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In Focus: The Evolution of the Personal Camera
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For many Americans today, snapping a photo is as easy as pulling ...

For many Americans today, snapping a photo is as easy as pulling out a smartphone. However, that digital photo is the result of decades of experimentation and development, from first forays into bulky and difficult-to-use professional cameras to instant-photo Polaroids. Since the advent and eventual commercialization of photography throughout the nineteenth century, cameras have continuously redefined the American public’s conception of how images and history can be captured and shared. Looking to the early cameras of the 1800s to today’s cell phones and social networking apps, this exhibition explores how the personal camera has shaped American consciousness and culture over the course of its development. This exhibition was created as part of the DPLA’s Digital Curation Program by the following students as part of Dr. Joan E. Beaudoin's course "Metadata in Theory and Practice" in the School of Library and Information Science at Wayne State University: Ellen Tisdale, Rachel Baron Singer, Amanda Seppala, Michell Geysbeek, and Jay Purrazzo.

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U.S. History
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Digital Public Library of America
Wayne State University
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Amanda Seppala
Ellen Tisdale
Jay Purrazzo
Michell Geysbeek
Rachel Baron Singer
Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice, Spring 2004
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Techniques of creating narratives that take advantage of the flexibility of form ...

Techniques of creating narratives that take advantage of the flexibility of form offered by the computer. Study of the structural properties of book-based narratives that experiment with digression, multiple points of view, disruptions of time and of storyline. Analysis of the structure and evaluation of the literary qualities of computer-based narratives including hypertexts, adventure games, and classic artificial intelligence programs like Eliza. With this base, students use authoring systems to model a variety of narrative techniques and to create their own fictions. Knowledge of programming helpful but not necessary. This course explores the properties of non-linear, multi-linear, and interactive forms of narratives as they have evolved from print to digital media. Works covered in this course range from the Talmud, classics of non-linear novels, experimental literature, early sound and film experiments to recent multi-linear and interactive films and games. The study of the structural properties of narratives that experiment with digression, multiple points of view, disruptions of time, space, and of storyline is complemented by theoretical texts about authorship/readership, plot/story, properties of digital media and hypertext. Questions that will be addressed in this course include: How can we define 'non-linearity/multi-linearity', 'interactivity', 'narrative'. To what extend are these aspects determined by the text, the reader, the digital format? What kinds of narratives are especially suited for a nonlinear/ interactive format? Are there stories that can only be told in a digital format? What can we learn from early non-digital examples of non-linear and interactive story telling?

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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M.I.T.
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Fendt, Kurt
Interactive and Non-Linear Narrative: Theory and Practice, Spring 2006
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Techniques of creating narratives that take advantage of the flexibility of form ...

Techniques of creating narratives that take advantage of the flexibility of form offered by the computer. Study of the structural properties of book-based narratives that experiment with digression, multiple points of view, disruptions of time and of storyline. Analysis of the structure and evaluation of the literary qualities of computer-based narratives including hypertexts, adventure games, and classic artificial intelligence programs like Eliza. With this base, students use authoring systems to model a variety of narrative techniques and to create their own fictions. Knowledge of programming helpful but not necessary.

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Arts and Humanities
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M.I.T.
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Coleman, Beth
Introduction to Literary Theory, Fall 2014
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This subject examines the ways in which we read. It introduces some ...

This subject examines the ways in which we read. It introduces some of the different strategies of reading, comprehending and engaging with literary texts developed in the twentieth century, paying special attention to post-structuralist theories and their legacy. (What poststructuralism means will be discussed often in this course, so don't worry if you don't know what it means right now!) The course is organized around specific theoretical paradigms. In general, we will: (1) work through selected readings in order to see how they determine or define the task of literary interpretation; (2) locate the limits of each particular approach; and (3) trace the emergence of subsequent theoretical paradigms as responses to the achievements and limitations of what came before. The literary texts and films accompanying the theoretical material will serve as concrete cases that allow us to see theory in action. For the most part, each week will pair a text or film with a particular interpretative approach, using the former to explore the latter. Rather than attempting a definitive or full analysis of the literary or film work, we will exploit it (unashamedly -- and indeed sometimes reductively) to understand better the theoretical reading it accompanies.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
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Raman, Shankar
Introduction to Spanish Culture, Fall 2004
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Studies the major social, political, and aesthetic modes which have shaped Spanish ...

Studies the major social, political, and aesthetic modes which have shaped Spanish civilization. Coordinates the study of literature, film, art, and architecture with the historical evolution of Spain. Readings and discussions focus on such topics as: the coexistence of Christians, Moors, and Jews; Imperial Spain; The First and Second Republics; and the contemporary period as background for the emergence of distinctively Spanish literary and artistic movements. Taught in Spanish. This course has several purposes. The major concern will be the examination of Spanish culture including Spain's history, architecture, art, literature and film, to determine if there is a uniquely Spanish manner of seeing and understanding the world - one which emerges as clearly distinct from our own and that of other Western European nations.

Subject:
Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Languages
World Cultures
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Resnick, Margery
Japanese IV, Spring 2009
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"This course covers Japanese: The Spoken Language lessons 17 through 22. It ...

"This course covers Japanese: The Spoken Language lessons 17 through 22. It will further develop the four basic skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing, that students have acquired through Japanese I, II and III courses, with emphasis on oral communication skills in various practical situations. Students will learn approximately 100 Kanji characters in this course. Sessions in English cover grammar explanation, socio-cultural information and other important issues for using the language, while Japanese lessons focus on the actual use of the language, integrating students' prior knowledge with newly learned patterns, and communicating within the frame given in the class."

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Architecture and Design
Arts and Humanities
Languages
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Activities and Labs
Audio Lectures
Full Course
Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Nagatomi, Ayumi
Nagaya, Yoshimi
Shingu, Ikue
Laban Movement Analysis
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These materials include teacher notes and student instructions for 1 hour activity ...

These materials include teacher notes and student instructions for 1 hour activity for a module on Laban Movement Analysis. The activity is designed to give students an opportunity to practice and apply movement analysis, observational skills and documentation skills to film analysis. The activity specifically addresses turning actions. However, any movement theme may be featured such as aerial forms, gestures, circular paths, or floor plans.

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Arts and Humanities
Performing Arts
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Activities and Labs
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Jorum
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Contexts, Culture and Creativity
Author:
Inma Álvarez; Jean Johnson-Jones, University of Surrey
Literature, Ethics, Authority, Fall 2009
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Literature, Ethics, and Authority uses story in the form of readings and ...

Literature, Ethics, and Authority uses story in the form of readings and movies to address the relationship between ethics and leadership. The course covers a range of topics, from issues of diversity and gender in the workplace to coping with the human realities of war and death. The course syllabus includes short stories, novels, plays, works of non-fiction, and films, and is representative of many different cultures and nationalities. This class is taught as a seminar to encourage discussion of these issues.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Hafrey, Leigh
Major Authors: After the Masterpiece: Novels by Melville, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison, Fall 2006
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This seminar provides intensive study of exciting texts by four influential American ...

This seminar provides intensive study of exciting texts by four influential American authors. In studying paired works, we can enrich our sense of each author's distinctive methods, get a deeper sense of the development of their careers, and shake up our preconceptions about what makes an author or a work "great." Students will get an opportunity to research an author in depth, as well as making broader comparisons across the syllabus.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Literature
Women's Studies
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Kelley, Wyn
Major Authors: Melville and Morrison, Fall 2003
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Close study of a limited group of writers. Instruction and practice in ...

Close study of a limited group of writers. Instruction and practice in oral and written communication. Topic for Fall: Willa Cather. Topic for Spring: Oscar Wilde and the 90s. From Course Home Page: This seminar provides intensive study of texts by two American authors (Herman Melville, 1819-1891, and Toni Morrison, 1931-) who, using lyrical, radically innovative prose, explore in different ways epic notions of American identity. Focusing on Melville's Typee (1846), Moby-Dick (1851), and The Confidence-Man (1857) and Morrison's Sula (1973), Beloved (1987), Jazz (1992), and Paradise (1998), the class will address their common concerns with issues of gender, race, language, and nationhood. Be prepared to read deeply (i.e. a small number of texts with considerable care), to draw on a variety of sources in different media, and to employ them in creative research, writing, and multimedia projects.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Women's Studies
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Kelley, Wyn
Major Media Texts, Fall 2006
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Intensive close study and analysis of historically significant media "texts" that have ...

Intensive close study and analysis of historically significant media "texts" that have been considered landmarks or have sustained extensive critical and scholarly discussion. Such texts may include oral epic, story cycles, plays, novels, films, opera, television drama and digital works. Emphasizes close reading from a variety of contextual and aesthetic perspectives. Syllabus varies each year, and may be organized around works that have launched new modes and genres, works that reflect upon their own media practices, or on stories that migrate from one medium to another. At least one of the assigned texts are collaboratively taught, and visiting lectures and discussions are a regular feature of the subject.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Henderson, Diana
Marketing, Microchips and McDonalds: Debating Globalization, Spring 2004
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Everyday we are bombarded with the word "global" and encouraged to see ...

Everyday we are bombarded with the word "global" and encouraged to see globalization as the quintessential transformation of our age. But what exactly does "globalization" mean? How is it affecting the lives of people around the world, not only in economic, but social and cultural terms? How do contemporary changes compare with those from other historical periods? Are such changes positive, negative or simply inevitable? And, finally, how does the concept of the "global" itself shape our perceptions in ways that both help us understand the contemporary world and potentially distort it? This course begins by offering a brief overview of historical "world systems," including those centered in Asia as well as Europe. It explores the nature of contemporary transformations, including those in economics, media & information technologies, population flows, and consumer habits, not through abstractions but by focusing on the daily lives of people in various parts of the world. This course considers such topics as the day-to-day impact of computers in Silicon Valley and among Tibetan refugees; the dilemmas of factory workers in the US and rural Java; the attractions of Bombay cinema in Nigeria, the making of rap music in Japan, and the cultural complexities of immigrant life in France. This course seeks not only to understand the various forms globalization takes, but to understand its very different impacts world-wide.

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World Cultures
Marketing
Anthropology
Economics
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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Author:
Walley, Christine
Mini Zoetrope
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In this activity (posted on March 27, 2011), learners follow the steps ...

In this activity (posted on March 27, 2011), learners follow the steps to construct a mini zoetrope, a device that produces an illusion of action from a rapid succession of static pictures. First, learners use relatively simple materials and tools to assemble the hand-held zoetrope device. Then, learners draw a progressively changing image in each frame of an animation strip, insert it into their zoetrope, slowly spin the chopstick handle, and watch as their drawings appear to come to life! The "Things to do and notice" section of this resource includes information about how zoetropes work, how to substitute 3D materials (like wire or clay sculptures) for the 2D animation strips, and how zoetropes were early forms of film technology.

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Computer Science
Engineering
Education
Life Science
Chemistry
Physics
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Community Science Workshop Network
Oakland Discovery Center
Philosophy In Film and Other Media, Spring 2004
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Works of film examined in relation to thematic issues of philosophical importance ...

Works of film examined in relation to thematic issues of philosophical importance that also occur in other arts, particularly literature and opera. Emphasis on film's ability to represent and express feeling as well as cognition.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
Philosophy
Linguistics
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Full Course
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Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Singer, Irving
Philosophy of Film, Fall 2004
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Meets with CMS.850, but assignments differ. Philosophical analysis of film art, with ...

Meets with CMS.850, but assignments differ. Philosophical analysis of film art, with an emphasis on the ways in which it creates meaning through techniques that define a formal structure. Particular focus on aesthetic problems about appearance and reality, literary and visual effects, communication and alienation through film technology.

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
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Full Course
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Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Singer, Irving
Philosophy of Love in the Western World, Fall 2004
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Studies the nature of love and sex, approached as topics both in ...

Studies the nature of love and sex, approached as topics both in philosophy and in literature. Readings from recent philosophy as well as classic myths of love and sex that occur in works of literature and lend themselves to philosophical analysis.

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Arts and Humanities
Philosophy
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Full Course
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Video Lectures
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Singer, Irving
Popular Narrative: Masterminds, Fall 2004
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Examines the relationship between popular and high culture and the problem of ...

Examines the relationship between popular and high culture and the problem of evaluating texts that tell stories. Treats a range of narrative and dramatic works as well as films. May be repeated for credit, with permission of instructor. Topic for Fall: Masterminds. Topic for Spring: Popular Culture in the Age of Media Convergence. Our purpose is to consider some of the most elaborate and thoughtful efforts to define and delineate "all-mastering," and to consider some of the delineations of "all-mastering the intellect" in various guises - from magicians to master spies to detectives to scientists (mad and otherwise). The major written work of the term will be an ongoing reading journal, which you will circulate to your classmates using an e-mail mailing list. The use of that list is fundamental - it is my intention to generate a sort of ongoing cyberconversation.

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Arts and Humanities
Literature
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Full Course
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M.I.T.
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M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Hildebidle, John
Producing Films for Social Change
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This is an intensive, hands-on editorial and production course in which students ...

This is an intensive, hands-on editorial and production course in which students pitch their ideas and then research, report, produce, shoot, write, and edit their own short documentary films on social issues affecting the local community, the U.S., or the world. Readings and discussions focus on current news, media ethics, media literacy, the declining credibility of the press, journalists? responsibilities to the public, social justice issues, First Amendment principles, corporate media ownership, media images of women and people of color, and the powerful role of media (TV news, documentaries, new media, digital storytelling) as tools for civic engagement and positive social change.

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Arts and Humanities
Film and Music Production
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Tufts University
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Tufts University OpenCourseWare
Author:
Roberta Oster Sachs
Rainbow Film
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In this activity, learners use clear nail polish to create a beautiful ...

In this activity, learners use clear nail polish to create a beautiful iridescent pattern on black paper. Learners discover that a thin film creates iridescent, rainbow colors. This is a very fun and engaging activity for learners, and a great way to talk about how nanoscale structures often affect a material's properties. SAFETY: Do this activity in a well-ventilated area.

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Engineering
Education
Life Science
Mathematics
Chemistry
Physics
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Nanoscience Informal Science Education
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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NISE Network
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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National Science Foundation
NISE Network
Sciencenter
Seminar on Deep Engagement, Fall 2004
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Innovation in expression -- as realized in media, tangible objects, and performance, ...

Innovation in expression -- as realized in media, tangible objects, and performance, and more -- generates new questions and new potentials for human engagement. When and how does expression engage us deeply? While "deep engagement" seems fundamental to the human psyche, it is hard to define, difficult to reliably design for, and hard to critically measure or assess. Are there principles we can articulate? Are there evaluation metrics we can use to insure quality of experience? Many personal stories confirm the hypothesis that once we experience deep engagement, it is a state we long for, remember, and want to repeat. We need to better understand these principles and innovate methods that can insure higher-quality products (artifacts, experiences, environments, performances, etc.) that appeal to a broad audience and that have lasting value over the long term.

Subject:
Performing Arts
Film and Music Production
Anatomy/Physiology
Psychology
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Activities and Labs
Full Course
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Provider:
M.I.T.
Provider Set:
M.I.T. OpenCourseWare
Author:
Breazeal, Cynthia
Davenport, Glorianna