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What are you favorite Teaching Company courses. I prefer the ones on Literature, history and science.
I haven't put my CD/DVDs in my catalog yet. I currently own The History of the English Language; Famous Greeks; The Aeneid of Virgil; Greek Legacy: Classical Origins of the Modern World; The English Novel;William Shakespeare; Classics of American Literature; Basic Math; My Favorite Universe; The History of Science; Joyce's Ulysses; Herodotus: The Father of History; Churchill; The Odyssey of Homer; Einstein's Relativity and Quantum Revolution. I am so in love with these courses. You may want to visit the bbc radio 4 intelligent speech. A show called "in our time" hosted by Melvyn Bragg. They archive past shows that you can listen to any time you want. The do quite a few shows on ancient civs. The format is to have the host and 2 to 3 college profs. It's really very good.
I'm still cataloging my books. So far only the ones in the living and dining room. Next week the one in my bedroom/library. Have a good evening.
Like you I won't be listening to the religion courses, nor the music. I see we enjoy some of the same courses. The history of the English language is one of my favorites. I am currently ordering the course on classical mythology. My first introduction to mythology as a chid was Norse. It would be good if they had a course on that. I tried on on calculus and had to send it back. I couldn't get it and the lecturer digressed too much. They are currently having a sale.
I enjoyed these music and religion courses:
A short comparative religion course that contrasts how the major religions square the "God is good, God is all powerful, bad things happen to good people" conundrum. (I think "Philosophy of Religion" is a longer course with same comparative, philosophical approach.)
"How to Listen to and Understand Great Music." Although I've always found classical music inaccessible, at least for the duration of this course, I finally "got it."
#5 John McWhorter has another English language history course that I haven't been able to get my hands on. I really liked his book on the matter, The Power of Babel.
#6 Kenneth Harl is probably my favorite TTC lecturer. His Origins of the Great Ancient Civilizations course was the first of his I tried and I thought it was fantastic.
#7 I also enjoy the religion courses. I have a fascination for religious history and so far I've enjoyed Shai Cherry's Introduction to Judaism. I've got a few others on Judaism and Islam on tap for when I am done with my current reading pile.
As you can tell, I'm pretty well addicted to TTC courses!
I didn't even think to include these on LT, until I saw this group!
They are every bit as much a book as, well, a book!
Favorites, mostly because of the speaker rather than the content, because the content of these courses is always great:
-Origins of Life by Robert Hazel. What an amazing teacher, so passionate and thoughtful in his explanations. I would listen to him teach about socks, if he made that course.
-Buddhism, by Malcolm David Eckel. Again, just a great speaker, enthusiastic and fun to listen to.
-All the Bart Ehrman courses on religion for the same reason.
I may have to make up some covers for these now that I'm adding to my list. I abhor not showing covers, lol.
Thanks for making this group!
#9 I've found the the TTC site ( http://www.teach12.com ) has some nifty pictures to use for covers.
I had to add my courses to LT just so I could keep track of what I've already heard and what I've got in my TBR pile.
I've made a "generic book" background image that I type titles in, in photoshop. I do some graphic design and illustration, so I use that in the case of books that I have that the cover doesn't read on LT. I'll be making a bunch of these for the TTC courses now, so maybe I should say here when I upload some covers, anyone here is welcome to use them, of course.
Hey yall (been in LA for more than 20 years, but refuse to lose my "southernness"). It is so wonderful to have so many other people who love TTC as much as I do. I'm considering these titles for my next purchase. I really wish I could be an ornamental hermit and spend all my time in pursuit of books for fun and knowledge.
European History and European Lives: 1715 to 1914
Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World
Long 19th Century: European History from 1789 to 1917
Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy, 2nd Edition
I have Understanding the Universe: An Introduction to Astronomy c.1998 (doesn't say 2nd Edition) Gautherbelle, is there a worthwhile difference betwixt the two?
I also own Anatomy and Joy of Science. I owned Art Impressionism (or similar title), we watched it all and sold it to another hser. I made worksheets with images for my daughter to use.
I have yet to watch the Anatomy one, but we got part way in Joy of Science and took a break. I am in agreement with ya'll I LOVE TTC.
I haven't gotten as far as putting them in LT, but I intend to. I am over 500 books already and climbing. Shame on those used book sales lol.
#14 I don't know if there's a worthwhile difference betwix the two. I haven't seen the one you have. There's also an excellen "my favorite universe" by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
In post #5 I mentioned that my first introduction to mythology was Norse. Today I got a catalog from The Teaching Company, and what do you know, they're offering a course on Viking Mythology (on sale).
FYI -- Also in the catalog were:
The Ultimate Renaissance Man (on sale); The Great Pyramid at Giza (on sale); The Oracle at Delphi; How the West Was Built (on sale); The Persion Empire (on sale); Friends or Enemies? (who were the barbarians) (on sale). etc.
Almost all sales run through May 24.
No, I don't know if it's any good but his don't know much about history was not very good. It would have been fine for a kid who knew no history, it covered the very basics. I regretted buying it.
I uploaded new covers for "My Favorite Universe" and "Human Prehistory"
have a look, use 'em if you like 'em.
I'll be doing more as I have the time, I just noticed that feela, at least, has those two.
#21...I have that one, but haven't listened to it yet. He's really good, though.
I have listened to a lot of his, and read a bunch of his books as well.
The Great Ideas of Philosophy Part 1 (The SuperStar Teachers Series)
by Professor Daniel N Robinson (Georgetown University
Out of all the teaching company tape series that I have listened to today, and all have been outstanding this one is a step above. Professor Robinson delivers on a laymans level without dumbing things down. His lectures are of great interest and outstanding.
I must confess that philosophy is a closed door for me. I also must confess to a certain amount of resentment at the whole notion of philosophy. Not that I want to ban it for other people or anything crazy. It just doesn't work for me. And I have tried. Over the years I have really tried and I'm afraid that your glowing testimonial will make me try again.
>24 gautherbelle: You're not the only one. It's never been an interest of mine, nor do I think it ever will be.
i noticed fleela that you have the book a short history of myth. Did you like it ? I think plhilosophy is interesting from a history of ideas perspective which i think ties in will with what Karen Armstrong is saying in her book on myth.
I've just started listening to it yesterday. It's kept my interest so far, although the narrator is a bit robotic. So far it seems she's making an assumption that the reader (or listener) is a believer of some sort. It's a touch off-putting to an unabashed atheist like me, but the matter is too interesting for that minor detail to ruin it for me..
The above will take you to BBC 4 (Intelligent Speech) where they held a contest to see who was the all time favorite philosopher. The top ten are listed and each has a champion telling why he's go great. These are the people I cannot fathom.
Your poem Quandry is the stuff that philosophy is made of.
I have listened to several philosophy tape series by the teaching company that start with the greeks and go up through modern times. What is interesting is the interplay between philosopy, history, science, math, and religion. The greek period is vary interesting, but by the 20 century the whole project of philosophy seems to fall apart. I would recommend getting a broad overview of the subject before getting into any one philosophier.
I have David, I have. But it just doesn't speak to me. And I'm ready to admit that the fault may be mine. Somethings don't go together. In L.A. we have Chinese Food and Donut restaurants. I don't get it? Same for philosophy. I don't see how Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Mills, J.S., Hegel etc. are relevant.
Teaching company sent me this link for free lecture in honor of Jamestown Anniversary. The company said feel free to pass it on, so here it is.
Just received a catalog from the Teaching Company on the Clearance Sale page I noticed "From Plato to Post-modernism: Understanding the Essence of Literature and the Role of the Author." It's reduced from $179.95 to $49.95. Thought it might be of interest to LTers.
Received catalog from Teaching Company, having annual sale on Philosopy courses.
The Great Ideas of Philosophy Part 1 thru V (The SuperStar Teachers Series)
by Professor Daniel N Robinson (Georgetown University)
I just finished this 50 lecture series of tapes. they were outstanding.
He makes thousands of years of Philosophy both relavent and acessable.
There is a series called "The Page Turners" books that have made history: Both that can change your life, Professor J. Rufus Fears, Univ of Oklahoma
1. Bonhoeffer, letters and Papers From Prison
2. Homer, Illia
3. Marcus Aurelius, Mediations
4. Bhagavad Gita
5. Book of Exodus
6. Gospel of Mark
10. Book of Job
11. Aeschylus, Oresteia
12. Euripides, Bacchae
13. Plato, Phaedo
14. Danta, The Divine Comedy
15. Shakespeare, Othello
16. Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound
17. Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago
18. Shapeskeare, Julius Caeser
19. G. Orwell, 1984
20. Vergil, Aeneid
21. Pericles, Oration; Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
22. Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
23. Confucius, The Analects
24. Machiavelli, The Prince
25. Plato, Republic
26. John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
27. Sir Thomas Malory, Morte d'Arthur
28. Goethe, Faust pt. 1
29. Goethe, Faust pt. 2
30. Thoreau, Walden
31. Gibbon, Decline and Fall of Roman Empire
32. Lord Acton, The History of Freedon
33. Cicero, On Moral Duties
34. Ghandi, An Autobiography
35. Churchill, My Early Life; Painting as a Pastime; WWII
36. Lesson from the Great Books
Excuse any typos, am at work on a short break
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We ordered The Vikings and are on our second run-through. It is very informative and particularly apropos to European history which tends to ignore Scandinavian roots and influence--particularly England which, for a ong time, was a Danish colony.
I'm Listening to "Greek Tragedies' by Elizabeth Vandiver. I've listened to several of her lectures, including Herodotus. A very few of the lecturers in various Philosophy and Literature series can be a bit, well, spacey. Professor Vandiver is very understandable and straight-forward. I might try Classical Mythology next.
I recommend Classical Mythology,
it is a very good introduction to Mythology.
"The Page Turners" books that have made history
My only complaint about this series was no 19 on Orwell - Fears makes the intellectually lazy comment that Orwell 'fought for the communists' in the Spanish Civil War as if it was a two sided affair between left and right. As the communists very nearly had Orwell imprisoned this is ironic, and colours an otherwise interesting observation that Fears makes about the use of Orwell's hero's name Winston (= Winston Churchill?) and Smith (= everyman?).
Quite a surprise: We have just completed the lecture series, Bach and the High Baroque.
I just finished The Greek and Persian Wars. It was an excellent supplement to reading Herodotus.
One of the best.
I'm currently listening to the Teaching Company Great Courses Lecture Series on Ulyssses. So far it is great. Some day I may even tackle the real thing.
At our Unitarian Church, having completed the lecture series, Emerson, Thoreau and the Transcendental Movement, we are now "experiencing" Existentialism and the Meaning of Life.
For those, who enjoy visiting art galleries, we have just completed watching Professor Richard Bretell's Museum Masterpieces: The Metropolitan Museum of Art--OUTSTANDING! Anyone, who lives in the NY City area is quite privileged (and much envied by us) to have this so accessible. We had previously bought Bretell's Museum Masterpieces: The Louvre--also very impressive.
These are the Teach Co. courses I have taken, with my ratings for them:
1. The American Civil War – Gary Gallagher *****
2. The Great Presidents – Alan Lichtman ****
3. Human Prehistory & The First Civilizations – Brian Fagan *****
4. The History of the United States, 2nd. Edition – Alan Guelzo, Gary Gallagher & Patrick Allitt ****
5. Mr. Lincoln: The Life of Abraham Lincoln -- Alan Guelzo ***1/2
6. Conquest of the Americas – Marshall Eakin *****
7. The Foundations of Western Civilization – Thomas F.X. Noble (2006) *
8. Origins of Great Ancient Civilizations -- Kenneth Harl (2006) *****
9. Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor -- Kenneth Harl (2006) *****
10. Ancient Greek Civilization – Jeremy McInerney (5-25-06) *****
11. Famous Greeks – J. Rufus Fears **
12. Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Age – Jeremy McInerney *****
13. The Age of Pericles – Jeremy McInerney *****
14. The Peloponnesian War – Kenneth Harl *****
15. Masterpieces of Ancient Greek Literature – David J. Schenker ***
16. Greece and Rome: An Integrated History of the Ancient Mediterranean – Robert Garland (3-5-09) ***1/2
17. The American Revolution – Allen C. Guelzo **1/2
18. The Greek & Persian Wars – John R. Hale*****
19. Big History – David Christian*****
20. Origins of Life – (09/2009) taught by Robert Hazen***
I'm listening to Alexander the Great and the Helenistic Age right now. It is excellent, as they all seem to be!
BTW, I did read the book, Ulysses. Thanks for the help, Teaching Company.
For all, who wish to extend their life narratives", by eating properly, I heartily recommend" "Nutrition Made Clear."
Time to add another Teach Co. course to my completed list, a bit belatedly:
The Long Shadow of the Ancient Greek World– Ian Worthington ***1/2
We are now on our second run-through of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire. It actually gives a great deal more meaning to U.S. history.
I don't know if it is again on sale (the courses each go on sale once a year) but I did enjoy the course. Ehrman is a good teacher and the subject is fascinating. The more I learn the more discernment I apply to my thinking. I have found that a thinking Christian is a healthy Christian. Cheers!
For Anglophiles: London: A Short History of the Greatest City in the Western World, Taught by Professor Robert Bucholz, Loyola University Chicago. We are watching it in tandem with the PBS DVD VIDEO "In Search of Shakespeare hosted by Michael Wood. The both complement each in a very interesting and informative manner.
Bucholz is really good! I haven't seen the other offering but it sounds fascinating!
We have just received and are now watching The Modern Intellectual Tradition: From Descartes to Derrida and are quite impressed, especially with the lecturer's (Lawrence Cahoone) explication of Martin Heidegger's Being and Time (lecture #23).
I am thoroughly enjoying the one on Victorian Britain - every lecture has been fascinating, and the speaker peppers his talks with readings from diaries, books and letters of the day.
For Christmas I got:
Alexander the Great and the Macedonian Empire, (audio CD) taught by Kenneth Harl &
Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World, (audio CD) taught by Glenn Holland
We have recently acquired: "Stress and Your Body"--Professor Robert Sapolsky of Stanford University; "Origins of the Human Mind"--Professor Stephen P. Hinshaw of University of California (Berkeley); and "The Neuroscience of Everyday Life"--Professor Sam Wang of Princeton University (We are watching this one now and it is great!)
Recently watched Cathedral taught by William R. Cook. It's a brand new course and is excellent.
>51 Naren559: That sounds like one for me.
I don't list TTC books in my collection because I listen without owning them. Dozens are available through my library or through the local ILL program. Never a shortage. I used to buy them before I moved here in 1996.
I buy them because I tend to listen to them several times and my Greek ones are really coming in handy as I research the paper for my course. I listen to TC lectures 30-60 min a day in the car -- great stuff!
I'm four years behind Dayna! (see #39) I just started The Story of Human Language yesterday, and it is awesome. Again, I got this one through inter-library loan, just like Maps of Time, and they sent me all 18 discs at once. It did take a good chunk of time to load them into my iTunes & my iPod, but now I can wallow in it for a while.
#69 I want Human Language next!
I did "Religion in the Ancient Mediterranean World" and thought it was awful ... so boring ... so monotone .. I'm returning it ... he took a fascinasting subject and made it ponderous and uninteresting like no one before
#71 - Oh no! Are we talking 'Ben Stein' bad? LOL
I'm really enjoying this. McWhorter's got a sense of humor and his delivery is very conversational in tone. I may look for his book The Power of Babel after this.
Whoa, looks like they're having a sale again. Anyone ever do any of the DVDs instead of the audios?
All but one of mine are DVDs. (Ahem, 60 page transcript books with DVD accompaniment...yes, I have them cataloged here.) The quality of the visuals can vary significantly. I find the visual element helpful to me as a learner, but they may not always be worth the extra price. In most videos that I've had, the lecturer himself (with TC it really is "he" most of the time) forms most of the visual. Other than body shots, most of the visuals are static pictures or text on a greenish background, though certain topics (e.g., physics) are exceptions with more animations. Some of the lecturers are quite visually engaging, but some are downright distracting. One particularly vivid example clearly thought very well of himself in his tone, but the pelvic thrusting at the podium and the nose raising in the air was just too much; I had to listen to his lectures with eyes closed.
#76 -- I had the same problem!
I actually got one course on DVD -- on the earth -- because it was only available in DVD. It would have been much better on CD. Watching the professor lecture in front of a fake brick wall with a fake window with fake ivy growing around it was unbearable. There was very little in the way of graphics to enhance it. I returned it
Have you tried The Open University? I am completing my BA Hons. with them this year, but they do offer full sets of coursebooks and course materials here (for the non-qualifying courses/pastimes only):
http://www.ouw.co.uk/store/default.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 (for UK orders)
http://www.ouw.co.uk/store/contact/overseas-distributors.aspx (for overseas orders)
#76 - :o)
I agree, the physics and the astronomy courses might benefit more for the visuals than the linguistics course would. I have a hard enough time dealing with the fake applause! The fake background might push me over the edge.
I have to admit that DVD does do something to enhance the art courses...
#75 - "but the pelvic thrusting at the podium"
I take it this was NOT the 'Latin Dance' course...
I have to say, that phrase from #75 was stuck in my head. LOL
What does that say about me? Don't answer that...
You don't really expect pelvic thrusting with Great Minds of the Western Intellectual Tradition, 3rd Edition, but there you go. Yes, the fake wall and props are cheesy. I didn't really expect high production values, but based on this behavior over multiple lectures and people tripping over their words sometimes (not just on this video but others), it seems they do one or two takes and leave it at that. I drop off to sleep almost every time I try to listen to an audio book, and I don't drive, so it's been DVD for me.
I appreciate most of the lecturers, and I have made use of the printed course outlines/reading lists. I've seen twice as many of these courses as I have listed, since I watched courses belonging to someone else as well. Even on sale, I think they're a bit overpriced, but when I spent the money I had more disposable income, so it's all good. :)
And to follow up on soniaandree's suggestion, MIT's Open Courseware offers a pretty awesome and surprisingly diverse set of courses.
Encourage your library to purchase them for the benefit of the community. Mine has dozens of courses, which has saved me a lot of dough. I used to buy them before I had a decent public library (ie when I lived in NYC),
I'm slowly making my way through the Astronomy course. I miss being able to listen to the lectures in my car or washing dishes, but the DVD works well for this course. The teacher is goofy but fairly comfortable in front of the camera. There are enough pictures, animations, and simple use of props to make the DVD worth it.
The first one I purchased (and am slowly making my way through) was Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition, 2nd Edition (DVD). I bought it about a year ago in hopes that it would "enhance" my desire to read more (and more thoroughly). I must say that it's helped. Having not been much of a reader before that time, but having a desire to read more, I hoped the lectures would give me context about the stories (and authors), thereby helping me understand when I did read them. And in the case of several (i.e. Gilgamesh, The Romance Of The Rose, Beowulf), the lectures have helped. The lectures gave me context that I would have otherwise missed.
I've also purchased several religion DVD's as well as a philosophy one. They've been quite helpful in my learning
DVDs? I still have TC audio lectures comprised of little, thin strands of ribbon encased in plastic.
I'm currently listening to the audio (CD) version of Introduction to Judaism by Cherry (ie, if the touchstone doesn't work). It is concise, informative, entertaining, excellent, as usual.
For an even better depiction of the role of Judaism, vis a vis Christianity, etc., "The Dead Sea Scrolls" (DVD).
We are on our third run through of "The Rise and Fall of the British Empire". This adds excellent transparency to currently also watching the movie "King's Speech".
Incidentally the TC series "Vkings" also provides a more comprehensive appreciation of European (+ British ) history.
I finally finished The Story of Human Language. I feel like I started it so long ago, but I see it took me 2 months. I really enjoyed it, but, as stated elsewhere, it's not the best thing to' speed walk' to. :oD
Also, I requested the Wine DVDs from the 'brary, but I couldn't get them. Might try again.
Have you done Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past? I just started it. Pretty good so far.
That sounds interesting!
I'm just about to come to the end of The Rise and Fall of the British Empire, which has been quite enjoyable.
We are always on the look-out forTC cheapies. As a consequence of a couple of their $39.95 sales's specials, we now are in the proces of going through a whole series: How to Look at and Understand Great Art; Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition; Sensation, Prception, and the Aging Process; Introduction to Judaism; Practical Philoaophy: The Greco-Roman Moralists; The Secrets of Mental Math. When we have several of the lecture series, we usually alternate with three at a time. Right now we are quite absorbed in Sensation, Prception, and the Aging Process (a great lecturer- Francis B. Colavita), whle we are also watching How to Look at and Understand Great Art and Great Minds of the Eastern Intellectual Tradition. This is the only way we utilize our TV set; quite a disappointment to Nielson ratings. We did receive one of Nielson's surveys (They enclosed a $20 bill to motivate guilt). We were unable to comment on any TV programming and concluded our "participation" with "TV sucks!".
As a consequence of becoming quite impressed with Luke Timothy Johnson's lecture series on The Greco-Roman Moralists, when the TC put his lectures on Jesus and the Gospels on sale, we immediately bought it, and we are certainly not disappointed; his presentation of the beginnings and history of Christianity compliments very neatly with the TC lectures: Dead Sea Scrolls and Introduction to Judaism.
I just finished Life Lessons from the Great Books; a somewhat unusual TC lecture series. It is actually extremely light on complex analysis typical of these subjects.
Each lecture is a summary of a great book, as described, and often acted out, by Prof. Fears. The lecturer has many popularity awards from students. He's enthusiatic, dramatic, and, well, he's a total ham. Cicero, Erasmus, Orwell, Shakespeare, Milton, T.E. Lawrence, Euripides - each of the dozens of lectures was pure entertainment.
A solid 4 1/2 stars!
I just found this group and remembered that I had purchased a course a couple of years ago that I never finished. So, I am now motivated to reread/relisten to " The History of the United States" Taught by Professor Allen C. Guelzo, Eastern University. I will complete and then put up a review. Looks like others really enjoy the TC courses.
Jane -- there's actually three professors involved in that course and it is well worth the time
I recently finished that history classic The World of Byzantium by Professor Harl. An excellent overview of this complicated civilization an its relationship with the Middle East, Russia and Western Europe.
Half-way through Victorian Britain by Prof. Patrick Allitt - excellent.
#106 Allit's voice put me off a bit on the US History course because it seemed incongruous to have a Brit with that brand of accent cover American history, but he is a fine lecturer. I bet Victorian Britain is a bettter voice match!
#105 & 107 -- I am adding Harl's Byzantium to my list -- I think I took every course he offers and he is one of my all time favorite Teaching Company lecturers
#108 - True, it does work better for British History! I also have his course "The Rise and Fall of the British Empire" - also good.
Cool. I'm always looking for Teach Co. recommendations. And I always buy the courses so I can listen to them again ana again.
I think I'm on the third time around for Victorian Britain!
I was just blown away by How to listen to and understand great music.
One of the best.
'Definitely worth another listen, soon.
I just finished The Rise and Fall of Soviet Communism. A perfect length, perfect overview.
The Teaching Company — now The Great Courses — has a relatively new course called Latin 101. A couple of years ago I was trying to review my high school Latin using Wheelock's. It is pretty good, but I got about two-thirds of the way through and felt I needed help, mostly to review my exercises. I think I was beginning to make errors.
Anyway, I bought Latin 101 and it is wonderful! I have barely started, but the Prof has reordered the whole curriculum.
He introduces the subjunctive in the third lecture!!! This is revolutionary! And I can see how having this available early on takes some of the fear and mystique out of it. I am so excited about this! Anyone else crazy enough to want to try to review Latin? It's been quite a few decades since I was in school.
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