Bard International Network

Student Action & Youth Leadership Conference

GET ENGAGED: Student Action & Youth Leadership Conference

Bard Network • Budapest 2016

In March 2016, the Center for Civic Engagement hosted its third annual Get Engaged conference for the Bard/HESP Network, Student Action and Youth Leadership: Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts at the Central European University in Budapest. The Get Engaged conference, arguably one of the highlights of every year, brought together thirty-five student leaders from Bard’s international network of partners, including the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Al-Quds Bard College of Arts and Sciences in East Jerusalem, Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University in Vilnius, and the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences of St. Petersburg State University.

News & Announcements

Center for Civic Engagement Support for Bard's International Network Participation in Conferences

The Center for Civic Engagement has limited funding available to help support faculty from
Bard College’s International Network of Partners participate in conferences. Faculty
accepted to take part in conferences may apply for funding by submitting: VIEW MORE >>

Bard Network Debate Workshop Budapest

Workshop Dates: March 15-20, 2017

The Bard Network Debate Workshop aims to bring together students, faculty, and staff from Bard network institutions for four days of discussion, collaboration, and debate. Student debate team leaders and faculty/staff debate team sponsors will engage one another in conversation on how to prepare for, stage, and execute in-class debates, public debates, competitive debates, and debate outreach projects. Participants will attend lectures and workshops and hold practice debates and students will participate in a final public debate. Student applicants should be sophomores or juniors who are currently members of their university debate teams and who intend to serve as debate team leaders in coming years. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated leadership in promoting debate on their campuses and a commitment to debate outreach, including public debates and work with schools. VIEW MORE >>

CALL FOR PROPOSALS for the Bard International Network Faculty and Staff

February 7-10, 2017 - An Open Call for Participants: A Workshop on "Best Practices for Course, Syllabus, and Assignment Design" at the American University of Central Asia (Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan) 
Application deadline: December 15, 2016

December 8, 2016 - Call for applications: ArtsLink Projects
Visual & Media Arts application deadline: January 16, 2017
Performing Arts & Literature application deadline: January 15, 2018

Linkage grants & grants for virtual lectures, classes, and joint research projects available for the Bard International Network Faculty and Staff.
Click here for more info.

Bard International Network Launches FNE

In 2014, the Bard International Network began designing and implementing new tools for gathering and analyzing information across the network. VIEW MORE >>

About the Conference

Click below for clips from past conferences:
2014 Conference
2015 Conference
2016 Conference



The Get Engaged conference is not a traditional academic conference.  Instead it is designed to grow the network of young social entrepreneurs and change agents who are actively using the liberal arts as a tool to develop solutions to challenges in their communities.  The conference is an effective forum to strengthen the Bard network/inter-campus collaborations among students, faculty, and administrators, and acts as an inspiration to participants whose aspiration is focused on addressing complicated social issues.

Click here for the conference program.


The conference workshops offered skills-based sessions to encourage Get Engaged Fellows to seek innovative and creative approaches to social issues and provided participants the opportunity to collaborate with students in the Bard/HESP network. Workshops focused on:
  • Leadership
  • Public Speaking
  • Networking
  • Social Media and Effective Organizing and Programming
  • Community Partnerships
  • Innovation and Creativity


Anastasiya Radzionava, European Humanities University

Each fellow was asked to make a short, creative presentation of his or her project or program incorporating plans for future development.

See Get Engaged Fellows in action:

Get Engaged Fellows

Get Engaged Fellows

Bard/HESP network Get Engaged Fellows developed programs and projects as change agents within their institutions and in their local, national and international communities, implementing creative, and sometimes far-reaching activities, including such projects as:

  • Music as Civic Engagement, Reeda Alji, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB)
  • PALiMUN: The First Palestine Model UN University Conference, Saif Salah, AQB
  • Bright Life Winter Camp, Aiperi Iskankova, American University of Central Asia (AUCA)
  • Nomadic Art Camp: Sustainable Development through Contemporary Art, Chynara Bakytkyzy, AUCA
  • Creat(i)ve (Resist)ance, JaQuan Beachem, Bard Annandale
  • Nicaragua Education Initiative: STEM Initiative, Odett Salcedo, Bard Annandale
  • Open Campus Against Closed Borders, Marta Vuković, Bard College Berlin (BCB)
  • Pankow Theatre Company, Clara Canales, BCB
  • Development of the English-Speaking Debate Community at St. Petersburg State University, Nadia Vikulna, Faculty of Arts & Sciences at St. Petersburg State University (FLAS)
  • House of Arts, Polina Peremitina and Vlada Lodesk, FLAS
  • Information Media Campaign on the Internet “Women and Career,” Alesia Pesenka, European Humanities University (EHU)
  • “The Theatre of EHU” and “Cinema Club of EHU,” Volya Novik, EHU

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