New Teaching Company Great Courses – Audio

February 14, 2012

This is the first time I have injected any new sets into this collection, thanks to a big sale this month.  Yes, they’re those tall, white volumes featuring lecturing professors and authorities on a variety of topics, kind of a people’s university in a box.  Believe it or not, these tend not to have long queues but do have strong, steady circulation.  This is one selection of recent additions. More are in the catalog and on the way. Please check the recently added links.

Allison, Robert. Before 1776 Life in the American Colonies.  

Between 1500 and 1800, the world was transformed. The peoples of Europe, Africa, and America, brought together in an often violent colonial process, created a new world and transformed the old. Although the individual British American colonies later formed into one nation, this course explores their profound differences in origin and practice. Professor Allison examines the relations of the colonies with the native people, the relations between these colonies and the colonial outposts of Spain, France, and the Netherlands, and how British attempts at colonial governance led, ultimately, to resistance, rebellion, and revolution.

Bartlett, Kenneth.  The Development of European Civilization.

To witness how European civilization developed is to understand why and how the entire Western world became who and what it is. Such an understanding is essential if you are to have a nuanced grasp of the important events that dominate the daily news. In short, and in almost every way that matters, historical Europe was the laboratory in which the world you now live in was conceived and tested. And you’ll be living with the consequences of those experiments for the rest of your life. The Development of European Civilization leads you through the doors of that laboratory and guides you through the development of Europe from the late Middle Ages through the eve of World War II. In these 48 lectures delivered by University of Toronto Professor Kenneth R. Bartlett, you’ll finally grasp the amazing results of that European laboratory over more than 600 years of history.

Nuland, Sherwin.  Doctors the History of Scientific Medicine Revealed Through Biography.

Presents lectures delivered by Sherman B. Nuland, concerning the history of the development of Western scientific medicine, set against character studies of twelve of the greatest physicians since classical times.

Koterski, Joseph.  Biblical Wisdom Literature.

“This course surveys biblical wisdom literature by a study of important scriptural texts, including Proverbs, Job, Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), Sirach (Ecclesiasticus), Song of Songs (Canticle of Canticles), Daniel, Wisdom of Solomon, and selections from the Gospels as well as from the book of Psalms. The lectures take up the array of topics and problems that are recurrent in the Bible’s sapiential books, with special emphasis on the problem of the suffering of the innocent but also including such themes as friendship, virtue and vice, marriage and the choice of a spouse, decision making, life priorities, child rearing, illness, and death”–Taken from Scope on p. 1 of guidebook.

Hale, John.  The Art of Public Speaking Lessong from the Greatest Speeches in History.

Sadava, David E.  “Understanding genetics is like sitting down to work a massive puzzle. With each piece you examine, think through, and solve, you glean a new and amazing insight into humanity. Put several pieces together, and you can treat or cure a disease, save a developing fetus from a fatal birth defect, catch a criminal, or reunite a family … Each lecture begins with a helpful story that illustrates the importance of genetics. The course explicitly outlines the connections between the science of genetics and the health-related problems that plague us in modern society, and illuminates how studying genetics can be instrumental in solving those problems”–Publisher’s website.

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