Pound Ridge Library Presents Educational Seminar

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. -- Following the successful presentation of its 14th college-level seminar, “The History of European Art,” the Pound Ridge Library is continuing a new educational concept: a series of DVD college-level seminars from The Teaching Company/Great Courses.

The Pound Ridge Library will present a DVD seminar on “The Story of Human Language” beginning on Thursday.
The Pound Ridge Library will present a DVD seminar on “The Story of Human Language” beginning on Thursday. Photo Credit: Pound Ridge Public Library

The seminars will be on a wide variety of subjects, presented by scholars from many of the major universities in the United States and Canada. 

The 15th of these DVD seminars, “The Story of Human Language,” will be given by professor John McWhorter of Columbia University, on Thursdays, Dec. 3-17 and Jan. 7-Feb. 11, from 1-3:30 pm.pound r 

This program, the first of its kind in the country, is designed to provide a collegial, small-group setting for courses “you didn’t get a chance to take in college but wanted to.” The subject matter of the seminars is quite extensive and delves into, for example, history, art, religion, science and linguistics. 

The seminars, designed and moderated by Lawrence Brotmann of Pound Ridge, consist of a series of four 30-minute lectures, given weekly, usually for periods of three to 12 weeks per course. Since each of the weekly lectures includes group discussions, the size of the group will be limited. 

The remaining courses planned for the 2015-16 series (dates to be announced) are: “Big History” and “Comparative Religion.” 

All the seminars will be held at the Pound Ridge Library, Schaffner Room. Light refreshments will be served. The seminars are free and open to the public, but registration is recommended. 

The library is at 271 Westchester Ave. For more information, call the library at 914-764-5085 or visit To register, contact the library by phone or via email at

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