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CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM AT BARD COLLEGE ANNOUNCES SUMMER COURSES Courses will explore civil rights, literature, economics, history, art history, painting, and figure drawing
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer seven courses this summer from Monday, June 5, through Saturday, July 8. Civil rights, literature, economics, history, art history, painting, and figure drawing will be explored in the weekly and biweekly courses. Students may enroll either for credit or audit the courses. Applications for registration should be received by the CSP office by Monday, June 5, accompanied by a $30 registration fee.
"The Civil Rights Movement," a four-credit course, will be taught by Myra Young Armstead, associate professor of history at Bard College and author of the book "Lord, Please Don't Take Me in August": African Americans in Saratoga Springs and Newport. The course will survey the struggle for African-American civil rights in the years following World War II and culminating with the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968. The decade from 1954—Brown v. Board of Education—to 1964—the Civil Rights Act— will be explored in depth. In addition, the ascendancy of black nationalism and the institutionalization of civil rights gains in the second Johnson administration will be examined. The course will meet Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"London is on the whole the most possible form of life," wrote Henry James after he relocated to the metropolis in 1876. "I take it as an artist and a bachelor; as one who has the passion of observation and whose business is the study of human life. It is the biggest aggregation of human life—the most complete compendium of the world." "London and Literary Modernism," a four-credit course taught by Deirdre d'Albertis, associate professor of English at Bard College, will examine the London cityscape through the prism of literary modernism and consider how new forms of writing arose to meet the challenges of cosmopolitan life. Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent and The Heart of Darkness, T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara, among others will be read. The course will meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m.
"Introduction to Economics: Theory and Applications," a four-credit course taught by Kris Feder, associate professor of economics at Bard College, will introduce students to basic principles of economic analysis and illustrate their application to a variety of policy questions. Some of the issues to be discussed include antitrust cases (such as the recent decision on Microsoft ®), tax policy debates, and environmental protection. High school geometry and algebra are prerequisites; there will be a three-hour mathematics review given one week prior to the start of the course. The course will meet on Monday and Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
"The History of Medieval Europe," a four-credit course taught by Luis Perez, adjunct professor of classics at Bard College, provides a survey of European and Mediterranean history. The course examines: the emergence of the Christian Church and factors that led to its position of dominance; the fall of the last Western Roman Emperor, Romulus Augustus, circa 476 A.D.; the subsequent six-hundred-year retreat of Western Europe from the world stage to its powerful reemergence circa 1095 A.D.; and, finally, the ascension of Western Europe to preeminence with the fall of Constantinople in 1453 A.D., and the dawning of a new cultural and political era of the Renaissance. The course will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
"Women Artists and Images of Women in Europe and the United States," a two-credit course will be taught by Anne Bertrand, assistant professor of art history at Bard College. The careers of the most productive and influential women artists working in Europe and America from the second half of the sixteenth century to the twentieth century will be examined in the first half of this course. The depiction of women by both male and female artists, how women artists were perceived in the societies in which they lived, and how the position of women in general affected the artistic production of women artists will be examined during the second half of the course. No previous background in art history is necessary. The course will meet on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
"Painting the Figure: Clothed and Nude," a four-credit course taught by Edward Schmidt, adjunct professor of studio art, is designed for beginning and advanced art students. Models, clothed and nude, in long poses, will provide students the opportunity to work on a range of technical, formal, and aesthetic concerns. Particular attention will be given to painting drapery and clothing. The course will cover color mixing in oils; structured and open palettes; drawing and value; composition; proportion and basic anatomy; and direct alla prima and layered techniques using underpainting and glazing. Individual attention to each student's development is a focus. The course will meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
"Figure Drawing," a four-credit course will betaught by Cheryl Wheat, adjunct professor of studio art. Wheat will convey to the students, through lectures, slide presentations, and demonstrations fundamental ideas embodied in contemporary, modern, and old master drawings. Some of the topics to be covered are scale, proportions and geometry of the figure, gesture and contraposto, uses of line and phrasing, among others. A variety of drawing materials will be employed, including chalk, graphite, pen and ink, wash, silverpoint, and mixed media, with an emphasis on charcoal. Students will draw from the model during all sessions. The course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College was initiated in 1971 to meet the needs of adults in the region who have successfully completed some accredited college work and wish to earn a bachelor's degree. Fees for the summer courses are $1,208 for four credits; $604 for two credits; and $378 to audit a course. For further information and to register for a course, call the CSP office at 914-758-7508.
Note that the College reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment.
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