Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Great Courses


Great Courses at OLLI

To enrich your enjoyment of the fine courses offered by OLLI―or to explore something new―we invite you to peruse the shelves of DVDs from the Great Courses series, located in the OLLI office (VHS format tapes are otherwise shelved downstairs in the OLLI library). Below are the DVDs (and a few CDs)  available for loan (as of 4/19). If "text" is noted, it means either a transcript of the tape or a course guidebook is also available. There is a sign-out sheet by the shelves of Great Courses.  Please return your choice after a few months so others may enjoy it too.


Art and Music

Art Across the Ages                                                                                                         4 parts; text

Bach & the High Baroque                                                                                              4 parts; text

Concert Master Works                                                                                                   4 parts; text

Elements of Jazz: From Cakewalk to Fusion                                                           CD; text

The Genius of Michelangelo                                                                                        1 part; text

Great Masters Life & Music (Beethoven, Haydn, Liszt, Mahler, Robert & Clara Schumann, Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky)                                                                                                                                1 part each; text for each

Great Works of Sacred Music                                                                                      1 part; text

How to Listen to and Understand Great Music: The Ancient World Through the Early Baroque, The High Baroque, The Classical Era, Nineteenth-century Romanticism, From Romanticism to Modernism

                                                                                                                                                6 parts; texts

How to Look At & Understand Great Art                                                                1 part; texts

Masters of the National Gallery, London                                                                2 parts

Music of the 20th Century, comm. Sir Simon Rattle                                           boxed set DVDs; text

The Symphony                                                                                                                  3 parts; text

The World's Greatest Paintings                                                                                  Transcript only

30 Masterpieces of the Ancient World                                                                    1 part; text



The African Experience: From "Lucy" to Mandela                                               3 parts; text

American Military History                                                                                             1 part; text

Ancient Greek Civilizations                                                                                           2 parts, CD; text

The Barbarian Empires of the Steppes                                                                    1 part; text

Between the Rivers: The History of Ancient Mesopotamia                             3 parts; text

Big History                                                                                                                          parts 2, 3, 4 in; text for all parts

Cities of the Ancient World                                                                                          1 part; text

Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights                                                                           parts 1-3; text

Cosmos (a CD, is shelved under Religion)

Discovering Your Roots: An Introduction to Genealogy                                    1 part; text

An Economic History of the World                                                                            1 part; text

Europe and Western Civilization                                                                                4 parts; text

Fall of the Pagans and the Origins of Medieval Christianity                             1 part; text

Five Thousand Years of Chinese History                                                                  1 part DVD; CDs

Food: A Cultural History                                                                                                 1 part; text

Foundations of Eastern Civilization                                                                            1 part; text

Great Ancient Civilizations of Asia Minor                                                                2 parts; text

Great Battles of the Ancient World                                                                           2 parts

The Great Tours: Greece and Turkey                                                                        DVDs

The Great Trials of World History                                                                              1 parts; texts

The High Middle Ages                                                                                                    part 1

History of Ancient Egypt                                                                                                                4 parts; text

History of Ancient Rome                                                                                               4 parts; text

History of Ancient Rome and Egypt                                                                          CDs

History of England                                                                                                           1 part; text

A History of Freedom                                                                                                     CDs; text

History's Great Military Blunders                                                                               1 part; text

How the Crusades Changed History                                                                          2 parts; text

Human Prehistory and the First Civilizations                                                         parts 1-3

The Industrial Revolution                                                                                              1 part; text

Late Antiquity:  Crisis and Transformation                                                             1 part; text

The Late Middle Ages                                                                                                     part 2 only

London: A Short History (we have 2 editions of this)                                         2 parts; text

Making History: How Great Historians Interpret the Past                                2 parts; text

Native Peoples of North America                                                                               1 part; text

The Origin of Civilization                                                                                                1 part; text

The Other 1492                                                                                                                 text only

Pompeii: Daily Life in an Ancient Roman City                                                        1 part; text

Privacy, Property, and Free Speech: Law and the Constitution                      1 part; text

The Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Rise of Nations                           4 parts

The Skeptics' Guide to American History                                                                1 part; text

The Terror of History                                                                                                      2 parts; text

Utopia and Terror in the 20th Century                                                                    2 parts; text

Victorian Britain                                                                                                                3 parts; text

War, Peace and Power: Diplomatic History of Europe                                       3 parts; text

The Wisdom of History                                                                                                  1 part; text

The World of Byzantium                                                                                                1 part; text

The World Was Never the Same: Events That Changed History                     2 parts; text




Analysis & Critique: How to Engage & Write About Anything                         2 parts; text

Books That Have Made History: Books That Can Change Your Life               3 parts; text

Classic Novels: Meeting the Challenge of Great Literature                              3 parts; text

Classics of British Literature                                                                                         1 part; text

Classics of Russian Literature                                                                                       3 parts

Comedy through the Ages                                                                                            CD, 2 parts; text

English Novels                                                                                                                   CD, 2 parts

Great American Bestsellers                                                                                          1 part; text

Great Authors of the Western Literary Tradition                                                 6 parts

History of World Literature                                                                                          4 parts; text

The Life & Writings of C S Lewis                                                                                 1 part; text

Masterpieces and the Imaginative Mind                                                                 2 parts; text

Masterpieces of Short Fiction                                                                                      2 parts; text

Masterworks of Early 20th Century Literature                                                     2 parts; text

Mystery and Suspense Fiction                                                                                    1 part; text

Representing Justice: Stories of Law and Literature                                           2 of 3 parts here; text

Secret Life of Words                                                                                                        1 part; text

William Shakespeare: Comedies, Histories, Tragedies                                      CD, 3 parts

Utopian & Dystopian Works of Literature                                                              1 part; text




The Big Questions of Philosophy                                                                                1 part; text

Customs of the World: Using Cultural Intelligence to Adapt                           1 part; text

Essentials of Tai Chi and Qigong                                                                                 1 part; text

Great Ideas of Philosophy                                                                                             2 parts; text

Masters of Greek Thought: Plato, Socrates and Aristotle                                 3 parts; text

The Modern Intellectual Tradition                                                                             1 part; text

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation                                    1 part; text

The Story of Human Language                                                                                    CDs, 3 parts; text

Understanding  Linguistics: The Science of Language                                        3 parts; text

Voltaire and the Triumph of the Enlightenment                                                  CDs; text




The Apocryphal Jesus                                                                                                     1 part; text

Biblical Wisdom Literature                                                                                           3 parts; text

The Dead Sea Scrolls                                                                                                       1 part; text

Exploring the Roots of Religion                                                                                   3 parts; text

Gnosticism: From Nag Hammadi to the Gospels of Judas                                1 part; text

Great World Religions                                                                                                    each has 1 part; text

                Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism

Heroes and Legends: Influential Characters                                                          1 part; text

History of Christian Theology                                                                                      3 parts; text

History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of Reformation    1 part; text

Mystical Tradition: Judaism, Christianity, Islam                                                    3 parts; text

The Old Testament, The New Testament                                                               CDs; text

Popes and the Papacy                                                                                                   1 part

Religions in the Ancient Mediterranean World                                                    4 parts; text

Religions of the Axial Age                                                                                             2 parts; text

Sacred Texts of the World                                                                                             1 part; text

Skeptics and Believers: Religious Debate in the Western Tradition              3 parts; text

Why Evil Exists                                                                                                                  1 part; text



Science and Math

The Aging Brain                                                                                                                 1 part; text

Archaeology                                                                                                                       1 part; text

Biology and Human Behavior                                                                                      2 parts; text

Biology, the Science of Life                                                                                           6 parts; text

Change and Motion: Calculus Made Clear                                                              2 parts; text

Cosmos                                                                                                                                CD of the book

Doctors: The History of Scientific Medicine                                                           1 part; text

Experiencing Hubble: Using the Greatest Images of the Universe                1 part; text

Great Scientific Ideas That Changed the World                                                    3 parts; text

How the Earth Works                                                                                                     parts 1, 3, 4; text for all parts

Meteorology: An Introduction to the Wonders of the Weather                    1 part; text

Nutrition Made Clear                                                                                                      3 parts; text

Oceanography:  Exploring Earth's Final Wilderness                                            1 part; text

Particle Physics for Non Physicists: A Tour of the Microcosm                         part 2; text

The Science of Mindfulness                                                                                         1 part; text

Sensation, Perception, and the Aging Process                                                      2 parts; text; CDs

Skywatching: Seeing and Understanding Cosmic Wonders                             1 part; text

The Spiritual Brain: Science and Religious Experience                                       1 part; text

Understanding Genetics                                                                                                2 parts; text

Understanding the Universe                                                                                       parts 2-8; text for all parts

Zero to Infinity: A History of Numbers                                                                     1 part; text