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Earl Gregg Swem Library

The Heart of the Matter: The Humanities and Social Sciences for a Vibrant, Competitive, and Secure Nation

Categories: Arts/Humanities,Education,Education-Higher,Language,Literacy/Reading,Mathematics,Science/Technology

Argues that instruction in the humanities and social sciences is as crucial to national security, innovation, and competitiveness as the STEM fields.  From the Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences


Department of Defense Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

Categories: Defense/Military,Language

Newly updated version of dictionary which represents authoritative source for the vocabulary of military affairs.  From the Department of Defense, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Congressional Redistricting and the Voting Rights Act: A Legal Overview

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Elections/Campaigns,Language,Laws/Regulations

Discusses Sections 2 and 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the key criteria when redistricting of not denying the right to vote or the right to equally participate in the political process to members of a racial or language minority group, and pending legislation and court cases relevant to these matters.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects

Categories: Education,Language,Literacy/Reading

Standards developed by  state-based groups which have been much in the news because of the shift in emphasis away from fiction and toward nonfiction.  From the Council of Chief State School Officers and the National Governors Association.


Native North American Languages Spoken at Home in the United States: 2006-2010

Categories: Language,Maps/Geography,Native Americans,Population/Census,Statistics

This report presents data on the frequency and percentage of the U.S. population aged five and over who spoke a Native North American language at home.  Also includes a map of U.S. counties showing the density of residents who spoke a Native North American language.  From the Census Bureau


Hispanics in Virginia

Explores demographic characteristics, citizenship and immigration, family and personal life, education and language, employment and economic well-being, and geographic location of Virginia’s 630,000 Hispanic residents.  From the Weldon Cooper Center at the University of Virginia

All-Party Inquiry into Antisemitism: Government Response: Three Years on Progress Report

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Education-Higher,Great Britain,Language,Propaganda

British government report on presence of Anti-Semitism in the United Kingdom.  Covers Anti-Semitic incidents, discourse, sources of contemporary Anti-Semitism, and Anti-Semitism on campus.  Command Paper Cm7991.  From the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

People Who Spoke a Language Other Than English at Home by Hispanic Origin and Race: 2009

Categories: Language,Population/Census,Statistics

National and state level data on the percentage of the U.S. population who spoke a language other than English at home by Hispanic origin and race in 2009.  From the Census Bureau

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