November 1, 1994
We've said that one of the important parts of this course is the engagement in the social, intellectual, cultural life of the community that is possible on a university campus and in a university town, but which often is missed in the rush of class work and socializing.
We said that we wanted to make such engagement an "official" part of the course -- meaning that you'd not only get "credit" for doing it, but that it would be in some sense "required" -- but, as well, that you'd have a good deal of choice in what sorts of things you decided to participate in. We also said that we'd want a level of participation which went beyond mere attendance: we think discussing such things afterward -- and discussing them in the context of a community like the Aquinas program -- is an important part of the learning that's possible.
We've already invited people to engage in a number of such activities -- the production of The Occupation of Heather Rose and the Theatre New Brunswick production of Yard Sale, for instance -- without having had any formal guidelines for how this sort of thing should be done. This document is to suggest some such guidelines.
First, everyone will be required, over the course of the year, to attend a dozen events in this "cultural, artistic, intellectual extra-curricular events" category. In each case, in order to get "credit" for having participated, three things are necessary:
And remember, at least twelve by April.