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Bard Music Festival Celebrates Silver Jubilee with Music by Schubert and His Contemporaries
Named “a highlight of the musical year” by the Wall Street Journal, the world-renowned Bard Music Festival returns to celebrate its 25th anniversary season in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, crowning Bard SummerScape 2014 with a two-week, in-depth, illuminating exploration of “Schubert and His World.” Twelve concert programs over the two mid-August weekends, complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, special events, and expert commentary, make up Bard’s examination of Franz Schubert (1797–1828), one of the most revered and influential composers of the Western tradition.
Bard Student Organizes Math Museum Exhibit in Ulster County Elementary School
Bard graduate and current Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) student Joy Sebesta ’13 organized the presentation of the National Museum of Mathematics traveling exhibition, Math Midway 2 Go, at the Marlboro Elementary School in Ulster County on March 5. This traveling version of the museum’s hands-on math exhibits offered students in grades 3 to 5 an opportunity to enjoy math, engage their minds, and de-stress before the upcoming state tests.
Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents Conservatory Sundays: Sō Percussion and Bard Percussion
The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents Conservatory Sundays: Sō Percussion and Bard Percussion with guest artist Blair McMillen. The ensembles perform works by Kyle Gann, Steve Reich, John Cage, Daníel Bjarnason, and Martin Bresnick on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in the Fisher Center. All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund.
Why I Chose Bard: Current Students Share Their Stories
Why choose Bard College? The unique and rigorous curriculum, stunning campus, and close relationships with faculty are a few of the reasons our students decided to make Bard their home. Here they talk about what drew them to the college in the beginning and the scholarly, creative community they've found on campus since.
Bard Students Selected to Present at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference
Bard students Jasper Katz '15 and Winston Duncan '17 presented March 21–23 at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, held this year at Arizona State University in Phoenix. CGI U, founded by President Bill Clinton in 2007, gathers young leaders to solve global issues, supporting college and university students in creating and implementing their own social, economic, and environmental initiatives. President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton lead the conference, which brings together more than 1,000 students to work with experts, entrepreneurs, and civically engaged celebrities. As a CGI U network institution, Bard will fund Katz and Duncan's projects up to $10,000 through the Center for Civic Engagement. Katz aims to create a national network that provides community resources for people struggling with depression. Duncan is working to expand his nonprofit organization, Wheels to Africa, which collects and distributes donated bicycles in impoverished areas.
Leaders in the Bard Network Gather for Conference in Istanbul, Turkey
Students, faculty, and alumni/ae from institutions in the Bard network are gathering for a four-day conference in Istanbul, Turkey, entitled "The Liberal Arts, Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of College and University Students." The conference includes participants in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations (HESP), of which Bard College and many of its affiliates are members. The conference focuses on student networking and leadership, and features workshops, presentations, and poster sessions in Istanbul from March 22 to 27.
Video: Bard Works Prepares Students for Careers
Bard Works is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors at Bard College that prepares them for work after graduation. Bard Works provides participants with the tools, strategies, and networking opportunities to hone their job search skills and lay a foundation for success in the workplace. Working with alumni/ae, parents, and mentors, participants explore how to convert their Bard experience in the liberal arts to a job after college.
D. T. Max, David Foster Wallace Biographer and New Yorker Writer, to Give Reading at Bard College on Monday, March 31
On Monday, March 31, at Bard College, biographer and New Yorker staff writer D. T. Max will read from his highly acclaimed biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, a New York Times bestseller that Vanity Fair called “as illuminating, multifaceted, and serious an estimation of David Foster Wallace’s life and work as we can hope to find.”
C2C Fellows Lay Foundation for Environmental Careers During Weekend Intensive
Sixty-one young environmentalists, budding entrepreneurs, and aspiring policymakers gathered at Bard for the annual C2C Fellows workshop on Valentine's Day weekend. C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Corporation, to City Hall, and to Capitol Hill, emphasizing the importance of sustainable leadership in all of these areas. A program of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trains and connects undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership positions in sustainable politics and business.
Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn Wins 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literary Award
Daniel Mendelsohn, celebrated author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, is one of 20 writers to receive a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature. Mendelsohn has won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of $20,000, given to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.
Bard Men's Lacrosse Team Opens Season with Historic Win
The Bard men's lacrosse team made history on Sunday, March 9, when it earned the college's first-ever men's lacrosse victory. In the first game of the season, the members of this new varsity program rallied to defeat Rosemont College, 12-8. There has been only one other men's lacrosse season at Bard, in 2010, and the team went 0-11. Bard's roster is made up of 15 first-years and three sophomores, which makes the team younger than its competitors and makes Sunday's accomplishment all the more exciting.
Bard President Leon Botstein: SAT Is Part Hoax, Part Fraud
President Botstein says that the recent updates to the SAT are too little, too late. The changes announced by the College Board reflect its competition with the ACT, he adds, rather than a thoughtful attempt at reform. "The SAT needs to be abandoned and replaced," he writes. "The SAT has a status as a reliable measure of college readiness it does not deserve. ... The nation actually needs fewer such exam schemes; they damage the high school curriculum and terrify both students and parents." (Time)
Film Cocreated by Professor Ann Seaton to Appear in Whitney Biennial
Professor Ann Seaton, director of the Difference and Media Project and Multicultural Affairs at Bard, will appear in the Whitney Biennial as a member of the How Do You Say Yam in African Collective. The collective has produced the 53-minute digital film Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, about how race haunts black identity, which will be screened at the Biennial in March and May. Professor Seaton's contribution to the film includes writing and conceptualizing. The collective consists of writers, artists, dancers, theorists, architects, painters, filmmakers, actors, and poets. Many members of the collective have visited Bard's Difference and Media Project and participated in campus events. Visit the collective's website or read about the project in the New York Times.
Bard Student Ben Barron '15 Receives Dean's Award from University of the Arts London During Study Abroad
Bard College photography major Ben Barron has been awarded the University Dean's Award for Study Abroad by Central Saint Martins (CSM), part of the University of the Arts London. Barron was selected to receive the award by the CSM faculty from among 96 visiting students at the college this spring.
"What Europe? Ideals to Fight for Today": Bard College Berlin, Hannah Arendt Center, ICI Berlin Cohost Conference
"What Europe?: Ideals to Fight for Today" is the second annual conference held by Bard College Berlin and the Hannah Arendt Center in cooperation with the ICI Berlin, where the event will take place on March 27 and 28. Speakers will ask what ideals ought to claim the commitments of Europeans today in light of global politics and regional change.
Student Spotlight: Soldier, Photojournalist, and Bard Senior J.p. Lawrence ‘14
As Bard senior J. p. Lawrence prepares to graduate in May, he will not be entering the work force for the first time—far from it. The anthropology and writing joint major, Bard Free Press editor-in-chief, and cross-country runner has been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard since 2008.
Center for Curatorial Studies Receives Donation of the Papers of Curator Tricia Collins
The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) has received the personal papers of Tricia Collins, influential curator, gallerist, and critic. Tricia Collins is best known for her curatorial work in the 1980s and 90s as part of the independent curatorial team of Collins & Milazzo.
Fisher Center at Bard College and Live Arts Bard Present Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Art Spiegelman
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard are pleased to present a conversation between acclaimed author Neil Gaiman and celebrated cartoonist Art Spiegelman, about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more. This special event takes place on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater.
Bard Debate Union Hosts 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament
The Bard Debate Union hosted the 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College on Friday, February 28. The tournament welcomed 80 middle and high school students from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, and Queens.
Video: An Opera Double Bill
Get a sneak peak at the Fisher Center's upcoming Opera Double Bill, including two ghostly productions: the world premiere of Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. The program takes place on March 14 and 16, and features the singers of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra.
Amy Hempel, Short Story Master, to Give Reading at Bard College on March 10
Event Rescheduled from Monday, March 3
On Monday, March 10, highly acclaimed fiction writer Amy Hempel will read from The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, which, in 2007, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, an Ambassador Book Award winner, and named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times.
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