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Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn Named Finalist for 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award
Daniel Mendelsohn, award-winning author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, has been named a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism for his most recent book, Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture.
Bard's Landscape and Arboretum Program and New York Botanical Garden Offer Continuing Education
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) are offering noncredit continuing education classes at Bard College this winter and spring. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics.
Bard Prison Initiative to Hold Largest Commencement in Its History
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) will hold its 10th commencement on January 26 at the Eastern NY Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York. BPI will award A.A. and B.A. degrees to 60 students, BPI’s largest graduating class. The students include 56 men and four women earning 47 A.A. degrees and 13 B.A. degrees in social studies, literature and the humanities, and mathematics.
C2C Fellows Host Nationwide Screening of The Island President
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s C2C Fellows will host a national screening of the movie The Island President on April 17. The film will be shown on a number of college campuses, and followed by a discussion with award-winning director Jon Shenk, 350.org executive director and cofounder May Boeve, and Bard CEP director Dr. Eban Goodstein.
Bard’s Farm Nurtures Knowledge—and Vegetables
The Bard College Farm started in 2012 with plenty of enthusiasm and financial assistance from Bard students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members. Last season the farm grew 30 kinds of vegetables and had the largest cranberry bog in the Hudson Valley. The farm sells produce to the campus dining service and at a local farmer's market, and offers opportunities for people on and off campus to learn about sustainable agriculture.
Bard Junior Min Kyung Shinn Wins Katherine Lynn Mester Memorial Scholarship
Min Kyung Shinn ’14 is the 2012 recipient of the Katherine Lynn Mester Memorial Scholarship at Bard. Mester was a professional actress, Pilates teacher, and the wife of Joseph Luzzi, Bard College associate professor of Italian studies. The scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit Katherine Mester’s spirit of generosity, kindness, and genuine love of learning.
Bard Senior Maxwell J. McKee Wins Prestigious ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award
Bard College senior Maxwell J. McKee ’13 is one of the recipients of the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for 2012. McKee is a double major in biology and music at Bard College. For his Senior Project in music, he will be performing two full-length piano concerts and is writing an orchestral piece for the American Symphony Orchestra, to be premiered at Bard’s commencement concert in May 2014.
Bard CEP to Host Conference on Waters, Forests, and Communities in Asia
From January 31 to February 2, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) will host a three-day conference on improving the opportunities to link the study of Asia with its natural environment. With support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is exploring opportunities for intensive research, experiential education, service learning, and student and faculty exchange partnerships in China, Japan, and South Korea. Faculty, students and staff from neighboring institutions are invited to participate.
Fisher Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary Year With a Month of Special Performances in April
This April, Bard College is launching a yearlong 10th anniversary celebration of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with a month of music, theater, and dance. Highlights include an all-Wagner concert performed by the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO); a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 performed by members of the ASO and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra; a production of Euripides’ The Bacchae; comic works by Jack Ferver and QWAN Company; Sō Percussion’s Student Concert; the 2013 Bard Faculty Dance Concert; and an evening with author Neil Gaiman and singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.
Bard Professor and Renowned Photojournalist Gilles Peress Exhibits Work in Schenectady
Gilles Peress, Bard College visiting professor of human rights and photography and internationally renowned photojournalist, is exhibiting work in Art or Evidence: The Power of Photojournalism, on view from January 3 through March 10 at the Mandeville Gallery, Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Bard Graduate Center Receives NEA Grant to Support Exhibition
The Bard Graduate Center has received one of 832 Art Works grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The $20,000 grant will support the BGC’s presentation of Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a remarkable but little-known collection of medieval and 18th-century French objects that was the foundation of The Met’s decorative arts collection. The exhibition will open on April 4, 2013.
Telling the Difficult Stories: Gretchen Wilson ’97
Devotees of American Public Media’s Marketplace will be pleased to know that the show’s Africa correspondent is Bard’s very own Gretchen Wilson ’97. During the last eight years, Wilson has established herself as a political reporter who tackles serious labor, economic, and social justice issues.
Student Spotlight: Julia DeFabo ’14
"All those jokes about Bard students always talking about Hannah Arendt or Foucault or Derrida are pretty true," says junior Julia DeFabo. Read Julia's story and other student stories:
Center for Civic Engagement Announces Essay Contest
What does it mean to be human? How can we consider freedom and constraint in the year 2013? Bard's Center for Civic Engagement invites students from the Bard network of institutions to examine these questions in a written essay or multimedia piece for its annual contest. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2013.
The Raptors pulled out a last-minute 47–43 victory against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Arendt, Kafka, Wolff, and the Story Behind an Inscription, by Bard Senior Kerk Soursourian
A handwritten inscription in a copy of Franz Kafka’s The Trial, gifted from publisher Kurt Wolff to Hannah Arendt, stands as a symbol of survival on many levels: from the survival of the names mentioned to the survival of friendship, to the implications of the date. Bard College senior Kerk Soursourian investigates.
Keeping Water Safe: Christophe Chung ’06
Millions around the world consider basic water and sewerage systems a far-off luxury. Fortunately, people such as Christophe Chung ’06, a water supply and sanitation consultant at the World Bank, are helping to bring the life-sustaining liquid to some of the world’s most water-scarce places, North Africa and the Middle East.
Bard Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Reform Commission Recommendation to Fund and Expand Early Colleges
In its recently released report, Putting Students First, Governor Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission recommends the expansion and funding of early college programs in New York State. Bard College, which has run public early college high schools in New York City since 2001, and has been a leading champion of the model, applauds the Commission’s recognition of the importance of early colleges in increasing college access and success, particularly for underserved students.
Bard Professor and Levy Economist Pavlina R. Tcherneva Wins Prestigious Helen Potter Prize
The Association for Social Economics (ASE) has awarded Pavlina R. Tcherneva, research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and assistant professor of economics at Bard, the 2013 Helen Potter Prize. The prize was created and endowed by the ASE in 1975 and is awarded each year to a promising scholar of social economics for authoring the best article in The Review of Social Economy.
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