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Bard's Fisher Center Presents Elephant Room
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the sublime comedy, Elephant Room. Three magicians. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence. It’s time to make it all add up in the Elephant Room. Elephant Room will be performed at the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater, December 13–15.
Interview: Saim Saeed ’13 Talks about How Bard Prepared Him for a Career in Journalism
A political studies and philosophy major, Bard College alumnus Saim Saeed ’13 won a Davis Projects for Peace Award for his project, “Living Together—Navigating Common Grounds: A MENA-EU Initiative” in Istanbul, Turkey. In May 2012, during his junior year at Bard, the New York Times published his op-ed essay "Shouting in the Mirror." After graduating from Bard College, Saeed went to work as a writer for the American Interest. In this interview, he talks about the importance of his study abroad experience at Bard.
Bard Graduate Dan Cline ’08: Making a Difference for Ukraine’s Youth
Bard alumnus Dan Cline '08 has been volunteering with the Peace Corps in Ukraine for more than a year. He currently lives and works in the town of Haisyn, where he teaches English as a second language to primary and secondary school students at the Haisyn School-Gymnasium. Shocked to find that the classrooms had no dictionaries, Cline is raising funds to provide better learning tools for Haisyn’s students and teachers. He has also organized English language clubs at the school and has been offering extra tutoring to students. Cline acts as vice president of the Peace Corps Gender and Development Working Group in the region, and as secretary of the HIV/AIDS Working Group. He is also involved in groups for Technology for Development and the National Olympiad.
Cline also recently received a Small Project Assistance Program grant through USAID for his keystone Peace Corps service project. With this grant, Cline will organize and oversee the construction of an outdoor athletic complex on the school grounds, which will be open to the larger community. The project will also involve Cline's Young Volunteers' Club, and will make available healthy lifestyle education for students. Cline has recently garnered media attention in Ukraine for his varied and committed work on behalf of young people in Haisyn, including interviews published in The Tribune of Labor and the Haisyn Herald.
Solar-Powering Cambodia: Daniel Pacheco ’07
When Daniel Pacheco ’07 accepted a job through Engineers Without Borders to work in Cambodia, he had no idea that he would end up launching his own sustainable energy company there. Four years later, he's helping to bring energy independence to communities throughout the country. Working with Cambodian colleagues, Pacheco installs solar in homes, orphanages, and clinics, and makes sure these systems are sustainable for local people in the long term.
Bard Soccer Teams Earn NSCAA Academic Awards
The Bard College men's and women's soccer teams have earned Team Academic Awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the 2012–13 academic year. Bard's men's team had a cumulative GPA of 3.39, highest among all Liberty League schools. Bard's women's soccer team had a 3.26 cumulative GPA. Nationally, 862 teams qualified with GPAs of 3.0 or higher, but only 182 institutions had both the men's and women's programs recognized.
ECLA of Bard Is Now Bard College Berlin
ECLA of Bard has now become Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University. The change of name signals the institutional affiliation to Bard College in Annandale. Bard College Berlin is a German university recognized by the Senate of Berlin, with a faculty active in teaching and research and trained at the most renowned universities in Europe and the U.S. Bard College Berlin offers an intensive program in intellectual history together with the opportunity to specialize in a specific discipline of the humanities or social sciences.
Bard Prison Initiative Receives Grants to Open New Campus, Support Women's Program
The Bard Prison Initiative has received two significant grants that will further the program's work with incarcerated students in New York State. A $134,000 grant from the Nancy and Edwin Marks Family Foundation will fund the launch of a new campus this fall at Fishkill Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison for men in Beacon. A $150,000 three-year grant from the New York Community Trust will fund undergraduate college degree courses and reentry support for BPI’s program for incarcerated women. The largest program of its kind in the United States, BPI has awarded 250 degrees and educated more than 500 students. Read more about grants from the Nancy and Edwin Marks Family Foundation and New York Community Trust.
Bard Men's Basketball Team Wins Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament
The Bard College men's basketball team started the 2013–14 season with a splash last weekend when it won the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament. After upending tournament host Connecticut College on Saturday night, the Raptors defeated Suffolk University, 85–75, in the championship game on Sunday. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which increases cancer awareness and raises funds in support of cancer research and education.
Interview: Bard President Leon Botstein on the New Bard Entrance Examination
President Botstein talks about Bard's fresh look at college admissions, the evolving job market, and the future of higher education in this Huffington Post interview. "Learning, like love, death and eating, are fundamental human activities," says President Botstein. "It's at the core of human existence and its character has a resilience of continuity that is part of what makes up human nature."
Bard Fisher Center Initiates New Performing Arts Collaboration With Red Hook Schools
Bard's Fisher Center has launched a pilot program to provide new arts education opportunities for Red Hook students. Working in collaboration with the Red Hook Central School District, the Fisher Center is inviting students to participate in a range of performing arts activities, including attending open rehearsals, plays, concerts, and master classes, and staging performances by Red Hook students in theater, choral, and band programs in the Fisher Center’s theaters.
An Interview with Journalist and Bard Alumnus Matt Taibbi '92
Journalist Matt Taibbi ’92 has emerged as one of the shrewdest, most tenacious reporters of our nation’s financial system and politics. In this interview with William Stavru '87, he discusses financial regulation, the multiparty system, and the state of journalism today.
Leading Economists and Policymakers Discuss Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and Austerity at Levy Economics Institute Conference in Athens
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College gathered high-level policymakers, distinguished economists, and leading banking and investment professionals at the conference “The Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and the Experience of Austerity,” in Athens, Greece, November 8–9. The conference was organized as part of the Levy Institute’s international research agenda and in conjunction with the Ford Foundation Project on Financial Instability. Click below to listen to conference audio.
Bard Students Named to Liberty League Fall All-Academic Teams
Twenty-four Bard College students have been named to the Liberty League 2013 Fall All-Academic Teams. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic team, a student athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20. The Liberty League's fall championship sports include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball.
Justin Gallanter ’34: Recollections of St. Stephen’s
On a foggy January day in northernmost Vermont, Justin Gallanter ’34 recounted his memories of his years at St. Stephen’s College, the precursor to Bard: “At a school with 100 students and a faculty of maybe 15, there were no secrets.” His gaze was clear, his memory sharp, and his presence, as the last known living St. Stephen’s alumnus, a bridge to the past.
Rethinking Math and Science Classrooms: BHSEC Hosts Third Annual Breakfast and Commentary
Remarks from the panelists at this year's breakfast and commentary were wide-ranging and well delivered. A great deal of emphasis was placed on the necessity of students embracing ambiguity and uncertainty in the classroom. Accomplished panelists represented BHSEC math and science faculty, and were joined by Leon Botstein, president of Bard College.
Bard College Contemporary Fiction Series Presents a Reading by Eleanor Catton
Bard College presents a reading by Eleanor Catton on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bard Chapel. Catton recently became, at 28, the youngest person to ever receive the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries, which is also the longest book to receive the prize. Catton will read from The Luminaries at this event. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Bard College Launches New Early College in Partnership with Harlem Children’s Zone
Bard College is pleased to announce the opening of its newest early college campus: the Bard Early College at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy. This early college program, created through a partnership between Bard College and the Harlem Children’s Zone, will provide high school students in the HCZ Promise Academy charter schools the opportunity to take undergraduate seminars taught by college professors and to earn up to a year of tuition-free Bard College credits concurrently with a high school diploma.
Bard's Own La Voz Magazine Now a Contributor to HuffPost Voces
Bard College students Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 founded La Voz magazine in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project. Their goal was to serve the Hispanic community of the Mid–Hudson Valley with a free, Spanish-language publication featuring cultural content, news, and empowering information. This award-winning publication has grown to a circulation of 5,000 and an estimated readership of 20,000. Recently, La Voz joined the Spanish-language HuffPost Voces section of the Huffington Post as a contributor.
Senior Close-Up: Julia DeFabo
Senior Julia DeFabo's Bard experience has taken her to unexpected places. A student athlete playing for Bard's tennis team, she came to the College planning to study sociology or human rights. Instead she developed an unexpected interest in African art, particularly how it is curated and discussed from a Western perspective. The Pennsylvania native has since studied in France and Senegal and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in African art history after graduation.
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