FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR

 

What Is Freedom?

 

Dialogues Ancient and Modern

To raise the question “What is freedom?” could hardly be more necessary today. Why have so many people in so many times and places identified freedom as a self-evident value, but have also excluded many around them from its benefits? How have different civilizations defined freedom at different times? What does freedom mean in a democracy, an empire, or a totalitarian regime? How do we understand the difference between “freedom to” and “freedom from,” between rights and responsibilities? Is scientific or artistic freedom an unqualified good, whatever its consequences? These are just some of the questions we address in First-Year Seminar. In the fall semester, we ask “What is political freedom?” We read thinkers from Socrates to Gandhi and Hannah Arendt. In the spring semester, we consider “What is personal freedom?” in the company of authors from Aristotle to James Joyce and Malcolm X. By studying these texts, discussing their ideas in small seminars, and writing critical papers about them, students establish a foundation for their learning experience at the college and acquire a shared basis for conversation with fellow students, faculty members, and the world beyond.

  

Website:  www.bard.edu/fysem 

 

FYSEM SCHEDULES:

 

18191

FSEM II FN

Franz Nicolay

  W  F     8:30 am-9:50 am

OLIN 101

 

18007

FSEM II KD

Kevin Duong

M  W      10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 107

18305

FSEM II PL

Peter Laki

M  W      10:10 am- 11:30 am

OLIN 301

 

18357

FSEM II JB

James Brudvig

 T  Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

BITO 210

18377

FSEM II RC

Robert Cioffi

 T  Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 306

18356

FSEM II NM

Nesrin Ersoy McMeekin

 T  Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 304

18008

FSEM II MM

Matthew Mutter

 T  Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 308

18006

FSEM II KS

Karen Sullivan

 T  Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 310

18570

FSEM II OV

Olga Voronina

 T  Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 307

18550

FSEM II RW

Robert Weston

 T  Th    10:10 am-11:30 am

OLIN 301

 

18010

FSEM II HG

Helena Gibbs

M  W      11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 304

18549

FSEM II RS

Richard Suchenski

M  W      11:50 am-1:10 pm

AVERY 117

18002

FSEM II DT

Drew Thompson

M  W      11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 107

 

 

18412

FSEM II BD

Bill Dixon

 T  Th    11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 305

18365

FSEM II MR

Miles Rodriguez

 T  Th    11:50 am-1:10 pm

OLIN 304

 

18548

FSEM II JK

Jason Kavett

  T  Th   1:30 pm-2:50 pm

OLIN 204

18586

FSEM II LK

Lisa Katzman

  T  Th   1:30 pm-2:50 pm

ASP/OLIN 101

18582

FSEM II NM2

Nesrin Ersoy McMeekin

  T  Th   1:30 pm-2:50 pm

AVERY 338

 

18001

FSEM II RA

Richard Aldous

  W  F     1:30 pm-2:50 pm

RKC 102

 

18009

FSEM II LF

Laura Ford

M  W      3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 107

18359

FSEM II SG

Stephen Graham

M  W      3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 306

18162

FSEM II NS

Nathan Shockey

M  W      3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 310

 

18358

FSEM II MA

Matthew Amos

 T  Th    3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 304

18527

FSEM II B/H

Leon Botstein

Michelle Hoffman

 T  Th    3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 310

18557

FSEM II SSR

Karen Raizen

 T  Th    3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 107

18355

FSEM II MGW

Mary Grace Williams

 T  Th    3:10 pm-4:30 pm

ASP 302

 

18531

FSEM II BC

Bruce Chilton

   W  F    3:10 pm-4:30 pm

OLIN 305

 

18364

FSEM II PLO

Peter L'Official

 T  Th    4:40 pm-6:00 pm

OLIN 301

18354

FSEM II BW

Willis Walker

 T  Th    4:40 pm-6:00 pm

OLIN 107