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It all begins in the steamy rural backwater of Moat County, Florida, where things have been done the same way for decades, yet change is bubbling beneath the surface.
Boyish Jack Jansen, son of the local newspaper publisher, has just returned home after being kicked out of college, only to take the lowly job of paperboy. But that too changes when his idolized journalist brother Ward comes to town from Miami on the trail of a story that could make his career.
Bringing in tow his hotshot writing partner Yardley and the alluring death-row groupie Charlotte Bless, Ward plans to prove that an innocent man has been railroaded on his way to the electric chair. With Jack as their driver, the quartet arranges to meet Hillary Van Wetter, the seedy alligator hunter hastily convicted of killing the local sheriff, at the prison.
But what erupts between them all is a tangled web of sexual tension, mixed motives and shadowy facts that will set off not only a search for the truth but a chain reaction of passion and violence.
Historical drama directed by Lee Daniels and starring Forest Whitaker. The film tells the story of Cecil Gaines (Whitaker)'s 34-year career working as head butler at the White House. Beginning his tenure under President Eisenhower (Robin Williams), Cecil would see another seven presidents come and go throughout his career and was present at the highest level of the state during some of the most tumultuous periods in the 20th century including the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War. The ensemble cast includes John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber, Alan Rickman and Oprah Winfrey.
Daniel Radcliffe stars as an FBI intelligence analyst who infiltrates terrorist groups in this thriller. After a radioactive isotope is illegally imported into the US, the FBI sends agent Nate Foster (Radcliffe) on an undercover mission to infiltrate a network of neo-Nazi white supremacist groups that they believe may be building a nuclear bomb. To ensure he's accepted into the collaborating factions, Nate takes on the role of an ex-serviceman with an interest in chemistry as he tries to navigate his way through the dangerous, racist underworld and gather enough evidence to take back to his own superiors.
Groundbreaking, award-winning drama directed by Richard Linklater and starring Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke. Filmed over a period of 12 years with the same cast members, the film begins as Olivia (Arquette) moves to Houston, Texas, with her son Mason (Ellar Coltrane) and daughter Samantha (Lorelei Linklater) after the disintegration of her marriage to the children's father (Hawke). From then on we follow Mason as he progresses from a child to a young man while dealing with his parents' divorce and the numerous other difficulties of growing up.
The film won Golden Globe Awards for Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture (Arquette).
The milestone text integrating the disciplines of social work and divinity! In everyday life, spirituality and the practice of effective social work are inseparable. As a result, professionals and social service administrators have in recent years felt a stronger obligation to attend to the spiritual needs of clients. Social Work and Divinity examines the potential of integrating the disciplines of social work with divinity to achieve positive results in practice while answering spiritual concerns. Internationally respected scholars from diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds discuss the academic as well as the practical issues involved in the establishment and growth of dual degree programs. Social Work and Divinity comprehensively explores both the theoretical and the practical foundations of joint professional education and practice for social work and divinity dual degree programs. The book provides suggestions that will guide educators, practitioners, administrators, and students to develop spiritually sensitive approaches to counseling people. Emerging human needs are explored, along with the challenges inherent in the multiple roles a counselor must adopt when developing an interdisciplinary approach. Well-reasoned, insightful, thoroughly referenced, empirically reinforced with tables, this is an essential text sure to become a choice educational reference. Social Work and Divinity discusses: the role of religion and spirituality in clinical social work the challenges for students integrating the curriculums of social work and divinity the collaboration to respond to the broader demands of emerging human needs the empirical evidence advocating the benefits of dual degree programs the challenges for educational institutions adopting dual degree programs in social work and divinity the formation of a professional identity in dual degree training and supervision the issues of teaching about organized religion in social work practical advice on integrating religion and social work the role of faith and spirituality in social work education Social Work and Divinity is a milestone textbook for graduate schools of social work and divinity and an essential resource for students and faculty involved in each discipline or in dual degree programs.
Nicole Kidman, Zac Efron and Matthew McConaughey star in this steamy crime thriller set in rural Florida at the end of the 1960s. Charlotte Bless (Kidman), a garishly seductive femme fatale, enlists the help of returning Miami Times investigative reporter Ward Jansen (McConaughey) and his black colleague Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) as she tries to overturn the conviction of death row inmate Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack), who is accused of murdering a local racist sheriff. But as a mutual resentment simmers between Yardley and Ward's adolescent younger brother, Jack (Efron), the investigation threatens to get derailed as the main protagonists find themselves swept up in a heady cocktail of heat, lust and violence.
Picking up where The Tipping Point leaves off, respected journalist Lee Daniel Kravetz's Strange Contagion is a provocative look at both the science and lived experience of social contagion. In 2009, tragedy struck the town of Palo Alto: A student from the local high school had died by suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming train. Grief-stricken, the community mourned what they thought was an isolated loss. Until, a few weeks later, it happened again. And again. And again. In six months, the high school lost five students to suicide at those train tracks. A recent transplant to the community and a new father himself, Lee Daniel Kravetz's experience as a science journalist kicked in: what was causing this tragedy? More important, how was it possible that a suicide cluster could develop in a community of concerned, aware, hyper-vigilant adults? The answer? Social contagion. We all know that ideas, emotions, and actions are communicable-from mirroring someone's posture to mimicking their speech patterns, we are all driven by unconscious motivations triggered by our environment. But when just the right physiological, psychological, and social factors come together, we get what Kravetz calls a "strange contagion:" a perfect storm of highly common social viruses that, combined, form a highly volatile condition. Strange Contagion is simultaneously a moving account of one community's tragedy and a rigorous investigation of social phenomenon, as Kravetz draws on research and insights from experts worldwide to unlock the mystery of how ideas spread, why they take hold, and offer thoughts on our responsibility to one another as citizens of a globally and perpetually connected world.
All 12 episodes of the American drama series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Empire Entertainment is a hip hop entertainment company headed up by former drug dealer turned music mogul Lucious Lyon (Howard). When he receives devastating news from his doctor, Lyon realises he must choose an heir to the throne of his company. There is just one problem: he doesn't trust anyone to run his Empire. The episodes are: 'Pilot', 'The Outspoken King', 'The Devil Quotes Scripture', 'False Imposition', 'Dangerous Bonds', 'Out, Damned Spot', 'Our Dancing Days', 'The Lyon's Roar', 'Unto the Breach', 'Sins of the Father', 'Die But Once' and 'Who I Am'.
Thought-provoking drama starring Kevin Bacon as Walter, a convicted paedophile who has served his sentence for his previous crimes and is determined not to relapse. Taking a job in a lumber yard, he starts a relationship with a local woman and, although he lives in fear of his past crimes being discovered, begins to rebuild his life as best he can. When a suspicious policeman starts harrassing him, and when he finds a house across the road from a school, it seems as if his urges are not buried as deep as he had thought.
Picking up where The Tipping Point leaves off, respected journalist Lee Daniel Kravetz's Strange Contagion is a provocative look at both the science and lived experience of social contagion. In 2009, tragedy struck the town of Palo Alto: A student from the local high school had died by suicide by stepping in front of an oncoming train. Grief-stricken, the community mourned what they thought was an isolated loss. Until, a few weeks later, it happened again. And again. And again. In six months, the high school lost five students to suicide at those train tracks. A recent transplant to the community and a new father himself, Lee Daniel Kravetz's experience as a science journalist kicked in: what was causing this tragedy? More important, how was it possible that a suicide cluster could develop in a community of concerned, aware, hyper-vigilant adults? The answer? Social contagion. We all know that ideas, emotions, and actions are communicable--from mirroring someone's posture to mimicking their speech patterns, we are all driven by unconscious motivations triggered by our environment. But when just the right physiological, psychological, and social factors come together, we get what Kravetz calls a "strange contagion: " a perfect storm of highly common social viruses that, combined, form a highly volatile condition. Strange Contagion is simultaneously a moving account of one community's tragedy and a rigorous investigation of social phenomenon, as Kravetz draws on research and insights from experts worldwide to unlock the mystery of how ideas spread, why they take hold, and offer thoughts on our responsibility to one another as citizens of a globally and perpetually connected world.
On 28 November 2010, the Irish government infamously agreed to a bailout from the Troika to save Ireland's failing economy. This decision had huge and long-lasting social implications for Ireland and her people, and led to the annihilation of Fianna Fail and its allies in the 2011 general election. In 'Hell at the Gates', Brian Cowen, the late Brian Lenihan, Eamon Ryan, Micheal Martin, Mary Harney and many others, recount for the first time in their own words the inside story behind the actions of the most hated government in living memory. The result is a deeply honest, intensely personal and revelation-strewn account of their experiences in the white heat of an economic meltdown. It reveals the extent to which Cowen and Lenihan's relationship disintegrated, how members of the government were physically attacked by the public and also gives the definitive account by Micheal Martin himself of why he chose in early 2011 to move against his embattled leader. As Mary O'Rourke said of those days, `There was drama, tragedy, pathos, comedy, farce, love and death. It was like a Shakespearean drama.' John Lee and Daniel McConnell have interviewed the people who were at the coalface of this drama, to produce a gripping account of those fateful days in and around Leinster House.
This book constitutes the refereed proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Convergence and Hybrid Information Technology, ICHIT 2011, held in Daejeon, Korea, in September 2011. The 94 revised full papers were carefully selected from 323 initial submissions. The papers are organized in topical sections on communications and networking, intelligent systems and applications, sensor network and cloud systems, information retrieval and scheduling, hardware and software engineering, security systems, robotics and RFID Systems, pattern recognition, image processing and clustering, data mining, as well as human computer interaction.
It's middle America, 1976, and school's out for summer. The kids of the town are determined to mark the end of term with a celebration, but the party planned at one of the student's houses is cancelled when his parents find out and decide to stay home. The result? A long hot night of pot, kegs, Aerosmith, driving around in cars, and partying in the woods.
Set in Harlem in 1987, Claireece “Precious” Jones is a sixteen-year-old African-American girl born into a life no one would want.
She’s pregnant for the second time by her absent father; at home, she must wait hand and foot on her mother, a poisonously angry woman who abuses her emotionally and physically.
School is a place of chaos, and Precious has reached the ninth grade with good marks and an awful secret: she can neither read nor write. Precious may sometimes be down, but she is never out. Beneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.
Threatened with expulsion, Precious is offered the chance to transfer to an alternative school, Each One/Teach One. Precious doesn’t know the meaning of “alternative,” but her instincts tell her this is the chance she has been waiting for.
So begins a journey that will lead her from darkness, pain and powerlessness to light, love and self-determination.
Having eventually won 2 Academy Awards, including Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay, Precious was also nominated for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actress in a leading role.
This mesmerizing companion book to the award-winning film The Butler traces the Civil Rights Movement and explores crucial moments of twentieth century American history through the eyes of Eugene Allen-a White House butler who served eight presidents over the course of thirty-four years. During the presidencies of Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan, Eugene Allen was a butler in the most famous of residences: the White House. An African American who came of age during the era of Jim Crow, Allen served tea and supervised buffets while also witnessing some of the most momentous decisions made during the second half of the twentieth century, including Lyndon's Johnson's work during the Civil Rights Movement and Ronald Reagan getting tough on apartheid. Timely, "poignant and powerful" (Kirkus Reviews) The Butler also explores Eugene Allen and his family's background along with the history of African Americans in Hollywood and also features a foreword by the film's director Lee Daniels.
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