Kanopy Spotlight: Learn Something New with the Great Courses

Are you looking to learn something new this spring? Your Livingston library card gives you access to Kanopy.  Kanopy is an awesome digital resource that allows you to stream countless films from the comfort of your own home.  But Kanopy doesn’t just have films! Kanopy also has The Great Courses.

You can borrow up to one course per month (all episodes are included!) Below are some recently added courses that you’ll find to be fascinating.  

The History of England

From Kanopy: “Explore the Tudor-Stuart era: a captivating examination of the 229-year period from 1485 – 1714 during which England transformed itself from a minor feudal state into what has been called the first modern society. In making that transformation, England became the wealthiest and most powerful nation on Earth.”

Ancient Rome

From Kanopy: “From Ben-Hur to Spartacus to Gladiator, get a front-row look at the great movies that have shaped ancient Rome’s role in popular culture and memory. These 12 episodes cover over 50 years of cinematic history and talent, and immerse you in the glory and grandeur (and even the folly) of classic and contemporary films set in Roman antiquity.”

Financial Disasters

From Kanopy: “Professor Connel Fullenkamp of Duke University guides you through four centuries of economic disasters, from tulip mania in the 1600s to the Great Recession of 2007-2009. Each episode covers a notable incident of financial misfortune or folly and inoculates you against the gullibility, overconfidence, and herd mentality that have lured many to financial ruin.”

How to Write Best-Selling Fiction 

From Kanopy: “Get a comprehensive, eye-opening, and illuminating survey of the entire writing process, as well as a full breakdown of how dozens of best-selling authors have implemented best practices in their own writing. As an aspiring author, you will gain a wealth of tools that will not only improve your ability to write, but will also increase your enjoyment of the craft.”

Language and the Mind 

From Kanopy: “In 24 fascinating episodes, Dr. Spencer Kelly, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Colgate University, takes you on a fascinating journey to explore questions about the origin of the human mind, what makes our communication so much different than other animals, whether or not language itself influences thought, and how babies learn their native language without direct teaching.”

Fighting Misinformation 

From Kanopy: “The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) has teamed up with The Great Courses to lead you step by step through the history, evolution, science, and impact of misinformation, and to arm you with the very skills needed to defuse the threat of misinformation media and become a more savvy media consumer.”

What will you learn?

-Jessica, Adult Services & Acquisitions Librarian

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