The Great Books: Executive Committee Minutes

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Minutes of the Great Books Committee

Members: Debbie Anderson, David Conradt, Rand Evans, Charles Fantazzi, John Given, Robert Hammond, Brian Harris, Gordon Hull, Elizabeth Layman, Kevin Moll, James Reho, Assoc. Dean Scott Snyder, John Stevens, Edmund Wall, David Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Wilson-Okamura

Members Present: Anderson, Given, Harris, Hull, Layman, Moll, Reho, Stevens, Wall and Snyder

Meeting #1, September 24, 2003, held in Bate 3321, 3:00-4:10 pm

Agenda Item 1. Welcome to new and returning members. The committee welcomed Debbie Anderson, Acting Asst. Director of the Honors Program.

Agenda Item 2. Election of Officers

Prof. Stevens was elected chair, and Prof. Given as secretary.

Agenda Item 3. Curriculum

Prof. Stevens confirmed with Dean Snyder that there would continue to be one course buy-out from the College for Great Books per semester. This semester, Prof. Wall is teaching for GRBK.

Prof. Moll presented a proposed course syllabus for Spring 2004, entitled "Issues in Aesthetics and Aesthetic Criticism." It will be offered as GRBK 4000.

Prof. Reho presented a proposal for a course in the Great Books of Science, which he developed with Prof. Hammond. After discussion, it was decided that a course proposal should be submitted to the Curriculum Committees, creating Great Books of Science as GRBK 3001. Prof. Reho will aim at teaching it in Fall 2004.

Agenda Item 4. Speakers

Last year, Prof. Gretchen Reydams-Schils of Notre Dame University was invited to speak, but her visit was cancelled due to weather. It was decided that she should be invited again this year. Prof. Hull also suggested that in the future speakers could be coordinated with each semester's course topic.

Agenda Item 5. Coordination with other programs

Prof. Stevens invited Prof. Anderson to report on the Great Books Program's cooperation with the Honors Program. Prof. Anderson suggested that Great Books courses always open an Honors section for their students. This would enable the Honors Program to advertise GRBK courses to their students.

Prof. Stevens also requested that the Great Books faculty visit the Honors Program students in one of their chat sessions. This will be scheduled for the spring semester.

Prof. Moll reported that the MRST Program welcomes cooperation with Great Books. He suggested that a good opportunity for getting together would be the MRST film series, which could be advertised as an interdisciplinary film series.

Agenda Item 6. Brochure

Dean Snyder reported that he needed to check with Dean Sparrow whether there would be money available this year for a new Great Books brochure that would update the recent changes to the program.

Agenda Item 7. Preliminary discussion of future curriculum development

Professor Moll suggested further discussion of courses designed to provide a wider training in aspects of Medieval and Renaissance civilization, including, philosophy, theology, art, music and criticism.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned.