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 SCHEDULE:

 

COURSE

 

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Professor

FSEM II MD

19535

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 8:30 am

 9:50 am

OLIN

301

Deady, Matthew

FSEM II SK

19008

T

Th

 8:30 am

 9:50 am

OLINLC

206

Kufner, Stephanie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II DB

19016

M

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10:10 am

11:30 am

OLIN

310

Berthold, Daniel

FSEM II BC

19010

M

W

  

10:10 am

11:30 am

OLIN

305

Chilton, Bruce

FSEM II JL

19006

M

W

  

10:10 am

11:30 am

OLIN

101

Luzzi, Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II JB

19497

T

Th

10:10 am

11:30 am

BITO

210

Brudvig, James

FSEM II RC

19017

T

Th

10:10 am

11:30 am

OLIN

306

Cioffi, Robert

FSEM II MM

19014

T

Th

10:10 am

11:30 am

OLIN

304

Mutter, Matthew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II JK

19547

M

W

  

11:50 am

 1:10 pm

HEG

201

Kavett, Jason

FSEM II ML

19007

M

W

  

11:50 am

 1:10 pm

OLIN

303

Libbon, Marisa

FSEM II DT

19013

M

W

  

11:50 am

 1:10 pm

OLIN

309

Thompson, Drew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II MR

19015

T

Th

11:50 am

 1:10 pm

OLIN

304

Rodriguez, Miles

FSEM II RW

19537

T

Th

11:50 am

 1:10 pm

OLIN

301

Weston, Robert

FSEM II MGW

19012

T

Th

11:50 am

 1:10 pm

HEG

204

Williams, Mary Grace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II JA

19005

M

W

  

 1:30 pm

 2:50 pm

OLIN

303

Alves, Jaime

FSEM II MA

19532

M

W

  

 1:30 pm

 2:50 pm

OLIN

205

Amos, Matthew

FSEM II SH

19534

M

W

  

 1:30 pm

 2:50 pm

BITO

210

Hill, Samantha

FSEM II JM

19533

M

W

  

 1:30 pm

 2:50 pm

RKC

101

Mansky, Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II LC

19009

T

Th

 1:30 pm

 2:50 pm

OLIN

306

Curtis, Lauren

FSEM II BD

19607

T

Th

 1:30 pm

 2:50 pm

HEG

204

Dixon, Bill

FSEM II LF

19000

T

Th

 1:30 pm

 2:50 pm

OLIN

304

Ford, Laura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II RA

19004

M

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 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

RKC

101

Aldous, Richard

FSEM II M/B

19570

M

W

  

 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

HEG

308

McMeekin, N. / Botstein, L.

FSEM II SSR

19001

M

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 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

OLIN

304

Stamatopoulou-Robbins, Sophia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II TE

19567

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Th

 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

HEG

308

Ewing, Tabetha

FSEM II NM

19531

T

Th

 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

OLIN

308

Ersoy McMeekin, Nesrin

FSEM II SG

19546

T

Th

 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

RKC

102

Graham, Stephen

FSEM II LK

19548

T

Th

 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

HEG

102

Krueger-Chandler, Elizabeth

FSEM II PL

19538

T

Th

 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

BITO

CPS

Laki, Peter

FSEM II JW

19552

T

Th

 3:10 pm

 4:30 pm

HEG

204

Wagner, Jean

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM II BW

19011

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 4:40 pm

 6:00 pm

LEVY

Walker, Willis