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CultureGrams: Over 100 New Videos!

We’ve recently added 102 new videos to the CultureGrams video collection! These unique videos, produced by CultureGrams editors from footage submitted from contributors around the world, highlight many aspects of daily life and culture for 11 countries.

We’re offering two of these in full to non-subscribers via YouTube, so share with your colleagues and friends!

Kids collect water in the Central African Repbulic . . .

and musicians and dancers perform in Ethiopia.

You can also witness scenes from Burkina Faso’s revolution, attend a wedding in Cameroon, watch a dance competition in DR Congo, join the world in commemorating South Africa’s Nelson Mandela, shiver with ice swimmers in Hungary, ride the tube in the UK, and much more.

Special thanks to our prolific contributor Salym Fayad for providing beautiful, culturally important footage for so many of these videos.

All 728 videos in the CultureGrams collection are available for streaming and download. Feel free to incorporate these videos into presentations or use them for other educational purposes. Or watch them just for the fun of it. Enjoy!

CultureGrams: We Want Video of Your State!

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If you’ve ever explored the CultureGrams Video Gallery, you know that we have great content from around the world, including people cooking, kids working and playing, citizens celebrating holidays, and much more. But you may have noticed that we don’t have very many videos from the USA. We are asking for your help in solving this problem!

If you have digital video of your state, you could get paid for it!

You could film things like

  • scenery
  • food
  • people (including interviews)
  • cultural topics

and more!

To get ideas of other things to film, read through the report for your state and for the United States.

Leave a comment here or email us at cgeditors<at>proquest<dot>com for more details about subjects to film, technical requirements, and payment.

We look forward to seeing your video in CultureGrams!

CultureGrams: Soccer and Beyond

The U.S. women’s team may have won the World Cup, but here in Colombia (where I’m spending the summer with my family), we’re still recovering from a heartbreaking loss to Argentina via a shoot-out in the final seconds of the America Cup’s quarter-finals. I watched the game at a nearby community center for the cultural experience. Though I’m the furthest thing from a sports fan, I was almost too depressed afterwards to walk home through the suddenly silent streets filled with spectators unable to turn the TV off just yet. I can’t imagine how they felt. And nothing has endeared us to the locals quite as much as the Colombian national team jerseys our kids regularly wear–even if a 6-year-old boy did recently ask me incredulously if what he was seeing was true: your son doesn’t really know how to play soccer? And how old is he? (That my answer was 4 did nothing to lessen his shock.)  In other words, fútbol is a big deal here.

But it’s not the only way that Colombians entertain themselves. Since I’ve been here, I’ve witnessed many other activities, including the classic game of marbles. The kids in this video live outside of the Caribbean city of Santa Marta, near the entrance of Tayrona National Park,  where most of their parents work. Their little neighborhood is composed of about 20 houses, in the center of which is located an open-air pool hall (“No children allowed!”) and enough flat dirt for a serious game of marbles.

Which was eventually interrupted by, you guessed it, a soccer game. Only this time there was a 6-year-old boy patient enough to teach my son how to do a header.

Read about other games and sports Colombians and others play in our World Edition Recreation sections and our Kids Edition Games and Sports sections.

CultureGrams: 174 New Videos!

We’ve recently added 174 new videos to the CultureGrams video collection! These unique videos, produced by CultureGrams editors from footage submitted from contributors around the world, highlight many aspects of daily life and culture for 16 countries.

Watch young dancers perform in Côte d’Ivoire . . .

 

vendors sell their goods at a floating market in Thailand . . .

 

men weave cloth in Guinea-Bissau . . .

 

and people celebrate New Year’s in Cambodia . . .

You can also visit the traditional Malian drummer Boubou in his mud  house, learn how to make Colombia’s national dish of sancocho, shop at a fish market in Sri Lanka, root for South African veterinarians as they try to guide a sedated rhino into a trailer, and much more.

Special thanks to our prolific contributor Salym Fayad for providing beautiful, culturally important footage for so many of these videos.

All 612 videos in the CultureGrams collection are available for streaming and download in QT/MP4 and WMV formats. Feel free to incorporate these videos into presentations or use them for other educational purposes. Or watch them just for the fun of it. After all, it doesn’t get much better than a Thai hotel clerk singing karaoke at his desk while being bathed in a light show of his own creation.

CultureGrams: New Video

We’ve recently added 106 new videos to the CultureGrams video collection! These videos, filmed specifically for CultureGrams by contributors across the world, highlight many aspects of daily life and culture for 15 countries.

Watch youth having fun in Tanzania . . .

indigenous musicians performing in Guatemala . . .

and women harvesting rice in Madagascar . . .

You can also experience the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt, observe weaving practices in Mexico, meet internally displaced people in Somalia, visit a health center in Kenya, pop into a hair salon in El Salvador, watch coffee brew in South Sudan, stop by a produce stand in Croatia, see Tibetans tamp wet concrete in China, and more.

All 438 CultureGrams videos are available for streaming and download in QT/MP4 and WMV formats. (To avoid Flash problems on mobile devices, visit our alternate video menu.) Feel free to incorporate these videos into presentations or use them for other educational purposes. Enjoy!

History Study Center Releases New Content

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The latest release of History Study Center is now live at www.historystudycenter.com, and includes new video content, reference works and journals and updates to Study Units.

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The INTELECOM History Video Collection, with 900 video clips, has been added to the Multimedia search (with many clips also added to relevant Study Units).

INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications, a non-profit corporation operated by a joint power authority of 31 California community colleges, is a leading producer of curriculum-based media for online, distance and classroom learning. The INTELECOM History Video Collection included in History Study Center includes hundreds of clips originally from the curriculum-based documentary series Framework For Democracy and An Unfinished Nation. They provide an introduction to major topics in American history with contributions from leading historians and former politicians.

The presentation of all video content in History Study Center has also been updated so that clips appear inline within the full record and display in mp4 format.

Reference works

The Native North Americans six volume set, which provides concise articles exploring all facets of the history and culture of the native peoples of North America, has been added to the Maps & Reference search.

  • Native North Americans: Arts, Society, and Religion
  • Native North Americans: Peoples of the East, Southeast, and Plains
  • Native North Americans: History
  • Native North Americans: Personalities and Places
  • Native North Americans: Peoples of the Southwest, West, and North
  • Native North Americans: Warfare, Economy, and Technology

Journals

25 new full text journals have been recently added to the Journals search:

  • African Studies Review
  • America’s Civil War
  • The Americas
  • Anglican and Episcopal History
  • The Arkansas Historical Quarterly
  • Aviation History
  • Bulletin of the History of Medicine
  • Classical World
  • Cliometrica
  • Digital Philology: A Journal of Medieval Culture
  • Fides et Historia
  • Historical Journal of Massachusetts
  • Historically Speaking
  • History in Africa
  • International Journal of African Historical Studies
  • Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History
  • Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society
  • Journal of Late Antiquity
  • Journal of Policy History
  • Journal of Southeast Asian Studies
  • Late Imperial China
  • Vietnam
  • The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography
  • Wild West
  • Wisconsin Magazine of History

Content updates

Many Study Units have been updated in this release with additional journal content, reference articles and revisions to web links, plus articles from the important British news weekly The Spectator (also available via Selections from Historical Periodicals). MARC records have also been updated.

Lucie Iuzzolino: A CultureGrams Contributor

One of the main things that makes CultureGrams such an accurate and unique source is our worldwide network of contacts. These natives and in-country experts give us additional cultural content, review the accuracy of our reports, and—my favorite—supply us with photos and videos that bring global cultures to life.

As you might imagine, CultureGrams contributors are a unique set of people, with a wide range of backgrounds, interests, and global experiences. Today I’d like to introduce one of them: Lucie Iuzzolino.

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Lucie and her cousins hike to “U Uattënnierë” waterfalls in San Fele, Italy.

When she was nine-years old, Lucie left her native USA for the first time to travel to the Italian village where her grandparents had grown up. The trip sparked in her a love of travel that prompted her to participate in exchange trips to Spain and France in high school and then travel to Pune, India, as part of the World Conference of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides at age 17. This traveling only whetted Lucie’s appetite to see more of the world, and she went on to study for a year at an Argentine university and spend about 18 months in Peru and elsewhere in South America.

It was then that she filmed the footage for several videos that have recently been released in CultureGrams, including one featuring a traditional Argentine asado (barbecue) and another the man-made islands on Lake Titicaca and the people who live on them. Other videos invite us into a rural Peruvian kitchen, show us alpaca and llama wool is dyed in the Andes, and showcase traditional Andean dancing.

CultureGrams also benefitted from Lucie’s subsequent time in Italy, where she filmed a traditional dish being cooked. During the six months she was there, she studied at l’Università per Stranieri di Perugia, taught English in Italian schools, and visited with her extended family in Rome and the southern province of Potenza.

Lucie is similar to many of our contributors in her passion for all things global, even when she’s not travelling. As New York-based teacher, her interest in immigration and family history has led her to organize field trips to the city’s Tenement Museum and Ellis Island, one of two locations where she currently volunteers (the other is at the National Archives). As a legal assistant, Lucie witnessed the sacrifices that immigrants continue to make as they come to the US today.  In her current position as a Visitor Services Host at the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, she loves interacting with thousands of visitors from around the country and the world each day.

Thanks to people like Lucie, CultureGrams’ collection of multimedia continues to grow. Keep an eye out for more Contributor profiles, and if you have material you would like to submit to CultureGrams, email us at cgeditors@proquest.com.

MPI video in eLibrary offers historical perspective

This 1973 clip chronicles the fashion “craze” of the platform shoe and warns of the shoe’s dangers to the feet and legs.

There are over 2800 video clips representing daily life and great events from throughout the 20th century in eLibrary and eLibrary Curriculum Edtion. These videos, distributed by MPI Media Group, incorporate clips from the WPA Film Library Archive and the British Pathe Newreel Archive, among other providers. The topics of these mostly two to three minute clips run the gamut, from world affairs and government to fashion, sports and the arts. Clips range from the hilariously campy to the poignantly affecting. They include newsreels, music videos, commercials and even home movies and silent films.

MPI videos are just one of a number of providers of video found in eLibrary’s multimedia vault, totally nearly 18,000 video and audio clips, with more added all the time. These clips are ideal for incorporation into student projects that require:

  • primary sources,
  • representations of daily life in the past and
  • an understanding of media representations of gender, race and class in the recent past.

To browse through an alphabetical listing of MPI clips, simply follow the Publications tab in eLibrary and search for MPI.