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Minutes of the Great Books Committee

Members: Assoc. Dean Michael Brown, Anne Bunnell, Charles Fantazzi, John Given, Robert Hammond, Thomas Herron, Kevin Moll, Frank Romer, David Smith, John Stevens, Anoush Terjanian, Edmund Wall, David Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Wilson-Okamura

Members Present: Michael Brown, Anne Bunnell, John Given, Robert Hammond, Thomas Herron, Frank Romer, David Smith, John Stevens, Edmund Wall, David Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Wilson-Okamura

Meeting #1, December 1, 2006, 3:30-4:45 P.M. in Bate 2002

Agenda Item 1. Welcome of new Dean and members

The Committee was pleased to welcome Michael Brown, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Prof. Anne Bunnell from the Department of Biology, and Prof. Thomas Herron from the Department of English.

Agenda Item 2. Brochure

The program will be invited to design a new brochure in 2007-08. Dr. Stevens invited the committee to begin thinking about any additions or changes to the curriculum. There was discussion of adding POLS 2070, Introduction to Political Theory. David Wilson-Okamura supported the idea of incorporating political science into the program.

Agenda Item 3. Seminars

David Smith gave a report on the fall 2006 seminar, GRBK 2000 Law and Order. The class of 10 students has responded very well to the topic and the strength of the discussions held demonstrates once again that while the number of students enrolled is not great, they are a very bright group.
     David Wilson-Okamura gave a preview of the spring 2007 seminar, GRBK 4000, The Works of Virgil. He explained that the Eclogues, Georgics and Aeneid of Virgil would be team taught by himself and Prof. Stevens, and he explained the important position of Virgil in the canon.
     Discussion then followed on a topic for the fall 2007 GRBK 2000 seminar. There was continued serious interest in a seminar on the topic of war; Prof. Stevens reported a suggestion from Prof. Terjanian that we repeat the great books of love; and other topics were considered such as "the 20th century". After the meeting the latter emerged as the favorite and Prof. Given volunteered to serve as principle instructor.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:45 p.m.