On Monday, December 9, the inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum took place at Bard College. In the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela, the forum's focus shifted to examine “Africa’s Future: Mandela, Achebe, and Empowerment in Africa.” President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana delivered the keynote lecture on the topic of “Women in Africa: How the Other Half Lives.” The Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum brings together international leaders and thinkers to discuss Africa’s challenges, in keeping with Professor Chinua Achebe’s life and work. (President Mahama's lecture begins at 1:06:44)
Lucy Flamm '15 is taking full advantage of her college experience. She has obtained funding for internships, started an arts club at Bard, and is studying abroad in London this year. Of Bard students she says, "People learn from each other because everyone is so open about what they’re interested in, and brave enough to challenge each other’s opinions and assertions." 12-11-2013 http://www.bard.edu/news/profiles/?id=100President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana Photo courtesy of the Republic of Ghana
Environmental and urban studies major Jess Lambert '14 came to Bard from the small town of Liberty, New York. As a student representative for the Bard Sustainability Council, she’s committed to improving environmental practices on campus. "I’m glad I found a place that really recognizes the importance of pursuing the work you’re most excited about," she says. "That’s been really empowering for me." 12-03-2013 http://www.bard.edu/news/profiles/?id=99
A political studies and philosophy major, Bard College alumnus Saim Saeed ’13 won a Davis Projects for Peace Award for his project, “Living Together—Navigating Common Grounds: A MENA-EU Initiative” in Istanbul, Turkey. In May 2012, during his junior year at Bard, the New York Times published his op-ed essay "Shouting in the Mirror." After graduating from Bard College, Saeed went to work as a writer for the American Interest. In this interview, he talks about the importance of his study abroad experience at Bard.
Bard alumnus Dan Cline '08 has been volunteering with the Peace Corps in Ukraine for more than a year. He currently lives and works in the town of Haisyn, where he teaches English as a second language to primary and secondary school students at the Haisyn School-Gymnasium. Shocked to find that the classrooms had no dictionaries, Cline is raising funds to provide better learning tools for Haisyn’s students and teachers. He has also organized English language clubs at the school and has been offering extra tutoring to students. Cline acts as vice president of the Peace Corps Gender and Development Working Group in the region, and as secretary of the HIV/AIDS Working Group. He is also involved in groups for Technology for Development and the National Olympiad.
Cline also recently received a Small Project Assistance Program grant through USAID for his keystone Peace Corps service project. With this grant, Cline will organize and oversee the construction of an outdoor athletic complex on the school grounds, which will be open to the larger community. The project will also involve Cline's Young Volunteers' Club, and will make available healthy lifestyle education for students. Cline has recently garnered media attention in Ukraine for his varied and committed work on behalf of young people in Haisyn, including interviews published in The Tribune of Labor and the Haisyn Herald.