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Emily M. Darrow
ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y.—The Continuing Studies Program at Bard College is offering five Intergenerational Seminars during the month of November. These seminars offer Hudson Valley residents and Bard undergraduates a chance to study together, providing an opportunity for a powerful exchange of ideas and experiences. Preregistration and payment of a $35 registration fee per seminar are required. Call the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 for further information. On three Mondays, October 31, November 7, and 14 at 7 p.m., Myra Young Armstead, professor of history at Bard, will lead the seminar “Time, Space, and History.” In the first meeting, participants consider the centrality of a temporal focus in the construction of historical narratives and how shifting notions of the universality of time have affected historical research. In the second meeting, participants examine the issue of space and the ways in which historians increasingly are using it as an index of social meanings. In the last class, participants will review a particular case study in which a historian recasts a conventional narrative of colonial America by reconsidering it in terms of time and space. On three Tuesdays, November 1, 8, and 15, Bard is offering two seminars. In the first, which starts at 6 p.m., Justus Rosenberg, professor emeritus of literature at Bard, will lead the seminar, “Understanding Culture.” Lately, in all parts of the world, people have been referring, with increasing frequency and vehemence, to “their culture,” “their heritage.” In this seminar we try to isolate the various components that come within the purview of culture. Our discussions center upon the proposition that culture stands on biological facts and that it is dynamic. The first session deals with food, sex, shelter, and clothing; the second with spiritual belief and leadership systems; the last with crafts, language, literature, art, and music. The second Tuesday seminar, “The Day After: Current Trends and Challenges in Humanitarian Relief and Development,” starts at 7 p.m. and will be lead by Diana Ayton-Shenker, adjunct professor in the Continuing Studies Program at Bard and author of A Global Agenda: Current Issues Before the U.N. General Assembly. This seminar surveys -continued- international and individual responses to recent conflict and emergencies such as the Indian Ocean tsunami, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, famine in Liberia, and genocide in Darfur. Participants will explore what works, what doesn’t, and why; where we can make a difference; and examples of those working for change. The seminar also looks at issues cutting across relief and development work including HIV/AIDS, long-term conflict management, microcredit and finance initiatives, human rights, environmental integrity, and more. On three Wednesdays, November 2, 9, and 16, at 7 p.m., Barbara Luka, assistant professor of psychology at Bard, will lead the seminar “The Thinking Life: Cognition Over the Lifetime.” In this seminar series, the participants will consider the development of the human brain over a lifetime and will examine how biological and social environments create complex changes in the human mind. Special attention is directed toward cognitive changes later in life, including changes in memory abilities, and how such changes are different from the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The focus of the course is the neurobiological foundations of memory throughout development. On Thursdays, November 3, 10, and 17, at 6:00 p.m., Joseph Luzzi, assistant professor of Italian at Bard, will lead the seminar “Putting the “New” in Neorealism: Italian Cinema of the 1940s.” Cinematic neorealism is arguably one of Italy’s most influential contributions to 20th century, the seminar will introduce participants to the major films, directors, and themes associated with this movement. Individual films, including Rossellini’s Open City, De Sica’s Bicycle Thief, and Visconti’s Earth Trembles, will be examined both for their unique qualities and characteristics as well as their relation to the general principles of the neorealist phenomenon. For further information, call Karen Becker at the Continuing Studies Program at 845-758-7508 or e-mail # # # (10/20/05)

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This event was last updated on 11-21-2005