Daniel Mendelsohn is the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College. An award-winning writer and critic and author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, he was born on Long Island and educated at the University of Virginia and at Princeton. Since 1991, when he began publishing, his essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, most frequently in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He has also been the weekly book critic for New York and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and is presently a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.
11-11-2014: The Human Rights Project at Bard College presents a public conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner to discuss Farah’s new critically acclaimed novel Hiding in Plain Sight. Farah, who just won a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award from the South African Literary Awards, has been hailed as “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” by The New York Review of Books. This event will take place on Monday, November 17, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2628
11-10-2014: The Bard College Model United Nations team participated in the Northeast Regional Model Arab League tournament at Northeastern University in Boston, November 7–9. The conference—sponsored by the National Council on U.S.–Arab Relations—simulates the structure, proceedings, and committees of the Arab League, based in Egypt and representing 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Bard students represented Egypt, Libya, and Saudi Arabia on topics including defense, environmental and social issues, and Palestinian affairs. Bard Model UN president Gabriel Matsakis '15 served as head delegate at the conference and played the role of a member of the Egyptian cabinet. He was awarded Outstanding Cabinet Member for his excellent work. Alison Brundrett '16 and Erind Disha '16 won Honorable Mention awards for their work representing Egypt on the Palestinian Affairs committee. “This conference takes students beyond the dramatic headlines that dominate the news about the Middle East and allows them to tackle the details of a wide variety of issues in the region,” said faculty adviser James Ketterer. “The students learn about things like water resources, refugees, and education, along with defense and diplomacy—all while having to deeply understand the country they are representing.”
11-03-2014: Bard history professor Richard Aldous's acclaimed account of the life of Tony Ryan, founder of Europe's biggest airline, Ryanair, was published in the United Kingdom on November 3. Originally published in August 2013, the book was lauded as "a masterful job ... with a highly readable and compelling style" (the Independent of Ireland) and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Richard Aldous says, "What made Tony Ryan exceptional was that he turned the dreams he shared with his generation into reality. That came about not because he wanted to make a fortune—although he was happy when he did—but because he had the vision to see where the market was imperfect, the courage to stake his claim, and the tenacity to see the job through. In that regard Tony Ryan was the epitome of what it meant to be an entrepreneur."
10-21-2014: On September 24, Pavlina Tcherneva published an article in the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics that rocked the financial news. Examining widely used U.S. income data by economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, Professor Tcherneva found a startling trend: over the last 60 years, the financial benefits of economic recoveries in the United States have increasingly gone to the wealthiest Americans. Tcherneva, Bard College assistant professor of economics and Levy Economics Institute research associate, illustrated her findings in a striking chart that went viral on social media. Coverage of her research appeared in the New York Times, NPR, Moyers & Company, and Slate, among other publications. http://www.bard.edu/news/news.php?id=113
10-01-2014: Assistant Professor of Classics Lauren Curtis has won the 2014 research prize for best unpublished Ph.D. dissertation in the field of Greek and Roman music from the International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage (MOISA). Professor Curtis's dissertation, On with the Dance: Imagining the Chorus in Augustan Poetry, explores the poetic and cultural significance of Greek song-and-dance culture in Augustan Rome. Professor Curtis is revising her dissertation for publication and will present work from the book-in-progress at the MOISA panel at the next Society for Classical Studies meeting in New Orleans in January.
09-23-2014: The weekend of September 19–21 was a busy one for the Bard College Debate Union, both in Annandale and at Eastern New York Correctional Facility. On Friday, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern defeated the University of Vermont in a debate about the merits of disbanding NATO. On Saturday and Sunday, the Bard Debate Union in Annandale and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement hosted the inaugural Bard College Invitational debate tournament. http://www.bard.edu/news/news.php?id=112
09-15-2014: Bard College Professor of Historical Studies Myra Young Armstead has been awarded a fellowship as a Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence. The fellowship, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives access to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and other centers of The New York Public Library. Schomburg Scholars research and write about black history and culture throughout the black diaspora, interact with other participating scholars, and give lectures on their findings. Professor Armstead has begun her six-month residency, during which she will research progressive public history in Harlem. Read More