Bard Sequence/Dual-Enrollment Application for Baltimore City Schools Students
Please answer the following questions as completely as possible. Your responses will be considered in order to determine your fit for our Bard Sequence college courses.

**This form is due by 5 pm on Friday, October 2nd.**

Please email sequence@bec.bard.edu with any questions.
First name: *
Last name: *
Email address: *
Baltimore City Public Schools Student ID# *
School you attend: *
Your current grade level: *
Here are brief descriptions of the two courses being offered as part of the Bard Sequence dual enrollment program in 2020-2021.

1. "History of Black Baltimore"
By 1820, Baltimore City had the largest urban free African-American community in the United States, one that was over twice the size of its enslaved population. Throughout its history, Baltimore has been home to juxtapositions of slavery and freedom, North and South, industry and agriculture, that have shaped its black residents and their strivings for equality. This course will examine the history of African-Americans in Baltimore City between the nineteenth and twenty-first centuries. This course will include notable black Baltimoreans as well as everyday people; it will explore social, political, economic, and cultural history to draw important connections between issues of the past and the present. In particular, we will discuss the ways in which black Baltimore has been represented by others, especially in literature and film, and how it has represented itself.

2. "Disease, Culture, and Society in World History"
Historian William H. McNeill once wrote, "The history of the world is the history of disease." Outbreaks of infectious disease, whether parasitic, bacterial, viral, metabolic, or genetic, have threatened, devastated, and transformed human societies for thousands of years. The bubonic plague, commonly known as the Black Death, cholera, influenza, AIDS, Ebola, SARS, and now Covid-19, to name the most feared and deadly of these diseases, have time and again engendered profound socio-economic, political, and cultural changes across the globe. Through a detailed analysis of major historical outbreaks of these diseases from the birth of humanity to present day, this course examines the ways in which different societies in different eras have responded to pandemics, and how those responses altered and continue to alter the course of human history.
Which Bard Sequence dual enrollment course are you applying to? (Check at least one.) *
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Short Answers
Each response should be 75-100 words. Note that all responses are limited to 1000 characters (approximately 150 words).
Why are you interested in participating in the course(s) you selected? *
Describe a challenge that you've faced (in or outside of school). How have you tried to address or overcome it? What did you learn from it? *
What school course/subject have you enjoyed the most during this past year? What did you enjoy about it? *
What is something you've enjoyed reading recently (for school or on your own)? What did you enjoy about it? *
Describe yourself as a student: how do you generally interact with your classmates? with your instructor? What sort of role do you see yourself as playing in the classroom? *
What are your plans, goals, or aspirations after high school? How might this dual enrollment course help you to identify or achieve them? *
Is there anything else you'd like us to know about you?
Reading Response
Read the following excerpt from Audre Lorde's 1984 essay "Transformation of Silence": https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wIC_OnzQnAjntGkUelKODQ8YMLRCXGKA/view?usp=sharing

Then, in at least one full, edited paragraph (about 200-250 words) that includes evidence from Lorde's text, answer the following questions:
As Lorde asks, "What are the words you do not yet have?" When have you been silent, either by choice or necessity? Do you wish you had spoken -- and if so, what would you have wanted to say? *
Do you agree with Lorde's claims about silence -- why or why not? *
We plan to make decisions about the cohort for the Baltimore City Sequence courses by Tuesday, October 6. Please be sure to check your email!
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