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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, NY-The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College will offer two Intergenerational Seminars during the month of April. These seminars provide a chance for Hudson Valley residents and Bard undergraduates to study together, which can generate a powerful exchange of ideas and experiences to their mutual benefit. Preregistration and payment of a $25.00 registration fee are necessary. Call the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 for further information.

Beginning April 10, on three consecutive Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., David Lopez, assistant professor of psychology, will lead a seminar focusing on "Education Reform and Public Policy: Commonsense Solutions from Empirical Psychological Science." Lopez says that the seminar will examine both education policy and reform issues highlighted during the recent presidential election-and also the ensuing national debate that has inadvertently pitted teachers against parents and school administrators, county school boards against state and federal legislators, and students against a system whose primary goal appears to be maintaining the status quo. Using over 50 years' psychological research on student motivation, achievement, and learning processes, Lopez will attempt to answer some of the questions raised by the debate and provide commonsense solutions.

On Saturday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Bob Seder, an associate of the Institute of Writing and Thinking at Bard College and author of the memoir To the Marrow, will lead an all-day writers' workshop in "Writing Out Illness." "At some time in our lives, we all face serious illness: in ourselves, in our families, or in our work as caregivers. The story of illness is, for many of us, one that insists on its telling," says Seder. "To those who have wanted to write about their own or another's illness, this workshop offers practices with which to start and to sustain their writing. As we write and read together, the workshop becomes a respectful place to have our writing heard and to learn by listening to that of others." Seder concludes, "The work may not be curative, but it may go some way toward making meaning of tough times. The workshop welcomes those with writing experience, as well as people new to writing as a pursuit."

For further information, call Karen Becker at the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 or e-mail

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