Professors Ayesha Ramachandran and Marta Figlerowicz, Yale University (Photo credit: Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning)
Ourselves in the World: Reflections on First-Year Seminar
Recording will be shared with all the first-year students on Tuesday, May 5
Now that First-Year Seminar is drawing to a close, we invite you to tune into our final Forum event for the year: a roundtable discussion that will interrogate the concept of the “common course” in college education, and reflect on the aims and experiences of FYSEM—Bard's version of this concept. To help us explore the subject, we’ve invited Professors Ayesha Ramachandran and Marta Figlerowicz of Yale University to be our guests. Most recently, they have co-taught the course “Selfhood: Race, Class, and Gender” (popularly known as “The Self Class”), which, parallel to our FYSEM, explores the nature of the “self” in history, partly through virtual reality. Professors Ramachandran and Figlerowicz are also part of an interdisciplinary group of scholars leading a project known as “The Order of Multitudes: Atlas, Encyclopedia, Museum,” which aims to trace the long histories of information management across the globe dating back to the late medieval period. They, along with FYSEM’s co-directors, will be joined by a group of first-year students for a round-table that will be recorded and shared during the week of May 4. Please look out for instructions from your FYSEM professor about submitting questions in advance, since we are eager to have student questions framing the agenda of this hour-long discussion.