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Local Partnerships

Bard works closely with local partners to provide students with opportunities for work, internships, and civic engagement throughout the Hudson Valley. Projects address real issues facing our communities, including poverty, sustainability, education, and immigration. Partnerships respond flexibly to local needs as students, organizations, and area leaders work collaboratively to develop creative solutions and a vibrant community.


Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead

Walter Russell Mead is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and editor-at-large of The American Interest. He is the author of several books, including God and Gold: Britain, America, and the Making of the Modern World (2008). He is a contributing editor to and writer on international affairs for prominent national publications.
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Watch: Ghanaian President Speaks at Bard College

H.E. John Dramani Mahama spoke at Bard for the Inaugural Chinua Achebe Forum.

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Become a Local Partner

To become a local partner, e-mail Erin Cannan, Dean of Student Affairs, at

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Native Peoples on Bard's Lands

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Red Hook Together

Red Hook Together works to blend endeavors in culture, agriculture, education, business, and tourism in order to create a sustainable community. Bard College, the Red Hook Chamber of Commerce, the school district, and the towns and villages of Red Hook and Tivoli share a vision to enhance the lives of those who live, work, and study in Red Hook. Our goal is to strengthen relationships between people in this community, striving to preserve resources and develop businesses. For more information e-mail Erin Cannan.

Elections at Bard facilitates voter registration for local students, provides information about candidates, hosts forums in which candidates and students can meet, and protects the rights of students to vote and have their votes counted.

"All Politics Is Local"

This venture enables Bard faculty and students to engage with local, county, and state officials. The program helps arrange internships and service learning opportunities.

West Point−Bard Exchange

The West Point−Bard Exchange allows civilians and future officers of the United States Army to learn together. Students and faculty from Bard and the United States Military Academy exchange ideas in classrooms, public presentations, and in informal settings. Bard students and West Point cadets participate in joint seminars in international relations and hold mixed-team debates on a range of issues. West Point faculty teach courses at Bard in counter-insurgency, military history, and international relations.

Erin Cannan on Local Engagement

Associate Director for CCE speaks to the links between learning and engagement.

Bard Upbeats: Bringing the Joy of Music to Children

Student leader Lindsay Stanley introduces the Bard Upbeats, offering music instruction to local children.