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Academic Videos

Academic Videos

…are viewed and discussed every Thursday, 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. (unless noted), at the home of Flora & Hilton Brown.   These videos usually come from The Great Courses (formerly known as The Teaching Company). For more info from/about them, visit their website.  For more information about the discussion please contact Hilton Brown at brownofmtnview@aol.com.

 

Current Series Schedule

A course overview may be examined at
http://www.thegreatcourses.com/tgc/Courses/course_detail.aspx?cid=2212
On the same page, descriptions of each lecture may be seen by clicking the word (info) after the lecture title.

 Myths, Lies, and Half-Truths of Language Usage
by John McWhorter

Apr 26: 1. Alarm over the Decay of English and 2. Surprises in the Ancestry of Old English
May 3: 3. Not Exactly Anglo-Saxon and 4. Don’t Forget the Celtic Connection
May 10: 5. From Insider Language to Lingua Franca and 6. English as Easy German
May 17: 7. The Viking Conquest of English and 8. How the Words of Modern English Emerged
May 24: 9. Black English–The Streamlining Continues and 10. Honored Conceits of Blackboard Grammar
May 31: 11. Pronoun Fashions Come and Go and 12. Wrong Then, Proper Now–and Vice Versa
Jun 7: – — – — – no meeting; AHA Conference
Jun 14: 13. A Procession of Accidents and Fossils and 14. The Pursuit of Logic in Language
Jun 21: 15. Clarity as the Logic of Language and 16. 20th-Century Fashions from Strunk & White
Jun 28: 17. The Kinds of Grammar You Don’t Hear About and 18. Linguists Uncovering Grammar We All Use
Jul 5: 19. Speech versus Writing–Different Languages and 20. Speechmaking–From Oratory to Plain Speaking
Jul 12: 21. The Old and New Styles of Writing and 22. Got Poetry? Language with Spice
Jul 19: 23. Why Texting Is Misunderstood and 24. The Living Past and Future of English

 

 

Previous Series

Timespan Series title Lecturer or host Medium
2012 Mar – 2012 Apr Experiencing Hubble: Great Images of the Universe David M Meyer 12 DVD
2012 Feb – 2012 Mar Thinking like an Economist: Rational Decision Making Randall Bartlett 12 DVD
2011 Oct – 2012 Jan Argumentation David Zarefsky 24 DVD
2011 Aug – 2011 Oct Great Thinkers, Great Theorems William Dunham 24 DVD
2011 May – 2011 Aug No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life Robert Solomon 24 DVD
2011 Feb – 2011 May The Will to Power: The Philosophy of Frederich Nietzsche Robert Solomon & Kathleen Higgins 24 DVD
2010 Dec – 2011 Feb Origins of Life Robert M Hazen 24 DVD
2010 Sep – 2010 Nov Buddhism Malcolm David Eckel 24 DVD
2010 Apr – 2010 Aug Mathematics, Philosophy, and the “Real World” Judith V Grabiner 36 DVD
2010 Mar – 2010 Apr Science and Religion Lawrence M Principe 12 DVD
2010 Feb – 2010 Mar Consciousness and its Implications Daniel N Robinson 12 DVD
2009 Oct – 2010 Jan Understanding Genetics: DNA,Genes, and their Real-World Apps David Sadava 24 DVD
2009 Jun – 2009 Oct The History of the Supreme Court Peter Irons 36 DVD
2009 Apr – 2009 Jun Understanding the Fundamentals of Music Robert Greenberg 16 DVD, 45 min
2008 Nov – 2009 May Understanding Linguistics: The Science of Language John McWhorter 36 DVD
2008 May – 2008 Nov The Great Ideas of Philosophy Daniel N Robinson 50 tape
2008 Jan – 2008 May Psychology of Human Behavior David W Martin 36 DVD
2007 Sep – 2008 Jan Great Scientific Ideas that Changed the World Steven L Goldman 36 DVD
2007 August (3 wks) A Brief History of Disbelief Jonathan Miller 3 tape
2007 May – 2007 Aug Passions: Philosophy and the Intelligence of Emotions Robert C Solomon 24 DVD
2007 Jan – 2007 May The Story of Human Language John McWhorter 36 DVD
2006 Sep – 2006 Nov Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It Steven L Goldman 24 DVD