The Great Courses Plus ‘Top 10’ Kick-Starts 2017 with Learning from History and Building a Better You

‘What America Is Learning’ monthly chart tracks the most popular
streamed lectures from the arts & sciences, self-improvement, and history

CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BlackDeath–The first top ten chart of 2017 from The
Great Courses Plus
shows Americans seeking insight from history as
well as studying ways they can self-improve—including courses spanning
cognitive therapy and tai chi. The subscription-based streaming service
from the premier lifelong learning provider offers over 4,000 hours of
lectures.

Fully half of this month’s top ten are devoted to learning from the past
with lectures exploring Earth’s amazing 4.54 billion-year history;
Europe on the cusp of the Black Death; Jesus’ role in shaping Western
civilization; a look at Native American culture; and finally, a ‘Big
History’ approach to two of the world’s oldest cities.

Subscribers also made use of courses on self-improvement. “Cognitive
Behavioral Foundations,” the third most-watched lecture of 2016, moves
to the top of the list in January. It’s joined by a similarly themed
“Take Control of Your Automatic Brain” with strategies on how to
overcome fear, anger, depression and whatever else holds you back. New
to the chart this month is a tai chi primer from David-Dorian Ross, a
U.S. gold medalist in competitive tai chi who is collaborating with
Harvard Medical School to study the benefits of martial arts in the
workplace. The popular lecture on how to draw, as well as an
appreciation of our National Parks system round out the top ten.

“The January top courses reflect our users’ desire to better understand
the world around them by revisiting key periods in world history,” said
Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer at The Great Courses. “Not surprisingly,
many Plus users are also pursuing New Year’s resolutions to channel
emotions and energy in positive directions in order to impact their
overall happiness.”

Here are January’s top ten lectures from The Great Courses Plus:

  1. Cognitive
    Behavioral Foundations
    (from the course Cognitive Behavioral
    Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain)

    An
    introduction to three patients training their minds to improve
    motivation, manage emotions and interpersonal skills, as taught by Professor
    Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D.
  2. Yellowstone:
    Microcosm of the National Parks
    (from the course Wonders of the
    National Parks: A Geology of North America
    )
    The tour of North
    America’s National Parks begins with Yellowstone, the breathtaking
    landscape that inspired the conservation and access efforts, as taught
    by Professor
    Ford Cochran
    .
  3. The
    Snake and the Crane
    (from the course Essentials of Tai Chi and
    Qigong)

    An introduction to the standard Yang family short
    form movements with practical tips for developing your own tai chi
    routine, as taught by Professor
    David-Dorian Ross
    .
  4. An
    Introduction to Drawing
    (from the course How to Draw)
    The
    first lecture in the art series covers the history of drawing and
    common misconceptions about talent and genius, as taught by Professor
    David Brody
    .
  5. Take
    Control of Your Automatic Brain
    (from the course Outsmart
    Yourself: Brain-Based Strategies to a Better You)

    A deeper
    look at the disconnect in our brains between actions and our
    consciousness of those actions, as taught by Professor
    Peter M. Vishton, Ph.D.
  6. History
    on a Geological Scale
    (from the course Introduction to
    Paleontology)

    The series opens with an overview of the 4.54
    billion-year history of Earth starting with the earliest known
    bacteria, as taught by Stuart
    Sutherland, Ph.D.
  7. Europe
    on the Brink of the Black Death
    (from the course The Black
    Death: The World’s Most Devastating Plague
    )
    A guide to the
    religious, economic and political structures of mid-14th-century
    Europe just prior to the onset of the Black Plague, as taught by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong, Ph.D.
  8. Jesus-The
    Man Who Became God
    (from the course How Jesus Became God)
    The
    series begins with a look at how the divinity of Jesus was first
    conceived, a significant question affecting Western civilization, as
    taught by Professor
    Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
  9. Native
    America: A Story of Survival
    (from the course Native Peoples of
    North America)

    A tour of the original and still present
    cultures in North America separates fact from fiction, as taught by Daniel
    M. Cobb, Ph.D.
  10. A
    Tale of Two Ancient Cities
    (from the course The Big History of
    Civilizations)

    The guide to Big History begins with success
    stories of two of the world’s oldest cities, Jericho and Anau, as
    taught by Craig
    G. Benjamin, Ph.D.

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