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Bard College Debate Union Hosts College Tournament
The Bard College Debate Union and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement are hosting the Bard College Invitational on the weekend of September 20–21, 2014. This will serve as the season-opening tournament for British Parliamentary debate teams in the Eastern United States, with more than 200 students in attendance from Yale, Cornell, Colgate, Hobart William Smith, George Washington, St. Johns, Rochester, Vermont, Adelphi, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and the Bard High School Early Colleges. Students are expected to come prepared to debate any and all topics, ranging from international relations to criminal justice, social issues, and popular culture.
Anne Carson, Robert Currie, Nick Flynn, and Sam Anderson to Read from Sappho's Poetry
The Classical Studies Program at Bard College presents Bracko: A reading of Sappho’s poetry on October 18 by Anne Carson, Robert Currie, Nick Flynn, and Sam Anderson. Bracko presents the lyric poetry of Sappho, the ancient Greek poet known to many English-speaking readers through Anne Carson’s translation If Not, Winter. In addition to welcoming Sappho’s most distinguished translator to Bard, the event celebrates an extraordinary moment in the history of Sappho’s poetry. Sappho made headlines in the international press this year because of the rare discovery of two previously unknown poems.
Fisher Center Hosts Longy School of Music of Bard College Sistema Side by Side Orchestra Conducted by Jorge Soto
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents a performance by the Longy School of Music of Bard College Sistema Side by Side Orchestra, conducted by Jorge Soto, on September 20 at 3 p.m. The Sistema Side by Side Orchestra travels from Boston to honor Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, the unique program from Venezuela that brings about social change through music and has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.
Bard College–West Point Panel on Challenges in a Chaotic Middle East
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs program and the West Point–Bard College Exchange will present “New World Disorder: U.S. Grand Strategy in a Chaotic Middle East,” a panel featuring Walter Russell Mead and James Ketterer of Bard College and Ruth Beitler of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The panel will address the increasing and overlapping challenges facing the United States across the Middle East and North Africa. It will take place on Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Professor Myra Young Armstead Begins NEH Fellowship at Schomburg Center
Bard College Professor of Historical Studies Myra Young Armstead has been awarded a fellowship as a Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence. The fellowship, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives access to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and other centers of The New York Public Library. Schomburg Scholars research and write about black history and culture throughout the black diaspora, interact with other participating scholars, and give lectures on their findings. Professor Armstead has begun her six-month residency, during which she will research progressive public history in Harlem.
Bard's Fisher Center and John Cage Trust Present a Celebration of Acclaimed Composer John Cage
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and The John Cage Trust at Bard College present two special concerts featuring works by acclaimed American composer John Cage. On Saturday, September 20, there will be a rare performance of Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things in the Fisher Center’s Theater Two, at 8 p.m., with a preconcert talk at 7 p.m. by musicologist James Pritchett. On Sunday, September 21, Sō Percussion will debut Branches, a new, multimedia program at Bard, with a performance of We Are All Going in Different Directions in the Sosnoff Theater at 3 p.m.
Bard High School Early College Cleveland Opens
The new Bard High School Early College Cleveland officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 5. President Botstein called the students "pioneers" in education, and emphasized the importance of engaging teenagers in learning by treating them with respect and challenging them in school. The new campus is a partnership between Bard College and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and joins seven other Bard early college programs around the country. BHSEC students earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free associate's degree from Bard College in four years.
Teenagers Need to Be Treated Better, Bard President Tells Cleveland Audience, for Them to Love Learning
Students at New Bard College High School in Cleveland Are "Pioneers" on a Mission to Learn and Succeed
Photos from the Plain Dealer: Bard High School Early College Opens
Bard President Leon Botstein Visits Bard High School Early College Cleveland for Ribbon Cutting
Video: Bard High School Early College Cleveland Welcomes First Students
Bard's Center for the Study of the Drone Releases Guide to Key Issues about Drones
The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College announces the release of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues, an online and print publication about the basic facts, issues, questions, and patterns related to unmanned systems in military, civilian, and commercial contexts. The Drone Primer is a comprehensive and concise handbook covering fundamental themes, questions, and facts about drones in technology, history, law, strategy, and culture. The report includes a portfolio of drone art, a first for a publication of this kind. The primer is free and available to the public.
Celebrated Author and Bard College Professor Joseph O’Neill to Give Reading
On Monday, September 15, Joseph O'Neill, Bard’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Written Arts and the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning Netherland, will read from his new novel, The Dog. Publishers Weekly describes The Dog as “Pitch-perfect prose . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.”
Bard Alumnus Lindsay Hill ’75 to Read from Critically Acclaimed Novel Sea Of Hooks
On Monday, September 22, author Lindsay Hill ’75, will read from his novel, Sea of Hooks, winner of the 2014 PEN Center USA Fiction Award, finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, and named one of the top 10 books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and New York magazine. Kirkus Reviews calls Sea of Hooks “a remarkable and multifaceted novel—philosophical, poignant and puzzling,” while Publisher’s Weekly writes that “nearly every paragraph astonishes, every moment rich with magic and daring.”
Bard's Landscape and Arboretum Program and N.Y. Botanical Garden Offer Courses
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 fall. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics.
Bard College and International Partners Collaborate on New Academic Initiative
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, together with Bard's Center for Civic Engagement and Human Rights Project, is launching a new initiative, Hate and the Human Condition. The initiative aims to promote sustained reflection on what hate is and how it works, and to organize its exploration through a range of interdisciplinary and co-taught courses. Both a theoretical and a practical endeavor, it seeks to foster the academic study of hate while also connecting scholars and students to institutions and organizations whose work involves dealing with hate-related issues. Four such courses will take place this fall at Bard College in New York and three Bard-affiliated campuses: Al-Quds University, the American University of Central Asia, and Bard College Berlin.
Hannah Arendt Center Hosts International Conference on American Exceptionalism
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College will host its seventh annual international conference October 9–10 in Olin Hall. The conference, “The Unmaking of Americans,” will ask what aspirations and which dreams still animate American idealism. Americans today must confront the weakening of a collective vision of freedom and equality. Americans are dismayed at the power of money, the decay of self-governance, and a bureaucracy that seems impervious to popular control. And yet few dare to articulate a collective vision that might hold the country together. The Arendt conference brings together scholars, writers, and educators to ask, “Are there still American values worth fighting for?
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