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FALL INTERGENERATIONAL SEMINARS AT BARD COLLEGE WILL BE OFFERED DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER Topics include scenic trails, examination of the Bible and Koran, development around the city of Hudson, Old Testament images, and exploring family heritage at El

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.? The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College will offer five Intergenerational Seminars during the month of November. 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 registration fee are required. Call the Continuing Studies Program at
845-758-7508 for further information.

On three consecutive Mondays, beginning November 5 at 6:00 p.m., Christopher Lindner, director of the Bard Archaeology Field School, archaeologist in residence, and visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Bard, will lead the seminar "The Bard Scenic Historical Trail: Blithewood, Miramont, and DeVeaux Park." The seminar explores the potential of a scenic trail with exhibits and brochure maps, that would present archaeological projects on the Bard campus. The sites examined include the romantic landscape of the Blithewood estate, the prehistoric habitat of the Grouse Bluff site (once the Miramont estate of the Bartlett family), and contrast of the Native American and colonial activities at the Manor meadows (DeVeaux Park in the 1790s).

On three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning November 6 at 7:00 p.m., Justus Rosenberg, professor of languages and literature at Bard and a visiting professor of humanities at the New School University, will lead the seminar "The Cross and the Crescent." The seminar will provide a close examination and discussion of passages in the Bible and Koran. The interpretation of these passages has been used in the past as the basis for violent confrontations between Jews, Christians, and Muslims. The texts will be considered from a spiritual as well as an historical perspective, with special attention given to the current situation.

On three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning November 7 at 6:00 p.m., Christopher Lindner will lead the seminar "The Hudson Vortex." This seminar will provide information and discussion about the archaeological and historical implications of the development near the city of Hudson, in Columbia County, and the neighboring towns of Athens, Catskill, Claverack, and Stuyvesant, with regard to proposals for superstores, power plants, mines, and parks.

On three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning November 7 at 7:00 p.m., Bernard Greenwald, professor of studio arts and an associate of the Institute for Writing and Thinking at Bard, will lead the seminar "Reading Old Testament Images." Greenwald will use a series of etchings he has created, based on Old Testament stories, which are intended to evoke discussion, written and oral. The etching series is meant to help unlock the less obvious meanings of these ancient stories. Participants will use writings and readings based on these images?as starting points for to discussion. Greenwald has exhibited this series with and conducted conversations about it at Harvard Divinity School.

On three Thursdays, November 8, 15, and 29, at 7:00 p.m., Christina Starobin, an adjunct professor in the Continuing Studies Program at Bard, will lead the seminar "Explore Your Heritage: Ellis Island and Immigration." Through guided discussions of Ellis Island and immigration, videos, and short writing exercises, participants will begin to create a treasury of their family history on tape or in writing. The details of how families came to the United States and what their experiences were, will be discussed. The Thanksgiving break may give participants an opportunity to see family members and gather memories for the project. Starobin is an award-winning poet, author of the epic poem Who Can Come To America? about Ellis Island and immigration.

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

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This event was last updated on 10-22-2001