Where to Get Free Online Courses from Great Universities?

The answer is our collection called Free Online Courses from Great Universities, of course. We spent some time this weekend adding new courses to the collection, and it now includes about 110 free courses in total. We've also made it easy to pop these courses on your iPod (or any other MP3 player). From our point of view, this is one of the most useful but comparatively underused pages on our site. So, if you haven't seen it yet, give it a look and share it with a friend ... or stranger.

Some of the new online courses listed here include: The Ancient Mediterranean World, The Roman Empire, Shakespeare, Heidegger, American Politics: Campaign Strategy, Quantum Mechanics, Crossroads of Earth Resources and Society, Introduction to Political Philosophy, Introduction to Psychology, Introduction to the Old Testament, and more.

If you want to find this page down the road, look in the Podcast Library on the upper right of any page. Then click on the link Free Online Courses.

Also, on a related note, you may want to peruse our University Podcast Directory.

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Online Writing Courses at Stanford (Spring)

Quick fyi: Starting Monday, you can sign up for online writing courses at Stanford. (See list below.) Offered by Stanford Continuing Studies and the Stanford Creative Writing Program (one of the most distinguished writing programs in the country), these online courses give beginning and advanced writers, no matter where they live, the chance to refine their craft with gifted writing instructors and smart peers. Just to be clear, the courses are not free, and they will start the first week of April. For more information, click here, or separately check out the FAQ.

(Full disclosure: I helped set up these courses and think they’re a great educational opportunity. But nonetheless take my opinion with a grain of salt.)

Spring Courses:

By the way, if you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and want to keep the mind engaged, give some thought to Stanford Continuing Studies. Our full spring catalogue is here.

Free Books from HarperCollins

As discussed in this NY Times article, HarperCollins has made a few of its books available online for free. You can read them from start to finish in digital format. But you can't download them, and they'll only be available for a few more weeks. (Presumably new books will be made available in the future.) Here's what you'll currently find.

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For more free books, see our Audiobook Podcast Collection and 45 Free Cutting-Edge Books … Courtesy of Creative Commons

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An Animated History of Evil

This animated mockumentary traces the history of evil from Ancient Greece until today. It's been getting some play on the internet this week. And, if anything, you have to give it points for creativity. We've added it to our YouTube Playlist.

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Paul McCartney Goes Classical

Sir Paul talks about his classical album "Ecce Cor Meum" (Behold My Heart). It was performed live at Royal Albert Hall, and it's now being released on DVD.

via The New Yorker's Goings On blog

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Lawrence Lessig’s Last Speech on Free Culture (Watch it)

Below we have posted the last lecture that Lawrence Lessig will ever present on Free Culture. It's an area where he has spent the past decade working, and this talk offers an excellent introduction to Lessig's thought and work on this issue. Given at Stanford on January 31, the presentation is one that Steve Jobs could appreciate. Very well done. So give it a watch below (or here). Also, if you'd like to get free digital copies of Lessig's major writings on Free Culture, look here.

As for what Lessig plans to do next. He has talked about combating corruption in Washington (something he talks about here). That's part of the plan, but he may do it by running for Congress. Read this article in the Wall Street Journal and check out the new site: Lessig08.com

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A Nation of Dunces Revisted: Video + Podcast

Here's a quick follow up to our post on Susan Jacoby's new book, The Age of American Unreason.  Since the original post, we have pulled together some media featuring Jacoby and her views on America's drift toward anti-intellectualism.

First, you can watch her recent interview with Bill Moyers: Video - Mp3 - iTunes - Feed.

Next, listen to this radio program -- "Anti-Intellectualism in the US" -- that features Jacoby and a panel of thinkers: Mp3 - iTunes - Feed - Web site.

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