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The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston is now accepting applications for its 2014–2015 program at the Kingston Library. Now entering its fourth year, the program offers a college-level introduction to the humanities to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost. Tuition, books, childcare, and transportation (within the Kingston area) will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College.
The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project are pleased to announce that Jeanne van Heeswijk, an artist based in the Netherlands, has been selected for the first Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College. Made possible through a five year-grant from the Keith Haring Foundation, the Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual, visiting Fellowship for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College.
Five students in the Bard College Conservatory of Music departed for Cali, Colombia, on Friday, August 15, for a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project called Sounds of Social Change. Rylan Gajek-Leonard '16, Caitlin Majewski '15, Alexzandra Morris '18, Avery Morris '18, and Daniel Zlatkin '16 are teaching music to children in the Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil y Juvenil de Siloé, an organization that serves at-risk youth in the region. Daniel's sister Rebecca Zlatkin is there making a video documentary of the project. The group has brought donated music books, instrument accessories, and other supplies for students in the program. They will perform a benefit concert with the Orquesta de Siloé on August 21.
The Bard College men's basketball team departed on Monday, August 11, for Costa Rica, where players will participate in three basketball clinics and play three games against professional teams. The Raptors won their first game on Wednesday night, with sophomores Alex Fabean-Scotch and Harry Johnson each scoring 20 points to help defeat Santa Cecelia 94-31. The team has also visited a community center in San Jose, where they played basketball and soccer with local children and donated 200 pairs of shoes, which they brought in partnership with the organization Samaritan's Feet. The team will return to the United States on August 21.
This fall, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, art, and theater programs. The season features world-class musical performances, orchestral and chamber concerts, contemporary performance and art events, and innovative student productions from September through December.
The second and final weekend of the Bard Music Festival, now celebrating its Silver Jubilee with an exploration of “Schubert and His World,” opens on Friday, August 15. Addressing the nature of Schubert’s originality and of his subsequent legacy and influence, “A New Aesthetics of Music” kicks off with a trio of special events, comprising performances of the Austrian composer’s Octet and Kosegarten Liederspiel settings, as well as a showing of Fritz Lehner’s three-part film Notturno.
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) has named Peggy Ahwesh, Bard College professor of film and electronic arts, as the winner of the 2014 NAMAC Artist Award. A faculty member at Bard since 1990, Ahwesh's expertise includes film production, feminist studies, and media advocacy. "Ultimately, Ahwesh has developed a practice that insists on political and social topicality, handled with theoretical and formal rigor, while remembering the audience," writes NAMAC’s board of directors in its award announcement. "It is her lighter touch that has helped make her work, densely critical as it is, so accessible to so many people." Professor Ahwesh will receive the award at NAMAC's State & Main conference in Philadelphia on August 8.
Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 founded La Voz in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project, aiming to serve the Latino community of the Hudson Valley with a free Spanish-language magazine. On Tuesday, August 12, the publication will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a benefit party at the Spiegeltent at Bard's Fisher Center. The evening will feature Latino food, live Argentine and Caribbean music, and an art auction of work by local Latin American artists. La Voz will also be honoring inspirational leaders in the Latino community. All proceeds from the event will support the ongoing work of La Voz.
Bard College and the University of Witwatersrand collaborated on an innovative, interdisciplinary workshop on the arts and human rights at the Wits campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 5 to 7. A project of Bard and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, the event featured presentations by curators, practicing artists, legal advocates, and social scientists. The workshop explored the intersections of human rights and the arts, aiming to foster an intellectual community across disciplines and institutions.
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