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Women's Volleyball Earns Team Academic Award
The Bard College Women's Volleyball Team has earned a Team Academic Award from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The award honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that displayed excellence in the classroom during the academic year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average.
Bard Students Take On Civic Engagement Internships at Local and International Sites
This summer, more than 60 students received Community Action Awards from the Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and nearly 100 Bard undergraduates applied to defray the costs of unpaid internships in their chosen fields. CCE provides funding for participation in internships that address issues impacting people around the world, from community organizations and government agencies to NGOs and public policy programs. Internship sites this summer range from Historic Red Hook, just next door to Bard, to Colegio Continental in the Dominican Republic.
Bard Receives Grants from State Department to Support Study of the U.S. Institutes
The Bard College Center for Civic Engagement has been awarded two one-year cooperative agreements with the U.S. Department of State totaling $520,000 to support the Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSI) at Bard, with the possibility of renewal for two additional years. SUSI has expanded this year to include a program for student leaders on civic engagement, in addition to the ongoing program for scholars and teachers on U.S. foreign policy.
The Fisher Center Presents Woven: In Process, an Exhibition of Works by Bard Artist in Residence Tanya Marcuse
The Fisher Center presents Woven: In Process, an exhibition of 5 x 10 foot photographs by Tanya Marcuse, courtesy of the Julie Saul Gallery in New York City. Marcuse, an artist in residence at Bard, meticulously arranges natural elements in an intricate tableau of a lush yet decaying forest of fauna and flora, where a detailed still life weaves into a medieval tapestry. The exhibition features the artist’s studio proofs, giving the audience a look into the artist’s process of making these elaborate photographs. Marcuse presents the unity of the work in its "opulence which verges on excess." The exhibition takes place in the LUMA Theater Weis Atrium of the Fisher Center. The gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 12 to 5 p.m., and will extend until curtain call on performance evenings at the Fisher Center. During regular gallery hours, visitors may enter through the Fisher Center parking lot entrance. The exhibition runs from July 7 to November 20, with an opening reception on Friday, July 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. There will be an artist talk moderated by Professor Daniel Mendelsohn on October 18 at 6:30 pm, free and open to the public.
Distinguished Scholar of Religion Shai Secunda to Join Bard College Faculty
Bard College announces the appointment of Shai Secunda as the Jacob Neusner Professor in the History and Theology of Judaism. Secunda, who joins the faculty in fall 2016, is a specialist in Talmudic and Judaic studies and will teach courses in Jewish Studies and other topics through the Religion Program at Bard. An endowed chair, the Jacob Neusner Professor in the History and Theology of Judaism was established in recognition of Neusner’s distinguished contributions to the field and to Bard College.
Bard College Receives Grant from Burpee Foundation to Support Renovations of Montgomery Place Greenhouse
Bard College has been awarded a generous $100,000 grant from the Burpee Foundation to support the repairs and renovation of the greenhouse at Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus. The greenhouse improvements will allow the building to meet all safety codes, ensure energy efficiency, and include necessary restoration work.
Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (Bard MFA) Presents Class of 2017 Thesis Exhibition, July 16–23
The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts will present its Class of 2017 thesis exhibition July 16–23 at the Bard College Exhibition Center (UBS Gallery) at 29 O’Callaghan Lane in Red Hook, with an opening reception on Saturday, July 16 from 1 to 4 p.m.
The 2016 SummerScape Gala: A Summer Celebration at Montgomery Place: The Bard College Campus on Saturday, July 16
Featuring Premiere Live Performance of Sergei Polunin’s "Take Me To Church," Performances by Blythe Danner, Parker Posey, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Mx. Justin Vivian Bond; A Benefit for the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, July 16
The 2016 SummerScape Gala celebrates the spirit of Montgomery Place, the historic Hudson Valley estate that recently became part of the Bard College campus, with an elegant evening in the company of some very special guests on Saturday, July 16, 2016.
Bard Welcomes Multinational Foreign Policy Scholars for a Six-Week Exchange Program Cosponsored by U.S. State Department
The U.S. Foreign Policy Institute launched its summer program at Bard College on Saturday, June 25. Sponsored by Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program hosts 18 notable multinational scholars and educators for a six-week exchange program entitled “Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy.” The scholars have been nominated by U.S. embassies, consulates, and Fulbright commissions, and hail from 16 countries. The program provides participants with historical and political grounding in U.S. foreign policy, and helps them develop syllabi, curricula, and the teaching tools to effectively implement the material in the classroom. In the past week, the scholars have had the opportunity to meet with local government officials, visit the Omi International Arts Center, and meet with Rep. Chris Gibson to discuss U.S. foreign policy.
Professor of Physics Matthew Deady Awarded Inaugural 2016 Michèle Dominy Award for Teaching Excellence
The Michèle Dominy Award was established in 2015 to honor Professor Dominy’s 14 years of service as the dean of the college. Professor Deady, the first recipient of the award, is described in the letter of nomination as “an exemplar of Bard’s intellectual mission and dedication.”
Bard Prison Initiative 14th Commencement Held at Woodbourne Correctional Facility
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) celebrated its 14th commencement at Woodbourne Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison for men in Woodbourne, New York, on Saturday, June 11. BPI awarded associate in arts degrees to 30 students. This year’s BPI commencement speaker was Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who represents the Eighth Congressional District of New York. Bard College President Leon Botstein gave the charge to the graduates, and Rabbi Andy Bachman, director of Jewish content and community ritual at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y, delivered the invocation and benediction. Another BPI graduate, who had been released from prison in October, received his bachelor of arts degree during Bard College’s 156th commencement held in May on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus.
Watch the commencement video
Bard College Mourns the Death of Professor Peter Hutton
A Letter to the Bard Community from President Leon Botstein
It is with great sadness that I inform the community of the death of Peter Hutton, Charles Franklin Kellogg and Grace E. Ramsey Kellogg Professor of the Arts, on June 25 at the age of 71.
Peter began teaching at Bard in 1985 and chaired the Film and Electronic Arts Program for twenty-seven years. He also taught in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.
Peter was born in Detroit on August 24, 1944. He received B.F.A and M.F.A. degrees from the San Francisco Art Institute, and travelled the world as a merchant seaman, creating intimate studies of place from the Yangtze River to the Polish industrial city of Lodz, and from the coast of Iceland to a ship graveyard on the Bangladeshi shore. Anthology Film Archives presented a retrospective of his work in 1989, and the Museum of Modern Art presented a comprehensive, eighteen-film retrospective in 2008. His films have also been featured in the Biennial Exhibitions of the Whitney Museum of American Art for many years. He was named a Guggenheim Fellow and Rockefeller Fellow in the early 1990s and received grants from the New York Artist Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts for his work on the Hudson River.
Peter was one of the most gracious, talented, original, and generous colleagues I have ever known. His contribution to the College was transformative. My deepest condolences to his daughter, Manon Hutton-DeWys ’06, of whom he was justly proud, and her husband, Donald McClelland; and his widow, Carolina Gonzalez-Hutton. He is also survived by his twin sister, Wendy Hutton, and brother, William Hutton.
A funeral service will take place on Tuesday, June 28, beginning with a quiet gathering at 5:00 p.m. at the Avery Center for the Arts, followed by a silent procession to Blithewood, where the service will be held on the West Portico, weather permitting, or in the Blithewood Foyer, if necessary. A reception at the president’s house will immediately follow the service.
If you choose to honor Peter and his legacy at Bard, donations may be made to Bard College for the Peter Hutton Film Fund. Please do not send flowers.
Read Professor Hutton's obituary in the New York Times, "Peter Hutton, Filmmaker With Austerely Romantic Worldview, Dies at 71."
Bard College and Partners Launch National Take a Stand Festival Camps
Young musicians from across the United States gathered this week in Aspen for the first of two regional orchestra camps to be held this summer as part of the National Take a Stand Festival. The Aspen gathering takes place June 24–29 and includes 85 students from 11 states, representing 20 El Sistema–inspired music programs. The second gathering will take place at Bard College August 16–20. The National Take a Stand Festival is a partnership between Bard College, the Longy School of Music of Bard College, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Aspen Music Festival and School, Venezuela’s FundaMusical, and El Sistema USA. The Festival is a three-year project that began in 2015 with the creation of an International Teaching Faculty, who will serve as master teachers at the two regional camps in Aspen and Annandale, culminating in a seven-day national youth orchestra camp in the summer of 2017 in Los Angeles, featuring a final performance led by Los Angeles Philharmonic Music Director Gustavo Dudamel. Learn more
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard Unveils New Exhibitions on June 25
This weekend, the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College will launch two new exhibitions: Invisible Adversaries and Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive. Imponderable offers the first comprehensive showing of the remarkable objects collected by American artist Tony Oursler, tracking the history of the paranormal dating back to the early 18th century. Invisible Adversaries celebrates 10 years of the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College with a selection of works around the theme of a woman’s struggle to retain her sense of self against hostile alien forces. Curated by Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles, the exhibition includes more than 50 artists drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, major installations, and new commissions. These two exhibitions are accompanied by Reading Context, an opportunity to study selected works of art alongside their archival materials, taking place in the new Collection Teaching Gallery. The opening reception for new exhibitions will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. More on the CCS Bard website
Levy Economics Institute Holds Seventh Annual Minsky Summer Seminar
The seventh Hyman P. Minsky Summer Seminar was held at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College from June 10 to 18. The annual Summer Seminar provides a rigorous discussion of both the theoretical and applied aspects of Minsky’s economics, with an examination of meaningful prescriptive policies relevant to the current economic and financial crisis. Organized by Jan Kregel, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, and L. Randall Wray, the Seminar program is geared toward graduate students and those at the beginning of their academic or professional careers. The teaching staff includes well-known economists concentrating on and expanding Minsky’s work. The Seminar is organized by the Levy Economics Institute with support from the Ford Foundation.
Bard MFA Faculty and Alumni/ae Awarded Tiffany Foundation Biennial Grants
The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation has unveiled its biennial list of 2015 grantees. Among them are two Bard MFA faculty members, Pam Lins and A. L. Steiner, and three MFA alumni/ae: Jared Buckhiester '13, Rochelle Goldberg '15, and Kelly Kaczynski '03. More on Arforum
World Premiere of Fantasque—John Heginbotham and Amy Trompetter’s New Ballet for Dancers and Puppets—Launches Bard SummerScape 2016 (July 1–3)
Bard SummerScape 2016 launches on July 1 with the world premiere of Fantasque, a major new commission for dance and puppetry that marks the first collaboration between two significant creative artists. Set to the music of Respighi and Rossini, Bard’s new ballet for audiences of all ages pairs original choreography from Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award–winner John Heginbotham with puppetry and design by Amy Trompetter, longstanding doyenne of the puppet theater world. Fantasque will be presented in three performances on July 1–3, in the Sosnoff Theater in Bard's Fisher Center.
Aston Magna Festival Presents "Love and Lamentation" Early Music Concerts at Bard College on Fridays, June 17 – July 8
Early music instrumentalists are tuning up for the Aston Magna Music Festival’s 44th season, “Love and Lamentation,” featuring four Friday evening concerts at Bard College, June 16 through July 8 at 8 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Hall. A pre-concert talk takes place before each concert at 7 p.m.
Video: Bard College Holds One Hundred Fifty-Sixth Commencement on Saturday, May 28
Harvard Law Professor and Author Randall Kennedy Delivers Commencement Address
Honorary Degrees Awarded to Kennedy, Geneticist Jennifer A. Doudna, Historian William Chester Jordan, Media Executive Geraldine Laybourne, Law Professor Elisabeth A. Semel '72, and Editor Robert B. Silvers
Bard College held its one hundred fifty-sixth commencement on Saturday, May 28, 2016. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 490 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2016 and 160 graduate degrees. Click above for the full text of Professor Kennedy's commencement address.
Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra to Tour Cuba in June
From June 3 to 10, The Bard Conservatory Orchestra will embark on a one-week visit to Cuba to foster cultural exchange. The project includes formal concerts conducted by Leon Botstein in Cienfuegos (June 4), Santa Clara (June 6), and Havana (June 7-9), with pianist Peter Serkin as soloist in Havana (June 9). Collaborations with Cuban artists, in the form of shared concerts, side-by-side performances, and chamber music workshops, are another important component of this concert tour.
CCS Bard Presents Tony Oursler: The Imponderable Archive, On View June 25 – October 30
Imponderable is an extensive research project, exhibition, film, and publication that investigates the personal collection of American artist Tony Oursler, a remarkable trove of more than 2,500 photographs, documents, publications, and unique objects, tracking a social, spiritual, and intellectual history of the paranormal dating back to the early 18th century.
Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Announces 66th Concert Season for June 2016
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) series at Bard College presents three chamber music concerts in June. The first concert will take place on Saturday, June 4, with a program of Schubert, Bartók, and Brahms. The Saturday evening concerts, presented by The Bard Center, begin at 8 p.m. in Olin Hall.
Bard College Students Visit New York City to Explore Careers in Social Justice
The Bard College Career Development Office and Bard Globalization and International Affairs program partnered with parents, alumni/ae, and friends of the College to host a Social Justice Career Exploration Trip on Friday, April 29. Bard staff and students traveled to Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union in New York City to learn from a wide range of professionals at each organization.
Celebrating 10 Years of the Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard Presents Invisible Adversaries Curated by Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles
The Hessel Museum of Art marks its 10th anniversary with a major exhibition curated by Lauren Cornell and Tom Eccles entitled Invisible Adversaries. The exhibition is inspired by the eponymous 1976 feature film by the radical Austrian artist VALIE EXPORT, and is built around its themes. The film presents a woman’s struggle to retain her sense of self against hostile alien forces that appear increasingly ubiquitous, colonizing the minds of all those around her. The exhibition includes more than 50 artists drawn from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, major installations, and new commissions.
Bard College Wins $1 Million New York State Clean Energy Competition, Governor Cuomo Announces
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State will award $1 million each to Bard College, University at Buffalo, and Broome Community College as part of the “Energy to Lead Competition.” The competition was announced by the Governor in October 2015 and challenged student-led coalitions from New York colleges and universities across the state to develop plans for local clean energy projects on campus and in their communities. The announcement was made Monday at Bard College.
Bard College to Participate in New Dual Enrollment Pell Grant Pilot Program Announced by the U.S. Department of Education
Bard College has been chosen to participate in a federal pilot program to expand college access for low-income students by allowing high school students taking college courses to access Pell Grants. Bard’s participation will focus on its Early College High School in Newark, New Jersey.
Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus to Host Tours of Historic Mansion on Saturdays, Beginning June 4
Bard College: The Montgomery Place Campus will begin hosting guided tours of the historic Montgomery Place mansion on Saturdays, and by appointment, on June 4. Bard purchased the 380-acre estate adjacent to the Bard campus from the Historic Hudson Valley in January, and is now in the process of creating a master plan to guide the integration of the two campuses and utilize the new facilities in a manner consistent with the College’s commitment to historic preservation, public access, and the environment. The Montgomery Place Campus grounds, including gardens, arboretum, and three miles of hiking trails with views of the Hudson River and Catskill Mountains, are open daily, dawn to dusk. Mansion tours will take place on Saturdays, June 4–September 3.
Bard Places a Record 46 Athletes on Liberty League Spring All-Academic Teams
A total of 46 student athletes at Bard qualified for Liberty League Spring All-Academic Teams, breaking the school record of 38 among spring athletes, set last year. Liberty League commissioner Tracy King announced on Thursday that 762 athletes qualified across the league. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic Team, an athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20. Bard athletes were recognized in lacrosse, track and field, tennis, and baseball.
Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti Named to 2016–2017 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) and the Human Rights Project at Bard College have announced that Sandi Hilal and Alessandro Petti, architects and critics based in Beit Sahour, Palestinian Territories, have been selected as the third recipients of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Symposium on Thinking Beyond the Refugee Crisis
In cooperation with Bard's Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities, Bard College Berlin hosts a symposium on May 17 examining historical, artistic, and media approaches to migration in Europe.
BHSEC Manhattan Faculty Joseph Danquah Honored at White House
Joseph Danquah, mathematics faculty member at Bard High School Early College Manhattan, was honored at the White House on May 3 as an outstanding teacher. Danquah was one of five teachers nationally who received a special invitation from President Barack Obama to join an event for National Teacher Appreciation Day that honored the National Teacher of the Year, the State Teacher of the Year from each state, and other outstanding educators from around the country. Danquah was nominated to go to the White House by the organization Math for America after being named a winner of the 2015 Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics and as a 2014 New York Times Teachers Who Make a Difference Honoree.
Bard College Projects Awarded Hudson River Estuary Grants
Bard College was awarded two New York State Hudson River Estuary Grants as part of the $3 million in awards Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced last week for new projects to help communities improve recreation access, protect water quality, conserve open space, and increase storm resiliency in the Hudson River Estuary watershed. A $49,950 watershed grant was awarded to the Bard Office of Sustainability to conduct a study assessing the impacts of maintenance and repair, partial removal, or entire removal of the Lower Saw Kill dam. The dam on the Saw Kill Creek is a known barrier to aquatic connectivity for American eel, a Species of Greatest Conservation Need. A second $44,744 river access grant was awarded to the Bard Environmental and Urban Studies Program to support a feasibility study to explore trail repairs and boat launch options to the Tivoli South Bay shoreline trail. Both projects are affiliated with the Saw Kill Watershed Community.
Latest Issue of Celebrated Literary Magazine Conjunctions Gathers Leading Writers to Explore Friendship
Unlike blood kinship, friendships are forged with people we choose, and continue to choose. People who become, in essence, a free-will kind of family which, like our blood family, can be a strong source of happiness and, sometimes, of grand miseries. Friendships are as mercurial as they are essential. Conjunctions:66, Affinity—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—investigates the phenomenon of friendship in its many forms, collecting innovative, provocative fiction, poetry, and essays by writers of every ilk. Edited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, Affinity includes a never-before-published poem by Robert Duncan in his original handwriting, as well as new work from Rick Moody and Darcey Steinke, Robert Coover, Paul Lisicky, John Ashbery, and Joyce Carol Oates, among other leading contemporary writers. The issue is dedicated to poet and longtime Conjunctions contributor C. D. Wright.
Bard SummerScape 2016 Presents World Premiere of Dan Hurlin’s Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed: Puppet Noir Based on Rediscovered Work by Leading Italian Futurist
The Bard SummerScape festival presents the world premiere—almost a full century after its creation—of Demolishing Everything with Amazing Speed (1917): four newly rediscovered puppet plays written by leading Italian Futurist Fortunato Depero, as translated, designed, and directed by Obie and Bessie Award–winning artist Dan Hurlin. Combining traditional bunraku puppetry techniques with state-of-the-art technology—from 3-D printing to sound sampling—and a live score from Tony Award–nominated composer/sound designer Dan Moses Schreier, the production will be mounted in the LUMA Theater at Bard's Fisher Center.
Bard College Students and Graduates Win Prestigious National and International Awards
Bard College students and alumnae have won several prestigious awards and honors. Among them are two Fulbrights, two Gilman Scholarships, a Davis Project for Peace Prize, a Humanity in Action Fellowship, and a Truman Scholarship finalist.
Award-Winning Journalist and Bard College Professor Mark Danner Named 2016 Carnegie Fellow
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has named Mark Danner, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College, as one of its 2016 Andrew Carnegie Fellows. Recipients of the award receive up to $200,000 to fund one to two years of scholarly research and writing in the areas of education, law, technology, business, and public policy. The award will support Danner’s reporting and writing project, entitled “Breaking the Borders,” on the dissolving borders of the Middle East. The project is related to his forthcoming book, Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War, which will be published by Simon & Schuster in June.
Bard Student Athletes Host Fifth Annual Special Olympics Day
The Bard College Department of Athletics and Recreation and the Student Athlete Advisory Committee hosted the fifth annual Special Olympics Day on Sunday, May 1. Residents from the Astor Home for Children in Rhinebeck, The Devereaux School in Red Hook, and the Children's Home of Kingston came to Bard for an afternoon of fun and camaraderie with dozens of Bard student athletes.
Bard SummerScape 2016 Presents Rare Staging of Mascagni’s Iris (July 22–31)
Reviving important but neglected operas has long been central to Bard SummerScape’s mission, and this year’s immersion in "Puccini and His World"—as befits the most popular and successful opera composer of all time—offers more opera than any season to date. The festival’s operatic centerpiece is an all-too-rare, fully staged production of Iris, a darkly expressionistic forerunner of Madama Butterfly by Puccini’s close contemporary Pietro Mascagni. Starring Grammy-nominated soprano Talise Trevigne in an original new staging by James Darrah—Musical America’s New Artist of the Month for December 2015—Iris runs for five performances between July 22 and 31, with an Opera Talk, free and open to the public, before the matinee on July 24.
Bard Conservatory Orchestra and The Orchestra Now Perform Side-By-Side in a Concert Featuring Dawn Upshaw on May 8
The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents a Mother’s Day side-by-side performance with Bard Conservatory Orchestra and The Orchestra Now (TŌN). Conducted by Leon Botstein, the concert includes Alban Berg’s Seven Early Songs featuring soprano Dawn Upshaw and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 6. The concert will be held on Sunday, May 8 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Tickets are a $15–$20 suggested donation and free to the Bard community. Ticket sales benefit the Bard Conservatory of Music’s Scholarship Fund. For tickets, call the box office at 845-758-7900, or go to fishercenter.bard.edu.
Campus Community Turns Out for Teach-In 2016
The Bard College community packed the Bertelsmann Campus Center and other campus venues for Teach-In 2016 on Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20. The Teach-In featured lectures, workshops, performances, and exhibitions designed to educate and engage the campus.
Bard MBA Alumna Spearheads Innovative Climate Push at Etsy
Chelsea Mozen MBA '15 joined the inaugural class of Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program in the fall of 2012 because she wanted to help rewire the world with clean energy. This month, one year after graduation, Chelsea joined Etsy CEO Chad Dickerson and other team members at the company headquarters to announce a bold, near-term commitment by the Internet retailer to achieve carbon neutrality. The company pledged to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2020 and grow a thriving, carbon neutral marketplace in the months, years, and decades to come.
Bard Debate Union at Eastern Correctional Facility Beats West Point for Second Time
The Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional Facility beat the West Point team for the second time on Friday, April 15. They debated on the topic, "Resolved: American corporations should have constitutional rights," with Bard arguing in favor of the proposition. After an exciting debate, Bard was pronounced the winner. This leaves the team 4-1 in overall wins/losses and 2-1 against West Point. Members of the Bard Debate Union at Eastern study in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), a program that provides a rigorous undergraduate curriculum—the same one that's taught on Bard's main campus in Annandale—to incarcerated students. The team made headlines last fall for beating the Harvard College team. This debate was the culmination of months of research and preparation with the tireless leadership of Coach David Register and the support of Bard Debate Union members in Annandale, who serve as BPI debate fellows, researching for their teammates at Eastern. Thanks also to Bard Debate Union codirector Ruth Zisman, BPI founder and director Max Kenner '01, Megan Callaghan, Robert Tynes, and the entire BPI staff.
Read more in the Wall Street Journal
Bard College to Host Celebration of Poet and Essayist Ann Lauterbach on April 21
On Thursday, April 21, Bard College will host a celebratory reading in honor of the work of Ann Lauterbach, David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature, member of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts faculty, and the renowned author of Under the Sign; Or to Begin Again (National Book Award nominee); Hum; If in Time: Selected Poems 1975–2000; The Night Sky: Writings on the Poetics of Experience; and other books. Poet John Ashbery, Charles P. Stevenson Professor Emeritus of Languages and Literature, writes, “Ann Lauterbach’s poetry goes straight to the elastic, infinite core of time.” Celebrating Lauterbach’s work will be poets Jibade-Khalil Huffman ’03, Simone White, Michael Ives, Camille Guthrie, and Anselm Berrigan, who will briefly discuss their artistic relationship to Lauterbach’s influential oeuvre. The evening will culminate with Lauterbach reading her own work.
The Orchestra Now (TŌN) Performs at the Fisher Center
Music Director Leon Botstein will conduct The Orchestra Now in a program of Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Ives, and two world premieres by Bard students Tamzin Elliott and Daniel Zlatkin on April 23–24. The concerts conclude the Orchestra’s inaugural performance season in residence at Bard College, designed to offer adventurous programs of familiar and lesser-known works in the incomparable Sosnoff Theater.
Live Arts Bard Presents May Day Dances: Faye Driscoll and John Jasperse
Celebrate the arrival of spring at Bard’s Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with a double bill of new dance featuring two of New York City’s most inventive choreographers, April 29 – May 1. Bessie award–winning choreographer Faye Driscoll’s Thank You For Coming: Attendance is an acclaimed work imagining a fantastical society in which performance is both a collective and political act, exploring dance from ancient ritual to contemporary forms, from balletic to the head-bang. John Jasperse’s Within between is a playful and complex dance exploring emptiness and in-between places. With an original score by Jonathan Bepler and performances by four of New York City’s most remarkable modern dancers, Within between earned two Bessie awards.
Levy Economics Institute’s 25th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference Featured in the New York Times
Peter Eavis on how regulators mess with bankers' minds, and why that's good.
Bard Students Advocate for Polling Location on Campus
On the night of April 12, Bard College student organizers with the Election at Bard Initiative presented to the Town of Red Hook Board, appealing for a new polling place on campus. The Town Board was convinced and unanimously passed a resolution urging the Dutchess County Board of Elections to take action and create a polling location at Bard.
Touch the Sky: Bard Professor Laura Battle Shows New Work in Art and Astronomy Exhibition
Professor of Studio Arts Laura Battle has created a site-specific, sixteen-foot painting, structured on the spiral galaxy, for Vassar College's Touch the Sky exhibition. Curated by Mary-Kay Lombino at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, the exhibition celebrates astronomy as seen through the eyes of 18 artists. Works on view include artist books, prints, drawings, paintings, photography, and film. The opening lecture and reception will take place on Friday, April 29, at 5:30 p.m., and the exhibition will be open through August 21.
Bard to Participate in Large-Scale Study Aimed at Reducing Ticks and Lyme Disease
The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation has awarded a $5 million dollar leadership grant to the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies to support a scientific study, being done in partnership with Bard College, that seeks to reduce Lyme disease in neighborhoods. Research will be carried out in collaboration with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, New York State Department of Health, and Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health. If successful, the project will revolutionize Lyme disease prevention.
Bard Music Festival Turns to Italy with In-Depth Survey of Music by Giacomo Puccini and His Compatriots
This summer, for the first time since its founding, the Bard Music Festival turns its focus to Italy, with a two-week, in-depth exploration of "Giacomo Puccini and His World." In eleven themed concert programs, complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, a special event, and expert commentary, Bard examines Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924), the most popular and successful—yet, paradoxically, all too often critically underrated—opera composer of all time. Opening a window onto Italy’s outstanding musical heritage, Weekend One explores Puccini and Italian Musical Culture (August 5–7), and Weekend Two looks Beyond Verismo (August 12–14).
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