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Bard College Dedicates New Solar Installation
Bard College “flipped the switch” on a new solar installation donated by the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ in a special dedication ceremony on Tuesday, June 24. The 9kW solar installation was funded by a $35,000 donation from the Sun Club. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers and employees, including many in the Dutchess County area, to donate solar technology to nonprofits like Bard.
Bard's La Voz Magazine Featured in Exhibition Showcasing La Guelaguetza Celebration
Four covers from Bard's La Voz magazine will be displayed in the exhibition “Vive La Guelaguetza: An Encounter with Oaxaca” at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, through July 19. The exhibition commemorates La Guelaguetza, a world-famous cultural festival from Oaxaca, Mexico, which for the last five years has been celebrated locally at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie. The festival, which attracts thousands of spectators, will take place on August 3 this year. The La Voz covers on display feature the town's past La Guelaguetza celebrations, and are on view alongside paintings, photography, and traditional costumes from the state of Oaxaca. Bard College students Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 founded La Voz in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project, aiming to serve the Latino community of the Hudson Valley with a free Spanish-language magazine. Fiori is still editor at La Voz, and the award-winning publication now has an estimated 20,000 readers in the area. La Voz will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebratory evening at the Spiegeltent at Bard's Fisher Center on August 12.
Video: Bard Prison Initiative Holds 11th Commencement
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) held its 11th commencement at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, New York, on Saturday, May 31, awarding 36 degrees. BPI began as a student-led project in 1999 and now operates in six prisons across New York State. Nearly 300 students have graduated from BPI with A.A. and B.A. degrees.
Center for Curatorial Studies Presents Three New Exhibitions Opening June 28
This summer The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents three new exhibitions opening on June 28. Amy Sillman: one lump or two, a major traveling exhibition, is the first museum survey of New York-based painter, Bard MFA faculty member, and alumna Amy Sillman '95. SCORE!, curated by Amy Sillman and Cheyney Thompson, comprises works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, works on loan by John Cage (from Bard College’s John Cage Trust), Carolee Schneemann, and a new painting by Cheyney Thompson created for the exhibition. Anne Collier is the photographer’s first major exhibition, tracing her career from 2002 to the present with a selection of more than 40 works. All three exhibitions open on June 28 with a reception beginning at 1:00, and will be on view through September 21.
Notable South African MP Wilmot James to Join Bard College as Senior Visiting Fellow
Bard College announces the appointment of Wilmot James, notable South African Member of Parliament and academic, as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College. James will be in residence at the College from April 2 to 12, 2015, and will offer a series of lectures on topics ranging from evolution, ethical considerations in the use of genetic information, and South African politics and history. He will also work with the Hannah Arendt Center to host a dynamic weeklong working group on current politics in South Africa.
Civic Engagement on the Global Stage: Bard’s Jim Ketterer Observes Elections in Ukraine
Thinking globally is all well and good, but studying, working, and volunteering abroad are better. As director of international academic initiatives at Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement and senior fellow at the College’s Institute for International Liberal Education, Jim Ketterer encourages students to be active on the global stage, and he leads by example. Since the 1990s, he has monitored elections in Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Bosnia. On May 25, Ketterer was part of an international mission that observed Ukraine’s first free elections since the country was thrown into upheaval late last year.
Ticks More Likely to Be Infected with Several Pathogens, Says New Study
People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time, according to research by Bard biologist Felicia Keesing and colleagues. The new study, published online today in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by scientists at Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Global Voices of the Flute: Recital Featuring International Works
Internationally known flutist Patricia Spencer, soloist as well as flutist with the Naumburg Award–winning Da Capo Chamber Players, will give a recital on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m., at the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building at Bard College. The program, titled “Global Voices of the Flute,” will feature works with musical connections to China, Japan, Persia, Canada, and Russia, and also will include American work.
Bard College Conservatory Orchestra Launches European Tour
The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra has kicked off its 2014 European Tour. After two well-received concerts played in Warsaw (to a sold-out crowd) and St. Petersburg, they continue to Moscow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin. Click here for the full schedule. Thanks to a donation from Google, our student musicians are creating a travel blog using Google Glass. Follow them on Tumblr.
Bard Fiction Prize Call for Entries
The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded annually to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger. Winners receive a monetary award and an appointment as writer in residence at Bard for one semester. Applications for the 2015 prize are due by July 15, 2014.
Bard’s Better Admissions Application: Slate Looks at the Bard Entrance Examination
Rebecca Schuman calls the Bard Entrance Examination "genius." The exam gives applicants an alternate route to admission. Rather than the traditional application, prospective students write four intensive, 2,500-word essays in several academic areas. Applicants who receive a B+ or higher are automatically admitted to the College, regardless of their academic record.
Student Spotlight: Rising Senior Corinna Cape on Civic Engagement at Bard College
Human Rights and Written Arts joint major Corinna grew up in the small town of Sherman, Texas. She has been active with Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement and the TLS (Trustee Leader Scholar) program, which supports student volunteer efforts. In this interview, she talks about falling in love with Bard's campus, getting involved in the community, and how Bard has changed her.
Justin Vivian Bond Hosts Bard’s Beloved Spiegeltent for SummerScape 2014
The opening of the 2014 Bard SummerScape festival on Friday, June 27 signals the return of the authentic Belgian Spiegeltent. This luxurious “tent of mirrors” affords a sumptuous and magical environment in which to enjoy cutting-edge cabaret and world-class live music, plus spectacular circus acts, dancing, and dining throughout the eight-week festival (June 27–August 17). This season, legendary cabaret artist, Tony-nominated performer, and returning Spiegeltent favorite Justin Vivian Bond takes over as host, emcee, and guest curator, welcoming patrons every weekend to a unique salon of spectacle featuring newcomers and audience favorites both.
Bard Prison Initiative Holds Its Eleventh Commencement on Saturday, May 31
The Bard Prison Initiative held its 11th commencement at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, New York, on Saturday, May 31. BPI awarded associate in arts degrees to 36 students. The commencement speaker was Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D–New York, who was honored with Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service. Additional remarks were provided by Bishop Andrew M. L. Dietsche, the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and Bard College President Leon Botstein.
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