Bard College Catalogue 2012-13
Bard College Awards
Each year Bard College honors a number of distinguished men and women whose accomplishments exemplify the values and traditions that the College seeks to teach and preserve.
Mary McCarthy Award
The Mary McCarthy Award is given in recognition of engagement in the public sphere by an intellectual, artist, or writer. Mary McCarthy taught at Bard twice, from 1946 to 1947 and again in the 1980s at the end of her life. Previous recipients of the award, which honors the combination of political and cultural commitment exemplified by this fearless, eloquent writer, include Elizabeth Hardwick, Susan Sontag, Jane Kramer, Janet Malcolm, Frances FitzGerald, Nadine Gordimer, Shirley Hazzard, Annie Proulx, Joan Didion, Cynthia Ozick, Joyce Carol Oates, Zadie Smith, Margaret Atwood, and Ann Beattie.
2012 Recipient: Deborah Eisenberg
Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters
The Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters is given in recognition of a significant contribution to the American artistic or literary heritage. It is named in honor of Charles Flint Kellogg (1909–1980), a Bard College alumnus and trustee who was an internationally respected historian and educator. Dr. Kellogg was instrumental in establishing the Arts and Letters Award, which, before his death, was given in the name of Alfred Jay Nock, the noted journalist and biographer who was also a Bard alumnus and faculty member.
Previous recipients include Mary Lee Settle, Isaac Bashevis Singer, E. L. Doctorow, Anthony Hecht ’44, John Ashbery, Susan Rothenberg, Stephen Sondheim, Elliott Carter, John Tyrrell, Henry Luce III, Sidney Geist ’35, Jonathan Tunick ’58, Rhoda Levine ’53, Mary Caponegro ’78, Arthur Aviles ’87, Joanna Haigood ’79, Rikki Ducornet ’64, Daniel Manus Pinkwater ’63, John P. Boylan ’67, Anne Bogart ’74, Sandra Sammataro Phillips ’67, Henry-Louis de La Grange, Gilbert Kaplan, Donald Mitchell, David Gates ’69, Rita McBride ’82, Jane Evelyn Atwood ’70, Christopher Guest ’70, Mimi Levitt, Chris Claremont ’72, Charles E. Pierce Jr., Elizabeth Prince ’83, Miriam Roskin Berger ’56, Nikolay E. Koposov, Billy Steinberg ’72, James D. Wolfensohn, and Adam Yauch ’86.2012 Recipient: Carolee Schneemann ’59
John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science
The John and Samuel Bard Award in Medicine and Science is named after two 18th-century physicians, father and son, whose descendant, John Bard, was the founder of Bard College. This award honors a scientist whose achievements demonstrate the breadth of concern and depth of commitment that characterized these pioneer physicians. Previous recipients of the award include Detlev Bronk, Robert Loeb, Lewis Thomas, John Hilton Knowles, Martin Cherkasky, Nobel laureates Linus Pauling and Rosalyn Sussman Yalow, Carl Djerassi, Stephen Jay Gould, Dr. Mathilde Krim, Anne Botstein, M.D., the late Charles Botstein, M.D., Naomi Parver Alazraki ’62, Naomi Fox Rothfield ’50, John W. Boylan, Yale Nemerson ’53, Manon P. Charbonneau ’65, Karen Saxe ’82, Ann Ho ’62, George D. Rose ’63, Stewart I. Fefer ’73, Frank Oja, László Z. Bitó ’60, Richard M. Ransohoff ’68, Robert Levenson ’67, Sanford M. Simon, Amalia C. Kelly ’75, Albert R. Matlin ’77, Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden, Joel H. Fields ’53, M.D., Stephen A. Wertheimer ’59, A. James Hudspeth, and Richard C. Friedman ’61.2012 Recipient: Fredric S. Maxik ’86
John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service
The John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service was established in 1990 to recognize extraordinary contributions by Bard alumni/ae and others to the public sector or in the public interest. It continues Bard’s tradition of honoring public service, embodied in the Episcopal Layman Award, which was given until 1983. The Dewey Award is named to honor the eminent American philosopher and educator John Dewey, the father of progressive education and an outspoken advocate of a system of universal learning to support and advance this country’s democratic traditions.2012 Recipient: Stephen M. Saland
Recipients of the award include Brandon Grove Jr. ’50, Helene L. Kaplan, Jack A. Blum ’61, Arthur I. Blaustein ’57, James H. Ottaway Jr., Elisabeth Semel ’72, Barbara D. Finberg, Connie Bard Fowle ’80, Amy L. Comstock ’81, Robert J. MacAlister ’50, Earl Shorris, Kenneth S. Stern ’75, James N. Rosenau ’48, Jennifer H. Madans ’73, William T. Dickens ’76, the Reverend Stephen J. Chinlund, Richard G. Frank ’74, Roy L. Herrmann ’76, David L. Miller, Elizabeth Royte ’81, Jeffrion L. Aubry, Manuel J. Rivera, Hannah “Kit” Kauders Ellenbogen ’52, Mary D. Janney, Marion Nestle, Raymond Peterson, and Pia Carusone ’03.
The Bard Medal, the Bard–St. Stephen’s Alumni/ae Association’s highest award, is given to honor individuals whose efforts on behalf of Bard and whose achievements have significantly advanced the welfare of the College. The Bard Medal was the inspiration of Charles Flint Kellogg, who believed that Bard should establish an award recognizing outstanding service to the College. Recipients of the award have most often been Bard alumni/ae, trustees, or very close associates of the College, including Eva T. Belefant ’49, John H. Steinway ’39, David E. Schwab II ’52, William F. Rueger ’40, Mrs. Reamer Kline, Hart Perry, Dr. Abe Gelbart, Charles Patrick, Elizabeth Blodgett Hall, Mary Sugatt, the Reverend Frederick Q. Shafer ’37, Kate Wolff, Elizabeth and Heinz O. Bertelsmann, Asher B. Edelman ’61, Arnold Davis ’44, Elizabeth Ely ’65, Annys N. Baxter Wilson ’48, Charles P. Stevenson Jr., Susan Weber, S. William Senfeld ’62, Peter McCabe ’70, Cynthia Hirsch Levy ’65, Diana Hirsch Friedman ’68, Margaret Creal Shafer, Karen Olah ’65, Stuart Stritzler-Levine, Michael DeWitt ’65, Richard D. Griffiths, Richard B. Fisher, Felicitas S. Thorne, Stanley A. Reichel ’65, Ruth Schwartz Schwab ’52, Lorelle Marcus Phillips ’57, Robert C. Edmonds ’68, Emily H. Fisher, and Richard F. Koch ’40. The Bard Medal has also been presented to select individuals whose work has advanced the course of higher education, including Hamilton Fish Jr. and Warren Anderson.2012 Recipients: John and Wendy Neu
The Bardian Award formalizes the Bard–St. Stephen’s Alumni/ae Association’s tradition of honoring longtime faculty members and staff. Its first recipient, in 1999, was the late William Driver, professor of theater; in 2000 the award was given to Peter Sourian, professor of English, and in 2001 the recipient was Robert Rockman, professor emeritus of English and theater. There was no recipient in 2002. The honoree in 2003 was William Weaver, professor of literature; in 2004 the recipients were Luis Garcia-Renart, professor emeritus of music, and Adolfas Mekas, professor emeritus of film; in 2005 the award went to Hilton M. Weiss, professor emeritus of chemistry, and Susan L. Barish, longtime business manager of the College. In 2006, the recipient was Elizabeth “Betty” Shea, founder of Central Services and a member of the Bard community for more than 50 years. There was no recipient in 2007. The 2008 recipient was Richard A. Gordon, professor emeritus of psychology. The honoree in 2009 was Mark Lambert ’62, Asher B. Edelman Professor Emeritus of Literature. In 2010, the award went to Aileen Passloff, L. May Hawver and Wallace Benjamin Flint Professor of Dance. In 2011, the award was presented to Jean M. French, Edith C. Blum Professor Emerita of Art History.2012 Recipients: JoAnne Akalaitis, Burton Brody, Frederick Hammond