Best Practices: Streaming Videos
Underserved and Minority students face several barriers that keep them from being exposed to and benefiting from Great Books. The texts themselves, many of which were once taught in all grammar and high schools, have long been in the public domain, readily available for pennies. But the Great Books are not assigned due to a set of beliefs shared by many faculty, administrators, and members of the public. They are that underserved and minority students do not have the academic skills to read Great Books, or the intelligence to comprehend let alone think meaningfully about them. Moreover, as this belief system goes, underserved and minority students are incapable of the curiosity to read about anything but popular culture and current events. Nor do they possess the ethical imagination and empathy to abstract profound and universal meanings about the human condition--and their own--from books written in highly unfamiliar epochs, in countries, operating under other moralities , values and social roles and expressed in prose more complex than present day magazine feature article English.
The video clips here are provided in part as evidence that these assumptions sell underserved and minority students terribly short. Semester in and semester out hundreds of students like these gain and demonstrate the same levels of mastery and curiosity about materials presented to them by others. Anyone interested in initiating Great Books pedagogy among other students and other faculty may also find these brief videos persuasive and even inspiring.
Intercollegiate Student Symposium
To culminate the three-year collaborative work of creating new Great Books Curricula at Oakton and Harold Washington colleges, students from those institutions along with a participant from Wright College convened on the Washington campus in downtown Chicago to present academic papers on the ethical, economic, legal, and psychological issues raised in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice, and organized around the theme of "the individual and the community."
Wright College Annual Student Symposium
Student Symposium - The Way It Was & The Way It Should Be
Wright College Faculty Symposium
FIPSE Cirriculum & Assesement Project
Great Books Student Drama
A multicultural student cast presents The Menachmi by the Roman playwright Plautus under the auspices of the Wright College Stage Wright company, directed by Professor Maria Jaskot-Inclan.
Great Books Cultural Event: Commedia dell’arte
Classical actor Allen Gilmore presents a performance and talk on inspired by his tour de force role in the Court Theater production of Moliere’s Scapin.
Great Books in the Classroom:
Professor Terre Ouwehand and her Santa Barbara College students analyze aspects of sacred texts
Professor Helen Ward Page and her Oakton College students analyze an aspect of Shakespeare’s play Othello using shared inquiry and a seminar approach.
Professor Bruce Gans and his Wright College students candidly explore a Great Books text.
Hemingway Developmental Reading Class at Wright College