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Globalisation and Its Critics: A Survey of Globalisatin

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Recommended because this article is pro-globalization and includes a survey in which the authors examine arguments of globalization’s critics (e.g., globalization hurts workers, especially in developing countries) and offer alternative arguments for globalization. Available in the The Economist archives. Developed by Deborah Hutton & Brian Winchest, 02/2004.

Citation: The Economist. (September 29, 2001).

Media Type: Book

Brooklyn Expedition Latin American (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides thematic, children-centered information on Latin American peoples and cultures. The site is sponsored by the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Brooklyn Public Library. Start by reviewing one of the seven themes highlighted on the site. Be aware of the themes being organized by Discovering the Past, Converging Cultures, Living Off the Land, Awesome Animals, Tales in Cloth, Time to Celebrate, and Ancient Belief & Ritual.

Canadian Dept. of Foreign Affairs & International Trade

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Recommended because it provides general overviews sections on: country information, news & events, culture, education & youth, and aid & development. Start by reviewing the section on Country Information (look on menu on left).s The site provides maps & fact sheets on Latin American countries through a dropdown menu. It also links to the Latin American Network Information Center of the University of Texas. Be aware of the fact that this site provides general information and is not very content-rich. But if you need some general stats and a current map, this site is worth examining.

Caribbean Amerindian Centrelink

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Recommended because it is a megasite on the indigenous peoples and cultures of the Caribbean. The site also links to contemporary Caribbean Amerindian societies. Start by selecting the section on Teaching Resources. This links has instructional materials and lesson plans on history, anthropology, and archaeology. Be aware of the links of Contemporary Caribbean Aboriginals and Reference Resources.

Caribbean Connections: Classroom Resources for Secondary Schools.

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Recommended because it is an illustrated collection of Jamaican oral hstories, interviews, poetry, drama, and songs. Recommended for grades 9-12.

Citation: Sunshine, C. A., & Menkart, D.(Eds.) (1991). Jamaica. Washington, DC: EPICA and NECA.

Media Type: Book

Central America.com

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is a megasite on Central America. It links to information and resources on Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. The site links to Spanish and English-language websites, resources, and information. Start by reviewing a country of interest to learn how the site links to individual pages. Be aware of each sub section tells the user how many sites are available.

Cultures of the Andes (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides links on the cultures and peoples of the Andes (i.e., Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru). Specifically, the site links to language, music, and dance.

Dictionary of Afro-Latino American Civilization.

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Recommended because it provides over 4500 entries/articles on Africans in Latin America and the Caribbean. An excellent quick-reference resource.

Citation: Nunez, Benjamin. (1981). Greenwood Publishing Group.

Media Type: Book

Economic Commission of the United Nations for Latin America (Economics & Development)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a great site for the student interested in Latin American economic development. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic development of Latin America, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world. The promotion of the region’s social development was later included among its primary objectives. This site is also useful for its links to additional United Nations and Latin American regional trade associations sites. Topics include (see under “analysis and research) the social aspect of development (including population, labor, poverty, equity and the distribution of income, education and training health, housing, social security, NGO’s and civil society, and gender) and several “more technical” economic subjects such as macroeconomics. Be aware of the fact that the information is accessible in both English and Spanish. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 1/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003. LANIC.

Enter the Rain forest (Texas)

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Recommended because it is a great site for students to use to discover the rain forest. Dr. Steve Blythe, the creator of this site states…”I have been fortunate to have made many trips to different rain forests of the world. I often share these trips, and information about the rain forests, with my children’s classrooms. This website is a product of the enthusiasm of my audiences for this information. Tropical rain forests are spectacular areas, as are many wild and natural areas of our own country! Enjoy the photos, the sights and sounds of the rain forest (RealAudio required), the puzzles, projects, and games!”Start by using images on the top frame (in black and white). Navigation is from a drop down menu system. Due to internal navigation design I cannot set up links within this description… make sure to navigate through the many pages of this site… they are worth it. Be aware of the fact that with only a few noted exceptions, the photographs on this site are by Dr. Blythe, and copyrighted. They may be used freely by students and teachers for classroom projects, but may not be published, including on the internet, without permission. Although the site does not exclusively deal with the rain forests of Central and South America… be sure to check out the Maya link in the Rain forest Journeys section (the tree stump on the far right). Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Exploring the Developing World: Life in Africa and Latin America.

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Recommended because it provides unit plans covering Latin America and Africa with focus on community, news, population, war, trade liberalization, and the environment.

Citation: Burns, R.S. (1993). Denver, CO: CTIR, University of Denver. Available from Social Studies School Service. http://catalog.socialstudies.com

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Expressions of Central America (Stanford)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it is an innovative, online educational tool to help teachers and students uncover the rich artistic, cultural, and historical heritage of Central American peoples from Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama. Each country links to other country-specific resources on music, arts, history, cultural preservation, language and education, customs, struggles, and indigenous issues. Start by Teachers’ Corner and Student Inter-Activities links for each country. Be aware of the fact that Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, and Panama pages are still under construction and not available by review date. However the other three nations are worth a look.

Fact Monster: Information Please (Texas)

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Recommended because it provides kids basic almanac for general information about the countries of the world. Very usable for younger elementary. Easy Navigation with basic overview and current information about the countries of the world. You select the country you need from a simple alphabetical listing along the left side of the page. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Forest Conservation Patrol (Michigan)

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Recommended because it is a megasite on issues related to the environment and forest preservation. Start by For Kids section which link to Educational & Curriculum Resources, Facts, and a ‘What You Can Do’section. Use the search function to find specific country/region resources. A good place to start for introducing students to environmental issues in the region.

Global Studies: Latin America, 10th edition.

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because this is a highly recommended resource on Latin America from the Global Studies series. The series includes regional essays on religious, sociopolitical, cultural, and economic differences of the countries and peoples in regions of Latin America. The series also contains country reports, world press articles, www sites, a glossary, bibliography, and index. Authors and editors of the series must teach and conduct research on and traveled extensively in the Latin America.

Citation: Goodwin, Paul B., Jr. (2003). Dushkin/McGraw-Hill. http://www.dushkin.com

Media Type: Book

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H-net (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because H-LatAm is an international forum for the scholarly discussion of Latin American History. It is a member of the H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences Online initiative and affiliated with the Conference On Latin American History (CLAH). H-LatAm encourages scholars to discuss current research, teaching interests, and new approaches, methods, and tools of historiography. Of special interest are methods of teaching history to graduate and undergraduate students in diverse settings. H-LatAm publishes syllabi, outlines, handouts, bibliographies, listings of new sources, library catalogs and archives, and computer related information where relevant. The site also announces conferences, calls for papers, fellowships, and employment opportunities. H-LatAm also commissions and publishes book reviews of works relevant to the field as a part of the H-Net Book Review Project. Reviewed by Stace Rierson, 2/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

HAPI (Hispanic American Periodicals Index)

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Recommended because HAPI is the source for authoritative information about Central and South America, Mexico and the Caribbean, and Hispanics in the United States. HAPI indexes articles from more than 400 social science and humanities journals published throughout the Western world since 1970. Searchable topics include: politics and government, public administration, foreign relations, commerce and trade, banking and finance, business and industry, economic development and policy issues, economic integration, social movements, indigenous affairs, gender studies, environmental issues, drug trade, history, geography, archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, folklore, religion, art, literature, drama, film. Be aware of that fact that a subscription fee is charged to use the entire site and gain access to full text articles.

Hyperhistory Online (New Mexico)

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Recommended because this site is a quick overview of events from the Americas and later in the timeline (1500-2003), Latin America in relation to other parts of the world. Start by selecting the History (or any other organizer) from the left menu. Then watch for the options of time periods that appear on the right side. Select one aand a basic time line appears. Be aware of the fact that the areas are listed alphabetical from top to bottom so the regions of the Americas are on top for easy reference. Reviewed by Tim Dove Jan 2003; updated by Tim Dove, Sep 2003.

Images of the Maya (Florida)

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Recommended because it serves as an electronic brochure of the traveling exhibit of Mayan people, culture, and civilization. The site links to Mayan People, Life and Art: Sacred Duty, History of Maya Dress, Symbols of Maya Textiles, The Process of Weaving, and Women’s Cooperatives. The exhibit is produced by the Florida Museum of Natural History.

In the Shadow of the World War: The Caribbean and Central America in U.S. Foreign Policy (1993)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it is analysis of the historical and current role of the U.S. in the Caribbean, including lesson plans and simulation-type learning activities. Recommended for grades 9-12.

Citation: Malkasian, M. and Davidson, L. (1991). Providence, RI: Choices Education Project.

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Introducing Latin America Part One: The Land (1994)

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Recommended because this 28 minute film presents a broad introductory overview of the geographical features of Latin America. It is a part of the “Introducing Latin American Series” and begins in the north at the Rio Grande and working southward, covers the mountains, volcanoes, lakes, rivers, valleys, deserts and plains of the various regions. Also it briefly discusses how agricultural practices are influenced by the geophysical characteristics of Latin America. Grades Slavic and Eastern Europe-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Introducing Latin America Part Two: The People (1995)

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Recommended because this 28 minute film is part 2 of the “Introducing Latin America Series” and presents a broad introductory overview of the people of Latin America, highlighting the various ancestries of the current populations. It discusses the various indigenous populations and shows their prevalence in contemporary society and their diversity. It also discusses the influences of the Muslim, Spanish and Portuguese cultures on the culture of Latin America, the colonization by the Spanish and Portuguese empires, the slave trade and the impact of immigration on the ethnic make-up and cultural practices of the various groups in Latin America. Grades 6-8. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Latin America and the Caribbean in the 21st Century.

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Recommended because it offers lesson plans to increase awareness and understanding of global issues and trends within the Latin American context. Recommended for grades 7-12.

Citation: Bermudez, P., and Cruz, B. (1997). Miami, FL: Florida International University.

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Latin America: Curriculum Materials for the Middle Grades.

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Recommended because it provides useful teacher-created lessons on Latin America and the Caribbean. Recommended for grades 6-9.

Citation: Gibbs, V. (1989). Milwaukee: Center for Latin America, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Media Type: Book

Latin American Economies

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides links to country-specific economic and financial data of the region. Start by examining the country-specific links on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

Latin American Links (NMSU)

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Recommended because it links to country-specific resources and links to education, economy, government, etc. Start by the links to Spanish Schools and Spanish Resources.

Latin World (NMSU)

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Recommended because this is a megasite and search engine for IberoAmerica and the Caribbean. It links to countries, an online magazine, the LatinWorld Search Site, and links to the regions–North, South, & Central America, and Spain. For your students, definitely check out LatinWorld Kids. Be aware of the fact that site is in English, Spanish, and Portuguese at the same time represented by different side by side columns.

Library of Congress Country Studies (Texas)

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Recommended because it allows students to access information on relevant information such as political, economic, historical, social, geographic, and environmental issues within a country. Be aware of the fact that information on Argentina is not available. Also, to access the information, type the country in the “search bar,” then press “enter.”

Library of Congress Portals to the World

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Recommended because it links to country-specific electronic resources from around the world. The pages link to general resources, business, commerce, & economy, culture, government, politics, & law, geography & environment, etc. The list of countries is alphabetized for easy searching.

NativeWeb: Resources for Indigenous Cultures around the World

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Recommended because it provides a resource database on indigenous cultures and peoples around the world. Start by the Resources link in order to choose a listed subject and do a ‘Latin America’ Resource Database Search to find resources specifically related to indigenous peoples, cultures, and issues of Latin America.

New Mexico State University

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Recommended because it is an extremely extensive list of Internet resources on Latin America. Be aware of the fact that site has a real time news feed (in a small scrolling box) from the region.

Pan American Health Organization (Texas)

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Recommended because this site provides information on international and region-specific public health issues (i.e., adequate water supply, sanitation, access to health care, etc.). It may be best to start with the Health Data, Public Health Topics, and Resources links. Reviewed by Andre J. Patterson, 03/2002; updated by Tim Dove Sep 2003.

People and Their Culture (1990)

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Recommended because in this 21 minute film it discusses the mixture of races, customs, traditions, and religions in South America. The video also introduces a variety of people, and shows how they are affecting, and being affected by, their resources, agriculture, industry, and urban or rural life. Grades 4-10. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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People of the Caribbean Island (1991)

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Recommended because this 18 minute film presents an overview of the peoples and cultures of the Caribbean Island chain. Despite the substantial ethnic, linguistic, and geographic diversity in over two thousand miles, there is a cultural similarity also. The video also portrays a culture with a strong sense of family, a belief in hard work and strong morals. Grades 6-12. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

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Planeta.com Eco Travels in Latin America

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it links to resources that focus on ecotourism around the globe. Start by the regional links–North America, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean. Students may find the links on the ‘Not Just for Kids’ page interesting.

Rainforest Action Network

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Recommended because it provides information on corporate relationships with the rainforest, human rights of those impacted by the rain forest, benefits and disadvantages of energy use regarding the environment, and resources for teachers and students. Start with Get Involved, and Resources sections.  Also see Rainforest Heroes section for primary student resources. Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

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Resources for Teaching about the Americas (New Mexico)

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Recommended because RETANET is a part of the University of New Mexico’s Latin American Database (LADB). This is huge mega site and an excelent place to find many treasures! Start by Lesson Plans, Resource Materials Database, and Internet Links. Teacher-designed lesson plans are organized by subjects (i.e., Social Studies, Art, Literature, Science & Math, etc.).

South America: Continent of Diversity (1995)

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Recommended because this 30 minute film outlines the human geography, climate, economy, and history of various countries of South America. It compares population, land, and economies of Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina, French Guiana, and Guyana and presents broad generalizations about each nation-state. Grades 6-12. Reviewed by Center for Latin American Studies and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) Indiana University at Bloomington.

Media Type: Media

Summit of the Americas (New Mexico)

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Recommended because it is a political information network associated with the Organization of American States, designed to follow up on issues covered in the OAS conferences. It contains well organized, relevant information on topics such as education, biodiversity, democracy, economic development, human rights, terrorism, women, and travel safety. The page is linked to the OAS, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), El Comision Economica para America Latina y el Caribe (ECLAC) (in Spanish), The World Bank, and the Pan-American Health Organization (a regional office of the World Health Organization). Be aware of the fact that the English language sites can also be read in Spanish.

The Odyssey: World Trek for Service and Education

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Recommended because it features an “interactive world trek” by a team which visited  ten major non-western countries to document their histories and cultures: Guatemala, Peru, Zimbabwe, Mali, Egypt, Israel, Turkey, Iran, India, and China. These ten countries compose five treks: Mexico Trek, Latin America Stage, Africa Stage, Middle East Stage, and India & China Stage. Topics and materials of each trek included in this site are Trek Connect which allows students contact educators, Time Machine which gives detailed timelines of each trip, Media and Special Guest which offers students pictures of the countries and opportunities of interacting with special guests, Teacher Zone which helps teachers use this site and implement activities in classrooms, and other different features depending on treks.  Be aware this trek project was completed in 2000.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

U.S. State Department: Tips for Travel

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Recommended because this site offers travel tips to Central and South America. Information covers Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay, and Venezuela, and deals with everything from foreign adoption to how to bring a car into the region. Tim Dove Last Modified: 11/06/2004

Understanding Spanish-Speaking South Americans.

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Recommended because this book does a masterful job of weaving the dual threads of Spanish political and religious history, often referred to as the sword and the cross, into a tapestry of cultural insights for these fascinating and diverse countries: personalisimo, class, gender, identity, dignity, the importance of appearances, and more. These insights are then applied to the workplace as well as to personal relationships. The second part of the book has chapters on each of nine countries: Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Skye Stephenson is Regional Director, Latin American Programs, and Resident Director, Chile, for the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), based in Santiago, Chile.

Citation: Stephenson, Skye. (2003). Intercultural Press. $29.95.

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USAID: Latin America and the Caribbean (Texas)

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides country and regional profiles with links to specific-country resources & news items. Start by the profiles and the Economic & Social Database. The Database provides development information on several regional & global issues (i.e., poverty, health, education, environment, etc.). Be aware of the countries in the menu box on the left…the red text on blue is difficult to see. Tim Dove Last Modified: 11/06/2004