The Bard College Debate Union and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement are hosting the Bard College Invitational on the weekend of September 20–21, 2014. This will serve as the season-opening tournament for British Parliamentary debate teams in the Eastern United States, with more than 200 students in attendance from Yale, Cornell, Colgate, Hobart William Smith, George Washington, St. Johns, Rochester, Vermont, Adelphi, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and the Bard High School Early Colleges. Students are expected to come prepared to debate any and all topics, ranging from international relations to criminal justice, social issues, and popular culture. 09-19-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2604
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs program and the West Point–Bard College Exchange will present “New World Disorder: U.S. Grand Strategy in a Chaotic Middle East,” a panel featuring Walter Russell Mead and James Ketterer of Bard College and Ruth Beitler of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The panel will address the increasing and overlapping challenges facing the United States across the Middle East and North Africa. It will take place on Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College. 09-15-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2601
The new Bard High School Early College Cleveland officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 5. President Botstein called the students "pioneers" in education, and emphasized the importance of engaging teenagers in learning by treating them with respect and challenging them in school. The new campus is a partnership between Bard College and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and joins seven other Bard early college programs around the country. BHSEC students earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free associate's degree from Bard College in four years.
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College will host its seventh annual international conference October 9–10 in Olin Hall. The conference, “The Unmaking of Americans,” will ask what aspirations and which dreams still animate American idealism. Americans today must confront the weakening of a collective vision of freedom and equality. Americans are dismayed at the power of money, the decay of self-governance, and a bureaucracy that seems impervious to popular control. And yet few dare to articulate a collective vision that might hold the country together. The Arendt conference brings together scholars, writers, and educators to ask, “Are there still American values worth fighting for? 09-02-2014 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2595
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, together with Bard's Center for Civic Engagement and Human Rights Project, is launching a new initiative, Hate and the Human Condition. The initiative aims to promote sustained reflection on what hate is and how it works, and to organize its exploration through a range of interdisciplinary and co-taught courses. Both a theoretical and a practical endeavor, it seeks to foster the academic study of hate while also connecting scholars and students to institutions and organizations whose work involves dealing with hate-related issues. Four such courses will take place this fall at Bard College in New York and three Bard-affiliated campuses: Al-Quds University, the American University of Central Asia, and Bard College Berlin. 09-02-2014 http://www.berlin.bard.edu/news/view/article/bard-college-berlin-participates-in-a-new-academic-initiative-launched-by-the-hannah-arendt-center/