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Be a Modern Scholar and Take Some Great Courses

February 28, 2011 by Reader's Connection

This just in from Central Library’s Sherry Utterback:

Psssttt…hey, you!  Yeah, you in front of the computer!  What are you doing?  No, not right this minute, I know that.  But later, like in half an hour?  Let’s face some facts:  its the tail-end of February, too cold to go out much, too early to hope for a permanent warm-up, New Year’s resolutions have mostly come and gone, TV is…well, it’s TV, so what are you doing? 

collegeWhy not take a college course?  I know, they cost too much, nothing is starting right now, nothing you are interested in, and/or you don’t have the time.   What if I told you that you can take a college level course for free, starting whenever you want, whatever you are interested in, and you can fit it into your schedule whenever you have the time?  The best part is I’m not just talking about the tried and true “in fourteen hundred and ninety two Columbus sailed the ocean blue” types either.  In addition to traditional courses you can choose from titles such as: He Said/She Said: Women, Men and Language, Big Picture Investing, or Brewmaster’s Art: The History and Science of Beermaking.  Yup, all that and more from your friendly Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, all free for the asking.  All you need is a Library Card and a CD player or a  DVD playerf.

I-MCPL has two series of college courses available on CD, Modern Scholar and Great Courses.  Between the two over 700 titles are available to you.  These are courses considered to be some of the best of the best from universities like Yale, Cornell, University College London, and Loyola University Chicago.  So why not try one of the courses from either Modern Scholar or Great Courses?  You may find that learning has never been so enjoyable.  To get you started, here are a few titles from each series:




Augustine: Philosopher and Saint CD

Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Intellectual Tradition DVD

The United States and the Middle East 1914 to 9/11    CD   DVD

History of the English Language   CD    DVD  

Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It CD   DVD 

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music CD   DVD

Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer’s Craft   CD    DVD

Masterpieces of the Imaginative Mind: Fiction’s Most Imaginative Works   CD   DVD

Books That Have Made History: Books that Can Change Your Life   CD   DVD

Before 1776: Life in the American Colonies    CD   DVD



Modern Scholar courses are all on CD.

Stranger than Fiction: The Art of Literary Journalism

Discovering the Philosopher in You: The Big Questions in Philosophy

The Dead Sea Scrolls: The Truth Behind the Mystique

The Law of the Land: A History of the Supreme Court

Global Warming: Global Threat

Behold the Mighty Dinosaur

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: A History of Baseball in America

Rings, Swords and Monsters: Exploring Fantasy Literature

“God Wills It!”: Understanding the Crusades

A History of Native America



  1. Michelle says:

    I am very much looking forward to checking out some of these titles. As a very busy mother and wife, it is wonderful that I can take a college caliber course when and where I want and you can’t beat the price!

  2. Neftali says:

    Thank you for your post!
    I appreciate the informality and creativity of it.
    The invitation of your post is almost cohersive (in a good way).
    However, it would be helpful to add if the student can get credit for the course taken. Maybe IU or IVTech or a community college would give you a test like DANTES. I don’t know if this is possible at all.
    Neftali Lopez

  3. Glenn Halberstadt says:

    Sorry we weren’t clearer about that, Neftali. These courses are strictly for your fulfillment, not for college credit.
    Glenn Halberstadt
    Reader’s Connection

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