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Calculus for the Life Sciences: A Modeling Approach Volume 1
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Our writing is based on three premises. First, life sciences students are ...

Our writing is based on three premises. First, life sciences students are motivated by and respond well to actual data related to real life sciences problems. Second, the ultimate goal of calculus in the life sciences primarily involves modeling living systems with difference and differential equations. Understanding the concepts of derivative and integral are crucial, but the ability to compute a large array of derivatives and integrals is of secondary importance. Third, the depth of calculus for life sciences students should be comparable to that of the traditional physics and engineering calculus course; else life sciences students will be short changed and their faculty will advise them to take the 'best' (engineering) course.

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Calculus
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University of Minnesota
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James L. Cornette
Ralph A. Ackerman
Principles of Management Version 1.1
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This textbook teaches management principles to tomorrow’s business leaders by weaving three ...

This textbook teaches management principles to tomorrow’s business leaders by weaving three threads through every chapter: strategy, entrepreneurship and active leadership.

This book's modular format easily maps to a POLC course organization (Planning, Organizing, Leading, and Controlling, attributed to Henri Fayol (1949, General and industrial management. London. Pitman Publishing company), and suits the needs of most undergraduate or graduate course in Principles of Management.

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Business and Communication
Management
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University of Minnesota
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Berrin Erdogan
Mason Carpenter
Talya Bauer
Organizational Behavior Version 1.1
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Two leading researchers in Management, Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan, bring you ...

Two leading researchers in Management, Talya Bauer and Berrin Erdogan, bring you a new Organizational Behavior textbook that bridges the gap between theory and practice with a distinct “experiential” approach.On average, a worker in the USA will change jobs 10 times in 20 years. In order to succeed in this type of career situation, individuals need to be armed with the tools necessary to be life-long learners. To that end, this book is not be about giving students all the answers to every situation they may encounter when they start their first job or as they continue up the career ladder. Instead, this book gives students the vocabulary, framework, and critical thinking skills necessary to diagnose situations, ask tough questions, evaluate the answers received, and to act in an effective and ethical manner regardless of situational characteristics.Often, students taking OB either do not understand how important knowledge of OB can be to their professional careers, or they DO understand and they want to put that knowledge into practice. Organizational Behavior by Bauer and Erdogan takes a more experiential angle to the material to meet both of those needs. The experiential approach can be incorporated in the classroom primarily through the “OB Toolbox.” This feature brings life to the concepts and allows students to not only see how the OB theories unfold, but to practice them, as well. One great example is the "OB Toolbox" here in the Leadership Chapter.Talya and Berrin's 1.1 version has an additional 14 cases for instructors to mix and match for their Organizational Behavior course. Some of the new cases included are: Nau, Goodwill Industries, Zappos.com, LinkedIn, Camden Property Trust, Steve Katzenberg, Edward Jones Investments, and Starbucks. A matrix to help instructors mix and match the cases is included in the updated Instructors Manual.In addition, discussion question have been added for each case, and the Toyota, Google, and Steve Jobs chapter opening cases have all been revised to reflect the most current information on the companies and people.

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Business and Communication
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University of Minnesota
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Berrin Erdogan
Talya Bauer
eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Online Marketing, 3rd Edition
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eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Online Marketing by Rob Stokes, a marketing ...

eMarketing: The Essential Guide to Online Marketing by Rob Stokes, a marketing guru and CEO of Quirk eMarketing, Sarah Blake, and his team of QuirkStars, consolidates 11 years of real marketing experience doing online marketing at Quirk into a full length textbook that draws on both academic theory and practical experience. It is intended for third and fourth year marketing students, this textbook covers all of the important aspects of online marketing, including chapters on each of the following areas:* Search Engine Marketing* Affiliate Marketing* Web Analytics and Conversion Optimisation* Web Development* Online Copywriting* Online Advertising* WebPR* Online Reputation Management* Pay Per Click Advertising* Viral Marketing* Social Media Marketing* Search Engine Optimisation* eMarketing Strategy* Market Research* Mobile Marketing* Crowdsourcing* Customer Relationship ManagementIt also features a glossary and index as well as summaries, learning objectives and discussion points for each chapter. This eMarketing textbook offers students information that is highly applicable with examples to which they can easily relate. It is a must-have guide for each and every undergraduate and post-graduate marketing student as well as anyone working in the digital or traditional marketing sphere.

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Business and Communication
Marketing
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University of Minnesota
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Rob Stokes and The Minds at Quirk
American Government and Politics in the Information Age
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This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American ...

This text is a comprehensive introduction to the vital subject of American government and politics. Governments decide who gets what, when, how (See Harold D. Lasswell, Politics: Who Gets What, When, How, [New York: McGraw-Hill, 1936]); they make policies and pass laws that are binding on all a society’s members; they decide about taxation and spending, benefits and costs, even life and death.Governments possess power—the ability to gain compliance and to get people under their jurisdiction to obey them—and they may exercise their power by using the police and military to enforce their decisions. However, power need not involve the exercise of force or compulsion; people often obey because they think it is in their interest to do so, they have no reason to disobey, or they fear punishment. Above all, people obey their government because it has authority; its power is seen by people as rightfully held, as legitimate. People can grant their government legitimacy because they have been socialized to do so; because there are processes, such as elections, that enable them to choose and change their rulers; and because they believe that their governing institutions operate justly.Politics is the process by which leaders are selected and policy decisions are made and executed. It involves people and groups, both inside and outside of government, engaged in deliberation and debate, disagreement and conflict, cooperation and consensus, and power struggles.In covering American government and politics, this text introduces the intricacies of the Constitution, the complexities of federalism, the meanings of civil liberties, and the conflicts over civil rights;explains how people are socialized to politics, acquire and express opinions, and participate in political life; describes interest groups, political parties, and elections—the intermediaries that link people to government and politics; details the branches of government and how they operate; and shows how policies are made and affect people’s lives.

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Political Science
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
David L. Paletz
Diana Owen
Timothy E. Cook
Anatomy and Physiology
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Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the yearlong Human Anatomy ...

Anatomy and Physiology is a dynamic textbook for the yearlong Human Anatomy and Physiology course taught at most two- and four-year colleges and universities to students majoring in nursing and allied health. A&P is 29 chapters of pedagogically effective learning content, organized by body system, and written at an audience-appropriate level. The lucid text, strategically constructed art, inspiring career features, and links to external learning tools address the critical teaching and learning challenges in the course.

Color is used for pedagogical effect in A&P. Most art will consist of elegant black line, with the strongest line illustrating the most important structure(s) and shading used to show dimension and shape. Color (used only when needed) highlights and clarifies the primary anatomical or functional point of the illustration. Student focus is drawn to the most important learning point in each illustration, without distraction from excessive gradients, shadows, and loud highlights. The online book provides students with links to surgical videos, histology, interactive diagrams, and cadaver imagery at critical junctures. The text will publish in early June 2013.

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Anatomy/Physiology
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
J. Betts, Peter DeSaix, Eddie Johnson, Jody Johnson, Oksana Korol, Dean Kruse, Brandon Poe, James Wise, Kelly Young
Business Communication for Success
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This book is suited for Business Writing, Business English or Business Research/Report ...

This book is suited for Business Writing, Business English or Business Research/Report Writing courses.Basics of Written Business Communication presents basic business communication concepts, vocabulary, models, and exercises in a clear, practical, and engaging way. The author provides a set of core chapters intended to provide a highly focused introduction to the field. Then, he provides an optional series of modules that provide instructors with complete flexibility to emphasize additional topics of their choice.

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Business and Communication
Language, Grammar and Vocabulary
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University of Minnesota
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Scott McLean
Collaborative Statistics
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his book is intended for introductory statistics courses being taken by students ...

his book is intended for introductory statistics courses being taken by students at two– and four–year colleges who are majoring in fields other than math or engineering. Intermediate algebra is the only prerequisite. The book focuses on applications of statistical knowledge rather than the theory behind it. The text is named Collaborative Statistics because students learn best by doing. In fact, they learn best by working in small groups. The old saying “two heads are better than one” truly applies here.

Our emphasis in this text is on four main concepts:

 thinking statistically
 incorporating technology
 working collaboratively
 writing thoughtfully
These concepts are integral to our course. Students learn the best by actively participating, not by just watching and listening. Teaching should be highly interactive. Students need to be thoroughly engaged in the learning process in order to make sense of statistical concepts. Collaborative Statistics provides techniques for students to write across the curriculum, to collaborate with their peers, to think statistically, and to incorporate technology.

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University of Minnesota
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Barbara Illowsky, Susan Dean
College Physics
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This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, ...

This introductory, algebra-based, two-semester college physics book is grounded with real-world examples, illustrations, and explanations to help students grasp key, fundamental physics concepts. This online, fully editable and customizable title includes learning objectives, concept questions, links to labs and simulations, and ample practice opportunities to solve traditional physics application problems.

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Physics
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Kim Dirks
Manjula Sharma
Paul Urone
Roger Hinrichs
College Success
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College Success takes a fresh look at what it means, in today’s ...

College Success takes a fresh look at what it means, in today’s world, with today’s students, to be successful in college.Although many of the topics included—from study skills to personal health, from test-taking to managing time and money—will look familiar to those who have used student success texts that have been around for many editions, College Success takes a new approach. The focus is on realistic, practical tools for the students who need them. This is a book designed, frankly, for students who may have difficulty with traditional college texts. The style is direct and to the point. Information is presented concisely and as simply as possible. This is not a weighty tome that discusses student success—this is a manual for doing it.College student demographics have changed considerably in recent decades. More than a third of all students enroll not directly from high school but after a delay of some years. More students are working and have families. More students come from varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds. More students are the first in their family to attend college. More students have grown up with electronic media and now read and think in ways different from the previous generation. With these and so many other cultural changes, more students are not well prepared for a college education with the study skills and life skills they need to become successful students.For each student to get the most out of College Success and their college experience they must understand who they are as it relates to college. To that end, in every chapter students explore themselves, because success starts with recognizing your own strengths and weaknesses. Students make their own goals based on this self-assessment, determining what success in college really means for them as individuals. Interactive activities then help students learn the choices available to them and the possibilities for improving their skills. Skills are presented in step-by-step processes, tips for success in manageable highlighted displays. Most important, students always see the value of what they are reading—and how they can begin to apply it immediately in their own lives.College Success is intended for use in Freshmen Orientation, Study Skills or Student Success courses. A 2009 study revealed that currently nationwide, 34% of college freshmen do not return to their college for their sophomore year. This book is designed to help change that.

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Communication
Education
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Bruce
Bruce Beiderwell
Linda F. Tse
Tom Lochhaas and Nicholas B. deKanter
Concepts of Biology
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Concepts of Biology is designed for the introductory biology course for nonmajors ...

Concepts of Biology is designed for the introductory biology course for nonmajors taught at most two- and four-year colleges. The scope, sequence, and level of the program are designed to match typical course syllabi in the market. Concepts of Biology includes interesting applications, features a rich art program, and conveys the major themes of biology.

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Biology
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University of Minnesota
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Samantha Fowler, Rebecca Roush, James Wise
Criminal Law
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Criminal Law uses a two-step process to augment learning, called the applied ...

Criminal Law uses a two-step process to augment learning, called the applied approach. First, after building a strong foundation from scratch, Criminal Law introduces you to crimes and defenses that have been broken down into separate components. It is so much easier to memorize and comprehend the subject matter when it is simplified this way. However, becoming proficient in the law takes more than just memorization. You must be trained to take the laws you have studied and apply them to various fact patterns. Most students are expected to do this automatically, but application must be seen, experienced, and practiced before it comes naturally. Thus the second step of the applied approach is reviewing examples of the application of law to facts after dissecting and analyzing each legal concept. Some of the examples come from cases, and some are purely fictional. All the examples are memorable, even quirky, so they will stick in your mind and be available when you need them the most (like during an exam). After a few chapters, you will notice that you no longer obsess over an explanation that doesn’t completely make sense the first time you read it—you will just skip to the example. The examples clarify the principles for you, lightening the workload significantly.

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Criminal Justice
Law
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Textbook
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Lisa Storm
Economic and Social Justice: A Human Rights Perspective
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Social and Economic Justice: A Human Rights Perspective is intended to expand ...

Social and Economic Justice: A Human Rights Perspective is intended to expand the conversation about human rights. It provides background information, ideas for taking action, and interactive activities to help people think about human rights in a broader, more inclusive manner. It strives to help us define issues like homelessness, poverty, hunger, and inadequate health care, not only as “social or economic problems,” but also as human rights challenges

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Law
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University of Minnesota
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David Shiman
Exploring Business
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The author's goals in writing Exploring Business were simple: (1) introduce students ...

The author's goals in writing Exploring Business were simple: (1) introduce students to business in an exciting way and (2) provide faculty with a fully developed teaching package that allows them to do the former. Toward those ends, the following features are included in this text:1- Integrated (Optional) Nike Case Study: A Nike case study is available for instructors who wish to introduce students to business using an exciting and integrated case. Through an in-depth study of a real company, students learn about the functional areas of business and how these areas fit together. Studying a dynamic organization on a real-time basis allows students to discover the challenges that it faces, and exposes them to critical issues affecting the business, such as globalization, ethics and social responsibility, product innovation, diversity, supply chain management, and e-business.2- A Progressive (Optional) Business Plan: Having students develop a business plan in the course introduces students to the excitement and challenges of starting a business and helps them discover how the functional areas of business interact. This textbook package includes an optionalintegrated business plan project modeled after one refined by the author and her teaching team over the past ten years.3- AACSB Emphasis: The text provides end-of-chapter questions, problems, and cases that ask students to do more than regurgitate information. Most require students to gather information, assess a situation, think about it critically, and reach a conclusion. Each chapter presents ten Questions and Problems as well as five cases on areas of skill and knowledge endorsed by AACSB: Learning on the Web, Career Opportunities, The Ethics Angle, Team-Building Skills, and The Global View. More than 70% of end-of-chapter items help students build skills in areas designated as critical by AACSB, including analytical skills, ethical awareness and reasoning abilities, multicultural understanding and globalization, use of information technology, and communications and team oriented skills. Each AACSB inspired exercise is identified by an AACSB tag and a note indicating the relevant skill area.4- Author-Written Instructor Manual (IM): For the past eleven years, Karen Collins has been developing, coordinating and teaching (to over 3,500 students) an Introduction to Business course. Sections of the course have been taught by a mix of permanent faculty, graduate students, and adjuncts.

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Business and Communication
Finance
Management
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Karen Collins
Financial Accounting
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This book is suitable for an undergraduate or MBA level Financial Accounting ...

This book is suitable for an undergraduate or MBA level Financial Accounting course.

The authors bring their collective teaching wisdom to bear in this book not by changing "the message"(financial accounting content), but by changing "the messenger" (the way the content is presented). The approach centers around utilizing the Socratic method, or simply put, asking and answering questions. The reason that this approach continues to be glorified after thousands of years is simple - it engages students and stresses understanding over memorization. So this text covers standard topics in a standard sequence, but does so through asking a carefully constructed series of questions along with their individual answers.

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Business and Communication
Accounting
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
C. J. Skender
Joe Ben Hoyle
Geometry Formulas and Facts
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This excerpt from the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulas covers geometry, ...

This excerpt from the CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulas covers geometry, excluding differential geometry. It is a reference for advanced students, and covers the material in quick, condensed sections of notes. Notes and diagrams are organized into sections and subsections, starting with coordinate systems, plane transformations, lines, and polygons in two-dimensional geometry. The section on three-dimensional geometry covers coordinate systems in space, space symmetries, directions, polyhedra, spheres, and quadrics. This resource is part of the Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences collection. http://serc.carleton.edu/quantskills/

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Geometry
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University of Minnesota
Author:
Silvio Levy
Human Resource Management
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Human Resource Management by Laura Portolese Dias teaches HRM strategies and theories ...

Human Resource Management by Laura Portolese Dias teaches HRM strategies and theories that any managerŃnot just those in HRŃneeds to know about recruiting, selecting, training, and compensating people.Most students will be managing people at some point in their careers and not necessarily in a human resource management capacity. As businesses cut back, they may outsource HR duties to outside vendors. Or, in smaller businesses, the HR department is sometimes small or non-existent, and managers from other departments have to perform their own HRM. Therefore, teaching HRM from the perspective of a general manager, in addition to an HR manager, provides more relevance to studentsŐ careers and will give them a competitive advantage in the workplace.

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Business and Communication
Management
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Laura Portolese Dias
The Human Rights Education Handbook: Effective Practices for Learning, Action, and Change
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This manual is intended to help people who care about human rights ...

This manual is intended to help people who care about human rights to become effective educators, able to share both their passion and their knowledge. To further human rights education in all its many forms, The Human Rights Education Handbook lays out the basics: why, for whom, what, where, who, and how. It draws on the experience of many educators and organizations, illustrating their effective practices and distilling their accumulated insights.

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Law
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Marcia BernbaumNancy FlowersKristi Rudelius-Palmer and Joel Tolman
Human Rights Here and Now: Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
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This book is a tool for bringing the United Nations' Universal Declaration ...

This book is a tool for bringing the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights into the lives of people in the United States: kindergartens and unions, Scout troops and senior citizens centers, religious organizations and prison programs. Although obviously useful for educators in schools and colleges, Human Rights Here and Now was also written to serve the needs of community organizers and activists.

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Arts and Humanities
Law
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Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Textbook
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University of Minnesota
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University of Minnesota Human Rights Resources Center
Author:
Nancy Flowers
Human Rights. YES! Action and Advocacy on theRights of Persons with Disabilities
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This manual is intended to help all those who care about the ...

This manual is intended to help all those who care about the human rights of persons with disabilities to become effective educators and advocates on human rights and disability, able to share both their passion and their knowledge. Human Rights. YES! draws on the experience of many educators and organizations, illustrating effective advocacy practices and distilling their accumulated insights in the development of participatory exercises. Human Rights. YES! is unique in that it is written and designed for use by people with disabilities.

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University of Minnesota
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Author:
Janet Lord
Joelle Balfe
Katherine Guernsey
Nancy Flowers
Valerie Karr