Classical Studies: Minutes

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Members: Steven Cerutti, Michael Enright, Charles Fantazzi, John Given, Anthony Papalas, Jonathan Reid, Eugene Ryan, Assoc. Dean Scott Snyder, John Stevens, David Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Wilson-Okamura, and student representative Lisa Wilbourne

Members Present: Enright, Given, Papalas, Snyder, Stevens, D. Wilson-Okamura, T. Wilson-Okamura, and Wilbourne
Excused: Fantazzi

Meeting #1, September 8, 2003, held in Brewster B203, 4-4:35 pm

Agenda Item 1. Election of Officers:

Professor Papalas was elected chair and Prof. Stevens as secretary.

Agenda Item 2. Invited Speakers

Prof. Papalas formed a subcommittee of himself, T. Wilson-Okamura and Given, to collect information on potential speakers. A decision on how many speakers to invite and how to allocate funds was put off for a week pending deliberations of the subcommittee.

Agenda Item 3. Report on course offerings

Prof. Papalas reported that Prof. Cerutti's classes in translation were full to overflowing, including a new course on Pompeii, CLAS 3410. He reported that Prof. Cerutti is also offering intensive Latin 1003-4 this fall for the first time and that he has reserved space at the Intercollegiate Center in Rome for a tour group this coming summer (May 31-June 18). The package price will be $3500 including airfare. The course will feature in situ lectures in Rome and trips to other cities in central Italy.
Prof. Papalas reported that in spring he would offer HIST 3406 (War and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome), HIST 5340 (Ancient Near East) and either HIST 3405 (History of Ancient Greece) or HIST 3410 (History of Ancient Rome).
Prof. Stevens reported that CLAS 2220 was being offered for the first time as a Socratic Great Books seminar, and had been met with enthusiasm from students. He also reported that CLAS 2000, a multimedia Greek and Roman civ. course offered in Summer II, was well received and had contributed to another student enrolling in Greek. Prof. Given was congratulated on a sizeable class of Greek 1001 students. Prof. T. Wilson-Okamura is also offering an Honors Seminar on Gender and Sexuality in Ancient Greece.

Agenda Item 4. Classical Studies Enrollments for Fall 2003:

CLAS 1300 100
CLAS 2000 12
CLAS 2220 13
CLAS 2500 33
CLAS 3400 115
CLAS 3410 110
CLAS 4000 1
CLAS 4521 1
CLAS 4523 1
GRK 1001 17
GRK 1003 4
GRK 3001 1
LATN 1001 52
LATN 1003 29
LATN 1004 6
LATN 3001 2
Total 498

Agenda Item 5. Other Business

Prof. D. Wilson-Okamura proposed that something be done for the students. After discussion of forming a club was met with little response, including by the student representative, a call was made for more parties, which all endorsed and agreed to take home to their constituencies. There was also discussion of having Classics students join the MRST movie series, of working cooperatively with the Philosophy dept. to sponsor joint talks and encourage course offerings, and of working with Great Books and Honors, including the afternoon chat, to publicize the Classics.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.