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: Assoc. Dean Michael Brown, Anne Bunnell, Charles Fantazzi, John Given, Thomas Herron, Frank Romer, David Smith, John Stevens, Anoush Terjanian, Edmund Wall, David Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Wilson-Okamura
Sept. 21, 2007, Meeting #1, 3-4 pm, Bate 3321
Agenda Item 1. Election of Officers Prof. Stevens was re-elected Director of the Great Books program. The duties of secretary will rotate among the committee's other members, proceeding alphabetically through the list of members.
Agenda Item 2. Invited Speakers Prof. Herron requested financial support to bring a Seamus Heaney scholar to campus on December 3. The committee agreed to help. Prof. Romer will check on bringing a speaker in from St. John's in Annapolis. Prof. Terjanian suggested bringing a Christine de Pisan scholar to campus.
Agenda Item 3. Open House Profs. Stevens, Given, and T. Wilson-Okamura will represent the Great Books Program at the University's Fall Open House.
Agenda Item 4. Minors Prof. Stevens will obtain and present a list of the Great Books minors at the Committee's next meeting, TBA.
Agenda Item 5. GRBK 2000 Prof. Stevens read a report from Prof. Given on the progress of the current GRBK 2000 course.
Agenda Item 6. Program Revisions The committee discussed revisions to the Program's description of requirements.
Agenda Item 7. Expanding the Great Books program The committee discussed the future of the Great Books program with Associate Dean Michael Brown, especially the committee's interest in forming a subcommittee to research the viability of pursuing outside donations and grants to fund faculty positions in Great Books. Dean Brown suggested inviting the College's fundraisers to attend a meeting, and also to consider approaching nontraditional allies such as Student Affairs. Dean Brown underscored the importance of finding Department Chairs willing to help support partial faculty positions. Professors David Wilson-Okamura, John Stevens, and Frank Romer volunteered to work on a subcommittee tasked with exploring funding opportunities. Professor David Wilson-Okamura agreed to chair the subcommittee. Members interested in joining the committee were encouraged to do so at any time.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:10 p.m.