May 24, 2022

New York Public Library and Floating University Partner and Will Present ‘Great Big Ideas’ Video Lecture Series

The video lectures will be available at the New York Public Library at no charge.

From NYPL:

The New York Public Library (NYPL) and The Floating University, a new educational media venture, have formed a partnership to provide library patrons access to the nation’s most esteemed scholars via a new multi-media lecture series beginning November 14. “Great Big Ideas,” Floating University’s extraordinary inaugural course, features expert scholars and practitioners on diverse subjects including demography, art, physics, finance, education and psychology – all key components of an undergraduate education.


Floating University video lectures provide an effective introduction to thinking differently and a primer in the diverse modes of problem solving essential for success in the 21st century. Lecturers will discuss the most current, innovative ideas in their field, dissect the arguments, and look at how they impact not only the world at large but our individual lives as well.
At NYPL, “Great Big Ideas” will give Library patrons an introduction [Floating U. itself is a fee-based service]  to a variety of subjects in a way that allows them to explore unfamiliar territory, ask leading questions, and look at these topics under the guidance of some of the nation’s leading experts; in essence providing an entire education while standing on one foot.
“With its stimulating lectures and virtual classroom, The Floating University represents an exciting opportunity for personalized learning to make knowledge available to ever-increasing numbers of people — the goal of NYPL,” said Anthony Marx, president of The New York Public Library.
Floating U. is  a joint venture between The Jack Parker Corporation and Big Think (
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