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Bard’s First-Year Seminar Fall Series Explores “Self And Society in The Liberal Arts,” through Concerts, Performances, and Lectures

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On Monday afternoons from August 31 through December 7, Bard’s fall 2009 First-Year Seminar program, “Self and Society in the Liberal Arts,” offers a series of lectures, films, and roundtable discussions. All the events are free and open to the public and begin at 4:30 p.m. in Sosnoff Theater in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts (unless otherwise noted). (Please note that Gregson Davis’s lecture, “Virgil’s Epic Afterlife,” takes place on Sunday, October 18.)

The fall lecture series is part of the First-Year Seminar at Bard College, a required two-semester program for first-year students that introduces them to important intellectual, artistic, and cultural traditions and to methods of studying those traditions. The lecture series provides a public forum for students, the public, and leading scholars and artists to explore contemporary and relevant issues, as well as the latest scholarship on enduring questions.

Highlights of the series include, on September 21, a roundtable discussion, “On General Education,” moderated by Bard President Leon Botstein and featuring Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University; Stanley Katz, Princeton University; and Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, The Levy Economics Institute; on October 26, a screening of Robert Bresson’s film Diary of a Country Priest; and, on November 23, a lecture on Shakespeare’s King Lear by renowned playwright Romulus Linney.

All events are free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. For information or directions to the Fisher Center, call 845-758-7900. For information about the First-Year Seminar at Bard, visit

Schedule of Events:

All events begin at 4:30 p.m.
Location: Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Sosnoff Theater (unless otherwise noted)

Monday, August 31: “Why First-Year Seminar?”
Lecture by Carolyn Dewald and Joseph Luzzi, Bard College

Monday, September 7: “Why Genesis?”
Lecture by Rev. Bruce Chilton, Bard College

Monday, September 21: “On General Education”
Roundtable, moderated by Bard President Leon Botstein, with Andrew Delbanco, Columbia University; Stanley Katz, Princeton University; and Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, Levy Economics Institute

Monday, October 5: “Bard Writers on Writing”
Roundtable, moderated by Philip Pardi, Bard College, with Ian Buruma, Bard College, and Daniel Mendelsohn, Bard College (This event takes place in Olin Auditorium)

Sunday, October 18: “Virgil’s Epic Afterlife”
Lecture by Gregson Davis, Duke University

Monday, October 26: “Robert Bresson, Diary of a Country Priest
Film screening, introduced by John Pruitt, Bard College

Monday, November 2: “On Dante’s Inferno
Lecture by Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University

Monday, November 23: “On Shakespeare’s King Lear”
Lecture by playwright Romulus Linney

Monday, December 7: “On Galileo’s Starry Messenger and Letter to Duchess Christina
Lecture by Matthew Deady, Bard College

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This event was last updated on 09-14-2009