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Bard Photography Students, Staff, and Faculty Exhibit in JFK's Delta Lounge
If you are a Delta Air Lines passenger at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, you may find yourself captivated by a striking series of images in the new international terminal. Paper airplanes whizzing over a field of dandelion seed heads, a tiny airplane and cotton clouds in the palm of a hand, an azure sky and a map of the world—students, staff, and faculty in the Bard Photography Program created these pieces, and they will be on display in the new Sky Club through August.
Bard Fiction Prize Winner Bennett Sims to Give Reading at Bard College on February 24
Bennett Sims, Writer in Residence at Bard College, will read from his work on Monday, February 24. Sims received the 2014 Bard Fiction Prize for his debut novel, A Questionable Shape. In this penetrating story set in Baton Rouge, about a son looking for his undead father, Sims transcends traditional zombie narrative to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss. Sims is at Bard for the spring 2014 semester.
Keith Haring Foundation Donates $400,000 to Establish Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College
The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College are pleased to announce the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism. Made possible through a five year-grant of $80,000 per year, the Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual, visiting fellowship for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College.
Bard Faculty Member and Celebrated Soprano Dawn Upshaw Wins Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo
At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles, Dawn Upshaw, celebrated soprano and artistic director of The Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, won the Grammy Award for best classical vocal solo, one of three Grammy Awards awarded to Winter Morning Walks, the monumental collaboration between Upshaw and jazz composer Maria Schneider. The album also won for best contemporary classical composition and best engineered album, classical, and also was cited as one of the projects by David Frost, who won the Grammy for producer of the year, classical.
Bard College Hosts U.S.–Russia Joint/Dual Degree Conference
Bard College will host a U.S.–Russia Joint/Dual Degree Conference from Thursday, January 30, to Saturday, February 1. The conference, funded by the Eurasia Foundation, will bring together institutions of higher education that have existing or emerging joint and/or dual degree partnership programs in the United States and Russia. The conference aims to further cooperation among institutions and to begin steps toward the development of a professional network of institutions with shared interests.
Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band Perform with Claudette Sierra at the Fisher Center
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and Catskill Jazz Factory present Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band featuring vocalist Claudette Sierra on Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater. Fusing strands of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music, SYOTOS boasts stars from the ensembles of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto.
Bard Works Provides Career Development for Juniors and Seniors
The weeklong Bard Works program began on Sunday, January 19, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable career tools as they near graduation. Juniors and seniors participate in a series of workshops, networking events, and other professional development activities. With the support of mentors from the campus community and beyond, students hone their business etiquette and job searching skills, work on public speaking and workplace leadership, and explore how to translate their undergraduate education to the global marketplace.
Bard Observes Martin Luther King Day with Volunteer Activities
Bard participated in the nationwide Martin Luther King Day of Service on Saturday, January 18. More than 300 first-year students—who are on campus for three weeks of Citizen Science courses—marked the occasion by participating in volunteer activities and trainings on campus and at 25 sites in the Hudson Valley. Organized by the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard, events included a social justice workshop for Bard students in the Campus Center, several campus activities for local Girl Scouts led by Bard students, a recycling day for electronic waste in Red Hook, and a junior detectives event at the Tivoli Library.
Students Give TED Talks a New Spin with Bard Talks
On Sunday, January 19, Bard's Office of Student Activities held it’s inaugural first-year lecture series, Bard Talks, inspired by the widely known TED Talks conferences. Six students presented on a range of topics that showcased social and political issues of global concern, as well as ways to engage with those issues on campus. Topics addressed included malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, food initiatives at Bard, climate change, organ trafficking, and information security. Bard Talks took place in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day of Service and the Citizen Science program. The event was well attended by students and faculty at the Bito Auditorium in the Reem-Kayden Center.
Bard College Participates in Project Interchange Visit to Israeli Universities
Dean Michèle Dominy visited universities in Israel earlier this month as part of a delegation of nine college administrators invited by Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of the American Jewish Committee. The seminar was designed to examine the complex issues facing Israel and the region at a time when many campuses are giving attention to the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. Participants in the delegation met with Jewish, Arab Israeli, and Palestinian senior officials, and also with nongovernmental organizations, media, and community and university leaders. The programming explored academic and student exchanges, research collaboration, and technology transfer. Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University were among the sites visited. Participants also traveled to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leaders.
Bard Center for Environmental Policy to Host C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop February 14–16
During the weekend of February 14–16, Bard College will host the third annual Northeast regional C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop. Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) and dean of the Bard MBA in Sustainability, the three-day workshop offers training to college students and recent graduates aspiring to become sustainability leaders in politics and business.
Charles Esche to Receive the 2014 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from CCS Bard
Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, codirector of Afterall Publishing, and curator of the 2014 Sao Paulo Bienal, is the recipient of the 2014 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. The award, which includes a prize of $25,000, will be presented at a gala celebration and dinner on April 2 in New York City. Esche is the seventeenth recipient of the award.
Bard Sophomore Troy Simon Speaks at White House Forum on Education Access, Introduces Michelle Obama
Bard College sophomore Troy Simon spoke at a White House forum on expanding college opportunity, introducing First Lady Michelle Obama and receiving recognition from the first lady as well as President Barack Obama. Simon joined educators, policy experts, elected officials, and other student leaders on Thursday, January 16, for a series of panels and speeches that addressed lack of access to higher education in the United States for poor and minority students. President Obama announced an expanded national college access initiative at the event, with more than 100 colleges and 40 institutions participating.
Fisher Center Announces Major Funding from the Mellon Foundation to Support New Choreographic Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to support residencies for six choreographers over four years as part of Live Arts Bard (LAB). LAB, a program of the Fisher Center, provides residencies for American artists and ensembles making work that spans and transcends the fields of theater, performance, dance, music, film, and live art. The Mellon Foundation grant significantly expands the program’s capacity to integrate choreographers into the life of the College, with opportunities for choreographers to work with students in a variety of arts and non-arts disciplines.
Biologist Bruce Robertson's Research Shows There's More to Biofuel Production Than Yield
Biology faculty member Bruce Robertson has coauthored a paper showing that perennial grasses can effectively be used as biomass crops while preserving species and ecosystem services. While corn leads biomass crops by yield, that high production comes at a high price for the environment. This research is part of Professor Robertson's ongoing collaboration with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University.
Read the article in PNAS.
Learn more about the story from the National Science Foundation.
Bard College Announces the Marshall & Sterling Scholarship for Undergraduate Economics Majors
Bard College announces a new scholarship for students wishing to study economics. Marshall & Sterling Insurance has given $20,000 to the College in order to fund the first year of the Marshall & Sterling Scholarship for Undergraduate Economics Majors. This scholarship supports Bard’s ongoing commitment to a need-blind admissions policy.
Women's Soccer Team Wins Silver Ethics and Sportsmanship Award
The Bard College women's soccer team has won a Silver Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior, and adherence to the laws of the game. The Ethics Award follows on the heels of the NSCAA Academic Award the team received in November for having a team GPA of 3.0 or above.
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