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Students from Bard and Local Schools Collaborate on Published Biology Research
Bard College professor Brooke Jude has led a research team that includes students in the Bard biology program, at Al Quds Bard College in the West Bank, and at several Hudson Valley schools. This investigation of bacterial species in the local watershed was recently published in a citizen science–themed issue of the Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education. Researchers worked to determine the prevalence of violacein-producing bacteria, which potentially limit outbreaks of an invasive fungus that leads to a decline in the amphibian population. The secondary school students gathered water samples, after which the college students—Yegor Dukashin and Kelsey O’Brien from Bard, and Raneem Jo’Beh from Al Quds—worked to identify the samples. Local students participated from Red Hook High School, Linden Avenue Middle School in Red Hook, and F.D. Roosevelt High School in Staatsburg.
Professor Peter Filkins’s Work on H.G. Adler Reviewed in London Review of Books and Times Literary Supplement
Bard College and Simon's Rock faculty member, poet, and translator of German literature Peter Filkins has recently had two of his works reviewed. His translation of H.G. Adler's novel The Wall was reviewed in the London Review of Books, and his edition of a collection of Adler's essays, Orthodoxie des Herzens, was reviewed in the Times Literary Supplement.
"Death camps in civilization" in the Times Literary Supplement | PDF
"The crematorium is a zoo" in the London Review of Books | PDF
Leading Economists and Policymakers Meet at Levy Economics Institute’s 25th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference, April 12–13
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College gathers top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 25th Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies to discuss, among many issues, whether what appears to be a global economic slowdown will jeopardize the implementation and efficiency of Dodd-Frank regulatory reforms, the transition of monetary policy away from zero interest rates, and the “new” normal of fiscal policy. The conference, “Will the Global Economic Environment Constrain U.S. Growth and Employment?,” is being organized by the Levy Institute with support from the Ford Foundation, and will take place Tuesday and Wednesday, April 12–13, at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.
Bard College Students Organize Stem Cell Donor Drive
Bard College students are organizing a public stem cell donor drive on Wednesday, April 13 from 1 to 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Bertelsmann Campus Center on the Bard College campus. It is being sponsored by the Bard DBC Stem Cell Donor Drive, in collaboration with Delete Blood Cancer (DBC), a charitable organization that has the world’s largest database of potential stem cell donors. Registering and collecting database records for prospective bone marrow donors can help save the lives of people fighting blood cancer.
Bard Presents Photographs Documenting Youth in Chinese Cultural Revolution
On view through April 18, "Photographs of Educated Youth: Images of the Chinese Youth Sent to the Countryside during the Cultural Revolution 1966–1976," photography of Tang Desheng, is curated by Patricia Karetzky, who holds the Oskar Munsterberg Chair of Asian Art. The show comprises 25 photographs of the Cultural Revolution in China from the perspective of the young people sent to the countryside. The photographer, Tang Desheng, who was a youth during that time, embedded himself in the movement and traveled throughout China for 10 years documenting the lives of displaced youth. The Bard Art History Program, Asian Studies Program, Hannah Arendt Center, and Human Rights Program are sponsoring the exhibition.
Bard Prison Initiative Director Max Kenner '01 Named to Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce's Forty Under 40
Bard Prison Initiative founder and Executive Director Max Kenner has been named as a recipient of the 2016 Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Forty Under 40 Shaker Awards. Bestowed annually to 40 people under the age of 40 who have shown a strong commitment to the Hudson Valley, the Shaker Awards identify and honor the next generation of leaders. The awards ceremony will be held on the evening of Thursday, April 28 at the Changepoint Auditorium in Poughkeepsie, New York.
Novelist Eli Gottlieb to Discuss Autism, Give Reading, and Screen Documentary at Bard College on April 18
On Monday, April 18, award-winning author Eli Gottlieb will read from Best Boy, his new novel about autism, memory, and redemption. The New Yorker finds Best Boy “arresting ... The book’s empathy is bracing.” Celebrated writer Cynthia Ozick says, “I’ve fallen in love with Best Boy, touched by its delicacy and fearless truths.” A short documentary film featuring Gottlieb’s brother, the model for the protagonist of Best Boy, will be screened at the start of the reading. Gottlieb 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.
The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents Celebrated Poet Roberto Tejada at Bard College on Thursday, April 14
On Thursday, April 14, celebrated poet and art critic Roberto Tejada will read from his work at Bard College. The reading is presented by the John Ashbery Poetry Series. Poet Alan Gilbert says, “Tejada’s work is with dismantling borders and upsetting classifications. The result is a layered poetry that finds its form in dense stanzas composed of lines that frequently veer toward a kind of fractured prose.” Introduced by Ann Lauterbach, David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard, this event takes place at 6:00 p.m. in the Bard Chapel of the Holy Innocents. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.
The Fisher Center and Catskill Jazz Factory Present South African Jazz Masters Uhadi
Experience the irresistible grooves of South African jazz that inspired Paul Simon’s Graceland with Uhadi, masters of Johannesburg’s jazz scene, on April 16. Uhadi comes to the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater for the final performance of their 2016 nationwide tour in Salute to Africa!
Bard College Students Organize Nationwide Conversation on Climate as Part of Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s Power Dialog
For the past nine months, four Bard students have been working with students across the country to catalyze a nationwide conversation about state-level action on climate change. Now, during the week of April 4, thousands of high school and college students will meet with state officials to discuss the U.S. pledge to cut emissions 30 percent by 2030.
Bard College to Host Two-Day Symposium Exploring the Place of Sound in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities
From April 7 to 8, the Bard College Experimental Humanities Program and its Sound Cluster at Bard College will gather scholars and practitioners to consider the potential of thinking about and through sound. The two-day symposium, Sound in Theory, Sound in Practice, will focus on questions of aurality, transmission, aesthetics, and evidence. The event takes place in the Laszlo Z. Bito ’60 Conservatory. It is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
Bard Junior Harry Johnson Honored for Commitment to Community Service at Men's Final Four
Bard College junior Harry Johnson, a member of the 2016 Allstate NABC Good Works Team, was recognized for his commitment to serving others last weekend at the Men's Final Four. Johnson was honored on the court during the Oklahoma vs. Villanova game on Saturday. He and the nine other members of the Good Works Team were joined by NBA Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon on Sunday for a community service event, in which they worked with athletes from the Special Olympics of Texas. Johnson earned a place on the Good Works Team for his volunteer efforts mentoring local youth with Brothers at Bard and Dream to Achieve.
Bard Senior Eleonora Beier Receives 2016 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
Bard psychology major Eleonora Beier '16 has won a highly competitive Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowships recognize and support outstanding graduate students in the sciences, providing a three-year annual stipend of $34,000 along with a $12,000 cost of education allowance, as well as opportunities for international research and professional development. Eleonora will attend The University of California, Davis, where she plans to continue the music cognition research related to her Senior Project work in the Memory Dynamics Lab at Bard.
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 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.”
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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."
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