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Members: Professors Cerutti, Daugherty, Enright, Papalas, Ryan, Stevens, Sundwall, Dean Coulter, and Student Representative Don Whitten

Meeting #2, February 3, 1997, held in the A. D. Frank Room, B202 Brewster

Members present were: Papalas, Ryan, and Stevens and Dean Coulter

Also present was Bill Seavey

Agenda Item I. Report on Greek and Latin Enrollments:

Prof. Stevens reported that Latin enrollments were sufficient to offer a third year class. Prof. Cerutti has offered another section of GRK 1001 to boost second year Greek enrollments. And enrollments in CLAS classes continue to grow. Not only has CLAS 1300 become one of the most popular humanities courses, but Prof. Cerutti’s Ancient City: Rome (CLAS 3400) and Prof. Stevens Greek tragedy course (CLAS 2220) have attracted solid followings:

CLAS 1300 267
CLAS 2200 30
CLAS 3400 38
GRK 1001 25
GRK 1002 13
GRK 1004 5
LATN 1002 33
LATN 1004 25
Total 436

Agenda Item II. Report on Prof. Kaegi’s Lecture:

Prof. Walter Kaegi spoke to a packed gathering of interested students and faculty on the progress of his book on the Byzantine Emperor Heraclius and his 7th century conflict with the Islamic world. The talk was very well attended and students expressed further interest in Prof. Kaegi’s work. Prof. Papalas hosted a reception in his honor.

Agenda Item III. Prof. Seavery new course on Plutarch:

Bill Seavey described his new course on Plutarch’s lives (HIST 3333). He is taking his 17 students through a life per class, covering most of the more famous comparative lives, together with lectures on the tradition of biographical writing.

Agenda Item IV. Report on Candidates fo the Whichard Chair:

Prof. Stevens explained that although there had been some 15 applications for the position, only 3 of these had come from truly distinguished applicants. Prof. Cerutti and Stevens interviewed all of these and others at the American Philological Association in New York over the semester break. All three well qualified applicants will be invited to campus. Of these, Prof. Emeritus Roger Hornsby has already come to interview and it was universally agreed that he would make an exemplary Whichard Chair. The second candidate, Prof. Emeritus Charles Fantazzi of the University of Windsor, Ontario Canada will be in Greenville 2/14-18. He will speak on "The Classics in a Climate of Diversity" at 3:30 in GCB 1026. He is a Classically trained Vergilian scholar who has studied Dante, taught Italian (is something of a polyglott), and has developed a large seminar course on the Classical tradition from Greek lyric to the Renaissance. The third candidate, Richard De Puma, is an Art Historian from the Unversity of Iowa who is one of the world’s experts on Etruscan Art, and teaches courses in Greek art and Mythology through art. He will come sometime in March or April. Prof. Papalas has received letters of interest from two very distinguished historians in England, Jon Morrison, a Maritime Historian, and Harold Mattingly, the distinguished numismatist. He will continue to correspond with them as the search progresses. In the meantime, he appointed a subcommittee of himself and Profs. Cerutti and Stevens to work on the search. Prof. Papalas suggested that when Prof. Hornsby’s appointment is made, a write-up of him with photo and a description of his planned courses be sent to the Daily Reflector for inclusion in their Sunday supplement.

Agenda Item V. Discussion of Classics’ Role in the Multidisciplinary B.A.:

Dean Coulter gave a history of the degree program which was recently given authorization to plan. He explained how the concept of the degree evolved from the a general studies degree which some wanted, but the College of Arts and Sciences vigorously opposed, to a designer degree for highly motivated students, to its current form. When the GA turned down a proposed BA in Religious Studies and remarked that they might become a concentration in the approved Multidisciplinary degree, there arose the idea of certain courses of study that are used by many students. Classical Studies was invited to submit a proposal for a concentration to submit as a sample with the authorization to establish the degree. Profs. Cerutti and Stevens prepared a draft which the committee approved for submission as amended.

The meeting adjourned.