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Minutes of the Executive Committee

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

Members Present: J. Given, E. Layman, K. Moll, J. Stevens, A. Terjanian, E. Wall, D. Wilson-Okamura, T. Wilson-Okamura

Meeting #2, January 28, 2005, 3-4 p.m. in Bate 3321.

Agenda Item 1. Current Class

Prof. Terjanian reported on the success of her current class, GRBK 4000, "Commerce and its Critics". Although she has only three students, two of them are interested in becoming Great Books minors. She explained the modalities of the class, esp. fostering the arts of reading and discussion, for which she assigns formal reading summaries for each class. She also instructs students in the skills of working with a text, establishing its date and provenance, and in the comparison of translations when not read in the author's original language. The first classes began with discussions of Aristotle's and Xenophon's Oeconomicus and Cicero's De Officiis, on the classical origins of economic theory and social responsibility.

Agenda Item 2. Future Classes

The committee discussed the organization of GRBK 2000 for fall 2005. A number of approaches and topics were considered, with overall support strongest for a course on love or desire from the ancient world to the modern, possibly incorporating film, and probably team-taught. One possible mode would be for each faculty member to contribute a 2-week curriculum in their area of strength, with one person meeting the class regularly to ensure continuity, award grades, and to receive the 0.25 course buyout. It was agreed to discuss these matters further at a meeting in early March.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:15 p.m.