25 January 2021 Blogs, Academic, K-12, Faculty

Spark Student Engagement and Class Discussion: Editors’ Picks for Faculty

John Lewis, autonomous vehicles, Hamlet and more!

By Kelly Latham, Editor

Check out these highlights from ProQuest One Academic, the world’s largest curated collection of journals, ebooks, dissertations, news, video and primary sources. Professors will spark student engagement and class discussion with a variety of content from across the ProQuest portfolio. (For some items, you may need to log into your ProQuest or library account.)

Video: John Lewis: Good Trouble
Source: Academic Video Online
Disciplines: Black History, American History

An intimate account of legendary U.S. Representative John Lewis’ life, legacy and more than 60 years of activism. After Lewis petitioned Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to help integrate a segregated school in his hometown of Troy, Alabama, King sent “the boy from Troy” a round-trip bus ticket to meet with him. From that meeting onward, Lewis became one of King’s closest allies. He organized Freedom Rides that left him bloodied or jailed, and stood on the front lines of the historic marches on Washington and Selma. He called on his fellow Americans to get into “good trouble” until his passing on July 17, 2020.
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Ebook: Slow Reading In a Hurried Age
Source: Academic Complete
Disciplines: Education, Language Arts

Wrapped in the glow of the computer or phone screen, we cruise websites. We skim and skip. We glance for a moment at whatever catches our eye and then move on. “Slow Reading in a Hurried Age” reminds us of another mode of reading--the kind that requires our full attention and that has as its goal not the mere gathering of information but the deeper understanding that only good books can offer. It is a practical guide for anyone who yearns for a more meaningful and satisfying reading experience, and who wants to sharpen reading skills and improve concentration.
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The Effect of Social Media on Perceptions of Racism, Stress Appraisal, and Anger Expression Among Young African American Adults
Source: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Discipline: Psychology

Recently, social media has become a sociopolitical hotbed for discussions of racism and police brutality. However, no studies have questioned if social media use increases how often African Americans experience discrimination in America. By examining the relationships between social media use, general stress, race-related stress, anger expression and the mediating role of perceived racism, this study explored if frequent social media use influences young African American adults’ perceptions of racism, experiences with general and race-related stress, and expressions of anger.
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News Article: Alberta Is Losing the Oil Sands PR War
Source: ProQuest Central (The Globe and Mail)
Disciplines: Energy Economics, Environmental Studies

The oil sands have become a global climate-change lightning rod. The bitumen of northeastern Alberta are called the “tar sands” and branded the dirtiest oil anywhere. The image is unfair, but it has become a reality that Alberta and Canada must address. Opposition to the oil sands has expanded, and today those who feel it financially prudent to take up the mantle include some of the world’s biggest money managers, banks, insurers and yes – even oil companies.
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Video: Hamlet
Source: Academic Video Online (Royal Shakespeare Company)
Disciplines: Theatre/Drama, Literature 

Hamlet has the world at his feet – young, wealthy and living a hedonistic life studying abroad. Then word reaches him that his father is dead. Returning home, he finds his world utterly changed, his certainties smashed and his home a foreign land. Struggling to understand his place in a new world order, he faces a stark choice. Submit, or rage against the injustice of his new reality. As relevant today as when it was written, Hamlet confronts each of us with the mirror of our own mortality in an imperfect world.
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Dissertation: The Vulnerabilities of Autonomous Vehicles
Source: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global
Discipline: Cybersecurity

This project provides cybersecurity professionals and law enforcement agencies with information about autonomous vehicles, discuss their vulnerabilities, and make recommendations for mitigating threats. Commercial automotive manufacturers indicate that fully autonomous vehicles will be available to the public by 2030. However, this market opportunity comes with risks to network connectivity and the likelihood of cyber-attacks.
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Ebook: Life as Activism: June Jordan’s Writings from the Progressive
Source: Academic Complete
Disciplines: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Black Studies

This volume is a complete collection of June Jordan’s columns for “The Progressive,” published between 1989 and 2001. Jordan (1936-2002) was a poet and UC Berkeley professor who is celebrated as a great human rights activist and social critic. Through her work, she taught a concept of “life as activism,” based on inclusiveness, consistency, honesty and identification with the oppressed.
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John Lewis, autonomous vehicles, Hamlet and more