Victor Davis Hanson is a well-known historian, commentator, and senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He is collaborating with Pajamas Media on a project called Freedom Academy– an online resource that allows the average reader to delve into a brief survey of western civilization and values. Freedom Academy is an online interactive experience designed to differentiate itself from traditional classrooms and other online learning resources.
Why did Hanson choose this particular project? Over the years, he’s witnessed the degradation of the university system, and also the increasing historical illiteracy among us. Freedom Academy is an attempt to interest people in history, particularly western civilization, and defend it using historical facts. He wants to apply an abstract standard to history and culture.
Freedom Academy’s model is different from the traditional university or online lecture; it’s conversational, and they use a sophisticated animation technique to represent images behind the speaker as he is talking. All of Hanson’s efforts are in pursuit of re-developing our society’s ability to self-govern and to learn how to do that through learning history.
Listen to this interesting and fruitful podcast in the player above.