~AAA Travel forecasts that 42 million Americans will make a road trip of 50 miles or more over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Will you be among them? Even if your trip is 100% rural interstate, you've got a minimum of 45 minutes there and 45 minutes back, a full hour and a half in the car. The likelihood is that you'll be travelling many hours more than that.
The Paideia JH/HS Library has a fantastic collection of Great Courses from the Teaching Company. Some are in DVD video format (not so good for drive-time learning) but the majority are audio lectures on CD, ready to copy to your iPad or phone. Imagine listening to an entire college-level course on The Science of Mindfulness or Writing Creative Nonfiction with no time diverted from your other activities!
Below is a sample of the audio lectures available -- for the entire collection go to The Great Courses Reading List on the Library catalog site. Links go to the course descriptions in the Paideia Library catalog.
Understanding Japan: A Cultural History, with Mark J. Ravina
(Emory; father & step-father of 3 Paideia alumni)
Influence: Mastering Life's' Most Powerful Skill, with Kenneth G Brown (University of Iowa)
The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes, with Kenneth W. Harl (Tulane)
Great American Music: Broadway Musicals, with Bill Messennger (Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins)
The Science of Mindfulness: A Research-Based Path to Well-Being, with Ronald D. Siegel (Harvard Med School)
Espionage and Covert Operations: A Global History with Vejas Gabriel Liulevicius (UT-Knoxville)
(captive in the car while her senior brother listened, a 10th grader was inspired by this course to write her history paper on Civil War Spies last year)
Building Great Sentences: Exploring the Writer's Craft, with Brooks Landon (University of Iowa)
The Art of Storytelling: From Parents to Professionals, with Hanna B. Harvey (East Tennesse State University)
A Day's Read, with a team of professors from Perdue, Brown and Monterey Peninsula)
(discussion of short works by the world's greatest writers, from the Jataka to Marjane Satrapi's graphic novel memoir Persepolis)
with Amy-Jill Levine (Vanderbilt)
What are you going to learn over Thanksgiving break?