The Torch

The Great Courses Podcast

THE TORCH introduces you to the fascinating professors and experts who create the Great Courses. Each episode showcases several of our top professors in a fresh light, spotlights the great work they are doing, and gives you an opportunity to learn from their incredible insights.

Four Ways We Can Impact Our World By Learning About Our History

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Four Ways We Can Impact Our World By Learning About Our History

Episode 55
December, 2016
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Ed Leon, Chief Brand Officer, and four renowned experts introduce us to what the new field of Big History can teach us about our future, how history's greatest investor's made their fortunes, what mysteries and wisdom are found in the Analects of Confucius, and how we can use history to predict which political candidate will win the presidency.

Although Big History often focuses on the ancient past, Professor Craig Benjamin explains how we use Big History to learn much about the ways our actions impact the future.

The average person knows more than they think about where to invest in order to profit. Professor John Longo discusses how these tactics were used by successful investors to make millions.

Many people don't realize the Analects of Confucius was not one linear composition, but is comprised of many independent tidbits of advice. Professor Robert LaFleur takes us through the process of how these individual pieces encompass a philosophy of life that set the foundation for modern society.

For more than three decades, Professor Alan Lichtman has correctly predicted the outcome of every presidential election—including this most recent one—by looking at the past. Hear about his astounding process and more in this spectacular edition of The Torch.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Professor Craig G. Benjamin of Grand Valley State University demonstrates how although Big History often focuses on the ancient past, we can use the lessons revealed by the study of Big History to learn much about how our actions impact the future.
  • Professor John M. Longo of Rutgers University Business School, ranked by the Wall Street Journal as one of the nation’s top business programs, reveals how the average person knows more than they think about where to invest in order to profit. He also illuminates how these tactics were used by successful investors throughout history to make millions.
  • Professor Robert André LaFleur of Beloit College—an award-winning instructor and expert on Chinese history and literature working on his own complete translation of the Analects—takes us through the process of how the individual tidbits of advice collected over time in the Analects comprise a philosophy of life that set the foundation for modern society.
  • Professor Alan Lichtman of American University exposes his process, breaks down the development of the 2016 election, and explains how this method can also predict how successful an incoming president may be.
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