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Where Does Art Come From?

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: McCurdy

Publisher: Mavs Open Press

License: CC BY

Contributors to this open textbook offer relatable descriptions, details, and contexts of artworks from around the world, which have often been relegated to the peripheries of art and social history. Art traditions from Africa, Oceania, South and Southeast Asia, Islamicate regions, East Asia, and the indigenous Americas (before colonization) are prioritized to challenge the long-held view that “real art” only comes from the West. Introductory discussions of the history of art history and geographic conventions set the stage for considering the larger question, “where does art come from,” and other questions such as, “why haven’t I heard much about art from Africa, Oceania, etc.?” This book takes a pluralistic approach, forefronting diversity and interconnectedness. Scholars and students collaborated to produce this book. Student contributions will continue to improve the text and interactivity as it evolves. A scavenger hunt of student-made “easter eggs” builds a thread of engagement and humor throughout the book. Make sure to find them all!

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Read more about La política petrolera en el gobierno de la revolución ciudadana: El caso del Campo Sacha

La política petrolera en el gobierno de la revolución ciudadana: El caso del Campo Sacha

Copyright Year: 2022

Contributor: García-Osorio

Publisher: Editorial Grupo AEA

License: CC BY-NC-SA

En la primera parte, se realiza un resumen del manejo del petróleo a partir de 1972 hasta la actualidad, así como también se describe la política petrolera aplicada por los gobiernos, desde la administración del doctor Oswaldo Hurtado hasta la administración del señor Guillermo Lasso. En la segunda, se analiza el entorno jurídico en el contexto de los recursos naturales especialmente del petróleo, en el marco de la Ley de Hidrocarburos y de la Constitución de la República del Ecuador. Y en la tercera, se analiza la producción en el Campo Sacha, adjudicada a ORNCEM mediante el contrato de servicios específicos y de acuerdo a sus dos contratos modificatorios. Se concluye con algunas consideraciones que se deben tomar en cuenta y que llaman a la reflexión cuando se proponen y ejecutan contratos cuyo beneficio no es el mejor para el país. Por otro lado, los bosques son grandes “limpiadores” de dióxido de carbono, al ser destruidos se anula su potencial de absorción y, por lo tanto, contribuyen al calentamiento global del planeta por el incremento de gases de efecto invernadero, razón por la cual, se debe contrarrestar la deforestación.

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Read more about An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution

An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Elmore and Halpin

Publisher: University System of Georgia

License: CC BY-NC-SA

Funded by the University System of Georgia’s “Affordable Learning Georgia” initiative, An Introduction to African and Afro-Diasporic Peoples and Influences in British Literature and Culture before the Industrial Revolution corrects, expands, and celebrates the presence of the African Diaspora in the study of British Literature, undoing some of the anti-Black history of British studies.

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Read more about Foundations of American Education: A Critical Lens

Foundations of American Education: A Critical Lens

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Wells  and Clayton

Publisher: VIVA

License: CC BY-NC-SA

In this survey text, readers will explore the foundations of American education through a critical lens. Topics include the teaching profession, influences on student learning, philosophical and historical foundations, structures of schools, ethical and legal issues, curriculum, classroom environment, and the path forward.

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Read more about A Possession Forever: A Guide to Using Commemorative Memorials and Monuments in the Classroom

A Possession Forever: A Guide to Using Commemorative Memorials and Monuments in the Classroom

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Kerby , Baguley , Gehrmann , Bedford , Rowling , and Andersen

Publisher: University of Southern Queensland

License: CC BY-SA

This open textbook will guide educators and students through the process of using local monuments and memorials to contextualise, interrogate and extend their knowledge of historical events at a national and international level. Students will learn how to use local history to create an organic patchwork of local stories, interviews, photographs and artefacts contributed by, and for, the community and contextualised nationally and internationally. Through this process they will assume the role of historians rather than passive consumers of dominant ideologies and understand how historical events have shaped diverse views, including their own, of issues such as social justice, democracy, human rights and citizenship.

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Read more about Ancient Greek I: A 21st Century Approach

Ancient Greek I: A 21st Century Approach

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Peek

Publisher: Open Book Publishers

License: CC BY

In this elementary textbook, Philip S. Peek draws on his twenty-five years of teaching experience to present the ancient Greek language in an imaginative and accessible way that promotes creativity, deep learning, and diversity. The course is built on three pillars: memory, analysis, and logic. Readers memorize the top 250 most frequently occurring ancient Greek words, the essential word endings, the eight parts of speech, and the grammatical concepts they will most frequently encounter when reading authentic ancient texts. Analysis and logic exercises enable the translation and parsing of genuine ancient Greek sentences, with compelling reading selections in English and in Greek offering starting points for contemplation, debate, and reflection. A series of embedded Learning Tips help teachers and students to think in practical and imaginative ways about how they learn. This combination of memory-based learning and concept- and skill-based learning gradually builds the confidence of the reader, teaching them how to learn by guiding them from a familiarity with the basics to proficiency in reading this beautiful language. Ancient Greek I: A 21st-Century Approach is written for high-school and university students, but is an instructive and rewarding text for anyone who wishes to learn ancient Greek.

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Read more about Guide to Byzantine Art

Guide to Byzantine Art

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributors: Freeman and McClanan 

Publisher: Smarthistory

License: CC BY-NC-SA

The “Beginner’s guide” introduces foundational concepts, such as the chronology of Byzantine history, sacred imagery, and wearable objects. Subsequent sections are arranged chronologically, covering the Early Byzantine period (c. 330–700), the Iconoclastic Controversy (c. 700s–843), the Middle Byzantine period (843–1204), the Latin Empire (c. 1204–1261), and the Late Byzantine period (c. 1261–1453) and beyond.

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Read more about Writing for Change: An Advanced ELL Resource

Writing for Change: An Advanced ELL Resource

Copyright Year: 2021

Contributor: Poblet

Publisher: Whatcom Community College

License: CC BY

This book has been a part of my pandemic journey with a goal of building English language learner resources, gathering up what I have learned about anti-racist, culturally responsive, and decolonization approaches. I know that I have not nearly met this goal in this single resource and that there is so much more to do. I am simply starting on the collective path and am so humbled to join fellow colleagues in the work of rewriting the myths and false narratives of our field. This goes well beyond one specific discipline. It is a call to all educators and all institutions to choose love in action, to choose change.

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Read more about Guide to Italian art in the 1400s

Guide to Italian art in the 1400s

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Italian art in the 1400s.

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Read more about Guide to Italian art in the 1300s

Guide to Italian art in the 1300s

Copyright Year: 2020

Contributors: Ezra, Harris, and Zucker

Publisher: Smarthistory

License: CC BY-NC-SA

This book contains all of Smarthistory’s content for Italian art in the 1300s.

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