The Great Courses Plus Showcases ‘What America Is Learning’ Right Now

Monthly ‘Top 10’ chart tracks most popular lifelong learning lectures
from 4,000-hour-plus streaming catalog

CHANTILLY, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#BlackDeath–With only three new additions, the February “What America Is Learning”
chart from The
Great Courses Plus
shows continued dominance by two subjects –
history and the practice of mindfulness.

“Cognitive Behavioral Foundations” holds onto first place by a
five-to-one play-count margin, teaching users to retrain their brains.
Complementary lessons on Tai Chi’s meditative exercises remain in third,
while new entry “Mind, Body, and Questions of Consciousness” rounds out
both the topic and list.

Similar to January’s ‘Top 10’ chart, history is well-represented with
five separate courses looking back through the lenses of geology,
religion, economics, politics and archaeoastronomy – the latter from a
Nobel Prize in Physics co-winner for the discovery of dark energy. In
addition, perpetual chart holdovers, lectures on drawing and
Yellowstone, remain among the most-streamed content on The Great Courses
Plus platform.

“The ‘What America Is Learning’ chart really holds a mirror to larger
societal trends – particularly mindfulness and meditation going
mainstream and available on demand from multiple apps,” said Paul Suijk,
president and CEO of The Great Courses. “Our subscribers continue to
sample diverse course offerings – even within the dominant history
category, the lectures and perspectives could not be any more different.”

Here are February’s top ten lectures from The Great Courses Plus:

  1. Cognitive
    Behavioral Foundations
    (from the course Cognitive Behavioral
    Therapy: Techniques for Retraining Your Brain)

    An
    introduction to three patients training their minds to improve
    motivation, manage emotions and interpersonal skills, as taught by Professor
    Jason M. Satterfield, Ph.D
    .
  2. An
    Introduction to Drawing
    (from the course How to Draw)
    The
    first lecture in the art series covers the history of drawing and
    common misconceptions about talent and genius, as taught by Professor
    David Brody
    .
  3. The
    Snake and the Crane
    (from the course Essentials of Tai Chi and
    Qigong)

    An introduction to the standard Yang family short
    form movements with practical tips for developing your own tai chi
    routine, as taught by Professor
    David-Dorian Ross
    .
  4. Yellowstone:
    Microcosm of the National Parks
    (from the course Wonders of the
    National Parks: A Geology of North America
    )
    The tour of North
    America’s National Parks begins with Yellowstone, the breathtaking
    landscape that inspired the conservation and access efforts, as taught
    by Professor
    Ford Cochran
    .
  5. Jesus-The
    Man Who Became God
    (from the course How Jesus Became God)
    The
    series begins with a look at how the divinity of Jesus was first
    conceived, a significant question affecting Western civilization, as
    taught by Professor
    Bart D. Ehrman, Ph.D., M.Div.
  6. Your
    Passport to The City of God
    (from the course Books That Matter:
    The City of God)

    The exploration of St. Augustine’s powerful
    work looks at why and for whom he wrote it, as well as the book’s
    lasting impact, as taught by Professor
    Charles Mathewes, Ph.D.
  7. Europe
    on the Brink of the Black Death
    (from the course 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 Death, as taught by Professor
    Dorsey Armstrong, Ph.D.
  8. Stonehenge
    and Archaeoastronomy
    (from the course The Remarkable Science of
    Ancient Astronomy)

    A look at the birth of archaeoastromony,
    the study of how ancient cultures prioritized and understood the sun,
    moon and stars, as taught by Professor
    Bradley E. Schaefer, Ph.D.
  9. History
    on a Geological Scale
    (from the course Introduction to
    Paleontology)

    The series opens with an overview of the 4.54
    billion-year history of Earth starting with the earliest known
    bacteria, as taught by Stuart
    Sutherland, Ph.D.
  10. Mind,
    Body, and Questions of Consciousness
    (from the course Mind-Body
    Philosophy)

    The first lecture gets to the crux of the
    mind-body problem – how the actual brain creates your subjective
    experience of reality, as taught by Professor
    Patrick Grim, Ph.D.

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