Professor Joan Tower instructs a student at the piano, ca. 1985.
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Jonathan Becker is vice president and dean for civic engagement and international affairs, and the director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College. He is also an associate professor of political studies specializing in Russian and eastern European politics, media and politics, and education reform. For a decade, Jonathan has overseen the academic development of Bard’s international partnerships, including those in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and the West Bank.
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Looking to the Palestinian Future: Al-Quds Bard Holds Second Commencement
Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences bestowed 39 bachelor of arts degrees and 59 master of arts in teaching degrees at its January 26 commencement ceremony. More >
Bard Observes Martin Luther King Day with Civic Engagement Efforts
Bard College’s 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement on Saturday, January 17, included numerous volunteer activities on campus and at 20 sites in the Hudson Valley. More than 175 students, as well as faculty, and staff leaders participated. More >
Photo by Joe Fitzgerald '18
Student Spotlight: Senior Jonian Rafti Gets Out the Vote
Voting rights activist and aspiring lawyer Jonian Rafti ‘15 looks back on four years at Bard. A joint major in economics and history, Jonian also serves as a peer counselor and as the treasurer on Bard’s student government. More >
Photo by Joe Fitzgerald '18
Bard Is "One Big Think Tank": Carl Amritt '17 Combines Academics and Community Engagement
Carl Amritt is a sophomore, but he has already carved out a distinct place of his own in the Bard community, bringing a passion for politics to his studies and his extracurricular activities. More >
Admitting New Ideas: Bard Admission Shakes Things Up
Bard is changing the college admission landscape. From the new Bard Entrance Examination to the unique and longstanding Immediate Decision Plan, the college is committed to bringing the next generation of students to Annandale with unconventional and distinctly Bardian strategies. More >
Bard College Berlin Holds Transatlantic Conference on the Playwright Heiner Müller
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bard College Berlin coorganized a major public conference on Germany’s most important postwar dramatist, Heiner Müller (1929–1995), held October 3–5, 2014. More >
U.S. Economic Recoveries Increasingly Favor the Wealthy: An Interview with Bard Economist Pavlina Tcherneva
Bard professor Pavlina Tcherneva has identified a startling trend: over the last 60 years, the financial benefits of economic recoveries in the United States have increasingly gone to the wealthiest Americans. More >
Bard College Debate Union Hosts College Tournament, Eastern Correctional Facility Team Beats University of Vermont
The weekend of September 19–21 was a busy one for the Bard College Debate Union, both in Annandale and at Eastern New York Correctional Facility. More >
Photo by Don Hamerman.
Military and Civilian Implications: The Debate Over Drones
As seniors, Arthur Holland Michel ’13 and Dan Gettinger ’13 created the Center for the Study of the Drone, an interdisciplinary research and arts project based at Bard. Now the center is becoming a leader in the national conversation about drones. More >
02-28-2015: Two Bard students, Julia Lang Gordon '17 and Maeve Weber '16, attended the annual Wheatley International Affairs Conference hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, February 24–28. The conference draws students from across the United States, offering opportunities to learn from and interact with experts in international affairs in a context that facilitates networking, first-rate instruction, energetic exchanges of ideas, and collaborative work on policy issues. This year’s theme was "The Middle East: Power, Politics, & Prospects for Peace." Keynote speakers were Marc Lynch of George Washington University and Amaney Jamal of Princeton University. Read More
02-27-2015: On Friday, February 27, Bard College welcomed more than 100 students and teachers to campus for the Fourth Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament. Hosted by the Bard Debate Union and the Center for Civic Engagement, the day's events included competitive debates, conversation, and collaborative programs with young participants and Bard College student mentors. Visitors came to campus from the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, Queens, and Cleveland, as well as from the Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Kingston Schools. Students participated in three rounds of debate on the topics of police brutality, national security, and abolishing homework in primary and secondary education.
02-18-2015: The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) held its 12th commencement on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch. Fifty-one students received Bard College degrees. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate. The Bard Prison Initiative began as a student-led project in 1999 and now operates six programs in New York State. Bard College has conferred over 330 A.A. and B.A. degrees through BPI since 2005.
02-01-2015: Setting their sights on Earth Day on April 22, Bard College student EcoReps and the Bard Office of Sustainability launched a series of on-campus events this week as part of the nationwide 15th annual RecycleMania Competition. Each spring for eight weeks, hundreds of colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories of sustainability practices. Bard took first place in the Food Service Organics (or composting) category last year for the third time, keeping thousands of pounds of food scraps out of the landfill over the course of the competition. The EcoReps have created a robust program for this year’s competition, which kicks off with Thursday's screening of the film Tapped, about the bottled water industry. Visit Website
01-31-2015: Bard Model United Nations team successfully competed in the McGill University Model United Nations Assembly (McMUN) in Montreal, Canada, January 22–25. Bard fielded a team of five delegates who served on committees simulating events in 1930s China, the 1815 Congress of Vienna, Nintendo's business strategy, and the UN’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee. Delegates from Bard were Sophia Foster (BRIDGE student), Jeremy Kaplitt '17, Brian Strigel '15, and Jess Zaccagnino '17. Gabriel Matsakis '15, Bard Model UN president, served as head delegate and James Ketterer attended as faculty adviser. Their next conference will be at Brown University from February 26 to March 1.
01-26-2015: Founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) Susan Weber is the recipient of the 2015 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award from the College Art Association (CAA) for the catalogue, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (Bard Graduate Center and Yale University Press, 2013). Given for an “especially distinguished catalogue in the history of art, published in the penultimate calendar year under the auspices of a museum, library, or collection,” the award reflects the BGC’s commitment to the highest standards of scholarship. The award will be presented to Weber during CAA’s Convocation in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 11. Read More >>
01-26-2015: Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, received an honorary doctorate of divinity and delivered the commencement address Saturday, January 24 at the Bard Prison Initiative’s (BPI) 12th commencement ceremony. The graduation was held at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York. Bard College awarded degrees to more than 50 students—14 bachelor of arts and 37 associate in arts degrees. Among the B.A. candidates, nearly half majored in mathematics. Bard College President Leon Botstein presided over the ceremony along with representation from the College’s Board of Trustees. Brother Jesus Alonso, professor and head of the Center for Educational Outreach at Holy Cross College in Indiana, offered the invocation and benediction. Read More >>
01-25-2015: The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced its 2014 Artists' Fellowships Awardees, and a Bard MFA alumna and faculty members are among them. Music/Sound faculty Jace Clayton, Writing alumna Charity Coleman MFA '13, and Writing faculty Matvei Yankelevich have all been named as winners. For the past 29 years, NYFA has awarded unrestricted fellowships of $7,000 to artists living and working in the state of New York. Awarded in 15 different disciplines over a three-year period, Artists' Fellowships support artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. Read More