About the Bard Center

Since 1978 The Bard Center has developed pacesetting educational and scholarly programs with a recognized influence nationwide. The Center promotes the study of the liberal arts and sciences as they relate to issues of public planning and decision making in and beyond the Hudson River Valley. These programs enrich the intellectual, cultural, and social experience of Bard undergraduates and establish a network of academic and professional centers beyond the campus.

What We Do

The Bard Center sponsors lectures, seminars, conferences, and concerts on campus, bringing students into contact with prominent researchers, artists, musicians, scientists, and other leaders in fields that many undergraduates aspire to enter. An equally influential aspect of its activities is the shared learning experience of College and community members. Center projects in which students have participated have had an impact on such diverse and far-reaching pursuits as new directions in music and the arts, the development of health care in cities, solutions to functional illiteracy, and groundbreaking ecological research. Because the Center’s focus is intellectual in the broadest sense, rather than narrowly academic, it encourages students from their first year onward to share the mantle of social responsibility and leadership.