Monthly Archives: October 2012

MLA Citation

If you’re looking for help citing your sources, or wonder what they should look like in a bibliography entry, look under “Writing Help” links on the left. You’ll find a link to the OWL at Purdue’s MLA Citation Guide. On that page, there are left-hand links to different types of sources.

If you’re using a documentary film as a source, be sure to click on “Other Common Sources.” This includes listings for both film and television, so be sure you’re using the right one.

CNN’s “Freedom Project”

CNN has started a new project they are calling the “Freedom Project,” dedicated to “modern day slavery” around the world. Here’s Tony Maddox, Executive Vice-President and Managing Director of CNN International, discussing the problem and his network’s new endeavor:

Obviously there is no precise figure, but the International Labor Organization and respected abolitionists like Kevin Bales and Siddharth Kara put the global number of slaves at between 10-30 million worldwide. At a minimum, 10 million.

[…] CNN will use the full range of our international resources to track and champion this story. We will be in the countries where people are abducted, traded and passed into the hands of the smugglers. We will follow the routes as people are ruthlessly moved to areas where they can generate the highest return on investment. And we will be at the end of the line where men, women and boys and girls are over-worked, raped and abused, and when no longer of value, discarded.

At the very least, it’s an interesting project worthy of some attention in World Humanities. I’ve added it under the sidebar links for “Good Works.” Take a look.

Recovering from War

Reading such a heart-wrenching book as A Long Way Gone in class presents a difficult teaching dilemma: where do we go from here? It’s so depressing that my gut reaction is a desire to turn away from the subject altogether, to find something happier to discuss.

Turning away, of course, is a possibility for those of us on the other side of the world. It isn’t a possibility for those like—but even less lucky than—Ishmael Beah (who was fortunate enough to get a book deal), or Blood Diamond’s Solomon (who ends the movie having gotten his family out of the country).

So this led me to a question: how did they move on from such a tragedy?

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Sierra Leone Wrap-Up

Create a new page. (Hover over the title of your blog in the upper left. Then hover over “new,” and select “page.”)

Call the new page, “A Long Way Gone.”

On this new page, answer the following question:

Which of the four central questions would you be most likely to use A Long Way Gone and Blood Diamond to answer? Why? What three details from each would you find most useful for answering that question?

More on Sierra Leone

Two links courtesy of World Humanities students:

CNN spoke to Ishmael Beah this week. Here’s the interview. Thanks to Patrick for this one.

The Gazette profiles Cedar Rapids’ resident Josh Carew. Born in Sierra Leone, he is now returning there… to run for president. Thanks to Zack for bringing this story in.

More Links on Turkey and Syria




Courtesy of Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Beast, here are a few more links about the developing conflict between Turkey and Syria.

Will the West have to get involved?

A warning for Turkey: Syria could be a quagmire.

And at least one blogger thinks there won’t be war between the two countries.

World News of the Morning

The biggest world news of the morning might be this: Turkey has approved military action across the border into Syria.

At the Daily Beast, Hussein Ibish discusses blasphemy laws in the Middle East. This time, the discussion is sparked by developments in Egypt, where two Coptic Christian children have been arrested for “insulting religion.”

Ishmael Beah, speaking in 2009

This is the lecture given by Ishmael Beah at the IUPUI campus on March 12, 2009. We watched it in class. Take notes on key ideas and quotes, so that we you might use the ideas from it later on.