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100 Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.
The G. Robert Vincent Voice Library is a collection of primary source sound material, found mainly in speech, performance, interview, and lecture format. The collection, stored primarily on reels of magnetic recording tape, contains the voices of over 100,000 persons from all walks of life. Items represent, in most cases, a migration from other recording formats, off-air broadcasts, or Voice Library original recordings. New items are mastered digitally and a retrospective digital re-mastering of existing analog recordings is underway. About 15,000 digital sound files have been created. Most items held in the public domain are available online in mp3 format.
MSU's MATRIX and the African Studies Center have collaborated to create the South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid, Building Democracy Web site. Through videos, images, and documents, it presents first-hand accounts of this important political movement. Interviews with South African activists, raw video footage documenting mass resistance and police repression, historical documents, rare photographs, and original narratives tell this story.
In particular, the Web site offers materials for educators. The activities are designed for students to critically engage with Overcoming Apartheid's unique multimedia materials in order to learn about white supremacy in South Africa and the popular struggle for freedom and equality. The exercises are aimed at high school students, but can be used or easily adapted in undergraduate courses.
Worksheets for analyzing historical documents, interviews, and images found on this site are provided. In the supplemental resources area on the left, teachers can find a list of maps, recommended books for further reading, as well as films, videos, and useful websites.
The MSU Museum offers a Virtual Outreach Program for teachers who want to provide their students with fun and meaningful learning experiences without the expense, permission forms, and geographic limitations of ordinary field trips. These exciting virtual field trips use videoconferencing technology to bring the expertise of professionals right into the classroom. Students, teachers, and museum staff can all see and hear each other via the video and voice connections, and because everything happens in real time, it's almost like being there. The field trips are based on science curriculum areas and follow the Michigan Curriculum Standards, making them easy to fit into existing lesson plans.