Bard Center Scholarly Programs

Institute for Writing and Thinking

For more than 30 years, the Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) has offered hands-on, experiential workshops to help prepare secondary and college teachers of all subjects to use writing as a central classroom activity—creating an environment in which students learn to read, think, and make meaning through writing. IWT workshops offer a unique place where teachers can reflect on their experiences both as learners and teachers, and explore how to adapt and incorporate diverse writing strategies into their existing curriculum. VIEW MORE >>

Bard Fiction Prize

The Bard Fiction Prize was established in 2001 and is awarded annually to an emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger at the time of application. In addition to a monetary award, the winner receives an appointment as writer in residence at Bard College for one semester. The prize, awarded each October, is intended to encourage and support young writers of fiction in pursuing their creative goals and to provide them with an opportunity to work in a fertile intellectual environment. VIEW MORE >>

Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series originated in 1979 when Nobel laureate physicist Paul Dirac accepted an invitation from Bard professor Abe Gelbart and The Bard Center to deliver a lecture titled “The Discovery of Antimatter.” The talk presented a view of science rarely seen by the general public—as a record of personal achievement as well as a body of facts and theories. VIEW MORE >>

Leon Levy Endowment Fund

The Leon Levy Endowment Fund was created in 1995 by the Bard College Board of Trustees, in recognition of more than a decade of transformative philanthropy by Leon Levy, founder of the Levy Economics Institute. Through grants in many areas, the foundation supports Bard College’s academic excellence.