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Kanopy Cinema Series and Upcoming Event!

One of the many resources available to faculty and students through the American University library is Kanopy, a streaming video platform primarily for educational and academic content. Kanopy offers a rotating collection of media with access to over 10,000 titles and it’s completely free to use with your AU library account! One of Kanopy’s newest […]

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Did You Know?: Every AU Student and Staff Member Has Access to Free Language Learning Videos

The university gives everyone with an AU email access to Films on Demand (FOD). Included in their library is a large number of language learning videos on Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Sign Language, and Spanish. We at Media Services are most excited about the American Sign Language (ASL) learning videos […]

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Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance

This year and every year, Transgender Awareness Week goes from November 13th to November 19th and culminates with Transgender Day of Remembrance on November 20th. In 1999, transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith founded Transgender Day of Remembrance to honor the loss of a transgender woman named Rita Hester in 1998. Since then, November 20th has […]

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Poster for "Mama Bears" featuring a middle-aged woman hugging a young person holding pride flags

Mama Bears Review – Streaming Free Through November 20th

Mama Bears is a touching, family-focused documentary that examines the intersections of motherhood, faith, pride, politics, and community. Originally premiering at the South by Southwest festival (SXSW) in 2022 and going on to win numerous awards, this film tells the stories of two conservative Christian mothers overcoming their own prejudices to become fierce advocates for […]

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Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

by Emily Walsh What is Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Do you remember the words: “In fourteen hundred ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue”? Mythology about Columbus and the “discovery” of the Americas continues to be many American children’s first lesson about encountering different Indigenous cultures. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors Native […]

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Movies for Independence Day

I’m usually wary of nationalism and patriotism, especially in the current political climate, but July 4th is the one day of the year where I indulge in a bit of “Heck yeah, America!” I eat a hot dog, watch 1776, and try and find a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence to attend. This […]

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The Myth of Kanopy

We here at Media Services recently changed our Kanopy subscription. Before this semester, library users could watch any Kanopy film at any time, no questions asked. Though Kanopy looks (and markets itself) as the educational equivalent of Netflix or Amazon Prime, instead of paying a flat fee of x dollars/month, the library paid $150 per […]

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Frustrated with Netflix? Check Cinesift!

Cinesift, a movie rating aggregator and competitor to Rotten Tomatoes, has an awesome service that will tell you which quality films are available on Amazon Prime and Netflix. If you’re bored and the lesser dregs of Netflix will not satisfy your viewing needs, try their new search features to find a film worth watching that’s […]

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