Classical Studies: Minutes

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Members: Steven Cerutti, Michael Enright, Charles Fantazzi, Anthony Papalas, Eugene Ryan, William Seavey, Dean Keats Sparrow, John Stevens, and McKay Sundwall

Meeting #1, February 25, 1999, held in Brewster B 232, 2:00-3:00 pm

Agenda Item I. Welcome of Prof. Fantazzi:

Prof. Fantazzi was welcomed formally, and optimism was expressed that Prof. Fantazzi’s new appointment for next year would be speedily approved. Prof. Fantazzi will give his spring lecture on the subject of the "two worlds" of academia, the sciences and the humanities, sometime in April.

Agenda Item II. Upcoming Lectures:

Prof. Seavey reported that Prof. Peter Smith and his wife Rebeccah would speak next week. Peter is to speak on Wed. night, March 3 at 7 pm in GCB 1024 on the subject of "Suffering and Wisdom in Greek Tragedy". Rebeccah will speak the following day at 3:30 in the same room on the subject of "Themes from Book Four of the Aeneid ". Prof. Papalas announced that he will host a reception after Peter’s talk and invited all members of the Classics program to attend.

Agenda Item III. Multidisciplinary Studies / Classical Studies Majors:

Prof. Cerutti was unable to attend.

Prof. Stevens reported that to the best of his knowledge there were something like 18 students in the MULT program, with 8 or so pursuing majors in Classics or related disciplines. He also mentioned that only that day he had been approached to mentor another student, Forest Littleton. The program seems to be growing nicely.

Agenda Item IV. Classical Studies Enrollments:

Enrollments for the Spring are as follows:

CLAS 1300 126
CLAS 2000 18
CLAS 3400 118
GRK 1002 9
GRK 1004 3
GRK 2022 2
LATN 1002 38
LATN 1004 19
LATN 3022 1
Total 335

Among the highlights were: the first time Herodotus is being taught in Greek, to two students; the first time the Classical tradition had been taught (Classical themes and their influence on the Renaissance), by Prof. Fantazzi

Agenda Item V. The Great Books Multidisciplinary Minor:

Prof. Stevens and Prof. Fantazzi reported on progress to develop a minor in Great Books within the approved MULT minor. Faculty were encouraged to submit courses whose curricula emphasize Great Books and whose method is discussion centered to be considered for a Great Books designation. Prof. Papalas suggested the addition of HIST 3405, History of Ancient Greece to 146 BC, and HIST 3410, History of Ancient Rome.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.