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Fisher Center Presents October Programming: American Ballet Theatre, American Symphony Orchestra, and More
October programming at the Fisher Center includes concerts by the American Symphony Orchestra, performances by American Ballet Theatre, the Bard College Conservatory Sundays series, and Bard student productions.
Fall Open House for Prospective Students
Join us for an open house on Monday, October 8, (Columbus Day). The day will include campus and residence hall tours, a Q&A with President Leon Botstein, and much more. Click below to register.
Daniel Albright Delivers Fourth Biennial Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities
Bard honors preeminent poet, alumnus, and former Bard faculty member Anthony Hecht ’44 with renowned scholar Daniel Albright delivering the fourth biennial Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities, October 1–4.
Arendt Center Conference: Roger Berkowitz Asks, "Does the President Matter?"
"This election should be about a frank acknowledgement of the unsustainability of our economic, social, and environmental practices and expectations," says Arendt Center Director Roger Berkowitz. "We should be talking together about how we should remake our future in ways that are both just and exciting. This election should be scary and exciting. But so far it's small-minded and ugly."
Bard to Host National Middle School Math Competition
Bard College mathematics professors Japheth Wood and Lauren Rose, the Bard Math Circle, and the Bard College Mathematics Program are proud to host the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC8) for middle school students in the Mid Hudson Valley. The contest will be held in the Reem-Kayden Center at Bard on Tuesday, November 13, at 4:30 p.m.
Cross-Country Men Place Second, Women Seventh in Home Invitational
The Bard College men's cross-country team placed second in team scoring in the Bard Invitational on Saturday afternoon. The women's team placed seventh. Click here to view a photo gallery of the race.
Hear Writer in Residence Edie Meidav Read from Her Story in Upcoming Issue of Conjunctions
The November issue of Bard's literary magazine Conjunctions is in production, featuring work by Robert Coover, William Gaddis, William H. Gass, Jonathan Lethem, and China Miéville, among many others. Click below to hear Bard writer in residence Edie Meidav read from her new story, "Dogs of Cuba: The Buddha of the Vedado," appearing in the new issue.
Support the Bard Prison Initiative—Tune in to the CLASSY Awards
After being named a regional finalist for the CLASSY Awards, the Bard Prison Initiative is off to San Diego for the national awards ceremony. BPI could be named the top human rights organization in the country. The ceremony will be streaming live on Saturday, September 22.
“Does the President Matter?” Hannah Arendt Center at Bard Hosts Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College will host its fifth annual international conference on Friday, September 21 and Saturday, September 22 in Olin Hall. The two-day conference, “Does the President Matter? A Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair,” will examine the issues surrounding the current crisis of political leadership in America and worldwide.
Musica Elettronica Viva in Residence at Bard College
The pioneering electronic music group Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV) will be in residence at Bard College from October 2 to 4. MEV will work with students in the classroom, perform two concerts, and give a public talk.
Bard Writer in Residence Teju Cole Tells a Story of London and New York, Naipaul and Conrad
Bard author Teju Cole enjoys a unique residency in London. Click here to listen to him read the essay he wrote that week, or click here to read it in the New Yorker, or below to read his residency diary in the Financial Times.
Psychology Professor Kristin Lane Receives NIH Grant to Study Gender Gap in Science
Why do women pursue science majors and careers less than men? Kristin Lane, assistant professor of psychology at Bard, will use a recently funded $169,000 Academic Research Enhancement (AREA) Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to try to answer this question.
Live Arts Bard Presents False Peach on September 13
Live Arts Bard presents False Peach, a work-in-progress presentation with acclaimed director Annie Dorsen and Obie-winning actor Scott Shepherd on Thursday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. in LUMA Theater of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. This event is free and open to the public.
Bard Alumni Comedy Group Screens Award-Winning New Film on Campus
The Bard student comedy group Olde English kept the campus laughing for years. Now Olde English Comedy—Ben Popik '05, Adam Conover '04, Joel Clark '05, and Caleb Bark BHSEC '06, '11—are back on campus screening their award-winning first film, The Exquisite Corpse Project. Click here to view the trailer.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Awards Major Grant to Bard College
This first-time grant of $490,000 for the Bard Graduate Center will create a new curriculum on the conservation of material culture.
Video: Bard Conservatory Students and Faculty on What Makes the Program Unique
Bard Conservatory students are ambitious and versatile. In this video, students and faculty talk about how the Conservatory's unique double-degree program affords a rigorous and well-rounded education in music and the liberal arts.
Bard College Hosts Second Annual Red Hook Volunteer Fair on September 10
On Monday, September 10, Bard College, Red Hook Chamber of Commerce, Red Hook Library, and Red Hook Central School District will host the second annual Volunteer Fair for local high school and college students, families, and community members.
Bard's Dengler Fellows Work for Human Rights
These Bard students spent the summer working for human rights at publications, think tanks, and NGOs from New Delhi to Chicago.
The Relâche Ensemble Performs Composer Kyle Gann’s The Planets
The Relâche Ensemble will perform composer Kyle Gann’s ten-movement suite, The Planets, with video by John Sanborn, on Thursday, September 13.
Live Arts Bard Presents: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra
Performances Wednesday, September 5 at 7:30 pm and Thursday, September 6 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: $35 general admission; $20 Bard students, faculty, and staff
Singer/songwriter Amanda Palmer will be in residence at Bard for three weeks in late August and early September. During that time she will shoot a music video and launch the tour of her first new studio album in four years, with two public concerts in conjunction with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines, and Jherek Bischoff. The album, Theatre Is Evil, showcases Amanda’s powerful vocals and talented songwriting in ways that may surprise even her most ardent fans. From tauntingly playful tunes to ballads that tug at the heartstrings, the album offers a collection of sounds and rhythms heavily influenced by the music Palmer grew up listening to—most notably ’80s synth rock and Brit Pop.
National Climate Seminar Connects Students to Scientists and Policymakers
This fall, listen in real time to climate and clean energy specialists talk about the latest science, policy, law, and economics of climate change. These half-hour talks give students the opportunity to hear top scientists, analysts, and political leaders discuss climate and clean energy solutions.
A Reading by Award-Winning Author Neil Gaiman
Acclaimed author Neil Gaiman will give a reading of a new, not yet published short story Wednesday, September 5 in the Fisher Center, before the Amanda Palmer concert. Tickets to the reading are free, but seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Leela Khanna '15: Getting to the Real Purpose
As Leela Khanna '15 gets ready for a new semester at Bard, she reflects on her summer internship in India: "As happy as I am with this summer, I also realize that civic engagement can’t be a responsibility taken in small bursts when I have the time. It’s a full-time commitment that needs to be a priority for every citizen."
Devon Tomson Returns to Bard as Head Men's Soccer Coach
Devon Tomson has been named head men's soccer coach, succeeding Scott Swere. Swere has retired from his coaching role at Bard for family reasons, and will remain on staff as an administrator. Devon was the associate head men's soccer coach under Swere from 2005 to 2009, as well as an assistant coach for the women's soccer team during that period.
The class of 2016 is on campus for our three-week Language and Thinking Program. L&T is their introduction to the liberal arts and sciences, but also a chance for them to get to know each other, the Bard campus, and the Hudson Valley. On Sunday, Bard first-years rode from campus to Migliorelli farm stand in Red Hook, getting their first look at our gorgeous neighborhood.
Mark Your Calendars! Fisher Center Announces Fall Season
Highlights Include Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra, The Carolina Chocolate Drops, American Ballet Theatre, Conservatory Sunday Series, American Symphony Orchestra Concerts, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble, and John Cage: On & Off the Air!
A Summer Internship in Human Rights
Many Bard students are working in New York City this summer, including Mehdi Rahmati '13, a human rights major, who is interning at the Open Society Institute. Committed to humanitarian causes, Rahmati will continue his work addressing policy problems common to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the broader region. Originally from Afghanistan, Rahmati plans to return to continue his human rights work. Learn more about what Bardians are doing over the summer on the CCE blog:
Ed Kahovec Hired as Head Baseball Coach at Bard
The Bard College Department of Athletics and Recreation has hired Ed Kahovec as Assistant Athletic Director/Head Baseball Coach. Kahovec recently finished his third season on the baseball staff at his alma mater, the University of Rochester, where he was a top player for four years. "I'm extremely excited to have found this opportunity at Bard," Kahovec said. "To be able to recruit nationally for such a strong academic school, in a strong conference I have a lot of familiarity with . . . it's a challenge I look forward to."
Math Professor Lauren Rose Receives Award to Support Middle School Education
Bard math professor Lauren Rose has received an award from the American Institute of Mathematics to attend a week-long program in Washington, D.C. entitled, "How to Run a Math Teachers' Circle Workshop." Professor Rose's team comprises middle school and college educators who will use the D.C. workshop to work to improve mathematics education in U.S. middle schools. They plan to host bimonthly Math Teachers' Circles in the Hudson Valley that bring together middle school math teachers and professional mathematicians.
Math Program Offers Intense Training for Low-Income Students
This summer we have 38 eighth-graders on campus at Bard participating in an intensive math program. These New York City students are spending three weeks doing seven hours of math per day! Bard math professor Japheth Wood says, "I'm amazed to see the students" educational trajectories after SPMPS. Some have gone on to some very selective NYC public high schools, and all of them are going to breathe life into their high school's math program."
Bard Prison Initiative Is a Regional Winner in the 2012 CLASSY Awards
The Bard Prison Initiative is one of 64 Regional Winners in the 2012 CLASSY Awards. Thanks to strong voting from the Bard community, BPI is moving on to the national finals for this prestigious, philanthropic award.
Bard Math Professor Greg Landweber Awarded $35,000 Research Grant With Support for Bard Math Program
The Simons Foundation has awarded Greg D. Landweber, associate professor of mathematics at Bard, a Collaboration Grant for Mathematicians. This grant offers Professor Landwber $35,000 over a five-year period to be used in support of collaboration, travel and research expenses for his project, Supersymmetry and K-Theory. The grant also includes funds to enhance the research atmosphere of the Mathematics Program at Bard.
An Alum Working for Peace in South Sudan
Bard alumnus Vincent Valdmanis '03 works for the United Nations in the newly independent nation of South Sudan, helping the country achieve stability. Vincent strives to "ensure that UN agencies provide shelter, food, and water," while addressing poverty through better access to health care and education. In the Bardian:
Community Is Our Greatest Crop
Alexia Mills '13 finds that urban farming offers more than fresh produce.
Bard Men's Volleyball Earns AVCA Team Academic Award with 3.36 Team GPA
The Bard College men's volleyball team was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association with a Team Academic Award—one of only seven men's teams in the country to qualify.
Can Dry-Farmed Vineyards Offer a Solution to Drought? Bard CEP Student Kendall Lambert Investigates
Kendall Lambert hits the road as part of her summer internship with the Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF), a California non-profit. Her job is to visit area vineyards and research ways for them to reduce their water usage.
Bard Students Take On Local Politics in Summer Internships
Summer project spotlight: Jessica Lambert '14, an environmental and urban studies major, and Violeta Mezeklieva '14, a political studies major, are serving as community development interns for the City of Kingston, near Bard. The program allows interns to connect with the community through citizens groups in order to better understand the workings of government administration. "As an active community member at Bard, these groups represent a sense of public concern and activism, [which] I would like to inspire Bard students to hold on to after college life," says Lambert. Mezeklieva will work with Kingston's Local Development Corporation, conducting research on local service organizations and agencies to develop service strategies in order to address community needs. (Photo: Violeta Mezeklieva '14) Learn more about summer internships on the CCE blog:
Hasta Nunca, a Film by Bard Alumnus Mark Street '86, to Screen at National Gallery
Check out the trailer for the new feature film Hasta Nunca by Bard alum Mark Street '86. This film and some of his other work will be screened at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. on Saturday.
Arendt Center Launches 2012 Thinking Challenge
Looking for a summer project? Today the Hannah Arendt Center announced the 2012 Thinking Challenge: "Does the President Matter?" Create a blog post, video, or multimedia piece and enter to win cash prizes and a place at their fall conference.
Bard CEP Announces Lineup for National Climate Seminar in the Fall
Listen in real time to climate and clean energy specialists talk about the latest science, policy, law, and economics of climate change. This year's participants include top scientists, analysts, and political leaders.
Bard's Musical Legacy
In March 1962, Luis Garcia-Renart came to Bard to play a cello recital. He stayed for 50 years. In the Bardian:
Binyavanga Wainaina Nominated for Hurston/Wright Legacy Award
Bard author and Achebe Center director Binyavanga Wainaina's memoir One Day I Will Write About This Place has been shortlisted for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award.
Bard Prison Initiative Nominated for CLASSY Award
The Bard Prison Initiative has been selected as a top five regional finalist in human rights for the CLASSY Awards. We are incredibly proud of this program, and our amazing students, alums, staff, and faculty.
Simon's Rock Celebrates 45 Years
Congratulations to Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass. on 45 of excellence in early college education. This video offers a glimpse into the college's legacy.
Summer Internship Spotlight
Sarah Stern '13, an anthropology major with a concentration in Middle Eastern studies, is working on outreach with the Encounter Program's Middle East Office. Her internship is geared toward developing awareness and understanding among American Jews around the complex issues of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Learn more about what Bardians are doing over the summer on the CCE blog:
The Bard Prison Initiative Celebrates 10th Anniversary
The Bard Prison Initiative has been educating New York State inmates for 10 years, transforming lives and creating a model for similar programs around the country. In this video, alums and current students share their inspiring BPI stories.
A Way with Words: Arthur Holland Michel '13 Interns at the Paris Review
This summer Arthur Holland Michel '13, a history major, is editing for the Paris Review. At the same time, he is pursuing academic research related to his Senior Project on Peruvian immigration into New York City and New Jersey from the 1960s through the middle 1980s. Learn more about what Bardians are doing over the summer on the Civic Engagement blog.
SummerScape Opens with American Premiere of Let My Joy Remain
SummerScape 2012 opens on July 6 at 8 pm with the American premiere of Let My Joy Remain, a dance concert by France's Compagnie Fetes galantes. Keyed to the theme of the Bard Music Festival, which celebrates "Saint-Saens and His World," Compagnie Fetes galantes combines Gallic refinement with a sincere engagement with the Baroque.
Bard Early College Students Rise to the Challenge in New Orleans
Public high school in the morning and Bard undergraduate classes in the afternoon? Young people in New Orleans are rising to the challenges of early college. "Students here aren't afraid to ask difficult questions, to immerse themselves fully in the rigor of a liberal arts classroom," says Kaycee Filson '11, Bard alum and guidance counselor in the Bard Early College Centers. Read the full article in the Bardian:
Does the President Matter? Hannah Arendt Center Announces Fall Conference Lineup
The Hannah Arendt Center's fifth annual conference, "Does the President Matter? A Conference on the American Age of Political Disrepair," will feature Ralph Nader, Bernard Kouchner, and John Zogby, among others. The conference will take place in Annandale on September 21 and 22, just a few weeks before the presidential election. The topic could hardly be more timely.
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