The Western canon: the body of literature and art which is considered to define Western civilization by widespread consensus. These were the works with which an educated person was expected to be familiar. Increasingly after ca. 1970 the idea that any such canon might exist came under attack and was stigmatized as elitist and academic. Those who defended a canon pointed out that the elite canon was generally available to all and was therefore not elitist, and that the word "academic" was merely negative code for "educated."
The Core Faculty of Roger Williams University, Drawn from the Faculties of History and Political Science.
Academic Years 2013-2016
The Core 102 Canon, 2013 - 2014
Greetings, Students in Core 102
Welcome to our course: History and the Modern World: The Idea of Democracy. In our "Modern" world, perhaps nothing is more modern than the communications revolution brought about by computers and the Internet. Core 102 now joins this revolution by publishing the required readings in a brand new format. Previously, students purchased a book of readings, The Democratic Idea, and read selections from it as assigned by the faculty in charge of their particular section. Now the readings in the core canon have been expanded, and we're providing them for you in electronic form. Some teachers will be using bridgesto distribute the readings to you. Others will direct you to this web page, from which you can download the materials you need. These documents are prepared in Portable Document Format, or pdf. These documents can be read and printed using the program called Adobe Acrobat. Most computers come with Acrobat pre-installed. If your computer doesn't have it, it can be downloaded free byclicking here. The Table of contents below is in Chronological Order. Click on the titles your professor assigns to download and read the files inquestion.
I want to thank those who helped with this project: Josh Stein, Jeffrey Meriwether, Debbie Mulligan, and June Speakman, Laura D'Amore, Autumn Quesada-Grant, Joseph Roberts, and Jennifer Campbell.
on behalf of the Core 102 Faculty
p.s. We would like to collect feedback on the documents. It will be useful for all of us in terms of future planning. Consequently, we've provided a guest book for you, in which you can record your thoughts about the format of the documents and about any given document itself. Drop by from time to time and leave us a message. You are free to post anonymously, but remember to practice Civil Discourse. I reserve the right to remove comments which are inappropriate.
Click on his portrait to hear President Dwight David Eisenhower deliver his Farewell Address.,