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.
Robert Weston (coordinator), Susan Aberth, Daniel Berthold, Nicole Caso, Jorge Cortiñas, Christian Crouch, Robert J. Culp, Lauren Curtis, Deirdre d’Albertis, Michèle D. Dominy, Sarah Dunphy-Lelii, Helen Epstein, Tabetha Ewing, Donna Grover, Lianne Habinek, Elizabeth M. Holt, Laura Kunreuther, Cecile E. Kuznitz, Kristin Lane, Michael Martell, Christopher McIntosh, Allison McKim, Emily McLaughlin, Michelle Murray, David Nelson, Natalie Prizel, Maria Sonevytsky, Yuka Suzuki, Pavlina R. Tcherneva, S. Rebecca Thomas, Éric Trudel, Marina van Zuylen, Jean Wagner
The Gender and Sexuality Studies (GSS) concentration embraces the importance of gender as a fundamental category of analysis across disciplines. The concentration seeks to explore how gender and sexuality are intertwined with structures of power and inequality. It is committed to the study of issues specific to women and the LGBT community, with added emphasis on understanding disciplinary models of knowledge. GSS considers masculinity and femininity, sexuality, and transgender issues in relation to other analytical frameworks such as race, class, age, and sexual orientation.
GSS is a concentration, not a primary program of study. In consultation with GSS faculty and program advisers, students may declare a concentration in GSS at the time of their Moderation into their primary program or thereafter at a separate Moderation. Students must fulfill the Moderation requirements of both the primary program and the GSS concentration, which requires at least two courses cross-listed with GSS before Moderation. After Moderation students must take at least one advanced gender studies seminar or tutorial taught by GSS faculty. The Senior Project should focus on some issue related to gender and sexuality studies.
Course offerings are subject to change. Recent courses include Contemporary Queer Theory; Perspectives in LGBT Studies; Sociology of Gender; Gender and Deviance; Women’s Rights, Human Rights; Queer Subjects: Sexuality in Global Perspective; Gay Rights, Human Rights; Reproductive Health and Human Rights; Feminist Philosophy; Woman as Cyborg; Sex, in Theory: Queer/Crip; Women Artists of the Surrealist Movement; LGBTQ in Rural and Urban America; Women Writing the Caribbean; Victorian Bodies; Gender and Social Inequalities in Latin America; History of European Women; Gender and Sexuality in Judaism; Jewish Women: Gender Roles and Cultural Change; Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World; Reading Arab Women Writers in Translation; Gender and Politics in National Security; Women and the Economy; Women and Islam; Music, Sexuality, and Gender; Contemporary Performance and Theater by Women; and Women’s Bodies / Women’s Voices.