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This guide provides an overview of recent DVDs that may interest researchers in the Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, and Psychology fields. Additional titles can be accessed through the library catalog; you can search by keyword, person, genre, or title.

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Economics DVDs

Suggested keywords: economic development, debt, finance, economic history, microfinance

The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
Delves into how the complex system of global finance and its impact evolved over the years.
Call Number: UMDVD 5146

Cashing in on Culture: Indigenous Communities and Tourism
Examines the issues and problems of ecotourism.
Call Number: UMDVD 1704

The Economics of Happiness
Describes the tenets of economic localization, a strategy that can help heal the world from crisis.
Call Number: UMDVD 9049

Tells the story of the U.S.' debt and financial insecurity.
Call Number: UMDVD 4960

Life and Debt
Examines the effects of World Bank and IMF loans on Jamaican infrastructure.
Call Number: UMDVD 2274

The Micro Debt
Explores the microcredit system implemented across much of the developing world, its impact, and viability.
Call Number: UMDVD 6579

Slums and Money: A Socioeconomic Analysis
Focuses on patterns of urbanization and poverty and their relationship to globalization and market regulation.
Call Number: UMDVD 8329

Too Big to Fail
Offers a look at the financial crisis of 2008 and the powerful people who decided the fate of the world's economy.
Call Number: UMDVD 7038

Education DVDs

Suggested keywords: education, public schools, bullying in schools, learning disabilities

Agents of Change
Examines how college campuses were unprepared to respond to student protests in the 1960s.
Call Number: UMDVD 10132

Bullying and Suicide: Think About It
Offers insight into bully and victim psychology, types of bullying, and anti-bullying behavior.
Call Number: UMDVD 9145

Children in America's Schools with Bill Moyers
Examines the extreme range of school quality in rural, suburban, and city schools in Ohio.
Call Number: UMDVD 8315

Classroom Interventions for ADHD
Covers peer tutoring, token economy and response cause strategies, the Attention Training System, and more.
Call Number: UMDVD 6164

I Learn America
Follows five immigrant teenagers in Brooklyn who strive to master English and create a future of their own.
Call Number: UMDVD 9219

Inquiry Circles in Elementary Classrooms: New Strategies for Comprehension and Collaboration
Features elementary school teachers modeling the use of inquiry circles in 1st and 4th grade classrooms.
Call Number: UMDVD 8180

Japanese Education in Crisis
Explores sobering developments linked to Japan's emphasis on intense academic pressure and conformity.
Call Number: UMDVD 2582

School: The Story of American Public Education
Traces the history of public education in the U.S. from the country's origin to the early 2000s.
Call Number: UMDVD 2576

Up Close: Teaching English Language Learners in Writing Workshops, Grades K-2
Features 11 live-from-the-classroom videos on mini-lessons and conferences with English language learners.
Call Number: UMDVD 8211

Waiting for "Superman"
Provides an engaging and inspiring look at U.S. public education through the stories of five students.
Call Number: UMDVD 6386

The War on Kids
Exposes the many ways the public school system has failed children due largely to irrational fears.
Call Number: UMDVD 9613

Geography & Environmental Studies DVDs

Suggested keywords: geography, water resources, energy policy, climatic changes, environmental policy, ecology, environmental health

Arid Lands
Tells the story of the environmental cleanup happening at the Columbia River Basin in southeastern Washington.
Call Number: UMDVD 8969

Birders: The Central Park Effect
Reveals how a hidden world of wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has changed many lives.
Call Number: UMDVD 9180

Blue Gold: World Water Wars
Details the fight for control over a dwindling supply by corporate giants, private investors, and corrupt governments.
Call Number: UMDVD 6009

City of Trees
Portrays the struggles of a DC non-profit to implement an ambitious "green jobs" program to plant trees in underserved parks.
Call Number: UMDVD 10211

Crude Impact
Examines the catastrophic prospect of 'world peak oil,' when the amount of petroleum begins to irreversibly decline.
Call Number: UMDVD 4950

Damming the Mekong
Explores the ramifications of the Xayaburi Dam project in northern Laos.
Call Number: UMDVD 8390

Earth Days
Looks back to the dawn and development of the modern environmental movement.
Call Number: UMDVD 6538

Earth's Changing Climate
Includes 12 lectures delivered by Professor Richard Wolfson about the causes and implications of climate change.
Call Number: UMDVD 4103

A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for a Living Planet
Details the environmental movement and its 50 years of grassroots and global activism.
Call Number: UMDVD 7306

From Billions to None: The Passenger Pigeon's Flight to Extinction
Reveals the story of the passenger pigeon and the intensive hunting that caused its extinction.
Call Number: UMDVD 9704

Natural Wonders of the United States
Visits many of the wonders of the U.S., such as the Yosemite Valley, Florida Everglades, and more.
Call Number: UMDVD 4104

Rachel Carson's Silent Spring
Showcases the life and legacy of the passionate biologist and environmentalist.
Call Number: UMDVD 5287

Psychology DVDs

Suggested keywords: human behavior, psychology, child development, cognitive therapy, mental health

Classic Studies in Psychology
Brings to life five of psychology's most significant studies, such as Milgram's study on obedience.
Call Number: UMDVD 6030

Conformity and Independence
Presents social psychology's main findings and principles in the areas of conformity and independence.
Call Number: UMDVD 3530

Uses surprising metaphors to demonstrate that emotional well-being arises from meaningful and engaging pursuits.
Call Number: UMDVD 4845

The Grieving Process
Describes the stages of the grieving process and common behaviors exhibited during each one.
Call Number: UMDVD 5305

Offers an immersion to the core of what it means to be human though over 2,000 interviews in 60 countries.
Call Number: UMDVD 10176

Identity Crisis: Self-Image in Childhood
Documents the emotional and psychological development of 25 children at age five.
Call Number: UMDVD 4363

In the Basement
Explores the human psyche by looking at basements fitted out as private domains for secrets and fetishes.
Call Number: UMDVD 9720

Introduction to Designing Experiments
Uses psychology research questions to explore research methods for the social sciences.
Call Number: UMDVD 4288

The Psychology of Prejudice
Explores the processes, important research, social/cultural factors, and implications of prejudice.
Call Number: UMDVD 6917

Shyness and Social Phobia
Captures the therapy approach and clinical style in a session that mimicks real circumstances.
Call Number: UMDVD 3478

This Emotional Life
Explores ways to improve social relationships, cope with depression or anxiety, and become more positive and resilient.
Call Number: UMDVD 8366