Bard News & Events

Press Release


Emily M. Darrow
Topics include “Italy’s First Novel: Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed and the Birth of a Nation” and “Religion, Violence, and Holy War” ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College is offering two Intergenerational Seminars during the month of April. These seminars offer Hudson Valley residents and Bard undergraduates a chance to study together, providing an opportunity for a powerful exchange of ideas and experiences. Preregistration and payment of a $35 registration fee per seminar are required. On three Mondays, April 3, 10, and 17, at 6:00 p.m., Joseph Luzzi, assistant professor of Italian at Bard, will lead “Italy’s First Novel: Alessandro Manzoni’s The Betrothed and the Birth of a Nation.” “It is difficult to overstate Alessandro Manzoni’s influence on the formation of Italy,” says Luzzi. “Elevated to the status of senator and cultural monument, he is considered the second (after Dante) father of the Italian language, the creator of Italy’s first modern novel, and, more generally, the 19th-century reincarnation of the ‘poeta-vate’ (‘poet-prophet’) tradition, also begun by Dante.” This seminar will focus on Manzoni’s landmark historical novel, The Betrothed, especially its role in both the development of the European historical novel and the Risorgimento, the drive for national unity that only arrived in Italy in 1861. On Tuesdays, April 4, 11, and 18 at 7:00 p.m., Justus Rosenberg, professor emeritus of literature at Bard, will lead, “Religion, Violence, and Holy War.” This seminar examines the relationship between violence and religious thought and practice in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The first session discusses passages pertaining to violence and war in their sacred books—the Tanach (Jewish Bible), New Testament, and Qur’an—as well as in other canonical texts such as the Talmud, Hadith, and the writings of the Church Fathers, Maimonides, Luther, and Calvin. The second session reviews various wars fought in the name of religion: the Muslim conquests, Christian Crusades, Albigensian campaign, Fronde in France, Thirty Years War between Catholics and Protestants, and others. The final class focuses on ongoing violent confrontation between competing religions in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia. For further information, call the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 or e-mail # # # (3/20/06)

back to top

This event was last updated on 04-07-2006