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June 11, 2004

B&N's Portable Professors

Good news for lifetime-learning buffs: the Teaching Company now has serious competition. Barnes and Noble has launched what they're calling a "Portable Professor" series. Some decent subjects: Mozart; American business history; Ben Franklin. And some classy professorial names: Colin McGinn, Robert Dallek, Joseph Ellis. I haven't tried any of B&N's titles yet, but I certainly will. Here's a page that lists their current, attractively-priced offerings.

Incidentally, I'm in the middle of another fabulous Teaching Company title, Darren Zarefsky's "Argumentation," buyable at an amazingly low price here. More on this terrific lecture series later.

posted by Michael at June 11, 2004


Yeah I saw those the other day. I'm not sure if it's SERIOUS competition, though. Argumentation is a great course, I agree.

Posted by: Tom on June 11, 2004 1:37 AM

Ellis's biography of Thomas Jefferson, titled American Sphinx, is a great read, even if the tone is a bit on the haughty side.

Posted by: Dick on June 11, 2004 10:48 AM

Another big thumb up for Zarefsky's Argumentation which I, strangely enough, am now exactly in that which is of the middle.

Thanks to the general Teaching Company pointers from 2BH I might add.

Posted by: Gerard Van der Leun on June 11, 2004 1:58 PM

I am curious whether you guys have gone thru the Argumentation course in a video or audio format, and whether you thing that one would be preferable to the other ? Thanks.

Posted by: Mark on June 12, 2004 11:37 AM

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