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Emily Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Intergenerational Seminars at Bard College, which aim to bring together Bard undergraduates and Hudson Valley residents, providing access to cultural and educational opportunities for their mutual benefit, begin in April. The merging of the College and surrounding community can generate a powerful exchange of ideas and experience. Five seminars of three classes each will be offered on the topics of archaeology, art, economics, egyptology, and psychology. Preregistration for the courses is requested and a $25 fee, per student per seminar, is charged.

The first seminar begins on Monday, April 19, at 7:00 p.m. and will continue on Mondays through May 3. The seminar, "The Global Economic, Political, and Cultural Revolution," will be taught by Kurt F. Flexner and will cover the impact of economic globalization on the economy and the people, the decline of democracy in the battle for national governments; and the global corporate economy as originator of new values and new culture. Dr. Flexner is professor emeritus at the University of Memphis, where he was the chairman of the Department of Economics for twenty years.

The second seminar begins on Tuesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m. and will continue on Tuesdays through May 11. "Is It Art or Pornography?" will be taught by Dr. Justus Rosenberg, professor of languages and literature at Bard College. The seminar will address the question of who and what determine the dividing line between art and pornography. Discussions will be based on a critical analysis of selected literary texts and paintings from different periods and cultures with particular attention paid to works of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries have been considered highly controversial.

"Landscape Archaeology of Blithewood," the third seminar, begins on Tuesday, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. and will continue on Tuesdays through May 4. It will be led by Christopher Lindner, archeologist-in-residence at Bard College. The seminar will address the current excavations that have fostered a new appreciation of the circa 1836 Blithewood estate, a gardening effort of seminal importance in the history of landscape architecture. Students will discuss methods of landscape reconstruction through reference to period maps, artist renderings, and artifacts and through touring recent archaeological work in the vicinity of Blithewood on the Bard campus.

The fourth seminar begins on Wednesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m. and will continue on Wednesdays through May 5. "Fighting Prejudice and Discrimination: Strategic Suggestions from Social Psychology," will be led by Tracie Stewart, assistant professor of psychology at Bard College. The seminar will examine current social psychological theories and research dealing with the social problems of prejudice, stereotyping, and discrimination. Techniques that have been found to be either effective or counterproductive will be explored. Nicole Woods, assistant dean of students and director of multicultural affairs at Bard, will discuss personal and community strategies for fighting prejudice and discrimination.

The fifth seminar, "Egypt: The Language, History, and Culture of Ancient Egypt," begins on Thursday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. and continues on Thursdays through May 7. Its leader will be Luis Perez, Adjunct Professor at Bard College. The seminar will begin by reviewing the grammar and language of classical Egyptian hieroglyphics, with a brief overview of the history, art, and archaeology of the Old Kingdom. The history of the Middle Kingdom and politics and war in the Bronze Age will also be discussed. The final session will focus on the New Kingdom from Akhenaten to Alexander. The emergence of Imperial Egypt and monotheisetic religion will be discussed.

For further information and to register for the Intergenerational Seminars, call 914-758-7508.

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This event was last updated on 03-02-2001