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Bard’s First-Year Seminar Fall Series Explores “Self and Society in the Liberal Arts”

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On six Monday afternoons from August 30 through November 22, Bard’s fall 2010 First-Year Seminar program, “Self and Society in the Liberal Arts,” offers a series of lectures and roundtable discussions. All the events are free and open to the public and begin at 4:45 p.m. in Sosnoff Theater in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

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. 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

Monday, August 30: “Why, and What Are, the Humanities?”
Roundtable, moderated by Bard President Leon Botstein, with David Bromwich, Yale University; Jeffrey Schnapp, Stanford University; and Catherine Stimpson, New York University

Monday, September 13: “On Plato’s ‘Symposium’”
Lecture by Jonathan Lear, University of Chicago

Monday, October 4: “Canons of the World”
Roundtable with Bard professors Rob Culp, Richard Davis, and Kristin Scheible

Monday, October 18: “On Augustine’s ‘Confessions’”
Lecture by Karen Sullivan, Bard College

Monday, November 1: “On Dante’s ‘Inferno’”
Lecture by Teodolinda Barolini, Columbia University

Monday, November 22, 2010: “On Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’”
Lecture by Jonathan Rosenberg, Bard College, with professional actors

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This event was last updated on 09-03-2010