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New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Visits BHSEC Queens
On Friday, December 20, outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg made what was likely the last speech of his career as mayor at Bard High School Early College Queens. Bloomberg visited schools in the borough, emphasizing the gains made in the city's public education system during his administration. At BHSEC he met up with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who was on his own farewell tour. Bloomberg highlighted BHSEC as a model school, with his office noting on Twitter that the school's graduation rate is 96 percent, compared to 68 percent in all of Queens. Mayor Bloomberg called the students "some of the luckiest kids in the world." BHSEC students receive their high school diploma and associate's degree for free in four years. Read more about the visit below.
Bloomberg's Last Day of School (WNYC)
Mayor makes final speech in Queens on school gains (Times Ledger)
Bloomberg lauds small schools on his final visit as mayor (Gotham Schools)
Chancellor Dennis Walcott's last day while schools in session (ABC)
Video: Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama Delivers Inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum Lecture
On Monday, December 9, the inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum took place at Bard College. In the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela, the forum's focus shifted to examine “Africa’s Future: Mandela, Achebe, and Empowerment in Africa.” President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana delivered the keynote lecture on the topic of “Women in Africa: How the Other Half Lives.” The Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum brings together international leaders and thinkers to discuss Africa’s challenges, in keeping with Professor Chinua Achebe’s life and work. (President Mahama's lecture begins at 1:06:44)
New Album by Dawn Upshaw Nominated for Three Grammy Awards
Winter Morning Walks, a new album by Dawn Upshaw, celebrated soprano and artistic director of the Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, has been nominated for three Grammy awards including Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo.
Student Spotlight: Bard Junior Lucy Flamm
Lucy Flamm '15 is taking full advantage of her college experience. She has obtained funding for internships, started an arts club at Bard, and is studying abroad in London this year. Of Bard students she says, "People learn from each other because everyone is so open about what they’re interested in, and brave enough to challenge each other’s opinions and assertions."
Video: The Language and Thinking Program at Bard College
The Language and Thinking Program is an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences with a particular focus on writing. It is attended by all incoming Bard students during the last three weeks of August. Says Zelda Bas '16: "I like to think of L&T as a VIP sneak peak into what college at Bard will be like ... you come to Bard and the whole campus belongs to the freshman class, so there's a very tight-knit community that's formed during that time."
CCS Bard Library to Receive Archives of Distinguished Curator John G. Hanhardt
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.
Bard Fisher Center Presents Spring Season of Performing Arts Events
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents a full spring season of performing arts events, including jazz, opera, and orchestral concerts, and innovative dance and theater productions, from February through May. Highlights Include Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band, Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, American Symphony Orchestra concerts, An Opera Double Bill, An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith, Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo & Juliet, and dance productions including Joanna Kotze’s it happened it had happened it is happening it will happen and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in residence.
Bard College Baseball Field Construction Under Way
Construction has begun on a new baseball facility at Bard College. Bard restarted its baseball program last season after a 76-year hiatus. Now the college is getting a new field for its new team, thanks to a $2.2 million gift from an anonymous donor. The facility, to be named Honey Field, will give Bard ballplayers a field of their own, after playing home games last season at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill and at Gruner Field in Kingston.
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras Present an Evening of Gamelan Music
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras will host their annual winter concert on Friday, December 6, at Bard College's Olin Hall. The program, featuring Balinese music and dance begins at 8 p.m. under the leadership of artistic director and Balinese master musician, I Nyoman Suadin.
CCS Bard Grad Students Curate Marginalia Exhibition from the Marieluise Hessel Collection
Ten graduate students from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard will curate Marginalia, a new exhibition drawing from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. Marginalia is the first of two exhibitions in an extended exercise in reading and re-reading the permanent collection. The exhibition will open on Thursday, December 12, with a reception from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Bard Senior Jess Lambert Pursues Her Passion for Sustainability
Environmental and urban studies major Jess Lambert '14 came to Bard from the small town of Liberty, New York. As a student representative for the Bard Sustainability Council, she’s committed to improving environmental practices on campus. "I’m glad I found a place that really recognizes the importance of pursuing the work you’re most excited about," she says. "That’s been really empowering for me."
Bard Alumnus Pierre Joris '69 Wins MLA Scaglione Prize for Translation
Bard alumnus and parent Pierre Joris '69 has won the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature. Joris, professor emeritus of the University at Albany, State University of New York, receives the award for his translation of Paul Celan’s The Meridian: Final Version–Drafts–Materials.
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