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Aston Magna Music Festival: A Season of Romance, War, and Other Human Follies
The Aston Magna Music Festival’s 2014 season celebrates 16th–19th century music—and premieres a new work—on five Friday evenings from June 20 to July 18. Artistic Director Daniel Stepner directs the nation’s longest-running early music festival, featuring some of the most prominent artists in the field performing on period instruments.
Esteemed Writer Anne Carson to Join Bard College Faculty
Bard College announces the appointment of esteemed writer Anne Carson as Visiting Distinguished Writer in Residence. Carson, who joins the faculty in fall 2014, will teach courses in classical studies and in written arts through the Division of Languages and Literature. Anne Carson, a classics scholar, poet, essayist, critic, and translator, has won international acclaim across genres. She was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; was honored with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry; and was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow in 2000.
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras Present an Evening of Music and Dance
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras will host their annual spring concert on Friday May 9, at Bard College’s Olin Auditorium, with gamelans Giri Mekar and Chandra Kanchana. The program, featuring Balinese music and dance, begins at 8 p.m. Guest artists for this concert include Dr. Pete Steele from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Gamelan Dharmaswara, renowned Balinese dancer Shoko Yamamuro, and artistic director Professor Pak I. Nyoman Suadin, and a cast of over 40 students and community members.
Video: Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Art Spiegelman
On April 4, Bard College Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman and Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman took the stage at the Fisher Center for a historic conversation about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more.
The Fisher Center Presents Conservatory Sundays: Conservatory Orchestra, May 18
Bard's Fisher Center presents The Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, conducted by music director Leon Botstein and featuring pianist Peter Serkin. The program, which takes place on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater, includes Bohuslav Martinů’s Memorial to Lidice for orchestra and Thunderbolt; Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major; and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3.
Nyesha Maughn '15 Awarded Gilman Scholarship to Study in South Korea
Bard College junior Nyesha Maughn has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to study at Dankook University in Yongin, South Korea, this summer. The economics major will take classes in Korean language and international law, as well as teaching English. "I have always wanted to study abroad," she says. "I have dreamed of going to South Korea. With the Gilman Scholarship I will be able to do both this summer. I am incredibly grateful to the Gilman Scholarship Program for funding my study abroad experience."
Bard College Berlin Hosts Human Rights Scholars from Bard's Global Network
Human rights scholars from the Bard network of institutions gathered at Bard College Berlin April 25–27 for a workshop on "Human Rights in the New International Context." Faculty from Bard College, Al-Quds Bard in the West Bank, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Smolny College of St. Petersburg State University in Russia participated. The workshop featured both public panels and private meetings for faculty presentations and collaboration.
Bard Awarded $500,000 from Sherman Fairchild Foundation for New Microscopy Suite
Bard College has been awarded a three-year $500,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to assemble a microscopy suite consisting of four lasers, two optical microscopes, and two scanning probe microscopes to enhance undergraduate science programs. The new science equipment builds upon Bard’s recent capital investment in a scanning electron microscope and will reside in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, which opened in the fall of 2007 to house the College’s biology, computer science, and chemistry programs. This high standard of scientific equipment provides undergraduate students with enriched training opportunities in testing experimental hypotheses and conducting inquiry-based research, while allowing faculty to do research critical for advancement in their respective fields.
Video: Citizen Science at Bard College
Citizen Science is an innovative program for all first-year students at Bard. Through three weeks of intensive study during January intersession, students develop a core understanding of both the conduct and the content of science. This foundation allows them as citizens to grapple with the ever-increasing number of national and global issues influenced by science.
Bard MFA Faculty Matana Roberts Receives 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award
Jazz musician and Bard MFA music/sound faculty member Matana Roberts is one of the inaugural recipients of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Impact Awards. The new awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special, 10-year initiative to support artists with flexible, multiyear funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. Since commencing in April 2012, the program has awarded a total of $18.1 million to artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theater.
Bard SummerScape 2014 Revives Neglected Operas, Including First U.S. Production of Weber's Euryanthe in a Century
Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival has established itself as “a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure” (New York Times), and this year’s immersion in “Schubert and His World”—culminating in the 25th-anniversary season of the Bard Music Festival—is no exception. To enrich its exploration of the roots of Austro-German Romanticism, Bard presents Euryanthe (1823) by Schubert’s contemporary Carl Maria von Weber, marking the opera’s first American revival in 100 years. Programming also includes semi-staged productions of Schubert’s Fierrabras and Die Verschworenen, and Von Suppé’s operetta Franz Schubert.
Bard College Graduates Awarded Fulbright Scholarships
Bard alumni/ae Sean Colonna '12, Thomas "Parker" Hatley '13, and Molly McFadden MFA '12 have been awarded 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholarships. Colonna and McFadden will be working in Germany, Colonna teaching English and McFadden investigating current movements in the field of art and disabilities. Hatley has been selected for an English Teaching Assistant Award to Mexico.
Bard Free Press Wins Two New York Press Association Awards
The Bard Free Press, the college's student newspaper, has won two New York Press Association awards in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. Among college newspapers, the Free Press received first place for design and second place for feature story. The judges awarding the design prize said of the publication, "Brilliant design and layout. It felt like reading art. ... Not traditional by any means but that is what makes it so remarkable. It is a format that a young person could pick up and engage/relate with, and that demographic is obviously highly important in the future landscape of print publications."
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Deliver Address at Bard's 154th Commencement
Bard College will hold its one hundred fifty-fourth commencement on Saturday, May 24, 2014. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein will confer 465 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2014 and 180 graduate degrees. The program, which begins at 2:30 p.m. in the commencement tent on the Seth Goldfine Memorial Rugby Field, will include the presentation of honorary doctoral degrees. The commencement address will be given by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi will receive an honorary doctor of laws. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to theater director Anne D. Bogart ’74, Judaic scholar Jacob Neusner, philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, economist Henry Rosovsky, and humanitarian Darren Walker.
Max Gavrich '14 Awarded Lugo Land Prize from the College's Photography Program
The Bard College Photography Program announces that senior Max Gavrich is the first winner of the college's Lugo Land Prize. The award allows a graduating Bard photography major the opportunity to travel to the northern Italian city of Lugo to produce a new body of work. The student will be flown to Italy, receive room and board, and be aided in the development and production of a project of their devising in the town. Working with a designer in Lugo, the student will also make a limited-edition artist's book. The award provides an outstanding opportunity for the winner to continue his or her photographic practice after graduating from Bard.
Bard Student Receives Prestigious 2014 Truman Scholarship
Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced today that Bard College student and sociology major Karimah Shabazz ’15, from Atlanta, Georgia, has won a prestigious 2014 Truman Scholarship, which awards up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, and makes available leadership development activity and special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.
Fisher Center Presents Giuseppe Verdi's Messa da Requiem
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental work Messa da Requiem, April 25–26. This beloved sacred oratorio will be performed by a full orchestra and more than 100 singers in the acoustically superb Sosnoff Theater. The program is conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, with James Bagwell, chorus master, and features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Longy Conservatory Orchestra and the Longy Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers, and Bard Festival Chorale.
Bard College Wins Composting Portion of National RecycleMania Competition
As Earth Day approaches, Bard College is celebrating successful participation in the 14th annual RecycleMania Competition. Bard took first place in the Food Service Organics (or composting) category, keeping thousands of pounds of food scraps out of the landfill over the course of the eight-week competition. Led by Bard's student EcoReps and the Bard Office of Sustainability, the college competed against 460 other institutions, representing more than 5.3 million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The EcoReps created a robust program for this year’s competition, including sustainability pledges, a recycled clothing fashion show, trash audits, and an upcycling craft night. This is the third time Bard has won the Organics category of the competition. Visit Website
Senior Close-up: Josh Hodge
Josh Hodge '14 has successfully navigated the rigorous five-year, dual-degree program required by the Bard College Conservatory of Music while also competing as a varsity athlete for the college. Hodge is the principal bassoonist in the Conservatory Orchestra. He's also been the captain of the men's swimming team for two years and is running track this spring. Now, as he looks forward to graduate school in the fall, he reflects on his time at Bard.
Bard College Applicants Trade 10,000 Words for Two: You’re In
This year the college began offering the Bard Entrance Examination as an alternative to the traditional admission process. This rigorous exam requires four essays of 2,500 words each, putting applicants' writing and thinking to the test rather than relying on measures such as academic record. Of 50 applicants, 17 were admitted by this new method, bringing a talented group of students to the college as part of the class of 2018 from a range of academic backgrounds. “The verdict is that it provided a really wonderful opportunity for kids,” says Director of Admission Mary Backlund. “Universally, they enjoyed it, they learned a lot, and that was the purpose. It exists as an example of the risks we’re willing to take but also the intention that the application should be about students’ capacity to think.” (New York Times)
Fisher Center Presents Joanna Kotze's it happened it had happened it is happening it will happen
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and Live Arts Bard present Joanna Kotze’s dance production, it happened it had happened it is happening it will happen on Friday, April 18. Joanna Kotze is the recipient of the 2013 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Full of refreshing, imaginative physicality and delightfully unexpected humanity, this work earned her that recognition. Three dynamic movers—Kotze, Stuart Singer, and Netta Yerushalmy—create a study in contrasts that leaves room for uncertainty between ideas of the known and the unknown.
Bard Prison Initiative Inspires Governor Cuomo’s Call to Fund Inmate Education
Debate about public funding for inmate education begs the question "What is prison for?" How can incarceration better serve as rehabilitation, not only as punishment? This article features the Bard Prison Initiative as a privately funded college program for inmates that inspired New York governor Cuomo's push for state funding. (New York Times)
Professor Norman Manea Survived Nazis and Communists and Lived to Write About It
Norman Manea survived a Nazi concentration camp in Ukraine and a communist dictatorship in his native Romania. Through his experiences, he learned a language of subversion that sets apart his impressive body of work. (Daily Beast)
Bard MFA Professor Matana Roberts to Receive Herb Alpert Award in the Arts
Bard MFA Music/Sound faculty member Matana Roberts has been named as a recipient of the distinguished Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, which carries a prize of $75,000. Every year five mid-career, risk-taking artists in the categories of dance, film/video, music, theater, and visual arts are each selected to receive an award from the foundation. "Visionary composer, avant-garde saxophonist, and sound artist Matana Roberts was chosen as the winner in Music for her charismatic, powerful renderings of sound," says awards director Irene Borger. On May 9, the recipients will receive their awards at a private celebratory luncheon at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica, California.
Bard Debate Union Branch at Eastern New York Correctional Facility Beats West Point
On Friday, April 4, the recently founded Bard Debate Union branch at Eastern New York Correctional Facility hosted its first competitive intercollegiate debate. This new team, composed of students in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), welcomed the award-winning West Point Debate Team for a debate and discussion on whether the federal government should fund a high-speed rail network. The debate occurred in front of an audience of more than 50 people, including faculty and staff from Bard and West Point, Eastern staff, BPI administrators, and nearly 40 Bard students based at Eastern. After thoughtful and passionate debate, the judges sided with the Bard team, which argued against the resolution to fund high-speed rail. This debate represented the culmination of a year of training for the new team, served as a capstone to the 10th year of the Bard Debate Union, and marked the continuation of close cooperation between the Debate Union and the Bard–West Point Exchange.
Bard Students Win Two 2014 Davis Projects For Peace Awards
Bard College students have won two 2014 Davis Projects for Peace Awards, which provide $10,000 in funding for proposed projects. Lia Soorenian ’14 (from Glendale, California), won a Davis award for her project, “Sustainable Apiculture: Community Empowerment Through Local Economies.” She will travel to the village of Lichke in Armenia, where mining is the primary industry, to promote sustainable development through beekeeping. Ameer Shalabi ’16 (from Mas’ha in the West Bank), Zelda Bas ’16 (from Paris, France), and Harrison Liddle ’14 (from Miami, Florida) have together won a Davis award in support of the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative (BPYI). Every year, 20 Bard College students with BPYI travel to Mas’ha, where they partner with the local community to run children’s summer camps and community service projects, teach English classes, and engage in cultural discourse.
Leading Economists and Policymakers to Meet at 23rd Annual Minsky Conference
From April 9 to 10, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 23rd Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies to discuss the progress of the recovery from the global financial crisis and address both financial reform and prosperity, drawing from Minsky’s work on financial instability and his proposal for achieving full employment. The conference, “Stabilizing Financial Systems for Growth and Full Employment,” is being organized by the Levy Institute with support from the Ford Foundation, and will take place at the National Press Club, in Washington D.C.
Bard's Fisher Center Presents the American Symphony Orchestra, April 11 and 12
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the American Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. The program includes Johann Strauss Jr.’s Emperor Waltz, Accelerations, and On the Beautiful Blue Danube; Julius Conus’s Violin Concerto, featuring Zhi Ma ’15, violin; and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. There will be a special preconcert talk by Alexander Bonus, assistant professor of music at Bard College, beginning at 7 p.m.
Bard Prison Initiative to Attend First Lady's Luncheon
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been invited to attend the annual First Lady's Luncheon in Washington, D.C. on May 1. The bipartisan Congressional Club hosts this annual event, which honors the First Lady and includes congressional spouses and guests. BPI distinguished fellow Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, BPI director of development Laura Liebman, and BPI and Bard College alumna Erica Mateo '10 will represent the Bard Prison Initiative as guests of Randy Florke (long-term partner of New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney) and Gwen Walz (wife of Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz). The evening before the luncheon, BPI's representatives will also attend an event hosted by Chairman Xavier Becerra. Florke and Walz, friends of BPI, are advocates for providing higher education programs in prisons in order to increase post-release employment and lower recidivism.
Celebrated Author and Artist Rikki Ducornet to Give Reading at Bard College
On Thursday, April 10, the Written Arts Program at Bard College presents a reading by Rikki Ducornet (Bard ’64). A poet, fiction writer, and visual artist, Ducornet’s many books include the recent novels Netsuke, Gazelle, The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition, and Phosphor in Dreamland. Publisher’s Weekly said of her story collection The Complete Butcher’s Tales: “[It’s] told in prose of such beauty that one can't help silently mouthing the words. Fluid, studied, almost overripe, it is also intensely visual.”
Bard College Berlin Announces New Economics Program, Appointment of Martin Binder
Bard College Berlin has expanded its educational offerings with a new B.A. in economics, politics, and social thought. This interdisciplinary program will begin in the fall of 2014. In keeping with the college's approach to liberal arts, the four-year English-language degree situates the study of foundational economics within the history of human cultural change and reflection. The new professorship in this program will be held by Martin Binder, whose research interests include behavioral and normative economics, and especially subjective well-being, or happiness.
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard Announces Deviance Credits and Footnotes
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents the exhibitions Deviance Credits and Footnotes opening on April 13. Deviance Credits comprises 13 exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in the graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. Brought together in one exhibition, each gallery presents innovative approaches to contemporary art and exhibition making with over 35 artists, many of whom have created works specifically for the context of the Hessel Museum. The artworks selected for Footnotes are housed in the CCS Bard Hessel Museum, but their representations, meanings, and contexts exceed their physical locality. This exhibition spatially contextualizes artworks by rethinking the relationship between title, text, and footnote. Footnotes is co-curated by the class of 2015 M.A. candidates. Both exhibitions will be on view through May 25.
Learn more about Deviance Credits and Footnotes.
Bard College Earns 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition
Bard College has earned 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition, from Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. The program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To be eligible for the award, colleges and universities must establish a tree advisory committee, have a campus tree-care plan, dedicate annual funding for its campus tree program, host an Arbor Day observance, and sponsor student service-learning projects. This year’s Arbor Day tree planting at Bard will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author Michael Cunningham to Give Reading at Bard College
On Monday, April 7, Michael Cunningham—the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours, By Nightfall, Flesh and Blood, and other books—will read from his work at Bard College. Cunningham will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, takes place at 4:00 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Video: Students, Artists Collaborate in Live Arts Bard Program
Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a partnership between the Theater and Performance Program and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. As its acronym suggests, Live Arts Bard is a laboratory for new performance. Each year LAB will provide residencies for individual artists, or groups of collaborators, in theater, performance, dance, live arts, and allied art forms. Its aim is to develop a fertile and nurturing community of visiting artists and students, who work side by side to generate projects and new creative methodologies.
The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents a Reading by Brenda Coultas and Ann Lauterbach
The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College presents Brenda Coultas and Ann Lauterbach reading from their work, with an introduction by Michael Ives. The program takes place on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in Bard Hall, and is free and open to the public.
Pomona College and Bard College Presidents Convene for Online Conversation on Liberal Arts
Bard College President Leon Botstein and Pomona College President David Oxtoby will discuss “The Future of Liberal Arts” in a live and interactive global conversation on Google+ Hangout, on Thursday, April 3, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. EST. Presidents Botstein and Oxtoby and will address the impacts of technology and globalization on higher education and dispel some of the myths about career opportunities for liberal arts students. Participants may submit questions in advance or during the conversation by joining the Google+ Hangout or via email. Use the hashtag #futureofliberalarts on Google+ and Twitter to join the conversation.
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