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BARD COLLEGE CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM OFFERS FIVE INTERGENERATIONAL SEMINARS IN APRIL Topics include the Hudson Vortex; Issues in Social Psychology; Terrorists, Guerrillas, Freedom Fighters?; Conscious Citizenship; and the Lives of Dante

Emily Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College presents five intergenerational seminars during April. These seminars offer an opportunity 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 $35 registration fee are required.

On three consecutive Mondays, beginning on April 7 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 Hudson Vortex." This seminar will address the archaeological and historical implications of 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.

"Enduring Issues in Social Psychology" will be explored on three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on April 8, at 7:00 p.m. The first week will focus on "Phenomenal Causality," with David Lopez, assistant professor of psychology at Bard. The study of phenomenal causality (how to explain success or failure) has contributed greatly to the understanding of the role motivation plays in achieving personal goals. The second session, led by Stuart Stritzler-Levine, emeritus dean of the College and professor of psychology at Bard, will focus on "Obedience to Authority." Factors that determine why and when people obey authority figures, even when doing so is against their better judgement, will be explored. Anne O'Dwyer, assistant professor of psychology at Simon's Rock College of Bard, will lead the final session, "Social Conflict." Focusing on the social psychological factors that contribute to the emergence, escalation, and de-escalation of conflict between groups and individuals, the goal of the seminar is a greater understanding of social conflict and awareness of one's own attitudes and actions when in conflict.

On three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on April 8 at 6:30 p.m., Justus Rosenberg, professor of languages and literature at Bard and visiting professor of the humanities at New School University, will lead "Terrorists, Guerrillas, Freedom Fighters?" This seminar will identify and explore the aims, ideology, and strategy of groups who use violent means to further their ends, including Anarchists, Red Brigades, PFLP, Al Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, Basque Freedom Fighters, and Shining Path, among others. The seminar will also address the question of whether a free society can combat terrorism effectively without curtailing basic human rights or violating international law.

On three consecutive Tuesdays, beginning on April 8 at 7:15 p.m., Diana Ayton-Shenker, an adjunct professor in Bard's Continuing Studies Program, will lead "Conscious Citizenship." Using readings, prompted writing, and discussion, participants will consider what each individual can do to become a conscious citizen—to take a stand on global issues that matter and live a life that is inspired, empowered, responsible, and compassionate.

On three consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on April 9 at 7:00 p.m., Joseph Luzzi, assistant professor of Italian at Bard, will lead "The Lives of Dante." The seminar will address the question of Dante's resurgent popularity and explore Dante's autobiographical writings; biographies of Dante that were used to suit their author's particular cultural, literary, or political aims; and the four recent books on Dante including Nick Tosche's In the Hand of Dante, Matthew Pearl's novel The Dante Club, Robert Hollander's intellectual history, Dante: A Life in Works, and R. W. B. Lewis's biography Dante.

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 03-28-2003