Allan Bloom, perhaps best remembered for his controversial bestseller The Closing of the American Mind, spent his career studying and lecturing on the great books, writing extensively on Plato, Shakespeare, Rousseau, Hegel and others. Perhaps not terribly surprisingly, some of his lectures have popped up on YouTube. (What doesn't eventually pop up there?) The lectures are actually audio recordings with some photos mixed in, and above we've posted the first in a series of lectures on Plato's Apology. The rest of the Plato lectures can be found here. The general collection is here. And remember, you can get hundreds of free university course here.
Via The Daily Dish