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Letter to the Editor

Dr. Saundra Schwartz

 

I would like to correct a factual error that appeared in an opinion piece by Michael Coffey, entitled “Great Works Missing from HPU Curriculum” (April 26, 2004). He writes, “Currently our curriculum - for Political Science, International Relations, Humanities, Classics programs, and potentially History - is almost entirely devoid of the great works.”

I can’t speak for the other programs, but I can assure Mr. Coffey that the program in East-West Classical Studies is chockfull of great works. In fact, this innovative program was recently introduced in order to address the very absence of “great works” in the curriculum that Mr. Coffey decries.

I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Coffey about the great value of encountering classic texts directly, without the filters of ideology or oversimplification. The potential that they hold for stimulating discussion is enormous. I, too, firmly believe that these works are timeless indeed, they are more relevant today than ever.

Although I personally cannot claim that I am a “dead, white, European male,” I am quite prepared and more than happy to teach a Great Books-style course at any level. Until now, the only thing preventing such a course from being offered is a sufficient number of students demanding it.

I invite Mr. Coffey, and anyone else who is interested in Great Books, or in East-West Classical Studies, to call me at 544-9389, or e-mail me at sschwartz@hpu.edu.

Dr. Saundra Schwartz
Associate Professor of History and Classical Studies

 
 
 

 

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