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Minutes of the Great Books Committee

Members: Assoc. Dean Michael Brown, Anne Bunnell, Charles Fantazzi, Helena Feder, John Given, Robert Hammond, Thomas Herron, Su-Ching Huang, Anne Helene Miller, Kevin Moll, Frank Romer, Mona Russell, David Smith, Nancy Spalding, John Stevens, Anoush Terjanian, Mike Teske, Edmund Wall, David Wilson-Okamura, Tricia Wilson-Okamura

Members Present: Anne Bunnell, Helena Feder, John Given, Thomas Herron, Anne-Helene Miller, David Smith, John Stevens, Edmund Wall, Tricia Wilson-Okamura

April 20, 2009, Meeting #2, 2 pm, Bate 3321

Agenda Item 0. Announcement
Given announced that Oswyn Murray, Balliol College, Oxford, will speak April 23rd, 4:00pm, SciTech C209. The title of the talk is "The Young Refugee: Arnoldo Momigliano on Peace and Liberty (1940)." The Great Books program is co-sponsoring the talk with the Office of the Provost.

Agenda Item 1. Approval of Draft Minutes of January 16
The minutes of the January 16th meeting were approved as worded.

Agenda Item 2. Volunteer to take minutes
Wall volunteered to take the minutes of the meeting.
 

Agenda Item 3. Reports on Great Books courses
Smith reported on GRBK 2000 ("Great Books of the Enlightenment"), spring 2009, which is taught by Smith.
 
Given reported on GRBK 4000 ("Ancient Philosophical Literature"), spring 2009, which is taught by both Given and Stevens.
 
Due to another commitment, Terjanian was not present to give an update on GRBK 2000 ("Great Books of Love"), fall 2009.


 
Feder's proposed syllabus included readings from Darwin, de Beauvior, Freud, and others. The committee will vote on the proposal in fall 2009.
 
Feder as well as Miller will email a copy of their respective syllabi to each committee member.

Agenda Item 4. Approval of draft Annual Report
A question was raised about the accuracy of the course rotation schedule in Great Books, as depicted in the draft Annual Report. More investigation will be needed.
 
Herron suggested a revision to the report, which was adopted. Some members then left to attend another meeting. Members present agreed to tentatively approve the amended "Annual Report," pending possible revisions by email. Electronic copies of the report will be forwarded to each committee member by the director.
 

Agenda Item 5. Preliminary discussion of proposed "Faculty Seminar"

The director introduced the prospect of faculty members on the committee reading a book each year, and meeting several times throughout the year to discuss it. The director, also, suggested the possibility of opening up those meetings to the general public. There was brief discussion.

The meeting was adjourned at approximately 3 p.m.