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Minutes of the Great Books Committee

May 1, 2014. Meeting #2. Bate 3321.

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

Present: Ed Wall, Helena Feder, John Stevens, David Wilson-Okamura, John Given, Thomas Herron, Nancy Spalding

Called to order: 9:30

1. Announcements: Helena Federer will be the new director. Anne-Helene will be leaving, going to Vermont. UNC writing center has excellent handouts online.

2. Discussion: how to build visibility, more of a presence? In the Honors College? Leadership issue; Great Books of leadership? Perhaps classics of Public Management?

3. Annual Report. Approved

4. Discussion: Assessment. Rubric? What is a “C” paper? Summary. “B” paper? Summary + Synthesis. “A” paper? C+B; Step back and find linkages to other writings; make an argument? Implications? Spalding suggested an assignment to write on truth versus strength: Use the Plato/Thrasymachus conflict to interpret the Lincoln/Douglas debate Point: Interpreting texts and comparing underlying arguments.

Submitted by Nancy Spalding.