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Biotechnology: Gene Therapy and Gene Editing
Students will learn about the tremendous potential of gene therapy and gene editing, including CRISPR Cas-9, to cure and mitigate disease, as well as the scientific and ethical challenges surrounding these approaches.
Biology: Dolly, the Cloned Sheep
Students will learn the scientific and cultural importance of Dolly, the first animal to be cloned from an adult cell, who became the most famous animal in the history of biotechnology.
Reagan: Foreign Policy and a Story from Central America (El Salvador)
Students will learn how President Reagan’s administration, trying to stop Soviet communist influence around the world, supported authoritarian regimes, and the impact that had in El Salvador and in the U.S. then and now.
Midterm Elections: 1966 Midterms Signal a Realignment, Shaping Today’s Parties
Students will learn how Southern voters, once loyal to the Democratic Party, elected Republican candidates in 1966 as the two parties began to sort themselves into distinctly partisan camps.
Midterm Elections: How 1994 Midterms Set Off an Era of Divisive Politics
Students will learn how the midterm elections, often a referendum on the sitting president’s agenda, can set the stage for future policy debates.
Sanctuary Cities: An Uproar That Began Long Ago - Mini-Lesson
Students will learn about how as deportations of unauthorized immigrants rose under President Donald Trump, some churches and cities declared themselves sanctuaries and shielded migrants from immigration enforcement.
How the U.S. Has Treated Wartime Refugees
Students will examine the question of what obligation countries have to refugees. As Afghan and Ukrainian migrants settle in the U.S., this video asks whether refugee resettlement is better now than it was for the Vietnamese 50 years ago.
Biotechnology: Sequencing the Human Genome
Students will learn how the human genome was first sequenced, and how attempts to use this discovery to cure diseases has been complicated by epigenetics and the complexity of genetic disease factors.
How a 1944 Supreme Court Ruling on Internment Camps Led to a Reckoning
Students will learn how the U.S. government imprisoned 120,000 people of Japanese descent, most American citizens, during World War II and the lasting impact of a related Supreme Court ruling.
The Cold War in Latin America: Massacre in El Salvador
Students will learn about the Cold War in Latin America, with a focus on the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador.
Dictators and Civil Wars: The Cold War in Latin America
Students will learn how driven by fears of the rise of Communism, the United States adopted a policy of containment, intervening in the politics of countries across the globe, including many countries in Latin America.
Immigration in the 1990s: Proposition 187
Students will learn about the anti-immigration movement in California in the 1990s, and why it is relevant today.