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Bard College Offers Five Intergenerational Seminars

“Climate Change and You,” “Historical Archaeology of Palatines in Mid-Hudson Valley, ” “The Birth of Modern Poetry,” “High-Impact Giving,” and “Reading the Bible Through Jewish Eyes”Are Seminar T

Eleanor Davis

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—Bard College presents five Intergenerational Seminars this fall, which 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 $50 registration fee per seminar are required. For additional information call 845-752-2345.

On Mondays, November 2, November 9, and November 16, at 7:00 p.m., Gideon Eshel, Ph.D., Bard Center Fellow, presents “Climate Change and You: How daily choices can go a long way toward reducing your greenhouse-gas footprint.” This seminar surveys the available evidence for human-induced climate change, and identifies several surprisingly effective daily-life choices that can bring about reduction in household carbon output.

On Mondays, November 2, November 9, and November 16, at 7:00 p.m., Christopher Lindner—archaeologist in residence, director of the Bard Archaeological Field School, and assistant professor of anthropology—leads the seminar “Historical Archaeology of Palatines in the Mid-Hudson Valley.” The seminar, exploring the history of German Americans in this area, meets first to discuss preliminary research. A field trip to sites in Germantown and Rhinebeck will be substituted for either the November 9 or 16 meeting. The influx of the Palatines, from the upper Rhine Valley in southwest Germany, was the largest migration in New York’s colonial era. The greatest contingent settled briefly in southwest Columbia County, from which groups 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.

On Tuesday evenings, November 3, November 10, and November 17, at 5:00 p.m., Joseph Luzzi, associate professor of Italian, will lead the seminar “The Birth of Modern Poetry: European Romantic Lyric.” The seminar will cover a wealth of lyric poems in a range of national traditions—British, French, German, and Italian (all in translation)—with the intent of showing both the similarities and differences that marked the work of poets in this international realm. It will also explore how the innovations and discoveries of Romantic poetry have come to influence the work of modern, contemporary poets.

On Tuesday evenings, November 3, November 10, and November 17, at 7:00 p.m., Diana Ayton-Shenkar, faculty member and senior fellow in venture philanthropy and international affairs in the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program, will lead “High-Impact Giving: Strategies for this Giving Season and Beyond.” Through selected reading, guided discussion, and hands-on excercises, seminar participants will learn best practices to create personalized giving plans and philanthropic profiles, build a customized social investment portfolio, and set performance benchmarks to measure strategic impact.

On Wednesdays, November 4 and November 11, and Monday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m., David Nelson, rabbi and visiting professor of religion at Bard College, presents “Reading the Bible Through Jewish Eyes.” This three-part seminar will explore some of the many ways Jews have thought about, studied, and interpreted the Bible, looking at examples of early rabbinic interpretation, mystical interpretation, and some very modern views as well. No experience in religious studies is necessary.

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October 15, 2009

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