A great way to keep your mind active is to take keep learning. ACLD’s Great Courses collection is just the thing. From Science, History, Religion, Humanities, etc. you will find something of interest. We have the great courses on CD, DVD, downloadable audiobooks. eBooks, and even one on streaming video. This is the course that I took Discovering your roots: an introduction to genealogy was very informative in learning different ways to locate your ancestors’ records in America. Check out our eCourses here.
There are so many more Great Courses to peak your interest. I’ve listed a few but see for yourself. Search “great courses” in our catalog and you will be amazed at what you find.
The Darwinian revolution.
Summary: Introduces the remarkable story of Darwin's ideas, how scientists and religious leaders reacted to them, and the sea of change in human thought that resulted. Perhaps more than any other idea in science, Darwin's theory of natural selection shows how a strikingly original concept can break the bounds of its discipline to influence society at large -- in religion, politics, philosophy, and other spheres.
Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life
Why do "Great Books" continue to speak to us hundreds and even thousands of years after they were written? Can they deepen our self-knowledge and wisdom? Are our lives changed in any meaningful way by the experience of reading them? Tackle these questions and more in these 36 engaging lectures.
Summary: In this course, you'll sample some of the greatest literary expressions the world has known and experience storytelling in its many forms, including poetry, drama, and narrative.
Summary: Provides basic understanding of economic matters that will help explain both the U.S. and global economies on the microeconomics and macroeconomics levels. Defines basics terms used in economics to help non-specialists develop and understanding of how market forces relate to one another and affect fiscal health.
The Dead Sea Scrolls.
The discovery of the Dead Sea scrolls in the caves of Qumran could be considered the most remarkable archaeological find of the past century. This course explores the archeology, publication, content, and interpretations of the historical period of the scrolls.
The Skeptic’s Guide to the Great Books
Summary: Daunted by the "great big books" of the Western canon? Looking for the same pleasures, satisfactions, and insights from books that are shorter, more accessible, and less dependent on classical references and difficult language than tomes such as Moby-Dick and Ulysses? The truth is that there are so many works that are just as engaging, just as enjoyable, and - most important - just as insightful about great human themes and ideas as anything you'd encounter on a college-level reading list. These 12 highly rewarding lectures offer you an introduction to 12 works that redefine what great literature is and how it can reveal startling truths about life-all without being such a chore to read.
Great Figures of the New Testament
Summary: Improve your biblical literacy with these 24 insightful lectures about the cast of vivid characters in the New Testament. From the well-known figures of Jesus, John the Baptist, and the disciples to important but lesser known figures, such as the Syro-Phoenician woman who must turn Jesus's own words back on him to gain the healing of her daughter, Professor Levine paints vivid portraits of Christianity's founding generation.
English in America A Linguistic History
Summary: How would you address a group of two or more people? Would you say "you", "you all", "yous", "you lot", "y'all", "you guys", "you'uns", "yinz", or something else? Would that change depending on whom you were talking to or where you were? Your answers can provide revealing insights into who you are, where you grew up or live now, and you’re social, economic, and educational background. There's an incredibly rich and colorful history behind American English and in this course you'll also gain deep insights into the perceptions - and misperceptions - about language and dialect variation.