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 

 

A full list of sections will follow in the summer.

 

 

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8:30 AM

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OLINLC

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Stephanie Kufner

FSEM

NP

91800

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T

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Th

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8:30 AM

9:50 AM

OLIN

107

Natalie Prizel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

JW

92342

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W

F

8:30 AM

9:50 AM

OLIN

301

John Weinstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

CM

91835

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W

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10:10 AM

11:30 AM

OLIN

107

Christopher McIntosh

FSEM

MM

91836

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10:10 AM

11:30 AM

OLIN

303

Michelle Murray

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

JB

92323

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T

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Th

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10:10 AM

11:30 AM

BITO

210

James Brudvig

FSEM

GM

91717

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Th

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10:10 AM

11:30 AM

OLIN

304

Gregory Duff Morton

FSEM

KS

92218

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Th

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10:10 AM

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OLIN

201

Karen Sullivan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

TB

92653

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11:50 AM

1:10 PM

RKC

200

Thomas Bartscherer

FSEM

HD

92199

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11:50 AM

1:10 PM

OLIN

306

Holger Droessler

FSEM

HG

92057

M

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W

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11:50 AM

1:10 PM

OLIN

304

Helena Gibbs

FSEM

ML

91704

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W

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11:50 AM

1:10 PM

OLIN

107

Marisa Libbon

FSEM

JRF

92326

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11:50 AM

1:10 PM

OLIN

307

Javier Rodriguez Fernandez

FSEM

MS

92610

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W

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11:50 AM

 1:10 PM

HEG

201

Michelle Sipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

LH

91703

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11:50 AM

1:10 PM

OLIN

107

Lianne Habinek

FSEM

DT

92202

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11:50 AM

1:10 PM

RKC

200

Dominique Townsend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

RD

91718

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1:30 PM

2:50 PM

OLIN

303

Richard Davis

FSEM

JE

91708

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1:30 PM

2:50 PM

OLIN

305

Jay Elliott

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

AD

92201

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1:30 PM

2:50 PM

HEG

201

Noor Desai

FSEM

RL

92205

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Th

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1:30 PM

2:50 PM

OLINLC

210

Rana Liebert

FSEM

RW

92217

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Th

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1:30 PM

2:50 PM

RKC

200

Robert Weston

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

RA

91707

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F

1:30 PM

2:50 PM

OLIN

310

Richard Aldous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SEM

MA

92204

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3:10 PM

4:30 PM

HEG

300

Matthew Amos

FSEM

TB

92224

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3:10 PM

4:30 PM

OLIN

305

Thomas Bartscherer

FSEM

B/H

92206

M

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3:10 PM

4:30 PM

OLIN

205

L. Botstein / M. Hoffman

FSEM

BD

92200

M

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3:10 PM

4:30 PM

OLIN

304

Charles Dixon

FSEM

NM

92198

M

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3:10 PM

4:30 PM

RKC

101

Nesrin Ersoy McMeekin

FSEM

WGL

92203

M

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W

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3:10 PM

4:30 PM

HEG

201

Wah Guan Lim

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

KR

92555

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Th

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3:10 PM

4:30 PM

HEG

300

Karen Raizen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FSEM

BW

92197

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T

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Th

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4:40 PM

6:00 PM

OLIN

107

Willis Walker