WinterFest 2021 Catalog

WinterFest 2021 Catalog

Dates: January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3,10, 2021
Morning Presentations: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Afternoon Presentations: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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Bard LLI members and WinterFest presenters may invite individual guests. Members, presenters, and their guests are welcome at every session. The Bard community of faculty, staff, and students is also welcome.


Wednesday, January 6, 2021

What kills people in an airplane crash? This class will explore the impact of an airliner crash on the human body. We will explore the events leading up to the crash of Avianca Flight 52 based on the NTSB reports, and present many of the lessons learned in responding to emergency events in the field.

Presenter: Michael Weinstock, MD, (LLI) is Chair Emeritus, Department of Emergency Medicine, Lehigh Valley Health Network. He is also professor of clinical emergency medicine, Penn State University College of Medicine (retired), and an author, teacher, and mentor.

Producer: Leslie Weinstock

It took a small army to operate Staatsburgh, a 79-room estate on the Hudson River. Gilded Age servants often worked 17-hour days, six-and-a-half days a week. They didn’t just clean the mansion and serve at table; they ironed their employers’ shoelaces and newspapers, put toothpaste on their toothbrushes and buttoned their buttons as they dressed. We’ll explore the advantages and sacrifices of being a servant, and why the world of master and servant faded away after World War I.

Presenter: Donald Fraser is the educator at Staatsburgh State Historic Site (Mills Mansion). He creates education programs for students from second grade to college, as well as special programs for adults, such as Tales of the Titanic, Gilded Age Scandals, World War I and the End of the Gilded Age, and A Life in Service—Servants in the Gilded Age.

Producer: Irene Esposito

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Martine will present specially selected film excerpts of her ballet performances over her remarkable career. There will be time for questions and comments after the presentation. 

Presenter: Martine van Hamel leapt to widespread acclaim by winning the Gold Medal and the seldom-awarded Prix de Varna at the International Ballet Competition in 1966. She went on to stardom, first with the National Ballet of Canada, followed by two illustrious decades as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. She still performs character roles with American Ballet Theatre.

Martine is a co-founder of Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli, which is dedicated to the preservation of professional dance.

Producer: Jane Diamond

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Join Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Hudson River Maritime Museum Director of Exhibits and Outreach, for this fascinating look at the Hudson River’s female lighthouse keepers. In the years ranging from the 1830s to the 1940s, the Hudson River’s many lights were often “manned” by women! Hear tales of daring exploits contrasted with the everyday work that helped keep the Hudson River one of the country’s busiest waterways. The presentation features newly discovered keepers and original research by Wassberg Johnson and other lighthouse organizations throughout the valley.

Presenter: Sarah Wassberg Johnson, BA, Concordia College; MA, SUNY Albany, is the Director of Exhibits and Outreach at the Hudson River Maritime Museum, where she has worked since 2012. She is the editor and co-author of Hudson River Lighthouses (2019) and speaks frequently about the lighthouses of the Hudson River.

Producer: Greg Rafferty

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

We look at the parable of the Good Samaritan through a first-century Jewish lens: Jesus as a Jewish teacher expounding on the central Jewish commandment “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Who was one’s “neighbor” according to Jewish understanding? Why choose a Samaritan to be the hero of the story? Who were the Samaritans? We address these and other questions in an illuminating session.

Presenter: Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, MA in Hebrew Letters; DD, has been the spiritual leader of Kehillat Lev Shalem—the Woodstock Jewish Congregation—since 1988. He was ordained by the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Wyncote, Penn. Rabbi Kligler frequently teaches courses on Judaism and Christianity with his friend and colleague the Reverend Matthew Wright of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Woodstock.

Producer: Jay Hochstadt

Cheap energy made possible the mass consumer society Americans created after World War II, as economic growth became the holy grail. Thus, efforts to limit that growth, reduce the burning of fossil fuels, and shift away from material consumption have triggered a backlash. That resistance has hampered efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and shift away from an economy based on material consumption to low-carbon lifestyles. The problem goes beyond how much we consume—to what and where we consume and how we throw away what we no longer want. Among other topics, we will discuss the environmental awakening of Al Gore; The Bet, a debate pitting Paul Ehrlich against Julian Simon; Tom DeLay and the Sagebrush rebels; and Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from  the Paris Accords.

Presenter: Mark Lytle, PhD, is a retired Bard history professor with an interest in American politics, culture, and environment. His latest book, The All-Consuming Nation, planned for release by Oxford University Press in early 2021, explores the connection between a consumer-driven economy and the human responsibility for the current climate crisis.

Producer: Anne Brueckner

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

An exciting tour through the playful but serious side of mathematics.

Presenter: Lauren Rose, PhD, is associate professor of mathematics at Bard College. She teaches throughout the mathematics curriculum, supervises undergraduate research, and specializes in algebraic combinatorics, discrete geometry, and recreational mathematics. She is co-founder of the Bard Math Circle and Mid-Hudson Math Teacher’s Circle, Senior Fellow in the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, Director of the Math Major in the Bard Prison Initiative, and the Director of Outreach for CubingUSA. 

Producer: Catherine Reinis

The video documentary Care is a poignant portrait of home-care workers and the people they care for. Viewers learn not only about the bonds that form between care workers and their employers, but also about the injustices within our present care infrastructure. The documentary was created to spark dialogue and power-building around long-term care. The screening will be followed by discussion and ways to take action around these critical issues in the Hudson Valley region.

Presenter: Julia Solow, MSW, CUNY Hunter College, is the lead organizer in the Hudson Valley at Hand-In-Hand: The Network of Domestic Employers. In her current role, Julia is building power with seniors, people with disabilities, home-care workers, and family caregivers to fight for a just long-term care system in New York.

Producer: Anne Brueckner

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

We’ll take a virtual tour of Woodstock Chimes, a unique enterprise located in the Hudson Valley. The commercial store offers not only a wide assortment of chimes but also other musical instruments and toys for music enthusiasts of all ages. Garry Kvistad is the founder/owner/CEO of Woodstock Chimes. He will discuss percussive music in general and the background and manufacture of Woodstock Chimes specifically.

Presenter: Garry Kvistad, BMus, Oberlin Conservatory; MMus, Northern Illinois University, is founder and owner of Woodstock Chimes and a professional musician. He has studied music, art, and physics in the pursuit of building musical instruments. In 2020, Garry was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame. He joins musicians Ringo Starr, Jack DeJohnette, Mickey Hart, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, and others. Garry is an advisor to the percussion program of the Bard Conservatory of Music.

Producer: Bob Blacker



Irene Esposito
Bob Blacker
Anne Brueckner
Jane Diamond
Jay Hochstadt
Greg Rafferty
Catherine Reinis
Leslie Weinstock


Bill Tuel, Chair
Kathryn Clark
Susan Hinkle
Deborah Lanser
Margaret Shuhala
Timothy Sullivan
Betsy Tuel

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