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Renowned Writer Neil Gaiman to Join Bard College Faculty as Professor in the Arts
Bard College announces the appointment of Neil Gaiman as Professor in the Arts. Gaiman, who joins the College in the spring semester of 2014 as a member of the Theater and Performance faculty, will teach courses across the Division of the Arts and the Division of Languages and Literature. His first course will be an advanced writing workshop exploring the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today, taught through the Written Arts Program and the Experimental Humanities concentration.
Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman discusses how he began to teach writing at Bard in the spring of 2013.
Latest Issue of Conjunctions Explores Vast World of Animals
Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—gathers writings from many of today’s leading contemporary writers about the vast world of our fellow beasts who occupy the earth, oceans, and sky. A collection of fiction, essays, poems, memoirs, and dialogues, A Menagerie is coedited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, and novelist and 2012 Bard Fiction Prize winner Benjamin Hale. The issue features a previously unpublished conversation about animals between Bradford Morrow and Beat icon William S. Burroughs from 1987.
Bard College Presents Long Game, A New Radio Documentary by Award-Winning Journalist Trey Kay
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Human Rights Project host Trey Kay, award-winning Hudson Valley journalist, who will present his new radio documentary The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom on Thursday, November 7, at 7 pm in Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Bard Faculty Member Judy Pfaff Wins International Sculpture Center's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
Acclaimed sculptor and Bard faculty member Judy Pfaff will receive the International Sculpture Center's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Praised in Sculpture, the magazine of the International Sculpture Center, she is an "artist’s artist, deeply admired, respected, even imitated, by colleagues, youthful peers, and art world insiders." Professor Pfaff shares this honor with sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, and will receive the award at a gala in New York City in the spring of 2014.
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard Ranked Among Art Review's Power 100
In a ranked list of the contemporary art world's most powerful figures, CCS Bard was listed as one of only two schools, noted for an exceptional graduate program training cutting edge curators.
Bard Math Circle Hosts AMC 8 Math Contest for Second Year
The Bard Math Circle will host the AMC 8 Math Contest on Tuesday, November 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bard College. The AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual contest in middle school mathematics sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. In 2012, more than 150,000 students from 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest, including 49 students at Bard College from around the Mid-Hudson Valley. The AMC 8 program at Bard will include an inspirational talk by Bard mathematics professor Sam Hsiao, and a panel discussion for parents entitled "Supporting Your Child as a High Achiever in Math and Science." Click Here to Register
Award-Winning Author and NYU Performance Studies Professor Tavia Nyong’o to Speak at Bard
On Thursday, November 14, Tavia Nyong’o—associate professor of performance studies at New York University and Errol Hill Award winner for best book in African American theatre and performance studies—will speak at Bard College. Nyong’o’s talk, “Epistemology of the Lifeboat: Life of Pi and Queer Fabulation,” is being presented by Bard’s Environmental and Urban Studies Program, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Language and Literature Division, with funding from a Bard College, Mellon-supported course development award. The talk takes place at 4:30 p.m. in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation Room 103 and is free and open to the public.
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Bennett Sims
Author Bennett Sims has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2014. The prize, established in 2001 by Bard College to encourage and support promising young fiction writers, consists of a $30,000 cash award and appointment as writer in residence at the College for one semester. Sims is receiving the prize for his debut novel, A Questionable Shape. In this penetrating novel set in Baton Rouge, Sims writes about a son looking for his undead father and transcends traditional zombie narrative to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss.
Renowned Writer and Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Joins Bard Center for Environmental Policy Advisory Board
Author and climate leader Bill McKibben has joined the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP), an innovative graduate program at Bard that offers master of science degrees in environmental policy and in climate science and policy. McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time magazine called him “the planet’s best green journalist,” and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was “probably the country’s most important environmentalist.”
Bard MAT Graduate Colleen Bucci Named New York State Master Teacher
Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (Bard MAT) graduate Colleen Bucci ’08 has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Bucci is one of 104 educators from four regions to be selected as the first group of New York State Master Teachers. Bucci, who graduated from the Bard MAT Program in 2008, is a biology teacher in the Hyde Park Central School District.
Alumni/ae Day and Family Weekend
Alumni/ae Day and Family Weekend will take place on campus October 25–27. Join us for a variety of events, including What's New at Bard, the Ask the President forum, sample classes, performances by the American Symphony Orchestra, campus tours, and panel discussions. Click below to view the full program.
President Botstein Conducts Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas in Tokyo
On Saturday, October 12, Bard president Leon Botstein conducted the Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas in Tokyo's Metropolitan Art Space as part of the group's 2013 tour of Asia. As guest conductor for the Sinfónica for the third time in less than a year, President Botstein led a very well-received program of Verdi, Mozart, and Shostakovich. President Botstein is the first foreign conductor ever to be invited to conduct the Sinfónica on a tour. The 200 young musicians are part of Venezuela's El Sistema, a youth music education program that incorporates community building and social change. Bard College has formed Take a Stand with the Longy School of Music of Bard College and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in order to support El Sistema for teachers and students in the United States.
Bard Biologist Felicia Keesing on What's to Blame for Lyme Disease Prevalence
Deer are often blamed for the spread of Lyme disease, but researchers now point to the increase in white-footed mice and the decline of their natural predator, the red fox. “It is an animal weed,” says Dr. Keesing of the white-footed mice. “Anything that causes a surge in the population of these mice is something to watch.” (Scientific American)
Former Economist Editor Bill Emmott Presents New Documentary, Girlfriend in a Coma
Bill Emmott, former Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, will present and discuss his new documentary film Girlfriend in a Coma on Thursday, October 17, at 6 pm in the Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Theater, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center at Bard College. Called “beautiful and cruel” by Le Monde, Girlfriend in a Coma—cowritten by Emmott with Annalisa Piras, the film’s director—deals with the current political and economic crisis in Italy.
Bard College Receives Big Read Grant to Help Revitalize Literary Reading Nationwide
Bard College has received a grant of $14,000 to host The Big Read in Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli. The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) managed by Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The local Big Read will focus on Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, and activities will take place from March 15 to May 2, 2014.
Fisher Center Presents the Conservatory Orchestra in Sunday Matinee Concert
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in concert at the Sosnoff Theater on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, the Conservatory Orchestra will perform a program that includes Rossini’s Overture to William Tell; Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141. The concert is part of the Conservatory Sundays series, and all proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Bard Theater and Performance Program Presents Moby Dick—Rehearsed
Students in Bard's Theater and Performance Program present Moby Dick—Rehearsed, October 24–27 in the Fisher Center's LUMA Theater. In this 1955 play by Orson Welles, a company of actors gathers in a rehearsal room to work on an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel. In Welles’s dramatic experiment the rehearsal is the performance, and a door is opened on the act of theatrical creation. Tickets are $15 general admission, and free for the Bard Community. Reservations are required.
Distinguished Curator John G. Hanhardt Donates Personal Archives to CCS Bard
The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) has acquired the archives of John G. Hanhardt, noted film and media arts curator. The donation builds on CCS Bard’s initiative to build a unique research collection comprising the personal papers and archives of innovative and influential contemporary art curators, art dealers, critics, galleries and alternative art spaces. The donation also supports CCS Bard’s 20th Anniversary Next Decade campaign, which aims to raise funds over the next ten years to maintain the school’s internationally renowned, world-class faculty and research and exhibition center.
Bard Prison Initiative Expands with New Sites, Consortium Conference, and New Faculty
The Bard Prison Initiative is expanding. This summer the program opened two new campuses in New York State, one of which restored BPI's program for women after Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan was closed after Hurricane Sandy. BPI has more students enrolled in its programs and a more diverse array of classes than ever before. In June, the program hosted a conference on the liberal arts in prison with its growing consortium of national partner organizations. BPI has also hired three new site directors, all of whom are Bard alumni/ae: classicist Rana Al-Saadi Liebert '01, writer Joe Vallese '06, and sculptor Pamela J. Wallace '87.
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