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Bard College and West Point Present "Intolerance—Political Animals and Their Prey"
Bard College and the United States Military Academy at West Point present a conference entitled “Intolerance—Political Animals and Their Prey,” beginning on Wednesday, April 8 and continuing through Friday, April 10. The conference takes place in Olin Auditorium on the Bard College campus and is presented by Bruce Chilton, Bernard Iddings Bell Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Bard College, and Robert Tully, professor of philosophy at West Point. The programs are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
The Hannah Arendt Center Presents “Property and Freedom” Conference April 6
The Hannah Arendt Center in cooperation with the Center for Civic Engagement host a one-day conference on experiments in South Africa that attempt to combat poverty by integrating the poor into the formal economy by granting title to assets such as land and housing. This event is co-directed with the Honorable Wilmot James. The keynote speaker is Paul Collier, Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. The conference takes place in the Bertelsmann Campus Center, Weis Cinema. It is free and open to the public and registration is not required.
MacArthur Fellow Jay Cantor to Give Reading at Bard College on Monday, April 20
On Monday, April 20, Jay Cantor, winner of a 1989 MacArthur Fellowship, will read from his new book, Forgiving the Angel: Four Stories for Franz Kafka, at Bard College. In its review of the book, the New York Times writes, "Forgiving the Angel links disparate time, places and characters in an ingeniously unified and admirably purposeful fiction. [In its] formal circularity, ethical ambiguity and scrupulous undecidability, Cantor’s fiction is a worthy homage to Kafka. It is also an original work that pulls our mind through the kind of biographical and historical contraption that Kafka would probably never have put together, would probably not, as a Jew in Czechoslovakia, have survived to put together."
Ian Bickford SR '95 Returns to Simon’s Rock to Launch the Bard Academy
Ian Bickford has immersed himself in Bard's early colleges. He began as a student at Bard College at Simon's Rock in Massachusetts, and then served as a faculty member at Simon's Rock before joining the faculty at Bard High School Early College–Queens. Now he has returned to his alma mater to launch the new Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock: a 9th and 10th grade boarding and day college-preparatory program that will open its doors this fall.
Bard College Berlin Presents "Can We Have Some Privacy?" Conference May 7–8
In cooperation with Bard College Berlin, Institute for Cultural Inquiry Berlin, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, and the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement, this conference will discuss privacy as a place and a possession as well as an abstract right, and the role it plays in a world in which technology permeates all aspects of life, from the everyday to the intimate. This two-day event will examine not only the legal arrangements affecting privacy but privacy as a philosophical concept and a cultural tenet.
Hewlett Foundation Awards $400,000 Grant to Levy Economics Institute’s Gender Equality and the Economy Program
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has awarded a $400,000 grant to Bard College for the Levy Economics Institute's Gender Equality and the Economy (GEE) program to support its ongoing work to construct a broader and more accurate measure of poverty. Specifically, the grant will support a Levy project to study gender patterns in paid and unpaid work in Ghana and Tanzania in order to better reveal “hidden” deprivations that arise due to time constraints, with the goal of informing more effective, gender-responsive poverty-reduction policies in those countries.
Bard Music Festival Turns to Latin America with In-Depth Survey of Carlos Chávez
The Bard Music Festival breaks new ground this August, turning for the first time to Latin America with a two-week, in-depth exploration of “Carlos Chávez and His World.” In eleven themed concert programs, complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, special events, and expert commentary, Bard examines Carlos Chávez (1899–1978), the central figure in 20th-century Mexican music. Weekend One considers his achievement in helping create The Musical Voice of Mexico (August 7–9), and Weekend Two offers an immersion in Mexico, Latin America, and Modernism (August 14–16).
Faculty Dance Concert with Renowned Guest Choreographer Zvi Gotheiner, April 10–12
The 2015 Faculty Dance Concert features choreography and performance by Bard Dance Faculty with special guest choreographer Zvi Gotheiner. Gotheiner, Artistic Director of ZviDance, a New York City-based contemporary dance company, will stage excerpts from his 1991 seminal work, “Chairs,” for 10 students from the Bard Dance Program. An athletic and lyrical dance set to a diverse soundscape of music from movie soundtracks to Sergei Rachmaninoff, “Chairs” has been called “flawless,” “visually stunning,” and “beautifully shaped.” The solos, duets, and group work reveal the full spectrum of human emotion in a fierce and haunting piece that explores the relationship of individuals to each other and their environments.
Bard College Senior Annie Trowbridge Wins Prestigious Watson Travel Fellowship
Bard College senior Annie Trowbridge, from Peterborough, New Hampshire, has been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation 2015–16 Fellowship, which provides for a year of exploration outside the United States. Each Watson Fellow receives a grant of $30,000 for 12 months of travel and independent study. Trowbridge has won for her proposal “Wool: A Tactile Tradition of Meaning and Ritual.” She will spend the 2015–16 academic year traveling through Iceland, Scotland, Peru, Chile, Nepal, and Laos studying wool working.
Benefits for Plants in Dense Communities May Outweigh Disadvantages, According to Study by Professor Alexandra Wright
Organisms living close to each other compete for a limited set of resources: this extends from plant communities to human communities. Densely packed cities, like New York, can house many more people, but the space available for each person is limited. Competition for space is intense. Past research has shown that the same is true of plants—densely packed communities of plants usually compete with each other for resources such as space, water, and nutrients. However, a new study led by Bard College biology professor Alexandra Wright and published today in the Journal of Ecology suggests that these competitive disadvantages may be outweighed by benefits gained during severe weather conditions such as droughts and heat waves.
Bard College Baseball Team Celebrates First Wins at the New Honey Field
Last year, as he watched the construction of Honey Field, Bard's $2.2 million baseball facility, sophomore Adam Carafotes stated, "I'm going to the hit the first home run here." On Wednesday, March 25, he did exactly that, leading the baseball team to a sweep of Elmira College, 17-10 and 6-0. They were Bard's first two wins of the season and the team's first wins at the new home field.
Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present Neil Gaiman with Laurie Anderson
Join author Neil Gaiman on Friday, April 3, for a dialogue with legendary musician and composer Laurie Anderson in this third edition of an ongoing series of public conversations at the Fisher Center hosted by Professor Gaiman. The discussion will center on the topics of “Story Structure” and “Fiction vs. Autobiography.” Presented by Live Arts Bard, the program takes place on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College.
Bard Network Students Gather for Civic Engagement Conference in Istanbul
Student leaders from institutions in the Bard network gathered for the second annual international Civic Engagement conference in Istanbul, Turkey, from March 14 to 19. "Get Engaged: A Bard/HESP Student Networking Conference: Student Action and Youth Leadership: Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts" included 38 students from the Bard/HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations) and affiliated institutions. Students engaged in community-based work (either on or off campus) were selected to attend and presented project proposals during the event. The conference focuses on student networking, leadership, and international collaborations.
Latin Music Legend Rubén Blades Visits Bard High School Early Colleges
Multiple Grammy Award–winning musician Rubén Blades will speak to Bard High School Early College students in Manhattan and Queens this month. The iconic Panamanian singer, songwriter, composer, actor, activist and politician visited the Manhattan campus on March 11 and will visit the Queens campus this coming Wednesday, March 25, to talk about his remarkable career. A prolific musician who is known for bringing lyrical sophistication to his salsa compositions, Blades is also an acclaimed film and television actor. He ran for the presidency of Panama in 1994, winning 18 percent of the vote. He served a five year-term as the Panamanian minister of tourism and has been an activist and humanitarian. Blades holds law degrees from the University of Panama and Harvard University. He told the BHSEC–Manhattan students that "education was instrumental" in his life, and "I think the fact that I was educated helped me tremendously, not only in terms of my appreciation of the opportunity but in my capacity to sustain it."
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College Presents Moves & Countermoves
Beginning on March 29, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents 11 exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art with 10 individual exhibitions curated by each student, along with a student-curated Marieluise Hessel Collection show. Moves & Countermoves will be on view through May 3, 2015, with the opening reception taking place on Sunday, March 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Bard's James Ketterer Lectures on Education, Diplomacy at Future University of Egypt
James Ketterer, director of international academic initiatives at Bard's Center for Civic Engagement, gave a lecture this week at Future University of Egypt (FUE), where he spoke about the role of education and cultural affairs as a component of diplomacy, especially focusing on U.S.–Egyptian relations. He was hosted at FUE by Dr. Abdul Monen Al Mashat, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, and his talk was arranged by Professor Yasmine Zein Al-Abedine, who spent last summer at Bard as part of the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. While in Egypt, Ketterer is also meeting with officials at the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, educational nongovernmental organizations, and the American University in Cairo.
Bard Celebrates 25 Years of Publishing Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions with Reading on March 26
This year, Bard College is celebrating its 25th anniversary as publisher of the renowned literary magazine Conjunctions. Edited by Bradford Morrow—novelist, Bard Center Fellow, and professor of literature—Conjunctions is widely respected as the preeminent source for the best in innovative, provocative, rigorously realized fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. Events to celebrate the anniversary include a special reading on Thursday, March 26, featuring Conjunctions contributors and Bard faculty members Mary Caponegro ’78, Ann Lauterbach, Neil Gaiman, Benjamin Hale, Robert Kelly, Francine Prose, and Morrow. The anniversary will also be marked by a special exhibition at Stevenson Library, as well as a celebratory reading and fund-raiser in the Spiegeltent on July 23.
President Botstein Asks: Are We Still Making Citizens?
President Botstein writes that education and the preservation of democracy are deeply connected. "The purpose, challenge, and substance of education in a democracy are defined by two questions: How ought we to live, side by side, not as lone individuals but as citizens?" He asks. "And how can we, through education, help individuals answer that question?"
Bard Studio Arts Faculty and Alumnus Selected for American Academy of Arts and Letters Exhibition
Bard artist in residence Medrie MacPhee, alumnus Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford '06, and former visiting artists James Clark and Jane Rosen have been selected for the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by 40 contemporary artists and will be on view at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City from March 12 through April 12. Participating artists were chosen from a pool of over 200 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy.
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