Classical Studies: Minutes

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Members: Steven Cerutti (excused), Michael Enright, Charles Fantazzi, Student rep. Forrest Littleton, Anthony Papalas, Eugene Ryan, William Seavey, Dean Keats Sparrow, John Stevens, and McKay Sundwall

Also present was Prof. Rand Evans, Director of Great Books

Meeting #1, November 5, 1999, held in Brewster B 232, 4:00-4:30 pm

Agenda Item I. Election of Officers:

Prof. Papalas was nominated as chair, Prof. Stevens as secretary. Elected by acclamation.

Agenda Item II. Upcoming Lectures:

Prof. Papalas announced that $100 of our budget had been allocated to sponsor a talk in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. He invited the committee to suggest names for Classics lectures. Prof. Enright suggested someone who might speak on the relationships between Greece and the Near East. Forrest Littleton suggested Kenneth Samms, Professor of Anatolian archeology at UNCCH, and director of the dig at Gordion in Turkey.

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 20 students in the MULT program, with 7 or so pursuing majors in Classics or related disciplines. Both graduates from last year were accepted into graduate school in Classics: George Kaupp to the Ph.D. program at Florida State, and John Scott to the M.A. program at Kentucky.

Agenda Item IV. Classical Studies Enrollments:

Enrollments for the Fall are as follows:

CLAS 1300 130
CLAS 2000 17
CLAS 2002 5
CLAS 2200 8
CLAS 2400 3
CLAS 3400 121
GRK 1001 9
GRK 1003 7
LATN 1001 50
LATN 1003 41
LATN 2021 1
Total 389

Agenda Item V. Classical Studies Webpage:

The committee thanked Prof. Stevens for putting the page together. Prof. Stevens explained that it contained descriptions of the Classics minor and how to get an MULT major, along with current offerings, links, participating faculty and Joyner Library resources. He welcomed input and suggestions from the committee.

Agenda Item VI. The Great Books Multidisciplinary Minor:

Prof. Evans and Prof. Fantazzi reported on progress to develop a minor in Great Books within the approved MULT minor. Prof. Evans reported that the Great Books program is off to a good start and that they looked forward to cooperative efforts with Classics. The introduction to Great Books course was being offered under CLAS 2000 / 4000, featuring texts from Antiquity to the Renaissance taught in the Socratic manner. Prof. Fantazzi reported that the best of these students were continuing on with the program and would take Prof. Wall’s seminar on Great Philosophers from Antiquity to the Present (PHIL 2311) which would feature Plato’s Phaedo, Augustine’s On Free Will, and Descartes. Prof. Evans will be offering the introductory course this spring on the theme of "Leadership and Courage" (CLAS 2000 / 4000), reading Plato’s Apology and Crito, Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, selections from Plutarch’s Lives and Machiavelli’s The Prince. Profs. Sundwall and Enright suggested that he might profitably add the Life of King Alfred.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.