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Herbes-Sommers, Christine

Overview
Works: 43 works in 88 publications in 1 language and 4,573 library holdings
Genres: Documentary television programs  Nonfiction television programs  History  Documentary films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Biographical films  Historical films  Short films  Television mini-series 
Roles: Producer, Author of screenplay, Director
Classifications: GN269, 305.8
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Christine Herbes-Sommers
Race : the power of an illusion by Llewellyn Smith( Visual )

19 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and held by 1,768 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This series challenges one of our most fundamental beliefs: that humans come divided into a few distinct biological groups, telling an eye-opening tale of how what we assume to be normal, commonsense, even scientific, is actually shaped by our history, social institutions and cultural beliefs. Episode one explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode two questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode three focuses on how our institutions shape and create race
Unnatural causes : is inequality making us sick?( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 1,069 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the bough breaks: "African American infant mortality rates remain twice as high as for white Americans. African American mothers with college degrees or higher face the same risk of having low birth-weight babies as white women who haven't finished high school. How might the chronic stress of racism over the life course become embedded in our bodies and increase risks?"--Container insert
Herskovits at the heart of blackness( Visual )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary traces the career of Melville J. Herskovits, the pioneering American anthropologist of African Studies and controversial intellectual who established the first African Studies Center at an American university and authored The Myth of the Negro Past. Rarely seen archival footage, provocative animation, and unique photo montage re-enactments propel the story and interviews from leading scholars of race and culture forward
The Raising of America : Early Childhood and the Future of Our Nation( Visual )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first documentary series to explore how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, more prosperous and more equitable America."--Container
Unnatural causes : is inequality making us sick? by California Newsreel( Visual )

8 editions published between 2004 and 2014 in English and held by 152 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Collateral damage: "In the Marshall Islands, local populations have been displaced from their traditional way of life by the American military presence and globalization. Now they must contend with the worst of the 'developing' and industrialized worlds: infectious diseases such as tuberculosis due to crowded living conditions, and extreme poverty and chronic disease, stemming in part from the stress of dislocation and loss"--Container insert
Gaining Ground : Building Community on Dudley St.( Visual )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2013 in English and held by 137 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaining ground, a follow-up to the award-winning documentary Holding Ground (1996), shows how one diverse Boston neighborhood has stemmed the tide against enormous odds. In the midst of the economic meltdown, Gaining Ground explores the innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston. DSNI was created 25 years ago when the community had been devastated by bank redlining, arson-for-profit and illegal dumping, and has become one of the preeminent models for community-based change. Over the course of two years, we watch a new generation of leaders working to prevent foreclosures and bring jobs and opportunities for young people to one of the city's most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods
American denial( Visual )

2 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1938, Swedish researcher and Nobel Laureate Gunnar Myrdal plunges into America's Jim Crow South. His resulting study, An American dilemma (1944), poses a profoundly unsettling question: How can a people devoted to the American creed of equality, justice and opportunity for all continue to erect obstacles to those ends based on race? Through Myrdal's story and contemporary racial dynamics, the film explores how denial, cognitive dissonance, and implicit bias persist and shape all of our lives"--From container
Discovering psychology( Visual )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Discovering Psychology telecourse and educational video series first premiered in 1990 as a visual resource for teaching introductory psychology. The 26 programs review the history of the field, including the work of early and contemporary theorists, practitioners, and researchers, illustrating their work with footage of classic experiments and modern studies. They tell the story of psychology through demonstrations, classic experiments and simulations, current research, documentary footage, and computer animation all based on extensive investigation and superior scholarship. The updated edition, released in 2001, highlights major new developments in the field, and new areas of inquiry by the leading researchers. Leading researchers, practitioners, and theorists probe the mysteries of the mind and body
The difference between us( Visual )

2 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

First in a three-part series exploring the history of race perceptions and behaviors towards races in the United States, within the context of recent scientific discoveries which have have toppled the concept of biological race. This segment follows a dozen students, including Black athletes and Asian American string players, who sequence and compare their own DNA looking for a "race marker." Also looks at the history of racism in the U.S., the advent of stereotypes based on physical attributes attributed to races and somatotypes with particular reference to African Americans
American denial( Visual )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 87 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In his 1944 study of the 'Negro Problem' in America, Gunnar Myrdal posed a simple, disturbing question: How can Americans espouse a belief in liberty, equality and equal opportunity while enabling openly racist Jim Crow practices against black citizens? American Denial uses 'the Myrdal question' to probe and expose the power of denial and unconscious bias in what some have called a 'post-racial' America. The film's narrative cross-cuts between past and present, between Myrdal's investigation --and his own personal struggle with denial-- and 21st century stories of racial injustice that we overlook while insisting on the preeminence of the ideals of liberty, justice and equality. The film's original artwork and photo-montage reenactments brings viewers face-to-face with racist 'stop and frisk' practices, our incarceration crisis, and racially patterned poverty. The film introduces psychological testing that reveals white implicit bias toward African Americans, as well as African American's negative attitudes toward themselves. Historians, psychologists, sociologists and Myrdal's family members offer expert insight, but also share their own personal, unsettling stories. The result is a film that challenges our assumptions about who we are and what we really believe, while illuminating a pattern of racial oppression that we have actively recreated throughout history to the present moment -- while just as actively denying its consequences
The raising of America : early childhood and the future of our nation( Visual )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Raising of America Series is a five-part documentary series that explores the question: Why are so many children in America faring so poorly? What are the consequences for the nation's future? How might we, as a nation, do better? The series investigates these questions through different lenses: What does science tell us about the enduring importance of early life experiences on the brain and body? What it is like to be a parent today? And what policies and structures help or hinder the raising of healthy, happy and compassionate children? The Signature Hour covers all three of these issues. The four subsequent episodes each dive in for a closer look. Recent studies underscore repeatedly how a child's earliest surroundings and interactions shape the developing brain, building the foundations for life-long emotional, intellectual and even physical health and development. Exposure to a nurturing or adverse environment in the early years affects how we think, feel and relate to others as we age, our capacities for empathy, impulse control and even love. When parents are pressed for time, money and resources, their babies pay the price. Child well-being in the U.S. has fallen to 26th out of 29 rich nations. An increasing number of children grow up with learning, behavioral and physical health challenges. But our kids' health is not all that's at risk, researchers argue. By squeezing young families and under-investing in early childhood we are also under-developing America. If we want children to do better in school and in life--and the nation to prosper--we can't wait until they enter kindergarten. The studies are many, they are strong and they are persuasive. Yet little or no popular media until now have translated these scientific findings into a compelling new story capable of changing the way parents, practitioners, policy makers and the public think about society's responsibilities and interest in these first crucial years. The conventional default explanations of child development--good vs. bad parents, genetics and cultural dysfunction--still predominate. Perhaps not coincidentally, little progress has been made in improving outcomes for America's children. The Raising of America seeks to spark a first-ever national conversation which asks: what can be done to better assure the conditions all babies and young children need to thrive? Will the U.S. squander its own future, or will it invest in its youngest children and their families?
The difference between us( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2007 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A three part series exploring the history of race perceptions and behaviors towards races in the United States, within the context of recent scientific discoveries which have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode one follows students who sequence and compare their own DNA looking for a "race marker." It also looks at the history of racism in the U.S., the advent of stereotypes based on physical attributes attributed to races and somatotypes with particular reference to African Americans
A Biography of America( Visual )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"[This series] presents history not simply as a series of irrefutable facts for you to memorize, but as a living narrative. Prominent historians ... present America's story as something that is best understood from a variety of perspectives. Thought-provoking debates and lectures encourage critical analysis of the forces that have shaped America. First-person narratives, photos, film footage, and documents reveal the human side of American history -- how historical figures affected events, and the impact of these events on citizens' lives."--Www.learner.org
Race : the power of an illusion( Visual )

5 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Episode 1 explores how recent scientific discoveries have toppled the concept of biological race. Episode 2 questions the belief that race has always been with us. It traces the race concept to the European conquest of the Americas. Episode 3 focuses on how our institutions shape and create race
What time is left( Visual )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When you think about the end of life, which do you fear most: death itself, or debilitation? Burdening your family, or being alone? In What time is left, filmmaker Dakin Henderson brings us into the emotional transformation of his extended family as his two grandmothers navigate their mid-80s
A science odyssey. short trips( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science odyssey is a chronicle of twentieth century scientific adventure
A science odyssey. short trips( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science odyssey is a chronicle of twentieth century scientific adventure
A science odyssey. short trips( Visual )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science odyssey is a chronicle of twentieth century scientific adventure
Gaining Ground : Building Community on Dudley Street( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Gaining ground, a follow-up to the award-winning documentary Holding Ground (1996), shows how one diverse Boston neighborhood has stemmed the tide against enormous odds. In the midst of the economic meltdown, Gaining Ground explores the innovative, grassroots organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) in Boston. DSNI was created 25 years ago when the community had been devastated by bank redlining, arson-for-profit and illegal dumping, and has become one of the preeminent models for community-based change. Over the course of two years, we watch a new generation of leaders working to prevent foreclosures and bring jobs and opportunities for young people to one of the city's most diverse and economically challenged neighborhoods
Lights breaking : a journal down the byways of genetic engineering( Visual )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A diverse group of experts in science, medicine, education and social science on a canoe trip through the Dinosaur National Park in Utah and listen to their conversation and insights on the moral and theological implications of the current advances in genetic engineering
 
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Alternative Names
Herbes, Christine M.

Sommers, Christine Sommers-

Languages
English (64)