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

Participating Organizations

Participating Organizations

Bard College Affiliates:

Bard Prison Initiative

Bard Prison Initiative The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) creates the opportunity for incarcerated men and women to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. As the largest program of its kind in the United States, BPI enrolls 275 incarcerated men and women across a full spectrum of academic disciplines, and offers over 60 courses each semester.  Visit their website here. Email: bpi@bard.edu

The Center for Civic Engagement

The Center for Civic Engagement One of Bard College's basic principles is the belief in a fundamental link between liberal education and democracy. Bard is firmly committed to promoting and sustaining projects that engage its students, faculty, and administrators with the most important issues facing society. Bard's Center for Civic Engagement supports, coordinates, and promotes the wide array of initiatives that define Bard as a private institution in the public interest. Visit their website here. Email: civic@bard.edu

The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck

The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck The CENTER for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck is a not-for-profit organization which is dedicated, through its arts and education programs, to providing arts experiences for people of all ages. Visit their website here. Email: kevin@centerforperformingarts.org

The Clemente Center

The Clemente Center The Clemente Course provides accredited college-level instruction to economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals at no cost. Participants study literature, art history, moral philosophy, and U.S. history in an accesible and welcoming community setting. Visit their website here. Email: clementecourse@bard.edu

The Richard B. Fisher Center 

The Richard B. Fisher Center  The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College offers an architecturally bold and dynamic environment for innovative artistic presentation in the Hudson Valley. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Fisher Center provides audiences with a world-class complex that inspires risk-taking performances and provocative programs in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music and theater, dance, and opera by American and international artists. The Center is also home to Bard College's Theater Program and Dance Program. Visit their website here. Email: schneide@bard.edu

The Hannah Arendt Center

The Hannah Arendt Center The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard is a unique institution, offering a marriage of non-partisan politics and the humanities. It serves as an intellectual incubator for engaged thinking and public discussion of the nation's most pressing political and ethical challenges. In the spirit of Hannah Arendt, the Center’s mission is to encourage people to “think what we are doing.”  Visit their website here. Email: arendt@bard.edu

Institute for Writing and Thinking

Institute for Writing and Thinking Focused on the critical role that writing plays in both teaching and learning, IWT brings together secondary and college teachers for innovative, intellectually stimulating, and practically useful workshops, conferences, and on-site consulting.  Visit their website here. Email: iwt@bard.edu

Participating Libraries:

The Germantown Library

The Germantown Library The mission of the Germantown Library is to maintain and improve the quality of life for all citizens of our community by providing resources that enhance and contribute to individual knowledge, enlightenment and enjoyment in the most efficient manner possible. We especially recognize our responsibility to serve as a place for children to discover the joy of reading and the value of libraries. Visit their website here. Email: germantownlibrary@valstar.net

The Kingston Library

The Kingston Library The Kingston Library was established in 1899. Visit their website here. Email: director@kingstonlibrary.org

Red Hook Library

Red Hook Library Founded in 1898, the Red Hook Public Library is a place of ideas, creativity and imagination. Our mission is to provide innovative experiences that enrich the lives of Red Hook residents. We are dedicated to providing access to information that inspires curiosity and leads to new learning experiences for patrons of all ages. Visit their website here. Email: director@redhooklibrary.org

Rhinecliff Library

Rhinecliff Library The Morton Memorial Library and Community House is located in the heart of the quaint riverside hamlet of Rhinecliff. Levi P. Morton (1824-1920) served as Vice President of the United States, Governor of New York, Congressman from New York City, and Ambassador to France. The building was erected by Anna L. and Levi P. Morton in memory of their daughter Lena for the use of the people of Rhinecliff. It was dedicated in 1908. Visit their website here. Email: mortonrhinecliff@gmail.com

Tivoli Free Library

Tivoli Free Library The Tivoli Free Library, located in the Historic Watts dePeyster Hall at 86 Broadway, is a small, independent institution subsisting mainly on grants from governments and foundations as well as donations from citizens like you. But through our one-room library, you can access the world. In addition to our own collection, we offer high-speed Internet access, and we can get just about any book for you through the Mid-Hudson Library System. Visit their website here. Email: tivoliprogram@gmail.com

Other Affiliates

Oblong Books

Oblong Books
The Big Read is supported by local independent bookseller Oblong Books & Music of Rhinebeck. Books are available for purchase both in-store and online. 
Visit their website here.  Email:  info@oblongbooks.com