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

Darren O'Sullivan

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On six Monday afternoons from January 31 through May 2, Bard’s spring 2011 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.

First-Year Seminar at Bard College is 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. 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, January 31: On the Book
Lecture by Robert Darnton, Harvard University

Monday, February 14
Bard poets read Romantic poetry

Monday, February 21: Concert: Don Juan, conducted by Leon Botstein

Monday, March 14: On Nietzsche’s Beyond Good and Evil
Lecture by Robert Pogue Harrison, Stanford University

Monday, April 11: Revolutions in Science
Roundtable, Bard professors Ethan Bloch (mathematics), and Philip Johns (biology). Moderated by Bard physics professor Matthew Deady

Monday, May 2: FYSEM Redux
Participants from Bard Class of 2011. Moderated by Michèle D. Dominy, vice president and dean of the college

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This event was last updated on 02-08-2011