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Bard College Hosts Six-Week Academic Exchange Program on Foreign Policy with U.S. State Department This Summer
Bard College is hosting a multinational group of 18 university-level scholars and educators on a six-week academic exchange program from June 13 to July 26. Titled “Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy,” this Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) is designed to foster a better understanding in overseas academic institutions of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught. The goal of the program is to provide participants with a grounding in U.S. foreign policy in all its complexity, to help them develop effective syllabi and curricula, and to provide them with teaching tools to help them in the classroom. 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 features an academic residency at Bard’s campus in Annandale-on-Hudson and a week in Manhattan with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program. The Institute also features integrated educational study tours to Hyde Park, West Point, Albany, Baltimore, and nine days in Washington, D.C.
Video: Bard College Holds 155th Commencement on May 23, Sherrilyn Ifill Delivers the Commencement Address
Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fifth commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 420 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2015 and 148 graduate degrees, including master of fine arts; doctor and master of philosophy and master of arts in decorative arts, design history, and material culture; master of business administration in sustainability; master of arts in teaching; master of arts in curatorial studies; master of science in environmental policy and in climate science and policy; and master of music in vocal arts and in conducting. The commencement address was given by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ifill received an honorary doctorate of laws. Honorary degrees were also awarded to dancer and choreographer Arthur Aviles ’87, neurobiologist Cori Bargmann, historian Anthony Grafton, and artist Kiki Smith.
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Pam Tanowitz Dance Makes Bard SummerScape Debut with a Triple Bill Featuring Live Music by FLUX Quartet
Bard SummerScape 2015 presents the Fisher Center debut of New York’s Pam Tanowitz Dance this summer, showcasing the choreography of Bessie Award-winner Pam Tanowitz. A triple bill, the program features the world premiere of Tanowitz’s Untitled (solo for Ashley Tuttle), set to music by Mexico’s Carlos Chávez—subject of the 2015 Bard Music Festival—and danced by former American Ballet Theatre principal Ashley Tuttle. Bookending the new work are two of Tanowitz’s most recent ensemble pieces, Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy) and Heaven on One’s Head, named “Among 2014’s Best” by the New York Times, with live music from FLUX Quartet. Staged in two performances on June 27 and 28, the triple bill takes place in Sosnoff Theater in the Fisher Center on Bard College’s campus.
Bard Students Premiere an Online Exhibition at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Three Bard College students will premiere an online exhibition, Eleanor Roosevelt: "We Make Our Own History," sponsored by the Eleanor Roosevelt–Val-Kill Partnership and Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement. This exhibition is generated by a course taught by Cynthia Koch, who is public historian in residence at Bard. Based on research conducted at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, each student prepared an individual exhibit that contributes to the overall exhibition. The student exhibits include archival, print, and digital online resources, and during the premiere, each student will conduct a virtual curator’s tour of her or his exhibit. The exhibition will open on Friday, May 8, at 4 p.m. at the Val-Kill Playhouse, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Bard SummerScape 2015 Presents a New Way to Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
The Bard SummerScape festival presents an entirely new way to experience Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s quintessential celebration of the American frontier. The production, directed by Daniel Fish, stars Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, and two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, with new musical arrangements for a six-piece Americana band by Henry Hewes Award-winner Daniel Kluger. It also features new choreography by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham. This intimate production brings audience and artists together in the round, sharing food and telling the story of a young nation forming its identity. Fish is exploring the timeless qualities of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration by re-setting it in a community hall that could well be from our own era. Oklahoma! will be mounted in 25 performances between June 25 and July 19 in the LUMA Theater of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center.
The Fisher Center and Catskill Jazz Factory Present Billie Holiday Centenary Tribute
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and the Catskill Jazz Factory present the Aaron Diehl Trio featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist, Cécile McLorin Salvant, in a centenary tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. in the acoustically superb Sosnoff Theater. Billie Holiday is considered to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. Salvant will perform some of Holiday’s most beloved repertoire including her renditions of “Jeepers Creepers,” “You Go to My Head,” and “Lover Man.” The members of the Aaron Diehl Trio are Aaron Diehl, piano; Paul Sikivie, bass; and Lawrence Leathers, drums. The Catskill Jazz Factory is a non-profit program founded in 2012. It offers in-school workshops and concerts, artist residencies, and world-class performances throughout the Hudson Valley.
Bard SummerScape Presents America’s First Fully Staged Production of Ethel Smyth’s Opera, The Wreckers
Bard College’s SummerScape Festival presents Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers for five performances from July 24 through August 2, at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College. This marks the first fully staged production of the opera in the Unites States and underscores the history that the SummerScape festival has in successfully staging neglected operas. Ethel Smyth, recognized as one of the greatest female composers of the 19th and 20th centuries who counted Tchaikovsky and Debussy among her admirers. The opera will be directed by European Opera Prize-winner Thaddeus Strassberger, who has made previous appearances at SummerScape. The performance will feature the American Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leon Botstein.
The Hannah Arendt Center Presents, “Translating the Holocaust: H.G. Adler as Writer and Scholar”, May 4
Translating the Holocaust: H.G. Adler As Writer and Scholar,” is happening on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4 p.m. in Bard Hall, Bard College Campus. The event offers a unique opportunity to examine the scholarly and artistic endeavors of a thinker who is just becoming known in English. Adler was among the earliest scholars to write extensively on the Shoah and was a pioneer of Holocaust Studies. Jeremy Adler, the author’s son and professor of German at Kings College London, will present the keynote address. Bill T. Jones, award winning choreographer and dancer, will give remarks. The editor and translators of some of Adler’s work will speak. Also featured is a live performance of Viktor Ullmann's song settings of Adler’s poetry. The event is sponsored by The Hannah Arendt Center, The Bard Translation Initiative, Jewish Studies, German Studies, and Human Rights Project.
Bard College to Honor Deborah Borda, President and CEO of LA Philharmonic Association, with Kellogg Award
Bard College will honor Deborah Borda, president and chief executive officer, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, with the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters. As president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deborah Borda manages the largest symphonic organization in the United States. Her tenure at the LA Phil has been marked by a series of artistic and educational initiatives that have garnered worldwide acclaim and become models within the orchestral music industry. Borda will be presented with the award at the Noche de gala for the Bard Music Festival, which this year celebrates the music of Carlos Chávez. The gala event is on Wednesday, April 29 at Dos Caminos Park Avenue, in New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm and dinner is at 7:30 pm. For more information, call 845-758-7414 or e-mail email@example.com.
Bard College Awarded $375,000 by the Dyson Foundation to Support Scholarships For Mid-Hudson Valley Students
Bard College has been awarded a $375,000 grant from the Dyson Foundation to support scholarships for students from the Mid-Hudson Valley. Bard currently provides more than $1.8 million in financial support to more than 59 Mid-Hudson Valley students. With the increased commitment from the Dyson Foundation, Bard College will continue to recruit and retain bright, capable, and talented students from the region who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend the College. The College currently offers financial aid to approximately 68 percent of students and awarded over $40 million in undergraduate financial aid this past year. The Dyson Foundation, established in 1957, is a private, family-directed, grant-making foundation led by Robert R. Dyson. The foundation is a longstanding supporter of Bard College’s undergraduate students.
Bard College Receives $40,000 NEH Grant to Support The Milošević Trial Public Archive
The Human Rights Project at Bard College has been awarded a $40,000 planning grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Milošević Trial Public Archive is a project being developed in collaboration with the Internet Archive to provide fully searchable streaming and downloadable video of the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević at the United Nation’s war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands. The grant will allow the project planners to lay the necessary theoretical and technological groundwork to carry out the project in full. An existing archive of more than 1,800 hours of testimony and procedure constitutes a vital repository for what is arguably the most significant trial in the jurisprudence of war crimes to date. The planned archive will feature search capabilities that are unprecedented, and will be of significant value to scholars, researchers, and specialists, across a broad range of fields. The Human Rights Project, founded in 1999, is an exploratory research and action initiative at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Bard Students Participate in Conference at Naval Academy
Bard College students Sana Mustafa and Graham Clark participated this week in the prestigious Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, held at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Established in 1961, the conference brings together more than 150 undergraduate students from the United States and over a dozen foreign countries every year for three days of critical discussions, lectures, informal exchanges, and social events.
The Hearst Foundations Award Bard College $100,000 in Support of Bard High School Early College Programs
The Hearst Foundations have made this grant to Bard College to help fund the Bard High School Early Colleges’ (BHSEC) academic support services, which work to assist public school students to reach college. The grant will support one-on-one tutoring for academic support across the curriculum, peer tutors in writing and other subject areas, and the extensive college transfer advising program that students begin during their first year of the BHSEC college program. Bard opened its first early college campus, BHSEC Manhattan, in 2001 in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. At BHSEC schools, students complete their high school requirements and earn 60 college credits in the four years typically assigned to high school. The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services.
Mid-Hudson Heritage Center to Celebrate Bard College’s Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions with Reading on April 18
On Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center at 317 Main Street will celebrate Bard College’s innovative literary journal Conjunctions with a special reading. Greg Hrbek (Destroy All Monsters), Michael Ives (The External Combustion Machine), Paul La Farge (Luminous Airplanes), and Christina Mengert (As We Are Sung) will read from their work published in Conjunctions’ biannual print journal and in the weekly online magazine. Conjunctions is an internationally distributed journal of fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction published by Bard College and edited by Bard Center Fellow and Professor of Literature Bradford Morrow. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but seating is first come, first served. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Theater Artist Aaron Landsman Performs a Public Dialogue at the Fisher Center April 18
How can we make a place to live that reflects our values? Theater artist Aaron Landsman invites us to reimagine urban life in a performed public meeting. This conversation (with local community organizers and planners) will lay the foundation for his next work, Perfect City.
Mildred Ruiz-Sapp '92 and Steven Sapp '89 Win Prestigious Doris Duke Artist Awards
Bard alumni Mildred Ruiz-Sapp '92 and Steven Sapp '89 each received the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award in theatre. Mildred Ruiz-Sapp is an actress, poet, vocalist, and playwright; husband Steven Sapp is an actor, poet, director and playwright. Together, the two co-founded UNIVERSES in The Bronx, NY in 1995. UNIVERSES is an award winning poetic musical theater ensemble that has toured extensively nationally and abroad. The Doris Duke Artist Award, provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is given to artists who have received national recognition for their work. The award provides grantees $275,000 and access to resources for audience development and creative exploration.
Bard College Experimental Humanities to Hold an Unconference April 18
The Experimental Humanities concentration will hold a one-day series of workshops and discussions in the style of THAT Camp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) in the Reem-Kayden Center on Saturday April 18th. The unconference format is informal and participatory, and includes both hands-on workshops with digital tools and opportunities for discussion about pedagogy and research. Digital Humanities pioneer Mark Sample will lead a hands-on workshop, Literary Deformance as Digital Pedagogy, and deliver the Spring 2015 Mellon Experimental Humanities Lecture, “Warning: Infected inside, do not enter: Zombies, the Liberal Arts, and the Digital Age.” No prior experience or outside preparation required, but reservation is necessary: http://goo.gl/forms/39lZsFvmd5
National Book Award Finalist Rabih Alameddine to Give Reading on April 12
Celebrated author Rabih Alameddine will read from his work, An Unnecessary Woman, a finalist for the 2014 National Book Award. Alameddine is also the author of the story collection The Perv, and the novels Koolaids; I, the Divine; and The Hakawati. Alameddine divides his time between San Francisco and Beirut and was a 2002 Guggenheim Fellow. The reading, presented by the Written Arts and Middle Eastern Studies Programs and by the Difference and Media Project, takes place at 1 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center. The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required.
Bard College to Host Asia/Environment Student Research Conference
On Thursday, April 16 through Friday, April 17, Bard College, with support from the Henry Luce Foundation, will host the Asia/Environment Student Research Conference on campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. The conference is the first of an annual series, and is sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. The focus of the conference will be on the challenges of sustainable development and the impact of rapid economic growth in Asia on local and global environmental issues. The conference seeks to highlight research by undergraduate, masters, and PhD students. For more information e-mail Eban Goodstien, email@example.com.
The 24th Annual Minsky Conference to Take Place on April 15 in Washington, D.C.
Organized by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College with support from the Ford Foundation, the 2015 Minsky Conference will take place at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on April 15-16. The conference will address, among other issues, the design, flaws, and current status of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act, including implementation of the operating procedures necessary to curtail systemic risk and prevent future crises; the insistence on fiscal austerity exemplified by the recent pronouncements of the new Congress; the sustainability of the US economic recovery; and strategies for promoting an inclusive economy and a more equitable income distribution. Registration is required.
Bard College Student Yasemin Akturk Wins Fulbright Teaching Assistantship
Senior Yasemin Akturk of Brooklyn, New York has won a prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Turkey, where she will teach English to university students for nine months. Akturk, a double major in human rights and photography, aims to help others learn English to gain access to opportunities in English speaking countries while improving her own Turkish and gaining teaching experience. The Fulbright ETA Program places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in overseas schools, and provides students with a monthly stipend. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries.
Bard College Hosts Programs About the Past and Future of the Labor Movement on April 14 and 20
On April 14, The FDR Presidential Library and Museum will host “The Labor Movement and the New Deal—A Legacy Reborn?” a panel discussion and conversation sponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Roosevelt Institute, in association with the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College. On Monday, April 20, “Bard Labor Workshop: The State of Labor, New Models of Organizing, and the Future of Work,” a daylong workshop cosponsored by the Levy Institute and SEIU 775, will address three primary themes: the state of the American labor movement, the future of work, and new models of organizing and worker power. An expert panel will focus on each topic, followed by a Q&A session. The workshop is free and open to the public. For registration information, visit www.levyinstitute.org.
Bard Students Win 2015 Davis Projects for Peace Awards
Two Bard College students have won the Davis Projects for Peace Awards. Zoe Kasperzyk from Seattle, Washington and Julia Vunderink from Austin, Texas have won a Davis grant for their project, “Breaking Barriers: Health Services to Rural Indigenous Communities,” which will facilitate collaboration between urban health clinics and rural indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico. In collaboration with Fundación En Vía, their project will offer basic health classes to local women. The prize provides $10,000 in funding.
Bard College and West Point Present "Intolerance—Political Animals and Their Prey"
Bard College and the United States Military Academy at West Point present a conference entitled “Intolerance—Political Animals and Their Prey,” beginning on Wednesday, April 8 and continuing through Friday, April 10. The conference takes place in Olin Auditorium on the Bard College campus and is presented by Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard College, and Robert Tully, professor of philosophy at West Point. The programs are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Bard College Berlin Presents "Can We Have Some Privacy?" Conference May 7–8
In cooperation with Bard College Berlin, Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, and the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, this conference will discuss privacy as a place and a possession as well as an abstract right, and the role it plays in a world in which technology permeates all aspects of life, from the everyday to the intimate. This two-day event will examine not only the legal arrangements affecting privacy but privacy as a philosophical concept and a cultural tenet.
Ian Bickford SR '95 Returns to Simon’s Rock to Launch the Bard Academy
Ian Bickford has immersed himself in Bard's early colleges. He began as a student at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Massachusetts, and then served as a faculty member at Simon's Rock before joining the faculty at Bard High School Early College–Queens. Now he has returned to his alma mater to launch the new Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock: a 9th and 10th grade boarding and day college-preparatory program that will open its doors this fall.
MacArthur Fellow Jay Cantor to Give Reading at Bard College on Monday, April 20
On Monday, April 20, Jay Cantor, winner of a 1989 MacArthur Fellowship, will read from his new book, Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka, at Bard College. In its review of the book, the New York Times writes, "Forgiving the Angel links disparate time, places and characters in an ingeniously unified and admirably purposeful fiction. [In its] formal circularity, ethical ambiguity and scrupulous undecidability, Cantor’s fiction is a worthy homage to Kafka. It is also an original work that pulls our mind through the kind of biographical and historical contraption that Kafka would probably never have put together, would probably not, as a Jew in Czechoslovakia, have survived to put together."
The Hannah Arendt Center Presents “Property and Freedom” Conference April 6
The Hannah Arendt Center in cooperation with the Center for Civic Engagement host a one-day conference on experiments in South Africa that attempt to combat poverty by integrating the poor into the formal economy by granting title to assets such as land and housing. This event is co-directed with the Honorable Wilmot James. The keynote speaker is Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The conference takes place in the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Weis Cinema. It is free and open to the public and registration is not required.
Hewlett Foundation Awards $400,000 Grant to Levy Economics Institute’s Gender Equality and the Economy Program
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has awarded a $400,000 grant to Bard College for the Levy Economics Institute's Gender Equality and the Economy (GEE) program to support its ongoing work to construct a broader and more accurate measure of poverty. Specifically, the grant will support a Levy project to study gender patterns in paid and unpaid work in Ghana and Tanzania in order to better reveal “hidden” deprivations that arise due to time constraints, with the goal of informing more effective, gender-responsive poverty-reduction policies in those countries.
Bard College Senior Annie Trowbridge Wins Prestigious Watson Travel Fellowship
Bard College senior Annie Trowbridge, from Peterborough, New Hampshire, has been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation 2015–16 Fellowship, which provides for a year of exploration outside the United States. Each Watson Fellow receives a grant of $30,000 for 12 months of travel and independent study. Trowbridge has won for her proposal “Wool: A Tactile Tradition of Meaning and Ritual.” She will spend the 2015–16 academic year traveling through Iceland, Scotland, Peru, Chile, Nepal, and Laos studying wool working.
Faculty Dance Concert with Renowned Guest Choreographer Zvi Gotheiner, April 10–12
The 2015 Faculty Dance Concert features choreography and performance by Bard Dance Faculty with special guest choreographer Zvi Gotheiner. Gotheiner, Artistic Director of ZviDance, a New York City-based contemporary dance company, will stage excerpts from his 1991 seminal work, “Chairs,” for 10 students from the Bard Dance Program. An athletic and lyrical dance set to a diverse soundscape of music from movie soundtracks to Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Chairs” has been called “flawless,” “visually stunning,” and “beautifully shaped.” The solos, duets, and group work reveal the full spectrum of human emotion in a fierce and haunting piece that explores the relationship of individuals to each other and their environments.
Bard Music Festival Turns to Latin America with In-Depth Survey of Carlos Chávez
The Bard Music Festival breaks new ground this August, turning for the first time to Latin America with a two-week, in-depth exploration of “Carlos Chávez and His World.” In eleven themed concert programs, complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, special events, and expert commentary, Bard examines Carlos Chávez (1899–1978), the central figure in 20th-century Mexican music. Weekend One considers his achievement in helping create The Musical Voice of Mexico (August 7–9), and Weekend Two offers an immersion in Mexico, Latin America, and Modernism (August 14–16).
Benefits for Plants in Dense Communities May Outweigh Disadvantages, According to Study by Professor Alexandra Wright
Organisms living close to each other compete for a limited set of resources: this extends from plant communities to human communities. Densely packed cities, like New York, can house many more people, but the space available for each person is limited. Competition for space is intense. Past research has shown that the same is true of plants—densely packed communities of plants usually compete with each other for resources such as space, water, and nutrients. However, a new study led by Bard College biology professor Alexandra Wright and published today in the Journal of Ecology suggests that these competitive disadvantages may be outweighed by benefits gained during severe weather conditions such as droughts and heat waves.
Bard College Baseball Team Celebrates First Wins at the New Honey Field
Last year, as he watched the construction of Honey Field, Bard's $2.2 million baseball facility, sophomore Adam Carafotes stated, "I'm going to the hit the first home run here." On Wednesday, March 25, he did exactly that, leading the baseball team to a sweep of Elmira College, 17-10 and 6-0. They were Bard's first two wins of the season and the team's first wins at the new home field.
Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present Neil Gaiman with Laurie Anderson
Join author Neil Gaiman on Friday, April 3, for a dialogue with legendary musician and composer Laurie Anderson in this third edition of an ongoing series of public conversations at the Fisher Center hosted by Professor Gaiman. The discussion will center on the topics of “Story Structure” and “Fiction vs. Autobiography.” Presented by Live Arts Bard, the program takes place on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
Bard Network Students Gather for Civic Engagement Conference in Istanbul
Student leaders from institutions in the Bard network gathered for the second annual international Civic Engagement conference in Istanbul, Turkey, from March 14 to 19. "Get Engaged: A Bard/HESP Student Networking Conference: Student Action and Youth Leadership: Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts" included 38 students from the Bard/HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations) and affiliated institutions. Students engaged in community-based work (either on or off campus) were selected to attend and presented project proposals during the event. The conference focuses on student networking, leadership, and international collaborations.
Latin Music Legend Rubén Blades Visits Bard High School Early Colleges
Multiple Grammy Award–winning musician Rubén Blades will speak to Bard High School Early College students in Manhattan and Queens this month. The iconic Panamanian singer, songwriter, composer, actor, activist and politician visited the Manhattan campus on March 11 and will visit the Queens campus this coming Wednesday, March 25, to talk about his remarkable career. A prolific musician who is known for bringing lyrical sophistication to his salsa compositions, Blades is also an acclaimed film and television actor. He ran for the presidency of Panama in 1994, winning 18 percent of the vote. He served a five year-term as the Panamanian minister of tourism and has been an activist and humanitarian. Blades holds law degrees from the University of Panama and Harvard University. He told the BHSEC–Manhattan students that "education was instrumental" in his life, and "I think the fact that I was educated helped me tremendously, not only in terms of my appreciation of the opportunity but in my capacity to sustain it."
Bard Celebrates 25 Years of Publishing Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions with Reading on March 26
This year, Bard College is celebrating its 25th anniversary as publisher of the renowned literary magazine Conjunctions. Edited by Bradford Morrow—novelist, Bard Center Fellow, and professor of literature—Conjunctions is widely respected as the preeminent source for the best in innovative, provocative, rigorously realized fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. Events to celebrate the anniversary include a special reading on Thursday, March 26, featuring Conjunctions contributors and Bard faculty members Mary Caponegro ’78, Ann Lauterbach, Neil Gaiman, Benjamin Hale, Robert Kelly, Francine Prose, and Morrow. The anniversary will also be marked by a special exhibition at Stevenson Library, as well as a celebratory reading and fund-raiser in the Spiegeltent on July 23.
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College Presents Moves & Countermoves
Beginning on March 29, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents 11 exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art with 10 individual exhibitions curated by each student, along with a student-curated Marieluise Hessel Collection show. Moves & Countermoves will be on view through May 3, 2015, with the opening reception taking place on Sunday, March 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Bard's James Ketterer Lectures on Education, Diplomacy at Future University of Egypt
James Ketterer, director of international academic initiatives at Bard's Center for Civic Engagement, gave a lecture this week at Future University of Egypt (FUE), where he spoke about the role of education and cultural affairs as a component of diplomacy, especially focusing on U.S.–Egyptian relations. He was hosted at FUE by Dr. Abdul Monen Al Mashat, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, and his talk was arranged by Professor Yasmine Zein Al-Abedine, who spent last summer at Bard as part of the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. While in Egypt, Ketterer is also meeting with officials at the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, educational nongovernmental organizations, and the American University in Cairo.
President Botstein Asks: Are We Still Making Citizens?
President Botstein writes that education and the preservation of democracy are deeply connected. "The purpose, challenge, and substance of education in a democracy are defined by two questions: How ought we to live, side by side, not as lone individuals but as citizens?" He asks. "And how can we, through education, help individuals answer that question?"
Bard Studio Arts Faculty and Alumnus Selected for American Academy of Arts and Letters Exhibition
Bard artist in residence Medrie MacPhee, alumnus Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford '06, and former visiting artists James Clark and Jane Rosen have been selected for the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by 40 contemporary artists and will be on view at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City from March 12 through April 12. Participating artists were chosen from a pool of over 200 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy.
Rosenberg Foundation Announces Gift to Bard College to Create Student Internships Under Bard Human Rights Project
The Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation has announced a gift to Bard College to create a student internship program that begins in the summer of 2015. The Rosenberg internships enable students to gain hands-on experience with nonprofit groups and other organizations that focus on hatred, antisemitism, extremism, and xenophobia. In the context of rising waves of violent religious and ethnic prejudice in Europe and elsewhere, of which the Charlie Hebdo attack and the killing of Jews in France and Denmark are just recent examples, the program will support work on the front lines of the struggle for human rights.
Nineteen Bard Student-Athletes Earn Liberty League Winter All-Academic Honors
Nineteen student-athletes from Bard have qualified for the Liberty League's 2014–15 All-Academic Teams in their respective sports. Commissioner Tracy King announced that 228 athletes earned the distinction across the league. Winter championship sports include men's and women's basketball, men's squash, and men's and women's swimming and diving. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20.
Bard Photography Professor Larry Fink Wins 2015 Infinity Award
The International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced the honorees of the 2015 Infinity Awards. Larry Fink, Bard College professor of photography, won the award for art. Larry Fink has been a professional photographer for more than 55 years. Fink has been awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two Individual Photography Fellowships. He has been teaching for more than 52 years. The Infinity Awards are widely respected as the leading honor for excellence in photography. The Awards will be presented at a gala on Thursday, April 30, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.
Bard Undergraduates Attend Student World Affairs Conference
Several Bard College students participated in the annual Student World Affairs Conference, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and hosted by Marist College on Saturday, February 28. Papers were presented by Gabriel Matsakis '15, Wilson Brehmer '16, and Grady Nixon '17. Sana Mustafa '17 also attended and participated in panel discussions. Professor James Ketterer served as discussant for the panel on "Religious and Multiethnic Conflict." Other schools participating included the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, Marist College, and the University at Delaware.
Bard College Students Participate in Wheatley International Affairs Conference in Utah
Two Bard students, Julia Lang Gordon '17 and Maeve Weber '16, attended the annual Wheatley International Affairs Conference hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, February 24–28. The conference draws students from across the United States, offering opportunities to learn from and interact with experts in international affairs in a context that facilitates networking, first-rate instruction, energetic exchanges of ideas, and collaborative work on policy issues. This year’s theme was "The Middle East: Power, Politics, & Prospects for Peace." Keynote speakers were Marc Lynch of George Washington University and Amaney Jamal of Princeton University. Read More
Bard College Hosts Fourth Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament
On Friday, February 27, Bard College welcomed more than 100 students and teachers to campus for the Fourth Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament. Hosted by the Bard Debate Union and the Center for Civic Engagement, the day's events included competitive debates, conversation, and collaborative programs with young participants and Bard College student mentors. Visitors came to campus from the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, Queens, and Cleveland, as well as from the Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Kingston Schools. Students participated in three rounds of debate on the topics of police brutality, national security, and abolishing homework in primary and secondary education.
Simon’s Rock Sponsors Fifth Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., sponsors the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, a series of events celebrating Women’s History Month in March. Held on campus and at venues throughout Berkshire County, this year's festival features more than 50 events including readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and film screenings. Read More
Bard College Berlin Student Wins Essay Competition Across Bard Network
A paper by Bard College Berlin student Dylan Davis (B.A. 2016, USA) on the relationship between hate and equality has won an essay contest across several Bard-affiliated campuses. In the fall of 2014, students at Bard College and its partners at Al-Quds University in the West Bank, the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, and Bard College Berlin participated in the Academic Initiative on Hate and the Human Condition. Courses that explored and reflected on the problem of hate were offered at participating campuses, and final papers written by students in these classes were eligible for the essay contest. Following the evaluation by a panel of judges from the four institutions, Dylan Davis's paper "Beyond Hate: Exploring the Relationship Between Hate and Equality" was selected as the winner.
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