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2015 Eugene Meyer Lecture: Professor Mark Lytle, Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies
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CCS Bard Presents New Exhibits Featuring Works by Helen Marten and Haim Steinbach
CCS Bard presents two new exhibitions this summer showcasing the work of Haim Steinbach and Helen Marten. Steinbach's once again the world is flat. is expansive, including paintings and installations from his 40-year career. Marten's No borders in a wok that can’t be crossed is the British artist's first exhibition in the United States. Curated by Beatrix Ruf, it is also the first major collaboration between CCS Bard and the Kunsthalle Zürich.
Emerging as a Playwright in Prison: Manuel Borras Oliveras ’08
Since graduating from the Bard Prison Initiative, the writing career of Manuel Borras Oliveras ’08 has blossomed. He has been accepted to the Public Theater's prestigious 2013 Emerging Writers Group, a selective program created to nurture the work of new playwrights. Of his Bard education behind bars, Oliveras says, “It opened up my worldview. It introduced me to writers like John Dewey, Plato, Shakespeare. I met professors who had written books, and I could sit down and talk to them. At those moments I felt totally free.”
Too Busy to Think: Hannah Arendt on the Need for Contemplation
Hannah Arendt wrote, after moving to the United States, “One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy ... ” Reflecting on Arendt's experience of Americans as isolated by their own absent mindedness, Arendt Center fellow Thomas Wild makes the case for leisure and contemplation in response to a culture of distraction.
Scheetz Finishes 11th in Steeplechase Final at NCAA Championships
Bard College graduating senior Perry Scheetz placed 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 25. She was the first Bard student athlete to ever qualify for the National Championships. As a graduate, this was Scheetz's last race. She will next pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at Dartmouth College.
Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle at Bard Announces 63rd Concert Season
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle series at Bard presents three concerts in June by world-renowned musicians. The Daedalus Quartet, Miami String Quartet, and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform Saturday evening concerts on June 8, 22, and 29 in Olin Hall.
Model United Nations Team Finishes Season with Top 50 National Ranking
The Bard Model United Nations Team finished the 2012-2013 season with a top 50 national ranking—one of only a handful of liberal arts colleges to do so. Team members performed well, winning awards in several tournaments.
Bard Faculty Members and Visiting Artists Win Obie Awards
Bard faculty member Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Bard College Berlin's David Levine, and visiting artists Nature Theater of Oklahoma were honored at the Obie Awards in New York City on Monday, May 20. Bard playwright in residence Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas received an Obie Grant for his company Fulcrum Theater; Bard College Berlin faculty member David Levine was honored for Habit; and Live Arts Bard visiting artists Nature Theater of Oklahoma won for Life and Times: Episodes 1-4. The Obies recognize excellence in off-Broadway theater, and are given annually by the Village Voice.
Dual Passions for Economics and Math: Alina and Janeta Marinova ’06
Depending on one’s viewpoint, it would seem either incongruous or quite likely that twins would study the same subjects at the same college. But for Alina and Janeta Marinova ’06, a double major in economics and mathematics at Bard was simply something both of them wanted to pursue. Here, they talk about their time at Bard and where their careers have taken them since then.
Bard Literary Journal Conjunctions Publishes In Absentia
Conjunctions:60, In Absentia—the latest issue of Bard's innovative literary magazine—gathers a collection of today’s leading contemporary writers to explore the presence of absence, the losses that gain on us, the black holes in our everyday lives. Edited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, the issue includes work by Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Coover, Frederic Tuten, and many others. Visit their website to read excerpts.
From Baghdad to Bard: Iraqi Refugee Finds Home in Science Research
Biochemist Raed Al-Abbasee ’13 took an unlikely path to Bard. Fleeing the escalating violence in Iraq in the midst of his medical school training, Raed connected with Bard and received a scholarship to continue his studies. Bard chemistry professor Swapan Jain writes about Raed's time at the College as the senior prepares to graduate.
Bard Student Athletes, Teams Honored at Annual Athletics Awards Event
The Bard College Department of Athletics and Recreation honored student athletes, teams, and staff at the annual Athletics Awards event on the evening of May 8. Click below for a complete list of award winners.
Bard Conservatory Orchestra Celebrates the 24th Bard Music Festival in Concert at Lincoln Center
The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, under music director Leon Botstein, returns to Lincoln Center to celebrate the 24th annual Bard Music Festival “Stravinsky and His World” in a program of works by Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev, with violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi, a member of the Bard faculty, as soloist. The program includes Stravinsky’s Fireworks, Op. 4; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10 in E Minor, Op. 93; and Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1. The concert will be performed at Alice Tully Hall on Wednesday, May 22, at 7 p.m.
Zeitgeist Films and Arendt Center Present Official U.S. Opening of Hannah Arendt Biopic
In conjunction with Zeitgeist Films, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College presents the official U.S. opening of the film Hannah Arendt on Wednesday, May 29, at Film Forum in New York City. The screening will be followed by a discussion with director Margarethe von Trotta, screenwriter Pam Katz, and actors Barbara Sukowa (Hannah Arendt) and Janet McTeer (Mary McCarthy).
Video: Junior Samuel Pratt on Combining Dance and Philosophy
Dance/philosophy double major Samuel Pratt ’14 talks about the interdisciplinary study opportunities at Bard, and how his two chosen fields illuminate each other. "What I knew was that any academic pursuit was going to be integral to my growth and evolution as an artist," he says.
On July 6, A Rite by Bill T. Jones/Anne Bogart Celebrates Centenary of The Rite of Spring
The Bard SummerScape festival opens on Saturday, July 6 at 8pm, with A Rite, a major new dance-theater piece by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company. Co-commissioned by SummerScape and created by Bill T. Jones and Anne Bogart '74, two titans of American performing arts, A Rite commemorates the centenary of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring and its notorious, game-changing Paris premiere.
Raptors Finish Historic 2013 Season with Split
Bard College's first varsity baseball season in 76 years ended on Friday, May 3. The Raptors split a doubleheader with The City College of New York to close out the season.
The Fisher Center Presents The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra on May 11
The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by music director Leon Botstein, is back on stage at the Fisher Center for its final concert of the semester on Saturday, May 11. Called a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” by Vienna Express, violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi will perform Violin Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev. The program celebrates the theme for this summer’s Bard Music Festival, “Stravinsky and His World,” and proceeds from the concert benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
SummerScape Presents First Full U.S. Staging of Taneyev’s Oresteia Plus Three Stravinsky Operas
Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival has established itself as “a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure” (New York Times). This year’s exploration of “Stravinsky and His World” is no exception, with performances of Taneyev’s Oresteia (July 26–Aug 4), and three Stravinsky operas: Oedipus Rex and Perséphone (Aug 18) and Mavra (Aug 11).
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