Daily Archives: September 10, 2019

Shanghai 1937:  Where World War II Began

When did World War II begin? Americans might say December 7, 1941-the day the Japanese Imperial navy attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. For Europeans, it was September 1, 1939 when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. But in China, people will tell you a different date-August 13, 1937, the start of the Battle of Shanghai. That day, after what is called the “century of humiliation,” including six years of repeated “incidents” initiated by the Japanese military, China at last “stood up.” Shanghai was the most international city in Asia, with a large foreign population, so at the time of the military conflict, it was headline news around the world. Based on the book Shanghai 1937: Stalingrad on the Yangtzeby Danish author Peter Harmsen, SHANGHAI 1937: WHERE WORLD WAR II BEGAN introduces key figures in the conflict, chronicles how the battle unfolded over the course of three months, and explores the aftermath and years of war that followed. SHANGHAI 1937 incorporates rarely seen archival footage as well as interviews with author Peter Harmsen, military historian Edward Drea and professor of modern Chinese history Hans Van DeVen, in addition to two Chinese experts on this subject: Su Zhiliang, Ph.D. of Shanghai Normal University, and Ma Zhendu, director of the Second Historical Archives of China. The film also includes vivid recollections of men and women, such as Ronald Morris, Liliane Willens and Patricia D. Silver, who experienced these events as foreign children living in Shanghai.

 airs 9/12 at 4 a.m.

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Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions

leads viewers on an exploration of how and why people spend, save (or don’t), and think about money. The United States is heading into a retirement crisis, led by debt-ridden Baby Boomers whose diminishing savings will not match their increasing longevity. To help Americans address this challenge, host David Coyne – a Washington, D.C.-based actor and comedian – travels the country and meets original thinkers mixing economics with psychology. Their enlightening and often amusing experiments into financial behavior illuminate how both the human brain and the marketplace can trick people into spending money.

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Craft in America

Craft in America visits America’s premier craft artists in their studios to witness the creation of handmade objects and into homes, businesses and public spaces where functional art is employed and celebrated. Using archival footage and interviews with some of the top artists in the country, the three-part series showcases the breadth and beauty of handmade objects in our culture. airs Mondays – Fridays at 5 p.m.

#202 – airs 9/6 at 5 p.m. – “Process” looks at what inspires a person to choose a career in craft and demonstrates how they go about acquiring the knowledge and necessary skills. This episode also reveals

#402 – airs 9/12 at 5 p.m. – This episode explores America as a crossroads: a land where craft evolves from global influences, a place of exciting intersections between modern technology and the handmade.

#503 – airs 9/17 at 5 p.m. – “Industry” explores the business of the handmade, going into workshops where artists are crafting the future and making contributions to the local and national economies. The program highlights the important connection between the consumer and the maker and explores the value of exquisitely crafted handmade objects in today’s creative economy.

#601 – airs 9/18 at 5 p.m. – “Service,” part of the PBS veteran’s initiative Stories of Service, is the story of craft and the military. From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, “Service” documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Featured artists are Eugene Burks, Jr., Pam DeLuco, Judas Recendez, Ehren Tool and Peter Voulkos.

#902 – airs 9/26 at 5 p.m. – Travel to and from the U.S. and Mexico to explore the people, history, traditions and crafts, noting how aesthetics cross from one country to another and back again in an organic and ongoing cultural exchange.

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Library News of the Week 9/10/19

Among all of the news in libraries this week, these three items stood out the most:

NYLA Conference Registration is open for the 2019 NYLA Annual Conference and Trade Show. It will be held in Saratoga Springs, NY from November 13-16. Filmmaker Astra Taylor will keynote, speaking about the nature of democracy. For more information, visit: www.nyla.org.

AASL Conference If NYLA isn’t your thing, and you’re able to get there, the AASL Conference is open for registration as well. Held November 14-16 in Louisville, this conference features three keynote speakers and over 150 concurrent sessions specific to school librarians. Also note: a complimentary administrator registration is available with every full conference registration. For more information, visit: national.aasl.org/registration/

Library Card Sign-up Month September is Library Card Sign-up Month (since 1987). ALA and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs-up for their own library card. Find out more and download the press kit at: ala.org. Note: your students can use their new public library cards with their SORA accounts to enhance their ebook and audiobook options.

 

Latino Americans #103 – War and Peace

Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.

airs 9/18 at 2 a.m

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