Bard envisions the liberal arts institution as the hub of a network, rather than a single, self-contained campus. Numerous institutes for special study are available on and off campus, connecting Bard students to the greater community.
The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College embodies the fundamental belief that education and civil society are inextricably linked. In an age of information overload, it is more important than ever that citizens be educated and trained to think critically and be actively engaged with issues affecting public life.
The Center for Civic Engagement is located in Barringer House on Annandale Road, north of the library. The two-story former residence houses offices, including one with videoconferencing capabilities, a kitchen, and work space. Plans include an addition that will provide space for events and the technical equipment necessary for shared lectures and other interaction with partner institutions off campus. The addition would be shared by the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities and the Human Rights Project, which are based next door at McCarthy House.