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New York City residents can access Coursera courses at the New York Public Library!

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Have you always been interested in the Science of the Solar System? Or perhaps you've been meaning to touch up on your knowledge of Buddhism and Modern Psychology. Well, you're in luck! The New York Public Library offers free access to computers and wireless internet, so visitors can take advantage of the over 630 free courses that Coursera offers!

Coursera is an education platform that partners with some of the best universities in the world to offer free online courses for anyone to take. Their courses span the breadth of the humanities and sciences, and they also offer courses geared towards professional advancement. So whether you've been out of college for a few years and are looking for a more structured format to pursue your intellectual interests, or you're a high school student eager to explore college-level material, or perhaps you are just a New Yorker with a curious mind, Coursera offers a great way to expand your knowledge. Feel free to explore their course offerings.

Additionally, starting this summer the New York Public Library will offer in-person weekly discussions for a select group of Coursera courses. These weekly discussion groups will have approximately 20 participants and are intended to complement Coursera’s online curriculum. There will be one discussion group meeting per week for the duration of each course. Each discussion group will be approximately 90 minutes and will be facilitated by Program Assistants with an expertise in the subject matter. The aim of the discussion groups is to provide a space to further explore the online material with fellow New Yorkers taking the course.

If you are interested in signing up for a discussion group, please click on the appropriate link below to submit an information form. PLEASE NOTE: please do not sign up for a discussion group if you are not already enrolled in the course.

The Camera Never Lies

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  • Aug 4th 2014 - Sep 15th 2014
  • 6 weeks
  • 5-10 hours of work / week
  • English
  • English subtitles

About this class

This short course is an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical adoptions as public history.

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