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The Scone Foundation will honor Dachau archivist Albert Knoll with the 10th annual Archivist of the Year Award. This award recognizes an archivist who has made a contribution to his or her profession or who has provided support to scholars conducting research in history and biography. The special event takes place in Manhattan on Monday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the Bard Graduate Center at 18 West 86th Street, New York, in conjunction with the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.
On Monday, October 5, Bard College will present a talk by financial journalist and editor Carol Loomis to inaugurate the John J. Curran ’75 Lectures in Journalism series. Loomis is the former senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine, and the coiner of the term “hedge fund.” The editor of Warren Buffett's annual shareholder letter, she has been recognized by the New York Times for her success in battling gender stereotypes within the financial-services industry, having started her career in the 1950s as one of only two female reporters at Fortune. The Reformed Broker calls Loomis “a lion of financial journalism,” while ValueWalk celebrates her as “without doubt, the greatest business writer of all time.”
David Brin has been named the first annual National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Brin, an American scientist, award-winning author of science fiction, and leading commentator on the world’s most pressing technological trends, is in residence at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College from Monday, October 5, to Sunday, October 25. As part of Brin’s fellowship, he will mentor selected Bard students on their fiction and nonfiction writing. Brin will also offer a number of lectures and discussions during his residency at Bard. This new annual fellowship has been made possible through an NEH Challenge Grant.
In intercollegiate competition on September 18, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional defeated a team from Harvard University while affirming the resolution: "Resolved: Public schools in the United States should deny enrollment to undocumented students." The prestigious and award-winning panel of judges voted 2-1 in favor of Bard. The event was cosponsored by the Bard Prison Initiative, the Bard Debate Union, and the Center for Civic Engagement. Read more in the Wall Street Journal: "Prison vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate."
The Bard College Debate Union hosted the 2nd Annual Bard College Invitational Tournament in Annandale on the weekend of September 19–20. More than 250 university students and faculty members participated—including eight debaters from the Bard High School Early Colleges in Cleveland and Queens and six students from Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia. Debate topics ranged from voluntourism to emergency relief efforts in natural disasters to the role of the European Union in the current refugee crisis. The tournament culminated on Sunday night in a final round between Cornell University and the University of Vermont on the topic of Afrocentric education in public schools. Cornell was pronounced the winner.
What happens when incarcerated students in the Bard Prison Initiative debate Harvard undergrads? The Wall Street Journal reports on last week's competition and how the Bard Prison Initiative is giving prisoners a chance at a better life.
Eminent scholar Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge, presents The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities at Bard College 2015. The series of lectures, titled Last Words: Roman Epitaphs and Their “Afterlife”, will explore Roman epitaphs and the sensibilities they reveal. The three talks take place September 28–30 in Bard's Olin Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
On August 25, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) held its graduation ceremony on the main campus in Abu Dis. In all, 37 undergraduates and 70 Master of Arts in Teaching students received their Bard and Al-Quds diplomas. In addition to the graduates and hundreds of family members, also in attendance were Al-Quds President Imad Abu-Kishik, Bard College President Leon Botstein, U.S. Consul General Donald Blome, and Bard College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jonathan Becker, as well as representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the Open Society Foundations, and USAID. The highlight of the event was a speech by MAT valedictorian Shireen Irziqat, who spoke of the joys of participating in the program while remaining a full-time teacher and mother of five children.
The Fisher Center presents American Ballet Theatre in its third appearance at Bard College, October 9 – 11. The weekend program features Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, Paul Taylor’s Company B, and a world premiere by Mark Morris, performed in the Fisher Center’s stunning Sosnoff Theater. The engagement will feature ABT principal dancers including Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Maria Kochetkova, and Gillian Murphy as well as Herman Cornejo, Daniil Simkin, and Cory Stearns.
On Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m., the New York State Writers Institute will celebrate Bard's provocative, innovative literary journal Conjunctions with a reading by Bradford Morrow (Conjunctions editor, Bard literature professor, and Bard Center Fellow) and contributing editors Ann Lauterbach (Bard’s David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature) and Peter Straub. The reading will take place at the Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.
On Monday, September 28, Bard alumna Allie Cashel ’13 will read from a memoir of her experience with chronic Lyme disease, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial. The reading is presented by the Written Arts and Biology Programs. A living portrait of chronic Lyme disease and its patients’ struggles for recognition and treatment, Suffering the Silence, originally Allie Cashel’s Senior Project, is now a full-length memoir that details Cashel’s own experience with chronic Lyme and shares the stories of a number of other patients from around the world. Introduced by Mary Caponegro ’78, Bard literature professor, and followed by a Q&A, this event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) and the Art History Program are pleased to announce a major grant from The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. The College has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to support curatorial studies and art history. Alex Kitnick, noted art historian and writer, has been appointed the new Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. This fellowship enables Kitnick to join the College as a full-time faculty member teaching jointly in CCS Bard’s graduate and Bard’s art history undergraduate programs. This joint appointment is the first of its kind in the visual arts at Bard.
Beginning in fall 2015, the Dance Program at Bard College will partner with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) to offer undergraduate dance classes, as well as college-wide forums, workshops, and performances. Allowing for deep integration in Bard’s dance program curriculum as well as the campus community as a whole, the partnership with TBDC will include undergraduate courses in dance technique (for advanced dancers as well as beginning and non-dancers); the licensing of select Trisha Brown works on dance students to be performed annually; master classes; campus-wide events; and the full company in residence for one to three weeks each year. Bard’s collaboration with TBDC will reach across disciplines and programs to involve artists in other College programs and initiatives.
On Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m., Norman Rush, the National Book Award winner and author of Whites, Mating, Mortals, and Subtle Bodies, will read from his work at Bard College. "Rush’s characters want to fall in love, to laugh and enjoy themselves. Their quirks, opinions, compulsions . . . keep us engrossed—along with the clarity and precision of Rush's sentences, the freshness of his observations," wrote Francine Prose in her review of Subtle Bodies in The New York Review of Books.
The White House has announced that the Clemente Course in the Humanities is one of the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources. Through a 20-year partnership with Bard College and other leading colleges and universities, the Clemente Course has offered a tuition-free, college-level course in the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes who have limited access to college education in communities throughout the United States.
Performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” (Dance Magazine), meets middle age head-on in this wild and ebullient triptych that celebrates queerness, art making, and mortality. Age & Beauty will be performed in locations at the Fisher Center at Bard College from Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) for individual performances and $45 ($20 for students) for marathon performances of the complete trilogy. For tickets and program information go to fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office at 845-758-7900.
Jeanne van Heeswijk will give a lecture titled "Acts of Political Uncertainty: Towards a Daily Practice of Resistance," on September 8 at 6:00 pm in the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. Van Heeswijk, 2014-15 Keith Haring Fellow, will demonstrate how active forms of citizenship can engage constituencies and communities in critical public issues. Van Heeswijk will describe how the complexities of our cities can be employed as the performative basis for the production of new forms of sociability, collective ownership, and self-organization.
August 31 marked the first day of classes for the approximately 140 students currently enrolled at Bard College Berlin. Florian Becker, Managing Director, and Catherine Toal, Dean, greeted the students, faculty, and staff at a Welcome Dinner held on September 1 on campus. The students in Bard College Berlin's current cohorts come from remarkably diverse backgrounds and from various countries; these include Georgia, Russia, Iran, the United States, India, Pakistan, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. In all, students represent more than 40 nationalities (click here to see a nationalities map).
Bard senior Andrea Szegedy-Maszak came to Bard intending to be a psychology major. It was in Citizen Science, the three-week science intensive for first-years during winter intersession, that she realized she wanted to study biology. Now Andrea is taking the next step to being a biology teacher: she's enrolled in Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Back in high school, when Betsaida Alcantara was considering college applications, her counselor told her Bard was “too out of reach.” But she applied anyway, and got accepted. Recently, a friend joked that when Alcantara, director of media planning for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was traveling on Air Force One earlier this year, she should have called that counselor from the plane.
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