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Emily M. Darrow

Senior Citizens Pay Only $30 Per Course

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Continuing Studies Program (CSP) at Bard College will offer 11 four-credit courses this summer from Monday, June 7, through Saturday, July 10 (except as noted). Topics of the courses include American gothic novels, Arabic and Hebrew languages, citizenship, Egyptian dance, figure drawing, Shakespeare, painting, Web page and new media design, and writing. Senior citizens pay only the registration fee of $30 (per course), plus any applicable laboratory or equipment fees. Other students may enroll either for credit or as auditors. The CSP office should receive registrations by Monday, June 7, accompanied by a $30 registration fee and tuition payment.

Marcus D. Gregio, CSP instructor, will teach the course "Practical Shakespeare," which meets on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Designed for theater and nontheater students, this course will interest those 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 delves into the life and times of William Shakespeare, utilizing a liberal arts tradition as well as a modern conservatory approach, which allows the student to understand the history of the plays and how they can 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 are, therefore, fundamental in dealing with the actor-audience relationship and the actor as actor/character. Learning about Shakespeare, his plays, and his times in a practical manner assists students in understanding the power and value of classic drama and why it is important in today’s theater.

Donna Ford Grover, visiting assistant professor of literature at Bard, will teach the course "American Gothic," which meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Considered the stronghold of ghost stories, family curses, and heroines in distress, the gothic novel often uses melodrama and the macabre to disguise the psychological, sexual, and emotional issues that are, in fact, more horrifying than the contents of a haunted house. In the United States, the gothic novel has often confronted topics pertinent to American identity and history. This course examines how many U.S. authors used the gothic genre to engage with social, political, and cultural concerns. The class will read novels and short stories that span the 19th and 20th centuries by authors such as Louisa May Alcott, James Baldwin, William Faulkner, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shirley Jackson, Harriet Jacobs, Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, and Edith Wharton.

Diana Ayton-Shenker, former director of the Human Rights Program at Hunter College, will teach the course "Conscious Citizenship," which meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Using readings, videos, prompted writing, and discussion, this seminar will consider what each individual can do to be a conscious citizen, to take a stand on global issues that matter, and to live a life that is inspired, empowered, responsible, and compassionate. The class considers what it means to be a good, conscious, global citizen. Avenues for action are explored. Through discussions of one or two global issues, students take steps as individuals to change the situation, change themselves, or accept the status quo. Each person crafts their own citizenship agenda and develops a plan of action to pursue their goals.

Teresa Vilardi, director of Bard’s Institute for Writing and Thinking, will lead "Writers Workshop: Constructing Memoir," which meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Memoir is a complex literary form that weaves together the threads of personal, cultural, and historical memory, imagination, and narrative—an increasingly diverse form that offers writers a lot of room for invention. The course offers challenges and satisfactions to anyone interested in writing memoir, as well as creative nonfiction, personal essay, and fiction. One purpose of this course is to provide an occasion for writing as well as a community of other writers from whom students may receive response to their work. Discussions of readings from contemporary memoirs and from writers’ reflections on the challenges and possible forms of memoir writing invite students to identify what works for them.

Bernard Greenwald, professor of studio arts at Bard, will give instruction in "Open-Air Painting," which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The Hudson Valley has long been associated with a tradition of excellence in painting. The light and landscape in this area are internationally renowned as motifs for painting. This course, appropriate for beginning and experienced painters alike, explores painting outside in the open air.

Jeremiah Hall, webmaster of the Charles P. Stevenson Library at Bard, will teach the "Web Page and New media Design," which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. This course will explore the methods and tools behind website development and design, as well as the artistic and creative theory behind online presentations. Along with technical and artistic development, the class discusses Internet communities and information networks and their sociological impacts. The website has become a medium of art and a method for the presentation of creative output. Students not only develop the knowledge and skills needed to complete their own website, but also will gain an understanding of the Internet and what it offers the modern world. The course emphasizes the use of skills and techniques through a combination of lectures and labs. HTML topics to be covered include: images, tables, frames, layers, GIF animations, and more. In addition to weekly assignments, students complete their own website, which is presented and discussed in the final class, and explore the web, participating in online communities to help further their understanding.

Cheryl Wheat, adjunct professor of studio arts at Bard, will teach the course "Figure Drawing," which meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Through lectures and demonstrations, students will learn the fundamental ideas embodied in contemporary, modern, and old master drawings. Some of the topics to be covered are proportions and geometry of the figure, gesture and contrapposto, cross contours, hatching, chiaroscuro, and the development of three-dimensional volumes from two-dimensional enclosures, emphasis is on an approach to the figure in terms of composition. Students are introduced to a wide range of aesthetic ideas and are encouraged to develop a personal vision. A variety of drawing materials are employed: chalk, graphite, pen and ink, wash, silverpoint and mixed media, with an emphasis on charcoal. Students will draw from a model during all sessions, beginning with shorter poses and then moving on to longer, more sustained studies. A $40 model fee is charged.

Hezi Brosh, associate professor of Arabic and Hebrew at Bard, will teach the course, "Beginning Modern Standard Arabic," which meets daily from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 8, through Thursday, July 1. Beginning Arabic helps each student gain a sound initial understanding in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will acquire a basic working vocabulary and some fundamental grammar structures, enabling them to understand and conduct conversations on simple, routine topics. Significant aspects of Arab culture, such as religious customs, literary traditions, and family life are highlighted. Teaching materials are provided.

Brosh will also teach the course, "Beginning Hebrew," which meets daily from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, July 19, through, Friday, August 6. Beginning Hebrew helps each student to gain a sound initial understanding in the areas of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Students will acquire a basic working vocabulary and some fundamental grammar structures, enabling them to understand and conduct conversations on simple, routine topics. Students will become familiar with the literary and journalistic language and with the current slang. Significant aspects of Israeli culture are highlighted.

Sanaa Sadek, visiting lecturer in Arabic at Bard, will teach the course "Egyptian Colloquial Arabic (ECA)," which meets daily from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Monday, July 19, through Friday, August 6. This course will teach the spoken language of Cairo, which is the most widely understood Arabic dialect in the Middle East, as most popular Arabic movies and songs are from Egypt. Students will be able to accomplish everyday tasks, converse in basic ECA, and even exchange opinions on current issues with native speakers. Students will also become acquainted with the Arabic writing system. No knowledge of modern standard Arabic is required.

Sadek also will teach the course "Egyptian Folkloric Dance," which meets daily from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, June 19, through, Friday, August 6. A survey of the history of the most famous Egyptian folkloric dances from different regions in Egypt, this course includes videos, lectures, and basic dance techniques. Students will learn about the different Egyptian folkloric dances, such as al-Hagalah from the oases in the desert between Egypt and Libya; the folkloric dance with sticks from Upper Egypt; the Nubian dance from Aswan; and modern folkloric dance. No previous dance experience is necessary.

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. Students may register by mail for the 4-credit courses. In addition to the $30 registration fee (waived for senior citizens), tuition for the four-credit courses is $1,460; $438 to audit a course; or $30 per course for senior citizens age 62 or older. (Formal registration and permission of the instructor is required for senior registrants, and there may be additional applicable laboratory or equipment fees.)

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 07-19-2004