The collection includes nearly three hundred recordings of the Stevenson Core Course beginning in 1974 and dating through
2011. Recordings are in a variety of formats including, reel to reel audiotape, audiocassette tapes, videocassette tapes and
compact discs. The recordings have been listed in chronological order (if known) along with any identifying information including
lecture title and speaker. The recordings have not been played so identifying information is based on the respective labels
on each physical item.
Since the founding of UC Santa Cruz, the college core course has been an integral part of the undergraduate experience. All
ten residential colleges at UCSC require their first year students to take a core course. The Stevenson core course was established
as a year-long class in 1966, focused on the theme of "Culture and Society." At this writing (2016) the Stevenson core course
is a two quarter series organized along the theme of "Self and Society." The course is intended to challenge and expand first
year students’ perspectives on “self” and “society” and the interaction between the two through a close engagement with foundational
religious, political, philosophical, and critical texts. The current iteration of the course features seminal works by Plato,
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Mohandas Gandhi, Malcolm
X, Gloria Anzaldúa and Marjane Satrapi, as well as key excerpts from the Old Testament, New Testament, Qur’an, Tao Te Ching,
Bhagavad-Gita, and more.
Copyright for this collection resides with the Regents of the University of California. The publication or use of any work
protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use for research or educational purposes requires written permission from
the copyright owner. UCSC Special Collections and Archives can grant permission to publish materials to which it holds the
copyright. For permission to reproduce or publish the material, or to order a reproduction, please visit guides.library.ucsc.edu/speccoll/reproduction-publication.