Great Books of the Western World

Philosopher Mortimer Adler talked about the history and significance of the Great Books of the Western World college courses and adult… read more

Philosopher Mortimer Adler talked about the history and significance of the Great Books of the Western World college courses and adult education programs. He said that in 1921 John Erskine introduced the first Great Books course at Columbia University. Later Professor Adler introduced the Great Books to University of Chicago Law School President Robert Maynard Hutchins, and they taught the Great Books course together. Other topics included the criticism of the Great Books programs, beginning in 1988, as too Eurocentric and lacking women and minority authors. After his presentation Professor Adler answered audience members' questions. close

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Great Books of the Western World

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Program ID:
15474-1
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National Press Club
Format:
National Press Club Speech
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Oct 30, 1990
Last Aired:
Jun 30, 2001

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  • Oct 30, 1990 | 12:59pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 25, 1990 | 12:10am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 25, 1990 | 4:20am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 28, 1990 | 10:00am EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Dec 28, 1990 | 1:36pm EST | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 30, 2001 | 1:36am EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Jun 30, 2001 | 5:47am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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