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Esteemed Writer Dinaw Mengestu to Join Bard College Faculty
Bard College announces the appointment of esteemed writer Dinaw Mengestu as professor of written arts and director of the Written Arts Program. Mengestu, who joins the faculty in fall 2016, will teach fiction workshops, among other courses, through the Division of Languages and Literature. In his role as director, Mengestu will provide leadership in the Written Arts Program, whose core faculty comprises distinguished writers of poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction—including Mary Caponegro, Teju Cole, Robert Kelly, Porochista Khakpour, Ann Lauterbach, Joseph O’Neill, Luc Sante, and Mona Simpson, among many others.
Bard Center for Environmental Policy Hosts Nationwide Power Dialog Week of April 4
During the week of April 4, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy will host The Power Dialog, a national event in which thousands of students will meet with top officials in more than 30 states to discuss climate policy. Participants will head to their state capitols to talk about state-level action to help meet the U.S. climate commitment of a 30 percent cut in global warming pollution by 2030. The Power Dialog gives students a voice in critical decisions that will determine their future and the future of the earth.
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) Presents the Spring Exhibitions and Projects
Beginning on April 3, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents 18 exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art with 17 individual exhibitions curated by each student, along with a student-curated Marieluise Hessel Collection show.
Celebrated Author Rick Moody to Give Reading at Bard College on April 4
On Monday, April 4, Rick Moody—the celebrated author of Garden State, The Ice Storm, The Ring of Brightest Angels Around Heaven, Purple America, The Black Veil: A Memoir with Digressions, and other books—reads from his new novel, Hotels of North America. The Wall Street Journal writes, “Rick Moody is one of the most prodigiously talented writers in America.” Moody 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 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, and will be followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Bard Professor, Acclaimed Composer Joan Tower Releases New Albums Featuring Fellow Faculty Member Blair McMillen
Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts Joan Tower has released new recordings on the Naxos label. Performed by the Nashville Symphony, her third album with Naxos presents a concerto and two orchestral works—one of which, "Stroke," was nominated for a 2016 Grammy Award. Last week, a fourth Naxos recording was released, featured three string quartets and a piano quintet with Bard professor Blair McMillen on piano, performed by the Daedalus and Miami quartets. The fifth Naxos recording will be released next year, with the Albany Symphony presenting concertos, and solos performed by percussionist Evelyn Glennie and pianist Blair McMillen.
The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents Celebrated Poet Michael Ives at Bard College on March 31
On Thursday, March 31, celebrated poet Michael Ives, visiting assistant professor of the humanities at Bard, will read from his work. The reading is presented by the John Ashbery Poetry Series. A jazz musician, an innovator in the field of text in performance, and recipient of the Academy of American Poets Prize and Lillian Fairchild Award, Ives is also the founding member and composer of the sound/text performance trio F’loom and the author of Wavetable (Dr. Cicero Books) and The External Combustion Engine (Futurepoem).
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.
Bard Fisher Center Presents Fran Lebowitz: A Conversation with Daniel Mendelsohn
On April 1, the Fisher Center presents humorist and quintessential New Yorker Fran Lebowitz reflecting on American life—from pet peeves to timely issues—in conversation with Bard Professor of Humanities Daniel Mendelsohn, "our most irresistible literary critic."
Bard College to Host Event Celebrating the Saw Kill and Its Role in Scenic Preservation
On Saturday, April 2, Bard College will host Celebrating the Saw Kill: 175 Years of Scenic Preservation, a day of presentations and tours exploring the Saw Kill and its surrounding properties’ impact on scenic preservation. The program, to be held at Bard College, the Montgomery Place Campus, will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a welcome by Bard College President Leon Botstein, followed by a keynote address by David P. Schuyler of Franklin & Marshall College entitled “Montgomery Place: An Enchanted Landscape.”
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.
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
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.
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.
Themed Programs? Play On!
BSO and Bard Full with Feasting
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.
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.
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 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.
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