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This fall, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, performance art, and theater programs. Highlights of the fall season include the 75th anniversary season of American Ballet Theatre; the inaugural season of The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein, music director; singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra; Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, a unique event developed specifically for the Bard campus; the world premiere of choreographer Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty Part 3 and the premiere performances of the full trilogy; the U.S. premiere screening of Life and Times Episodes 7-9 by avant-garde theater ensemble Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Neil Gaiman in conversation with Armistead Maupin; Conservatory Sunday Series; a special holiday production of Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson; and a variety of student performances.
Bard College associate professor of psychology Kristin Lane, as well as Jin Goh '12 and Douglas Gazarian '13, were among 270 researchers who participated in the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science. The four-year study, published in Science, found that among replications of 100 published findings in three prominent psychology journals, fewer than half produced the same findings as the original study.
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been named a winner of the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute. The award carries a prize of $25,000 and recognizes entrepreneurs across the country who are working toward innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing social problems. BPI and four other winners will be honored at an awards banquet on November 9. Howard Husock wrote for Forbes about the award and BPI's work, in which Bard alumnus and BPI founder Max Kenner '01 explains why prisoners should have the opportunity to get a college education.
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is now accepting applications for its free college-level course in the humanities this fall in Kingston, New York. The course offers a rigorous introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost, and tuition, books, and childcare will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from October 1 to May 31, at the Kingston Library.
Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation to support BPI’s pioneering work for higher education in prison and innovations in criminal justice reform. The two-year grant will allow BPI to expand its core operations, including support for national replication efforts, advocacy work, and reentry programs. During the past two years, the Ford Foundation has become a stalwart partner and supporter of BPI’s efforts to expand opportunities for rigorous higher education in prison and innovative reentry support.
Bard has been awarded a $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the launch of an innovative Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies and its resultant ensemble, The Orchestra Now (TON). This unique training orchestra and master’s degree program provides musicians with professional-level orchestral training that is integrated into the interdisciplinary graduate study of music’s place in culture and history. The program is designed to prepare select conservatory graduates for the challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra and to produce scholars and advocates of classical and contemporary music as well as practiced members of a top grade orchestra. Musicians receive three years of advanced orchestral training and take graduate-level courses in orchestral and curatorial studies, leading to a Master of Music degree. Funding from the Mellon grant will help to support student stipends, curriculum development, and salary and honoraria for visiting faculty and lecturers.
The Bard College Conservatory of Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, featuring three special anniversary concerts in September. On September 3 the Conservatory will celebrate the gift of seven historic pianos with a concert featuring pianists Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu, with commentary by President Leon Botstein. Then, on September 22, Conservatory faculty and students will perform the works of Joseph Haydn in the opening concert of the three-part Haydn Project. Finally, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will perform with her band and the Conservatory Orchestra on September 26 in a concert to benefit the Conservatory.
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