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

Events Include Lecture on January 30 by New Yorker Book Critic and Harvard University Professor James Wood and a Concert on February 20, featuring Bard President Leon Botstein and Students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music

Darren O'Sullivan
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—On six Monday afternoons from January 30 through May 7, Bard’s spring 2012 First-Year Seminar program, “Self and Society in the Liberal Arts,” offers a series of lectures, concerts, film screenings, and roundtable discussions. All the events are free and open to the public and, except for the February 6 film screening, 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 First-Year Seminar at Bard, visit

Monday, January 30, 2012
Montaigne, Virginia Woolf, and the Art of Noticing
James Wood, Harvard University and The New Yorker

Monday, February 6, 2012
35 mm Film Screening: Truffaut's The Wild Child

Two screenings:  4:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m.  
Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center

Monday, February 20, 2012
The Origins of Romantic Sensibility

Bard President Leon Botstein with a performance of Beethoven’s String Quartet in B-flat Major, Op. 18, No. 6 (“La Malinconia”) by students of The Bard College Conservatory of Music

Monday, March 26, 2012
Roundtable on the State of the Humanities

Geoffrey Harpham, National Humanities Center, and Mark Taylor, Columbia University

Monday, April 9, 2012
“Two-ness” and Modernity in Du Bois and Nietzsche

Robert Gooding-Williams, University of Chicago

Monday, May 7, 2012
The Singularity and the Human Condition

Roger Berkowitz, Bard College 

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This event was last updated on 01-26-2012