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Web Sites for Research in Core B
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The Web sites below offer biographical and background information for most of the authors and issues to be considered during the semester.  You may use them in your journals or refer to them in your two papers. Links may be found under the following headings: The Search for MindGender IssuesDNAMargaret AtwoodDystopiaGilgameshPlato and SocratesThe Sermon on the MountPico Della MirandolaThe Renaissance and Renaissance ArtWordsworthFreudTillie OlsenMalcolm XElie Wiesel and the Holocaust.  If you discover additional sites that you find helpful, please notify Dr. John E. Becker via email, and they will be added to the list on this page.

The Search for Mind
PBS: The Secret Life of the Brain [Flash, RealPlayer, Shockwave]. Users can rotate and zoom in or out on a model of the brain, clicking on areas of interest to learn their function. Internet Scout Project.
Alzheimer's Association: Inside the Brain: An Interactive Tour. Atour of the brain of a person with Alzheimer's disease. Internet Scout Project.
France, Ministry of Culture and Communication: The Cave of Lascaux. Move your cursor over the first page; then click for further information.
The Smithsonian: Human Origins Program: In Search of What Makes Us Human. The current state of human paleontology. The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
The Institute of Human Origins: Becoming Human. An introduction to evolution and to the hominid fossils that support it.
University of Cambridge: The Complete Work of Charles Darwin On Line. NB: Dr. Boyer of FDU, has put Alfred Wallace's Ternate Paper of 1858 on his website.
American Museum of Natural History: Darwin [Real Player]. The site is divided into small sections on his voyage on the HMS Beagle and his initial thoughts about a theory of natural selection. From The Scout Report. http://scout.wisc.edu/
American Museum of Natural History: Darwin Digital Library of Evolution. Editions of Darwin's chief works, as well as works by his descendants, Huxley, Gray, and Spencer.
Natural History Museum: Britain Alfred Russel Wallace Collection. Large collection of Wallace's personal and related family papers, correspondence, photographs, and other items from the Wallace family. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
University of California, Museum of Paleontology: Understanding Evolution. Learning Evolution and Teaching Evolution http://scout.wisc.edu/.

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Gender Issues
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Encyclopedia. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/.
People with a History. The ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome, today.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals: 1933-1945. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.

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DNA
The first two sites below are the current recommendations for readings in this section of the course.
The American Museum of Natural History: The Genomic Revolution [RealPlayer]. A good, basic introduction to the science of genetics. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
National Human Genome Research Insitute: Education Kit. (1) Milestones in Genetics: Timeline. (2) Genes, Variation, and Human History. (3) How to Sequence a Gene. (4) Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications. (5) Video: Exploring Our Molecular Selves.
DNA Structure. Viewing the page requires the downloading of a special program.
Cold Spring Harbor Research Laboratory and the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation: DNA From the Beginning.  Animated DNA primer with three major sections: Classical Genetics, Molecular Genetics, and Genetic Organization and Control. The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Dolan DNA Learning Center: DNA Interactive [Macromedia Flash Reader]. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
GlaxoSmithKline: Introduction to Genetics [Macromedia Flash Player]. A number of interactive animations that illustrate the workings of DNA and genes. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
University of Utah: Genetic Science Learning Center. "Basic Genetics" has a primer on how cells translate DNA's genetic information into proteins. "Genetics in Society" has news about how genetic research is changing the world. "Students" demonstrates "How to extract DNA from anything living."
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute: Your Genome. There is a form for submitting questions directly to the Sanger Institute, as well as a timeline of genome science from the 1950's to the present. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
Science: Human Genome Special Issue [.pdf]. A rough draft of the human genetic code. Two complete sequences: one by a consortium of publicly funded laboratories and the other by a private venture, Celera Genomics. Nature and Science have published both sequences, accompanied by research papers, commentary, and additional resources. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Department of Energy: Human Genome Project Click on: Education; Research; Medicine; Ethical, Legal, and Social Issues.
Nature: The Y Chromosome. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
University of California-Santa Barbara, Division of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology: Meiosis Tutorial [Shockwave].  Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/.
The President's Council on Bioethics. Resource for familiarizing oneself with the debate regarding biomedical research issues in the US. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
The Council for Responsible Genetics. A "non-profit/non-governmental organization devoted to fostering public debate about the social, ethical, and environmental implications of the new genetic technologies." From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
The President's Council on Bioethics: Human Cloning and Human Dignity: An Ethical Inquiry. The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

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Margaret Atwood
Margaret Atwood Reference Site
New York Times:, including a brief interview with the author.
New York Public Library:Utopia: The Search for the Ideal Society in the Western World. Samples of ideal societies arranged in four sections: Sources (ancient, medieval, and biblical utopias); Other Worlds (Thomas More to the Enlightenment); Utopia in History (the revolutionary age through the nineteenth century); Dreams and Nightmares (twentieth-century utopias and dystopias). From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Duke University, Special Collections:Documents from the Women's Liberation Movement. From The Scout Report. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Cornell University Library:From Domesticity to Modernity: What was Home Economics? [QuickTime].  Home Economics played a progressive role in the history of women's education, bringing "science to the farm home and women into higher education and leadership positions in public education, academia, government and industry." From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.

Dystopia
H-Net: H-Utopia: Forms, Contents, Influence of Utopian/Dystopian Thinking.  From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/

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Gilgamesh
Gilgamesh.
The Epic of Gilgamesh: Notes. Tablet by tablet commentary, plus links to other Gilgamesh sites.
University of Evansville:Exploring Ancient World Cultures.
Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance:Genesis vs. Gilgamesh

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Plato and Socrates
Socrates' Background.

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Sermon on the Mount
Outline and Commentary.

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Pico Della Mirandola
Full text of "Oration on the Dignity of Man"
Great Chain of Being

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The Renaissance and Renaissance Art
Botticelli, "The Adoration of the Magi".
Masaccio, "The Expulsion from the Garden of Eden". Click on picture to enlarge it.
Michelangelo, "The Creation of Adam". Click on picture to enlarge it.
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel
Piero della Francesco, "The Flagellation". Click on picture to enlarge it.
Raphael, "The School of Athens"
Identifying people in Raphael, "The School of Athens"
Michelangelo's David. Click on picture to enlarge it. See also The Michelangelo Project for a three-dimensional view of the statue. You will have to download special software, available on the site, for this.

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Montaigne
Background

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Wordsworth
The William Wordsworth Page. Biography and Links.
The Wordsworth Trust. Click on "guided tour." Dove Cottage and the Wordsworth Museum near the village of Town End, Grasmere, are places where Wordsworth lived and wrote between 1799 and 1808. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2003. http://scout.wisc.edu/
Tintern Abbey. Here is a view from across the river. Click on the image for a larger view.

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Freud
The Freud Museum, London: Freud sites.
The Library of Congress, Exhibit: Freud: Conflict and Culture: "The Formative Years"; "The Individual: Therapy and Theory"; "From the Individual to Society"--October 15, 1998-January 16, 1999. See also an account of the controversy over the Freud Exhibit at the Library of Congress.

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Tillie Olsen
Creighton University, Nebraska Center for Writers: Tillie Olsen's Page,
Creighton University, Nebraska Center for Writers: What the Critics Say.

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Malcolm X
Official Website of Malcolm X.  Biography, timeline, quotes, eulogy, library.
Columbia University: The Malcolm X Project at Columbia University [pdf].Multimedia presentations on Malcolm X's life and legacy. From The Scout Report, http://scout.wisc.edu/
University of Toledo Africana Studies Program: Malcolm X: A Research Site. Malcolm X: Radical Tradition and Legacy of Struggle [RealPlayer]. On November 1-4, 1990, over 3,000 people from 24 countries met in New York City for this conference, which marked the last time that "major figures such as Alex Haley, John Henry Clarke, Betty Shabazz, and C. Eric Lincoln gathered together." From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/
FBI: Files on Malcolm X.

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Elie Wiesel
American Academy of Achievement, The Hall of Public Service: Elie Wiesel. Profile, biography, interview.
Internet School Library Media Center: Elie Wiesel: Teacher Resource File. A preview meta-site for librarians, teachers, parents and students.

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The Holocaust
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Learning Center. [RealPlayer] From The Scout Report. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race [Macromedia Flash Player].The ways in which the Nazi regime attempted to transform the genetic makeup of the population through the use of eugenics. The Scout Report.
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum: Flight and Rescue [Macromedia Flash Player]. The story of how some 2100 Jewish refugees were able to escape the Holocaust through the assistance of a Dutch businessman and a Japanese diplomat. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2007. http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Auschwitz: Inside the Nazi State [Macromedia Flash Player, RealPlayer]. An informed and nuanced attempt to understand the extermination process and of the mentality of the people who perpetrated these heinous crimes. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2004. http://scout.wisc.edu/.
Yad Vashem: The Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority.  [.pdf].From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
His Majesty's Attorney-General, His Majesty's Stationery Office, London:1946: The Nizkor Project-Update. Full transcripts from the Nuremberg trial of the major German war criminals. From The Scout Report, http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Northwestern University: Last Expression: Art from Auschwitz:  [Windows Media Player or IBM Video Charger Player, QuickTime]. A forum to explore "the roles, functions, meanings, and makings of art in the Nazi concentration camps." Catalogued images of art work, including drawings, paintings, and photographs, done by prisoners at Auschwitz - Birkenau. Essays and streaming video lectures about the art, biographical information about the artists, and historical background about Auschwitz itself. A virtual tour of Auschwitz is also available in QuickTime and features links to artworks drawn from various sites. Prepared by the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. From The Scout Report for Social Sciences & Humanities, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2001. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.
Emory University, Institute for Jewish Studies: Holocaust Denial on Trial. Chronicles the recent Holocaust libel trial of David Irving vs. Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin UK. The trial concluded against Irving. A treasure trove of information on Holocaust denial. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout Project 1994-2000. http://scout.cs.wisc.edu/.

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