Classical Studies: Minutes

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Members: Steven Cerutti, Michael Enright, Charles Fantazzi, Student rep. Forrest Littleton, Anthony Papalas, Eugene Ryan, William Seavey, Assoc. Dean Scott Snyder, John Stevens, and McKay Sundwall

Members Present: Papalas, Stevens, Ryan

Meeting #1, September 20, 2001, held in Brewster B 204, 2-2:20 pm

Agenda Item 1. Election of Officers:

Professor Papalas was re-elected as Chair, Prof. Stevens as secretary

Agenda Item 2. Upcoming events:

  • Professor Papalas announced a lecture for Monday, October 4 by Raymond Clark of Memorial University, Newfoundland. He will be accompanied by his wife Vivian. Prof. Papalas said that he would arrange for a room and inform the committee.
  • Prof. Papalas also announced that on Tues. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. in Bate 1026 there will be a lecture in honor of Prof. Bodo Nishan of the Dept. of History and Director of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies program. Dr. Hans Hillerbrand, Prof. of Religion at Duke University, will offer "Was There a Protestant Reformation in the Sixteenth Century? Musings About Recent Historiography". He added with regret, that Prof. Nishan is dying of cancer and will likely be unable to attend.

Agenda Item 3. Advising:

There was discussion of the difficulty some students were having in PHIL 3311. Prof. Ryan suggested that perhaps it would be best for students to have prior experience in philosophy before attempting an upper division course such as Plato or Aristotle. He suggested 2310, Ancient Philosophy, as a better place to begin, and added that even 1100, Intro to Philosophy often had classical content, especially when he is the instructor.

Agenda Item 4. Status of Majors:

Prof. Stevens reported that two majors graduated last year. This year, there are at least five active majors, of whom, three are at the advanced level of Latin, should graduate in May, and are considering careers teaching Latin. Of the other two, one is at the intermediate level, the other just starting out. Both seem quite serious. The upper division majors have had quite a difficult time with the thesis requirement. While this is disappointing, it was agreed that the requirement has actually served a good purpose, showing students that they are not ready for graduate level work and encouraging them to direct their energies in more constructive directions.

Agenda Item 5. Reading List:

All present agreed to begin compiling a list of titles in translation both primary and secondary sources, from which students may select titles according to their interests. Students applying to graduate school would be expected to select a certain number of titles from the list, yet to be determined. In this way, faculty might have greater confidence in the background knowledge of students it recommends to peer institutions.

Agenda Item VI. Classical Studies Enrollments:

Enrollments for Fall 2001 are as follows:

CLAS 1300 108
CLAS 2000 25
CLAS 3400 119
GRK 1001 3
GRK 1003 5
LATN 1001 45
LATN 1003 19
LATN 3001 1
LATN 4001 1
LATN 4523 1
Total 327

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.