GER 202   Intermediate German II

Stephanie Kufner

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8:50 -9:50 am



In order to enter the spirit of Greek lyric, we will begin by reading for a couple of weeks the opening the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, which sings of the birth, haunts and skills of the god who presides over lyric composition and performance.  We will then read selected poems of the two great poets of Lesbos, Sappho and Alcaeus, and later in the spring enter the world of victory song in odes of Pindar and Bacchylides.  For a final stretch we will study a few of the great choruses of the Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides and Aristophanes, to be chosen in consultation with student interest.  Careful attention will be paid from the beginning to meter, to questions of original performance practices, and to the occasions for which the texts we have were first fashioned.  Class size: 18



GER 206   German Immersion

Franz Kempf

M T W Th F

M T W Th F

M T W Th F

9:00 - 10:00 am

11:00 - 12:00 pm

2:00 -3:00 pm





12 credits. Intensive study of a foreign language helps to create a highly effective and exciting learning environment for those who wish to achieve a high degree of proficiency in the shortest possible time. German immersion is designed to enable students with little or no previous experience in German to complete two years of college German within five months (spring semester at Bard, plus June in Germany for 4 additional credits). To achieve this goal, students take fifteen class hours per week during the semester at Bard, and twenty hours per week during June at Collegium Palatinum, the German language institute of Schiller International University in Heidelberg. Each participant will be able to enroll concurrently in one other course at Bard. This will allow the student to pursue a more balanced study program or to fulfill certain requirements (e.g., Freshman Seminar). Beginning with elementary pronunciation, students are plunged into daily intensive usage of German, with practice in all four language skills (speaking, listening‑comprehension, reading, writing). The communicative approach actively involves the student in a variety of activities including structured practice, role playing, linguistic games, student‑to‑student give‑and‑take, teacher‑to‑student give‑and‑take (and vice versa), response to listening‑ comprehension exercises, and invention of creative oral and/or written exchanges. Emphasis will be placed on linguistic accuracy and cultural authenticity. As the course progresses, the transition is made from learning the language for everyday communication to the consideration of literary and cultural values through the reading of classical and modern texts (e.g., Goethe, Eichendorff, Kafka, Brecht) which are representative for the thought and forms of the age in which they were written.  The last month of the program will be spent in Germany. Participants will study at Collegium Palatinum, in Heidelberg for four weeks.  Course days are Monday through Friday, leaving students most evenings and weekends free for independent study, research, leisure, and excursions. The Collegium Palatinum offers a complete program of information, cultural activities, and excursions. In July and August, after the completion of the program, participants may travel in Europe on their own or return to the U.S. immediately. To cover the costs of the program, financial aid will be made available. Class size: 15



GER 425   Culture and Society in Weimar Germany

Florian Becker

M . W . .

11:50 -1:10 pm



A critical exploration of German literature, theatre, visual arts, architecture, and film in the period from 1918 to 1933. The Weimar Republic witnessed the emergence of a distinctive brand of modernism, characterized by an unprecedented openness to mass culture and to the use of new technologies of reproduction. Much of the cultural production we shall examine does not simply seek to refashion aesthetic practice; it aims to reconfigure the human sensory and cognitive apparatus, in an attempt to transform the basic structures of social life. We shall analyze works of literature and art in their relation to the rapid technological and social modernization that shaped the period, and to the profound socio-political conflicts to which this process gave rise. Class size: 15



ARTH 341   Preserving Berlin

Susan Merriam

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3:10 -5:30 pm





HIST 2017   Berlin - Vienna:The Science of  Metropolis, 1890-1933

Gregory Moynahan

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1:30 -2:50 pm

OLIN 309