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CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM AT BARD COLLEGE ANNOUNCES SUMMER SCHEDULE Ten courses will explore the Alexander Technique, beginning Arabic, black and white photography, human security, Kafka, open air painting, sight-singing, Shakespeare, U.S. labor geography, and website design and cyber art

Emily M. Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer 10 courses this summer from Monday, June 2, through Saturday, July 5 (except "Beginning Arabic," which will be offered from July 7 through July 23). Alexander Technique, beginning Arabic, black and white photography, human security, Kafka, open air painting, sight-singing, Shakespeare, U.S. labor geography, and website design and cyber art 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 2, accompanied by a $30 registration fee and tuition payment.

On Mondays and Tuesdays, from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m., Marcus D. Gregorio will teach the four-credit course "Practical Shakespeare." This is designed for theater and nontheater students who have an interest in the applicability of Shakespeare’s plays, from script to stage. With a focus on the uniqueness of Elizabethan and Jacobean theater, the course will delve into the life and times of William Shakespeare, making use of the liberal arts tradition as well as a modern conservatory approach. Students learn the history of the plays and how the plays may be translated for a contemporary audience. Highly physical in nature, the course connects voice and movement to the text, enhancing the learning process. Applicable theater exercises and training techniques deal with the actor-audience relationship and the actor as actor/character. Learning about Shakespeare, his plays, and his times in a practical manner allows one to understand the power and value of classic drama and why it is important in today's theater.

On Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., photographer Tanya Marcuse, an adjunct faculty member at Bard, member of the faculty at Simon's Rock College of Bard, and a 2002 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, will teach the four-credit course, "Black and White Photography." This course provides 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 explores 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 $75.00 darkroom fee will be charged in addition to the tuition. Limited enrollment of five students.

On Tuesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Franz Kempf, professor of German at Bard, will teach the two-credit course "Kafka: Prague, Politics, and the Fin de siècle." Kafka can be read as the chronicler of modern despair, of human suffering in an unidentifiable, timeless landscape. Yet he can also be read as a representative of his era, his "existential anguish" springing from the very real cultural and historical conflicts that agitated Prague at the turn of the century (e.g., anti-Semitism, contemporary theories of sexuality). The course will cover Kafka's shorter fiction ranging from fragments, parables, and sketches to longer, complete tales ("The Judgment," "The Metamorphosis"), as well as the novels The Trial and The Man Who Disappeared (Amerika) and excerpts from his diaries and letters. Together they reveal the breath of his literary vision and the extraordinary imaginative depth of his thought. Special arrangements can be made for students who would like to earn four credits.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 7:00 to 10:00, Diana Ayton-Shenker will teach the four-credit course, "The Age of Human Security: Making Sense of the Post 9/11 World." This course explores how human security is reshaping how we think about the world and our place in it. Five thematic topics will be explored each week: "The Age of Human Security: What Does This Mean for Our Lives and Our Times?"; "What's at Stake: Civil Liberties, Human Rights, Peace"; "Sustainable Security: Development and Environment"; "Two Critical Challenges: HIV/AIDS and Gender Equality"; and "Saving the Species and the Planet: Global Power Shifting and Personal Responsibility." The course will incorporate lectures, discussion, prompted writing, and a review of selected readings drawn from Amartya Sen, Francis Fukuyama, Noam Chomsky, Howard Zinn, Wendell Berry, Katrina vanden Heuvel, and Diana Ayton-Shenker.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., Myra Young Armstead, professor of history at Bard, will teach the four-credit course, "U.S. Labor Geographies." This course surveys America's economic shift from agricultural and commercial in the colonial period, to manufacturing during the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries, and to service-oriented in recent decades by focusing on a variety of work spaces. Through examining fields, kitchens, workshops, sweatshops, docks, streets, retail establishments, and offices the following questions will be posed: Who worked in such places? What tasks did they perform? Why and how did such work places arise, and change in importance over time? How were other aspects of the built environment (e.g., housing and infrastructure) related to the maintenance of workspaces? What has been the role of the state in supporting particular configurations of the labor landscape? What were the social and cultural meanings attached to these work locations and to their occupants? How has the emergence of new workspaces over time affected understandings of gender (masculinity and womanhood)? How have certain work sites been historically ethnicized or racialized?

"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 Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 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.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Bernard Greenwald, professor of studio arts, will teach the four-credit course "Open Air Painting." The Hudson Valley has long been associated with the tradition of excellence in painting, and the light and the landscape in this area of the world are world-renowned as motifs for painting. This course, appropriate for beginners as well as painters with experience, will explore painting outside in the open air.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., Jeremy Hall, web and technical services assistant at Stevenson Library, will teach the four-credit course, "Website Design and Cyber Art." In modern times, the website has become a medium of art and a method for the presentation of ideas. Modern music, art, and literature use websites to create a greater presence in our culture. In class, students will work with software including Macromedia’s Dreamweaver and Flash and Adobe Photoshop to develop content-rich web presentations. The course will cover methods and tools for website development, and also the artistic and creative theory behind web-based art and design. Topics include advanced html, multimedia web design, online communities, and web galleries and cyber artists. Students also read selections from online sources, such as the Yale Web Style Guide, covering the theory and practice of web design. This course assumes some previous experience with html, digital photography, and web design. Students are required to prepare artistic materials for online presentation and expected to complete a final website.

On Saturdays, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Liz Fleisher will offer the two-credit course, "Introduction to Sight-Singing." Students learn to read music and refine their listening skills in a practical workshop designed for people who love to sing. In this first level, the class focuses on the principal skips and harmonic relationships of the major scale, and singing and analyzing folk and classical rounds, part-music, and solo repertoire. The elements of music theory and basic terminology are then introduced. This course provides beginners with essential skills for ensemble singing and serves as a springboard for further music study.

On Mondays, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., starting July 7, Hezi Brosh, associate professor of Arabic and Hebrew at Bard, will offer the four-credit course "Beginning Arabic." This course is an introduction to Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) as it is used in Arab countries today. It presents Arabic script and print as well as pronunciation and basic grammatical structures. Students will be introduced to aspects of Arab culture, such as religious customs, literary traditions, and family life. Differences between MSA and Educated Spoken Arabic will be highlighted. At the end of the course students will be able to read simple texts and conduct basic conversations in Educated Spoken Arabic on light routine topics.

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 $1,384 for four credits; $692 for two credits; and $416 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 05-22-2003