If improving your mind topped your New Years resolution list, but you cant find time for classes, theres another option to consider. Now, busy U-M alumni and others can turn to Fathom.com, an online source of authenticated knowledge from the University and other institutions.
U-Ms first online Fathom course, The Shakespeare You Never Knew: The First History Plays, began Jan. 22. Taught by English Prof. Ralph Williams, the e-course examines three Henry VI plays and Richard III. With Williams as their guide, learners will explore themes that run through the four plays. The self-paced course, which can be completed in four weeks or less, draws on the Royal Shakespeare Companys March 2001 residency at U-M, as well as artifacts from the University Librarys Shakespeare Collection. The fee for the non-credit course is $45.
Later this year, a second e-course, Daily Life in the Eastern Roman Empire (100 BCE - 100 CE): Trade, Travel, and Transformation, will be taught by Susan Alcock, associate professor of classical studies; David Potter, professor of classical studies; Sharon Herbert, director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and chair of classical studies; and Terry Wilfong, assistant professor of Near Eastern studies and assistant curator of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. The course will provide learners with a sense of daily life in the ancient Roman Empire, focusing on Rome, Italy; Karanis, Egypt; Ephesus, Turkey; and the Nemea Valley, Greece.
In addition to the formal courses, users who visit the U-M entry to the Fathom site ( http://www.fathom.com/umich) will find interactive narratives by top faculty on fields ranging from architecture and business to physics and psychology.