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Type Title
Curriculum Materials African American History Muslim Roots/US Blues

Curriculum developed by Kate Daher, CAPA High School, Pittsburgh Public Schools.

Historians now believe that at least 30% of African slaves brought to the United States and the West Indies were Muslims. This lesson plan informs students how Muslim religious practices influenced life in the south during the early days and highlights the origin of the blues music genre as being greatly influenced by Islamic religious practices.

Lesson plan include:
PS US History Standards
Word Splash warm up exercise
Map of Triangular Trade
KWL chart
Study guide questions.

Web Links 9th Shanghai Biennale: Terry Smith Presentation and Discussion on Contemporary Curating

Terry Smith, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Contemporary Art History and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh's Department of the History of Art & Architecture, delivers the presentation "Thinking Contemporary Curating" (largely drawn from his book of the same title) via videoconference to attendees of the 9th Shanghai Biennale. After the presentation, Professor Smith answers questions from the Shanghai participants.

Web Links Center for Strategic and International Studies

CSIS provides strategic insights and policy solutions to decision makers in government, international institutions, the private sector, and civil society.

Web Links Foreign Affairs

Since its founding in 1922, Foreign Affairs has been the leading forum for serious discussion of American foreign policy and international affairs. It is published by the Council on Foreign Relations, a non-profit and nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to improving the understanding of U.S. foreign policy and international affairs through the free exchange of ideas.

Web Links The International Crisis Group

The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.

Web Links The International Institute for Strategic Studies

Based in the United Kingdom, the IISS is a leading think-tank focusing on international security.

Web Links RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy

The RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP) provides expertise on the Middle East. CMEPP analysts are in touch with political, social, economic, and technological developments in and around the region. Through research and analysis, CMEPP helps public and private decision makers solve problems, tackle challenges, and identify ways to make society safer, smarter, and more prosperous.

Web Links Saban Center for Middle East Policy, The Brookings Institution

The Saban Center conducts original research and develops innovative programs to promote a better understanding of the policy choices facing American decisionmakers in the Middle East.

Web Links The Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE Intelligence Group)

Studying the primary source propaganda, training manuals, and chatter of terrorists offers insight into terrorists and their activities that cannot be obtained anywhere else. Failing to monitor terrorist propaganda is a failure in intelligence. To fulfill this need, the SITE Institute offers its Intelligence Subscription Service, which provides numerous daily translations of terrorist propaganda and multimedia from primary source terrorist websites.

Web Links The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

A public educational foundation dedicated to scholarly research and informed debate on US interests in the Middle East.

Web Links Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire

This website holds detailed information on over 6000 films showing images of life in the British colonies. Over 150 films are available for viewing online. You can search or browse for films by country, date, topic, or keyword. Over 350 of the most important films in the catalogue are presented with extensive critical notes written by our academic research team.

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