Learn more about Rosh Hashanah for your next research paper

Ready to party like it’s 5775? Rosh Hashanah is here. So what is Rosh Hashanah? The Jewish New Year is the beginning of the Jewish high holidays.

Rosh Hashanah is known as the Jewish New Year. (Credit: Free Day Images)

Rosh Hashanah is known as the Jewish New Year. (Credit: Free Day Images)

College students studying religion, sociology or cultures can find a wealth of research paper topics on any of the Jewish holidays to explore in more depth. Read more

Explore History Channel’s “Harry Houdini” in your next research paper

The History Channel mini series on magician Harry Houdini starring Adrien Brody demonstrates how we just can’t get enough of this master of magic and illusion.

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

Adrien Brody plays Harry Houdini in the History Channel mini series. (Credit: Colin Hutton)

But does the TV mini series do justice to Houdini’s legacy? Could there be more behind his great escapes? What was true and what was myth about the man originally born as Erik Weisz? These questions can be the impetus for many research paper topics to explore. Read more

Good research paper topics on special education

Good research paper topics for special education teaching could include debates about mainstreaming special needs children into public school, the obligations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and new developments in teaching children with autism.

Special education should be tailored to students’ specific needs. (Credit: EdGeeks)

Special education should be tailored to students’ specific needs. (Credit: EdGeeks)

Here are some discussions of issues relevant to special ed and teaching children with intellectual disabilities that you could focus on for your next term paper. Read more

The latest on Iraq — ISIS challenging Al-Qaeda

In recent weeks, the situation in Iraq has unraveled, with ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) overtaking much of the country. Iraq news today brings new information about how ISIS is challenging Al-Qaeda by declaring a new Islamic state as they strive to build on the centuries-old conflict of Sunni vs. Shiite in the region.

ISIS, the militant jihadists terrorizing and overtaking city after city in Iraq. (Credit: StMA)

ISIS, the militant jihadists terrorizing and overtaking city after city in Iraq. (Credit: StMA)

Creation of new Islamic state

The leaders of ISIS recently announced the restoration of the 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Read more

Kiss sparks controversy at Cannes Film Festival

It had looked to be a good year for women at the Cannes Film Festival. Leila Hatami, Iranian actress and star of Iranian movies, was one of five women and four men to serve as judges at this year’s festival, in the first female-majority jury since 2009. Though being a judge is a prestigious honor, it wasn’t the reason Hatami made the news: instead, a cheek kiss earned her harsh criticism from her home nation of Iran.

Leila Hatami greeted the French president of the Cannes Film Festival with a kiss. (Credit: David Clark Scott)

Leila Hatami greeted the French president of the Cannes Film Festival with a kiss. (Credit: David Clark Scott)

The nation banned public displays of affection in 2007 and its legal system is based on sharia law, making other countries question Iran’s attitudes on human rights. If you are looking for a good research paper topic on women’s rights or human rights issues, take a look at the trouble caused by what Westerners perceive as an innocent kissbut, to conservatives such as Iran’s deputy culture minister, was an affront to Islamic culture. Read more

Heaven is for Real offers answers on near death experiences

Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum in "Heaven Is for Real." (Credit: Sony Pictures)

Greg Kinnear and Connor Corum in “Heaven Is for Real.” (Credit: Sony Pictures)

For those who have heard of near death experiences, the Heaven is for Real movie may offer some insights about this unique phenomenon. Although near death experience stories are often associated with death, that is not always the case. Many believe that what people are experiencing can be explained as nothing more than the body’s neuroscience. Whatever your opinion on the subject, you’ll likely find this film to be fascinating as the story of one young boy’s trip to heaven unfolds.

Heaven is for Real movie

The film Heaven is for Real is based on the real life experiences of Colton Burpo, who at the age of four nearly died from an infection caused by a burst appendix. Read more

Good research paper topics in religion and sociology

Religion and sociology are a combination of disciplines ripe for good research paper topics. Religion, with its many distinct types and practitioners, plays an important role in many people’s lives, as well as in social, economic, political and educational issues. Some examples are religion as a public institution, the influence of Pope Francis or diversity in congregations. For your religion and sociology term paper, search the Internet for academic journals, religion databases and sociology blogs.

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

Pope Francis makes for a good religion and sociology research topic. (Credit: Valdrin Xhemaj /EPA /LANDOV)

De-centralizing the sociology of religion

For religion and society topics for your term paper, check out the Questia database of books, journals and newspaper articles. Read more

Hollywood success of biblical movies as a research topic

Biblical movies, like Noah, make for great research topics.

Biblical movies, like Noah, make for great research topics.

Hollywood has long made biblical movies: Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments (1956), Charlton Heston in Ben-Hur (1959), and many more. A little research shows that these films were able to achieve success financially in Hollywood, particularly during the 1940s and 50s, but in recent years religious-based movies have proven to be more controversial and not as lucrative.

Christians stay away because the films don’t adhere closely enough to the Bible, while the non-religious can view the films as less entertaining than the latest action flick. Will Darren Aronofsky’s Noah the movie, which stars Russell Crowe and comes during a year of biblical movies, change that trend?

The film has faced a history of difficulties, according to a November 18, 2013, post on iCitations by Alana Joli Abbott, “The Bible in film: Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe bring Noah to the big screen,” and the box office will be its latest challenge. Take a look at these critical views of biblical films if you are looking for a good research paper topic in film studies or religion. Read more

20th and 21st century philosophy: Good research paper topics

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Philosophy studies the ideas of knowledge, truth and nature. (Credit: Studio5)

Here are some tips for college students looking for good research paper topics for a philosophy major. You can use effective search terms and keywords to search the Internet for primary and secondary sources such as a scholarly article, a university’s philosophy department website, philosophy databases or online books.

Approaching a philosophy paper

According to Harvard University’s Department of Philosophy: “Philosophy is the systematic and critical study of fundamental questions that arise both in everyday life and through the practice of other disciplines.” It encompasses a wide variety of subjects. Because it is not science, it doesn’t rely on provable facts or research.

For your research paper, you will need to have an opinion on an issue and argue your case in a clear and logical manner. Read more

The Bible in Film: Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe bring Noah to the big screen

Official movie poster for Noah.

Official movie poster for Noah.

The Bible has been a great source of subject material for movies ever since Hollywood began making films. In March of 2014, Darren Aronofsky’s epic version of Noah, the Old Testament hero whose ark saves mankind from being wiped out, will hit the theaters. But despite starring Russell Crowe as Noah and featuring a host of other headliners, including Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins, Noah has run into a number of problems during filming. The release of the first two trailers by the film company have brought the production into the spotlight, and if you are looking for a good research paper topic for your religion or film studies classes, take a peek at Noah and other uses of the Bible in film. Read more