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-Hélène Miller, Mona Russell, David Smith, Nancy Spalding, John Stevens, Anoush Terjanian, Edmund Wall, David Wilson-Okamura
December 1, 2009, Meeting #1, 8:20am, Bate 3321
Agenda Item 1. Election of Officers
only one member was nominated to serve as director, John Stevens, who agreed to continue in this capacity. As before, minutes-taking will rotate among committee members, alphabetically by last name.
Agenda Item 2. Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the 20 April 2009 meeting were approved as submitted by Wall.
Agenda Item 3. Announcements
Herron announced his second study in Ireland program for this summer; and the state of plans for a neo-Latin conference in honor of Charles Fantazzi, perhaps for spring 2011.
Stevens announced that Charles Fantazzi, Robert Hammond, Michael Teskey have withdrawn from the committee.
Agenda Item 4. Reports on Great Books courses
Terjanian reported on GRBK 2000: Great Books of Love. The class has nine students this semester, eight women and one man, and some new texts.
Miller distributed the syllabus for her spring 2010 course, GRBK 2400: Great Books of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Twelve students are registered so far. The theme of the course will be Self-Discovery and Inquiry.
Feder circulated a revised syllabus for her fall 2010 course, GRBK 2600: Great Books of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century. The theme of the course will be Great Books of Radical Thought: Revolution, Evolution, Mind and "Man." The committee discussed the syllabus and approved the course.
Agenda Item 5. Speaker
Our speaker money for this academic year is still uncommitted. Romer will invite one of his colleagues; if he is not available, Miller will invite one of hers.
Agenda Item 6. Preliminary discussion of proposed "Faculty Seminar"
Should we institute a faculty colloquium on the Great Books? We agreed to discuss this question at more length in our next meeting.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:24am