Alder Early College Course

at David Douglas High School

Summer 2019

Ready for College? Why not start this summer?

Alder Early College Course is a free, three-credit course in the humanities where you will work intensively with college professors in literature, history, philosophy, visual culture and the arts.

This course is free. Upon successful completion, you will earn 3 semester college credits from Bard College.

Course Title: Truth, Lies and Power

The theme of the course is “Truth, Lies, and Power.” The questions that arise from this theme are both very old and immediately relevant to our modern lives: How do we know truth from lies? Can we trust our eyes? Can we trust other people? Does a story have to be factual to be true? How does a story become history? What does history leave out, and why? Perhaps most importantly: How can we be true to ourselves, and how can we speak truth to power?

To begin answering these questions, we will look at plays, films, music, essays, and artworks from a variety of time periods and cultures. 

Weekdays, June 20 - July 19th at DDHS, with some field trips.

Costs of transportation for field trips will be covered by the program. You will also get free lunch each day. Class will take place from 11:30 until 2:30, with faculty available before and after class. 

Applications and Recommendations are due by: April 25th, 11:59 PM PST.

For recommenders: please click the button below to go to the recommendation form. 

If you have any questions, please email John Urang at

Photos from the 2018 Alder Early College Course

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