TTC Video - Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History Course No. 8576 | .M4V, AVC, 2000 kbps, 640x360 | English, AAC, 128 kbps, 2 Ch | 24x30 mins | + PDF Guidebook | 8.14 GB Lecturer: Richard Kurin, Ph.D.
The Smithsonian is a repository of America's history, achievements, aspirations, and identity. It holds the artifacts of great leaders, and those of ordinary Americans. It houses scientific specimens and technological wonders. It is home to art, music, films, writings-a vast treasure trove of objects of extraordinary beauty and outstanding design. With a collection of some 137 million items in more than two dozen museums and research centers, the Smithsonian brings our national epic to life as nothing else can.
Consider these examples of its riches:
George Washington's simple but elegant army uniform and sword; Thomas Jefferson's Bible, which he compiled by hand so he could study the Gospels in four different languages; The chairs where Generals Lee and Grant sat when they concluded the surrender that ended the Civil War; Jacqueline Kennedy's stunning silk gown, worn at the inaugural balls for President John F. Kennedy; and The spacesuit that protected Neil Armstrong when he took his "one small step" on the Moon.
Such outstanding holdings are the reason a tour of the Smithsonian museums is an American tradition-a pilgrimage made by 31 million visitors every year. They come to be enthralled, to be moved, and above all to learn-motivated by the institution's mission to promote the increase and diffusion of knowledge.
That worthy goal is also the purpose of The Great Courses, and it has inspired a unique partnership: The Great Courses and the Smithsonian are collaborating to bring the Smithsonian museums to you. In an unprecedented move, curators have taken objects out of their cases and brought them to our lecture room to give you special access to treasures that collectively represent the American experience.
Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History showcases 20 authentic historic objects along with detailed replicas and photographs of almost 100 other artifacts and exhibits. Together, these evocative items tell the story of America, its people, and its diverse cultures in 24 lavishly illustrated half-hour lectures.
Your guide is the distinguished scholar, administrator, and bestselling author, Dr. Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture at the Smithsonian. Among his many responsibilities, Dr. Kurin oversees most of the Smithsonian's national museums, libraries, and archives, making him the curator of the country's greatest treasures-and the ideal host for this remarkable survey.
A History Course Like No Other
In addition to historic objects, Experiencing America includes maps, portraits, recordings, videos, and demonstration models. The result is an American history course like no other. Along with history, you get a behind-the-scenes look at the work of curators, conservators, and other professionals who are preserving our nation's heritage.
Experiencing America is ideal preparation for anyone planning to visit the Smithsonian. And for those who can't make the trip, this course brings the Smithsonian to you, providing an immensely rewarding twelve-hour journey through the past. It starts more than 15,000 years ago with some of the oldest human artifacts found in North America. Your tour continues to Plymouth Rock, the Pacific Northwest with Lewis and Clark, the Moon and back, and even to the Land of Oz, thanks to Dorothy's famous ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 movie.
The showpieces of the course are a selection of original artifacts, which Dr. Kurin presents after donning a pair of archival gloves. These historic treasures include:
Star-Spangled Banner: Dr. Kurin shows and discusses a fragment of the renowned flag that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The original flag measured 30 by 42 feet and is now on display at the National Museum of American History. Slave shackles: The new National Museum of African American History and Culture has a pair of iron shackles that were used to restrain enslaved Africans on their ocean passage to America. The set held by Dr. Kurin is unusually small because it was worn by a child. Bell telephone: Dr. Kurin demonstrates how an early cup-shaped telephone was used as a transmitter by speaking into it and as a receiver by then holding it to the ear. Along with many other inventions, it resides in the National Museum of American History. Sitting Bull's drawing book: The victorious Indian chief at the Battle of Little Big Horn made a book of drawings that depict his deeds as a warrior. This fascinating set of sketches is housed at the National Museum of Natural History. Apollo 8 glove: The first humans to travel beyond Earth's orbit were the three astronauts who orbited the Moon aboard Apollo 8 in 1968. Dr. Kurin shows a spacesuit glove worn by one of them. It resides in the National Air and Space Museum.
And Dr. Kurin brings out more than a dozen other original items, each telling an exceptional story.
Nearly Limitless Treasures
Many people are surprised by the number of facilities that comprise the Smithsonian-from the museums lining the National Mall, such as American History, Natural History, American Indian, Air and Space, and African American History; to those beyond, including the National Portrait Gallery, National Zoo, American Art Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum.
Experiencing America draws on all of these resources and more. For example, from the National Museum of American History, you focus on such items as these:
Sutter's Mill gold flake: Weighing less than 0.09g, this tiny gold flake found at a California sawmill in 1848 launched the California Gold Rush-a great wave of migration that opened a momentous new chapter of American history. Lincoln's hat: Our tallest president, Abraham Lincoln, liked to wear a stovepipe hat that increased his height even more. Tragically, the hat in the Smithsonian's collection was worn by Lincoln on the night of his assassination at Ford's Theater. Bugle from USS Maine: The Spanish-American War was incited by the mysterious explosion of the U.S. warship Maine in Havana harbor in 1898. Among the recovered artifacts, the Smithsonian has a bugle, possibly the one playing "Taps" moments before the blast. Berlin Wall fragment: The Cold War that pitted the Soviet bloc against the democratic West lasted from 1945 until 1989, when the symbol of communist tyranny, the Berlin Wall, was dismantled by protestors. The Smithsonian has a piece. Julia Child's kitchen: When renowned chef Julia Child retired in 2001, the Smithsonian acquired her kitchen-sink and all! The meticulously recreated room is popular with cooking enthusiasts, who admire its well-equipped but homey character.
From the National Museum of Natural History, you learn the story of Martha, the last surviving passenger pigeon, who died in 1914. You also chart the glittering career of the Hope Diamond, which arrived at the Smithsonian in 1958 inside an ordinary U.S. Mail parcel like the one Dr. Kurin proudly displays.
He also shows Marian Anderson's mink coat, which is in the collection of the Anacostia Community Museum. A virtuoso African-American singer, Anderson wore the coat for a celebrated 1939 performance that took place on the National Mall when she was denied a concert hall in segregated Washington, D.C. You also see portraits from the National Portrait Gallery, including those of Pocahontas, George Washington, and Frederick Douglass.
Among the objects you explore from the National Museum of the American Indian is a towering totem pole carved by a contemporary Native American artist. And you discover that the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on Manhattan's upper east side is itself an artifact-the mansion of steel baron turned philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
The treasures are almost limitless, and so is the deeper insight you gain into American history. But the most moving moment in Experiencing America comes when Dr. Kurin turns to relics from the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The objects include a crash-scarred logbook owned by a flight attendant aboard one of the hijacked airliners; the crumpled door of a New York City fire engine, found in the rubble of the World Trade Center; and a fireman's crowbar, also recovered from the site.
"Simple object, but part of a big story," reflects Dr. Kurin. "And when you're in intimate proximity to one of these objects, as I am now, you have a link to that sweeping story. History is not distant. It's not a stranger."
The Sound & Style of American English (3rd Ed)
6 Audio CDs: English: MP3, 128 Kbps (2 channel) | Duration: 8 Hours | 2006 | ISBN-10: 0926862936
PDF Book Overal size: 453 MB | Genre: Learning English (American) | Level: Intermediate
People from many professions, not just acting, want to reduce their native accent and/or make themselves understood more clearly when speaking American English. Business professionals are particularly interested in presenting a more distinctly American speech presence. Learning to speak American English naturally is becoming increasing popular with actors from Europe, Asia, and Africa, especially as the US stage, film, and television industries present such significant increases in dramatic opportunities. Dr. David Alan Stern’s series highlighting American accents for actors of other native languages has become the premiere acting tool in the non-American actor’s accent arsenal.
Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation (Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Series in Latin American and Latino Art and Culture) by Luis Camnitzer English | 2007 | ISBN: 029271629X, 0292716397 | 364 pages | PDF | 40 MB
Conceptualism played a different role in Latin American art during the 1960s and 1970s than in Europe and the United States, where conceptualist artists predominantly sought to challenge the primacy of the art object and art institutions, as well as the commercialization of art. Latin American artists turned to conceptualism as a vehicle for radically questioning the very nature of art itself, as well as arts role in responding to societal needs and crises in conjunction with politics, poetry, and pedagogy. Because of this distinctive agenda, Latin American conceptualism must be viewed and understood in its own right, not as a derivative of Euroamerican models.
For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism (2009)
HDTV | 1280x720 | MKV/x264 @ 2500 Kbps | 80mn | Audio: English AAC 128 kbps, 2 channels | Subs: None | 1.60 GB Genre: Documentary
I'll admit I'm not objective, but I enjoyed "For the Love of Movies: The Story of American Film Criticism," a documentary made by an American film critic about American film critics. Gerald Peary, longtime Boston Phoenix critic and a professor of film, spent four years conducting interviews for this breezy history, which starts with the origins of American reviewing in descriptive notes.
American Images: The Sbc Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art by Betsy Fahlman (Author), Matthew Baigell (Author), Susan C. Larsen (Author), & 4 more
PDF | 1996 | 320 pages | ISBN: 0810919699 | English | 45 MB
The SBC Collection, formed by SBC Communications, Inc (formerly Southwestern Bell), reflects the intellectual and cultural trends that have influenced artists working in the United States during the 20th century. Works by many of the leading names in American art are illustrated in this book, which also contains 13 essays by scholars, critics and curators to offer an understanding of American art for both the general reader and the student of art history.
Patriotic Games: Sporting Traditions in the American Imagination, 1876-1926 (Sports and History) by S. W. Pope English | Feb 27, 1997 | ISBN: 0195091337 | 235 Pages | PDF | 15 MB
In Patriotic Games, historian Stephen Pope explores the ways sport was transformed from a mere amusement into a metaphor for American life. Between the 1890s and the 1920s, sport became the most pervasive popular cultural activity in American society. During these years, basketball was invented, football became a mass spectator event, and baseball soared to its status as the "national pasttime." Pope demonstrates how Americas sporting tradition emerged from a society fractured along class, race, ethnic, and gender lines. Institutionalized sport became a trans- class mechanism for packaging power and society in preferred ways--it popularized an interlocking set of cultural ideas about Americas quest for national greatness. Nowhere was this more evident than the intimate connection established between sport and national holiday celebrations.
The 1904 Anthropology Days and Olympic Games: Sport, Race, and American Imperialism (Critical Studies in the History of Anthropology) by Susan Brownell English | Dec 1, 2008 | ISBN: 0803210981 | 490 Pages | PDF | 3 MB
One of the more problematic sport spectacles in American history took place at the 1904 Worlds Fair in St. Louis, which included the third modern Olympic Games. Associated with the Games was a curious event known as Anthropology Days organized by William J. McGee and James Sullivan, at that time the leading figures in American anthropology and sports, respectively. McGee recruited Natives who were participating in the fairs ethnic displays to compete in sports events, with the "scientific" goal of measuring the physical prowess of "savages" as compared with "civilized men." This interdisciplinary collection of essays assesses the ideas about race, imperialism, and Western civilization manifested in the 1904 Worlds Fair and Olympic Games and shows how they are still relevant.
American Cinematographer Magazine October 2014
English | 124 Pages | True PDF | 54MB
American Cinematographer is a monthly magazine published by the American Society of Cinematographers. American Cinematographer focuses on the art and craft of cinematography, going behind the scenes on domestic and international productions of all shapes and sizes. The magazine features in-depth interviews with cinematographers, directors and some of their key collaborators at every stage of production. The magazine also features historical articles, technical how-to pieces, and information on the latest tools and technologies that impact the cinematographer's craft.
PBS POV - American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs (2014)
HDTV | 1280x720 | .MKV/AVC @ 2607 Kbps | 1h 26mn | Audio: English AC3 192 kbps, 2 channels | Subs: None | 1.72 GiB Genre: Documentary
Grace Lee Boggs, 98, is a Chinese American philosopher, writer, and activist in Detroit with a thick FBI file and a surprising vision of what an American revolution can be. Rooted for 75 years in the labor, civil rights and Black Power movements, she challenges a new generation to throw off old assumptions, think creatively and redefine revolution for our times. Winner, Audience Award, Best Documentary Feature, 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media.
PBS American Experience - Dolley Madison: Americas First Lady (2010)
HDTV | 1280x720 | .MKV/AVC @ 3645 Kbps | 1h 22mn | Audio: English AC3 384 kbps, 6 channels | Subs: None | 2.38 GiB Genre: Documentary | Biography
Dolley Madison lived through the two wars that established the U.S., was friends with the first 12 Presidents, and watched America evolve from a struggling young republic to the first modern democracy in the world. She was nicknamed "Queen Dolley," and when she died in 1849 at the age of 81 - one of the last remaining members of the founding generation - Washington City honored her with the largest state funeral the capital had ever seen for a woman. Born in relative obscurity before the American Revolution, Dolley Madison became one of the most influential American women of the early nineteenth century. As the wife of the fourth president, James Madison, Dolley Madison played an important part in the political and social experiment that was the early American Republic. Long before women held any overt political power, Dolley used her unelected position to legitimize the nation's new capital, to create a political and social style for the new country and to give Americans a sense of their own national identity.
The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez: The True Adventures of a Spanish American with 17th-Century Pirates by Fabio López Lázaro English | 2011 | ISBN: 0292726317, 0292743890 | 256 pages | PDF | 29 MB
In 1690, a dramatic account of piracy was published in Mexico City. The Misfortunes of Alonso Ramírez described the incredible adventures of a poor Spanish American carpenter who was taken captive by British pirates near the Philippines and forced to work for them for two years. After circumnavigating the world, he was freed and managed to return to Mexico, where the Spanish viceroy commissioned the well-known Mexican scholar Carlos de Sigüenza y Góngora to write down Ramírezs account as part of an imperial propaganda campaign against pirates.
Native American History For Dummies by Dorothy Lippert English | Oct 29, 2007 | ISBN: 0470148411 | 388 Pages | MOBI | 4.09 MB
Call them Native Americans, American Indians, indigenous peoples, or first nations - a vast and diverse array of nations, tribes, and cultures populated every corner of North America long before Columbus arrived.
Socio-critical Aspects in Latin American Cinema(s): Themes - Countries - Directors - Reviews by Isabel Maurer Queipo English | 2012 | ISBN: 3631634382 | 156 pages | PDF | 2,3 MB
This anthology provides an insight into Latin American sociocultural life and history as expressed by the medium of film. After an overview about the Socio-political Cinema in Latin America, the subsequent articles spotlight socio-historical and cinematic topics such as Film and History, Guerilla Filmmaking and Indigenous Cinema.
Peter Beinart "The Icarus Syndrome: A History of American Hubris" Harper | English | June 1, 2010 | ISBN: 0061456462 | 496 pages | azw, epub, lrf, mobi | 4,4 mb
Peter Beinart has done the detailed research and formed conclusions about American foreign policy that should be read by anyone who thinks there is ever a case for invading another country. Who said that history is boring? I would have until I read "The Icarus Syndrome." Starting with the Wilson era, Beinart shows the development and fluctuation of the invasion and intrusion mentality, which completely ignores understanding world politics until the consequences of our actions result in disasters like Viet Nam, Iraq, and a few others. I can paraphrase this invasion philosophy from someone I know, unfortunately, too well.