English & Language Arts


New! I Don't Want Any More Sadness In My Life - Comedy Theater About Life In the Calais Refugee Camp 11 min.

PsycheDelight, a social theater company made up of people who met in the Calais refugee camp known as the ‘Jungle’, have devised a tragicomedy play, Borderline, about their experiences which premiered at this year’s Brighton fringe festival. We meet three of the show’s main actors, who are facing extradition from the U.K., and see how they use laughter as an antidote to their struggles.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

New! Writing Wrongs: The Pioneering New York Prison Program Transforming Lives 11 min.

In the Bronx, the Prison Writes program provides therapeutic writing workshops for people trying to get back on their feet after incarceration. Humberto, 16, is trying to get back into school after a period in Rikers Island prison. Across the city, Justin uses writing to move on from his history as a gang member, and his experiences in the criminal justice system. Can they leave their past mistake...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Henry David Thoreau: An American Eccentric 40 min.

Henry David Thoreau: An American Eccentric recognizes the two-hundred-year birth of Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) and celebrates this American non-conformist's life. The program offers insight and awareness into Thoreau's reading habits and writing stratagems. Several Thoreau authorities and scholars including: Professor Philip McFarland; actor historian Richard Smith; Professor T.C. Boyle; Prof...

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“Alien Invaders”: Jewish Figures in Deronda’s Britain 46 min.

In the third part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse analyzes Julian Klesmer and Mirah Lapidoth in terms of their contributions to Jewish emancipation. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse discusses how Jewish people were seen as a threat in Victorian England, from both poor immigrants and from influent...

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The Character and Education of Daniel Deronda 47 min.

In the fifth part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse looks at the title character’s gradual evolution as he searches for his identity and forms a career path. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse discusses how Daniel is brought up as an English gentleman with the paths of scholarship and government open...

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The Character and Education of Gwendolen Harleth 48 min.

In the second of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse examines George Eliot’s modern heroine Gwendolen Harleth. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse analyzes how Gwendolen’s upbringing contributes to her character flaws. We learn about her inappropriate education, absent father, overindulgent mother, and lac...

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How Fiction Differs from Philosophy 38 min.

In the seventh part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse examines George Eliot’s decision to present social and political ideas in fictional form. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse focuses on the Princess Leonora Halm-Eberstein, whose lively character contrasts her rejection of Judaism and of her son D...

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Jewish Nationalism 40 min.

In the sixth part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse discusses George Eliot’s inspiration for writing a novel in support of Jewish nationalism decades before Theodor Herzl wrote The Jewish State. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse draws parallels between Eliot’s relationship to her mentor, Emmanuel De...

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The Political Vision of Daniel Deronda: Separateness with Communication 50 min.

In the final part of an eight part lecture series on “Daniel Deronda,” Professor Ruth Wisse summarizes George Eliot’s great novel of nationalism. An expert on Yiddish and Jewish literature and winner of the National Humanities Medal, Wisse discusses the concept of the Jewish community remaining separate, yet communicating with other people and nations. With Mordecai’s support, Daniel embraces his...

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Ruth Wisse Teaches Daniel Deronda 360 min.

In eight definitive lectures, Harvard Professor Ruth Wisse explores the greatest novel of Jewish nationalism, guiding you through the drama, the romance, the politics, and the moral imagination of Daniel Deronda.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017