Sometimes good things do happen, even as the coronavirus continues to spread across the globe. Right now, there's a massive push to put education online and for free, and 8 Ivy League schools, including Brown, Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, and Columbia universities, and the University of Pennsylvania, are offering some of their courses for free online.

Among the 450 courses is a Hollywood History class from the University of Pennsylvania that seems perfect for our readers! So, while the quarantine has got everyone kind of losing their minds, why not use it to sharpen what you know about Hollywood and its history?


"Hollywood: History, Industry, Art" will teach you about the history of Hollywood, influential studios (Paramount, Disney, Fox, etc.), important filmmakers (Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Frank Capra, George Lucas, Spike Lee, etc.), and how it became a "global powerhouse."

The course details a number of different areas of study in its outline:

  • How Hollywood has responded to new technologies such as synchronized sound, color cinematography, TV, home video, computer graphics, and the internet
  • How the global spread of Hollywood since the 1920s changed the film industry
  • The relationship between Hollywood and independent film
  • Hollywood’s responses to crises in American politics (e.g., world wars, the cold war, the 1960s counterculture, 9/11)

Ready to get your learn on? Take the Hollywood History course here! 

Source: Class Central