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Bard College Berlin to Offer Three Full Scholarships for Syrian Students
Bard College Berlin will offer three full scholarships for Syrian students as part of the Program for International Education and Social Change. Scholarship recipients will enter the Bard College Berlin undergraduate program and continue through four years of study at no cost. Students who meet all requirements will receive a dual American and German B.A. The Program for International Education and Social Change is intended for students from areas that are experiencing severe economic, social, and political crisis; it continues Bard College’s long tradition as a haven for those fleeing turmoil in their home countries. The scholarships are made possible through the generous support of Bard College trustee Roland Augustine and Allegra Pesenti, Berlin gallery owner Max Hetzler, and U.S. film producer Mark Gordon.
Student Leaders Meet in Budapest for International Civic Engagement Conference
Student leaders from institutions in Bard's global network have gathered for "Get Engaged: Student Action and Youth Leadership Conference," the third annual Civic Engagement conference, at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. The conference takes place from March 20 to 26 and includes 34 students from the Bard/HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations) and affiliated institutions in six countries. Students engaged in community-based work (either on or off campus) are selected to attend and present project proposals during the event. The conference focuses on student networking, leadership, and international collaborations. Follow #getengaged16 on social media for updates.
Bard College Sophomore Julia Tinneny Wins Davis Projects for Peace Prize
Julia Tinneny '18 has been awarded a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Prize. The prize will enable her to spend the summer of 2016 in Senegal, where she will work on a grassroots project to promote economic empowerment for women. The project focuses on education and skill building for poor women living in the rural village of Sandiara, enabling them to become economically independent and avoid domestic servitude or marriage far from their home village. The Davis funds will support a two-year course that provides training for women in tailoring, artisanal skills, and sellable goods.
Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College Releases Comprehensive Analysis of Rapidly Growing U.S. Commercial Drone Services Industry
As the domestic drone industry in the United States continues to grow, stakeholders are increasingly looking for reliable sources of data on which to build policies and strategies to sustain and manage the sector through what continues to be an uncertain and complex regulatory and economic climate. A new study released today by The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College provides a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. commercial drone services industry by examining nearly 3,000 Federal Aviation Administration non-recreational drone use permits known as Section 333 exemptions. “Analysis of U.S. Drone Exemptions 2014–15” presents a variety of significant data-driven conclusions about the contours of the evolving industry landscape. Read the full report
Suppressing Memories of Past Events Can Trigger Amnesia in the Present, Says a New Study Coauthored by Bard Professor Justin C. Hulbert
Trying to suppress memories of past events leads people to forget unrelated experiences from periods surrounding the time of suppression, according to a new study coauthored by Justin C. Hulbert, Bard College psychology professor, and Richard N. Henson and Michael C. Anderson of the University of Cambridge, and published online today in Nature Communications. The study’s results identify cognitively triggered amnesia that begins with the voluntary suppression of an unwanted memory as a new mechanism for forgetting. This mechanism may help explain the memory deficits observed in patients suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder or other acute trauma. Read the full report
Men's Squash Team Receives Sloane Award for Sportsmanship
The Bard College men's squash team has been named the recipient of the 2016 Sloane Award for team sportsmanship, the College Squash Association announced Wednesday. The Sloane Award is given annually to the team that, as judged by the nation's coaches, best exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship throughout the season. This honor comes after an historic season for the Raptors. They won 11 matches, shattering the previous program record of eight in a season, and won the Serues Cup Consolation Championship with a victory over Boston College at the CSA Team Nationals at Yale.
Bard Junior Sana Mustafa Speaks at the United Nations
On February 19, Bard student and Syria native Sana Mustafa spoke at the United Nations as part of the UN Association of the USA Members' Day. She participated in a panel on the refugee crisis. "We all have names, we have lives, we have dreams," she said. "What you may see as news is not just news—it is our lives." Her speech was met with a standing ovation.
Bard College Debate Union Hosts 5th Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament
The Bard Debate Union hosted the 5th Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament on February 26. Bard welcomed nearly 100 students and teachers from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Germantown, as well as from Bard Academy at Simon's Rock and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, Queens, and Cleveland.
Bard Music Festival Tackles the Puccini Paradox
This summer's Bard Music Festival will explore how Puccini became one of the most successful opera composers of all time despite often being critically underrated. (New York Times)
Bard College Receives $500,000 Grant to Support Renovations of The Center for Curatorial Studies
Bard College has received a $500,000 grant from New York State’s Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program that will be used to support the renovation of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard). CCS Bard and Hessel Museum of Art are expanding its facility to create a new Visible Collections Storage and Living Archive where work from its Contemporary Art Collection can be placed on permanent public view. New and repurposed classrooms, study, and meeting spaces will allow the rich resources of CCS Bard to be more accessible for students, researchers, and visitors, as well as increase its capability for hosting public receptions, lectures and screenings. This project will transform the way the public and visiting scholars can view the collection.
Register Now for Commencement and Reunion 2016
Bard College will hold its 156th commencement on Saturday, May 28, 2016. Online registration for Commencement and Alumni/ae Reunion Weekend is now open. Highlights include the commencement exercises; a performance by The Orchestra Now, Bard’s newest master's program and training orchestra; and the commencement and reunion barbecue and fireworks display. Join us!
Award-Winning Composer and Bard Faculty Member George Tsontakis's Sonnets Has World Premiere with Boston Symphony Orchestra
George Tsontakis, distinguished composer in residence at Bard, was commissioned by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to compose multiple sonnet-themed tone poems for a concert series commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Sonnets was "a complete success" at last week's premiere, writes Susan Miron, adding that Tsontakis, "has written a piece that is not just eloquent for the English horn, but also for the whole orchestra." Read more below.
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Concert Preview: English Horn Soloist Robert Sheena on Sonnets
LUMA Foundation and Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) Announce How Institutions Think—A Four Day Symposium
The How Institutions Think symposium will focus on different concepts of institution and forms of institutional practice. The event takes place February 24 – 27, 2016, in Arles, France. This symposium addresses the contemporary possibilities and limitations of institutional formats, practices, and imaginaries, but starts from a different place, namely from categories of knowledge, cognition, and the social. This symposium brings together an international and multidisciplinary group of speakers who are invited to reflect upon how institutional practices inform art, curatorial, educational, and research practices as much as they shape the world around us.
Award-Winning Author and Bard College Professor Luc Sante to Read at Bard College on Thursday, February 25
On Thursday, February 25, award-winning author Luc Sante, visiting professor of writing and photography at Bard College, will read from his most recent book, The Other Paris. Presented by Bard’s Written Arts Program, the reading takes place at 7:00 p.m. in Bard Hall, and is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Books will be available for sale and signing from Oblong Books & Music.
Bard Junior Harry Johnson One of 10 U.S. Players Named to Allstate NABC Good Works Team
Bard College junior Harry Johnson has been selected from a pool of 154 candidates to the Allstate Insurance Company National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Good Works Team, it was announced Tuesday. Johnson was recognized for his work mentoring local youth with Brothers at Bard and Dream to Achieve.
Bard Fiction Prize Winner Alexandra Kleeman to Give Reading on February 15
Alexandra Kleeman, Bard Fiction Prize winner and writer in residence at Bard College, will read from her work on Monday, February 15. Free and open to the public, the reading begins at 7 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium in Bard’s Reem-Kayden Center. Kleeman received the 2016 Bard Fiction Prize for her debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (Harper 2015). The Bard Fiction Prize committee writes: "Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine wraps a nightmare inside absurdity. It is a novel of alienation, paranoia, anxiety, and dread that puts a smile on your face."
Bard Professor Robert Kelly Named Inaugural Dutchess County Poet Laureate
Bard College professor Robert Kelly has been appointed Dutchess County’s first poet laureate. Kelly will read two poems at the State of the County Address, which County Executive Marc Molinaro is scheduled to deliver on Wednesday, January 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie.
Bard Works Provides Career Development for Juniors and Seniors
The fourth annual Bard Works program runs from Sunday, January 24, to Friday, January 29, 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 65 students and more than 50 alumni/ae, parents, and local professionals.
Bard Observes Martin Luther King Day with Civic Engagement Efforts
More than 250 Bard students, along with staff and faculty members, marked Martin Luther King Day with Bard's 6th Annual MLK Jr. Day of Engagement. Students volunteered at 21 organizations across the Hudson Valley, ranging from Woodstock Animal Sanctuary and Red Hook Public Library to Planned Parenthood.
Bard Faculty Awarded Grants from Foundation for Contemporary Arts
Two visiting artists teaching in the Theater & Performance Program, Jack Ferver and David Levine, have been awarded 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts grants in Performance Art/Theater in the amount of $40,000 each. Since only three awards were made in the category this year, this is a particularly remarkable achievement. The FCA was founded in 1963 by Jasper Johns and John Cage, and its awards are among the most prestigious in the field. Since the Foundation's inception, more than 2,500 grants awarded to artists and arts organizations—totaling over $11 million—have provided opportunities for creative exploration and development.
Bard College Finalizes Purchase of Montgomery Place
Bard College has finalized the purchase of Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate adjacent to the Bard campus, with significant historic and cultural assets. The property is contiguous with the campus from River Road to the Hudson River in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Bardians Collaborate to Present Bieber Bathos Elegy at the Whitney Museum
Eight Bard alumni/ae are involved in the production of Bieber Bathos Elegy, created by Felix Bernstein '13, which will premiere at the Whitney Museum in New York City on January 15. This hybrid work by New York–based artist, poet, and writer Bernstein combines musical performance, poetry, cabaret drag, and opera to explore the concept of bathos—the failure to achieve pathos—and illuminate issues of identity and persona through the character of Justin Bieber. The work is directed by Gabe Rubin '14 with assistant director Clara Lipfert MFA '18, composed by Rron Karahoda '13, with production design by George Dupont '14 and sound design by Cammisa Buerhaus MFA '18, and features musical performances by Leila Bordreuil '13 and Lazar Bozic '14.
Hannah Arendt Center Announces Winners of Student Opinion Contest
Mia Lotan '18, Ava Lindenmaier '16, and Zelda May Bas '16 have been named the winners of the 2015 Student Opinion Contest from the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College. Last fall, as part of its eighth annual fall conference, "Why Privacy Matters: What Do We Lose When We Lose Our Privacy?," the Arendt Center challenged undergraduates to answer the following question: "Does Privacy Matter in the 21st century?" After reviewing close to 50 submissions, the Arendt Center staff is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 contest. The winning entries are: an essay entitled "Community and the Self at the 2015 Hannah Arendt Center Conference," by Mia Lotan '18, and a short film entitled What Does Privacy Feel Like?, by Ava Lindenmaier '16 and Zelda May Bas '16. Matthew Balik '17 and Dina Toubasi '18 earned honorable mention for their essays.
Bard Prison Initiative Founder, Director Max Kenner '01 Listed in Chronicle of Philanthropy's 40 Under 40
"At a time when many people question the value of a liberal-arts education, Max Kenner believes — fervently — that studying the humanities and sciences can transform lives."
Sundance Film Festival Premieres for Bard Faculty and Alumnus
Films by Film and Electronic Arts faculty members So Yong Kim and Kelly Reichardt as well as alumnus Miles Joris-Peyrafitte '14 will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, later this month. Reichardt's Certain Women features Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams, and James Le Gros. The film follows the intersecting lives of three women in small-town America, and is based on short stories by Maile Meloy. In Kim's Lovesong, with Jena Malone, Riley Keough, and Brooklyn Decker, the relationship between two friends deepens during an impromptu road trip. Joris-Peyrafitte's As You Are is the telling and retelling of a relationship between three teenagers through a construction of disparate memories prompted by a police investigation, with Owen Campbell, Charlie Heaton, Amandla Stenberg, John Scurti, Scott Cohen, and Mary Stuart Masterson.
Happy Holidays from Bard College
Happy Holidays from Bard! Watch the Orcapelicans perform "The Bard College Song" with images of campus life past and present.
Bard Students Help Restore Appalachian Trail on Bear Mountain
This fall, students from Tom O’Dowd’s Environmental and Urban Studies Practicum on Sustainable Trail Design teamed up with the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference Long Distance Trails Crew in Bear Mountain State Park, New York. The students helped with a relocation project of the Appalachian Trail on the southwest side of Bear Mountain.
Bard Senior Asad Hashmi Just Wants to Change the World ... And Play Squash
Pakistan native Asad Hashmi '16 followed his sister to Bard on the promise that he'd get to work closely with faculty. The Bard experience has been everything he'd hoped. Led by Professor Craig Anderson, Hashmi was one of nine Bard student and alumni/ae coauthors of a paper on creating artificial photosynthesis as an affordable, renewable energy source, published this fall in the journal Tetrahedron Letters. Hashmi keeps busy on campus, in and out of the lab. He's been on the soccer team, the track and field team, and the squash team. He's a lab assistant on campus, he's a chemistry tutor, and he works helping new international students transition to life in the United States.
Student Spotlight: Red Hook Native Julia Jardine '16 on Human Rights, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Learning to Think Differently
Bard senior Julia Jardine hadn’t planned on staying so close to home when she applied for colleges, but as early as her first tour of the campus, Julia loved Bard. She was drawn in by the College’s reputation for intensive reading and writing, as well as its unique interdisciplinary programs. As a Human Rights major, Julia has been able to take classes in many fields. Through Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement, she has gotten involved with the Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Partnership, a nonprofit organization in the nearby town of Hyde Park, New York.
New Report from Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College Offers Comprehensive Study of Possible Risks Drones Pose to Aircraft
With the holiday season approaching, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that up to one million new drones will be entering U.S. airspace, creating potentially dangerous situations for unmanned and manned aircraft. A new study released today by The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College offers a comprehensive examination of incidents involving drones and manned aircraft in the national airspace over the past two years. Using data from the FAA and Department of Interior, the report, “Drone Sightings and Close Encounters: An Analysis,” explores 921 incidents in the national airspace from December 2013 to September 2015. Coauthors Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel identified 327 close encounters in which drones presented some level of hazard to manned aircraft, 90 of which involved commercial multiengine jets, and 594 sightings, in which drones were spotted near or within manned aircraft flight paths but did not pose immediate danger of collision.
Ian Bickford ‘95 to Assume Position of Provost at Bard College at Simon's Rock
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, will have a change of leadership in the new year. Provost Peter Laipson will step down from his position in January, to be succeeded by Ian Bickford, Simon's Rock alumnus class of 1995. Dr. Laipson will become the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, a position he will hold through June of 2017. Dr. Bickford is exceptionally well qualified for the position of provost. He began his work with Bard in 2007 as a member of the faculty, first at Simon’s Rock and then at the Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York. He has since participated in the founding of new Bard programs in Baltimore and Harlem. Bickford presently serves as the first dean of the Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, as well as dean of the Bard Early Colleges, providing academic support and guidance to Bard’s public early college network. Simon's Rock is the nation's only B.A.-granting residential college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for younger students, and the founding site of Bard College’s network of nationally influential public early college programs.
Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents A Winter Songfest Performed by Dawn Upshaw and Friends, December 13
Acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw and singers of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, pianists of the Conservatory Postgraduate Piano Fellowship Program, actress Mary Stuart Masterson, and The Chancellor-Livingston 5th Grade Chorus present a program of festive songs and ensembles to benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. A Winter Songfest will be performed as a family-friendly matinee concert on Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Tickets are $15, 20, and $100; free for the Bard community with ID. Guests at the $100 level are invited to join Dawn Upshaw and the performers onstage for a postconcert reception in the Sosnoff Theater immediately following the performance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 845-758-7900 or go to fishercenter.bard.edu.
Bard College Berlin and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement Present In/Visibility and Difference, December 3–4
Bard College Berlin hosts In/Visibility and Difference: A Visual Methods Workshop on December 3–4, coorganized with Humboldt University and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement. The workshop brings together international researchers, activists, and artists tackling the notion of in/visibility and difference with visual and visualization methods. The aim of the workshop is to share research conducted with visual methodologies and to collectively develop new ideas and strategies on how visual methods can enhance our understanding of contemporary social worlds. Participants will discuss recent developments in the field of visual methodologies, innovative visualization and participatory research tools, and cooperation possibilities between academia and art. In her keynote address, Professor Caroline Knowles of Goldsmiths College will share her expertise on visual methodologies in social sciences. Those who cannot be present at the workshop but are interested in the discussions can follow the events on Twitter at #VMW2015. Visit the Website
The Fisher Center Presents The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in concert at the Sosnoff Theater on Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. Guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra in a performance of Ernest Bloch’s Suite for Viola and Orchestra, with 2015 Conservatory Concerto Competition winner Ye Zi ’16, viola soloist; Vítězslav Novák’s V Tratách (In the Tatras); and the Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Bard Announces Preferred Transfer and Early College Opportunity Scholarship
The Bard Early Colleges and the Office of the Dean of Studies announce the Preferred Transfer and Early College Opportunity programs. The Preferred Transfer program facilitates a smooth transition to the B.A. program at Bard College in Annandale for graduates of the Bard Early Colleges, with expanded orientation, preregistration, and academic and social support throughout their time at Bard. Preferred Transfer applicants who demonstrate significant financial need may also apply for Early College Opportunity (ECO) scholarships, which provide grants covering up to full tuition. ECO Scholars will participate in a more extensive orientation program and will be expected to contribute to the civic life of the campus community.
Prize-Winning Journalist Mark Danner to Speak about the War on Terror, December 1
The Human Rights Project presents a lecture by Mark Danner, "The Management of Savagery: The Islamic State, Extreme Violence and Our Endless War," on Tuesday, December 1, at 6 p.m. in the Reem-Kayden Center room 103. Nearly a decade and a half after 9/11, the attacks in Paris have given another strong dose of the fear and panic that, since 2001, have done so much to nourish our enemies and indeed to create new ones. More and more we seem trapped in a self-perpetuating Forever War, doomed to endlessly play a part our enemies have designed for us. Is there any escape?
Bard College Students Ashley Jones '19 and Quanita Kendrick '17 Awarded Gilman International Scholarship
Bard College first-year student Ashley Jones and junior biology major Quanita Kendrick have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the spring 2016 academic term. Both students received the Gilman scholarship in support of their taking part in the month-long, immersive study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico that is the culmination of Bard’s Intensive Spanish course. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Jones and Kendrick are are two of approximately 800 American undergraduate students from 355 colleges and universities selected to receive the award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Bard College Hosts Second Annual Model UN Conference
The Bard College Model United Nations Initiative hosted the second annual Bard Model United Nations Conference (BardMUNC) on Saturday, November 14 in Bard College’s Olin Hall. BardMUNC is the brainchild of various Bard-affiliated organizations as well as the Red Hook High School Model UN Team. The high school and college students collaborated to run a daylong conference hosting competitive Model UN teams from local high schools in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Germantown, as well as the Bard High School Early Colleges in Queens and Manhattan. More than 200 students participated.
Bard Biologist Arseny Khakhálin Coathors Paper on Neuron Diversity in Developing Tadpoles
Professor Khakhálin and colleagues studied developing frog tadpoles, confirming that neurons in this new vertebrate model not only grow more specialized over time but can become less specialized when subjected to strong visual stimulation. (eLIFE)
Bard MFA Partnership with Wave Farm Offers Sound, Music, Film, and Video Artists Grant and Residency Opportunities
Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (Bard MFA) will host upcoming information sessions in New York City, Chicago, and on the Bard College Campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard MFA applications are due January 10, 2016. Representatives from the Bard MFA and Wave Farm, a Hudson Valley–based experimental digital media organization, will host a casual meet and greet Thursday, December 3, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Printed Matter, 231 11th Ave., in New York City. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with music/sound and film/video faculty about Bard MFA’s interdisciplinary, low residency program and to Bard faculty and Wave Farm staff about programs and funding opportunities in 2016. Additional information sessions for Bard MFA take place Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in Chicago (1926 West Erie St.) and Saturday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m., Fisher Studio Arts Building, on the Bard College campus.
Latest Issue of Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions Invites Leading Writers to Explore Deception
Conjunctions:65, Sleights of Hand—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—gathers a wide spectrum of essays, fiction, and poetry on the subject of deception, exploring a world in which truth is a most fragile, elaborate, and mercurial thing. Edited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, Sleights of Hand includes new work from such leading contemporary writers as James Morrow, Laura van den Berg, Porochista Khakpour, Can Xue, Joyce Carol Oates, Edie Meidav, Eleni Sikelianos, Terese Svoboda, Yannick Murphy, Peter Straub, and Paul West, among others.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Symposium on Teaching Global Citizenship with Bard Network Campuses
Bard College Berlin hosted an international symposium, Teaching Global Citizenship, on November 19–21. This meeting of the Bard–HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program) included faculty from Al-Quds Bard in the West Bank, American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Krygyz Republic; European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania; Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia; Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; and Bard College Berlin. Participants explored global citizenship through open discussion of key critical essays on the topic as well as through personal classroom experience, and with the aim of better integrating the teaching of global citizenship in relevant programs in each of the Bard-HESP network campuses. The primary goal of the workshop was to jointly shape an introductory course on global citizenship that can be taught consistently at each institution across the network. The meeting also consisted of practical workshops aimed at bringing pedagogical techniques for engaged teaching into wider course offerings, and created space for discussing research and developing joint research projects that bridge traditional scholarship, local engagement, and pressing global crises.
Bard Students Attend Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point
Two Bard College students, Shannon Forest '18 and Alison Brundrett '16, participated in the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) at the United States Military Academy at West Point, November 4–7. The theme of SCUSA 67 was "Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power." The purpose of the conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive 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. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynotes speakers, and develop policy recommendations over the course of four roundtable sessions. Roundtable sessions covering regional and topical demographic issues put delegates on the forefront of national issues, exposing them to complex problems facing leaders today. 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. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was the keynote speaker. Bard participates in this conference with support from the Mellon Foundation. More about SCUSA
Bard Soccer Players and Coaches Honored After Impressive Season
The Bard soccer programs have had an outstanding season, in which the women's team advanced further than ever before and coaches and players on both teams were cited for excellence. The staff of both teams were named Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year—the women's team lead by head coach Bill Kelly and assistant coaches Kaet Heupel and Jimmy Rodewald '82 and the men's team lead by head coach Andy McCabe and assistant coach Brandon Jackson. Additionally, four members of the men's team were named to All-Liberty League teams, three members of the women's team were given All-Liberty League Honorable Mention, and members of both teams were named to Liberty League Fall All-Academic Teams.
Bard Students, Alumni/ae, and Parents Meet for Bard Works D.C.
On Thursday, November 12, the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College brought 48 students to the nation's capital for Bard Works D.C. This career development event featured Bard alumni/ae presenting on their work in the D.C. area, with opportunities for students to ask questions and connect with leaders in politics, government, the nonprofit and private sectors, and the arts. The Bard Works D.C. schedule included a reception on Thursday evening with Bard alumni/ae, parents, and friends, and a day of panels on Friday. Bard Works 2016, a weeklong professional development event for Bard juniors and seniors, will take place January 24–29 in Annandale.
Amanda Stoddard MAT '08 Named NY State Master Teacher by Governor Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed 80 additional educators to the Master Teacher Program this fall, including Bard MAT alumna and Red Hook Central School District science teacher Amanda Stoddard MAT '08. These outstanding teachers have been recognized for their dedication to providing the most innovative STEM education to their students, their commitment to professional growth, and their enthusiasm for sharing their successful practices with colleagues in their schools and districts. Stoddard joins fellow Bard MAT alumni/ae master teachers Kate Belin '05, Colleen Bucci '08, and Beth Goldberg '06.
President Botstein Receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Yivo Institute
President Botstein was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research on Thursday, November 5, in New York City. The awards ceremony was held as part of the Institute's 90th Anniversary Gala. New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast was also honored. Students of the Bard College Conservatory of Music's Vocal Arts Program performed music from the Jewish Tin Pan Alley for the event.
Bard Prison Initiative Cited in Ford Foundation Announcement of New Direction
On Sunday, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker announced an end to the Foundation's two-year transition, outlining the FordForward plan for changes in the organization's culture and focus. Walker cited Bard Prison Initiative—longtime recipient of Ford Foundation support—as an example of the kind of work that inspires him as the Foundation moves into a greater focus on challenging inequality. "I was reminded of why our support for visionaries working on the frontlines of social change matters so profoundly," he wrote. "Yes, inequality and injustice persist. But they are no match for the human spirit."
Secretary of State John Kerry Takes Part in Dedication Ceremony for American University of Central Asia’s New Green Campus Developed in Partnership with Bard
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began his Central Asian trip with a visit Saturday, October 31, to the University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to take part in the dedication of the University’s new green campus, which is being constructed in partnership with Bard College. AUCA is the region’s only university offering U.S.- and Kyrgyz-accredited degrees in liberal arts, through its partnership with Bard. Kerry praised the university as a “flagship institution that is transforming educational opportunities for students and for teachers all across the region.” As part of construction of the new campus, Bard has received a $850,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad for the construction of AUCA’s first residence building.
Bard College and Bard MFA Alumnae and Faculty Members Receive 2015 Anonymous Was A Woman Awards
Seven of the 10 recipients of the 2015 Anonymous Was A Woman Award have Bard College affiliations, including faculty members, visiting artists, artists in residence, and alumnae. Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The award is given in recognition of an artist's accomplishments, artistic growth, and the quality of her work. The Bard-affiliated 2015 winners are: Wendy Ewald, former Bard MFA visiting artist; Rachel Harrison, Bard MFA faculty member and former visiting artist; Pam Lins, Bard MFA faculty member; Jennifer Montgomery, former Bard MFA faculty and Bard MFA ’94 alumna; Dona Nelson, Bard MFA faculty member; Lisa Sanditz, visiting assistant professor of studio arts at Bard College; Julianne Swartz, artist in residence in studio arts at Bard College and Bard MFA ‘02 alumna. More about the award
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