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MEMBERS:
Michael Enright, Charles Fantazzi, John Given, Peter Green, Anthony Papalas, Jonathan Reid, Assoc. Dean Scott Snyder, John Stevens, David Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Wilson-Okamura, and student representative Lisa Wilbourne

MEMBERS PRESENT:
C. Fantazzi, P. Green, J. Given, A. Papalas, J. Reid, J. Stevens, D. Wilson-Okamura, T. Wilson-Okamura, L. Wilbourne

Meeting #1, October 6, 2004, held in Brewster B202, 3-4 pm


0. WELCOME OF NEW MEMBERS:
The committee welcomed Peter Green, King Charles II Distinguished Visiting Professor of History and Classical Studies.


1. ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
Professor Stevens agreed to serve as chair and secretary.


2. MAJORS AND MINORS:
Prof. Stevens reported that the program has a significant increase in majors and minors, with 15 students declared as minors and 8 declared as Classics or Classical Civilization majors.


3. COURSE OFFERINGS:
The committee discussed current courses: Prof. Green reports that 18 are registered for his seminar on the Persian Wars. Prof. Papalas reports that he is teaching Roman History, a graduate seminar on the Julio-Claudians, and Maritime History. Prof. T. Wilson-Okamura is teaching Latin 3 and Homer; Prof. Given is teaching Greek 1, 3, and Greek Tragedy in Translation; Prof. D. Wilson-Okamura is teaching The Classics from Homer to Dante, and Intro to Lit. on the theme of Epic (which led to a lively discussion of the best translations of classical texts, with Prof. Green holding forth at dramatic length, denouncing the wrongly famous, and lamenting the unjustly out of print); Prof. Fantazzi is teaching Caesar, Martial and some Latin composition in Latin 5, and Prof. Stevens is teaching Latin 2, and a fourth year course on Silver Latin. All four years of Latin and three years of Greek are currently being offered.

In the spring, Prof. Papalas will offer Greek History; Prof. T. Wilson Okamura Latin 4 and Greek 4; Prof. Given Greek 2 and a directed reading on Aristophanes at the 6th semester level; Prof. Fantazzi will offer a Medieval & Renaissance Studies Seminar on Erasmus; and Prof. Stevens will offer Latin 2 and a third year course on Augustan poetry.


4. INVITED SPEAKERS:
The committee voted to allocate part of its honorarium budget in support of Carin Green's lecture on Friday Nov. 5 at 12:30 in Brody 2E 100, co-sponsored by the program in Medical Humanities, entitled, "Three Women and a Dog. Alternative Medicine in the Ancient World." The committee empowere Profs. Papalas and Green to select a candidate to give a talk in the spring.

Prof. Papalas brought to the attention of the committee three other talks:

  • On October 20, there will be a ceremony presenting a posthumous Festschrift to Gerda Nischan, wife of History Prof. Bodo Nischan, entitled, "Confessionalization in Europe 1555-1700. Essays in Honor and Memory of Bodo Nischan." ed., John M. Headley, Hans J. Hillerbrand, and Anthony J. Papalas (Ashgate 2004). Supported by a generous gift from the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences.
  • On November 10 at 12:30 in Brody 2W 50, Prof. Green will speak on "What You See is What You Cure: Magic, Medicine, and the Principle of Apparent Causality in Pliny's Natural History."
  • On November 18 at 8pm in Science and Technology OC 307, Prof. Green will present the 23rd annual Lawrence F. Brewster Lecture in History on the topic, "Alexander of Macedon: Icon and Enigma".


5. OTHER BUSINESS:
Prof. Stevens invited committee members to join Profs. Given and Wilson-Okamura at the fall open house on Sat. Nov. 13 in the Bate building. Prof. T. Wilson-Okamura offered to take brochures over to the Honors office and asked the committee's opinion on renewing the Classics film series. Various possibilities were discussed, including taking a group to see Oliver Stone's Alexander when it comes out.

CLAS 1300 103
CLAS 2001 1
CLAS 2500 27
CLAS 3400 115
CLAS 3410 121
CLAS 4000 1
CLAS 4523 1
GRK 1001 13
GRK 1003 3
GRK 3001 2
LATN 1001 55
LATN 1003 26
LATN 3001 4
LATN 4001 2
LATN 4523 1
Total 475

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.