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RESOURCE: Human Security Report Project

January 8th, 2010 by Roberto C. Delgadillo

The Human Security Report Project (HSRP) is based at Simon Fraser University in Canada, and it “conducts research on global and regional trends in political violence, their causes and consequences and presents its findings in a manner that is accessible to the policy and research communities, the media, educators and the interested public.” The “About” section states that the e-resources it provides through its website has effectively changed the way human security issues are understood and managed. The “Publications” link on the left hand side menu provides access to the “Human Security Brief” for 2005-2007, as well as to “Articles”, “Books”, “Book Chapters”, “Workshop Reports” and “Opinion Pieces”. The categories of data used in the HSRP are fleshed out in the “Data Resources” link on the left hand side of the page. The categories of data used are “Armed Conflict”, “Deadly Assault on Civilians”, “Terrorism”, and “Other Human Security Indicators”. The nine “Research Initiatives” of the HSRP can be accessed on the right hand side menu.


RESOURCE: National Woman’s Party Digital Collection

July 24th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo

As this website declares, “The Sewall-Belmont House and Museum celebrates women’s progress toward equality and their continuing contributions to our society.” Located on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C., it holds the National Woman’s Party (NWP) historic collection of “records and artifacts that document the mass political movement for women’s full citizenship in the 20th century, both in the United States and throughout the world.” The physical and digital collection of the NWP consists of suffrage banners, the Suffragist magazine, political cartoons, and historic objects of women important to the suffrage movement, such as the chair of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the desk used by Alice Paul to write the Equal Rights Amendment. Visitors interested in browsing the collection can click on the “Browse Collection” tab at the top of the page to start browsing. The four time periods, “Suffrage”, “Equal Rights”, “International”, and “Contemporary”, are available to browse, and there is an interesting feature that allows the visitor to learn more about the period, before choosing one, by rolling their mouse over the title of a period. After visitors have chosen the period, the media type and media subtype can be chosen–everything from “Artifacts” “to “Sculptures” to “Records”.

This website appears to be down:


The archive of the National Women’s Party is in the Library of Congress, and some material has been digitized here:

RESOURCE: Making Civics Real: A Workshop for Teachers

May 30th, 2009 by Roberto C. Delgadillo


Civics can be a dreaded word for some students, but things just got a bit more interesting with this rather thoughtful and interesting video workshop created by the National Council for the Social Studies and the Center for Civic Education. Released as part of the Annenberg Media teacher resources, this eight part series helps teachers find ways to teach civics, complete with lesson plans and other materials. The workshop program videos include segments such as “Public Policy and the Federal Budget”, “Electoral Politics”, and “Freedom of Religion”. Visitors can also take advantage of the series website which contains additional teaching tools and support materials designed to complement the activities from each program.