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      Sam Weaver

      Hello all,

      Welcome to the ARU course on Leonard Peikoff’s Eight Great Plays. My name is Sam Weaver, and I’ll be the lead teaching assistant for this course. I’m looking forward to getting to know you all as we study this wonderful series of lectures by Dr. Peikoff. Also involved in the course will be ARU instructors Onkar Ghate and Aaron Smith, and teaching assistant Ricardo Pinto.

      Our first meeting will be next Wednesday, October 5, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm Pacific Time. Your first assignment is due on Monday, October 3, at 12:00pm Pacific Time. By that time, we ask that you all:

      1. Watch the video on the course page under Week 1 titled “Introduction to Eight Great Plays.”

      2. Read the play Antigone by Sophocles. Note that Dr. Peikoff’s recommended version is the translation by Dudley Fitts and Robert Fitzgerald, which is available from Amazon and other booksellers.

      3. If you are a graded student, submit your answer to the homework question we have assigned to you. Note that each of you has been assigned to Group A, B or C (assignments listed below), and each group is assigned a specific question. Please make sure that you answer the question you have been assigned and that your answer is under the limit of 300 words.

      Here are the group assignments:

      Group A: Eva Aamodt, Christophe Bouten, Ben Garson, Shea Levy, Andrew McClay, Paulina Telega

      Group B: David Bakker, Binh Dang, Alex Lam, Anthony Marquette, Samuel Russell

      Group C: Giovanni Arnaudeau, Raphael Chi, Josh Jaffe, Jakob Maridakis, Hoàng Anh Quang Nguyễn, Medha Valluri

      Please also review the syllabus and class schedule. These are posted on the course page under the “General Info” tab. Let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

      See you on Wednesday,


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