Bard College and Simon's Rock faculty member, poet, and translator of German literature Peter Filkins has recently had two of his works reviewed. His translation of H.G. Adler's novel The Wall was reviewed in the London Review of Books, and his edition of a collection of Adler's essays, Orthodoxie des Herzens, was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, will have a change of leadership in the new year. Provost Peter Laipson will step down from his position in January, to be succeeded by Ian Bickford, Simon's Rock alumnus class of 1995. Dr. Laipson will become the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, a position he will hold through June of 2017. Dr. Bickford is exceptionally well qualified for the position of provost. He began his work with Bard in 2007 as a member of the faculty, first at Simon’s Rock and then at the Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York. He has since participated in the founding of new Bard programs in Baltimore and Harlem. Bickford presently serves as the first dean of the Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, as well as dean of the Bard Early Colleges, providing academic support and guidance to Bard’s public early college network. Simon's Rock is the nation's only B.A.-granting residential college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for younger students, and the founding site of Bard College’s network of nationally influential public early college programs. 12-09-2015
The Hearst Foundations have made this grant to Bard College to help fund the Bard High School Early Colleges’ (BHSEC) academic support services, which work to assist public school students to reach college. The grant will support one-on-one tutoring for academic support across the curriculum, peer tutors in writing and other subject areas, and the extensive college transfer advising program that students begin during their first year of the BHSEC college program. Bard opened its first early college campus, BHSEC Manhattan, in 2001 in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. At BHSEC schools, students complete their high school requirements and earn 60 college credits in the four years typically assigned to high school. The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services. 04-16-2015 http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2684
Ian Bickford has immersed himself in Bard's early colleges. He began as a student at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Massachusetts, and then served as a faculty member at Simon's Rock before joining the faculty at Bard High School Early College–Queens. Now he has returned to his alma mater to launch the new Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock: a 9th and 10th grade boarding and day college-preparatory program that will open its doors this fall. 04-02-2015 http://simons-rock.edu/news/ian-bickford-dean-bard-academy.php