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 Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series originated in 1979 when Nobel laureate physicist Paul Dirac accepted an invitation from Bard professor Abe Gelbart and the Bard Center to deliver a lecture titled “The Discovery of Antimatter.” The talk presented a view of science rarely seen by the general public—as a record of personal achievement as well as a body of facts and theories.
Since then audiences have heard more than a hundred eminent scientists, including 45 Nobel laureates and four Fields medalists. Speakers have included Beate Liepert, pioneering climate change research scientist and artist, who discovered the phenomenon of global dimming; Nina Jablonski, author of Skin: A Natural History and a leading researcher on the evolution of human skin color; Deborah Tannen, professor of linguistics at Georgetown University and author of You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Conversation; Scott Gilbert, Howard A. Schneiderman Professor of Biology at Swarthmore College; Mark A. Cane, G. Unger Vetlesen Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences and professor of applied mathematics and applied physics at Columbia University; and Henri Brunner, professor emeritus at the University of Regensburg, Germany, and a preeminent contributor to the fields of catalysis and inorganic stereochemistry.