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Bard College Presents Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture on March 6
Bard College presents renowned psychologist Laurie R. Santos, who will deliver the 10th Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture. Santos, associate professor at Yale University and director of Yale Comparative Cognition Laboratory (CapLab), will give a talk, “The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Primates,” on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College. This event is free and open to the public. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Meeting of the Bard Undergraduate Network
From February 9 to 12, faculty and administrators of undergraduate institutions in the Bard network met at Bard College Berlin to discuss collaboration, to enhance and deepen relations, and to share best practices. Representatives from Al-Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College in Annandale, Bard College Berlin, Bard College at Simon's Rock, European Humanities University (Vilnius), and Smolny College participated. The project is supported by the International Higher Education Support Programme of the Open Society Foundation, and by Bard College's Center for Civic Engagement.
Bard College Landscape and Arboretum Program and New York Botanical Garden to Offer Continuing Education Classes
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) are offering noncredit continuing education classes on gardening at Bard College this winter and spring. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics.
Twenty Bard Student-Athletes Qualify for Liberty League Winter All-Academic Teams
Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King announced that 234 winter sport student-athletes have qualified for the league's All-Academic Teams in their respective sports. Twenty Bard student-athletes are on the list. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20.
The Big Read Comes to the Hudson Valley Featuring Housekeeping by Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author, Marilynne Robinson
The Big Read comes to Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster Counties through a unique partnership between Bard College and the Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli libraries. Beginning in March 2014, The Big Read spans six weeks of activities, performances, and discussions exploring Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Marilyn Robinson’s Housekeeping.
Bard Presents “Colors Through the Darkness: Three Generations Paint and Write for Justice”
On Monday, March 10, at Bard College, Raquel Partnoy, Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria—three generations of women from a remarkable Argentinian family whose lives were brutally and forever changed by state terrorism during the military rule in Argentina in the late 1970s and early 1980s—will share their art, writing, memories, and commentary on the continuing struggles for justice in Argentina.
The Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program Presents An Opera Double Bill
The Graduate Vocal Arts Program of The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents two professionally staged one-act operas, including the world premiere of Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger, conducted by Carl Christian Bettendorf; and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, conducted by James Bagwell. The production is directed by Nicholas Muni and features the talented singers of the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the musicians of the Conservatory Orchestra. All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s scholarship fund. Evening and matinée opera performances will take place in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on March 14 and March 16.
Bard Math Circle to Host the Purple Comet Math Meet for Middle School Students
This semester, the Bard Math Circle will be hosting the Purple Comet Math Meet for middle school students. Unlike other mathematics competitions at the middle school level, the Purple Comet gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams of up to six. The contest covers topics seldom included in the normal curriculum, including set theory and elementary number theory, and poses exceptionally challenging problems. A series of practice sessions in the spring will culminate in the final contest, which will take place during the first week of April.
Gov. Cuomo Announces Support for Prison Education, Cites Bard Prison Initiative as Model
Gov. Cuomo took a bold step on prison education last week when he announced new support in 10 state prisons for college degree programs modeled on the Bard Prison Initiative. Education in prison has proven cost effective—dramatically reducing recidivism rates by giving former prisoners the tools they need to find jobs and be successful after their release. (New York Times)
Bard Fisher Center Presents Nilaja Sun in an Open Rehearsal of Pike Street
After sold-out performances at the Fisher Center with her tour-de-force No Child . . . , Nilaja Sun returns to Bard to develop Pike Street, a new play about a Lower East Side family during the “storm of the century.” Her work-in-progress residency will culminate in this open rehearsal. The performance is directed by Ron Russell and presented by Live Arts Bard, Bard College’s residency and commissioning program for the performing arts. It takes place in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion with the artists.
Mid–Hudson Valley Students Participate in National Math Competition at Bard College
On Wednesday, February 19, 23 local high school and middle school students participated in the 15th annual American Mathematics Contest 10 at Bard College. The students competed for local, regional, and national awards as individuals and for their schools. The nationwide contest aims to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through problem solving competitions. In 2013, more than 220,000 students from 4,200 schools participated in the AMC 10 and AMC 12 contests. This is the first year that the AMC 10 has been offered at Bard College, as a Bard Math Circle program. The Bard Math Circle is a collaborative effort between Bard math faculty and students to bring math enrichment activities to Hudson Valley youth.
Bard Early College High Schools, Coming Soon to Cleveland, Treat Students and Education Seriously
A new Bard High School Early College will be opening in Cleveland this fall. The Cleveland Plain Dealer visited Bard Early College New Orleans to get a taste of the program, which the author describes as a "lifeline for students discouraged and bored by standard high school classes."
Video: A Look Inside the Bard College Farm
Begun as a student initiative in 2012, the Bard College Farm now grows more than 30 crops and includes beekeeping and the largest cranberry bog in the Hudson Valley. The farm has expanded into a larger campus program that aims to educate students about food systems, connect Bard to the regional agricultural community, and bring more food from local sources to campus.
25th Anniversary of Bard Music Festival Anchors Bard SummerScape
The roots of Austro-German Romanticism will be explored at the 2014 annual Bard SummerScape festival, which once again offers a sensational summer of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret, keyed to the theme of the 25th anniversary season of the world-renowned Bard Music Festival, Schubert and His World. Highlights include the first American revival in 100 years of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Euryanthe and the world premiere theater production Love in the Wars, an adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea by the Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville. The festival runs June 27 – August 17.
Bard Graduate Center Now Streaming Seminar Series and Symposia
The Bard Graduate Center in New York City now offers live-streaming and archival video of their popular seminar series and symposia. Their events explore the decorative arts, design history, and material culture in depth, featuring thought leaders in the field. Click below to find this season's schedule, and to view video of past events.
Fisher Center Presents “An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith”
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents “An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith” on Saturday, February 15. Widely acclaimed as one of the most provocative writers and performers of our time, Anna Deavere Smith is as celebrated for her investigative “documentary style” theater (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992) as for her starring roles on The West Wing and Nurse Jackie. Join her for an intimate evening in which she shares portraits of real people she has embodied over the past two decades.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Round Table on Higher Education with U.S. Embassy
On January 30, Bard College Berlin hosted "The 8th Round Table on Higher Education" in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. The event gathered global scholars and embassy officials to discuss the promise and the challenges of civic engagement in university education. Participants considered the social goals of education in a transnational framework, the kinds of valued knowledge in this setting, and the role of the humanities in the new global education environment.
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Romeo & Juliet
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard present Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo & Juliet, February 21–23. “Tell us the plot of Romeo and Juliet.” Thus began a series of phone calls to friends, the exact transcripts of which are performed with vigor and charm by Nature Theater of Oklahoma. As the respondents fumble through the characters and plot points, we realize that when memory lets us down, a necessary creativity takes over. The result is an irreverent and daring romp through Shakespeare’s best-loved play, where our fallible recollections take center stage.
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Presents the American Symphony Orchestra
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the American Symphony Orchestra on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, at 8 p.m. The program features Joan Tower’s Stroke; Erkki Melartin’s Concerto in D Minor, for violin and orchestra, Op. 60 (1913), with Conservatory Concerto Competition winner Dongfang Ouyang ’15; and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, with a preconcert talk by Christopher H. Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music at Bard College, beginning at 7 p.m.
Important Message to the Bard Community about Car Accident in Tivoli
UPDATE: Statement from the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office (PDF)
To Bard Students, Faculty and Staff:
It is with sadness and profound regret that I inform the community that at midnight February 1 several students who were walking along the shoulder of 9G just north of the Tivoli intersection were struck by a hit and run driver. The driver, a local resident, was later located and detained by the police. The police have not yet released the names of the victims but it is likely that there were two fatalities. I wanted to inform the community as quickly as possible while we gather more details. We will send updates as soon as we have them. I want to encourage students to reassure their parents as we wait for further details and news of the tragedy becomes public. The first priority is to permit the police to contact the families of the victims.
Multiple student services are being made available over the next two days where students can gather for information and support. These services are as follows:
Saturday, February 1
Residence Life Office open now until noon
Counseling Services, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Chaplaincy available in the Chapel, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Campus Center George Ball Lounge, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 2
Residence Life Office 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Counseling Services, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Chaplaincy available in the Chapel, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Campus Center George Ball Lounge, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
As always, an administrator and counselor-on-call are available and can be reached through Security at 845-758-7460.
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