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Video: Bard College Holds 155th Commencement on May 23, Sherrilyn Ifill Delivers the Commencement Address
Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fifth commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 420 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2015 and 148 graduate degrees, including master of fine arts; doctor and master of philosophy and master of arts in decorative arts, design history, and material culture; master of business administration in sustainability; master of arts in teaching; master of arts in curatorial studies; master of science in environmental policy and in climate science and policy; and master of music in vocal arts and in conducting. The commencement address was given by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ifill received an honorary doctorate of laws. Honorary degrees were also awarded to dancer and choreographer Arthur Aviles ’87, neurobiologist Cori Bargmann, historian Anthony Grafton, and artist Kiki Smith.
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Bard College Hosts Six-Week Academic Exchange Program on Foreign Policy with U.S. State Department This Summer
Bard College is hosting a multinational group of 18 university-level scholars and educators on a six-week academic exchange program from June 13 to July 26. Titled "Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy," this Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) is designed to foster a better understanding in overseas academic institutions of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught. The goal of the program is to provide participants with a grounding in U.S. foreign policy in all its complexity, to help them develop effective syllabi and curricula, and to provide them with teaching tools to help them in the classroom. Sponsored by Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program features an academic residency at Bard’s campus in Annandale-on-Hudson and a week in Manhattan with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program. The Institute also features integrated educational study tours to Hyde Park, West Point, Albany, Baltimore, and nine days in Washington, D.C.
Bard Students Premiere an Online Exhibition at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Three Bard College students will premiere an online exhibition, Eleanor Roosevelt: "We Make Our Own History," sponsored by the Eleanor Roosevelt–Val-Kill Partnership and Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement. This exhibition is generated by a course taught by Cynthia Koch, who is public historian in residence at Bard. Based on research conducted at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, each student prepared an individual exhibit that contributes to the overall exhibition. The student exhibits include archival, print, and digital online resources, and during the premiere, each student will conduct a virtual curator’s tour of her or his exhibit. The exhibition will open on Friday, May 8, at 4 p.m. at the Val-Kill Playhouse, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Bard SummerScape 2015 Presents a New Way to Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
The Bard SummerScape festival presents an entirely new way to experience Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s quintessential celebration of the American frontier. The production, directed by Daniel Fish, stars Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, and two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, with new musical arrangements for a six-piece Americana band by Henry Hewes Award-winner Daniel Kluger. It also features new choreography by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham. This intimate production brings audience and artists together in the round, sharing food and telling the story of a young nation forming its identity. Fish is exploring the timeless qualities of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration by re-setting it in a community hall that could well be from our own era. Oklahoma! will be mounted in 25 performances between June 25 and July 19 in the LUMA Theater of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center.
The Fisher Center and Catskill Jazz Factory Present Billie Holiday Centenary Tribute
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and the Catskill Jazz Factory present the Aaron Diehl Trio featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist, Cécile McLorin Salvant, in a centenary tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. in the acoustically superb Sosnoff Theater. Billie Holiday is considered to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. Salvant will perform some of Holiday’s most beloved repertoire including her renditions of “Jeepers Creepers,” “You Go to My Head,” and “Lover Man.” The members of the Aaron Diehl Trio are Aaron Diehl, piano; Paul Sikivie, bass; and Lawrence Leathers, drums. The Catskill Jazz Factory is a non-profit program founded in 2012. It offers in-school workshops and concerts, artist residencies, and world-class performances throughout the Hudson Valley.
Bard SummerScape Presents America’s First Fully Staged Production of Ethel Smyth’s Opera, The Wreckers
Bard College’s SummerScape Festival presents Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers for five performances from July 24 through August 2, at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College. This marks the first fully staged production of the opera in the Unites States and underscores the history that the SummerScape festival has in successfully staging neglected operas. Ethel Smyth, recognized as one of the greatest female composers of the 19th and 20th centuries who counted Tchaikovsky and Debussy among her admirers. The opera will be directed by European Opera Prize-winner Thaddeus Strassberger, who has made previous appearances at SummerScape. The performance will feature the American Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leon Botstein.
The Hannah Arendt Center Presents, “Translating the Holocaust: H.G. Adler as Writer and Scholar”, May 4
Translating the Holocaust: H.G. Adler As Writer and Scholar,” is happening on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4 p.m. in Bard Hall, Bard College Campus. The event offers a unique opportunity to examine the scholarly and artistic endeavors of a thinker who is just becoming known in English. Adler was among the earliest scholars to write extensively on the Shoah and was a pioneer of Holocaust Studies. Jeremy Adler, the author’s son and professor of German at Kings College London, will present the keynote address. Bill T. Jones, award winning choreographer and dancer, will give remarks. The editor and translators of some of Adler’s work will speak. Also featured is a live performance of Viktor Ullmann's song settings of Adler’s poetry. The event is sponsored by The Hannah Arendt Center, The Bard Translation Initiative, Jewish Studies, German Studies, and Human Rights Project.
Bard College Awarded $375,000 by the Dyson Foundation to Support Scholarships For Mid-Hudson Valley Students
Bard College has been awarded a $375,000 grant from the Dyson Foundation to support scholarships for students from the Mid-Hudson Valley. Bard currently provides more than $1.8 million in financial support to more than 59 Mid-Hudson Valley students. With the increased commitment from the Dyson Foundation, Bard College will continue to recruit and retain bright, capable, and talented students from the region who may not otherwise be able to afford to attend the College. The College currently offers financial aid to approximately 68 percent of students and awarded over $40 million in undergraduate financial aid this past year. The Dyson Foundation, established in 1957, is a private, family-directed, grant-making foundation led by Robert R. Dyson. The foundation is a longstanding supporter of Bard College’s undergraduate students.
Bard College to Honor Deborah Borda, President and CEO of LA Philharmonic Association, with Kellogg Award
Bard College will honor Deborah Borda, president and chief executive officer, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, with the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters. As president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deborah Borda manages the largest symphonic organization in the United States. Her tenure at the LA Phil has been marked by a series of artistic and educational initiatives that have garnered worldwide acclaim and become models within the orchestral music industry. Borda will be presented with the award at the Noche de gala for the Bard Music Festival, which this year celebrates the music of Carlos Chávez. The gala event is on Wednesday, April 29 at Dos Caminos Park Avenue, in New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm and dinner is at 7:30 pm. For more information, call 845-758-7414 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bard College Receives $40,000 NEH Grant to Support The Milošević Trial Public Archive
The Human Rights Project at Bard College has been awarded a $40,000 planning grant by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Milošević Trial Public Archive is a project being developed in collaboration with the Internet Archive to provide fully searchable streaming and downloadable video of the trial of former Serbian President Slobodan Milošević at the United Nation’s war crimes court in The Hague, Netherlands. The grant will allow the project planners to lay the necessary theoretical and technological groundwork to carry out the project in full. An existing archive of more than 1,800 hours of testimony and procedure constitutes a vital repository for what is arguably the most significant trial in the jurisprudence of war crimes to date. The planned archive will feature search capabilities that are unprecedented, and will be of significant value to scholars, researchers, and specialists, across a broad range of fields. The Human Rights Project, founded in 1999, is an exploratory research and action initiative at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Bard Students Participate in Conference at Naval Academy
Bard College students Sana Mustafa and Graham Clark participated this week in the prestigious Naval Academy Foreign Affairs Conference, held at the academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Established in 1961, the conference brings together more than 150 undergraduate students from the United States and over a dozen foreign countries every year for three days of critical discussions, lectures, informal exchanges, and social events.
The Hearst Foundations Award Bard College $100,000 in Support of Bard High School Early College Programs
The Hearst Foundations have made this grant to Bard College to help fund the Bard High School Early Colleges’ (BHSEC) academic support services, which work to assist public school students to reach college. The grant will support one-on-one tutoring for academic support across the curriculum, peer tutors in writing and other subject areas, and the extensive college transfer advising program that students begin during their first year of the BHSEC college program. Bard opened its first early college campus, BHSEC Manhattan, in 2001 in partnership with the New York City Department of Education. At BHSEC schools, students complete their high school requirements and earn 60 college credits in the four years typically assigned to high school. The Hearst Foundations are national philanthropic resources for organizations working in the fields of culture, education, health, and social services.
Mid-Hudson Heritage Center to Celebrate Bard College’s Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions with Reading on April 18
On Saturday, April 18, at 2 p.m., the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center at 317 Main Street will celebrate Bard College’s innovative literary journal Conjunctions with a special reading. Greg Hrbek (Destroy All Monsters), Michael Ives (The External Combustion Machine), Paul La Farge (Luminous Airplanes), and Christina Mengert (As We Are Sung) will read from their work published in Conjunctions’ biannual print journal and in the weekly online magazine. Conjunctions is an internationally distributed journal of fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction published by Bard College and edited by Bard Center Fellow and Professor of Literature Bradford Morrow. This event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required, but seating is first come, first served. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
Theater Artist Aaron Landsman Performs a Public Dialogue at the Fisher Center April 18
How can we make a place to live that reflects our values? Theater artist Aaron Landsman invites us to reimagine urban life in a performed public meeting. This conversation (with local community organizers and planners) will lay the foundation for his next work, Perfect City.
Mildred Ruiz-Sapp '92 and Steven Sapp '89 Win Prestigious Doris Duke Artist Awards
Bard alumni Mildred Ruiz-Sapp '92 and Steven Sapp '89 each received the 2015 Doris Duke Artist Award in theatre. Mildred Ruiz-Sapp is an actress, poet, vocalist, and playwright; husband Steven Sapp is an actor, poet, director and playwright. Together, the two co-founded UNIVERSES in The Bronx, NY in 1995. UNIVERSES is an award winning poetic musical theater ensemble that has toured extensively nationally and abroad. The Doris Duke Artist Award, provided by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, is given to artists who have received national recognition for their work. The award provides grantees $275,000 and access to resources for audience development and creative exploration.
Bard College Experimental Humanities to Hold an Unconference April 18
The Experimental Humanities concentration will hold a one-day series of workshops and discussions in the style of THAT Camp (The Humanities and Technology Camp) in the Reem-Kayden Center on Saturday April 18th. The unconference format is informal and participatory, and includes both hands-on workshops with digital tools and opportunities for discussion about pedagogy and research. Digital Humanities pioneer Mark Sample will lead a hands-on workshop, Literary Deformance as Digital Pedagogy, and deliver the Spring 2015 Mellon Experimental Humanities Lecture, “Warning: Infected inside, do not enter: Zombies, the Liberal Arts, and the Digital Age.” No prior experience or outside preparation required, but reservation is necessary: http://goo.gl/forms/39lZsFvmd5
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