Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Barnes & Noble Portable Professor Series

Is summer construction lengthening your daily commute? Do you have a summer road trip coming up? If you haven't already purchased an audio course from the Teaching Company, an alternative is the Barnes & Noble Portable Professor Series.

These audio-course boxed sets include a batch of CDs and a mini-textbook. I'm almost finished with "The Seven Great Tragedies of Shakespeare," an outstanding course taught by none other than the legendary Harold Bloom.

Other enticing options include:
  • What Would Socrates Do? A History of Moral Thoughts and Ethics
  • Foundations of Western Thought: Hebrews, Greeks and Romans
  • Masters of Enterprise: How the Titans of American Business Shaped the U.S. Economy
  • Monsters, Gods and Heroes: The Epic in Literature
  • Six Months that Changed the World: The Treaty of Versailles and the Road to World War II
  • More than Mozart: Listening to and Appreciating Classical Music
  • When Gods Walked the Earth: Myths of Ancient Greece
  • Vault of the Heavens: Exploring the Solar System's Place in the Universe

I could go on. The topics are great, and the instructors are top-notch. Imagine passing that long commute without stewing about gas prices! The boxed sets are available online or at any Barnes & Noble location.

2 comments:

ALD said...

Sadly, the Portable Professor series has been discontinued.

Kevin Miller said...

B&N no longer offers the Portable Professor, but the courses are still available through the original publisher, the Modern Scholar: http://www.recordedbooks.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=scholar.home