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On February 19, Bard student and Syria native Sana Mustafa spoke at the United Nations as part of the UN Association of the USA Members' Day. She participated in a panel on the refugee crisis. "We all have names, we have lives, we have dreams," she said. "What you may see as news is not just news—it is our lives." Her speech was met with a standing ovation.
The Bard Debate Union hosted the 5th Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament on February 26. Bard welcomed nearly 100 students and teachers from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Germantown, as well as from Bard Academy at Simon's Rock and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, Queens, and Cleveland.
This summer's Bard Music Festival will explore how Puccini became one of the most successful opera composers of all time despite often being critically underrated. (New York Times)
Bard College has received a $500,000 grant from New York State’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program that will be used to support the renovation of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard). CCS Bard and Hessel Museum of Art are expanding its facility to create a new Visible Collections Storage and Living Archive where work from its Contemporary Art Collection can be placed on permanent public view. New and repurposed classrooms, study, and meeting spaces will allow the rich resources of CCS Bard to be more accessible for students, researchers, and visitors, as well as increase its capability for hosting public receptions, lectures and screenings. This project will transform the way the public and visiting scholars can view the collection.
Bard College will hold its 156th commencement on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Online registration for Commencement and Alumni/ae Reunion Weekend is now open. Highlights include the commencement exercises; a performance by The Orchestra Now, Bard’s newest master's program and training orchestra; and the commencement and reunion barbecue and fireworks display. Join us!
George Tsontakis, distinguished composer in residence at Bard, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to compose multiple sonnet-themed tone poems for a concert series commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Sonnets was "a complete success" at last week's premiere, writes Susan Miron, adding that Tsontakis, "has written a piece that is not just eloquent for the English horn, but also for the whole orchestra." Read more below.
Themed Programs? Play On!
BSO and Bard Full with Feasting
Concert Preview: English Horn Soloist Robert Sheena on Sonnets
The How Institutions Think symposium will focus on different concepts of institution and forms of institutional practice. The event takes place February 24 – 27, 2016, in Arles, France. This symposium addresses the contemporary possibilities and limitations of institutional formats, practices, and imaginaries, but starts from a different place, namely from categories of knowledge, cognition, and the social. This symposium brings together an international and multidisciplinary group of speakers who are invited to reflect upon how institutional practices inform art, curatorial, educational, and research practices as much as they shape the world around us.
On Thursday, February 25, award-winning author Luc Sante, visiting professor of writing and photography at Bard College, will read from his most recent book, The Other Paris. Presented by Bard’s Written Arts Program, the reading takes place at 7:00 p.m. in Bard Hall, and is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Books will be available for sale and signing from Oblong Books & Music.
Bard College junior Harry Johnson has been selected from a pool of 154 candidates to the Allstate Insurance Company National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team, it was announced Tuesday. Johnson was recognized for his work mentoring local youth with Brothers at Bard and Dream to Achieve.
Alexandra Kleeman, Bard Fiction Prize winner and writer in residence at Bard College, will read from her work on Monday, February 15. Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium in Bard’s Reem-Kayden Center. Kleeman received the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize for her debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (Harper 2015). The Bard Fiction Prize committee writes: "Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine wraps a nightmare inside absurdity. It is a novel of alienation, paranoia, anxiety, and dread that puts a smile on your face."
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