By: Natalie Shoemaker, Advancement Coordinator
Looking to expand your horizons, see something in a new light, or experience something from a different perspective? Here are three Youtube channels that might help (all featuring some inspiring female hosts). Get ready to step outside your comfort zone in this first weekend edition post.
Video games are one of the greatest new art forms. Learn to look at this break-out medium with a critical eye.
While video games provide (sometimes endless) hours of fun, host Anita Sarkeesian explains, “It’s possible, and even necessary, to simultaneously enjoy a piece of media while also being critical of its more problematic or pernicious aspects.”
Video games have been a boys club for a long time (a reason with its own interesting history). Anita Sarkeesian takes a look at the medium from a feminist perspective, discussing its more problematic aspects.
Go to where discoveries are made with Emily Graslie, the Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum in Chicago. In her videos, she takes viewers on adventures out in the field to dig up bones and behind the scenes at the museum to show how animal specimens are prepared—sometimes going “literally though them, [she gets] elbow-deep in viscera sometimes” (viewer discretion is advised). She even goes into some deep topics, like “what is the U.S. doing about animal extinction?”
Here is where physics lessons are made awesome. Physics Girl asks viewers to get hands-on with science, allowing audiences to lean-in and, in turn, ask their own questions. She takes big questions to the experts, like “should we go to Mars?” And occasionally stuff gets blown up in slow-motion (for science).
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