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Bard High School Early College Math Professor and Bard Alumnus Wins Blackboard Teaching Award
Bard alumnus Ben Rubenstein '04 MAT '06, a member of the mathematics faculty at BHSEC Manhattan, has received a 2013 Blackboard Teaching Award. Presented by Manhattan Media, the United Federation of Teachers, Columbia Teachers College, and the New School, the Blackboard Awards honor outstanding educators from all grade levels and education communities.
SummerScape Preview: President Botstein on the Russian Opera Oresteia
Bard president and SummerScape music director Leon Botstein reveals the history of Sergey Taneyev's neglected opera Oresteia. This summer's production at the Fisher Center is the first time the work has been fully staged outside of Russia since its 1895 premiere. It is, President Botstein says, "a hidden masterpiece of Russian music . . . This is something you can't see any place else in the world and probably will never see again."
Bard College to Host Academic Exchange Program on Foreign Policy with U.S. State Department
Bard College is hosting a multinational group of 16 university-level scholars and educators for a six-week academic exchange program from June 23 to August 5, 2013. Entitled “Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy,” this Study of the U.S. Institute is designed to foster a better understanding in academic institutions overseas of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught.
Bard College and Soochow University in China Agree to Comprehensive Partnership
Bard College and Soochow University in Suzhou, China, have agreed to a comprehensive partnership that will include a joint program between the Soochow University School of Music and The Bard College Conservatory of Music, an exploration leading to the creation of The Bard College Liberal Arts Academy in Soochow University, and a student exchange between Soochow University and Bard College.
Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Bard's Clemente Course
Bard College's Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free program for low-income students, has received a $2,475 grant from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. The funds will support transportation for participants in the 2013–2014 course in Kingston, New York. The Clemente Course has locations around the United States and internationally, offering a yearlong, accredited, college-level program in classic works of literature, history, and philosophy.
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Bard Fiction Prize Submission Deadline Is July 15
The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded annually to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger. Winners receive a monetary award and an appointment as writer in residence at Bard for one semester. Applications for the 2014 prize are due by July 15, 2013.
Video: Director Thaddeus Strassberger Previews the Bard SummerScape Opera, Oresteia
Three-time SummerScape opera director Thaddeus Strassberger returns for a fourth season to direct Oresteia, a powerful Greek tragedy adapted by Russian composer Sergey Taneyev. Strassberger discusses the cultural interplay of the opera, and finding joy in this story of the accursed House of Atreus. Performances July 26 – Aug 4
Bard’s Beloved Spiegeltent Returns for SummerScape 2013 with Cutting-Edge Performances
The opening of the 2013 Bard SummerScape festival on Friday, July 5, signals the return of the authentic Belgian Spiegeltent. The luxurious “tent of mirrors” affords a sumptuous and magical environment in which to enjoy cutting-edge cabaret and world-class live music, plus spectacular circus acts, dancing, and dining throughout the seven-week festival (July 5 – August 18).
Bard College and Ulster County BOCES to Host Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle Summer Intensive
From July 1–3, Bard College and Ulster County BOCES will host the Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle Summer Intensive, a three-day session linking problem solving and enrichment activities to the new Middle School Mathematics Common Core Standards. The program takes place at Bard College and is free and open to all mid-level math teachers, mathematics professors, and mathematicians in the Mid-Hudson region.
SummerScape Preview: Director János Szász on The Master and Margarita
This year's SummerScape theater production, The Master and Margarita, is a world premiere adaptation by János Szász and Gideon Lester. In this interview Szász, who also directs the production, discusses the original novel by Mikhail Bulgakov and the author's struggle to work in Stalin's Soviet Union. Performances take place July 11–21.
Bard CEP Director Goodstein Looks to Future as Atmosphere Passes CO2 Milestone
As the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passes 400 parts per million, Eban Goodstein reflects on the past course of climate change and possible sustainable futures. Dr. Goodstein directs the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.
President Botstein Talks about Composer Igor Stravinsky and the Bard Music Festival
Bard College president and Bard Music Festival artistic codirector Leon Botstein looks at the reception of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which premiered a century ago in Paris, and gives a preview of this year's festival. Stravinsky and His World will explore the composer's legacy, his influences, and his contemporaries in a series of concerts, panels, and lectures, August 9–11 and 16–18.
Bard SummerScape Preview: Bill T. Jones on New Dance/Theater Work, A Rite
Choreographer and Bard resident artist Bill T. Jones talks about A Rite—a new work by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company—and the significance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. "The Rite of Spring as a premiere in May of 1913 in Paris set a kind of high water mark for progressive arts in the 20th century," he says, "and we're still feeling it today."
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann Awarded President's Medal by Columbia University Teachers College
Bard College faculty member and Bard Prison Initiative distinguished fellow Ellen Condliffe Lagemann delivered the keynote address at Columbia University Teachers College's celebration of its 125th anniversary in April. Lagemann was awarded the President's Medal of Excellence in recognition of her "passionate commitment to make education a civic force and to reanimate universities as institutions that illuminate and transform lives and societies."
Bard Premieres Original Stage Adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Seminal Novel, The Master and Margarita
Bard SummerScape presents the world premiere of an original stage adaptation of The Master and Margarita (1937) by Mikhail Bulgakov, one of the greatest and most beloved Russian novels of the 20th century. SummerScape’s theatrical adaptation—an exploration of miracles, madness, and the magic of theater itself—comes courtesy of visionary Hungarian director János Szász in collaboration with Gideon Lester, director of Bard’s Theater Programs. The Master and Margarita will be presented in 10 performances between July 11 and 21.
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