Art of Reading (The Great Courses)

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You definitely know how to read. But do you know how to read artfully? Unlike everyday reading, artful reading—the way we read novels and short stories—is less about reading for specific information and more about reading to revel in the literary experience. It involves recognizing how a story’s particular narrative style affects your connection with […]

Art of Teaching: Best Practices from a Master Educator (The Great Courses)

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Teaching is more than a job. It’s a responsibility—one of the greatest responsibilities in civilized society. Teachers lay bare the mysteries of the world to us. They train our minds to explore, to question, to investigate, to discover. They ensure that knowledge is not lost or forgotten but is instead passed on to future generations. […]

Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History (The Great Courses)

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Everybody is a public speaker. Maybe you’re delivering a corporate presentation or interviewing for a new job. Maybe you’re a teacher lecturing students or a citizen addressing a neighborhood association. Maybe you’re arguing a case before a courtroom or persuading book club members about the merits of your latest read. Whatever the situation, being able […]

Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History (The Great Courses)

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Everybody is a public speaker. Maybe you’re delivering a corporate presentation or interviewing for a new job. Maybe you’re a teacher lecturing students or a citizen addressing a neighborhood association. Maybe you’re arguing a case before a courtroom or persuading book club members about the merits of your latest read. Whatever the situation, being able […]

The Art of War (The Great Courses)

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As a landmark achievement in the evolution of strategic thought, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War has had a powerful and lasting influence on military strategy around the globe. Its maxims have been invoked by everyone from the nuclear strategists of the cold war to China’s modern cyber warriors. So universal and timeless are its […]

Art of Public Speaking: Lessons from the Greatest Speeches in History (The Great Courses)

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Everybody is a public speaker. Maybe you’re delivering a corporate presentation or interviewing for a new job. Maybe you’re a teacher lecturing students or a citizen addressing a neighborhood association. Maybe you’re arguing a case before a courtroom or persuading book club members about the merits of your latest read. Whatever the situation, being able […]

World’s Greatest Paintings (The Great Courses)

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Great paintings challenge us to understand them, to penetrate their mysteries, and to appreciate their riches. But within the vast history of art, there exist only a small number of paintings that transcend the traditional role of art to become cultural signifiers—works that allow us to comprehend more deeply the world and our place within […]

How Colors Affect You: What Science Reveals (The Great Courses)

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There’s more to colors than just aesthetics. There’s an actual science behind how colors work on your eyes and your brain. And the secrets that scientists are uncovering offer astounding revelations on how colors influence the way you think, feel, and behave—often without your conscious awareness. It’s an exciting time in the scientific study of […]

How to Look at and Understand Great Art (The Great Courses)

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Great art is among the most sublime, meaningful, and redeeming creations of all civilization. Few endeavors can equal the power of great artwork to capture aesthetic beauty, to move and inspire, to change your perceptions, and to communicate the nature of human experience. Great art is also complex, mysterious, and challenging. Filled with symbolism, cultural […]

The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons (The Great Courses)

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Most of us wouldn’t dream of traveling—or even taking a day trip—without bringing a camera along. Photographs not only let us share our experiences with others, but they preserve once-in-a-lifetime moments, breathtaking sights, and visits with friends and loved ones precisely the way we want to remember them. Yet all too often, we find that […]