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Bard College First-Year Students Study Ebola Epidemic During Citizen Science Program
As part of Bard College's Citizen Science Program, all first-year students return to campus in January to take part in a rigorous three-week course that introduces them to natural science and the ideas underlying the scientific method. This year’s theme, “Reducing the Global Burden of Infectious Disease,” explores the biology of infectious disease and the myriad of impacts that outbreaks and subsequent management can have on our global society. As a health emergency with global implications, one topic that will be central in this January’s course is the Ebola epidemic and crisis in West Africa.
Bard MFA Student, Alumnus, and Faculty Members Honored with Grants and Awards
Bard MFA alumnus Zach Layton '15 and faculty members Ellen Fullman and David Hartt have been named recipients of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2015 Grants to Artists. Each of 14 winners receives an unrestricted grant of $35,000. These cash awards, given to artists across disciplines, provide recipients with the financial means to engage in whatever artistic endeavors they wish to pursue, to research and develop ideas, to embark on projects, and to complete projects already underway. Fullman and Layton won in the category of Music/Sound and Hartt won in the category of Visual Arts.
MFA Photography student Felipe Meres '16 is the Grand Prize winner of the Tom of Finland Foundation 2014 Emerging Artist Competition. The Foundation produces a biannual contest that supports and encourages emerging erotic artists by providing exhibition of their work, publicity, and awards.
Bard College’s Renowned Literary Magazine, Conjunctions, Wins $75,000 in Grants
Conjunctions, the celebrated literary magazine published by Bard College, has won a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a $50,000 multiyear ($10,000/year) grant from the New York State Council on the Arts to support its print and electronic publication of award-winning fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from many of the world’s leading contemporary writers and most innovative emerging authors.
Student Spotlight: Senior Jonian Rafti Gets Out the Vote
Bard senior, voting rights activist, and aspiring lawyer Jonian Rafti looks back on his time at the college. Jonian came to Bard from a large high school in New York City and was looking for a different kind of educational experience: a small college where he could get to know his peers and professors. Four years later he's working on a joint Senior Project in economics and history, serves as student body treasurer, and is a leader in the Election@Bard Initiative.
Bard Men's Basketball Stuns Vassar in Liberty League Opener
Bard's Raptors beat Vassar's Brewers Tuesday, January 6, in a 61-54 victory to improve to 6-4 overall, 1-0 in the Liberty League. Vassar—the preseason coaches' pick to win the Liberty League title—has dominated the series between the schools until recently. Bard is 5-27 against Vassar all-time, but 4-3 against the Brewers since joining the Liberty League in 2011. The four wins over Vassar have come by a combined total of 13 points.
Leading Microbiologist Gautam Dantas and New Yorker Writer Michael Specter to Present January Citizen Science Lectures
The Bard College Citizen Science Program presents two lectures this month. Both lectures take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard B. Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater. They are free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. On Wednesday, January 14, Gautam Dantas, assistant professor at the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, will present “Networks of Exchanging Antibiotic Resistomes in Human and Environmental Microbiota.” On Thursday, January 15, Michael Specter, staff writer at the New Yorker and visiting professor in the Environmental and Urban Studies Program at Bard, presents “Relying on Reality: Separating Fact from Fiction in Daily Life.”
James Ketterer Elected to Board of Directors of the Mid-Hudson Valley World Affairs Council
James Ketterer, Bard's director of international academic initiatives and senior fellow at the Institute for International Liberal Education, has been elected to the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Valley World Affairs Council. The organization is a nonpartisan forum for citizen participation in world affairs. Its mission is to raise public awareness of international issues and to stimulate interest in a better understanding of world affairs. The Council presents public lectures, panels and debates, and educational and cultural programs. The council also sponsors programs and collaborative efforts to reach high school and college students and faculty. The Mid-Hudson chapter is one of 94 chapters of the National World Affairs Councils of America, the largest international affairs nonprofit organization in the United States, which works to address the need for more global understanding in America.
Fisher Center Presents Diverse Spring Season of Performing Arts Events
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents a full spring season of performing arts events, including jazz and orchestral concerts, and innovative dance and theater productions, from January 31 through May 16. Highlights include the Billie Holiday Centenary Tribute, Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, American Symphony Orchestra concerts, Cynthia Hopkins’ A Living Documentary, Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Laurie Anderson, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance.
Center for Curatorial Studies Receives Major Gift of 200 Contemporary Artworks from Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to announce the gift of almost 200 contemporary artworks from New York art collectors Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg. The gift includes mostly works from the past fifteen years, close to the time Martin Eisenberg has been involved with the center as a board member and avid supporter of the graduate program, its students, and exhibitions. The Eisenbergs have supported the annual graduate exhibitions held each spring for the past eight years. In 2010, their collection was exhibited in the Hessel Museum of Art in At Home/Not At Home, curated by Matthew Higgs. Many of the artists shown in the Hessel Museum exhibition are represented in the new gift valued at approximately $2 million.
Bard's Hannah Arendt Center Announces 2014 Thinking Challenge Winners
As part of the Hannah Arendt Center's seventh annual fall conference, "The Unmaking of Americans: Are There Still American Values Worth Fighting For?" the Center asked university students in the United States and abroad to answer the question, "What core American ideals can inspire Americans to sacrifice self-interest and fight for justice?" In a large pool of thoughtful and provocative submissions, two entries stood out: those of Rosa Schwartzburg '16 of Bard College and Alix Tate '16 of Waubonsee Community College (Illinois). Read their winning essays here.
Introducing Bard Academy at Simon's Rock
Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, located in Great Barrington, Mass. is the nation’s first two year, ninth and tenth grade accelerated high school program for boarding and day students. Upon completing the tenth grade, Academy students begin full-time college study at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.
Christine Tohme and Martha Wilson to Receive CCS Bard Audrey Irmas Curatorial Award
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to announce that Christine Tohme and Martha Wilson are the recipients of the 2015 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. The award carries a $25,000 prize to be split between the recipients and will be presented at a gala celebration and dinner on April 15, 2015 at 6:30 pm in New York City.
Bard Presents an Exhibition of Photographic Collaborations Between Artists and Poets
Bard College presents a special exhibition of photographs and poetry on display from December 8 through January 9, on view in the Charles P. Stevenson, Jr. Library in the atrium and the Sussman Room, 2nd floor. The exhibition features two works, “Winter Music,” a collaboration between artist/photographer Susan Quasha and renowned poet Robert Kelly, and “Madonna Comix,” a series of 26 prints by Dianne Kornberg based on 11 poems by Celia Bland. There will be an opening reception and poetry reading on Tuesday, December 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Library atrium.
Center for Environmental Policy Hosts C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop
Over the weekend of December 5–7, Bard College hosted the fourth annual Northeast regional C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop. Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability, the three-day workshop offers training to college students and recent graduates aspiring to become sustainability leaders in politics and business. The event drew 35 participants this year with some coming from as far away as Atlanta and Chicago. The weekend included sessions on how to raise money, pitch an idea, and build a professional network.
Bard to Offer Program Leading to Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching Degrees
Beginning in September 2015, Bard College and the Bard MAT Program (MAT) will partner to offer a new BA/MAT 3+2 program. The new program is designed to offer Bard undergraduates a path to a master of arts in teaching degree and a New York State grades 7–12 teacher certification in biology, history, literature, or mathematics within five years of entering college. Subject matter mastery, integration into the College’s undergraduate programs, and extensive residencies in public schools during year five are key elements of the new program. Bard undergraduates will integrate disciplinary studies into field-work requirements through tutoring and other placements.
Principal of Bard High School Early College Queens Meets with President Obama
On Thursday, December 4, Valeri J. Thomson, Principal of Bard High School Early College Queens, located in Long Island City, New York, joins President Obama, the First Lady, and Vice President Biden at the White House College Opportunity Summit. The Summit brings together individuals from colleges and universities, business leaders and others who are committed to supporting college opportunities for diverse students across the country.
Bard's Fisher Center Presents a Special Holiday Event: The Bang Group's Nut/Cracked
The Fisher Center at Bard College presents a special holiday performance of Nut/Cracked—The Bang Group’s beloved, witty response to The Nutcracker. Showcasing choreography by David Parker ’81 with music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Nut/Cracked will be performed in the Sosnoff Theater of the Fisher Center on Saturday, December 20 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, December 21 at 2 p.m.
Bard Is "One Big Think Tank": Carl Amritt '17 Combines Academics and Community Engagement
As a sophomore, Carl Amritt has already carved out a distinct place of his own in the Bard community. Carl was involved in student government in middle and high school in his native West Palm Beach, Florida. Now he's brought his passion for politics to his academic work in Political Studies and Environmental and Urban Studies. He's also become a leader in Bard student government, campus sustainability efforts, and the college's voting initiative.
Bard College Students Participate in West Point Conference
Bard College students Simao Chen '18 and Vikramaditya Joshi '18 represented Bard at the 66th Annual Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, November 12–15, 2014. SCUSA is the most prestigious undergraduate conference of its type in the world, with about 200 students from more than 100 institutions attending. Participants debate and formulate policy recommendations that model American strategic responses to national and global challenges. This year’s theme was “What’s the Worst That Could Happen? The Politics and Policy of Crisis Management.” Bard's participation in SCUSA is a component of the Bard–West Point Exchange, which provides opportunities for students and faculty from Bard and West Point to exchange ideas in the classroom, through public presentations, debates, and extracurricular activities.
Bard Students Win Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships
Bard students Tareian King '16 and Angie Del Arca '16 have been awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to support their studies abroad for the spring 2015 semester. Human Rights/Africana Studies major Tareian King, currently studying at the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City, received $4,000 toward her studies in Cape Town, South Africa, on the Multiculturalism and Human Rights program with SIT Study Abroad. Film major Angie Del Arca received $2,500 toward her studies at Bard College Berlin.
Senior Close-Up: Joanna Regan
If the NCAA kept statistics that bridged different sports, Joanna Regan '15 might be in a category all by herself. Heading into the basketball season, this three-sport star had competed in 193 NCAA games, between soccer, basketball, and lacrosse. If she plays every game of the one basketball season and one lacrosse season she has left in her college career, she'll leave Bard with 232 games played.
Bard College Hosts High School Model UN Tournament
The Bard College Model United Nations Initiative proudly hosted the Bard Model United Nations Conference (BardMUNC) on Saturday, November 15 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 as far away as eastern Connecticut and New York City. Over 150 students registered for the conference from Red Hook High School, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, Arlington High School, Highland High School, Woodstock Academy, Bard High School Early College Manhattan, Bard High School Early College Queens, and Newark Academy.
The Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents A Winter Songfest
On Sunday, December 7, acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw and members of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, Postgraduate Collaborative Piano Fellows, Hudson Valley Brass, and the chorus from the Red Hook Mill Road Elementary School, 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 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
Bard College Conservatory of Music Concerto Competition Winners Announced
The winners of the 2014–2015 Concerto Competition were announced on Sunday, November 16, at the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building, after two rounds of competitive performances over the course of the weekend. This year's winners are: Tianpei Ai '18 (Sibelius, Violin Concerto), Sophia Burgos M.M. '16 (Dutilleux, Correspondances), Rylan Gajek-Leonard '16 (Shostakovich, Cello Concerto No. 2), Xi Yang '15 (Tchaikovsky, Rococo Variations), and Ye Zi '15 (Bloch, Suite). The winners will perform with either the Bard Conservatory Orchestra or the American Symphony Orchestra during the 2015–2016 season.
Bard Students and Alumni/ae Meet for Bard Works D.C.
On Friday, November 14, the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College brought 25 Bard students to the nation's capital for Bard Works D.C. This career development event featured 25 Bard alumni/ae presenting on their work in various fields in the D.C. area, with opportunities for students to ask questions and connect with leaders in their fields. The gathering was followed by an alumni/ae tour of the Pentagon. Malia Du Mont ’95 organized the day's events.
Admitting New Ideas: Bard Admission Shakes Things Up
Bard is changing the college admission landscape. From the new Bard Entrance Examination to the unique and longstanding Immediate Decision Plan, the college is committed to bringing the next generation of students to Annandale with unconventional and distinctly Bardian strategies.
Call for Nominations: Bard Network to Host Student Leadership Conference in Istanbul
The Bard/HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations) and affiliated institutions will gather student leaders for a five-day conference in Istanbul, Turkey from March 13 to 19, 2015, entitled "Student Action and Youth Leadership: Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts." Students from Bard network institutions are invited to submit proposals by December 10, 2014.
Thirty-Two Bard Student-Athletes Named to Liberty League's Fall All-Academic Teams
Thirty-two Bard student-athletes qualified this fall for the Liberty League All-Academic Teams. To be recognized, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20. Bard students qualified in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King announced 580 qualifying students across the league, an increase of 95 over last fall.
Bard Fisher Center Presents The House Is Open, a Pop-Up Exhibition of Installation and Performance
What might happen if a performing arts center temporarily reimagined itself as an art museum? From November 20 to 23, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents The House Is Open, an inquisitive and playful pop-up installation and performance event that attempts to answer this question, examining the complex interplay between contemporary art and performance. Performance has recently entered, and occasionally transformed, visual arts institutions, but performing arts centers have been comparatively unaffected by the art world’s embrace of live performance. This fall, The House Is Open inverts the performer-in-a-museum paradigm by transforming the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts into a temporary art museum.
Bard's Levy Economics Institute Holds Second Annual Minsky Conference in Athens
The Levy Institute will hold its second annual Minsky Conference, entitled "Europe at the Crossroads: A Union of Austerity or Growth Convergence?" in Athens, Greece, November 21–22, 2014. Coorganized by the Levy Institute and Economia Civile, the conference will focus on the continuing debate surrounding the eurozone’s systemic instability; proposals for banking union; regulation and supervision of financial institutions; monetary, fiscal, and trade policy in Europe, and the spillover effects for the United States and the global economy; the impact of austerity policies on U.S. and European markets; and the sustainability of government deficits and debt.
Bard Presents Nuruddin Farah in Conversation with Mark Danner on November 17
The Human Rights Project at Bard College presents a public conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner to discuss Farah’s new critically acclaimed novel Hiding in Plain Sight. Farah, who just won a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award from the South African Literary Awards, has been hailed as “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” by The New York Review of Books. This event will take place on Monday, November 17, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Bard's Model United Nations Team Competes in Northeast Regional Model Arab League
The Bard College Model United Nations team participated in the Northeast Regional Model Arab League tournament at Northeastern University in Boston, November 7–9. The conference—sponsored by the National Council on U.S.–Arab Relations—simulates the structure, proceedings, and committees of the Arab League, based in Egypt and representing 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Bard students represented Egypt, Libya, and Saudi Arabia on topics including defense, environmental and social issues, and Palestinian affairs. Bard Model UN president Gabriel Matsakis '15 served as head delegate at the conference and played the role of a member of the Egyptian cabinet. He was awarded Outstanding Cabinet Member for his excellent work. Alison Brundrett '16 and Erind Disha '16 won Honorable Mention awards for their work representing Egypt on the Palestinian Affairs committee. “This conference takes students beyond the dramatic headlines that dominate the news about the Middle East and allows them to tackle the details of a wide variety of issues in the region,” said faculty adviser James Ketterer. “The students learn about things like water resources, refugees, and education, along with defense and diplomacy—all while having to deeply understand the country they are representing.”
Bard College at Simon’s Rock to Open Two-Year College Preparatory School
Nearly 50 years after becoming America’s first early college, Bard College at Simon’s Rock will establish the nation’s first ninth and tenth grade program that enables both boarding and day students to receive their associate of arts degree in just four years. Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, located in Great Barrington, Mass., will welcome its first ninth-grade class in the fall of 2015. Upon completing the tenth grade, Academy students begin full-time college study at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, earning their A.A. after two years and, in the case of over half the college’s students, their bachelor of arts degree after two more.
Bard College Announces Substantial Donation from the LUMA Foundation
Bard College is proud to announce a substantial donation from the LUMA Foundation. The donation, to support Bard’s programs across the curriculum, will be recognized with the naming of the LUMA Theater at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry, in a ceremony at the Center on November 7. The naming of the LUMA Theater will also be celebrated with a special performance of a new music/theater work developed by composer, writer, and performer Amanda Palmer, in collaboration with current and former Bard students, coproduced with Live Arts Bard.
Violin Virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn Performs with the 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius
On Saturday, November 15, celebrated violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn performs with the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, the Christie’s auction of which in 1990 is said to have inspired the 1999 Academy Award–winning film The Red Violin. Pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey will accompany Pitcairn. The program includes a world premiere performance of composer Sara Carina Graef’s new work, Blue Vishuddha (2014), as well Franz Schubert’s Rondo for violin and piano (“Rondeau Brillant”); Gabriel Fauré’s Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano; Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 for violin and piano.
History Professor Richard Aldous's Bestselling Biography of Ryanair Founder Tony Ryan Published in United Kingdom
Bard history professor Richard Aldous's acclaimed account of the life of Tony Ryan, founder of Europe's biggest airline, Ryanair, was published in the United Kingdom on November 3. Originally published in August 2013, the book was lauded as "a masterful job ... with a highly readable and compelling style" (the Independent of Ireland) and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Richard Aldous says, "What made Tony Ryan exceptional was that he turned the dreams he shared with his generation into reality. That came about not because he wanted to make a fortune—although he was happy when he did—but because he had the vision to see where the market was imperfect, the courage to stake his claim, and the tenacity to see the job through. In that regard Tony Ryan was the epitome of what it meant to be an entrepreneur."
Tony Ryan: The Incredible Story of Ireland's Gatsby
Up, Up, And Away
The Original Tiger Proves Ireland Can Produce Her Own Cubs
Bard College Berlin Holds Transatlantic Conference on the Playwright Heiner Müller
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bard College Berlin coorganized a major public conference on Germany’s most important postwar dramatist, Heiner Müller (1929–1995). The event, held October 3 to 5, brought together political thinkers, critics, scholars, actors, and directors to explore the significance of Heiner Müller for the theater, politics, and literature of our own century. During the conference Bard students from Annandale and Berlin had a chance to meet some of Germany’s most prominent thought leaders.
Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author Steven Millhauser to Read at Bard on November 10
On Monday, November 10, Steven Millhauser, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Martin Dressler, The Knife Thrower, and other works, reads from his most recent short-story collection, We Others: New and Selected Stories, winner of The Story Prize and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Charles Simic, in The New York Review of Books, calls We Others “a book of astonishingly beautiful and moving stories by one of America’s finest and most original writers,” and David Rollow, in the Boston Sunday Globe, writes, “Every reader knows of writers who are like secrets one wants to keep, and whose books one wants to tell the world about. Millhauser is mine.” Millhauser will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow.
CCS Bard Presents New Exhibitions: Spectres and Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents two new exhibitions on view from November 6 to December 19. Spectres is an ongoing project of Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen, which revisits one of the most shameful events of European colonial history: the abduction, torture, and execution of Patrice Lumumba, the first elected Prime Minister of independent Congo. Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán is a multilayered exhibition and architectural intervention curated by Montserrat Albores Gleason as the culmination of a three-year curatorial fellowship at CCS Bard supported by the Jumex Foundation. Organized as part of an international curatorial conference to be held at CCS Bard from November 6 to 9, Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán takes its starting point from the narrative in Robert Smithson’s famous Hotel Palenque (1969-72), a slide projection taken from a lecture originally delivered by the artist at the University of Utah. Learn more about Spectres and Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán.
MFA Faculty Nancy Shaver Receives Art as Media Award from Women’s Political Caucus
Bard MFA sculpture faculty Nancy Shaver is the first-ever recipient of the Art as Media Award presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) as part of the Exceptional Merit Media Awards (EMMAs). The EMMAs were created by the NWPC in 1986 to honor and reward journalists and media outlets in radio, television, print and the Internet that inform and educate the public about critical issues that impact women’s lives. The 2014 EMMAs were presented on the evening of October 27 at The Metropolitan Club of New York City. Previous recipients include Ellen Goodman, Cokie Roberts, Barbara Ehrenreich and Diane Sawyer. Cochairs for this year’s awards were Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Nancy Shaver's work has been shown extensively in the United States and abroad in both solo and group exhibitions. She has also been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.
Bard's Longy School of Music Forms Training Orchestra for Postgraduate Musicians
The Longy School of Music of Bard College has announced the formation of a unique training orchestra that provides a Master of Music degree, newly approved by the State of New York and is designed to prepare them for the mounting challenges facing today’s orchestra players. The training orchestra, recruited from the finest postgraduate musicians, will offer advanced orchestral and leadership training and grant a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical and Performance Studies. All applicants accepted into the three-year degree program will receive a fellowship, which includes the full expense of tuition as well as an annual stipend.
Visit the training orchestra website
Download the press release (PDF)
Read more in the New York Times and the Boston Globe
Bard Math Circle to Host American Mathematics Competition and Talk on Tuesday, November 18
On Tuesday, November 18, the Bard Math Circle will host the middle-school-level American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8) exam. In its third year at Bard, this 25-question, 40-minute exam contains engaging math problems that are challenging at the middle-school level, and is intended to inspire, promote enthusiasm, and foster a healthy attitude toward mathematics. Students will be exposed to the richness of middle-school-level mathematics at a deeper level than is ordinarily encountered in the schools.
Bard High School Early College Faculty Jennifer Cordi to Receive Excellence in Teaching Award
Jennifer Cordi, associate professor of biology at Bard High School Early College Manhattan, has been selected to receive a 2014 Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics from the Fund for the City of New York. Professor Cordi joins six other extraordinary New York City public high school science and mathematics teachers in receiving this prestigious award. The prize carries a $5,000 award for Professor Cordi and a $2,500 award for the BHSEC Biology Program, to be presented in a ceremony at the Great Hall at New York City's Cooper Union on Wednesday, December 3. Professor Cordi teaches evolutionary biology, botany, and general biology. Her research focuses on Middle Devonian fossil plants and the evolutionary patterns of vascular plant groups. She is a fellow of the New York Academy for Teachers.
Hudsonia Executive Director and Bard Alumnus Erik Kiviat ’76 Wins Prestigious Higher Education Environmental Award
The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities has awarded its Great Work Award in honor of Thomas Berry this year to Erik Kiviat ’76, executive director and cofounder of Hudsonia, a not-for-profit institute for research, education, and technical assistance in the environmental sciences based at the Bard College Field Station on the Hudson River. A certified wetland scientist, Kiviat has more than 45 years’ experience with natural history and environmental issues—especially those related to rare native species as well as invasive nonnative species—in the Northeast, and across North America, Europe, and Africa.
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Laura Van Den Berg
Author Laura van den Berg has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2015. The prize, established in 2001 by Bard College to encourage and support promising young fiction writers, consists of a $30,000 cash award and appointment as writer in residence for one semester. Van den Berg is receiving the prize for her book The Isle of Youth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013). In this collection of stories, van den Berg explores the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. The characters in these stories are at once vulnerable and dangerous, bighearted and ruthless—grappling with the choices they have made and searching for the clues to unlock their inner worlds. Van den Berg’s residency at Bard College will be for the spring 2015 semester, during which time she will continue her writing, meet informally with students, and give a public reading.
Bard College Hosts Panel on U.S.-European Security Concerns, Featuring International and West Point Experts, on November 3
Bard College Center for Civic Engagement and the Political Studies Program will present a panel, “Europe Wonders, What Will America Fight For?” The panel will address the increasing and overlapping challenges facing U.S.-European relations, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, tensions with Russia, the military drawdown in Afghanistan, and the future of NATO and security challenges across the Middle East and North Africa. Featured panelists include Simona Soare from Romania, Joe Burton from New Zealand, and Scott Silverstone from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The event will be on Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
U.S. Economic Recoveries Increasingly Favor the Wealthy: An Interview with Pavlina Tcherneva
On September 24, Pavlina Tcherneva published an article in the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics that rocked the financial news. Examining widely used U.S. income data by economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, Professor Tcherneva found a startling trend: over the last 60 years, the financial benefits of economic recoveries in the United States have increasingly gone to the wealthiest Americans. Tcherneva, Bard College assistant professor of economics and Levy Economics Institute research associate, illustrated her findings in a striking chart that went viral on social media. Coverage of her research appeared in the New York Times, NPR, Moyers & Company, and Slate, among other publications.
Bard Model UN Participates in Security Council Simulation at Yale
The Bard College Model United Nations team participated in the annual Security Council Simulation at Yale University October 16–19. Students served on a wide variety of committees ranging from real world issues (the Syrian crisis and Mandela's South Africa) to those drawing on more creative sources (Downton Abbey and Pirates of the Caribbean). Other participating schools included the U.S. Military Academy, Princeton, Columbia, McGill, SUNY Geneseo, Emory, Mount Holyoke, and NYU. Sophomore Jeremy Kaplitt served as Head Delegate and also won Outstanding Delegate for his work as the National Security Adviser on Hillary Clinton's Cabinet. Other members of the team were: Julia Lang Gordon '17, Simao Chen '18, Sophia Foster (BRIDGE student), Aya Qumber (PIE student), Andrew Djang '16 and Vikramaditya Joshi '18. “These simulations provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the complexities of international politics and diplomacy,” said James Ketterer, who co-teaches Bard's United Nations course. “While it is important to read and analyze the literature, diplomacy makes sense in a different way when you have to negotiate and make compromises with others sitting across the table from you.” The Bard team competes again next month at a Model Arab League simulation at Northeastern University.
Max Kenner '01, Bard Prison Initiative Director, Wins Smithsonian Ingenuity Award
Max Kenner, Bard alumnus and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), has won the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Education. The awards recognize 10 of the year’s most amazing achievements and the innovators behind them. On October 16, Smithsonian magazine, the flagship publication of Smithsonian Media, announced winners of the third annual American Ingenuity Awards, saluting 10 groundbreaking individuals across nine categories including technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship, social progress, and youth achievement. Max Kenner conceived of and created the BPI as a student volunteer organization when he was an undergraduate at Bard College in 1999. Over the last decade, Kenner has led the expansion of BPI from a pilot program with 15 students to a nationally recognized education initiative enrolling nearly 300 students across six campuses in correctional facilities throughout New York State.
Award–Winning Author Julia Elliott to Give Reading at Bard on November 3
On Monday, November 3, Julia Elliott, winner of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a Pushcart Prize, will read from her debut short-story collection, The Wilds, which Publishers Weekly describes as “a brilliant combination of emotion and grime, wit and horror… Elliott’s gift of vernacular is remarkable, and her dark, modern spin on Southern Gothic creates tales that surprise, shock, and sharply depict vice and virtue.” Elliott will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow.
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