the anti-gun climate and had chosen not to tell her roommates about her politics or her guns so how did they find out how silly of you…

  • Native Law and Legal Strategy | Native Peoples, Native Politics || Radcliffe Institute
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    Native Law and Legal Strategy | Native Peoples, Native Politics || Radcliffe Institute

    -Good morning, everyone. We’re going to start this morning with a blessing by Jonathan Perry. -[NON-ENGLISH SPEECH] Creator, we want to say thank you for the great minds that have gathered here today to share their knowledge and to help bring indigenous issues and indigenous people to the forefront and to a great future for all of our people, for opportunities for sharing and opening our hearts and our minds, for understanding and awareness and respect. We want to say thank you to all of the families and all of the people who sacrificed for us to be here today. We want to say thank you to our ancestors, thank…

  • It Depends What State You’re In: Policies and Politics of the US Health Care System | Part 2
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    It Depends What State You’re In: Policies and Politics of the US Health Care System | Part 2

    – Welcome back, everybody. I hope you had as interesting a conversation in your break as I did at mine. And we brought up a bunch of problems in the first half. And it’s up to this panel to bring us all the solutions. My name is Janet Rich-Edwards. I’m the Life Sciences Director here at Radcliffe. And it’s my pleasure to introduce Zirui Song, who’s going to be our moderator. Zirui is an Assistant Professor of Healthcare Policy at Harvard Medical School, and also an internal medicine physician at MGH. He has worked in the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Center for Social and Economic Dynamics…

  • POL316x: Civil Liberties from PrincetonX on edX.org.
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    POL316x: Civil Liberties from PrincetonX on edX.org.

    ROBERT P. GEORGE: All of us like to think of ourselves as true champions of civil rights and civil liberties. And yet, if we’re honest, we recognize that there are reasonable people of goodwill who disagree with us about some important rights and liberties issues. And they too, regard themselves as champions of civil rights and liberties. Most of us have had the experience of disagreeing, strongly, with a friend or a colleague or a relative on an issue like abortion or euthanasia or affirmative action. Yet, we recognize, or should recognize that someone can be a reasonable and honorable person, despite holding views that differ from our own, even…