Bard Academy at Simon's Rock
SPRING 2019 Course Schedule
as of January 14, 2019
Important Dates:
Classes begin Monday Jan. 21, 2019
Classes end Tuesday May. 14, 2019
M - Monday, T - Tuesday, W - Wednesday, R - Thursday, F - Friday
CL1 - Classroom building 1, CL3 - Classroom building 3, DAC - Daniel Arts Center, FSH - Fisher Science Center, HCC - Hall College Center, KLG - Kellogg Music Center, LC - Lecture Center, LIE - Liebowitz International Center
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Course Number Title Day/Time/Room Instructor Books Max Current Wait
ARTS 015M 1 Fiber Arts MW 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-028 Sarah Carr Books 12 8 0
ARTS 015M 2 Fiber Arts MW 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-028 Sarah Carr Books 12 9 0
ARTS 01M 1 Ceramics MW 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-072 Ben Krupka Books 12 14 0
ARTS 01M 2 Ceramics MW 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-072 Ben Krupka Books 12 13 0
ARTS 08M 1 Photo:Origin,Discourse&Process MW 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-025 Daniel Karp Books 15 12 0
ARTS 08M 2 Photo:Origin,Discourse&Process MW 2:10-3:35 PM in DAC-025 Daniel Karp Books 15 12 0
CHEM 01A A Chemistry MWF 9:00-9:55 AM in FSH-201 David Myers Books 15 19 0
CHEM 01LA A Chemistry Lab F 12:35-2:00 PM in FSH-128 Daniel Wendekier   10 9 0
CHEM 01LA B Chemistry Lab F 2:10-3:35 PM in FSH-128 Daniel Wendekier   10 10 0
Computer Science
CMPT 02A Y2 Programming in Python MW 2:10-3:35 PM in FSH-112 Jackson Liscombe Books 15 11 0
Learning Resources
LR 001 A Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-10 Kristy McMorris   15 9 0
LR 001 B Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-12 Sara Mugridge   15 12 0
LR 001 C Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-11 Susan Lyon   15 10 0
LR 001 D Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-13 John Morrell   15 9 0
LR 001 E Advisory Meeting F 11:10-11:40 AM in CL3-09 David Baum   15 9 0
LING 01B Linguistics I MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-11 Mark Hopkins Books 15 16 0
LIT 03B Y1A Writers and Questions MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-09 Sean Mills Books 15 9 0
LIT 03B Y1B Writers and Questions TW 1:05-2:00 PM and R 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-09 John Morrell Books 15 10 0
LIT 05B Y2A Literature in Time and Place MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-12 Sara Mugridge Books 15 14 0
LIT 05B Y2B Literature in Time and Place TW 1:05-2:00 PM and R 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-12 Kristy McMorris Books 15 15 0
MATH 01B A Algebra I with Geometry MTWF 9:00-9:55 AM in CL3-12 Eric Hayden Books 12 0 0
MATH 01B B Algebra I with Geometry MTWF 10:05-11:00 AM in CL3-12 Eric Hayden Books 12 19 0
MATH 02B A Algebra II and Trigonometry MTWF 9:00-9:55 AM in CL3-11 Amanda Landi Books 12 10 0
MATH 02B B Algebra II and Trigonometry MTWF 10:05-11:00 AM in CL3-11 Timothy Susse Books 12 14 0
MUS 002 Chamber Orchestra R 7:00-8:30 PM in KLG- Anne Legene   20 3 0
MUS 003 Jazz Ensemble T 7:30-9:00 PM in KLG- John Myers   15 3 0
MUS 004 Chorus W 7:30-9:00 PM in KLG- Jack Brown   20 7 0
MUS 005 Madrigal Group M 3:45-5:10 PM in KLG- Jack Brown   12 1 0
Natural Sciences
NATS 01A Climate Change MWF 10:05-11:00 AM in FSH-211 Michael Bergman Books 15 16 0
NATS 02A Forensics MWF 9:00-9:55 AM and R 9:00-10:25 AM in FSH-202 Susan Mechanic-Meyers Books 15 14 0
Social Science
SOCS 011A Alexander and Alexandria TW 1:05-2:00 PM and R 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-13 Brian Conolly Books 15 13 0
SOCS 012A Revolutionaries & Visionaries MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-13 Mark Hopkins Books 15 13 0
SOCS 02A Sacred Cities TW 1:05-2:00 PM and R 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-10 Kathryn Boswell Books 15 10 0
SOCS 08B Adolescence MR 1:05-2:00 PM and T 2:10-3:35 PM in CL3-10 Anne O'Dwyer Books 15 11 0
World Languages and Cultures - Chinese
CHIN 02B Chinese II MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in LIB-LSR Yinxue Zhao Books 15 5 0
World Languages and Cultures - French
FREN 01B French I MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-13 Maryann Tebben Books 12 6 0
World Languages and Cultures - Spanish
SPAN 03B Spanish III MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-12 Mileta Roe Books 15 2 0
SPAN 01B Spanish I MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-10 Katherine Pichard Books 15 13 0
SPAN 02B Spanish II MTWR 11:10-12:05 PM in CL3-12 Mileta Roe Books 15 5 0
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ARTS01M: Ceramics Home
This course introduces students to a series of projects, organized around construction techniques to acquaint the student with the nature of clay and basic ceramic processes.
Glazing and firing techniques are introduced throughout the course.
(This course has a studio fee.)
CHEM01A: Chemistry Home
Chemistry is a visual, hands-on science in which students learn by watching and doing, whether in classroom activities and demonstrations or laboratory experiments, with a
focus on these fundamental concepts: the scientific method is the basis for experimental observation and deduction; the arrangement of elements in the periodic table enables
us to predict atomic behavior; bonding is based upon attractions between particles of opposite charge; properties of all substances are based on types of chemical bonding; and
in chemical reactions, particles rearrange. Further, challenging and analyzing the assumptions and ideas of others, then answering and defending their own deductions and
conclusions, will improve students? ability to speak with confidence, clarity, and precision, and to read and think critically. Students will apply these chemistry themes and
modes of thought to relevant issues such as global climate change, environmental and ecological pressures, sustainable energy, and GMOs. Academy Chemistry aims to develop
students? scientific literacy and intellectual curiosity, and enhance their skills to pursue scientific inquiry.
(This course has a lab fee.)
CHEM01LA: Chemistry Lab Home
Students taking CHEM01A will also take a lab section.
CMPT02A: Programming in Python Home
CMPT 02 provides an introduction to fundamental concepts of Computer Science, both as a prelude to further study in the discipline and to serve broader educational goals. The
course uses Python, a high-level, portable, and well-constructed computer programming language to demonstrate these concepts. The focus is on data types and control
structures, functions, recursion, and iteration - all this in context of real-life tasks. By the end of the course students will be able to read and understand the concepts
expressed in Python code and to create their own programs.
FREN01B: French I Home
French is Europe?s second most widely spoken mother tongue with over 77 million speakers, and there are 24 francophone countries in Africa. In addition, it is the second most
widely learned world language after English. More than 200 million people speak French on the five continents. This two-year sequence prepares students for Intermediate French
at the college-level and offers an immersion-style approach to the mastery of high-frequency vocabulary and basic structures of the French language. Students develop hearing,
speaking, reading, and writing skills, along with knowledge of the regional and cultural diversity of the French-speaking world through select readings, songs, films, and
multi-media exposés.
LIT03B: Writers and Questions Home
This course focuses on a set of writers who explore a given question like, for example, "what is democracy?" or "what is freedom?" Within this course, we think about a
particular idea or question in order to examine how writers from different historical moments have engaged that question. The course may also examine multiple texts by a
given writer in order to examine that writer's stylistic patterns. The question and the writers for a given semester may vary though the framework for the course will remain
the same.
(This course has a materials fee.)
LIT05B: Literature in Time and Place Home
In this course, we examine writers and literary texts that have emerged in the context of particular historical and/or aesthetic periods. In this course, we use the
contextual information explored in the course as a frame for examining the literary texts that emerged from that context. While the way that we will read literature in this
course will remain the same, the topics for this course may vary by semester.
LR001: Advisory Meeting Home
Year 1 homeroom.
Year 1 homeroom.
MATH01B: Algebra I with Geometry Home
Algebra is the extension of the rules of arithmetic to operations involving both numbers and symbols, which may represent known or unknown numeric quantities. It is the
foundation of all higher mathematics and indispensable in many occupations and in everyday life. Topics explored in this year-long course will include the principles of logic
(which form the foundation of proof techniques), the properties of arithmetic operations, lines and linear functions, rates and proportions, Euclidean geometry, and working
with algebraic expressions.
MUS002: Chamber Orchestra Home
The chamber ensemble is engaged in the reading, rehearsal, and performance of classical and modern literature for larger chamber and smaller orchestral ensembles. It is open
to students of intermediate to advanced skill on orchestral instruments (strings, woodwind, brass). Individual students may be selected to perform solo concertos with the
MUS003: Jazz Ensemble Home
The rehearsal and reading of jazz literature from a wide range of styles. Open to all students and community members by audition. Some ability to read music is required.
SOCS011A: Alexander and Alexandria Home
Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BCE, the city of Alexandria in Egypt would become most famous for its Library and Lighthouse. For almost three centuries it was the
center of a remarkable flourishing of science and scholarship in the ancient Mediterranean world. In this course we study the origins of the city, in Alexander?s conquest of
the vast Persian Empire, as well as the city?s decline and eventual fall, during the reign of Cleopatra. Special attention will be give to the Library of Alexandria - what it
contained, how it was collected and organized, and what kind of work went on there. Throughout the course we maintain an interest in the complex relationships among Greeks,
Persians, and Egyptians, how they viewed each other, their customs and religions, and how their interactions gave rise to one of the most influential civilizations of the
ancient world.
SOCS012A: Revolutionaries & Visionaries Home
Due to their strategic positioning on the Eurasian continent, Russia and Eastern Europe have long played a pivotal role on the world stage. This course will serve as an
introduction to the history, traditions, and culture of Eastern European civilizations. While we will begin with a brief overview of the geography of the region and its early
history, the bulk of the course will be organized around a unifying theme of revolution, highlighting some of the twentieth century revolutions that occurred in Eastern
Europe, the political and artistic dissident movements that gave rise to them, and the ultimate post-1989 aftermath that led to contemporary societies as we see them today.
SOCS02A: Sacred Cities Home
This course explores sacred cities from an historic and contemporary perspective. Urban centers found across the world, sacred cities are important to the history or faith of
one or multiple religions. Examination of these cities will permit students to become familiar with the tenets of those religions that claim these urban centers as
significant. We will come to understand how one city, for example Jerusalem or Katmandu, might be sacred to multiple faiths, such as Judaism, Christianity, and Islam or
Buddhism, Hinduism, and Sikhism respectively. We furthermore consider the implications of this shared and continuing importance. We will also learn how sacred cities, like
Mecca (Saudi Arabia) or Varanasi (India), become centers for pilgrimage and how certain cities, for instance Córdoba (Spain) and Touba (Senegal), increase or decrease in
importance for followers, in this case Islam, throughout time and according to circumstance. Lastly, we explore Yoruba religion in Ife, Nigeria in order to then become
familiar with syncretic religions, beliefs and practices that blend various faith systems, in the Americas. Syncretic religions and sacred cities examined include the practice
of Santería in Havana (Cuba) and Candomblé in Salvador (Brazil).
SPAN01B: Spanish I Home
Spanish ranks as the world?s second language in terms of how many people speak it as their native language. This course is an intensive immersion-style approach to learning
fundamental structures and acquiring high-frequency vocabulary of the Spanish language. The two-year sequence emphasizes proficiency and fluidity rather than detailed accuracy
and prepares learners for Intermediate Spanish at the college-level. Students are encouraged to develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills in the target language
and to study the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world in Europe and in Latin America through selected readings, films, songs, oral exposés, and multi-media presentations.