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Minutes of the Great Books Committee

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

Members Present: Professors Brown, Bunnell, Given, Romer, Russell, Stevens, Wall, D. Wilson-Okamura, T. Wilson-Okamura.

March 4, 2008, Meeting #3, 4:15 pm, Bate 2020

Agenda Item 1. New Members
Professor Mona Russell, Department of History, was welcomed as a new member.

Agenda Item 2. Report on GRBK 4000 (Spring 2008)
Professor Stevens reported that apparently because of the high course number, students were not taking GRBK 4000 and only one auditor had registered for spring. Accordingly use of that number is being suspended and GRBK 2000 will be used pending curriculum revisions in 2008-09.

Agenda Item 3. GRBK Fall 2008
Professor David Wilson-Okamura will lead next Fall's introductory Great Books seminar on "Great Books of War."

Agenda Item 4. Program Development
Professor Stevens reported that he had asked a subcommittee to prepare a draft recommendation for a new curriculum based on existing resources that would simultaneously build enrollments, offer a structured curriculum, and put the program on a firmer foundation. The draft recommendation was for the creation of three new courses, GRBK 2300 Great Books of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, GRBK 2400 Great Books of the Englightenment, and GRBK 2500 Great Books of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. All will be writing intensive, carry humanities credit, and have no pre-requisites so that students may join the curriculum at any point. These will be offered on a rotating basis with GRBK 2000. The core of the program would be revised to add these courses as well as CLAS 2220, 2230, which the Classics program will agree to offer as Great Books seminars on the classics beginning in Fall 2009. This will allow students to take at least six Great Books seminars over two years in chronological order: GRBK 2000 (Intro), CLAS 2220 (Greeks), CLAS 2230 (Romans), GRBK 2300 (Middle Ages-Renaissance) GRBK 2400 (Enlightenment), GRBK 2500 (19th-20th C). Course proposals were discussed and revised by the committee to employ fewer texts and to add representation of women and non-Western texts.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.