Last night, Paul and I heard Scott Powell’s teleconference lecture on his new history course for adults, as blogged here. Although I’m not yet sure whether I can fit the course into my schedule, given all the oppressive demands of graduate school, the course definitely looks interesting. I’m enthused about the thought Scott has put into the teaching of history. In particular, I like his reverse chronological approach, since I’ve often found that studying later events first helps shed light upon the significance of earlier events. (Once that foundation is laid, you can then further study whatever most interests you, since the before-and-after context is well-established.) I’m also enthused by Scott’s enthusiasm for his subject, since I think that makes a world of difference in teaching.
Scott is repeating last night’s lecture, although the schedule has changed from the first announcement: The next and final session will be Sunday, Feb.26 at 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time). E-mail [email protected] to sign up. If you’re interested in history, I’d certainly recommend giving it a hearing.
Update: After inquiring about the pace of the lectures, I’m confident that I can fit the course into my schedule. (I do prefer to be overwhelmed by the demands of work, after all!) So I’m signing up at this very moment.