Philosophy & Religion


Critical Theory: The Frankfurt School 31 min.

The film first presents a brief introduction to the thinking of a few of the more famous members of the Frankfurt School - Eric Fromm, Herbert Marcuse - including the second generation Frankfurt school thinker: Jurgen Habermas. Most importantly the film looks at the ideas of Max Horkheimer and Theodore Adorno. A presentation of the work the Authoritarian Personality is given before a more detailed...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

The Unconscious: Freud and Lacan 31 min.

This film first presents Freud's major ideas about the unconscious mind before showing some of the most common criticisms of such. The film then considers Lacan's modifications to Freudian theory and demonstrates how he thus solves some key problems with the original concepts, most particularly the Oedipus complex.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Africa's Great Civilizations—Part 2: The Crescent and the Cross 53 min.

Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. charts the ancient rise of Christianity and Islam, whose economic and cultural influence stretched from Egypt to Ethiopia. Learn of African religious figures like King Lalibela, an Ethiopian saint, and Menelik, bringer of the Ark of the Covenant.

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Acts of Courage and Healing 34 min.

Eight Muslim Americans living in Colorado with family histories from eight separate Muslim-majority countries, share their personal stories. They describe incidents of Islamophobia, as well as the healing processes they have experienced in their workplaces, in their neighborhoods, and through supportive organizations.

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

An Afghan American Family Story 24 min.

Jamshid and Huma Ebadi both came to the United States as young children with their families from Afghanistan under harrowing circumstances. As adults, with a young family of their own, they now live in a suburb of Denver, CO. Hear their stories of love, compassion, and of hope.

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Being Muslim in America 57 min.

The goal of the series "Being Muslim in America" is to provide U.S. students with dynamic slices of real human experience, particularly with persons coming from cultural and religious backgrounds that differ from the dominant culture, such as Muslim Americans. The series goal is for students to understand and appreciate cultural and religious diversity, as well as to understand how Muslim American...

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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...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017