• Native Peoples of Oklahoma – Modern Creek (Musical) Confederations – 5.6.7
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    Native Peoples of Oklahoma – Modern Creek (Musical) Confederations – 5.6.7

    >>Dr. Joshua Nelson: Dan, we’ve covered a lot of ground, so, you know, we started in some ways with Momaday’s Pulitzer Prize winning work, and we we headed quickly up into the future here. All of a sudden we’re looking at Sci-Fi animations by Joseph Erb or we’re looking at graphic novels. We’re looking at comics by Arigon Starr, the work of Emily Bowen Cohen.>>Dr. Daniel C. Swan: Mmhmm.>>Dr. Joshua Nelson: What do you see happening here in terms of innovation in the field of expressive culture?>>Dr. Daniel C. Swan: I see an amazingly exciting collision –>>Dr. Joshua Nelson: Yeah.>>Dr. Daniel C. Swan: — of tradition and popular culture here.…

  • Law and Justice – Roman Constitution – 11.4 Debate: When is Political Violence Justified?
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    Law and Justice – Roman Constitution – 11.4 Debate: When is Political Violence Justified?

    >>>>Sic semper tyrannis — “Thus always to tyrants.” It’s a slogan that’s been used by those like John Wilkes Booth, who committed acts of political violence that they believed were carried out in the name of protecting liberty. The assassins of Tiberius Gracchus believe that they were acting to preserve the Republic, that they were simply killing a dangerous demagogue who had risen to power by promising to confiscate land and redistribute property to the poor, and was willing to violate fundamental tenants of the Roman Republican Constitution to do so. And so it raises perennial questions. When, if ever, is political violence justified? Was the murder of Tiberius Gracchus…

  • Law and Justice – Roman Constitution – 11.3 Land Reform
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    Law and Justice – Roman Constitution – 11.3 Land Reform

    >>>>The expansion of the Roman Republic in the 2nd century BC brought in its train enormous social transformations that would have unintended political consequences. We’ve seen how the Bacchanalian conspiracy, the anxiety about this kind of religious movement, underground religious movement, is part of this gradual change in Roman society. The consuls, in a sense fear what they can’t control in this urban environment, where there are nighttime religious festivals that have allegedly foreign influences come from Greece. That’s part of the social changes–religion is one dimension. We want to consider the economic dimensions of the transformations in 2nd century Rome, and the consequences of economic change for the political…

  • Native Peoples of Oklahoma – Modern Creek (Musical) Confederations – 5.6.1 Native American Flute
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    Native Peoples of Oklahoma – Modern Creek (Musical) Confederations – 5.6.1 Native American Flute

    >>Dr. Joshua Nelson: Let’s shift gears a little bit and talk a bit about the the flute. Could you tell us a little bit about the traditions of the flute. Where does it come from?>>Dr. Paula Conlon: Well, the when I was doing my Masters thesis on Native American flute, I was going back to the origin stories. So the origin stories go I could trace them back further in the Plains area, but lots around Great Lakes as well. And the stories would focus on a young man who was in love with a young lady and wanted to be worthy of her, and, you know, so you have…

  • Civil Rights and Liberties
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    Civil Rights and Liberties

    [music plays]>>Dr. Wert: There are few TV shows in America as iconic as Law & Order. We know the arch. In the first half of the show, the police get their man, the district attorney charges him, and then celebrates with a scotch. But then a knock at the door, and over the next half hour a legal motion recasts a seemingly easy case as implicating some of the most important rights guaranteed by the Constitution: freedom of speech, free exercise of religion, or an improper search or seizure. In this class we’ll not only read, analyze, and explain the cases that make Law & Order such a compelling drama,…

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – The Strange Case of Incorporation
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    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – The Strange Case of Incorporation

    >>Incorporation, which is the process of applying provisions of the Bill of Rights against the states in the same way that they have always applied against the national government, is a central feature of the larger story of the development of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties in the United States. We have to remember that the Bill of Rights starts off with “Congress shall make no law,” implying that the subsequent rights limit the national, not the state governments. As we’ll see in these sections, the ideas of Incorporation of the Bill of Rights start off in the early republic but are uniformly rejected. Chief Justice John Marshall, as you’ll…

  • Law and Justice – Economic Justice in Early Greece – 4.8 What are Rights?
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    Law and Justice – Economic Justice in Early Greece – 4.8 What are Rights?

    >>>>Our political lexicon, that is, the language that we use to talk about law and justice is suffused, it’s filled throughout with the language of rights. We use rights, we use this language without even thinking about it. And so it’s especially important to step back and try and define what we mean when we invoke the language of rights. What are rights? We’ve defined property, and property is a bundle of rights. So it’s important that we in turn define rights, and then try to ask what justifies certain kinds of rights and then, in the broadest sense, throughout the rest of this course ask what is the moral…

  • Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – Fifth Amendment – Shh! The Right to Remain Silent
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    Civil Rights and Civil Liberties – Fifth Amendment – Shh! The Right to Remain Silent

    >>The part of the Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution that we’ll be discussing this week guarantees that you shall not be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against yourself. The historical origins of this right run deep into British and European history, going back at least to the Inquisition, when many were forced to change their religion or face torture and death. There are, however, other more modern theoretical reasons that ground the right against self-incrimination. One is simple procedural fairness: for there to be a fair and competitive trial against an individual, there has to be this basic notion of non self-incrimination. Another is…

  • Law and Justice – Constitutional Crisis at Rome – 13.2 Cicero and Catiline
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    Law and Justice – Constitutional Crisis at Rome – 13.2 Cicero and Catiline

    >>>>We’ve met Cicero as a thinker, as a man who was a conduit for Greek philosophy into Roman life, as a constitutional theorist of a mixed Constitution and of a balanced constitution, as a theorist of justice with profound and influential ideas of what justice is and how it fits into a view of natural law and constitutional order. But Cicero is not just a man of ideas. He was a man of action, and in the year 64 his political career was reaching new and truly unexpected heights. Cicero was what the Romans called a novus homo, a new man meaning he was someone who had no ancestors who…

  • Law and Justice – Roman Constitution – 10.1 The Roman Constitution
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    Law and Justice – Roman Constitution – 10.1 The Roman Constitution

    >>>>The idea of republicanism was the first great contribution of the Romans to the history of law and justice. Let’s turn now to the Roman Constitution, the way the Romans organized power in the period of the Republic. This is the second great contribution of the Romans to the history of politics. The Roman Constitution during the Republic has been one of the most influential political experiments in all of human history. And to understand the Roman Constitution in this period, there’s no better guide for us than a Greek observer named Polybius. Polybius was brought to Rome in the aftermath of the Roman conquest of Greece. We turn now…