Open Culture Website

1,500 Free Online Courses from Top Universities

The Open Culture website is a not-to-be-missed resource available through Hamden Public
Library’s digital branch – the website. It offers 1500 free college courses or MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s top universities such as Yale, MIT and Oxford. The courses available are wide ranging, encompassing the arts, sciences, computer science, culture, and history. You can learn about anything you want.

Take African-American history, for example. Although Black History Month is over, learning about African American history is important throughout the year for understanding the effects of systemic racism. Open Culture offers, among many others, African American History: Emancipation to the Present, 25 lectures from Yale history professor Johnathan Holloway that begin with Emancipation and continue to the present. The first lecture opens with a disclaimer warning of content that some may find disturbing.

Open Culture offers more than courses, including free movies, language lessons, eBooks, and recordings of authors reading. Users may listen to, among others, Tolkien read from The Hobbit, Bill Murray read poetry, Patti Smith read Virginia Woolf. There are author’s book lists, where you’ll find their recommendations and/or their favorites.

Explore this expansive resource! It is guaranteed that there is something new to learn or to refresh one’s knowledge of a favorite subject. Open Culture is enriching for all.