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Information Needed for Coming on Campus

Introduction

If you are a new member or a renewing member who has not been on campus, there are important steps to take. You need to register your car, get your parking hangtag, secure your Bard student ID (optional), and be familiar with LLI’s COVID-19 protocol, which is outlined in a separate article.

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Black Melancholia Exhibit

Introduction

The Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College brings together a compelling exhibition with the work of 28 artists from across the African diaspora. The exhibition counters the historical perspective on melancholy, which has mostly been told through the experience of White males, and reframes melancholia as a pervasive part of the Black experience,

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Looking Forward to Fall Classes

Introduction

As usual, the Curriculum Committee has developed so many rewarding fall courses that choosing among them will be difficult. Do you want to learn more about medicine, science, history, and current political issues or to explore novels, poetry, films, and plays? How about attending a workshop to improve your writing,

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Summer Learning: What Worked and What Needed Work

Introduction

When asked to evaluate their SummerFest courses, 82 LLI members had plenty to say about what they liked and what needed improvement. The good news is that most rated their course content, presenters, and overall satisfaction between 4 and 5, the top marks. But some provided ratings between 1 and 3,

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LLI Supports BSHEC Students’ Summer Work

Introduction

Each year, LLI provides grants to students at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan. The money provides support that allows students to volunteer and to learn in the summer between their junior and senior years.

Again this year, the effects of Covid restrictions make it more difficult for students to find opportunities,

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Hiking and Learning Go Hand-in-Hand

Introduction

Combine a love of hiking with a docent who can stop and explain environmental changes, different types of trees, and vernal ponds, and you have this spring’s Guided Hiking at Minnewaska class. Laura Connor, our docent, planned five hikes that took us on various paths throughout Minnewaska State Park with all the earmarks of a great class: learning,

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The Annual Survey: Strong Opinions and Constructive Suggestions

Introduction

This year’s annual survey elicited some strong and varied opinions from the 97 members who answered it. For the most part, people were pleased with the course offerings, although they had numerous suggestions for additional subjects. Likewise, many greeted the possibility of forming small separate interest groups with enthusiasm.

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Member Thoughts on the Spring Semester

Introduction

This spring, most members were pleased with their courses, giving them the top rating of 4 or 5 on the evaluation form. Some had a mixed reaction, giving their courses a 3, and a few expressed their dissatisfaction by rating the courses 2. Likewise, the presenters were generally given top marks,

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SummerFest Returns

Introduction

SummerFest will start the first week of June, with a wonderful variety of interesting courses. Most classes will be held on campus on Fridays, with one Friday Zoom class. There will be one off-campus in-person class on Wednesdays. You can check out the schedule on May 13 when the complete ProClass catalog will be available.

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Congressman Jamie Raskin in Conversation With Bard LLI

Introduction

On March 9, Bard LLI, in partnership with Oblong Books and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, presented a special program via a Zoom webinar featuring US Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md., 8th District). Congressman Raskin is a former law professor at American University and a constitutional scholar. He is currently a member of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol,

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