The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College

Bard Big Read

Bard Big Read—Coming March 2014

Bard Big Read—Coming March 2014

Featuring Housekeeping by
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Marilynne Robinson




The BIG READ comes to Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster Counties through a unique partnership between Bard College and the Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli libraries. The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) managed by Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. 

 “Our ambitious community libraries makes The Big Read partnership possible,” says Erin Cannan, Associate Director of Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement. “Spanning the Hudson River and town and village borders, this Big Read will represent the very best of the vast literary and artistic resources in the Hudson Valley.” The Big Read’s mission is to create an enthusiastic community book discussion that spans ages, ethnicities, education, and geography through community events, performances, talks, and book groups. Starting March 2014, events are planned throughout the Hudson Valley at businesses, libraries, schools, and homes. Book clubs are encouraged to participate.  Activities will take place from March 15 to May 2, 2014.

View a schedule of events here.

Learn more about the participants here. 


  - HELP SPREAD THE WORD! SPONSOR a copy of the book for $15
    (with a special dedication note of your choice)
  - SPONSOR a shelf of 10 books for $75
    (with book dedication and thanks on our website) 

Learn more about sponsorship here.

Learn more about the program here.

For more information contact:

Erin Cannan, Associate Director, Center for Civic Engagement
Phone: 845-758-7453
Email: cannan@bard.edu

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment of the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture. Learn more about The Big Read here