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CONTINUING STUDIES PROGRAM AT BARD COLLEGE ANNOUNCES FALL SCHEDULE WITH NEW FEE SCHEDULE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS Eleven courses and workshops will explore computer systems and applications, French painting, Hudson Valley history, literature, magic, method acting, photography, printmaking, and three-dimensional art

Emily M. Darrow

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer 11 four-credit courses this fall from Tuesday, September 2, through Friday, December 19. Topics of the weekly courses include computer systems and applications, French painting, Hudson Valley history, literature, magic, method acting, photography, printmaking, and three-dimensional art. This year, senior citizens may take each course for a fee of only $30. Other students may enroll either for credit or as auditors. The CSP office should receive applications by Tuesday, September 2, accompanied by a $30 registration fee and tuition payment. (The registration fee is waived for senior citizen registrants).

On Mondays from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m., Justus Rosenberg, professor of languages and literature at Bard, will teach Modernity in Literature and the Arts. Students will analyze plays, novels, short stories, paintings, and compositions by artists who were among the founders of modernism. The course also explores the symbiotic relationship among modern writers, painters, and composers such as Thomas Mann, Giorgio de Chirico, Richard Strauss, T. S. Eliot, Max Ernst, Arnold Schoenberg, Franz Kafka, Edvard Munch, Béla Bartók, Samuel Beckett, Wassily Kandinsky, and Igor Stravinsky. Students will consider whether historical circumstances engender similar visions and techniques, or whether other factors account for commonalities in the form and content of modern works.

On Tuesdays from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Joseph Luzzi, assistant professor of Italian at Bard, will teach Literature and Italian Cinema. This course considers the dramatic impact of the Italian literary tradition on modern Italian cinema. It focuses on disruptions in 20th-century Italy—including fascism, conflict between northern and southern Italy, and the pervasiveness of American consumer culture—and how they informed cinematic adaptations of literary works. The class discusses texts and related films including The Decameron (Boccaccio, author, and Pasolini, director), The Conformist (Moravia and Bertolucci), The Leopard (Lampedusa and Visconti), and The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Bassani and De Sica). The course is conducted in English. Readings are in English translation and films have subtitles. Screenings are from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. following the weekly class session.

On Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m., Diana Ayton-Shenker, former director of the Human Rights Program at Hunter College, will teach A Global Agenda: Performance and Priorities of the United Nations. Through a critical examination of current and recent UN activity, the course provides a deeper understanding of global concerns and the challenges facing the international community. It will explore major issues on the UN’s agenda (security, peace, international justice, economic and social development), and assess how the UN addresses them. Students will consider the difference the UN does or could make in our world. In particular, the class discusses how the UN deals with terrorism, HIV/AIDS, sustainable development, environmental protection,human rights, and international crime and justice. Each student will select one UN priority, prepare a strategic analysis of its current status at the UN, and write an advisory paper recommending action by the UN. The student reports will be forwarded to staff at the appropriate division of the UN or a relevant nongovernmental organization.

On Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m., anthropologist Melissa Demian will teach Magic in Anthropological Perspective. This course first addresses the question of how magical thinking came to be associated with irrationality and “the primitive,” a process in which anthropology has been intimately implicated, through the work of Frazer, Weber, and Evans-Pritchard. Next, he reappearance of magic as an apparent index of the conditions of modernity is considered through texts such as T. M. Luhrmann’s Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft, Peter Geschiere’s The Modernity of Witchcraft, and Michael Taussig’s The Magic of the State. Finally the class considers “magical thinking” in its late-20th-century manifestations, such as conspiracy theories, UFO abductions, and millenarian movements.

On Wednesdays from 6:00 to 8:20 p.m., Jeremiah Hall, webmaster of the Charles P. Stevenson Library at Bard, will teach Computer Systems and Applications. This course is designed to provide novices with a thorough introduction to computer systems. Students first explore the physical components of a computer, from microprocessor to hard drive, then the applications of computers, including word processing, database systems, spreadsheets, digital photography and art, operating systems, and networked computer environments. Students will work with Microsoft Office and AdobePhotoShop and are introduced to basic computer programming concepts.

On Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:50 p.m., Anne Bertrand-Dewsnap, adjunct professor at Bard, Marist, and Vassar Colleges, will teach French Painting from Poussin to Cézanne. This class studies a selection of the most important French paintings from the beginning of the 17th century to the end of the 19th century by artists such as Poussin, de la Tour, Watteau, Fragonard, David, Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, Manet, Degas, Monet, Renoir, Morisot, Gauguin, and Cézanne. Topics range from stylistic considerations to patronage and the function of art, providing students with an introduction to the discipline of art history.

On Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., photographer Laura Gail Tyler will teach Photography in the “Other” Arts. This course explores the integration of photography into other art forms. It is intended as an intermediate-level course, although no experience in photography is necessary. Students will be introduced to low-tech methods of reproducing and incorporating photographs into other media. Students are expected to have access to a camera.

On Wednesdays from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m., Vernon Benjamin, former writer at and editor of the Saugerties Times, will teach Hudson Valley History: From Wilderness to Woodstock. Topics in this document-based course include geology and prehistoric cultures; Henry Hudson and the Dutch period; English colonial history; the American Revolution and U.S. Constitution; the Federalist era and rise of Martin Van Buren; black life and culture; the Industrial Revolution in the Hudson Valley; Tidewater literature, art, and architecture; West Point and the Civil War; the Gilded Age and great estates; the rise of conservationism; cultural diversity in the Jazz Age; the age of Roosevelt; modern times; and American ideals.

On Thursdays from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., Naomi Thornton, visiting professor of theater at Bard, will offer a Workshop in Method Acting. Designed to teach specific acting skills and to make the student comfortable in front of an audience, the emphasis is on relaxation, concentration, and focus. The goals are spontaneity and freedom for the actor. Some group exercises and improvisations are included, but the work stresses individual attention. Dramatic material includes scenes, monologues, and poetry. The course is open to both beginning and advanced students.

On Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., Laura Gail Tyler will teach Three-Dimensional Foundations. This course covers the basic materials, methods, and concepts of three-dimensional art. All techniques covered are inexpensive, fairly low tech, and accessible to the beginner. The course includes weekly critiques and demonstrations, with frequent, experimental assignments.

On Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:20 p.m., Bernard Greenwald, professor of studio arts at Bard, will teach Printmaking: The Intaglio Processes. Participants learn how to develop personal imagery through the intaglio printmaking processes: drypoint, engraving, etching, and aquatint. Students will alter and adjust plates and print them in ways that expand their notions of invention. The history of prints and paper conservation is discussed. Beginners as well as experienced artists are welcome. A fee of $25 is charged to cover the cost of solvents, grounds, wipes, inks, and mordents. Students must supply their own paper, plates, and personal tools.

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 $1,460 for four credits; $438 to audit a course; or $30 for senior citizens age 62 or older. There is a $30 registration fee in addition to the tuition (which is waived for senior citizen registrants).

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

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This event was last updated on 08-27-2003