Elements of Politics Reunion
Saturday, October 20th, 4-5:30pm
It’s the reunion that alumni have been waiting for! Whether you took Elements of Politics, Shakespeare, or Love and Friendship, please join your fellow pilgrims from near and far as we gather for a tea with Dr. Goldberg. The gathering will be in the Scholar Lounge of the Morehead-Cain Foundation Offices (222 East Franklin St). While it coincides with the Morehead-Cain Alumni Forum weekend, all past and present students of Dr. Goldberg are warmly invited.
The Campaign Continues
Gallery: Give the Dean a Book
Monday, September 12
The Elements Alumni Board issues a press release today concerning the latest effort to preserve the Elements of Politics: the Give the Dean a Book Campaign.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
The Independent Weekly published an investigative report on the Pope Center’s offer to partially fund the course. As stated earlier, the Elements Alumni Board is not affiliated with the Pope Center or any other political organization, and our broad base of alumni have a wide variety of political views. We appreciate the Pope Center’s overall show of support, and we would like to add one clarification: we do not share the judgment that other Honors courses are not as valuable as Elements. However, we applaud the Pope Center’s call for more publicity and accountability about what is being cut and what is being preserved. We have requested from Associate Dean Jim Leloudis further information regarding the Honors Program budget before and after the cuts, but we have not yet received a reply.
Wednesday, September 7
The Durham Herald-Sun reports on the course cuts and efforts to raise money to restore the course. A copy of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I is sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.
Tuesday, September 6
The petition reaches 197 signatures. A copy of Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans was sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.
Monday, September 5
The Elements Alumni Board learned that the Pope Center wrote to the Chancellor on Friday in support of the course, offering $2000 towards its restoration. This letter was sent independently of our alumni organization, which is a broad, grassroots group unattached to any particular political creed. Because the statement and offer do not come from us, we hasten to clarify that the “offer to save Western Civ” does not fully capture the essence of the course — the point of the course is first and foremost, as Goldberg says each semester, to “introduce you to the pleasures of hard thinking.” While the Elements Alumni Board does not share the judgment that other Honors courses are not as valuable as Elements, at the same time we are heartened to learn of others who recognize the uniqueness of the course, whose chief merit lies in its refusal to take anything as given.
Friday, September 2
A copy of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels was sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.
Wednesday, August 31
Listen to excellent reporting on the Elements campaign from WCHL Radio’s Freda Kashi tonight at 5:00 PM EST on 1360AM and again Thursday morning at 6:00pm, 7:00pm, and 8:00pm. Listeners can also access the live stream at www.chapelboro.com. The story can also be read here.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 30
The petition reaches 187 signatures. An alumnus from Chapel Hill contacts the Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Associate Dean of Honors. A copy of Hannah Arendt’s Totalitarianism was sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.
MONDAY, AUGUST 29
Alumni who have written letters continue to receive brief reply from Associate Dean Leloudis, citing budgetary constraints. Alumni begin writing back to Jim Leloudis with follow-up questions. View the replies here (scroll down to “Follow-Up To First Letter”).
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
A copy of Plato’s Phaedrus was sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
An alumnus from New York, an alumna from New Haven, an alumnus from Rockport, an alumna from Edinburgh, and an alumnus from Washington DC all contact the Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Associate Dean of Honors.
Friday, August 26
An excellent editorial appeared in the Daily Tar Heel today. The Petition has reached 177 signatures. As momentum is growing, students hope the College of Arts and Sciences will reconsider its support for the Honors proposal to slash funding for Elements of Politics.
Five new books were sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences today.
An alumnus from New Haven contacts the Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Associate Dean of Honors.
Thursday, August 25
As letters supporting the Elements of Politics have been pouring into South Building, the Elements Alumni Board launches an additional means to show the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences what is so special about Elements of Politics: the reading Prof. Goldberg assigns, of course! We have asked alumni and other Elements supporters to share their favorite books with the Dean. Detailed instructions are available here.
An alumnus from Greenville contacts the Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Associate Dean of Honors.
Petition grows to over 150 signatures! This includes major donors, alumni, current students, faculty members at other universities who studies took Elements of Politics when they attended UNC, and six of the past eight Rhodes Scholars.
Wednesday, August 24
Over the past week we have begun to speak with administrators and express our concerns directly. Their response has been to reiterate “the need to balance priorities in light of state budget cutbacks.” After coverage in local print and online media, the Elements Alumni Board has decided to put in writing what we seek as an outcome. On Wednesday, Aug 24th, we sent this letter to UNC Administrators involved in the decision.
An alumna from New Haven and an alumnus from London contact the Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Associate Dean of Honors.
Tuesday, August 23
In the Daily Tar Heel’s coverage of the proposed cuts, Maggie Zellner and Anthony Dent describe why they love Prof. Goldberg’s Elements of Politics.
Supporters of Elements agree to an interview with WCHL Radio in Chapel Hill.
Copies of Plato’s Republic, Plato’s Meno, and Homer’s Iliad were sent to the Dean of Arts & Sciences today.
Monday, August 22
Today, members of the Elements Alumni Board participated in a conference call with the Dean of Arts & Sciences, voicing their commitment to continue a public campaign in support of Elements. Here is a question that we asked that was left unanswered: If the course was cut in half out of budget concern, why was it that Prof. Goldberg’s subsequent offer to teach for free was immediately rejected, even though he has taught for free in the past? Of course, we are seeking not only that the second section of Elements be preserved, but also that Prof. Goldberg receive compensation for every section he teaches.
An alumna from Boston and an alumnus from Los Angeles contact the Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Associate Dean of Honors.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 19
An alumnus from Palto Alto contacts the Chancellor, Dean of Arts & Sciences, and Associate Dean of Honors.
Thursday, August 18
In just two days, the petition grows to over 100 signatures!
Tuesday, August 16
Launched an online petition in support of Elements.
Thursday, August 11
Updated the Elements of Politics Website. It’s now assessable at: www.elementsofpolitics.com
Monday, August 8
Launched the first edition of the Elements of Politics Website.