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CC200 CLASSICAL WORLD
MWF 11.15-12.10 + W 10.10-11.00 or 4.10-5.00

Prof. Michael Arnush Ladd 209 x5462
marnush@skidmore.edu Hours: MW 12.15-1.15pm
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Requirements
Writing workshops  
One principal aim of CC200 focuses on improving your writing skills. CC200 is a four-credit course, with three hours scheduled for MWF 11.15-12.10; the other four hours consist of attendance at and participation in both biweekly writing workshops on Wednesdays and a series of events scheduled throughout the semester (see below). You will attend one of the workshops every other week, either from 10.10-11.00am or from 4.10-5.00pm. The workshops will help you strengthen your ability to compose coherently and effectively the writing assignments for the course.
   
Essays

First essay

Due 2/10 15%

Second essay - draft

Due 2/27  
Second essay - final version Due 3/7 15%

Third essay

Due 4/2 15%

Revised essay

Due 4/30 15%
Please submit your essays in the space reserved in Blackboard before 1.15pm and hand in printed and stapled versions of your essays in class. All essays have due dates and each essay must be turned in on time and in class by you. All due-dates are non-negotiable. Essays not turned in on time and in class by you earn a grade of "F."
     
Essay guidelines (research papers)   Academic integrity checklist
     
Exams    
Midterm exam 3/09 via Blackboard by 11am 15%
Final exam 5/10, Thurs., 1.30-4.30pm 15%

The date of the final exam has been determined by the Registrar and, as with all other deadlines, is non-negotiable. Please plan your departure from campus for the summer accordingly.

Class participation   10%

Class participation requires active and demonstrable engagement by you, the student, in classroom discussions. Class participation must be earned not just by attendance, but by vocal participation in dialogue and debate. If you do not attend class you obviously cannot participate. You may miss three class meetings without penalty or rationale; for each subsequent absence your class participation grade will drop by 2 points. Your class participation grade includes

  • participation in the Homerathon! on Tuesday, February 7th
  • attendance on Friday, February 13th, at the annual Classical World event: a performance by Ellen McLaughlin of Penelope; lecture TBA
  • attendance at and participation in a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC on Saturday, April 14th (subsidized by the Classics Department)
  • attendance at the annual Classics undergraduate conference, Parilia, on Friday, April 20th

You are also encouraged to attend the Theater Department's main stage performance of Ajax in Iraq in mid-April.

You may earn 2.5 extra credit points (i.e., one-half grade) towards your class participation grade by submitting two 250-word essays on any two of these events.

Homerathon!
The Homerathon! is a required marathon reading of Homer's epic poem the Odyssey open to the campus community, scheduled for Tuesday, February 7th, from 8pm until we drop. You, the students enrolled in CC200, together with students in the Greek poetry course on Homer's Iliad, will engineer how the event will unfold.
 
Guest lecture and performance
The annual Classical World lecture, now in its 15th year, is an all-campus event that brings esteemed scholars and artists to campus to exchange ideas. This year, in conjunction with the Theater Department, we are welcoming acclaimed playwright, translator and performer Ellen McLaughlin for the week of February 13th. Ms. McLaughlin will present her one-woman show Penelope, which situates a reading of the Odyssey in the context of the war in Afghanistan, and an accompanying lecture. Your attendance is required at both of these events.
New York City excursion to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
An essential component of CC220 is the role that material culture plays in both Greek and Roman societies. The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC houses a superb collection of art from both civilizations; on Saturday, April 14th, we will spend a good part of the day at the Met where you will present in teams objects you have researched in advance. Travel by bus to NYC and entrance to the museum are both provided by the Classics Department. Your attendance and participation are mandatory. We will prepare for our trip to the Met with a class session in the Tang Museum earlier that week.
Parilia
Each year four regional colleges - Colgate University, Hamilton College, Union College and Skidmore College - gather for one day for an undergraduate Classics conference, named for the annual Roman festival that celebrated the founding of the city by Romulus and Remus (traditionally, April 21st, 753 BCE). This year, Skidmore will host this event, scheduled for one full day on Friday, April 20th. You are required to attend one hour of talks by your peers, 11.15am-12.10pm, and are invited to join us for as much of the day, the lunch and dinner that your schedule allows.