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BARD COLLEGE CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM ANNOUNCES SPRING 2002 COURSES Topics include archaeology, figure drawing and sculpture, literature, method acting, poetry, website design and new media design, and writers' workshop

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.-The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer eight courses this spring. The courses begin on Wednesday, January 30, and continue through Wednesday, May 22. Archaeology, figure drawing and sculpture, literature, method acting, website and new media design, and a writers workshop will be explored in the weekly courses. Students may either enroll for credit or audit the courses. All courses are four credits. The CSP office should receive applications for registration by Wednesday, January 30, accompanied by a $30 registration fee.

Justus Rosenberg, professor of languages and literature at Bard, will teach Continental Novels and Their Film Versions. This course explores the relationship between the literary and cinematic arts. It analyzes the changes a novel may undergo as it is transposed to film and the extent to which such a transformation or adaptation affects the thematic thrust and artistic integrity of the original work. Among the novels and films discussed are Madame Bovary, The Red and the Black, War and Peace, The Tin Drum, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man. The course will meet on Monday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Christopher Lindner, director of the Bard Archaeology Field School, archaeologist in residence, and visiting assistant professor of anthropology at Bard, will teach Archaeology of African Americans. This introduction to historical archaeology focuses on the material vestiges of African American life along the East Coast. Subjects include burial grounds in New York City and Philadelphia, slave quarters that contain signs of spirituality in the Southeast, the dwellings of free blacks in the Hudson Valley, and the question of whether the Underground Railroad can be recognized archaeologically. Readings cover background research, excavation, and laboratory work. The course includes a Saturday field trip to research sites near Bard. Students will have the opportunity to continue learning this summer at a dig scheduled to take place at the Guinea community in Hyde Park. The course will meet on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Jeffrey Katz, Dean of Information Services and Director of the Libraries, will teach The Poems of W. B. Yeats. Yeats was a major poet as well as a playwright, mage, and Ireland's "fairest and brightest humbug," in the words of Sean O'Casey. This seminar is built around close readings of a generous selection of Yeats's poems, with particular attention paid to his development from a 19th- to a 20th-century poet. It also examines a selection of his plays, essays, and autobiographical writings. His poetics, his ideas about the place of art in creating an "imaginative nationalism" for Ireland, and his interest in philosophical systems of all kinds, including the occult, are discussed. Assignments include frequent short papers, in-class writing, and presentations. The class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Jeremiah Hall, webmaster at the Stevenson Library at Bard, will teach Website and New Media Design. This course covers the methods and tools employed in website development and design, the theory underlying Web-based presentations, and the features and effects of online communities and information systems. Class sessions include discussions of various websites and their audiences and readings from online sources such as the Yale Web Style Guide and The Web Developer's Virtual Library. The course emphasizes the application of techniques and concepts to create interactive Web pages in a studio environment. Many of the same skills also apply to basic graphic and artistic design. Students are required to prepare artistic materials for online presentation; these may include images, music, and various writings. HTML-related topics to be covered include tables, frames, layers, GIF animations, sound, and video. In addition to weekly assignments, students create their own functioning websites. The class will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m.

Naomi Thornton, visiting professor of theater at Bard College, will teach a workshop in Method Acting. The workshop is designed to help students, beginning or advanced, feel comfortable in front of an audience and achieve spontaneity and freedom. Acting skills are taught with an emphasis on relaxation, concentration, and focus. Some group exercises and improvisations are undertaken, but individual attention is stressed. Dramatic materials include scenes, monologues, and poetry. The more advanced students will proceed to character work, text analysis, consideration of time and space, and the development of a classical role. The course will meet on Thursdays evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m.

Robert Seder, an associate of the Institute of Writing and Thinking at Bard College and author of the memoir To the Marrow, will lead Writers' Workshop: Memoir. This course offers students a respectful and challenging place to explore in writing moments from their histories and to focus on writing one long piece. Students practice informal exploratory writing as a tool for recovering memory, generating questions, interpreting and evaluating materials found, and shaping the work into a valued piece. Each week, participants bring writing for workshop response. As their narratives develop, students research and write about the wider world of their memoirs. Through workshop response, writers learn from others how their work is heard and hear how others handle similar questions. Attention is given to all aspects of the writing: generation of ideas and language, development, shape, revision, style, mechanics, and the joys and trials of sustaining a long effort. The workshop will meet on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m.

Cheryl Wheat, adjunct professor of studio art, will teach Figure Drawing. Fundamental ideas embodied in contemporary, modern, and old master drawings will be conveyed through lectures, slide presentations, and demonstrations. Some of the topics covered are scale, proportions and geometry of the figure, gesture and contrapposto, and uses of line and phrasing. A variety of drawing materials are employed, including chalk, graphite, pen and ink, wash, silverpoint, and mixed media, with an emphasis on charcoal. Students draw from the model during all sessions. The course meets on Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wheat will also teach Figure Sculpture in Relief and in the Round. This course is for beginners and more advanced students. Figure sculpture is explored in such a way that students gain the knowledge and skills they need to work from the model. Through lectures and demonstrations students are introduced to clay modeling tools and techniques, proportion systems, useful anatomical concepts, planar structure, and the use of light and shadow to model form. Students will make rapid sketches as well as fully developed sculptures in relief and in the round. The course meets on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Tuition for courses is $330 per credit hour ($1,320 for the four-credit courses); or $397 per course for auditors (remember to include the $30 fee with all applications). For further information or to register, call the Continuing Studies Program at Bard College at 845-758-7508, e-mail, or visit the CSP website at

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