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Check out engaging articles, podcasts, and musical selections about Big Idea topics and spark a rich, enlightening conversation.

It's Time to Tell the Stories of African American Entrepreneurs

by Robert E. Weems, Jr., Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History, Wichita State University

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Audio interviews from the “Wichita African American Business History Project”

Images from the Mind of a Bi-Racial Black Woman

by Ann Dean, professional photographer

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It's Time to Reconnect with Nature

by Leslie VonHolten, writer and executive director of Symphony in the Flint Hills

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Changing How We Talk About the Civil Rights Movement

by Clarence Lang, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State University

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What Happened to the Civil Rights Movement After 1965? Don't Ask Your Textbook?

How Do You Teach the Civil Rights Movement -- NPR

K-12 Educators Workshop: The Long Civil Rights Movement -- with Carol Anderson and Brenda Santos (video)

Jacquelyn Dowd Hall on Civil Rights (video)

How Do You Teach the Civil Rights Movement -- New York Times

How the Civil Rights Movement embodied a time of change -- PBS

The Long Civil Rights Movement Initiative 

It's Time to Change How We Talk About Immigrants

by Kandace Creel Falcón, Professor of Women's and Gender Studies at Minnesota State University Moorhead

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My Life as an Undocumented Migrant by Jose Antonio Vargas -- New York Times Magazine

Illegal vs. Undocumented: The Heated Divide Over How We Talk About Immigration

Latino USA -- Podcasts on Immigration

It's Time to Change the Way We Talk About Poverty

by Jason Wesco, Executive Vice-President of the Community Health Care Center

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Natives Making News: Toward a More Authentic and Ethical Representation of American Indian Identity, Issues, and Individuals 

By Dr. Melissa Greene-Blye (Miami Tribe of Oklahoma), Assistant Professor in the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas

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  • This New York Times list of Indigenous podcasts highlights strong storytelling by Natives themselves. 
  • ‚ÄčThis list of recommended films and readings from the American Indian Resource Center at UC Santa Cruz ranges from Indigenous environmental theory to the history of Natives in rock-and-roll, and more.


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