Professor Philip Freeman’s ‘Lecture Notes’ published by Ten Speed Press

April 12, 2010

The release of Luther College professor Philip Freeman’s latest book, “Lecture Notes,” has been announced by Ten Speed Press publishing company, a division of Random House, Inc.   

Freeman, professor of classics at Luther, has written a guide to college success from a professor’s perspective. “Lecture Notes” is now available in bookstores nationwide and at most popular website book vendors.

Writing for students about to begin their undergraduate years, Freeman reveals the three sure-fire rules for a great college experience, offers solid strategies for fostering crucial relationships with faculty advisors and sets his readers up for four years of success, and beyond.

Freeman’s “Lecture Notes” is a must read for every college-bound high school senior, whether they are attending a small-town junior college, a sprawling mega-campus, or an Ivy League university.

 “This is a handbook for getting along with and profiting from the most important people in your life during your college years—your professors,” writes Freeman.

“Lecture Notes” counters the confusion surrounding how to the find the best teachers, write great papers, study for a test and numerous other situations an incoming college freshman is sure to encounter.  

“If you’re an incoming freshman facing the culture shock of campus life, reeling under the weight of scholastic expectations, and feeling the pressure of overwhelming financial commitments—don’t panic!” writes Freeman.  “Success in college is not about beating the system–it’s about learning skills that will help you thrive in a very difficult environment.”

Freeman holds the Orlando W. Qualley Chair of Classical Languages at Luther College. An internationally recognized specialist in Greek, Roman, medieval culture and Celtic studies, he is the author of numerous other publications, including “Julius Caesar” (Simon & Schuster, 2008), “St. Patrick of Ireland” (Simon & Schuster, 2004) and “War, Women, and Druids” (University of Texas Press, 2002).    

Before joining the classics department at Luther, Freeman taught at Boston University and Washington University. He has been a visiting scholar at the Harvard Divinity School, the American Academy in Rome and the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C.

A frequent speaker and presenter. Freeman has given talks on the ancient world at the Smithsonian Institution and interviews on National Public Radio and Minnesota Public Television.


Philip Freeman, associate professor of classics