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Bard College Relaunches Successful Online Essay Exam as Alternate Path to Admission
This summer, Bard College continues to offer an alternate path for admission for prospective students: an online essay examination. The popular Bard Entrance Examination, which the College launched in late 2013, will be relaunched on June 2 when it will be accessible online through Bard’s admission website. Open to high school juniors and seniors, the exam is composed solely of essay questions, offering a way to apply to Bard that bypasses existing standardized tests and admission processes.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Performs for Bard Prison Initiative Students
The world-renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, in residence at Bard College this spring, gave a site-specific performance at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York, on May 7. The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), which operates one of its six academic programs at Fishkill, invited the Company to perform and meet with students. Bill T. Jones choreographed a new piece for the event, entitled Fishkill / Movements 1 Through 45.
Two Rivers: An Evening with Filmmaker Peter Hutton at the Bard Graduate Center
The Bard Graduate Center in New York City will host a screening of Two Rivers by avant-garde filmmaker and Bard faculty member Peter Hutton on Thursday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Professor Hutton and film curator Joshua Siegel, of the Museum of Modern Art.
Nancy Pelosi Addresses Graduates at Bard's 154th Commencement
Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fourth commencement on Saturday, May 24, 2014. At the commencement ceremony, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered the commencement address, and Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 455 undergraduate degrees and 151 graduate degrees on the Class of 2014. Honorary degrees were awarded to Pelosi, theater director Anne D. Bogart ’74, Judaic scholar Jacob Neusner, philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, education historian Diane Ravitch, economist Henry Rosovsky, and humanitarian Darren Walker.
Bard Alumnae Named New York State Master Teachers
Bard alumnae Kate Belin '04, MAT '05 and Beth Goldberg MAT '06 have been named New York State Master Teachers by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Belin and Goldberg are among 215 STEM educators from across the state chosen to expand the first cohort of New York State Master Teachers. They join the 104 Master Teachers announced in October 2013—which included Colleen Bucci MAT '08—bringing the total number of Master Teachers in New York to 319. Master Teachers receive a $60,000 stipend over four years, serve as mentors, and participate in professional development sessions.
Latest Issue of Conjunctions Invites Leading Contemporary Writers to Examine Exile
From Africa to China, Pakistan to the Philippines, to locales that are not to be found on any map, Conjunctions:62, Exile—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—examines exile as both a literal expulsion or ostracism and, as Primo Levi has it, “the prevalence of the unreal over the real.” The issue features Richard Sieburth’s first English translation of a hilarious, vitriolic work by Charles Baudelaire, written while self-exiled to Belgium; a cover photograph of an installation by Chiharu Shiota; and new writing from Laura van den Berg, Paul West, Brian Evenson, Peter Straub, H. G. Carrillo, Marjorie Welish, Maxine Chernoff, Aleš Šteger, Edie Meidav, Can Xue, and Arthur Sze.
Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle at Bard Announces 64th Concert Season
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle series at Bard College presents three chamber music concerts in June. The Saturday evening concerts, presented by The Bard Center, begin at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall. The series features diverse programming by Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, and more, played by some of the best classical musicians of our time.
Bard SummerScape 2014 Presents World Premiere of Love in the Wars
Bard SummerScape presents Love in the Wars, Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville's adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s romantic drama Penthesilea. Starring Obie Award-winner Birgit Huppuch and One Life to Live’s Chris Stack, Bard’s premiere production is by Ken Rus Schmoll, the Obie Award-winning director “whose name attached to a show most warms us with optimism” (Village Voice). Representing a fresh, playful and earthy take on Kleist’s original, Love in the Wars will be presented in two previews and eight performances between July 10 and 20 in Theater Two of the Fisher Center.
Bard Professor Judy Pfaff Wins 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center
Judy Pfaff, acclaimed artist, Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts, and codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard College, has won the International Sculpture Center (ISC) 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. ISC awarded two world-renowned sculptors, Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard, with the award. Pfaff will be presented with the award at the 23rd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration later this spring in New York City.
Loss of African Wildlife Spurs Cascade of Consequences in Savannas, Says New Study Led by Bard Biology Professor Felicia Keesing
The loss of large mammals from African savannas can have unexpected and often undesirable consequences for the people and livestock that depend on them, according to a new study published in the journal BioScience. Scientists from Bard College and the University of California, Davis, experimentally removed large grazing mammals from plots of savanna land in Kenya where both livestock and wildlife are abundant. That removal set in motion a cascade of consequences. “The results of this long-term study show that preserving large mammals in African savannas can be a win-win for conservation and for human welfare,” says lead author Felicia Keesing, a biology professor at Bard.
Bard Students Finish in Top Ten in Nationwide Electricity Conservation Competition
Bard College finished in the top ten for electricity reduction in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2014, a contest in which more than 265,000 students at more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada worked to conserve electricity and water. Students collectively saved over 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and nearly 476,000 gallons of water in this year’s contest.
Trisha Brown Dance Company Launches Bard SummerScape with Proscenium Works
The 2014 annual Bard SummerScape festival opens on Friday, June 27 at 7:30pm, with the first of three performances of Proscenium Works: 1979–2011 by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Now making its farewell tour, these will be some of the esteemed ensemble’s final performances in the New York region.
Bard College Awarded $800,000 from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Support Experimental Humanities
Bard College has been awarded an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the College’s Experimental Humanities initiative. Now in its second year, Experimental Humanities is Bard’s forward-thinking response to the new technological realities facing higher education and the liberal arts. Drawing upon contemporary digital tools and the rich traditions of humanities inquiry, Experimental Humanities is committed to the study of how technologies mediate our understanding of what it means to be human.
Bard Professor Ellen Driscoll Wins 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award
Ellen Driscoll, distinguished artist and professor of studio arts at Bard College, is the winner of a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art. Driscoll is one of five artists to win this year’s award. The prize of $7,500 is given to artists to honor exceptional accomplishment and to encourage creative work.
Ukraine, Interrupted: Dan Cline ’08 Discusses His Work in the Peace Corps
Until recently Bard alumnus Dan Cline was teaching English language classes to young people in Haisyn, Ukraine, working on community projects, and even ending up in the local press for his efforts. That changed over the winter as political unrest in the country grew into a revolution and the Peace Corps evacuated all its volunteers from the country.
Bard College Awarded $400,000 Luce Grant for Study of Environmental Issues in Asia
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Bard College a four-year, $400,000 Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment grant to increase and enhance the interdisciplinary study of environmental and sustainability issues in Asia across the undergraduate curricula at Bard’s campuses at Annandale-on-Hudson and Simon’s Rock, and in the M.S. programs at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.
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