Europe


  • Church for Sale | Wide Angle

    The days of the Catholic Church’s overarching influence on Irish life and society are now waning. Economic prosperity has accelarated Ireland’s move away from the Church toward European secularism. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," learn about the sale of the Sacred Heart Church which has been serving the community in Limerick for almost 150 years.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Economic Boom | Wide Angle

    Since its entry into the European Union in 1973, the government of Ireland has reformed its policies in an effort to encourage both foreign investment and local entrepreneurship. The result was a transformation that pulled Ireland out of centuries of economic hardship and into a nation that is among one of the richest in the world. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," learn about Ireland’s economic rebirth from Jonathan Walsh, a general manager for Intel, an American company that has established its connection to Europe through its facilities in Shannon, Ireland.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Farmer's Dilemma | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    Agriculture has long been the backbone of Ireland’s economy. However, the advent of the Celtic Tiger, the name given to Ireland's recent economic transformation, has many farmers struggling to earn a profit and with many in the younger generation less inclined to take over their families' businesses, the future of Ireland’s rural community remains bleak. In this segment from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," visit the farm of Ruaidhiri Deasy, a farmer who values his family’s history in agriculture, but also believes in the progress of the next generation.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Female Workforce | Wide Angle

    The increase of women entering the workforce in Ireland has greatly benefited the economy, but it has also had an effect on the structure of the traditional Irish family. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," learn about the traditional roles of women in Ireland and their status today.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Grozny University | Wide Angle

    The destruction of buildings and institutions is one of the many devastating after-effects of war. Former dean of Grozny University in Chechnya, Dr. Raikom Dadashev, comments on the contributions of the university and gives a tour of the shattered campus in this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Greetings from Grozny."

    Grades: 9-12
  • Guerrilla War | Wide Angle

    Guerrilla warfare is often employed when there is an imbalance of power between warring parties. In the Chechen war, rebels adopted the tactics of guerrilla warfare to face the more powerful and established Russian military. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Greetings from Grozny," hear from Chechen guerrilla soldiers and take a rare look at one of their hidden outposts.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Increased Immigration | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    The people of Ireland have historically migrated from their homeland during times of economic hardship. In the early 1990s, the economy experienced a period of unprecedented growth, an era known as the Celtic Tiger, and the trend of migrants leaving Ireland was reversed. Some migrants have returned and the rate of immigrants coming to the isle has doubled. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," meet two sisters who have left Poland for Ireland in hope of greater employment opportunities.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Modern Boom Family | Wide Angle

    The influence of the Catholic Church on Irish families has declined since the economic boom of the last two decades. The size of families in “Post-Catholic” Ireland has shrunk and the traditional role of the Irish housewife has been replaced by women who want both careers and families. In this video from the Wide Angle film "Mixed Blessings," meet Gillian O’Sullivan, a working mother of three who has the challenge of balancing her time between managing her software company and raising her family.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Pankisi Valley | Wide Angle

    Regions bordering countries at war are often susceptible to the encroachment of their borders and boundaries. During the Chechen war, rebels, Islamist militants, and refugees sought asylum in the Pankisi Valley of northeast Georgia. This video segment from Wide Angle provides a view of this region and its new inhabitants.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Steven Pifer Interview | Wide Angle

    In its refusal to accept Chechnya’s independence, Russia has waged a long-standing war on the republic. In this video from the Wide Angle film "Greetings from Grozny," Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Steven Pifer shares the U.S. viewpoint on Russia’s war on Chechnya.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Refugee Camp | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    The Chechen war created hundreds of thousand of refugees. Fearful to return to the insecurity of their homeland, many Chechens live in refugee camps. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Greetings from Grozny," learn about Rajap, a young Chechen refugee living in a tent city and the ongoing war that threatens his safety and that of thousands of others.

    Grades: 9-12

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