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Continuing Studies Program Offers Two Intergenerational Seminars in April

Emily M. Darrow
BARD COLLEGE’S CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM OFFERS TWO INTERGENERATIONAL SEMINARS IN APRIL “Manet, Degas, Morisot, and Cassatt” and “Historical Archaeology of Palatines in the Mid-Hudson Valley” Are Topics of the Spring Seminars 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 $40 registration fee per seminar are required. On three Mondays, April 16, 23, and 30, at 6:00 p.m., Anne Bertrand-Dewsnap, adjunct professor of art history at Vassar, presents “Manet, Degas, Morisot, and Cassatt.” The seminar examines the lives and work of four 19th-century artists, who lived and worked in Paris and whose lives intertwined—Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, and Mary Cassatt (Morisot married Manet’s brother and Degas and Cassatt were best friends). Some of the questions addressed are: How did these personal relationships influence their art? What are the differences between the artistic corpus of the male painters versus their female counterparts? And, why did the two female painters embrace the label “impressionist,” while the two male painters rejected it in favor of “independent”? Thursday, April 19; Saturday, April 28, or Sunday, April 29 (field trip); and Thursday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m., Christopher Lindner, archaeologist in residence and director of the Bard Archaeological Field School, leads the seminar, “Historical Archaeology of Palatines in the Mid-Hudson Valley.” The first meeting of the seminar examines preliminary research of the history of the Palatines, German Americans in the Mid-Hudson Valley. The second meeting is a field trip to archaeological sites in Germantown and Rhinebeck on either Saturday, April 28, or Sunday, April 29. The last meeting examines future archaeological projects. The influx of the Palatines, who came from the upper Rhine Valley in southwest Germany, represented a significant migration during New York’s colonial era. The largest contingent settled briefly in southwest Columbia County, then moved to Rhinebeck and the Mohawk and Schoharie valleys, across the Catskills. Many of the latter then relocated near Harrisburg and became the Pennsylvania Dutch. For further information and to register, call the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 or e-mail
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This event was last updated on 04-16-2007