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At the Longy School of Music of Bard College, the required Experiential Education Program has students giving community talks, teaching children, and performing in prisons and hospitals. “How do we change students’ minds about what it means to be a musician?” asks Longy's Judy Hill Bose. “We are cultivating students who are as interested in interacting, sharing, and teaching as they are in performing.”
Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) was the country’s first-ever graduate program for those who conceive, organize, and mount museum and gallery shows. CCS Bard's 20th anniversary this year was cause for celebration and reflection for faculty and alumni/ae.
From all of us at Bard College, Happy Holidays!
The Clemente Course in the Humanities is transforming lives in nearby Kingston, New York, and across the nation. Low-income students with few opportunities for higher education study philosophy, literature, art history, and history in this free, accredited program. "The material we covered in this course opened my mind, stimulated thoughts, and stretched my imagination," says Clemente graduate Marge Knox.
Mark your calendars! The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts has announced spring and summer programming. The Center marks 10 years in April with a monthlong celebration of the performing arts, with new, rediscovered, and reimagined works from special guest artists and Bard students and faculty. Beginning in June, Bard SummerScape 2013 presents eight weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret, featuring the Bard Music Festival, "Stravinsky and His World," in August.
What place do the humanities have in a global economy increasingly focused on educating a work force for business, finance, and technology? Bard leaders weighed in with the New Indian Express. "Without humanities, social sciences and arts," says Bard IILE Director Susan Gillespie, "we won’t have just and liveable societies or even prosperous economies." Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz adds that teaching the humanities is about "transmitting a tradition of meaning and substance, texts and ideas that can inspire young people to care more for the common world they share than for their parochial or personal interests."
The Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is announcing the creation of a new Preparatory Orchestra, for students aged 8 through 18. All orchestral instruments will be included, and young musicians of all levels of ability are welcome.
In conjunction with Bard's annual Citizen Science program, more than 400 first-year students and local agencies will partner for a day of engagement on January 19. At more than 20 sites, our students engage local youth through the wonders of science and provide a work force for civic agencies in the community.
Faculty, students, and staff from neighboring institutions are invited to join the Bard Center for Environmental Policy for a three-day exploration of this question: What are the opportunities for experiential education and East-West partnerships to better link the study of Asia with the natural environment? The conference will take place from January 31 to February 2, 2013.
Jacqueline Goss, celebrated filmmaker and associate professor of film and electronic arts at Bard College, has been named a 2012 United States Artists (USA) Rockefeller Fellow. Goss receives $50,000 in unrestricted funds, which she hopes to use to help fund a new film.
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs Haydn, Dvořák, and a world premiere by Christopher Swist, with guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger MFA ’07.
What keeps Bard students busy? Studying, performing, volunteering, working in student government, and much more. Visit our student stories page to hear from Bardians like Brandon LaBord '13, a student leader who's working to improve college access for high school students in nearby Hudson, New York.
On December 10 at 5 p.m., Paris Review editor Lorin Stein will give a talk at Bard on publishing careers and the literary life, followed by a panel of alumni/ae guests who are recent graduates of the Division of Languages and Literature at Bard.
Bard held off Elms College, 65-56, on Saturday in a non-league game. The Raptors are 5-0 for the first time in the history of the program.
Is hipster culture sincere? The conversation about irony and sincerity has been around at least since Ancient Greece. Josh Kopin writes for the Arendt Center blog on this latest iteration and the cultural conversation around it.
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