Bard’s free first-year seminar fall series

On five Monday afternoons, from September 12 through November 28, Bard’s fall 2011 First-Year Seminar program, “Self and Society in the Liberal Arts,” offers a series of lectures and related events. All the events are free and open to the public and begin at 4:45 p.m. in Sosnoff Theater in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.

The fall lecture series is part of the First-Year Seminar at Bard College, a required two-semester program for first-year students that introduces them to important intellectual, artistic, and cultural traditions and to methods of studying those traditions. The lecture series provides a forum for students, the public, and leading scholars and artists to explore contemporary and relevant issues, as well as the latest scholarship on enduring questions. All events are free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. For information or directions to the Fisher Center, call 845-758-7900. For information about the First-Year Seminar at Bard, visit

Monday, September 12: “Discovery in the Humanities”
Roundtable, presented by Bard professors Thomas Bartscherer, Maria Cecire, and Benjamin Stevens

Monday, September 26: “On Virgil’s Aeneid”
Lecture by Gareth Williams, Columbia University

Monday, October 17: “On Augustine’s Confessions”
Lecture by Mark Lilla, Columbia University

Monday, October 31: “Dante and African American Culture”
Lecture by Dennis Looney, University of Pittsburgh

Monday, November 28: “Scenes from Shakespeare’s Othello”
Directed by Jonathan Rosenberg, Bard College

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