Schedule: Mon 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Olin 201
Professor: M. Mark
This course will explore psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of the history of women during the past fifty years by collecting oral histories and personal narratives from Bard alumnae, faculty, and staff. Students will examine these recollections with the goal of answering a number of questions: What impact have these women had--both at Bard an in the world? How do their reminiscences intersect with larger intellectual and political histories? What patterns emerge as one begins to uncover and interpret personal narratives? What is the role of memory and of recent events in shaping these narratives? How do the stories we tell about ourselves help to define us? With the guidance of a guest lecturer from the Gender Studies program, students will read about and discuss gender, the psychological and literary components of narrative, and the social context of their predecessors' experience. They will workshop personal narratives--their own and others', analyzing the differences between oral history, memoir, and autobiography. And they will participate in documenting history: students will help shape the materials they have gathered for a book celebrating fifty years of women at Bard. This is the first semester of a year-long course; students are encouraged, though not required, to continue in the spring term.
This is a collaborative course involving students from Bard, Dutchess, Marist, New Paltz, and Vassar.
To register for the course see Professor Armstead.
Cross- listed: AADS, American Studies, History, MES
The course will examine the complex social, racial, and ethnic relations and divisions within Poughkeepsie and the interaction of these populations with the wider community. It will focus on traditional black-white racial barriers (with attention to the impact of the Tawana Brawley case), and, in addition, will document the emerging Latino/a community and its effects on the life of Poughkeepsie. Students from Bard, Vassar, SUNY New Paltz, Dutchess County Community College, and Marist will participate in the course, which will include both class lecture and discussion, as well as field research. The course is sponsored by the Poughkeepsie Institute and will be team taught by professors from diverse disciplines representing the five participating colleges. Dr. Myra Young Armstead, the Bard College representative, will teach the social historical component of the course. Students' questions regarding the course may be directed toward Prof. Armstead or Prof. Tracie Stewart, Bard's Poughkeepsie Institute board member.
JAPANESE LANGUAGE TUTORIAL
A tutorial in Basic Japanese will be offered by Kazuo Nakajima. The tutorial will be conducted entirely in Japanese, and will be an introduction to the language through the study of basic grammatical structures, oral expressions, and simple composition. The emphasis will be on the spoken language in everyday usage.
The tutorial, which will continue in the Spring, will meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 11:00 - 12:00 in Olin 302 and will be worth four language credits each semester.
Students interested in registering for the tutorial should see Kazuo Nakajima on registration day in Olin 201.
In offering this tutorial the college is making available basic instruction in a language not currently taught at Bard. This does not, however, mark the establishment of a fully fledged program in Japanese with upper level courses in Japanese language and literature.