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March 27, 2014

The Great Courses Presents: New Courses in World Literature, Parenting and Comparative Religion

CHANTILLY, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Great Courses — the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment — has released three new courses: “Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature,” “Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive” and “Sacred Texts of the World.”

“Our library of unmatched quality content continues to expand with these new courses in world literature, parenting and comparative religion,” said Ed Leon, chief brand officer and head of product development for The Great Courses. “It’s an extremely competitive process to be selected to teach one of our courses, and our customers benefit by learning from the best instructors in the world, combined with top-quality production values to create a premium learning experience.”

The company, which creates engaging lectures that capture a curious audience that includes Bill Gates and David Gregory, host of “Meet the Press,” has attracted hundreds of the nation’s top academics, as well as educational institutions interested in developing co-branded content. The latest partners include The Culinary Institute of America (cooking courses) and National Geographic (photography courses). All titles are available in audio and video formats, including digital streaming, downloads, DVDs and CDs.

The Great Courses launches three to five courses each month, with 48 total planned in 2014 equaling almost 600 hours and 1,200 lectures from some of the world’s greatest teachers and experts.

Descriptions of New Courses:

Heroes and Legends: The Most Influential Characters of Literature
Professor Thomas A. Shippey
Saint Louis University; Ph.D., University of Cambridge

Heroes hold a special place in our imagination. What do they have in common? What impact have they had on our culture? Broaden your understanding of the hero archetype in this fascinating 24 lecture course, which examines these characters in the context of world history and culture. Gain a new perspective on your favorite heroes and meet new and unexpected friends.

Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive
Professor Peter M. Vishton
The College of William & Mary; Ph.D., Cornell University

Raising children is one of the most rewarding and important, yet challenging, endeavors a person can undertake. Learn scientifically-proven techniques for raising healthy, happy and intelligent children in this informative and comprehensive 24 lecture course taught by a world-renowned child development expert and father.

Sacred Texts of the World
Professor Grant Hardy
University of North Carolina at Asheville; Ph.D., Yale University

The sacred texts of the major religions are a vast and extraordinary canon rich with wisdom for any who seek it. Delve into sacred writings such as the Upanishads and Sutras of India, the Bible, The Qur’an, the Daodejing and more in this exceptional and rewarding course that explores how these texts have shaped the identities, philosophies and actions of billions of people throughout history.

About The Great Courses
The Great Courses is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium- quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio (digital streaming, downloads, DVDs and CDs), these carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished professors and experts. The content-rich, proprietary library spans nearly 500 titles with close to 7,000 hours and 13,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding and foster epiphanies in the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, personal growth and high school curriculum. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company based in Chantilly, Va. More information can be found at www.thegreatcourses.com.

Media contact:
Trent Freeman
310.824.9000
tfreeman@olmsteadwilliams.com

 

January 20, 2014

National Geographic and The Great Courses Create Content and Distribution Partnership

CHANTILLY, Va., January 20, 2014 – The Great Courses – the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment – is partnering with the world-renowned National Geographic Society to produce a series of comprehensive photography classes, video travel expeditions and engaging lectures by notable National Geographic photographers.

“This partnership allows us to create best-in-class educational materials, starting with photography courses taught by our world-class photographers,” said Lynn Cutter, executive vice president at National Geographic Travel. “Our photographers will have the very best platform to share their one-of-a-kind expertise and further National Geographic’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet.”

“National Geographic and The Great Courses are both preeminent institutions made even stronger by this union,” said Paul Suijk, president of The Great Courses. “Our highly engaged customers expect to learn from the world’s greatest instructors, and our library of exceptional industry-leading learning products just got stronger with the addition of this compelling new content.”

The initiative launches with two titles from National Geographic Fellow and magazine photographer Joel Sartore: “Fundamentals of Photography” and “The Art of Travel Photography: Six Expert Lessons” (available at www.thegreatcourses.com). These titles will be followed by a series of lessons from National Geographic’s Masters of Photography.

“There is no greater or more aspirational example in the photography industry than National Geographic,” said Ed Leon, chief brand officer and head of product development for The Great Courses, which has been touted on “60 Minutes” by Bill Gates and more recently on Oprah.com. “These comprehensive courses feature expert tips and techniques that every level of photographer can aspire to learn.”

Under the new partnership, The Great Courses and National Geographic will offer at least a dozen additional courses over the next five years, including titles on the art of videography, photographer-led video expeditions that explore how to photograph some of the world’s most scenic locales, and on-location lectures on science, culture and exploration delivered by the remarkable explorers and experts of the National Geographic Society.

About The Great Courses
The Great Courses is the nation’s leading developer and marketer of premium- quality media for lifelong learning and personal enrichment. Delivered in engaging, expertly produced video and audio (digital streaming, downloads, DVDs and CDs), these carefully crafted courses provide access to a world of knowledge from the most accomplished professors and experts. The content-rich, proprietary library spans nearly 500 titles with close to 7,000 hours and 13,000 lectures designed to expand horizons, deepen understanding and foster epiphanies in the arts, science, literature, self-improvement, history, music, philosophy, theology, economics, mathematics, business, professional advancement, personal growth and high school curriculum. Creating unique learning experiences since 1990, The Great Courses is the premier brand of The Teaching Company based in Chantilly, Va. More information can be found at www.thegreatcourses.com. About National Geographic
Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. With a mission to inspire people to care about the planet, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 500 million people worldwide each month through National Geographic and other magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, films, books, DVDs, radio, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com.

Media contact:
Trent Freeman
310.824.9000
tfreeman@olmsteadwilliams.com