Cultural Life Program Committee
Annual Report, 2007-08

 

Faculty Members: John Armstrong, Margaret Caterisano, Susan Munkres, Harlan Patton, Nancy Shell, Michael Svec (Chair); 

Student Members: Katrina Lacey, Madison McClendon; 

Officers of the Administration: Scott Derrick, Vaughn CroweTipton; Lesley Quast

The CLP committee met four times in 2007-2008 and voted weekly via email to consider proposals. A First Class conference was established to facilitate discussion of proposals. As of May 5, 250 proposals have been submitted with 220 approved, 3 withdrawn, and 27 rejected. A total of 33 proposals were submitted late and 2 events were canceled after approval. The most common reasons for denial were the expertise of the speaker and late submissions.

One of the issues brought to the committee this academic year dealt with student conduct. The committee took the following actions:
· Reminding the faculty sponsors of their responsibilities by including them in the committee’s communication with the proposal authors. The communication includes a statement on student conduct and reminds the faculty sponsors of their responsibilities to ensure the conduct of the audience.
· Modification of the student conduct rules to include the following statement “Use of portable digital equipment such as laptops, MP3 players, and cell phones often distract the attendee and the audience and should be turned off during an event.
· Inclusion of the student conducts expectations on the back of the CLP tickets and to be displayed at the CLP checking table. 
· In addition, the committee wishes to remind all faculty that any faculty member in attendance at a CLP event has the right to ask a student to leave and for their card if student behavior is inappropriate.

The committee approved the following changes to the CLP Event and Proposal Guidelines as posted on the website at [ http://www.furman.edu/CLP/guidelines.html ]www.furman.edu/CLP/guidelines.html. The changes will take effect fall 2008 and help further define the expertise of speakers.

1.~ A CLP event will increase its audience's understanding of the world, its people, their history and beliefs, or the forms of art or forms of government that they have created. Its topic will be a serious one and a significant one, with implications reaching beyond the immediate world of Furman University. Its spirit will be harmonious with the mission of Furman University in inviting consideration and discussion, in assuming that the members of its audience hold various beliefs and honoring those differences of belief, and in insisting on fundamental respect for all of humanity. A CLP event will be presented by a person or people qualified toward their topic by virtue of formal credentials, artistic mastery, extraordinary experience, notable accomplishment, or positions of prominence.
2.~The following types of events are generally acceptable for CLP credit: 
a. Lectures: The event will be presented by a person or people qualified toward their topic by virtue of formal credentials, extraordinary experience, notable accomplishment or positions of prominence. The cultural significance of the event should be embedded within the lecture. 
b. Performances. Performances will be accepted upon the basis of the piece, the qualifications of the director/conductor, and the skill of the performers. The cultural importance of an idea or work of art should be conveyed through introductions and concluding statements, program notes, or annotations (oral or written).
c. Films and Documentaries. These events will be accepted based on the film or documentary and the qualifications of the presenter or panel. The cultural significance of the film or documentary will be conveyed through introductions and concluding statements or a panel discussion.
d. Panel discussions and debates. These events will be accepted based on the topic and the qualifications of the panel. An introduction and a concluding statement will communicate the cultural significance. 
E. Other formats will be considered as long as the cultural significance is described and consistent with the format.

3.~ The following types of events are generally NOT acceptable for CLP credit:

A. Events of a public service,~self-help, or "how to" nature including workshops. 
B. Events that promote or primarily focus on an organization or company.
C. Poster presentations of student research projects and other student work produced as part of a class requirement.

Other committee actions focused on the new calendar and curriculum. As of August 31, 2008, the maximum number of CLPs required for graduation will be 32 for all students (no grandfathering). Students participating in study away programs during the fall or spring semester will be awarded 4 CLPs for the semester regardless of how much time the program is actually away from campus. CLP events can be offered on campus during the May semester. May CLP events will have a proposal submission deadline of the spring semester study day for any event that will carry CLP credit. During the summer the CLP committee does not meet, but Dean Quast and the Chair of the CLP committee will evaluate summer proposals for CLP credit. In the future, the CLP committee requires that a proposal be submitted for the fall and spring convocations.

The chair expresses his appreciation to all of the committee members for their diligent work during the year.

Respectfully submitted by,
Michael Svec

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