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"We yearn to control and master the future, and one corollary of that is our deep wish to cede control over our lives to the hyper-rationality, objectivity, and reliability of machines," writes Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz.
Members of the student ensemble Contemporaneous wowed the audience with their Roots Run Deep concert last night. The event featured Bard student musicians and composers.
As we gear up for the 2012 elections, the political cartoons of the 1912 presidential race with Theodore Roosevelt have a particular resonance. On display now at Bard's Stevenson Library.
The Royal Society of Literature (RSL) of Great Britain has invited renowned Romanian émigré author and Bard College writer in residence Norman Manea to become a Fellow of RSL. The Royal Society of Literature was founded by King George IV in 1820, to “reward literary merit and excite literary talent.” Manea is the first Romanian writer to be honored by the prestigious British institution.
Bard alumnus Todd Haynes was well rewarded at the 2011 Emmy Awards; he directed multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce.
The Bard College Conservatory of Music has received a generous $9.2 million gift from Bard alumnus Laszlo Z. Bito, class of 1960, for the construction of The Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building. This state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility addresses the growing needs of the Conservatory, brought on by its fivefold growth since its founding in 2005. With an anticipated completion date of January 2013, the building is scheduled to begin construction in October. The design of the building, by Deborah Berke & Partners Architects in New York City, supports the Conservatory's dedication to providing top-level musical training in the context of a liberal arts education. A groundbreaking ceremony for The Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Conservatory Building will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 11:30 a.m., adjacent to the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center at Bard College.
Professor Le on "making photographs that are layered with suggestions and meanings."
On five Monday afternoons, from September 12 through November 28, Bard's fall 2011 First-Year Seminar program, "Self and Society in the Liberal Arts," offers a series of lectures and related events. All the events are free and open to the public and begin at 4:45 p.m. in Sosnoff Theater in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
This Sunday, Bard will host a screening of 9/11 Ten Years Later, followed by a panel discussion.
Bard College lacrosse player Stephanie LaMont gives back by working with the Bard Leprosy Relief Project in a Nepali village over the summer.
This September, the Bard Free Press, Bard College’s student newspaper, and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement present the Free Press Journalism Seminar Series, featuring leading journalists, newspaper publishers, writers, and scholars discussing the state of journalism today, from the role of journalists in society to ways of becoming a journalist.
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company will perform at the Bard Fisher Center this weekend, Sept. 9–11, as part of its final world tour. This is the last opportunity to see the company in the Hudson Valley before it disbands in December.
Starting Monday students, faculty, and staff will have access to shared cars 24/7. Go green!
Roughly half a century after first arriving, as a budding “scientist of totality,” to teach and abide at Bard College, Robert Kelly ambled with ursine grace across the stage in Olin Auditorium and assumed the lectern. Dusk was gathering on a chilly evening, and the enthusiastic crowd—consisting of colleagues, students, administrators, and various representatives of the arts intelligentsia from surrounding communities and farther afield—was there to celebrate his eternally youthful tenure as Bard’s unofficial poet in residence.
Bard has partnered with the Posse Foundation's New Orleans program to identify outstanding student leaders in the city and bring them to Annandale on scholarship.
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