Discover a magnificent guide to a magnificent region. Taught by acclaimed Professor Patrick Allitt, these 36 lectures give you an insider’s take on traveling through Great Britain. Whether you’re planning a week-long vacation; a month-long grand tour; or just want to experience England, Scotland, and Wales from afar, this visually immersive course brings Great Britain into your living room.
Designed in partnership with HISTORY and using a distinctly European perspective, this series offers a fresh lens through which to study the European Theater's major battles, larger-than-life personalities, twists of fate, and tales of intrigue. You'll uncover the strategic decisions behind Operation Barbarossa, D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge, the invasion of Italy, the fall of Berlin, and more.
Transform your next outdoor adventure from “roughing it” in the great outdoors to “smoothing it” in the natural world. Taught by Professor Elizabeth K. Andre of Northland College, these 24 insightful episodes will give you the practical skills you need to set off for the water or the woods.
In Understanding the Dark Side of Human Nature, Professor Daniel Breyer takes you on a fascinating cross-cultural philosophical journey into many of the deepest, darkest questions that plague our souls. By looking carefully into these darkest aspects of ourselves and the human suffering in our world, we can better understand ourselves and appreciate our deep desire for meaning and purpose.
Blending history with cultural studies, Understanding Russia: A Cultural History brings you closer than ever to the Russian people through the poetry of Pushkin, the comfort of early folk tales, the faith of medieval iconography, the avant-garde films of Eisenstein, and more. These 24 lectures will help you finally understand the complex, thrilling, and undeniably fascinating Russian spirit.
This course is designed to cover the curriculum of a first semester college course in Spanish. You'll explore how to learn Spanish and start communicating. Your teacher, world-class language instructor Professor Bill Worden of the University of Alabama, has refined this approach over more than 20 years, distilling the step-by-step system that works the best for learners.
The 20th century was a breeding ground of musical innovation and transformation unlike any other era in history. Within this course, you’ll discover the genius of composers such as Debussy, Stravinsky, Schoenberg, Webern, Bartók, Ligeti, Adès, and many others. Experience the superlative musical art that so vividly and unforgettably speaks to the life of our times.
Western classical music is one of humanity's most sublime artistic traditions. This musical language - encompassing genres from symphonic and instrumental music to choral works and opera - was created through the meeting of art and faith. The lineage of sacred works produced some of the greatest masterpieces in Western art and created the foundation of the Western musical canon.
Like other math fields, geometry teaches us how to think. It leads students to uncover new truths based on already established ideas and facts. In short, geometry is among the great intellectual feats of humankind. Build an understanding of geometry from the ground up with these 36 lectures.
Experience the fun, intellectual challenge, and practical benefits of learning Spanish, one of the world’s most useful and beautiful languages. In this brilliantly designed course, you’ll get “under the hood” of the language, using an approach your teacher has refined for over 20 years to empower adult learners.
Gardening is one of life’s great pleasures. It offers bountiful wonders - flowers, grasses, fruits, vegetables, trees - that bring you closer to the natural world. And the best part: You can learn to create gardens and landscapes in almost any setting, from large rural backyards to tight urban spaces, and in almost any climate.
Practice painting in the company of an award-winning artist and professor. Not only will you learn how to select tools and apply techniques, but you’ll develop the visual skills and muscle memory that make painting an infinitely adaptable form of artistic expression. These 24 lessons feature hands-on demonstrations that bring the art school experience into your own home.
What is the meaning of life? How do we find that meaning? To whom should we listen as we shape the path we will walk through the world? This course is an invigorating way to begin or continue your pursuit of these and other questions. Embark on an intellectually gripping course that is every bit the equal of the monumental subject it sets out to explore.
Professor Michael Carasik has designed these 36 episodes as your authoritative primer on everything from the Hebrew alphabet and punctuation marks to essential vocabulary and advanced grammatical rules. Whether you’re just starting out on a study of Hebrew or you already know the basics, these lectures are a helpful resource that include line-by-line readings of passages from the Hebrew Bible. .
CIA expert Hugh Wilford transforms decades of research into a 24-episode series that helps you better understand the roles the CIA has played in recent American history, from the eve of the Cold War to the 21st-century War on Terror. You’ll explore the CIA’s successful (and disastrous) operations, its technological innovations, and its complex relationship with presidents and pop culture.
Chart the deep insights and remarkable conclusions Charles Darwin’s ideas on natural selection inspired. These 24 fascinating episodes cover 160 years of non-stop scientific advances and their relationship to Darwin’s groundbreaking theory. Among them: the discovery of the rules of heredity, the identification of DNA, the recognition of mass extinctions, and the power to manipulate genes.
Plunge into the exciting quest to investigate everything beyond Earth through the laws of physics. Introduction to Astrophysics takes you step by step through the calculations that show how planets, stars, and galaxies work. In 24 episodes by noted astrophysicist Professor Joshua Winn, you’ll tour a universe of exploding stars, colliding black holes, dark matter, and other wonders.
Get an insider’s look at some of history’s most awe-inspiring structures in these 24 lectures presented by Professor of Classics Steven L. Tuck. As you make your way through storied sights like Persepolis, Hadrian’s Villa, Weiyang Palace, and the Palace of Montezuma II, you’ll explore the meaning of power and the ways it operated in societies across the globe.
Explore what modern science has revealed about mindfulness and the many ways in which it can benefit your life. In these 22 lessons, renowned specialists share their own personal experiences and their latest research, and they guide you through several mindfulness exercises. The result: an immersive experience of mindfulness, its practice, and its benefits.
Taught by Professor Lawrence Weinstein of Old Dominion University, this course explains the science, history, hazards, applications, and latest advances in nuclear physics. You learn the principles of radioactivity, how nuclear bombs and reactors work, the uses of radiation for cancer treatment and medical imaging, what makes some forms of radiation dangerous, plus you tour a linear accelerator.