Summer Learning Is in Session at The Great Courses Plus

This month’s “What America Is Learning” chart shows subscribers
flocking to new releases

CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#July–If the dog days of summer have you in search of something more
intellectually stimulating than the next superhero movie, the new
July top ten chart from The
Great Courses Plus
is here to inspire. This month it was the new
releases which saw the most traffic.

For many people summer is “beach body” season, a fact not lost on The
Great Courses who released the course “Changing Body Composition through
Diet and Exercise.” Not surprisingly these lectures occupied two of the
top slots for the month of July. However, it was “The Black Death: The
World’s Most Devastating Plague”, also a new release, that has dominated
the top ten board holding six of the top ten positions. The remaining
top slots were introductions to Spanish and computer programming.

The polarity of the two most popular courses this month may well reflect
the ever-broadening demographics of those who consider themselves
“lifelong learners.” A recent PEW Research Center survey stated,
79 percent of those polled between the ages of 18-29 said that the term
“lifelong learners” describes them very well.

Here are the 10 chart-topping lectures from July:

  1. Europe
    on the Brink of the Black Death
    (from The Black Death: The
    World’s Most Devastating Plague
    )
    A guide to the religious,
    economic, and political structures of mid-14th-century Europe just
    prior to the onset of the Black Plague, as taught by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong
    .
  2. The
    Epidemiology of Plague
    (from The Black Death: The World’s Most
    Devastating Plague
    )
    An exploration of how the Black Death
    operates as a disease and why it was so virulent, as taught by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong
    .
  3. Did
    Plague Really Cause the Black Death?
    (from The Black Death: The
    World’s Most Devastating Plague
    )
    A reassessment of the causes
    of the black death based on modern medical investigations, as taught
    by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong
    .
  4. Body
    Composition: Managing Our Expectations
    (from Changing Body
    Composition through Diet and Exercise
    )
    A discussion of what
    is, and what is not feasible with proper nutrition and exercise, as
    taught by Michael
    Ormsbee, Ph.D
    .
  5. A
    Healthier Way to Measure Body Composition
    (from Changing Body
    Composition through Diet and Exercise
    )
    An introduction to how
    fat-muscle proportion is a better way to measure health than focusing
    on weight, as taught by Michael
    Ormsbee, Ph.D
    .
  6. The
    Black Death’s Ports of Entry
    (from The Black Death: The World’s
    Most Devastating Plague
    )
    An examination of how the Black
    Death started, entering from Asia via Crimea during a Mongol Siege,
    and spreading via escaping sailors to numerous European ports, as
    taught by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong
    .
  7. Introduction
    to the Spanish Language
    (from the course Learning Spanish)
    The
    basics of how to approach, study and speak Spanish, as well as an
    introduction to the basics of conversation, as taught by Professor
    Bill Worden, Ph. D
    .
  8. The
    First Wave Sweeps across Europe
    (from The Black Death: The
    World’s Most Devastating Plague
    )
    An assessment of how the
    Plague made its way from European ports and spread into the heart of
    Europe, as taught by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong
    .
  9. The
    Black Death in Florence
    (from The Black Death: The World’s Most
    Devastating Plague
    )
    A portrait of the impact that the Black
    Death had upon the Italian city-state of Florence—the jewel of
    European civilization at the time, as taught by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong
    .
  10. What
    Is Programming? Why Python?
    (from How to Program: Computer
    Science Concepts and Python Exercises
    )
    An explanation and
    tutorial exercises for what is considered to be an ideal language for
    beginning programmers, as taught by Professor
    John Keyser
    .

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