Secretary of State John Kerry and Bard Vice President for Academic Affairs Jonathan Becker speak at the opening of the American University of Central Asia's new campus
Sounds of Social Change
Sounds of Social Change is a project aimed at teaching and mentoring young musicians living in poverty-stricken conditions in Cali, Colombia.
Bard Sanctuary Fund
At a time of great uncertainty for undocumented immigrants and refugees, the Bard Sanctuary Fund is designed to ensure that Bard College and the Bard network of campuses provide support for affected students.
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What it does?
The Bard Sanctuary Fund supports undocumented immigrants and refugees by providing scholarship, living, legal and other necessary support while students are enrolled at Bard College. The fund will provide scholarships through the Early College Opportunity Program (ECO) and Bard Educational Opportunity Program (BEOP), as well as support for student-led initiatives and other institutional efforts designed to ensure that undocumented immigrants and refugees throughout the Bard network can continue to study and find sanctuary at Bard.
Bard’s History as a Refuge
Bard has a long history as a sanctuary and refuge for vulnerable populations. Beginning in the mid-1930s and throughout the war years, Bard College gave refuge to distinguished writers, artists, intellectuals, and scientists fleeing Nazi Europe. In 1956, it became a haven for and offered English language instruction to 325 Hungarian student refugees following their participation in that country’s revolt against the Stalinist government. Since the 1980s, Bard has brought scholars at risk from Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East to teach and do research in Annandale-on-Hudson. Bard College Berlin’s Program in International Education for Social Change is actively reaching out to and enrolling refugees and other young people impacted by the ongoing crises in Syria and Greece, among other places. In his introduction to a 1982 volume on the history of the College, President Leon Botstein tied together the institution’s missionary, progressive, and intellectual traditions, stating, “All are expressions of the one continuing conviction that by education, by leadership, and by means of institutions formed for the purpose, it is possible mightily to improve the quality of life—and to build a better society.” It is these sentiments that have shaped Bard College’s role as “a private institution in the public interest” and placed civic engagement at the core of Bard’s mission. In 2016, Bard continues to innovate, take risks, and broaden its global outlook in pursuit of this mission and in support of the students, faculty, and staff that make up the greater College community.
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For Students:CCE sponsors events; facilitates internships, volunteer, and service-learning opportunities; and awards fellowships for students designed to reinforce the links between education, democracy, and citizenship.
Bard Network Debate Workshop Budapest CALL FOR NOMINATIONS and PROPOSALS
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.
Contemporary Nationalism: Between Diversity, Democracy and Authoritarianism?February 2-4 2017, Bard Hall, 410 West 58th St. New York City
|The Bard College Center for Civic Engagement announces a call for papers for the conference: Contemporary Nationalism: Between Diversity, Democracy and Authoritarianism? Expand|
CCE collaborates on a wide range of domestic programs that challenge students to examine the idea of global citizenship in the 21st century.
CCE sponsors events; facilitates internships, volunteer, and service-learning opportunities; and awards fellowships for students designed to reinforce the links between education, democracy, and citizenship.