• The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series – Professor Sarah Churchwell
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    The Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Lecture Series – Professor Sarah Churchwell

    [music playing] Ladies and Gentlemen, good evening it’s great pleasure to welcome you to this evenings Vice Chancellors distinguished lecture. This as many of you know is a series of lectures which aims to bring together the University and the wider community to reflect on major social scientific cultural and policy issues of our time. Tonight it’s my great pleasure to introduce Professor Sarah Churchwell professorial fellow in American literature and chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities at the School of Advanced Studies University of London. Professor Churchwell was born in Virginia and grew up in the Midwest we were swapping stories about Chicago beforehand where I went for…

  • The German Revolution (5/7 – The Constitution)
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    The German Revolution (5/7 – The Constitution)

    On March 27th of 1849, almost a year after it had assembled for the first time, the Parliament proclaimed the constitution of the German Empire. The Constitution addressed both of the core demands of the revolutionaries by declaring that the newly founded Empire should include all territories of the German Confederation, as well as incorporating the basic rights of the German people, which had been passed in late December of 1848, thus granting the German people both national unity and the liberties they had demanded. The constitution was supposed to establish a constitutional, hereditary monarchy with an emperor as head of state who could appoint ministers and delay laws he…

  • The Constitution of Judea (103-6 BCE)
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    The Constitution of Judea (103-6 BCE)

    Between 167 and 103 BCE, Judea transformed from a persecuted backwater on the edge of the Seleucid Empire to a fully independent expansionist Kingdom, the first Jewish Kingdom since the destruction of the First Temple nearly five centuries earlier. As a result, a general understanding of Judean administration is key to understanding the era that followed. It is important to note that the Judean government was not static. Many of the practices and institutions described in this video date as far back as the Davidic Period. Others continued for centuries after the Roman conquests. And all of them underwent at least some constitutional changes over time. This video will explain…

  • Free Thoughts, Ep. 213: Do Employers Rule Our Lives? (with Elizabeth Anderson)
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    Free Thoughts, Ep. 213: Do Employers Rule Our Lives? (with Elizabeth Anderson)

    Aaron Powell: Welcome to Free Thoughts, I’m Aaron Powell. Trevor Burrus: And I’m Trevor Burrus. Aaron Powell: Joining us today is Elizabeth Anderson. She’s the Arthur F. Thurnau professor and John Dewey Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She was, I believe, one of the earliest guests on this show. Trevor Burrus: Definitely the first 30 or so, I would say. Aaron Powell: Yeah, so welcome back to Free Thoughts, Professor Anderson. Elizabeth Anderson: [00:00:30] It’s great to be back. Aaron Powell: So today, we’re talking about your newest book, Private Government, How Employers Rule Our Lives and Why We Don’t Talk About…

  • The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind – Hidden Secrets of Money Ep 4
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    The Biggest Scam In The History Of Mankind – Hidden Secrets of Money Ep 4

    You are about to learn one of the biggest secrets in the history of the world. It’s a secret that has huge effects for everyone who lives on this planet. Most people can feel deep down that something isn’t quite right the world economy, but few know what it is Gone are the days where a family can survive on just one paycheck, every day it seems things are more and more out of control, yet only one in a million understand why. You are about to discover the system that is ultimately responsible for most of the inequality in our world today. The powers that be do not want…

  • The Middle East’s cold war, explained
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    The Middle East’s cold war, explained

    The Middle East is one of the most complex regions in the world: Currently there are 4 failing states and 3 wars, with major powers increasingly taking opposite sides. Countless armed militias and terrorist groups are spreading violence across borders. The region has seen conflict after conflict going back well into the 20th century. But among all the uprisings, civil wars, and insurgencies, two countries always seem to be involved: Saudi Arabia and Iran. They’re bitter rivals, and their feud is the key to understanding conflicts in the Middle East. The Saudis and Iranians have never actually declared war on each other. Instead, they fight indirectly by supporting opposing sides…

  • West Virginia Shouldn’t Exist
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    West Virginia Shouldn’t Exist

    There’s no stranger political division in the United States than between Virginia and West Virginia, and through most reasonable interpretations, it should not exist. The eastern part of Virginia played a very important role in the American colonies, and later in America. Four of the first five US Presidents were Virginians. Just before the Civil War there was only one Virginia, but not an entirely unified one. Most of Virginia had flat land suitable for agriculture, while the northwestern section was much more mountainous and rugged. Obviously most places in the world have geographical differences between their most extreme ends, but this was something more. Unlike the rest of the…