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CCS Bard Announces Thelma Golden to Receive the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to announce that Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. The award will be presented at a gala celebration and dinner on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in New York City. The award comes with the Audrey Irmas Prize of $25,000.
The Fisher Center Presents Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Armistead Maupin
Join a public conversation on November 7 between Neil Gaiman, Bard professor in the arts, and Armistead Maupin, the best-selling writer and activist, as they discuss their heroes Charles Dickens and Christopher Isherwood, the craft of storytelling, and many other subjects. The program takes place on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of Bard's Fisher Center. Maupin is the author of 11 novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City series, which Salon calls “perhaps the most sublime piece of popular literature America has ever produced.”
The Orchestra Now Opens 2015-16 Season at Bard's Fisher Center, October 24 and 25
The Orchestra Now (TŌN), an innovative master’s degree program and training orchestra founded by Bard College, will launch its inaugural season at Bard College’s Fisher Center with two fall programs in October and November. Bard President and TŌN Conductor Leon Botstein will lead the Orchestra of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world and cellist Rylan Gajek in the opening concerts on October 24 and 25; Associate Conductor James Bagwell will take the podium for the second program on November 14 and 15. The Orchestra’s series at Bard will continue with two more concert programs in February and April, 2016, and TŌN will also perform in different series in New York City including Carnegie Hall.
Bard Prison Initiative Featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for Recent Win Against Harvard Debate Team
The Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional Facility was mentioned on The Daily Show on October 8. Host Trevor Noah noted the team's September 18 win over the Harvard College Debating Union as an example of the untapped intellectual potential of inmates. The discussion was part of a longer segment about the negative impacts of mass incarceration in the United States.
National Book Award–Winning Author Joyce Carol Oates to Give Reading at Bard College, Monday, October 26
Widely acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, recipient of the National Humanities Medal and National Book Award, will read from "Walking Wounded," a new, unpublished story commissioned especially for its world premiere at this event on Monday, October 26. Booklist wrote, in praise of her short-story collection Lovely, Dark, Deep, "Oates, one of few writers who achieves excellence in both the novel and the short story, has more than two dozen story collections to her name and she continues to inject new, ambushing power into the form. Oates’s stories seethe and blaze." Oates will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, takes place at 3:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Bard College and Historic Hudson Valley Reach Agreement to Transfer Ownership of Montgomery Place
Bard College and Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) have agreed to transfer ownership of Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate with significant historic and cultural assets, to the College, whose campus is contiguous with the property from River Road to the Hudson River in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Bard will use Montgomery Place as a teaching space for its many diverse programs, including the arts, the humanities, and the study of the environmental sciences. “The College has every intention of respecting the significance of the property in terms of historic preservation, public access, and agriculture,” said Bard College President Leon Botstein. The transaction includes new deed restrictions that ensure preservation of the site’s historic assets and working farm while giving Bard significant programmatic opportunities.
Obie Awarding-Winning Playwright, Novelist, and Poet Carl Hancock Rux to Perform Stage Version of The Exalted at Bard Fisher Center, October 16–17
In an intimate performance, writer/performer Carl Hancock Rux and composer/musician Theo Bleckmann present The Exalted, the story of the last days of German-Jewish art historian Carl Einstein, one of the first critics to affirm the importance of African sculpture, thus influencing the development of Cubism and the European avant-garde. Directed by Anne Bogart ’74, The Exalted will be performed at the Fisher Center, Sosnoff Stage right, from Friday, October 16, and Saturday October 17, at 7:30 p.m. There will be post-performance talks with the artists. On Thursday, October 15, Rux will also read from his novel, The Exalted, at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College Hosts International Conference on Surveillance and the Private Life, October 15–16
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College will host its eighth annual international conference from Thursday, October 15 to Friday, October 16 in Olin Hall, on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus. The two-day conference, “Why Privacy Matters,” features NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden, Robert Litt (Second General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Charged with Prosecuting Snowden), David Brin, Kate Crawford, Ben Wizner, Anita Allen, and more. The conference asks: What do we lose when we lose our privacy? Reading on Kindles, searching Google, and using cell phones leave a data trail of intimate details. Governments and businesses track our comings, goings, and doings. Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems, speaks for many when he says, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” It is easy to note the violence of the slogan “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” but few offer an intelligent response. Why do we willfully participate in the loss of our privacy? How is it that we rarely register its loss? Do we simply value privacy less? It is time to ask why privacy matters? It is amidst this sense that privacy is being lost and we are powerless to resist its loss that the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College asks: How can a right to privacy and a meaningful private life exist today?
Novelist Bradford Morrow and Testament Guitarist Alex Skolnick Present A Bestiary, An Evening of Text and Music at Bard College, Tuesday, October 20
Novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow and acclaimed guitarist Alex Skolnick present A Bestiary, a live collaborative performance of Morrow’s lyrical prose pieces about animals real and imaginary—from snake to mongoose, unicorn to whale, elephant to glugfish. Set to Skolnick’s original compositions, ranging from jazz to rock to country to world music, this reading of A Bestiary unites the written word with guitar virtuosity in unexpected, magical ways. Now comic, now tragic, A Bestiary explores the animal kingdom as well as the human condition it mirrors.
Award-Winning Poet and Bard MFA Faculty Member Anna Moschovakis to Give Reading at Bard College, Thursday, October 8
On Thursday, October 8, poet Anna Moschovakis, a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse and winner of the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, will give a reading at Bard College. Author of I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake, and the forthcoming They and We Will Get into Trouble for This, Moschovakis will be introduced by Ann Lauterbach, David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature. This event, presented by the John Ashbery Poetry Series, takes place in Bard Hall at 6:00 p.m. It 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.
Scone Foundation, In Collaboration with the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, Honors Albert Knoll of the Dachau Archives as Archivist of the Year
The Scone Foundation will honor Dachau archivist Albert Knoll with the 10th annual Archivist of the Year Award. This award recognizes an archivist who has made a contribution to his or her profession or who has provided support to scholars conducting research in history and biography. The special event takes place in Manhattan on Monday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the Bard Graduate Center at 18 West 86th Street, New York, in conjunction with the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.
Venerated Financial Journalist Carol Loomis to Inaugurate John J. Curran ’75 Lectures in Journalism Series at Bard College on Monday, October 5
On Monday, October 5, Bard College will present a talk by financial journalist and editor Carol Loomis to inaugurate the John J. Curran ’75 Lectures in Journalism series. Loomis is the former senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine, and the coiner of the term “hedge fund.” The editor of Warren Buffett's annual shareholder letter, she has been recognized by the New York Times for her success in battling gender stereotypes within the financial-services industry, having started her career in the 1950s as one of only two female reporters at Fortune. The Reformed Broker calls Loomis “a lion of financial journalism,” while ValueWalk celebrates her as “without doubt, the greatest business writer of all time.”
David Brin Named Inaugural 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow
David Brin has been named the first annual National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Brin, an American scientist, award-winning author of science fiction, and leading commentator on the world’s most pressing technological trends, is in residence at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College from Monday, October 5, to Sunday, October 25. As part of Brin’s fellowship, he will mentor selected Bard students on their fiction and nonfiction writing. Brin will also offer a number of lectures and discussions during his residency at Bard. This new annual fellowship has been made possible through an NEH Challenge Grant.
Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional Facility Beats Harvard University
In intercollegiate competition on September 18, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional defeated a team from Harvard University while affirming the resolution: "Resolved: Public schools in the United States should deny enrollment to undocumented students." The prestigious and award-winning panel of judges voted 2-1 in favor of Bard. The event was cosponsored by the Bard Prison Initiative, the Bard Debate Union, and the Center for Civic Engagement. Read more in the Wall Street Journal: "Prison vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate."
Bard College Debate Union Hosts Tournament on Campus
The Bard College Debate Union hosted the 2nd Annual Bard College Invitational Tournament in Annandale on the weekend of September 19–20. More than 250 university students and faculty members participated—including eight debaters from the Bard High School Early Colleges in Cleveland and Queens and six students from Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia. Debate topics ranged from voluntourism to emergency relief efforts in natural disasters to the role of the European Union in the current refugee crisis. The tournament culminated on Sunday night in a final round between Cornell University and the University of Vermont on the topic of Afrocentric education in public schools. Cornell was pronounced the winner.
Wall Street Journal: Bard Prison Initiative vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate
What happens when incarcerated students in the Bard Prison Initiative debate Harvard undergrads? The Wall Street Journal reports on last week's competition and how the Bard Prison Initiative is giving prisoners a chance at a better life.
Bard College Presents the Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities Featuring Renowned Classics Scholar Mary Beard, September 28–30
Eminent scholar Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge, presents The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities at Bard College 2015. The series of lectures, titled Last Words: Roman Epitaphs and Their “Afterlife”, will explore Roman epitaphs and the sensibilities they reveal. The three talks take place September 28–30 in Bard's Olin Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Al-Quds Bard Holds Commencement
On August 25, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) held its graduation ceremony on the main campus in Abu Dis. In all, 37 undergraduates and 70 Master of Arts in Teaching students received their Bard and Al-Quds diplomas. In addition to the graduates and hundreds of family members, also in attendance were Al-Quds President Imad Abu-Kishik, Bard College President Leon Botstein, U.S. Consul General Donald Blome, and Bard College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jonathan Becker, as well as representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the Open Society Foundations, and USAID. The highlight of the event was a speech by MAT valedictorian Shireen Irziqat, who spoke of the joys of participating in the program while remaining a full-time teacher and mother of five children.
The New York State Writers Institute to Celebrate Bard College’s Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions
On Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m., the New York State Writers Institute will celebrate Bard's provocative, innovative literary journal Conjunctions with a reading by Bradford Morrow (Conjunctions editor, Bard literature professor, and Bard Center Fellow) and contributing editors Ann Lauterbach (Bard’s David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature) and Peter Straub. The reading will take place at the Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.
Fisher Center Presents American Ballet Theatre Celebrating Its 75th Anniversary Season
The Fisher Center presents American Ballet Theatre in its third appearance at Bard College, October 9 – 11. The weekend program features Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, Paul Taylor’s Company B, and a world premiere by Mark Morris, performed in the Fisher Center’s stunning Sosnoff Theater. The engagement will feature ABT principal dancers including Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Maria Kochetkova, and Gillian Murphy as well as Herman Cornejo, Daniil Simkin, and Cory Stearns.
Bard Graduate Allie Cashel ’13 to Read from Her Memoir on Chronic Lyme Disease at Bard College on Monday, September 28
On Monday, September 28, Bard alumna Allie Cashel ’13 will read from a memoir of her experience with chronic Lyme disease, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial. The reading is presented by the Written Arts and Biology Programs. A living portrait of chronic Lyme disease and its patients’ struggles for recognition and treatment, Suffering the Silence, originally Allie Cashel’s Senior Project, is now a full-length memoir that details Cashel’s own experience with chronic Lyme and shares the stories of a number of other patients from around the world. Introduced by Mary Caponegro ’78, Bard literature professor, and followed by a Q&A, this event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Bard College Dance Program Partners with Legendary Trisha Brown Dance Company to Collaborate on Curriculum and Performance
Beginning in fall 2015, the Dance Program at Bard College will partner with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) to offer undergraduate dance classes, as well as college-wide forums, workshops, and performances. Allowing for deep integration in Bard’s dance program curriculum as well as the campus community as a whole, the partnership with TBDC will include undergraduate courses in dance technique (for advanced dancers as well as beginning and non-dancers); the licensing of select Trisha Brown works on dance students to be performed annually; master classes; campus-wide events; and the full company in residence for one to three weeks each year. Bard’s collaboration with TBDC will reach across disciplines and programs to involve artists in other College programs and initiatives.
Bard College Awarded $1 Million Grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to Support Curatorial Studies and Art History
Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) and the Art History Program are pleased to announce a major grant from The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. The College has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to support curatorial studies and art history. Alex Kitnick, noted art historian and writer, has been appointed the new Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. This fellowship enables Kitnick to join the College as a full-time faculty member teaching jointly in CCS Bard’s graduate and Bard’s art history undergraduate programs. This joint appointment is the first of its kind in the visual arts at Bard.
National Book Award–Winning Author Norman Rush to Give Reading at Bard College on Tuesday, September 22
On Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m., Norman Rush, the National Book Award winner and author of Whites, Mating, Mortals, and Subtle Bodies, will read from his work at Bard College. "Rush’s characters want to fall in love, to laugh and enjoy themselves. Their quirks, opinions, compulsions . . . keep us engrossed—along with the clarity and precision of Rush's sentences, the freshness of his observations," wrote Francine Prose in her review of Subtle Bodies in The New York Review of Books.
President Obama to Award Clemente Course in the Humanities a 2014 National Humanities Medal
The White House has announced that the Clemente Course in the Humanities is one of the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources. Through a 20-year partnership with Bard College and other leading colleges and universities, the Clemente Course has offered a tuition-free, college-level course in the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes who have limited access to college education in communities throughout the United States.
Live Arts Bard Presents World Premiere of Miguel Gutierrez's Dance-Theater-Performance Trilogy Age & Beauty
Performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” (Dance Magazine), meets middle age head-on in this wild and ebullient triptych that celebrates queerness, art making, and mortality. Age & Beauty will be performed in locations at the Fisher Center at Bard College from Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) for individual performances and $45 ($20 for students) for marathon performances of the complete trilogy. For tickets and program information go to fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office at 845-758-7900.
Jeanne van Heeswijk Gives the Keith Haring Lecture in Art and Activism, September 8
Jeanne van Heeswijk will give a lecture titled "Acts of Political Uncertainty: Towards a Daily Practice of Resistance," on September 8 at 6:00 pm in the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. Van Heeswijk, 2014-15 Keith Haring Fellow, will demonstrate how active forms of citizenship can engage constituencies and communities in critical public issues. Van Heeswijk will describe how the complexities of our cities can be employed as the performative basis for the production of new forms of sociability, collective ownership, and self-organization.
Bard College Berlin Marks Start of Academic Year
August 31 marked the first day of classes for the approximately 140 students currently enrolled at Bard College Berlin. Florian Becker, Managing Director, and Catherine Toal, Dean, greeted the students, faculty, and staff at a Welcome Dinner held on September 1 on campus. The students in Bard College Berlin's current cohorts come from remarkably diverse backgrounds and from various countries; these include Georgia, Russia, Iran, the United States, India, Pakistan, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. In all, students represent more than 40 nationalities (click here to see a nationalities map).
Student Spotlight: Andrea Szegedy-Maszak '16 Talks Citizen Science, Civic Engagement, and Biology at Bard
Bard senior Andrea Szegedy-Maszak came to Bard intending to be a psychology major. It was in Citizen Science, the three-week science intensive for first-years during winter intersession, that she realized she wanted to study biology. Now Andrea is taking the next step to being a biology teacher: she's enrolled in Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Betsaida Alcantara ’05: From Outreach to High Office
Back in high school, when Betsaida Alcantara was considering college applications, her counselor told her Bard was “too out of reach.” But she applied anyway, and got accepted. Recently, a friend joked that when Alcantara, director of media planning for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was traveling on Air Force One earlier this year, she should have called that counselor from the plane.
Fisher Center at Bard College Presents an Outstanding Fall Season of Music, Dance, and Theater Productions
This fall, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, performance art, and theater programs. Highlights of the fall season include the 75th anniversary season of American Ballet Theatre; the inaugural season of The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein, music director; singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra; Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, a unique event developed specifically for the Bard campus; the world premiere of choreographer Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty Part 3 and the premiere performances of the full trilogy; the U.S. premiere screening of Life and Times Episodes 7-9 by avant-garde theater ensemble Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Neil Gaiman in conversation with Armistead Maupin; Conservatory Sunday Series; a special holiday production of Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson; and a variety of student performances.
Bard College Psychology Professor Is Coauthor of Comprehensive Long-Term Study Published in Science, Testing the Reproducibility of Psychology Studies
Bard College associate professor of psychology Kristin Lane, as well as Jin Goh '12 and Douglas Gazarian '13, were among 270 researchers who participated in the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science. The four-year study, published in Science, found that among replications of 100 published findings in three prominent psychology journals, fewer than half produced the same findings as the original study.
Bard Prison Initiative Wins Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been named a winner of the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute. The award carries a prize of $25,000 and recognizes entrepreneurs across the country who are working toward innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing social problems. BPI and four other winners will be honored at an awards banquet on November 9. Howard Husock wrote for Forbes about the award and BPI's work, in which Bard alumnus and BPI founder Max Kenner '01 explains why prisoners should have the opportunity to get a college education.
Bard College Now Accepting Applications for Its Free College Course in the Humanities
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is now accepting applications for its free college-level course in the humanities this fall in Kingston, New York. The course offers a rigorous introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost, and tuition, books, and childcare will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from October 1 to May 31, at the Kingston Library.
Bard Prison Initiative Receives $1 Million Grant from the Ford Foundation
Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation to support BPI’s pioneering work for higher education in prison and innovations in criminal justice reform. The two-year grant will allow BPI to expand its core operations, including support for national replication efforts, advocacy work, and reentry programs. During the past two years, the Ford Foundation has become a stalwart partner and supporter of BPI’s efforts to expand opportunities for rigorous higher education in prison and innovative reentry support.
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