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.
Shafer House was the longtime residence of the late Frederick Q. Shafer, professor of religion at the College, and Margaret Creal Shafer. The midcentury modern facility has offices for faculty and staff, and a seminar room that seats up to 15 people. Shafer House is home to the Written Arts Program and Bard's literary journal, Conjunctions.