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Awards and Media Recognition

The National Great Books Curriculum and its partner institutions to date have received grants and awards from the following organizations:

  • U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education. (FIPSE).
  • National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Marjorie Kovler Fund
  • Columbia University

Selected Articles on the Great Books Curriculum

Within two years of its inception, the effort by the emergent Wilbur Wright Community College Great Books Curriculum to offer urban minority and underserved students the benefits of studying the Great Books in core courses began to receive attention and plaudits in the media, most notably in a front-page article in the New York Times. The articles listed below reflect this multifaceted enthusiasm - both of the public and of the faculty and students involved in the work. Listing the articles here can serve several purposes. One is to serve as an example of what other Great Books Curricula at other institutions of higher learning can offer their students and faculty. Another is that some of the articles also explore underlying issues concerning the Great Books. Originally it was hoped to reprint all of the articles listed below on this site itself. But while an individual can purchase almost all of the articles online at little or no cost, obtaining the necessary permissions from the publishers for placement on a website like this one proved either impossible or prohibitive. Whenever possible, web links to the articles have been supplied below.

"Academic Horatios." Ottawa Citizen (Canada). January 29, 2000.

Breslin, Meg McSherry."Professor Makes a Classics Case for Great Books." Chicago Tribune. Monday, November 13, 2001.

Carlson, Scott "A Campus Revival for the Great Books." Chronicle of Higher Education 46,
no. 13 (November 19, 1999).

Cordes, Cynthia. "Illinois Board of Higher Education Results Report: Best Practices."
Wilbur Wright College. Spring 2003

Daley, Mayor Richard M. Letter to Bruce Gans. July 21, 2001.

Fields, Suzanne. "Dead White Males Live." The Washington Times. January 27, 2000.

"Great Books Welcome Return." New York Post. Editorial. January 25, 2000.

Kersten, Katherine. "Proof that the Classics Can Speak to Everyone." Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Wednesday, February 20, 2002, page A11.

Kersten, Katherine. "I Sit with Shakespeare and He Winces Not":
The Great Books and the Burgeoning of Citizenship."
American Experiment Quarterly, Summer 2002.

Steinberg, Jacques. "After Bitter Campus Battles the Great Books Rise Again."
New York Times. Tuesday, January 18, 2000.

"They Came, They Saw, They Conquered." Tony and Tacky. Taste Section. Wall Street Journal.
Friday, July 13, 2001.

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