Robert Kelly is Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and codirector of the Written Arts Program at Bard College. He has been on the Bard faculty since 1961, founding the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts writing program in 1980. He is the author of more than 50 books of poetry, and his numerous grants and awards include recognition from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters.
06-23-2015: Julia Rosenbaum, associate professor of art history and faculty of the American Studies Program, has been named a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for the 2015-2016 academic year. The yearlong research fellowship will support Rosenbaum’s new project, “Curated Bodies: The Display of Science and Citizenry in Post-Civil War America,” which examines art, science, and representations of the body from the Civil War to World War II. Rosenbaum will be affiliated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum during her fellowship tenure. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2706
06-16-2015: A study led by Lydia Meyer ’14 and Bard biology professor Bruce Robertson finds that nesting in non-native shrubs does not negatively impact the nesting success of veery thrushes. When birds or other animals make choices that are harmful for themselves—by reducing their lifespan or reproductive success, for example—this is known as an “evolutionary trap.” While there is concern that birds that prefer to build their nests in non-native plant species will have less successful nests and risk falling into such a trap, the new study—published in The Condor: Ornithological Advances—found that not to be the case for veery thrushes (Catharus fuscescens) who preferred to nest in invasive shrubs in the forests of New York. Their nesting success was not adversely affected at all. http://phys.org/news/2015-06-songbirds-success-shrubs.html
03-30-2015: Organisms living close to each other compete for a limited set of resources: this extends from plant communities to human communities. Densely packed cities, like New York, can house many more people, but the space available for each person is limited. Competition for space is intense. Past research has shown that the same is true of plants—densely packed communities of plants usually compete with each other for resources such as space, water, and nutrients. However, a new study led by Bard College biology professor Alexandra Wright and published today in the Journal of Ecology suggests that these competitive disadvantages may be outweighed by benefits gained during severe weather conditions such as droughts and heat waves. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2670
03-18-2015: James Ketterer, director of international academic initiatives at Bard's Center for Civic Engagement, gave a lecture this week at Future University of Egypt (FUE), where he spoke about the role of education and cultural affairs as a component of diplomacy, especially focusing on U.S.–Egyptian relations. He was hosted at FUE by Dr. Abdul Monen Al Mashat, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, and his talk was arranged by Professor Yasmine Zein Al-Abedine, who spent last summer at Bard as part of the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. While in Egypt, Ketterer is also meeting with officials at the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, educational nongovernmental organizations, and the American University in Cairo.
03-16-2015: President Botstein writes that education and the preservation of democracy are deeply connected. "The purpose, challenge, and substance of education in a democracy are defined by two questions: How ought we to live, side by side, not as lone individuals but as citizens?" He asks. "And how can we, through education, help individuals answer that question?" http://www.democracyjournal.org/36/are-we-still-making-citizens.php
03-02-2015: The International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced the honorees of the 2015 Infinity Awards. Larry Fink, Bard College professor of photography, won the award for art. Larry Fink has been a professional photographer for more than 55 years. Fink has been awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two Individual Photography Fellowships. He has been teaching for more than 52 years. The Infinity Awards are widely respected as the leading honor for excellence in photography. The Awards will be presented at a gala on Thursday, April 30, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2663
02-23-2015: The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. Performances take place on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. with a preconcert talk at 7 p.m. by James Bagwell, chorus master. Considered Haydn’s masterpiece, this large oratorio features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Chamber Singers, Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and Longy Chorale. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2662