Discusses abstract art and the elements in a machine society which have furthered its development. Discusses the influences of Cezanne, the cubists, and the futurists. Uses charcoal drawings to distinguish expressionistic from geometric abstraction.
Continues the discussion of abstract art begun in ABSTRACT ART: PART 1. Discusses inspiration, technique, and communication in abstract painting. Features Stuart Davis, American abstract painter, and shows works by Davis and by Jackson Pollock. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
Shows in detail how the body parts of various animals are related to their eating habits. Includes such examples as the cirri of barnacles, the mouth parts and legs of crayfish, the teeth of lions and cows, the tongues of butterflies, the noses of hogs, the beaks of birds and the paws of squirrels.
Uses demonstrations to illustrate how scientists arrive at facts. Explains how and why scientists often give the impression of being to sure of their knowledge of the universe. Discusses the importance of numerical statements in science and how physical law is derived. Features Dr. Phillipe LeCorbeiller, Professor of applied Physics, Harvard University.
Discussion on this program centers around the ways of piracy in the ancient world of 1000 BC. Professor Lionel I. Casson from the Classics Department of Washington Square College of New York University presents readings from Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey” which illustrate that both Odysseus and Menelaus were pirates.
Suggests ways of beginning in art and stresses the importance of making use of past experience. Shows students producing visual symbols which are suggested by a number of abstract ideas presented verbally. Encourages viewers to exercise the creativity that each possesses. (Hofstra College and WOR-TV) Kinescope.
The conversation in this program centers around Larkin’s book as something new –an attempt to trace the history of American ideas through America’s architecture, painting and sculpture. In recent years, our conversationalists point out historians have been increasingly interested in looking over the American past to discover the origin and development of a climate of ideas that makes the United States unique. But this is the first time such an attempt has been made on such a large scale by a man whose training and background are in the arts.
Shows a mother with her child in the doctor's office where the baby is examined and mother and doctor discuss feeding, use of vitamins, and general progress of the infant. Discuss the concept of child care that emphasizes guidance and prevention of problems rather than treatment of disease only.
Discusses Benjamin Franklin by Carl Van Doren. Examines the biographical method used and contrasts this with an earlier biography of Franklin. Points out Franklin's stature as philosopher and "man of the world." Indicates the apparent failure of this biography to give an appreciation of his stature. (Syracuse University)
Explains how early sign and sound writing were written and read. Shows examples of cuneiform writing from the ancient lands between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Demonstrates techniques used in writing on clay tablets. (USC)
Outlines the discovery of the first six elements beyond uranium. Describes the discovery of neptunium and demonstrates the significant experiment showing that plutonium undergoes fission with slow neutrons. Discusses the modification of the Periodic Table resulting from the discovery of these new elements. Indicates the importance of some of the new elements by demonstrating a chain reaction and explaining the operation of an atomic power plant.
Discusses and illustrates some principles that can be applied in the breaking of habits with specific application to smoking and alcoholism. Points out that to break a habit, one must know what needs the habit satisfies, must have a strong urge to break it, and must practice the new ways of satisfying the needs formerly satisfied by the habit. (KOMU-TV) Kinescope.
Surveys the secondary school curriculum and explains that its development has been influenced by the democratic doctrine of providing education for all children, by social and economic presures, and by increased awareness of the changing needs of young people. Explains the interest of schools in the physical fitness of students, shows how young people are trained for the duties of citizenship and family living, and assisted in selecting the preparing for a vocation.
Explains the meaning of style in art, enumerates some of the qualities of style, and gives reasons why styles change. Compares medieval, 18th century, and 20th century art styles by showing works characteristic of these periods; points out similar differences in style in the literature of each period. Features Dr. Malcolm H. Preston, chairman of the Fine Arts Department of Hofstra College.
Discusses the influence of the president in picking vice-presidential nominees and the difficulties in getting able men to accept this nomination. Points out that candidates are most often selected to "balance the ticket" from the standpoint of geography as well as points of view on pertinent issues. Considers the "whys" behind the nomination of seven vice presidents who eventually became president.
Discusses Christianity not only as ideology, but also as a historical religion, focusing upon Jesus. Surveys the human aspects of Jesus, and contrasts standards of values in the world with the teachings of Christ.
Reviews the early years of the church when the gospel was spread by a group of ex-fishermen and tentsmen. Points out that "the good news" was not an example of the ethical teachings of Jesus, but was related to the actual experiences of the people. Discusses the concepts of the early disciples as being rooted deep in their experiences concerning incarnation, atonement, and the Trinity.
Explains the three basic symbols of Christianity--the church, the vine and branches, and the body. Diagrams the spread of the three largest Christian groups--Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Greek Orthodox--and emphasizes the main beliefs of each of these groups.
Discusses conflicts, and suggests effective ways of handling them. Identifies the various characteristics of a conflict as: the opposition forces, the vacillation, the inability to reach a decision without a great expenditure of energy.
Depicts the events and conditions leading to the writing of the U.S. Constitution, the formulation of the Great Compromise between the small and large states, the struggle for ratification, and the addition of the Bill of Rights. For junior high, high school, and college students. Pictures some of the historical background of the struggle by the colonies for independence and of the signing of the Constitution. Includes Shay's rebellion against the tariff, the weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and the disagreements among states. Shows how the misunderstanding between large and small states led to the establishment of a House and a Senate.