The Smithsonian and The Great Courses Partner for Lectures on History, Science, Travel and the Arts

The Smithsonian and The Great Courses Partner for Lectures on History, Science, Travel and the Arts

The Smithsonian and The Great Courses, a leading developer and marketer of premium-quality media for lifelong learning, announced a 10-year licensing agreement to produce new courses devoted to history, science, culture, travel, music and the arts.

"The Great Courses has a proven track record of creating engaging, immersive learning experiences," said Carol LeBlanc, senior vice president for consumer and education products at Smithsonian Enterprises. "We are excited to help develop accessible and high-quality courses, based on the Smithsonian museums and collections, for a broad array of lifelong learners over the next decade."

"We strive to bring our customers unique and compelling lectures from the world's leading minds and scholars," said Paul Suijk, president of The Great Courses. "Partnering with an institution like the Smithsonian, renowned for inspiring generations through learning and discovery, is a natural fit. We look forward to virtually exploring the Smithsonian's treasured hallways under the expert guidance of its directors and curators as we create a must-have library for history, science and art enthusiasts."

The first of the 12 courses scheduled for release beginning this fall include:

Experiencing America: A Smithsonian Tour through American History

Based on Richard Kurin's popular book, The Smithsonian's History of America in 101 Objects, this course will reveal the stories behind iconic American artifacts, including President Abraham Lincoln's hat, Dorothy's ruby slippers, George Washington's sword, Harriet Tubman's hymnal and even the Space Shuttle Discovery. Eye-opening and thought-provoking lectures will share surprising takes on both familiar objects and little-known artifacts of profound importance to American history. Instructor: Richard Kurin, Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, Smithsonian

The Industrial Revolution

This fascinating and comprehensive course examines how a series of brilliant inventors and new scientific discoveries, as well as unprecedented social and industrial changes, permanently altered the fate of mankind. Taught by award-winning professor of American history Patrick N. Allitt and incorporating the Smithsonian's unrivalled collection of industrial era artifacts, participants are sure to enjoy this riveting saga that explores the unfolding of the Industrial Revolution and its tremendous impact on world history. Instructor: Patrick N. Allitt, Professor of American History, Emory University

A Visual Guide to the Universe

Participants will explore the universe like never before in this visually expansive course that examines the best images ever produced by instruments such as the Hubble Telescope, the Kepler Space Telescope and many more. Taught by award-winning professor of physics and astronomy David M. Meyer and vetted by curators at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, this course delivers both a thorough understanding of all the fascinating and exotic objects the universe contains, as well as a spectacular visual tour showcasing the finest astronomical images ever created. Instructor: David M. Meyer, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University