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If you could invite Christopher Hitchens and Al Sharpton into your home to talk about the existence of God, would you? That question is no longer just a hypothetical, as visitors to the website can do just that. Under the tagline, "The world is thinking", the site provides access to hundreds of delightful talks, conversations, conferences, debates, and more than a few stimulating...
View Resource Culturally-Situated Design Tools

Through the ages, various forms of visual expression have implicitly (and explicitly) drawn on a variety of mathematical principles. The people at the Center for Cultural Design at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute are interested in reaching out to a wide range of people through culturally-situated design tools, so they have created this fine site to do just that. The activities offered on the site...
View Resource State of World Population 2008

In November 2008, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) put out its State of World Population book, along with a Youth Supplement, and both are available in their entirety on the UNFPA website. The book is entitled "Reaching Common Ground: Culture, Gender and Human Rights" and the Youth Supplement is entitled "Generation of Change: Young People and Culture". This website offers so much...
View Resource Global Oneness Project

The Global Oneness Project "offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms." On the site readers will find short films, photo essays, and articles that investigate the possibilities of bridging differences. For example, in Ann Shin's short film, "My Enemy, My Brother," two soldiers, who first encounter one another in combat during the...

View Resource Smithsonian: Encyclopedia: History and Culture: Activities & Games

The Smithsonian website is brimming with educational materials. These activities and games, which are designed for classrooms ranging from elementary school to high school, seek to bring history and culture to life through engaging educational pursuits. For example, in one activity students learn about the Puerto Rican Carnival by designing and creating their own masks. In another, students...