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Black Innovators and Entrepreneurs Under Capitalism (MP3 download)

That innovative black Americans flourished in late 19th- and early 20th- century America is a little-known part of our heritage. This talk celebrates a number of great minds—including Madame C. J. Walker, the first self-made female millionaire in America; George Washington Carver, who revolutionized agricultural science; and others—that, under the freedom of the...See More

Charles Babbage: Induction in Computer Science (MP3 download)

Computers are everywhere: desktops, laptops, iPods, smart phones, gaming consoles, etc. Although different, they are constructed based on a single versatile design: the programmable computer. Becoming prevalent in the late twentieth century, the programmable computer was invented in the beginning of the nineteenth century by Charles Babbage—a major result of his...See More

Defensor Patriae: The Homeland Defense in History (MP3 download)

With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, America has accepted a permanent, institutionalized state of siege on its own soil. But is this the correct strategy? These lectures examine four conflicts in history, asking how great nations have defended themselves against ruthless enemies, and drawing lessons for today.

Descartes' Meditations (MP3 download)

In this course, Dr. Mayhew conducts a close, critical analysis of Descartes's most important work: Meditations on First Philosophy.

Early Greek Lawgivers

This book examines the men who brought laws to the early Greek city-states, as an introduction both to the development of law and to the basic issues in early legal practice. The lawgiver was a man of special status, who could resolve disputes without violence, and bring a sense of order to his community by proposing comprehensive norms of ethical conduct. He...See More
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Enemies of Christopher Columbus (Hardcover)

Was Christopher Columbus a hero or a villain? Was he a brave explorer whose discovery of the New World helped civilize a savage wilderness - or was he a poor lost sailor who stumbled onto occupied territory and helped destroy an Indian paradise? The "Enemies of Christopher Columbus", written in a brisk, question-and-answer format, provides lucid responses to the...See More

Freedom of Speech in American History (MP3 download)

Freedom of speech is fundamental to maintaining American political liberty. Increasing government controls over speech are damaging one of America's most important freedoms. To use freedom of speech effectively to change the culture, one must know the proper basis of free speech. This course investigates the history of free-speech controversies and the theoretical...See More

Freedom of Speech in the Roberts Court (MP3 download)

Freedom of speech seems always to be under attack from campaign finance laws, hate speech laws, and others. Surprisingly, though, the Supreme Court in recent years has repelled many of the attacks on this right and even gained back vital protections that we have lost. This course examines the underlying premises of those attacks and explores the court decisions that...See More

Heroic Business Dynasties (MP3 download)

Businesses that thrive across more than one generation have a succession of great leaders.

History of the Supreme Court (Part 1): The Least Dangerous Branch? (MP3 download)

This course surveys the broad history of the Supreme Court in the United States from its creation in 1789 to 1857. It illustrates how the judiciary has functioned in our republic. By explaining the dominant trends in the Supreme Court and the major results during each period, this course illuminates the importance of the Supreme Court in American life.

History of the Supreme Court (Part 2): Laissez-Faire Constitutionalism? (MP3 download)

This course reviews the history of the Supreme Court and its major decisions from the Reconstruction period through the 1920s. It covers major economic regulation and the role of the Bill of Rights in Supreme Court decisions.

Ideas and the Fall of Rome (MP3 download)

The disastrous fall of ancient Rome had a philosophical cause that reached back centuries. From the outset, two deadly ideas were implanted in Roman intellectual life: philosophical idealism and the ethics of duty. This lecture discusses the transmission of these ideas, and how the lack of a rational philosophy left the pagans with no defense against the...See More

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