Faculty: Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner

Jacob Neusner is Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of the History and Theology of Judaism and a senior fellow at the Institute of Advanced Theology at Bard College. An internationally renowned scholar of religion, he has written or edited hundreds of books, including Theology of the Oral Torah (1998) and Theology of the Halakhah (2001). His awards include 10 honorary degrees, 14 academic medals and prizes, and several prestigious fellowships.
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Arts at Bard

Bard offers the best of both worlds: a traditional liberal arts college with exceptional programs in the fine and performing arts. In small classes taught by notable faculty, students work closely with top professionals in their fields. (Soundtrack by Sō Percussion, artists-in-residence at Bard)

Commencement 2015

Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fifth commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015. The commencement address was given by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

Residence Life

Residence life at Bard College is the heart of the campus community. With dormitories ranging in design, size, and social style, students find a home in Annandale.

Language & Thinking

The Language and Thinking Program is an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences attended by all incoming Bard students for three weeks in August of their first year.

Why I Chose Bard

Why choose Bard College? The unique and rigorous curriculum, stunning campus, and close relationships with faculty are a few of the reasons our students decided to make Bard their home.

Citizen Science

Citizen Science is an innovative program for all first-year students at Bard College. Through three weeks of intensive study during January intersession, students develop a core understanding of both the conduct and the content of science.

Bard College Farm

The Bard College Farm provides organic produce to the Bard College campus, growing more than 30 crops and including beekeeping and the largest cranberry bog in the Hudson Valley. The farm is worked by students and has expanded into a larger sustainable food initiative at the college.

Bard Prison Initiative

The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) held its 12th commencement on Saturday, January 24, 2015. BPI 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.

Bard's Global Affairs Program

The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program provides a unique opportunity for university students and recent graduates from around the world to engage in the study and practice of international affairs.

Pelosi Addresses Graduates

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi gave the address at Bard College's commencement ceremony on May 24, 2014.

Saim Saeed ’13: Study Abroad

A political studies and philosophy major, Bard College alumnus Saim Saeed ’13 won a Davis Projects for Peace Award as an undergraduate. In this interview, he talks about the importance of his study abroad experience at Bard.

Bard Music Festival Origins

Artistic codirectors Leon Botstein and Christopher H. Gibbs talk about the beginning of the Bard Music Festival.

Live Arts Bard

Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a laboratory for new performance at the College. Its aim is to develop a community of visiting artists and students who work side by side on creative projects.

Bard College Debate Union

Bard debaters are having a big impact on campus and in the local community. Here, they discuss building friendships and pushing their intellectual boundaries in competition. Please visit the Debate Union's website for up-to-date information about debate formats and competition structure.

Why I Chose Bard

Samuel Pratt '14 chose Bard because the idea of a double major in philosophy and dance really appealed to him. “What I knew was that any academic pursuit was going to be integral to my growth and evolution as an artist.”

Neil Gaiman at Bard College

Acclaimed author and Bard College professor in the arts Neil Gaiman discusses how he began to teach writing at Bard in the spring of 2013.

Bard Works

Bard Works
is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors at Bard College that prepares them for success in the workplace.

Bard SummerScape

Director Kevin Newbury discusses the 2014 Bard SummerScape opera, Carl Maria von Weber's Euryanthe.

Bard Conservatory of Music

Bard professor Jeffrey Kahane talks about his vision for teaching in the Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the role of musicians in the world.

Transformation and Inspiration

Mary McCarthy called Bard a "mad, exciting place." This student-created holiday video offers a glimpse of the transformative, interdisciplinary experiences that students have at Bard.

Education for a Common Good

Bard celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2010, reflecting on a legacy of academic excellence and launching the 150th Anniversary Campaign.

President Mahama Visits Bard

President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana delivered the keynote lecture at the inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum at Bard College on December 9, 2013. (President Mahama's lecture begins at 1:06:44)

Civic Engagement at Bard

Jonathan Becker, dean of civic engagement, discusses student involvement in Bard's many projects in Annandale and around the world through the Bard Center for Civic Engagement.

Bard Leprosy Relief Project

Daniela Anderson discusses her experience creating the Bard Leprosy Relief Project. This endeavor was inspired by the Kevin Rohan Eco-village, founded by Krishna Gurung in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Greater China Tour

The Bard College Conservatory of Music created this video in preparation for its summer 2012 tour of China, in which Bard students played in seven cities and met Chinese musicians and students.

The Hannah Arendt Center

Arendt Center Director Roger Berkowitz on seriously engaging Bard undergraduates.

The Old Gym

Eva Steinmartz, co-manager of the Old Gym, discusses this student-led performance venue. The Old Gym hosts theatrical and musical productions by students and visiting artists.