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Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.?The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer 10 courses this fall from Tuesday, September 3, through Friday, December 20. Students may enroll either for credit or as auditors. The CSP office should receive registrations by Monday, September 2, accompanied by a $30 registration fee and tuition payment. (All courses are 4 credits, unless otherwise noted).

Justus Rosenberg, professor of languages and literature, will offer the seminar "Literary Voices from the Non-Western World," on Mondays from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m. This will offer participants a close reading of poems, plays, and short stories by contemporary, well-established writers from Africa, India, and the Middle East, including Chinua Achebe, Mahasveta Devi, Assia Djebar, Nadine Gordimer, Bessie Head, Nagib Makhfuz, RK Narayan, Salman Rushdie, Nawal El Saadwi, Tayeb Salih, Ousmane Sembene, and Ngugi Wa Thiong'o. The themes, native literary traditions, and artistry will be examined, while the class also considers the degree and extent that the authors were influenced and affected by historical events, Christianity, capitalism, Marxism, symbolism, and modernism.

Christopher Lindner, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, director of the Bard Archaeology Field School, and archaeologist in residence, will lead the course, "Archaeology of African-Americans," on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m. This course will provide an introduction to historical archaeology, focusing 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. The course will include a Saturday field trip to research sites near Bard. Students will have the opportunity to continue their study at a dig planned for next summer at the Guinea community in Hyde Park.

Franz Kempf, professor of German, will teach the course "Once Upon A Time: The Folktales of the Brothers Grimm," on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m. Through a close reading of selected tales, with emphasis on language, plot, motif, and image, this course will provide an understanding of the tales as the Grimms intended them to be?rich, stark, spiced with humor and violence, and resonant with the rhythms of folklore and song. Major critical approaches (e.g., Freudian, Jungian, Marxist, feminist) will be explored, and creative adaptations of the tales by Disney, classical ballet, and postmodern dance will be examined, as will other fairy-tale traditions (Perrault, Straparola, Arabian Nights).

Anne Bertrand, assistant professor of art history, will provide a basic introduction to the arts of the Western World, from prehistoric to contemporary art, in the course, "Key Monuments of Western Art," on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m. The course will explore the mediums of painting, drawing, print, sculpture, architecture, installation, and multimedia. Special attention will be paid to the political, social, historical, and religious contexts in which the works were produced, in an effort to understand more fully the role of art in society.

Bertrand will also offer tutorials in art history on selected topics including European art from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century, any consideration of European and/or woman artists from 1600 to 1900, and any aspect of art criticism and methodology in Western art. The tutorial will provide the opportunity for students to investigate a particular topic in depth under the close supervision of Bertrand. Time and location will be determined.

Jeremiah Hall, webmaster at Stevenson Library, will teach the course "Web Page Design and New Media Art I and II," on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m. The course will cover 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. Students who have prior HTML experience and/or have previously taken Level 1 will participate in an advanced section, where they will examine and use tools such as Flash, JavaScript, and CGI.

Teresa Vilardi, acting coordinator of the Workshop in Language and Thinking at Bard, will teach the "Writers Workshop: Memoir," on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m. This course will offer students a place to explore the challenges and satisfactions of the craft of writing memoir. It also creates an occasion for thinking about what the contemporary memoir tells us about memory and imagination; membership in an ethnic, racial, or cultural community; and the value our stories have for others' lives. Each week, class members will bring writing for workshop response and learn from others as to how their work is heard.

Naomi Thornton, visiting professor of theater at Bard College, will teach "Workshop in Method Acting" on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m. 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.

Cheryl Wheat, adjunct professor of studio art at Bard, will teach "Figure Drawing" on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 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 contrapposto, 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.

Wheat will also teach "Figure Sculpture in Relief and in the Round" on Saturday afternoons from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. 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. There will be a $30 model fee in addition to tuition.

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 fall courses are $1,384 for 4 credits; $692 for 2 credits; and $416 to audit a course (8-credit intensive classes are considered two courses). 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 07-25-2002