Elements of Literature Fifth Course
Contemporary Literature 1950 to Present
A Closer Look: Atomic Anxiety
The End of an Era
You may remember some of the events that marked the end of the cold war: Germany tore down the Berlin Wall, Eastern Europe wrenched itself from the Soviet Union’s iron grip, and Boris Yeltsin seized the reins of a new Russian government. Visit CNN Interactive to learn more about an era in the not-so-distant past when the threat of nuclear annihilation had people digging underground.
Banning the Weapons
During the cold war, the United States was a leader in the development of nuclear weapons; today, the U.S. government prides itself on leading the world in nuclear weapons reduction. Visit the U.S. State Department to find out what the Bureau of Arms Control is doing to help make sure nuclear missiles don’t wipe out your future.
Contemporary Fiction: Diversity and Vitality
Voices of Diversity
Although cultural diversity is a characteristic of contemporary fiction, many minority women writers still are perceived as “voices from the gaps.” The University of Minnesota, however, is pulling them out of the gaps and into the open. Visit Voices From the Gaps and find out more about the diversity of contemporary fiction.
Contemporary Poetry: Varied and Intensely Personal
A Slamming Good Time
You never know what will happen at a poetry slam. Performers may yell, the audience might scream, and, somewhere along the way, you may begin to develop a passion for poetry. Slam your way over to PBS’s Online NewsHour and take a seat in the audience at the Tenth Annual National Poetry Slam. After you listen to the slammers, you might find yourself screaming—for more.
Crossing the Curriculum: History
The Voice That Inspired a Nation
The civil rights movement of the 1960s opened doors for African Americans and other minority groups in the United States, and few people influenced that struggle as much as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tune in to MSNBC’s Time and Again to hear the voice that inspired a nation.
Turbulent Times
An explosion of violence in the 1960s changed the United States forever. Americans were shaken by the assassinations of political and civil rights leaders and by the unfolding drama of an unpopular war. Travel to PBS’s Battlefield: Vietnam, and find out why the Vietnam War stirred such strong emotions.
Crossing the Curriculum: Space Science
Blast-off to NASA
Space travel captured the imagination of Americans during the late twentieth century. While films like Star Wars fed a hunger for deep space fantasy, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration labored to make outer space more of a reality. Probe your way over to NASA’s Web site and prepare for takeoff as NASA blasts you to the moons of Jupiter aboard Galileo.
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