SummerFest 2020 Catalog

SummerFest 2020 Catalog

SummerFest is brought to you in Zoom by LLI Online

SummerFest courses are on Fridays, June 5, 12, 19, 26
Registration open to all current LLI members;
classes will be held via Zoom
Registration is from May 11 to May 25, 2020
Drop/Add available until June 7th

Registration Info

Course Dates: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Registration is online only and is free and open only to current LLI members.  Classes will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Registration Open May 11th at 9:00 a.m. and ends on May 25, 2020 (Drop/Add available until June 7th)
To Register

Go to the Bard LLI website home page, and follow the instructions for SummerFest registration.  All registrations
will be acknowledged by email before classes begin.

Class Locations

For the 2020 SummerFest, ALL CLASS SESSIONS WILL BE VIRTUAL USING ZOOM.   Connection links and info will be sent by email before each class.  Practice sessions will be available in May.

Period 1

9:15 a.m. until 10:30 a.m.

(9:15 to 9:30 will be a gathering time before class)

Fridays: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

National Geographic writer/filmmaker takes us through a career that winds around the globe, beginning in Antarctica, traveling by sea kayak to each of the seven continents and touring the Hudson River Valley.

Class Limit: changed to no limit

Presenter: Jon Bowermaster, MA, is a writer/filmmaker who has written a dozen books and produced/directed more than 30 documentary films. He is a six-time grantee of the National Geographic Expeditions Council. Bowermaster has lived in the Hudson Valley for 32 years and is a visiting lecturer at Bard College.

Producer: Anne Brueckner

Fridays: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

As an adult have you ever seen a child’s eyes light up with wonder at the completion of a magic trick? Have you watched their amazement when a coin is made to disappear and subsequently is pulled from the back of his/her ear? Or, when he/she has picked a card from a shuffled deck and it is immediately identified by the magician? These are just a few of the magic tricks you can learn by signing up for Magic for the Family. There will be a small fee for the acquisition of special props.

Class Limit: 10

Presenter: Andy Weintraub, a founder of The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck and the Rhinebeck Theatre Society.  He is also the creator of Grumpus Magic at Rhinebeck’s annual Sinterklaas celebration.

Producer: Marge Moran
Fridays: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

We will discuss selected operas in the context of governmental, sexual, economic, and religious politics, devoting a session each to Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Beethoven’s Fidelio, Bizet’s Carmen and Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites. Opera excerpts will be presented as political themes are developed.

Presenter: Chuck Mishaan (LLI) is developing a syllabus examining the intellectual, political and artistic history of Western Europe from the Enlightenment to the present. He has been presenting his popular multi-semester classroom series on Opera as Politics at Bard LLI and many other area LLIs. He is also a guest lecturer at Bardavon Opera House, and has been a lecturer at the Rhinebeck Chamber Music Society and Rhinebeck’s Starr Library.

Producer: Chuck Mishaan

Fridays: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

From prehistoric cave drawings, through the heyday of picture magazines, to film, motion picture, and digital imaging, photojournalism has profoundly changed the public’s perception of key world events and social movements. Photojournalists, and the media that carried their work, also have had widespread influence on those events. This course examines how photojournalism told the stories that affected our lives, and how we understood them.

Presenter: Gary Miller (LLI) is an award-winning photojournalist, writer, filmmaker, and live television director with over 40 years of experience with corporate and editorial clients, exhibitions, and galleries. He was the youngest staff photographer for Eastman Kodak. He has taught freelance photography at The New School and is the author of a book on the same subject.

Producer: Dorothy Baran

Period 2

11:00 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.

(11:00 to 11:15 will be a gathering time before class)

Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Not everyone can get on the floor with ease, so for this session, Feldenkrais “Awareness Through Movement ®” will be offered sitting in chairs. These simple lessons can help anyone improve how they move and feel more comfortable in their body. The method works through a combination of slowing down, reducing effort, and paying attention to sensation while guided verbally through fundamental movement patterns. Daily activities become easier and posture, balance, and breathing get better.

Class Limit: 16

Presenter: Margaret Pierpont, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, offers group classes and private sessions in the Rhinebeck area. She has had a lifelong interest in movement, relaxation and the mind-body relationship and extensive experience in dance, yoga, and meditation. She favors Feldenkrais for keeping her mind and body nimble in retirement.

Producer: Margaret Shuhala
Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Learn the inside story on the exterior restoration of the Woolworth Building, Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Museum of Natural History, and New York Public Library.

Class Limit: 30

Presenter: Timothy Allanbrook, FAIA, (LLI) has over 40 years of experience in award-wining architectural and preservation projects. He has directed extensive restorations from investigation through construction oversight. Specialized tools, analysis, and meticulous hands-on attention were required to diagnose causes of distress and to design and execute the thousands of large and small scale repairs at some of New York City’s most famous buildings.

Producer: Dorothy Baran

Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Science encompasses a broad range of human activity.  Each session of this course will examine a different, interesting and exciting aspect of science.

June 5 – Marianne North, World Traveler and Botanical Artist

How does a Victorian lady spend her free time and her inheritance? Marianne North traveled the world, discovering and documenting exotic botanical species before they became extinct. Her intrepid spirit and scientific contributions are an inspiration.

Presenter: Jenny O’Grady Giddy, BA, MLS, is a retired librarian, the co-founder of Cloudbridge, a Costa Rican nature reserve, and of Wildcliff Nature Reserve, a similar property in South Africa.

June 12 – Physics as a Liberal Art: Reflections on 39 Years of College Teaching

The presenter will discuss how his own understanding of physics has been altered and enriched by a career that required him to consider science within the context of a liberal arts curriculum.

Presenter: Matthew Deady, BS, MS, PhD, received degrees in mathematics and physics from Illinois and MIT, doing research in experimental nuclear physics. He was a physics professor at Mount Holyoke College (1981-87) and at Bard College (1987-2020), where he also directed the physics program. Professor Deady and his wife Mary are retiring to their hometown, Chicago. Friends, colleagues, and students at Bard and at LLI will deeply miss their intelligent, kind contributions to our communities.

June 19 – Plastics: A Quick Primer

This presentation will delve into the basic chemistry of plastics and why the very properties that make them so useful can also have significant environmental and health impacts.

Presenter: Patrick DeHaven, PhD, taught chemistry at SUNY New Paltz prior to a 34 year career at IBM, where he examined molecular structures of semiconductor materials.

June 26 – Cannabis: The Best Anti-aging Supplement We Can Take

How can one plant treat diseases as diverse as Crohn’s, asthma, Alzheimer’s, gout, pulmonary fibrosis, epilepsy and on and on?  The answer is our own Endocannabinoid System.

Presenter: Andi Novick, JD (Rutgers Law School), has been an attorney for over three decades, a farmer for over a decade, and founded NY Small Farm Alliance of Cannabis Growers & Supporters (NY Small FarmA) in 2018.

Producers: Emily Michael, Bill Tuel

Fridays: 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

June 5, 12, 19, 26

Join us on an exciting trip into mood, metaphor, meter, and tone. Discover how exploratory exercises can lead you into the nonlinear use of words that may surprise and enable you to express your deepest thoughts and feelings. Come for the art of it. Come to read skilled poets and fall in love with poetry. Come for the assignments, support, feedback. Come to write poetry only you can write. All levels welcome.

Class Limit: 16

Presenter: Anique Taylor, MFAs Drawing (Pratt), Poetry (Drew) — Anique Taylor’s writing has been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies. Her chapbooks, Where Space Bends and Under the Ice Moon, have won awards. In 2020, her first book, Where Space Bends, will be published by Finishing Line Press. She teaches poetry, creative nonfiction, and the creative journal, bringing her experience as an artist, poet, and spiritual life coach to her teaching.

Producer: Susan Hinkle


Curriculum Committee

Anne Sunners, Chair
Irene Esposito, Secretary
Regina Armstrong
Dorothy Baran
Bob Blacker
Anne Brueckner
Jane Diamond
Ellen Foreman
Susan Hinkle
Dacie Kershaw
Linda LeGendre
Emily Michael
Merrill Mishaan
Marge Moran
Cathy Reinis
Linda Scherr
Margaret Shuhala
Bill Tuel
Leslie Weinstock

Catalog Committee

Bill Tuel, Chair
Susan Hinkle
Deborah Lanser
Margaret Shuhala
Betsy Tuel

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