I have heard nothing but rave reviews from those who have taken Scott Powell's history courses (including this online review by Teller of the comedic duo Penn & Teller and Showtime's brilliant "Bullshit!") so I am genuinely excited that I will be taking Powell's upcoming offering on European history. Unlike most historians, who simply bore you to death with contextless concretes, Powell presents history as a causally integrated narrative--the method which I find is the most rewarding way to learn new knowledge. Needless to say, I'm very excited about starting class this summer.
What I also like about Powell's courses (especially given my post last week on things that drive me nuts) is that his lectures are available via the Internet, are downloadable as mp3's (which for me means I don't need to be anchored to my computer in order to take the course), and are remarkably affordable when compared to many other Objectivist offerings.
For example, Powell's upcoming History of Europe course is a twenty-lecture, thirty-hour course, yet tuition is only $349 (or $279 for students). I think that's a pretty good deal, especially considering how expensive (in both time and money) attending the live conferences can be.