Academic Earth is a website that streams lectures on a wide variety of subjects from college professors at some of the biggest and bestest schools (Hahvahd and the like). It's a great resource to be able to sit in on these classes for free and learn.
Here is a lecture by Yale Professor Amy Hungerford about one of my all time favorite books, Franny and Zooey, which I just finished reading for the fourth time.
I greatly enjoyed this lecture. I watched it while on the toilet, taking a crap and clipping my toenails. I tell you this totally unnecessary piece of information because I had the same experience on the toilet I would have had sitting in that lecture hall.
Now, you can and should watch the Shimer Sample classes on our website. But don't for a minute think that you have gotten the same experience watching a Shimer discussion in your bedroom, office, restroom, or solarium that you got by being there. You only experience a Shimer class by participating.
Also, if you watch the lecture or read or have read the book, bear in mind that, in Amy's opinion (At Shimer, we are all on a first name basis, and Prof. Hungerford is in our house, hence, Amy), anyway, in Amy's opinion, the character of Lane is a Yale student. In my opinion, the characters Franny and Zooey are Shimerians at heart.