Give the Dean a Book

Book-In: Share EOP with the Dean

As the College of Arts & Sciences considers the Honors proposal to cut funding in half for Prof. Goldberg’s award-winning Elements of Politics, students share their favorite part of Prof. Goldberg’s classes with the dean of the college: the assigned reading.

Here’s what to do:

1. Pick out a book from the syllabi that hasn’t been posted on the spreadsheet at the bottom of the page. Buy a copy for the Dean. No need to spend lots of money! Used books or cheaper copies will suffice.

2. Write a short note on the back of the cover to the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Consider including in this note:

  • What do you like about this book?
  • Why was it important for you to have read it with Prof. Goldberg?
  • Why is it important to you that the College of the Arts and Sciences preserves Elements of Politics, instead of cutting its funding and the amount of sections offered each semester in half?

3. Scan or take a photo of the book’s cover and another photo of the note you write inside. Email these photos to and we’ll post them below.

4. Fill out this form so that we don’t send duplicate books.

5. Optional Step: Gift-wrap the book!

6. Mail this book to Dean Karen Gil:

Dean Karen Gil
UNC College of Arts & Sciences
Campus Box 3100
205 South Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3100
phone: 919.962.1165

Note: If you have trouble scanning or taking a photo of the book and message, please send an email to with (1) the title of the book and (2) a typed copy of your message. We can find an image of the book and post your message as text instead. Also, if you are abroad or otherwise have trouble putting a book in the mail, you can send a request to for one of us to pick up a copy for you and mail it to the Dean. Be sure to include the message you want written on the back of the front cover.

Thank you for all of your efforts!

List of Books Already Mailed:


A Selection of What Has Been Mailed

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Plato’s Republic:

Plato's Republic, translated by Allan Bloom

Message in the Republic:

Dear Dean Gil, I first encountered this book — the single most
important of my life — in “Elements” in 1997. I have markings all up and
down the pages of my Bloom edition, but especially when Socrates
presents his case for rule by the wise instead of the many. I have since re-
read it under the tutelage of top Plato scholars, and I will ultimately publish
on it, but nothing has touched me like reading it that first time with Dr.
Goldberg. Enjoy — the book repays careful study like no other.

Homer’s Iliad:

Homer's Iliad, translated by Lattimore

Message in the Iliad:

Ashley's note in the Iliad

Plato’s Meno & Protagoras:

Message in the Meno:

Message of Amos within Plato's MenoWednesday, August 24, 2011

Descartes’s Discourse on Method:

Message inside of the Discourse:

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Federalist Papers:

Message inside The Federalist Papers:

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Plato’s Phaedrus:

Message inside the Phaedrus:

Friday, September 2, 2011

Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels:

Message inside Gulliver’s Travels:

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Plutarch’s Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans:

Message inside Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans:

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part I:

Message inside Henry IV, Part I:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Shakespeare’s As You Like It:

Message inside of As You Like It:

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