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Bard College Senior Wins Prestigious Watson Travel Fellowship
Bard College senior Jose Agustin Sanchez, from Venezuela, has been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation 2013–14 Fellowship, which provides for a year of travel and exploration outside the United States. Sanchez is majoring in music composition and conducting. His project, “Sounds of Immortality,” will bring him to China, Vietnam, and India.
Bard College Farm Hosts Festival Fundraiser on April 13
Members of the Bard College Farm will host their second annual Farm Fest fundraiser on April 13, featuring local food and musical performances throughout the day.
Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Bard Fiction Prize Winner Karen Russell to Give Reading
On Monday, April 8, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bard Fiction Prize winner, and New York Times bestselling author Karen Russell will read from her work. Russell’s highly acclaimed 2011 novel Swamplandia was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2011, and a recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.
Leading Economists and Policymakers to Attend Levy Economics Institute Conference
From April 17 to 19, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 22nd Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies. Participants will discuss the progress of the economic recovery from the global financial crisis and address both financial reform and poverty in the context of Minsky’s work. Click here to view the full schedule of events.
Bard Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Crown College in Florida
While the College is on Spring Recess, the Bard men's varsity baseball team (the College's first since 1937) is on the road. A walk-off RBI single by sophomore Tom Danz highlighted their doubleheader split with Crown College in Florida on Monday afternoon.
C2C Fellows Lead National Conversation on Democracy and Climate with Film Screening and Discussion
More than 85 colleges and community organizations across the country have joined the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and C2C Fellows Network in leading a national conversation on democracy and climate change with a screening of The Island President—the 2011 documentary that chronicles Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed’s efforts to confront climate change and rising sea levels, which threaten to submerge the low-lying island nation. The film will be screened on Wednesday, April 17.
Sō Percussion Performs with Bard Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
Sō Percussion and the Bard College Conservatory of Music Percussion Program present their second annual spring concert at the Fisher Center on April 12. Works include music by Steve Reich, Lou Harrison, Paul Lansky, and other recent percussion masterworks.
History Professor Myra Young Armstead Lectures on Freedom's Gardener at Columbia University
Professor Armstead lectures on her book Freedom’s Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America at Columbia University's Lehman Center for American History on April 24.
Do Drones Threaten Our Humanity? Roger Berkowitz on Drone Technology and Ernst Jünger’s The Glass Bees
"The danger of drones is how they change us as humans," writes Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz on Bard's new Drones Seminar.
Chinua Achebe Was a Talent and a Moralist, Writes President Botstein
President Botstein reflects on Professor Achebe's life, work, and legacy on CNN. "Achebe's contribution was not merely literary . . . He was committed to his people and his community. He did not shy away from political controversy, and he did so in a manner that was unforgettable."
Bard Professor Emeritus and Renowned Author Chinua Achebe Dies at 82
The Bard community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of groundbreaking Nigerian writer and Bard professor emeritus Chinua Achebe. The author and educator was best known for his first and most influential novel, Things Fall Apart. He wrote numerous books, including novels, collections of short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's books. Professor Achebe received more than 30 honorary degrees, as well as many awards for his work. He was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard from 1990 to 2009. (Photo by Don Hammerman)
Master of Arts in Teaching Program Announces Scholarship Initiative with Peace Corps
The Peace Corps and Bard College have teamed up to launch an expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program partnership, an initiative that provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. All Fellows complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps volunteers. Selected Fellows will have the opportunity to work toward a master of arts in teaching.
Conservatory Proudly Announces Opening Celebration of the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building
The celebration on April 14 will include an open house with chamber music performances, followed by a celebration in the performance hall at 4 p.m., with Conservatory director Robert Martin; musical performances by students of the Conservatory and Bard’s Music Program; a reading by acclaimed poet Robert Kelly, Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature; and remarks by László Z. Bitó ’60 and Bard College president Leon Botstein.
CCS Bard Names Paul O'Neill as Director of the Graduate Program
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) has named the Irish curator, writer, artist, and educator Paul O’Neill as director of the graduate program for its two-year Master of Arts program in Curatorial Studies.
Joan Tower to Receive Honorary Degree from Smith College
Joan Tower, Asher B. Edelman Professor of Music, will receive an honorary degree from Smith College at their commencement in May. Professor Tower has taught at Bard College since 1972. She is regarded as one of the most important living American composers, and has made lasting contributions as composer, performer, conductor, and educator in a career spanning more than 50 years.
Pulitzer Prize–Winning Writer and MacArthur Fellow Junot Díaz to Give Reading at Bard
On Monday, April 1, Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize–winning fiction writer and recipient of a 2012 MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, will read from his work at Bard College. The New York Times called Díaz “one of contemporary fiction’s most distinctive and irresistible new voices.”
Bard Percussion Student Chris Gunnell Featured by National Merit Scholarship Corporation
Bard College first-year percussion student Chris Gunnell was featured in the annual report of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Chris is pursuing a five-year dual degree at Bard, studying music at the Conservatory as well as philosophy and social policy at the College.
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) Presents: Monogamy
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents Monogamy, a major exhibition by Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce, curated by Tirdad Zolghadr, on view March 24 – May 26, 2013 in the CCS Bard Galleries.
Acclaimed Israeli Author Etgar Keret to Speak at Bard College
Acclaimed Israeli author and filmmaker Etgar Keret will give a reading at Bard College on Monday, April 15. Keret will read selections from his recent work Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, as well as from The Girl on the Fridge, which contains his earliest stories.
Jose Sanchez '13 Awarded Watson Fellowship
Bard College senior Jose Sanchez has won a Watson Fellowship. He will spend the 2013–2014 academic year traveling through Asia, focusing on the tradition of string and wind instruments in China and Taiwan, and on percussion in Vietnam and India. Jose's music is based in Latin traditions, and this new exploration of Asian instruments will expand his understanding of percussion and rhythms.
Guernica Magazine Profiles Writer in Residence Teju Cole
Vassar College professor Amitava Kumar interviews Bard College distinguished writer in residence, historian, and photographer Teju Cole. This issue also contains a series of Cole's paired photographs from different global locations, with Kumar's exploration of their relationships to each other and other great works of art.
Bard Students Win Davis Projects for Peace Prizes
Bard students have received two Davis Projects for Peace prizes! Saim Saeed has been awarded $10,000 to launch an intercultural youth dialogue course in Istanbul, Turkey. Lauren Blaxter, Ameer Shalibi, Nadine Tadros, and Daniel Gettinger will also receive $10,000 to support the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative's work in Mas'Ha.
CCS Bard Announces less like an object more like the weather
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College announces 15 exhibitions curated by CCS Bard master’s degree candidates, on view March 24 – May 26 in the Hessel Museum of Art. These exhibits feature the work of more than 54 major international and emerging contemporary artists including Vito Acconci, Liam Gillick, An-My Lê, and Bruce Nauman, among others.
Video: Bard Prison Initiative Holds 10th Commencement
On January 26, the Bard Prison Initiative held its 10th and largest-ever commencement ceremony at Eastern Correctional Facility. Sixty incarcerated students received associate's or bachelor's degrees. The Reverend Calvin Butts, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York, delivered the address and President Leon Botstein presided.
In First Varsity Action Since 1937, Bard Baseball Team Sweeps Doubleheader
The Bard College baseball team swept a doubleheader against Yeshiva University on Sunday afternoon in the Bronx, making a splash in their return to varsity status for the first time since the spring of 1937.
Bard College Debate Union Hosts Second Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament
Eighty students from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston, and the three Bard High School Early Colleges competed on Friday, March 1, in a World-Schools-Style debate tournament at Bard. The Bard College Debate Union and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement hosted the second annual tournament, with twice as many middle and high school students participating as did last year.
Arendt Center Series "Blogging and the New Public Intellectual" Begins with Francine Prose
This new series, curated by Bard faculty members Roger Berkowitz and Walter Russell Mead, will engage an ongoing discussion with the nation’s leading bloggers in politics, history, art, and culture. Bard professor Francine Prose, who blogs for the New York Review of Books, will speak on March 5. All events take place at the Bard Graduate Center in Manhattan.
Religion Columnist Peter Steinfels to Lecture at Bard College
Peter Steinfels, professor and co-director of the Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University, will give a talk titled "Memo to the Papal Conclave: The Crisis in Catholicism Beyond the Headlines," on Monday, March 11.
Bard Swim Teams Earn Scholar All-American Status
The Bard College swim teams have earned Scholar All-American Status for their academic performance. The women's team has a cumulative GPA of 3.29, and the men's team has a GPA of 3.19.
The Da Capo Chamber Players Present "Celebrate Bard!"
The Da Capo Chamber Players present a program of chamber works in their annual “Celebrate Bard!” concert, on Monday, March 11, at 8 p.m. at the new László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. “Da Capo’s annual ‘Celebrate Bard’ concert features faculty composers, other composers from the area, Bard alumni, and current students. It is thus a celebration of the creativity, imagination, continuing influence and vitality of the Bard Music Program,” says flutist and Da Capo member Patricia Spencer.
Choice Is Power: Senior Playwrights Project Focuses on Women's Work
This year's Senior Playwrights Project, Choice Is Power, will feature three short plays written, performed, and directed by women. Performances will take place in the Fisher Center's Theater Two, February 28 – March 3.
Bard President Leon Botstein Receives the Bruckner Society Medal of Honor
Bard College president Leon Botstein has been awarded the Bruckner Society Medal of Honor in recognition of his exemplary work in furthering the understanding and appreciation of the life and work of Anton Bruckner. The award was presented on February 24 at a concert of the American Symphony Orchestra in New York City, before a performance of Bruckner's Symphony No. 8.
Freshman Tytravia Riley Named Co-Rookie of the Year in Women's Basketball for the Liberty League
Bard freshman Tytravia Riley capped a fine first season at Bard by being named Co-Rookie of the Year in the Liberty League in the results of coaches' voting released on Thursday. She was also named to the All-Rookie Team and All-Liberty League Honorable Mention.
Bard Conservatory Presents "The Secret Listener," a Lecture and Recital by Pianist Jeffrey Kahane
“The Secret Listener,” a lecture and recital including a performance of Robert Schumann’s Phantasie, will be presented by acclaimed pianist/conductor Jeffrey Kahane, on Monday, March 4, at 8 p.m. in Olin Hall.
Bard Debate Union Wins Adelphi Tournament
Bard's parliamentary debate team, composed of junior Lee Gensler and senior Ian Busher, won the Adelphi Debate Tournament in Garden City, New York, over the weekend of February 16–17. Lee Gensler was also named third overall speaker at the tournament and Ian Busher sixth. In all, five members of the Bard Debate Union participated, with four debating and one judging. The team heads to Western Connecticut State University on February 23–24 for the regional championships.
Acclaimed Irish Writer Colm Tóibín Will Give Annual Eugene Meyer Lecture in British History and Literature
Bard presents its annual Eugene Meyer Lecture in British History and Literature, with acclaimed Irish writer Colm Tóibín. Tóibín will speak about his work with Fintan O’Toole, a leading Irish editor, writer, and critic on Thursday, March 7, at 5:30 p.m.
The Fisher Center Presents J. S. Bach's St. John Passion on March 1 and 2
The Fisher Center presents J. S. Bach’s sacred oratorio St. John Passion, featuring members of the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Leon Botstein, with singers from the Bard College Chamber Singers and the Graduate Vocal Arts Program, with James Bagwell, choral director.
Arendt Center Announces Series: “Music in the Holocaust, Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism"
The Hannah Arendt Center presents this special concert series, featuring music composed and performed by Jewish prisoners in Nazi territories during World War II. Three concerts will feature a brief introduction by a noted scholar in the field, placing the music in social, historical, and political context. The series also includes a screening of the Academy Award–Nominated documentary Orchestra of Exiles, a film about Bronislaw Huberman, the Polish violinist who founded the Israel Philharmonic.
Organic Beef Farmer and Former Wall Street Crusader Sandy B. Lewis to Speak at Bard
On Tuesday, February 19, Bard College will host a talk and discussion with Salim B. “Sandy” Lewis, a Wall Street leader, founder of his firm, who now, with his wife, is the owner and operator of Lewis Family Farm in Essex, New York, a beef farm with a unique USDA certificate in grass. Lewis will explore “Why Fixing Wall Street and the Economy is Critical to the World” in a discussion with Matt Taibbi ’92, the renowned political and financial columnist for Rolling Stone.
Bard Conservatory Presents “First Songs: Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program”
Acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw and singers from her graduate Vocal Arts Program at The Bard College Conservatory of Music perform a concert of contemporary songs featuring the world premier of a work by George Tsontakis as well as new works composed by current students and recent alumni of the Conservatory and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. The performance takes place on Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Are "Social Non-Movements" Changing the Middle East?
Did the Arab Spring come from nowhere, or was it preceded by modes of social and political action that might have eluded our common conceptual frames? Hannah Arendt Center Fellow Jeff Jurgens reviews last week's lecture at Bard by Asef Bayat, author of Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East.
Bard SummerScape 2013 Explores Life and Times of Igor Stravinsky with Seven-Week Arts Festival
Highlights of this year's SummerScape at the Bard Fisher Center include the 24th Bard Music Festival, “Stravinsky and His World,” Taneyev’s opera Oresteia, Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, and Bill T. Jones/Anne Bogart’s new Rite. This year's festival will take place July 6 through August 18.
Conjunctions and Dalkey Press Archive Celebrate Novelist William Gaddis at The New School
On February 20 Robert Coover, Samuel R. Delany, Ben Marcus, Rick Moody, and Francine Prose will read letters by Gaddis and discuss what he has meant to them as writers and readers, introduced by Conjunctions editor Bradford Morrow.
Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program Receives Innovative Investment from Clif Bar
The Clif Bar Family Foundation has launched a new approach to philanthropy, making its first-ever $100,000 “Program Related Investment” (PRI) in Bard College’s new MBA in Sustainability, one of a handful of programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a graduate business curriculum.
The Fisher Center Presents The American Symphony Orchestra, February 22 and 23
The February program features the world premiere of Harold Farberman’s TRIPLE PLAY Concerto for Clarinet and the rarely performed original version of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.
The Fisher Center Presents the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in Concert
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra on Sunday, February 17. The program includes Ottorino Respighi’s Fountains of Rome; Krzysztof Penderecki’s Viola Concerto, with Lin Wang, viola; and Sergey Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet.
An Interview with Professor Jeffrey Kahane
Bard College Conservatory of Music professor Jeffrey Kahane talks about his musical values, teaching philosophy, and the Conservatory.
Bard Students Continue Tradition of Volunteer Work in New Orleans
Since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, students in Bard's New Orleans Project have traveled to the city to help rebuild. This year, 20 Bard students spent January intersession working at the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School as tutors, art workshop facilitators, academic support mediators, and community garden educators for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College Launches Inaugural Edition of Annual Journal, HA
This month, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College launches the inaugural edition of its annual journal, HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. “HA offers smart, nonpartisan thinking about politics that is smarter than the debate," says Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Returns for Fourth Year of Residency
Join us for two free events in February at the Fisher Center. On February 12, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones and longtime New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Weschler discuss art and its relationship to science, history, technology, and current events. On February 16, the Company performs a work-in-process showing of Story, a new work created during its week in residence at Bard.
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