References

CULTURAL SITES


  • World Heritage Tour [QuickTime] The purpose of the World Heritage Tour site is to offer greater exposure to the truly diverse set of cultural heritage sites designated by UNESCO around the world. While there are over 750 cultural and natural sites on the World Heritage List, only 52 sites are currently covered on the site. The site itself features over 250 virtual reality movies from 52 sites, ranging from the Philippines to Egypt. Visitors can browse a list of sites currently covered, with each list noting how many virtual reality movies are available, along with providing the UNESCO identification number assigned to each site. From the site's homepage visitors can sign up to be notified when new movies become available, contact staff members, and read a paper about the World Heritage Tour.
  • Will Durant Foundation
  • X6: Culture Goggles Culture colors our perceptions of places. Select a religion at bottom left to see how a Christian, a Jew, or a Muslim might view the Old City of Jerusalem in Israel. The ancient city of Jerusalem is the geographic and spiritual heart of the state of Israel. At JerusalemÔ^└^┘s center is the Old City, a walled enclave that is a cradle of faith to three of the worldÔ^└^┘s great religions. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam share a long history with roots in earliest Jerusalem and the 4,000-year-old story of the patriarch Abraham. In time, each faith has developed a distinct idea of the sites that matter most in the city they all hold sacred. Peer through the Culture Goggles to see six such hallowed spots.
  • The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, 3rd edition, 2002 A recent addition to the Bartleby.com reference site, the New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy is intended to raise its readers' level of erudition. As editor J.D. Hirsch states in the introduction, cultural literacy is helpful, but does not in itself produce a truly educated person. Hirsch writes, "Cultural literacy is shallow; true education is deep. But our analysis of reading and learning suggests the paradox that broad, shallow knowledge is the best route to deep knowledge." Certainly, understanding that Camelot refers to both Arthurian legend and U.S. President John F. Kennedy's administration makes one feel smarter. While it is possible to search the 6,900 entries in the Dictionary, users may find it easier to use the Index to browse from A-Z. Another good approach is to start with the Table of Contents, where there are 23 short explanations of broader areas, with links to relevant entries arranged below, such as Conventions of Written English, where you can learn the difference between the commonly misused abbreviations i.e. and e.g.

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