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All upcoming Seminars

All upcoming Seminars

Programs 1 to 7 of 7
Saturday, July 20, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

The words Gilded Age capture it all: A golden era of opulent architecture, extravagant fashions, stunning art, and above all, the wealth that made it possible. Art historian Bonita Billman examines the art, architecture, fashion, and interior design of the upper crust during this period between 1870 and 1912 and explores the dramatic distance between their lives and those on the other end of the social and economic scales. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Friday, July 26, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

The age of the Baroque roughly coincides with the 17th century, one of the most transformational periods in European history. Despite the many variants of this style, its most salient features include emphasis on sensual richness, drama, movement, and emotional exuberance. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine discusses the main currents of Baroque art in Italy, Spain, France, and Holland and how they reflected significant social and cultural developments sparked by forces including religion, government, global exploration, and science. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Saturday, September 7, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Barbara Kingsolver’s Pulitzer Prize–winning Demon Copperhead is an adaptation of the beloved 19th-century novel David Copperfield by Charles Dickens. Joseph Luzzi, professor of literature at Bard College, shows how Kingsolver updated the concerns of David Copperfield to deal with issues of contemporary American life such as the opioid crisis, rural poverty, and the schisms in an increasingly divided country. He also compares style, character creation, and plot development in the two books.

Friday, September 13, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET

A master of light and color, Johannes Vermeer creates a timeless world where the smallest actions take on a sense of beauty and meaning beyond their commonplace settings. His gloriously lit, serene, and exquisitely rendered masterpieces continue to speak to us through their ability to capture some of the most universal ideas in human experience. Art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine discusses Vermeer’s place within the artistic culture of Holland and examines some of his favorite themes and their possible meanings. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Saturday, September 21, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Two centuries of archaeological excavation and exploration have revealed that ancient Israel’s neighbors—Egypt, Canaan, Aram, Assyria, and Babylonia—all contributed significantly to its history, from its origins through the Babylonian exile and beyond. Biblical narratives reflect connections to these ancient cultures. In an illustrated all-day program, biblical scholar Gary Rendsburg explores how the people who left us the Bible were informed by other civilizations and how these influences are reflected in its books.

Saturday, September 28, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Five days after the Declaration of Independence was finalized, a crowd of American soldiers and sailors tore down a statue of King George III raised by grateful New York colonists. Its precious lead became 42,088 musket balls to fire at the king’s army. Historian Richard Bell explores the tumultuous years between 1763 and 1776 and the extraordinary events that turned loyal British colonies into a united confederation willing to go to war to achieve independence.

Saturday, October 5, 2024 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Virginia Woolf famously said that George Eliot’s monumental Middlemarch from 1872 was “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people.” Joseph Luzzi, professor of literature at Bard College, examines how Eliot used innovative literary techniques and delves into her treatment of political issues, key transitions in English social and cultural life, and the characters’ emotional lives.