Who We Are

  • Susan H. Gillespie, Founding Director, IILE; Vice President for International Education
  • Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs; Director, Center for Civic Engagement; Associate Professor of Political Studies; Director, Globalization and International Studies
  • James Ketterer, Dean of International Studies and Director, Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program
  • Jen Murray, Director, IILE and Bard Abroad
  • Tamo Chattopadhay, International Program Coordinator, AUCA, CEU, Smolny
  • Hannah Barrett, International Program Coordinator, Berlin programs
  • Gillian Brundrett, Assistant to the Director and Financial Coordinator
  • Trish Fleming, Study Abroad Adviser
  • Leiah Heckathorn, Enrollment Coordinator
  • Katarina Garcia-Renart, Program in International Education (PIE) Assistant
  • Ying Huang, IILE Fellow

An Academic Conference Celebrating 25 Years of the
Bard Program in International Education (PIE)


Democracy at a Crossroads: Education, Politics and Social Change

Conference Schedule

October 28, 2016
Campus Center, MPR
Free and Open to the Public

10:00 am          Welcome by Leon Botstein, Bard College President
                         Introduction by Susan Gillespie, Vice President for Special Global Initiatives

 The Impact and Power of Cross-Border Exchanges and Partnerships: Actions and Reflections
 10:15 am        Part 1: Actions for Social Change
                        Leon Botstein, Bard College
                         Susan Gillespie, Bard College
                         Martha Loerke, Open Society Foundations
                         Erin Weeks-Earp ’01, Oregon Higher Ed Coordinating Commission

11:30 am         Break
11:45 am        Part 2: Reflections on the PIE Program
                       Jim Ottaway, Bard College Life Trustee
                        Valery Monakhov, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Smolny College 
                        Maria Stoian, PIE '98
                        Vesna Straser, PIE '95
                        David Vichnar, PIE '06, Charles University

12:30 pm        Lunch 

1:30 pm         25 Years After: Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union​
                        Jonathan Becker, Bard College
                        Alex Cooley, Columbia University Harriman Institute
                        Miklos Haraszti, Central European University
                        Walter Russell Mead, Bard College
3pm               Break
3:15 pm        The State of Democracy in the World Today
                        James Ketterer, Bard College
                        Omar Encarnacion, Bard College
                        Zoltan Feher, PIE '02, Harvard University
                        Ngoni Munemo '00, PIE '98, Williams College
4:45   pm        Closing Remarks by Jonathan Becker, Vice President for Academic Affairs 

About the Program

Bard's Program in International Education (PIE) was launched twenty-five years ago in the wake of tremendous transformations. Since 1991, PIE has brought over 400 students, representing 37 countries, to Bard for a year or semester of study. The program originally focused on the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, then expanded to include students from Africa, Southeast and Central Asia, and the Middle East.