Call for Artistic Submissions by Bard College Students
Chaplaincy: Center for Spiritual Life – Embellishment
Saturday, February 14, 2015 – Wednesday, April 1, 2015
The Center for Spiritual Life is located in the basement of Village Dorm A and hosts a space used by the Jewish community celebrating Shabbat and other activities, the Buddhist Meditation Room, the Luqman Hall for the prayer of Muslim students, the Center for the Study of James the Brother, and a kosher/halal vegetarian kitchen. The space is also used by other spiritual groups like the Bard Christian Fellowship, the Hindu Student Organization, Earth-based practices, for the discussion series “What do you believe?” and A Space Underground, a substance-free social space Friday and Saturday nights.
The chaplaincy is seeking to decorate the walls of the common area in order to reflect the various spiritual paths on campus. We are welcoming any media and size (please visit the space in order to find out about possible dimensions), but are looking for an active reflection of the Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, and any other faith tradition – covering the range from explicit symbolic depiction to abstract collages incorporating various faiths.
Ten art works will be selected with an award of $500 each. Funding for the awardees is provided by the Anna Jones Fellowship. The works will be displayed during the Baccalaureate in May, prior to their installation at the Center for Spiritual Life.
Deadline for proposals is April 1, 2015. Please submit a digital photo of the artwork, plus an artist statement (500 words) explaining your approach and intention.
The judges include Hap Tivey, artist in residence at the Fine Arts Department, the Bard chaplaincy, and student representatives from the spiritual groups. The competition is overseen by Tatjana Myoko v. Prittwitz, Buddhist Associate Chaplain, who graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies in 1999, worked there as a Curatorial Archivist for almost 10 years, specialized in her PhD on spiritual, contemporary art, and who is also an artist.
How Does Trade Liberalization Affect Racial and Gender Inequality in Employment? Evidence from Post-Apartheid South Africa
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Bilge Erten will present a paper she co-authored with Fiona Tregenna, entitled, “How Does Trade Liberalization Affect Racial and Gender Inequality in Employment? Evidence from Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Bilge will discuss how rapid trade liberalization can hurt disadvantaged groups, with findings based on a study of the effects of liberalization on the racial and gender composition of employment in South Africa in the mid-1990s, which found that African and female workers were particularly affected, and that districts that were exposed to a higher loss of protection experienced larger employment losses than comparable districts. The effects of liberalization on local employment are identified by exploiting the variation in tariffs across industries and in industrial composition across regions.
Levy Economics Institute Blithewood 1st Floor Conference Room April 2nd, 11:00am Please ring bell for access to building.
Blithewood, Levy Institute Sponsored by: Levy Economics Institute.
Malia DuMont, '95 Director of Strategy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, US Department of Defense; former Special Assistant to the chief of staff in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas' Security Affairs.
Mark E. Manyin Specialist, Asian Affairs, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress; former International Affairs Fellow (Japan), Council on Foreign Relations.
Sue Mi Terry Senior Research Scholar, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; former Director for Korea, Japan, and Oceanic Affairs at the National Security Council (George W. Bush, Barack Obama); former Deputy National Intelligence Officer for East Asia at the National Intelligence Council (Barack Obama); former Senior Analyst on Korean Issues, Central Intelligence Agency.
The James Clarke Chace Memorial Speaker Series is co-sponsored by Foreign Affairs. It is free and open to the public by RSVP.
Note that this is the first event in our new home inside the World Policy Institute. 108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000A, New York, NY 10018.
Signs and/or students will guide you when you exit the elevator on the tenth floor.
Bard Globalization & International Affairs Program 108 West 39th Street, Suite 1000-A, NY, NY Sponsored by: Bard Globalization & International Affairs Program.
Hazem Jamjoum, PhD candidate at NYU, will be speaking about apartheid as a legal category and how it applies to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. He will eleborate on the international divestment movement and why it is important to support. Campus Center, Weis Cinema
This year's Passover seder will take place on Friday evening, April 3, at 6:15 pm in the Faculty Dining Room. There is no charge and all are invited, but you must sign up by Tuesday, March 31. To sign up, click on the following link and answer the six simple questions: Bard College Passover Seder Registration 2015
All Politics Are Local: Regional Legal Innovation in Today's Russia
Pavel Kononenko, Smolny College, Russia President's Room, Kline
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
In spite of the current homogeneous, highly controlled Russian political environment, one still finds significant regional diversity in Russian politics and laws. This lecture will investigate why some regions in Russia produce more and different laws than others, and why many of these laws are later declared "unconstitutional" by the federal Ministry of Justice.
In addition to this lecture, information will be shared about the new Global and International Studies Program. Kline, President's Room Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Global and International Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Political Studies Program; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program.
Open Sounds, Hidden Spaces: Listening, Wandering, and Spatial Formation in Sufi Iran
with Seema Golestaneh
Thursday, April 9, 2015
As the Iranian authorities continue to frown upon public gatherings, Sufi Orders have sought alternative methods of convening while still complying with city regulations. One informal Sufi group in the city of Isfahan does so by meeting in private homes and rotating locations each week. Rather than circulate the specific address of a meeting place, however, the mystics instead instruct the others to meet at a nearby intersection, and then broadcast music from a courtyard or house to alert the members to the exact location. This in turn allows them to locate the site by listening for and ultimately “following” the sounds. It is in this way that the Sufis utilize the practice of intentional listening (sama) and mystical ideals of wandering to navigate the politics of Iranian urban space. This talk will hence examine the utilization of mystical epistemologies to lead to the emergence of an alternative Islamic space in post-revolutionary Iran.
Uneasy Connections Between a Cultural and Universal Language of Human Rights
Monday, April 20, 2015
Dr. Anton Oleinik Smolny College, Russia Memorial College of Newfoundland, Canada
The mass protests that started in Ukraine in November 2014 had two priorities: Ukraine's integration with the European Union, and the defense of human dignity in the face of a corrupt and violent power elite. The first priority can easily be translated into a universal language of human rights. The second priority is more deeply embedded in Ukraine's national culture, and led to the revival of some forms of direct democracy that existed in the history of the country, Maidan and Sich.
The term ‘EuroMaidan’ became popular in the West due to its easy translation into universal categories. However, it would be a mistake to explain recent events in Ukraine exclusively in terms of universal human rights. The success of the protests - the protesters’ ability to resist violent repressions and oust the former power elite - is due to a significant extent to the translation of these universal categories into cultural-specific terms and practices.
Olin Language Center, Room 115 Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Global and International Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Political Studies Program; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program.
2015 Eugene Meyer Lecture: Professor Mark Lytle Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies
Nixon and Kissinger: Transatlantic Relations, the Nixon Doctrine, and Detente
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Eminent historian Professor Mark Lytle, who retires from Bard at the end of the 2014/15 academic year after forty years of distinguished service, delivers the 2015 Eugene Meyer Annual Lecture. He will speak on President Nixon, Henry Kissinger and their influence on America in the world.
Professor Lytle is the author of The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring and the Rise of the Environmental Movement (2007); America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon (2006); After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (6th ed., 2009); Experience History: Interpreting America’s Past (9th ed., 2013); United States: A Narrative History (3rd ed., 2014); The Origins of the Iranian-American Alliance, 1940-1953 (1987).
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959), for whom the annual lecture and the Eugene Meyer Chair are named, was the owner and publisher of the Washington Post, chairman of the Federal Reserve, and first president of the World Bank. Previous Eugene Meyer speakers include Sir David Cannadine, Andrew Roberts, Fintan O'Toole and Colm Tóibín. The Eugene Meyer Chair was endowed at Bard in 2010.
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program.