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CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM AT BARD COLLEGE ANNOUNCES SUMMER SCHEDULE Twelve courses will explore the Alexander Technique, beginning Arabic and Hebrew, English detective stories, figure drawing, music, mythology, new media art, poetry, photography, Shakesp

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.--The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer 12 courses this summer from Monday, June 3, through Saturday, July 6. Alexander Technique, beginning Arabic and Hebrew, English detective stories, figure drawing, music, mythology, new media art, poetry, photography, Shakespeare, and tutorials in art history will be explored in the weekly and biweekly courses. Students may enroll either for credit or as auditors. Applications should be received by the CSP office by Monday, June 3, accompanied by a $30 registration fee and tuition payment.

"The Alexander Technique: Changing the Way You Think to Change the Way You Move," a two-credit theater course, will be taught by Judith Youett on Mondays from 7 to 10 p.m. The Alexander Technique enhances coordination and promotes mental, emotional, and physical well being. The technique will help students reevaluate the way they think and move during everyday activities and also provide specific skills. While the Alexander Technique is popular with performing artists, athletes, and equestrians, it is tremendously useful to persons who want to improve the quality of their lives and learn how to do more with less effort and stress.

Hezi Brosh, associate professor of Hebrew and Arabic at Bard, will teach two four-credit courses on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays: "Beginning Arabic" from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and "Beginning Hebrew" from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Both courses will present the modern spoken versions of these ancient languages, and will cover their distinctive scripts and the history of the region in which they are spoken. No prior knowledge of either language is required.

Peter Gadsby, registrar of the College, will teach the four-credit course, "The Detective Story in England," on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The detective novel is distinct from the crime novel, the mystery novel, or the "thriller" in that the plot revolves around the puzzle of the criminal's identity rather than his or her psychology, and relies on the "scientific" processes of investigation, observation, and deduction to uncover the truth. Starting with a reading of Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone, the class will investigate the origins and development of the detective story in English fiction. Readings will include stories by Conan Doyle, G. K. Chesterton, H. R. F. Keating, Agatha Christie, and others as time allows.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., photographer Tanya Marcuse, an adjunct faculty member at Bard and a member of the faculty at Simon's Rock College of Bard who recently received a Guggenheim Fellowship, will teach the four-credit course, "Black and White Photography." This will provide an introduction to basic photographic materials, processes, forms, and concepts. Emphasis is on developing organized methods of controlling film exposure, film development, and print enlarging. Concurrent with studying the technical principles of photography, the course will explore the expressive and conceptual potential of the medium, through slide presentations and assigned work. Students must have a 35 mm. camera with manual controls. A $50.00 darkroom fee will be charged in addition to the tuition. Limited enrollment of six students.

Mark Lambert, Asher B. Edelman Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard, will teach the four-credit course, "Shakespeare: Ten Plays," on Mondays and Thursdays, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This is a careful reading of what are, in the instructor's opinion, the greatest plays by the poet who is generally held to be the greatest writer in the history of the English language. The plays are A Midsummer Night's Dream; As You Like It; King Henry IV, Part I; Hamlet; King Lear; Othello; Macbeth; Antony and Cleopatra; The Winter's Tale; and The Tempest.

Judith Youett will teach the two-credit course, "Music Plus: Community Music in Action," on Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. This course will offer hands-on instruction in how to benefit others in the community using music. The model is that of the Community Music Outreach, developed by John Diamond at the Institute for Music and Health. Students will learn how to encourage residents in either senior homes or children with special needs to actively get involved with the music-making process. Music that is strong in melody and simple to learn will be used, and the participants learn how to maximize their ability to use this material to help others by means ranging from practical tips to a study of the broader philosophical context of the approach. This course encourages a nonjudgmental environment for the music making where the student's desire to help develop community is prioritized. There will be several community outreach situations at suitable local venues.

James Romm, associate professor of classical studies at Bard, will teach the four-credit course "Classical Mythology" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. He will introduce the major myths of ancient Greece and Rome to give students an easy familiarity with the myths in thematic contexts. The readings will be English translations of Greek and Roman literature, with additional texts from India and the Near East. The use of myth in the arts (literature, painting, and sculpture) and in cultic worship will be explored. The course will also examine and practice deploying various theoretical approaches to myth, including psychoanalytic and structuralist methodologies.

Cheryl Wheat, adjunct professor of studio art at Bard, will teach the four-credit course "Figure Drawing" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. She will convey, through lectures, slide presentations, and demonstrations, fundamental ideas embodied in contemporary, modern, and old master drawings. Some of the topics to be covered are scale, proportions and geometry of the figure, gesture and contraposto, and uses of line and phrasing. A variety of drawing materials will be employed, including chalk, graphite, pen and ink, wash, silverpoint, and mixed media, with an emphasis on charcoal. Students will draw from the model during most sessions. There will be a $30 model fee in addition to tuition.

Jeremiah Hall, web and technical services assistant at Stevenson Library, will teach the four-credit course "New Media Art and the Internet" on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This class focuses on the artistic skills involved with creating web pages and utilizes modern tools available to web designers, including software such as Photoshop, Flash, and Dreamweaver. With these tools and skills, participants will create artistically rich content to present on the Internet. Students will be expected to complete a final project that emphasizes artistic skills using photography, video, or sound to present their own work online. In addition, each student will be responsible for doing a presentation about websites they find that relate to their own work. No prior knowledge of html or web design is necessary for enrollment in the class, as it will deal primarily with using the web as an artistic means of expression.

Celia Bland will teach the two-credit "Poetry Workshop" on Thursdays, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Ben Jonson may have spoken for all aspiring writers when he wrote: "For a good poet's made, as well as born." In keeping with that statement, this workshop is designed to encourage the development, the "making," of the poet's voice. Participants will experiment with both formal and informal verse exercises, and there will be readings and discussions of the work of poets of this and previous centuries. Central to the workshop are critiques of the student's own writing, and participants will also be asked to complete class projects on the work of contemporary poets. Anyone interested in reading and writing poetry is encouraged to take this course, whether a beginning or more experienced poet.

Anne Bertrand, assistant professor of art history, will offer "Tutorials in Art History," at a time to be arranged with the instructor. These tutorials, which meet once a week, are a means for the student to investigate a particular topic in depth under the close supervision of a faculty member. Selected topics include any aspect of European art (painting, sculpture, architecture, and printmaking) from the 16th century to the end of the 19th century; any aspect of European and American women artists from 1600?1900; any aspect of the arts of the Old Kingdoms of Western Africa; and any aspect of art criticism and methodology in Western art.

CSP course offerings for the fall semester include "Literacy Voices from the Non-Western World," "Archaeology of African-Americans," "Once Upon a Time: The Folk Tales of the Brothers Grimm," "Key Monuments of Western Art," "Tutorials in Art History," "Web Page Design and New Media Art," "Writer's Workshop: Memoir," "Workshop in Method Acting," "Figure Drawing," and "Figure Sculpture in Relief and in the Round."

The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College was initiated in 1971 to meet the needs of adults in the region who have successfully completed some accredited college work and wish to earn a bachelor's degree. Fees for the summer courses are $1,320 for four credits; $660 for two credits; and $397 to audit a course. There is a $30 registration fee in addition to the tuition.

For further information or to register, call the CSP office at 845-758-7508, e-mail, or visit the website: Note that the College reserves the right to cancel any course due to insufficient enrollment.

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This event was last updated on 05-08-2002