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Leading Economists and Policymakers to Discuss Implications of the Trump Administration’s "America First" Policies at the Levy Economics Institute’s 26th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference
On April 18 and 19, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 26th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies to discuss, among many issues, the implications of the new administration’s "America First" policies, focusing on the outlook for trade, taxation, fiscal, and financial regulation measures to generate domestic investments capable of moving the growth rate beyond the “new normal” established in the aftermath of the Great Recession, without jeopardizing financial stability. The conference, "'America First' and Financial Stability," is being organized by the Levy Institute and will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 18–19, at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College.
Student Leaders in Bard Network Meet in Budapest
How do Bard College students spend spring recess? Some head home to see family, some take a well-deserved break on a sunny beach, and some board a plane to meet with their fellow student leaders abroad. This year Bard College hosted not one but two conferences on the campus of Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary: the first-ever "Bard Network Debate Conference" and the fourth annual "Get Engaged: Student Action and Youth Leadership Conference."
Bard Fisher Center Presents an Evening with Neil Gaiman and American Gods on April 15
Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman and Executive Producer Bryan Fuller discuss moving from page to screen for the forthcoming Starz television series American Gods, adapted from Gaiman’s best-selling novel. The event takes place on Saturday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m., and includes an exclusive preview of the first episode of the new television series ahead of its premiere on the Starz network.
Bard Fisher Center Presents an Evening with Neil Gaiman and American Gods (Bard.edu)
Neil Gaiman to Discuss American Gods (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Bard College's Experimental Humanities Hosts Two-Day Conference
The Experimental Humanities concentration at Bard College will host a two-day conference, Global | Local: Experiments in the Arts and Humanities, March 31 to April 1 in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation. This conference will explore the relationships between technology and human experience as they play out across local and global contexts
No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects to Be Presented by CCS Bard in Collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation
This summer, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) in collaboration with the Barjeel Art Foundation will present No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects, an exhibition held at the CCS Bard Galleries from 24 June to 29 October 2017. No to the Invasion: Breakdowns and Side Effects exhibits works drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation Collection, dating from 1990 to 2016, and referencing significant histories and conflicts across the Arabic-speaking world.
Senior Close-Up: Economics Major, Lacrosse Captain John Henry Glascock
Senior economics major John Henry Glascock is a captain of the men’s lacrosse team at Bard, maintains a 3.88 GPA, and has played a major role in the success of his team as the starting goalie for the past four years. Last summer he interned at Swiss financial firm UBS in Manhattan. At the end of the internship, he was offered a job after graduation, which he accepted. Glascock is a strong candidate for the Academic All-American Award in lacrosse, which would make him only the second student athlete in Bard history to receive the honor.
Bard College Holds 157th Commencement on Saturday, May 27, 2017
Bard College will hold its 157th commencement on Saturday, May 27, 2017. The commencement address will be given by U.S. Representative John Lewis, who will receive an honorary doctorate of civil law. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to classicist Mary Beard, computer scientist Erik D. Demaine, West Point Dean and Brigadier General Cindy R. Jebb, artist Brice Marden, mathematician Karen Saxe ’82, and philanthropist Charles P. Stevenson Jr. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein will confer 435 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2017 and 141 graduate degrees.
Bard SummerScape 2017 Explores Life and Times of Romantic Master Fryderyk Chopin, with Seven-Week Arts Festival June 30 – August 20
Parisian culture, Polish politics, and the piano are the focus of this summer’s annual Bard SummerScape festival, with seven weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret keyed to the theme of the 28th Bard Music Festival, “Chopin and His World," taking place at the Fisher Center, June 30 – August 20.
Bard Fisher Center Presents the Conservatory Orchestra in a Matinee Concert on Sunday, March 12
The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents the Conservatory Orchestra in concert in the acoustically superb Sosnoff Theater. Conducted by Leon Botstein, the program includes Schumann’s Cello Concerto in A Minor with Peter Wiley on cello, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4, and features soloist Obadiah Wright ’17 playing Paloma.
Bard Tops Vassar in Friendly Fundraising Competition for Special Olympics
Student-athletes from Bard College and Vassar College—usually rivals on the playing fields and courts—worked together to raise $2,255 for Special Olympics New York in an event that culminated on Saturday, February 25. The 19th Annual Polar Bear Plunge was held at Sharpe Reservation Camp Mariah. Leading up to it, student-athletes from both schools signed up family and friends to sponsor them to dive in. Bard raised $1,878 with 30 participants and Vassar raised $377 with 45.
Bard College Landscape and Arboretum Program Presents Spring Lectures and Continuing Education Classes with New York Botanical Garden
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College is presenting two lectures on landscaping design this spring, as well as noncredit continuing education classes on gardening.
Bard Prison Initiative’s 15th Commencement Held at Eastern New York Correctional Facility January 21
Bard College awarded associate in arts and bachelor of arts degrees to 55 students at the Bard Prison Initiative's 15th commencement, bringing the total number of BPI graduates to 430.
Live Arts Bard Presents WE'RE WATCHING, a Performance Exhibition of New Works about Surveillance, April 27–30
Live Arts Bard presents WE’RE WATCHING, the first major survey of performances by contemporary American artists exploring surveillance and its impact on our identities.
Bard College President Responds to Executive Order on Immigration and Refugees
January 29, 2017
To: The Bard College Community
From: Leon Botstein, President
I am writing to inform all of you that Bard College will do everything in its power to protect our international students, faculty, and staff from abroad as well as immigrants within the student body, faculty, and staff throughout the Bard network.
The recent directives from President Trump demand careful scrutiny with respect to their implications. However, I believe that Bard must sustain its commitment to the principle of non-discrimination by reason of race, religion, or national identity. Bard is part of an international community of students and scholars and it will hold fast to attracting and retaining students, faculty, and staff from all over the world.
Bard has a long and proud history as a haven for refugees, first in the 1930s and again after the failed Hungarian Revolution of 1956. It will continue to honor the humanist traditions of higher education, Bard’s own history, and above all the ideals of the United States and the principles of its Declaration of Independence and its Constitution.
Bard will support and protect students without reference to their immigration status. Bard will admit students in a non-discriminatory manner with regard to religion, race, and national origin. Bard supports the BRIDGE Act and will continue to admit and support undocumented students. What the call for “extreme vetting” and the ban on immigration from certain nations mean for colleges and universities is not yet clear. But Bard will join the appropriate inter-institutional efforts to protect individuals dedicated to scholarship and teaching from all nations and religions.
I am an immigrant, a naturalized citizen whose family came stateless to this country. My deep patriotism for America is rooted in that experience. That patriotism is attached to the laws and ideals of the United States.
Our country was not always hospitable to refugees and immigrants. It was essentially closed from the 1920s until the mid 1960s. It turned away refugees from Nazi Europe. We cannot now permit our country to return to the America First isolationism of the 1930s and redefine itself as place of xenophobia, intolerance, and discrimination.
MoMA Announces the First U.S. Exhibition to Encompass Photographer, Bard Professor Stephen Shore's Entire Career
The Museum of Modern Art announces Stephen Shore, the first U.S. survey to encompass the entirety of Stephen Shore’s career in photography, from the gelatin silver prints he made as a teenager to his current work with digital platforms. On view from November 19, 2017, until spring 2018, the exhibition tracks the artist from his wunderkind beginnings—works made when he was just 14 years old were acquired by Edward Steichen, the director of the Department of Photography at MoMA; he had a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was 24 years old—through his continual, restless interrogation of image making. Stephen Shore is Susan Weber Professor in the Arts and director of the Photography Program at Bard. He has taught at the College since 1982.
Helping Them Become the Best Versions of Themselves
How the Citizen Science Teaching Fellows Program Challenges and Supports Students and Alumni/ae
A remarkable group of students and alumni/ae has played an essential role supporting Bard first-years in the labs during Citizen Science. Now celebrating its fifth year, the Citizen Science Teaching Fellows Program is having a big impact on the lives of Bardians on campus and after graduation.
Senior Spotlight: Eva-Marie Quinones '17
Bard College senior Eva-Marie Quinones is invested in political dialogue and civic engagement. A double major in economics and global and international studies, Eva-Marie has been a leader in the Bard Debate Union and Model United Nations. She plans to pursue an advanced degree in political science or international affairs after graduation.
Bard Works Provides Career Development for Juniors and Seniors
The fifth annual Bard Works program runs from Sunday, January 22, to Friday, January 27, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable career tools as they near graduation. Juniors and seniors participate in a series of workshops, networking events, and other professional development activities. With the support of mentors from the campus community and beyond, students hone their business etiquette and job searching skills, work on public speaking and workplace leadership, and explore how to translate their undergraduate education to the global marketplace. Participants include 60 students and more than 100 alumni/ae, parents, and local professionals. Visit website
Bard President Leon Botstein and Professor and Journalist Mark Danner Discuss President Donald Trump’s Foreign and Domestic Policies in Public Dialogue on February 2
On Thursday, February 2, Bard College will host a public dialogue with Bard President Leon Botstein and Mark Danner, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities and contributor to the New York Review of Books, discussing President Donald Trump’s foreign and domestic policies. The discussion, “Trump Abroad, Trump at Home: Declaring the New War,” is the inaugural event of the First 100 Days, a college-wide initiative combining civics and public media. Sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, Council for Inclusive Excellence, and Human Rights Project, the discussion is free and open to the public and takes place at 7 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater in the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Click here to view a webcast of the event.
The Orchestra Now Presents: Federico Cortese Conducts Debussy
Dynamic guest conductor Federico Cortese conducts Barber, Adagio for Strings; Debussy, La mer; and Franck, Symphony in D Minor at the Fisher Center February 4–5.
Bard College Celebrates Martin Luther King Day with Volunteer Projects
More than 260 Bard students marked Martin Luther King Day with the 7th Annual MLK Day of Engagement. Students volunteered at 30 organizations across the Hudson Valley, ranging from Historic Hudson River Sloop Clearwater and Red Hook Public Library to Planned Parenthood.
The Orchestra Now Winter Concerts
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) will offer a busy schedule of five concerts over the 2017 winter season. A semistaged production of Leonard Bernstein’s beloved opera Candide, led by TŌN associate conductor James Bagwell, will be given two performances at the Fisher Center at Bard College (February 25–26). Also at the Fisher Center, guest conductor Federico Cortese, music director of Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras and the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, will lead a program of Debussy, Barber, and Franck (February 4–5); and Zachary Schwartzman will conduct the Orchestra in another free concert at Simon’s Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. (March 3). Off-campus performances include Brahms, Menzel & Klinger: The Canvas of Sound, the second installment of TŌN's Sight & Sound series at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (January 29); and a free Around Town concert at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts featuring Blue Hill Troupe music director Zachary Schwartzman on the podium with works by Glinka, Messiaen, and Tchaikovsky (March 5).
Bard's Fisher Center Presents an Exciting Winter/Spring Season
Classical Music from Rare Repertoire to Masterworks, French Jazz, Conversation, A Performance Festival About Surveillance, and More. Tickets on sale now!
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, art, and theater programs performed in the world class Sosnoff and LUMA Theaters. Highlights include Catskill Jazz Factory’s French Connection series; The Orchestra Now series; the second edition of the Live Arts Bard Biennial: WE’RE WATCHING; Neil Gaiman & American Gods; Bard Conservatory Orchestra concerts; student opera, dance and theater productions; and more.
Bard Athletics Top Moments of 2016
Bard's student athletes have had quite a year! Peruse this chronology of the top moments of 2016, including Bianka Bell '16 becoming the third Bard College women's basketball player in history to score 1,000 career points, Bard senior Harry Johnson's selection as one of just 10 men's basketball players nationally to be named to the Allstate National Association of Basketball Coaches Good Works Team, and the College Squash Association naming Bard the winner of the prestigious Sloan Award for team sportsmanship, a first for the program.
Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program Celebrates Graduation
Twenty students graduated from the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City (BGIA) last week. This semester, students came from 13 institutions, including Bard College, Bard College Berlin, Smolny College, Oberlin College, Emory University, Université Paris-Sorbonne, and Bard College at Simon's Rock. The students took courses on Non-state Actors in the International System, Foreign Policy in the Age of the Internet, Anglo-American Grand Strategy, Ethics for a Connected World, and Writing for International Affairs. In addition, students interned at a wide variety of institutions, including: the Council on Foreign Relations, Bard Early Colleges, MADRE, EurasiaNet, Human Rights Watch, World Policy Institute, Oxford Analytica, Office of the Mayor of New York City, Roads and Kingdoms, and CBS This Morning. Since 2001, BGIA has provided a unique opportunity for college students and recent college graduates from around the world to take advanced courses in international affairs while working in carefully selected internships during semester and summer programs.
Bard Alumna, La Voz Editor Mariel Fiori '05 Honored with Hudson Valley Magazine Women in Business Award
Mariel Fiori, Bard alumna and cofounder/editor of La Voz, was selected as one of Hudson Valley Magazine's 2015 Women in Business. The 2015 and 2016 honorees were recognized at a luncheon on Thursday, December 8 at Villa Borghese in Wappingers Falls. Senator Sue Serino was the keynote speaker at the event. Fiori cofounded La Voz, a Spanish-language magazine for the Hudson Valley, with Emily Schmall '05 as a student TLS project in 2004. She has been celebrated for her work as a journalist and local activist. Learn More
Two Bard College Students Win Prestigious Gilman Scholarships
Bard College students Kina Carney ’18 and Jessica Liu ’18 have both won highly competitive Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to pursue studies abroad during the upcoming spring semester. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 toward study abroad or internship costs.
Center for Environmental Policy Hosts C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop
Over the weekend of December 2–4, Bard College hosted the sixth annual Northeast regional C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop. Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability, the three-day workshop offers training to college students and recent graduates aspiring to become sustainability leaders in politics and business. The event drew 40 participants this year with some coming from as far away as La Crosse, Wisconsin and Austin, Texas. The weekend included sessions on how to raise money, pitch an idea, and build a professional network.
Elena Botts Named Inaugural Serota Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College
Bard student Elena Botts ’18 has been named the inaugural Serota fellow at the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. The Kevin Serota Fellowship at the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College was established in June by Kendall (KC) Serota ’04 and his parents, Kim Blaine Serota and Karen Ann Serota, in tribute to KC’s brother, Kevin Daniel Serota, who died in December 2015. The Kevin Serota Fellowship at the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College honors Kevin’s passion and aptitude in the field of drone technology and creation. The fellowship is a semester-long, intensive research position awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional research and writing skills, as well as an academic or professional interest in unmanned systems technology and associated issues.
Bard Students, Alumni/ae, and Parents Meet for Bard Works D.C.
Last week, Bard brought more than 50 students to the nation's capital for Bard Works D.C. During the three-day program, students heard from alumni/ae, parents, and friends in the Bard network who are living and working in the D.C. area. Panel topics included politics, government, nonprofit, private sector, and arts-related careers. Networking receptions were held throughout the program so that students had the opportunity to meet and mingle with panelists and other program participants. Bard Works 2017, a weeklong professional development event for Bard juniors and seniors, will take place January 22–27 in Annandale. Bard Works is made possible by a generous grant from an anonymous donor and is a collaboration between the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, the Bard Career Development Office, the Dean of Student Affairs Office, the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs, and the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors.
Bard Alumnae and Faculty to Appear in 2017 Whitney Biennial
Work by several Bard alumnae and faculty members will be featured in the Whitney Biennial this spring. Bard alumnae include Celeste Dupuy Spencer (Studio Arts), Dani Leventhal MFA '10 (Film/Video), Carrie Moyer MFA '02 (Painting), and Leila Weinraub (MFA). Faculty artists include Susan Cianciolo (MFA visiting artist in Painting), Kevin Everson (MFA Film/Video faculty), An-My Lê (Photography), Ulrike Müller (MFA Painting cochair), and Cauleen Smith (MFA Film/Video faculty).
Global Citizenship Course Connects Students Across the Bard Network
What does it mean to be a global citizen? This semester, students at five campuses in the Bard network are contemplating these and similar questions in a new course titled Global Citizenship. Students in the Bard Higher Education Support Program (HESP) institutions of American University of Central Asia, Al-Quds Bard, Bard College, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University, and Smolny College are participating in a set of linked courses that share readings, a similar course structure, common assignments, and a shared online discussion forum.
Bard Center for Environmental Policy Hosts Postelection Web Talk with Leading Climate Change Activist Bill McKibben
On Wednesday, November 16, as part of its twice-monthly National Climate Seminar series, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy will host a live web discussion, “The Postelection Climate for Climate Action,” with Middlebury College professor and 350.org founder Bill McKibben.
Bard Students Participate in Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point
Last week, two Bard College students, Isobel Coen '18 and Karl-Nicolas (Nic) Lindenlaub '19, participated in the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the United States faces in an increasingly interconnected global society. This year's theme was "Democracy and Democratization: Challenges and Opportunities." Delegates conclude the conference by submitting a policy recommendation to their peers, the best of which are published in the Undergraduate Journal of Social Sciences. Isobel Coen participated in the roundtable on Europe and Nic Lindenlaub was on the security roundtable. Bard participates in this conference with support from the Mellon Foundation.
Bard Hosts First Online Debate with Students in the Bard Network
On Monday, November 14, students from four institutions in the Bard Network participated in the first Bard intranetwork online debate. The event featured two students each from Bard College, Bard College Berlin, Al Quds Bard (Abu Dis, Palestine), and Smolny College (St. Petersburg, Russia). Participants debated the topic, "This house believes that all states have a right to nuclear weapons." Ruth Zisman, faculty adviser to the Bard Debate Union, remarked on the event, "In this moment of great political uncertainty, it was enlivening and inspiring to watch students from across the world exchange ideas with one another." The Bard Debate Union hopes to make this a biannual event.
Cai Conducts Rachmaninoff: The Orchestra Now Performs at the Fisher Center
The Orchestra Now performs works by Guohui Ye, Xiaogang Ye, and Sergei Rachmaninoff at the Fisher Center, conducted by Jindong Cai, on November 19 and 20.
Bard College Hosts Postelection Dialogue with Bard President Leon Botstein and Professor and Journalist Mark Danner
On Friday, November 11, Bard College will host a public, postelection dialogue with Bard President Leon Botstein and Mark Danner, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities and contributor to the New York Review of Books. Sponsored by the Human Rights Project and Center for Civic Engagement, the discussion, “The World Turned Upside Down?” is free and open to the public and takes place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Fisher Center's Sosnoff Theater. Can't attend in person? Watch the live webcast.
World Fantasy Award–Winning Author John Crowley to Give Reading at Bard College on November 14
John Crowley, the World Fantasy Award–winning author of Little, Big and the Ægypt series, will read from his fiction at Bard College on Monday, November 14. The New York Times Book Review writes, “John Crowley is an abundantly gifted writer, a scholar whose passion for history is matched by his ability to write a graceful sentence.”
Bard Gets Out the Vote
Campus has been a hive of activity throughout the election season, with local politicians visiting campus and a series of special events sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, the Hannah Arendt Center, and the Center for Environmental Policy. Election at Bard has led an ambitious effort to register 90 percent of eligible student voters, and students have gathered in the Campus Center to watch all the presidential and vice presidential debates. Today, free shuttles are running all day to the polls, and a celebratory election day parade will take place at 3:00, followed by a broadcast this evening of the election results in the Campus Center, complete with treats and dinner off the grill served by faculty and staff.
Economist Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, President of the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and Executive Vice President of Bard College, Appointed Greece’s Minister of Economy and Development
Economist Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, president of the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and executive vice president and Jerome Levy Professor of Economics at Bard College, has been appointed as Greece’s minister of economy and development. As an economist, Papadimitriou has focused on financial structure reform, fiscal and monetary policy, community development banking, employment policy, and the distribution of income, wealth, and well-being. He heads the Levy Institute's macroeconomic modeling team studying and simulating the U.S. and world economies, including extensive research and modeling of the Greek economy. Papadimitriou has been president of the Levy Institute since 1986 and executive vice president, provost, and economics professor at Bard since 1977.
Latest Issue of Celebrated Literary Magazine Conjunctions Gathers Leading Writers to Explore the Question: Who or What Is an Alien?
Who or what is an alien? Someone or something whose profound otherness stirs in us terror, even dread, or perhaps a healthy—sometimes dangerous—curiosity? Exploring these straightforward yet complex questions, Conjunctions:67, Other Aliens—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—collects works of literary science and speculative fiction that explore the vast precincts of unfamiliarity, of keen difference, of weirdness and not belonging.
La Voz Editor Mariel Fiori '05 to Receive Newburgh Girl Power Award
Mariel Fiori '05, community leader and cofounder and editor of La Voz, will be honored by Newburgh Girl Power at their awards dinner on Friday, November 11.
CCS Bard Presents "We are the (Epi) center…"
"We are the (Epi) center…" is a two-month project that brings together a range of international artists to rethink art's relationship to its forms of exhibition and propose new models. Opening reception on Friday, November 11, 6–8pm with a performance by Harold Offeh. The project is coorganized with Paul O’Neill and the Center for Curatorial Studies and takes place at P!, located at 334 Broome Street in New York City.
Building Relationships Across Cultures: Austin Lehn ’17 at the State Department
Bard senior and political studies major Austin Lehn interned at EducationUSA last summer, a division of the State Department that helps international students and their families navigate the college admission process in the United States. Now he's considering a career as a Foreign Service officer or an international adviser to a university.
Many Paths to One Classroom: Course at Bard's Global Affairs Program in New York City Is a Snapshot of Bard Network
This semester, a class at the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) in New York City includes students from a remarkable number of Bard programs and partner institutions. Bard College professor Walter Russell Mead is teaching Anglo-American Grand Strategy, a course examining the rise of British and American world power across three centuries. The class includes students from BGIA (with home institutions of American University in Central Asia, Smolny College in Russia, Emory University, and Bard), Bard College students who make the trip from Annandale, and students from Bard High School Early College in Queens.
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Presents Conservatory Weekends
The Fisher Center presents the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in concert at the Sosnoff Theater on Saturday, November 5 at 7 p.m. Music director Leon Botstein will lead the orchestra in a performance of a selection of classic pieces, including Ludwig van Beethoven’s Leonore Overture No. 2, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony 5 in D minor, op. 47, and Béla Bartók’s Concerto for Orchestra.
BEAM Students Visit Bard High School Early College Queens
On October 25, 37 BEAM alumni/ae and their families visited Bard High School Early College Queens for a tour and admission exam. The Bridge to Enter Advanced Mathematics (BEAM) is an intensive program for New York City middle school students with an aptitude in math who wouldn't otherwise have access to advanced courses. They come to Bard and other colleges for three weeks every summer, followed by a robust mentoring program that helps them apply to high schools and colleges. Bard students and alumni/ae serve as faculty, BEAM students often continue on to the Bard High School Early Colleges, and this year a BEAM graduate came to Bard as a member of the class of 2020.
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Karan Mahajan
Author Karan Mahajan has been selected to receive the Bard Fiction Prize for his novel The Association of Small Bombs. A finalist for the 2016 National Book Award, Mahajan’s masterful narrative tells the story of two Delhi families ripped apart by a small bombing in a marketplace. Woven around the story of the Khuranas and the Ahmeds is the gripping tale of Shockie, a Kashmiri bomb maker who has forsaken his own life for the independence of his homeland. Mahajan’s residency at Bard College is for the Fall 2017 semester, during which time he will continue his writing, meet informally with students, and give a public reading.
Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program Hosts Conference on U.S. Military's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
On October 23 and 24, the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program (BGIA) in New York City hosted a conference on the history and future of the U.S. military's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The event was sponsored by the Mellon Foundation Project for Civil-Military Education Cooperation, which facilitates joint activities between educational institutions preparing the next generation of leaders in the civilian and military sectors. The aim is that members of each group should better understand the other, reducing the "civilian-military gap." Bard College is a member institution. This year marks the 100th anniversary of ROTC, and the conference explored the role of ROTC in training citizen-soldiers for the military, encouraging civil-military interactions on civilian campuses, a ensuring that the officer corps includes diverse experiences, perspectives, and educational backgrounds. Bard junior Jasmine Collins gave a presentation on her experiences in Junior ROTC in Atlanta. BGIA students attending the conference included those from Bard College, Oberlin College, Smolny College, and the Kellner Scholarship program that brings students from Hungary. Bard's dean of international studies and BGIA director James Ketterer oversaw the event.
Program in International Education 25th Anniversary Conference: Democracy at a Crossroads: Education, Politics, and Social Change, October 28
Join us as we celebrate 25 years of the Program in International Education, consider our shared history and future, and reflect on Bard's unique role in supporting democratic transition, education, and social change through PIE. This conference takes place on Friday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Campus Center's Multipurpose Room. It is free and open to the public.
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