Government Video Website of the Week: Oregon WIN

The intellectual level of some of the programs distinguishes the website
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Oregon’s Wireless Instructional Network website is a “broadcast quality” video network created for the delivery of educational, cultural and public affairs programming to viewers throughout Willamette Valley, Ore. WIN is a consortium of 10 universities and community colleges that operate, and which create challenging video content for, the network.

The programs and services provided by WIN include certificate programs, undergraduate and graduate degree offerings, cultural events and public affairs programming. In addition, Oregon WIN delivers a Monday-Friday programming feed for public, educational and government channels that reach 400,000 households in Multnomah, Lane, Polk, Linn and Benton counties.

However, it is the intellectual level of some of the programming that distinguishes the website. Current content includes the lecture “My Experiences with Autism and Animals” by Temple Grandin, an expert on animal behavior who has autism. Both cattle-processing plants and the parents of autistic children follow Grandin’s work.

There is also a lecture proposing “How Human Beings Got Morality, Religion, Civilization and Humanity” by Jonathan Haidt, a social psychologist at New York University. In the lecture, Haidt outlines the development of human civilization and draws the conclusion that cooperation to achieve shared goals is what separated our earliest ancestors from other apes.

And you can find a lecture by David Hayes, who is president of the Bullitt Foundation, an environmental organization, and who organized the first “Earth Day” in 1970. In his lecture — “Is Prosperity Incompatible with Posterity?” — Hayes warns of the danger of fueling economic growth with unnecessary and unsustainable consumption.

The Oregon WIN website contains many videos of knowledgeable people giving thoughtful lectures on what they know best, which is why it is Government Video’s Website of the Week.

Click here to access the website.