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_/NEW COLLEGE File NEWS RELEASE NEW COLLEGE, SARASOTA, FLORIDA FURMAN C ARTHUR INFORMATION FOR RELEASE I SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER 31 1966 One of New College' newest experiments in education methods, a special seminar for third-year students, baa been termed a success by the faculty members who teach it. The Senior Se nar wa begun at the first of this year as an elective two-term prograa for seniors. The first term has ended and already plans are being made for the eeond part of the seminar Which will begin in January. The purpose of the seminar is to stimulate discussion about important ideas and to llow the student to bring his special educational experience to hear on these Approximately .25 tudents participate in the a minar. A reading list, selected in large part by the students, forms the basis for discu ion at the weekly meetings, which are held in the homes oftlae three faculty members who work with th seminar. Si ilar experiments in education are taking place at colleges across the country. Before beginning the progra at New College. several faculty e er visited colleges from Matne to California to observe these other programs. According to Dr. Peter Buri1 chairman of the Natural Sciences Division and one of the tbraeiinatructors for the seminar, the program organized at New College moat re-eemblee the program at Reed College in Oregon. Other faculty members working tith the Senior Sendn r are 'Dr. B. Greshara Riley, usista.nt professor of philosophy. and Laszlo Deme. assi tant professor of history. -more-
NEW COLLEGE S OR SEMJNAll Pag 2 Suceaas of the according to Buri, depends entirely on the students. He s id it ahowa the ability of New Coll ge students to p rform well in a aituaaion wbera their idea re put bafor a group for criticism and discussion. Riley also pointed out the aopbiaticat d level of the discussion Works read in the first term inelude Mann "Th Magic Caaairer1 a "An Eaaay on Man," Joyce' "A ortrait of the Artist a Young Man, Niebuhr's "MOral Man and Iaaoral Society." Works lected for the aecoud term are ore politically oriented, ccor inR to Riley. They include "A Cloekwo k Orange" by Burness, "The Cocktail Party" by Eliot. "Maebird" by Barbara Garson, "The C",od That !'ailed," and a paeifbt tract published by the Society of Fri d A movie also ia cheduled to be ahown. Discussion of the e books and playa and movies ra gee acroa any cademic disciplines fro literature and philosophy to psychology and anthropology. This bringing of many diarae areas of atudy to bear on a group of ideaaita an underlying principle of the s tnar prosr Tho seminar ia proving ao popular with students and faculty alike that the progr m .ay be continu d b yond its two-t rm sch dule by interested students and faculty 118t1bera. E11phaaizing the insights he bu gained fr0111 the seminar. Riley said the prograa ia of value for the faculty afmlbera well u for the atudenta. Be aaid the program COIIPleMnta the eurrieul of the college. Buri also streaa d the way inwhich the pro raa fita into the curriculum and thoda of the college.