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Center for Environmental Policy Students Awarded Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency
Bard College has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Phase 1 Award Program to support a Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) graduate students’ project. The grant, for a project titled “The Integrated Use of Road Salt Management and Application Techniques,” was awarded in a national competition to a Bard CEP team of graduate students for an innovative and sustainable design to help solve one of today’s complex environmental problems.
Bard College Hosts Public Debate with West Point
Has individualism, as one of the highest American values, done more harm or good for American society? The world at large? The Bard Debate Union and Hannah Arendt Center host a debate titled “Resolved: Individualism is an American value worth fighting for” on Tuesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
Bard Classicist Lauren Curtis Wins International Prize for Dissertation
Assistant Professor of Classics Lauren Curtis has won the 2014 research prize for best unpublished Ph.D. dissertation in the field of Greek and Roman music from the International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage (MOISA). Professor Curtis's dissertation, On with the Dance: Imagining the Chorus in Augustan Poetry, explores the poetic and cultural significance of Greek song-and-dance culture in Augustan Rome. Professor Curtis is revising her dissertation for publication and will present work from the book-in-progress at the MOISA panel at the next Society for Classical Studies meeting in New Orleans in January.
The Fisher Center Presents "Music Alive! Dynamic Women Making Music From Around the Globe!"
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents “Music Alive! Dynamic Women Making Music from Around the Globe” on Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater. This exciting program is curated by artistic directors Joan Tower, Grammy Award–winning composer, and Blair McMillen, pianist, and showcases works by female composers performed by more than 30 students from The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Music Program. There will be a special appearance by Grammy Award–winning soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Bard College Receives 2014 Avon Foundation for Women Campus Grant
Bard College has received a $5,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The grant will fund the Green Dot, etc. program at Bard College to engage community members as activated bystanders in the reduction of sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking. This is the second year Bard College has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women.
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Audrey Niffenegger
In the second in a regular series of conversations hosted by Bard professor Neil Gaiman, author and artist Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) discusses time travel, Doctor Who, graveyards, taxidermy, graphic novels, pictures, books, and long-distance romance. The program takes place on Friday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater.
Bard Debate Union Hosts Tournament, Eastern Correctional Facility Team Beats Vermont
The weekend of September 19–21 was a busy one for the Bard College Debate Union, both in Annandale and at Eastern New York Correctional Facility. On Friday, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern defeated the University of Vermont in a debate about the merits of disbanding NATO. On Saturday and Sunday, the Bard Debate Union in Annandale and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement hosted the inaugural Bard College Invitational debate tournament.
Bard College Programs Participate in the People's Climate March
Bard College and its affiliated programs were well represented at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21. More than 100 faculty, staff, and students participated from Bard College in Annandale, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, the Bard MBA in Sustainability, and the Bard High School Early Colleges. The Bard Office of Sustainability, Environmental and Urban Studies Program, and student-run EcoReps and Environmental Collective were instrumental in organizing buses from Bard College, with transportation funding provided by the People's Climate March and the Sierra Club. Bard MBA offered a viewing area from their 6th Avenue space overlooking the march route, which was decorated with large banners hanging from the upper-story windows.
Fisher Center Hosts Longy School of Music of Bard College Sistema Side by Side Orchestra Conducted by Jorge Soto
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents a performance by the Longy School of Music of Bard College Sistema Side by Side Orchestra, conducted by Jorge Soto, on September 20 at 3 p.m. The Sistema Side by Side Orchestra travels from Boston to honor Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, the unique program from Venezuela that brings about social change through music and has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.
Bard College–West Point Panel on Challenges in a Chaotic Middle East
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs program and the West Point–Bard College Exchange will present “New World Disorder: U.S. Grand Strategy in a Chaotic Middle East,” a panel featuring Walter Russell Mead and James Ketterer of Bard College and Ruth Beitler of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The panel will address the increasing and overlapping challenges facing the United States across the Middle East and North Africa. It will take place on Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Professor Myra Young Armstead Begins NEH Fellowship at Schomburg Center
Bard College Professor of Historical Studies Myra Young Armstead has been awarded a fellowship as a Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence. The fellowship, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives access to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and other centers of The New York Public Library. Schomburg Scholars research and write about black history and culture throughout the black diaspora, interact with other participating scholars, and give lectures on their findings. Professor Armstead has begun her six-month residency, during which she will research progressive public history in Harlem.
Bard's Fisher Center and John Cage Trust Present a Celebration of Acclaimed Composer John Cage
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and The John Cage Trust at Bard College present two special concerts featuring works by acclaimed American composer John Cage. On Saturday, September 20, there will be a rare performance of Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater, at 8 p.m., with a preconcert talk at 7 p.m. by musicologist James Pritchett. On Sunday, September 21, Sō Percussion will debut Branches, a new, multimedia program at Bard, with a performance of We Are All Going in Different Directions in the Sosnoff Theater at 3 p.m.
Bard's Center for the Study of the Drone Releases Guide to Key Issues about Drones
The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College announces the release of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues, an online and print publication about the basic facts, issues, questions, and patterns related to unmanned systems in military, civilian, and commercial contexts. The Drone Primer is a comprehensive and concise handbook covering fundamental themes, questions, and facts about drones in technology, history, law, strategy, and culture. The report includes a portfolio of drone art, a first for a publication of this kind. The primer is free and available to the public.
Bard High School Early College Cleveland Opens
The new Bard High School Early College Cleveland officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 5. President Botstein called the students "pioneers" in education, and emphasized the importance of engaging teenagers in learning by treating them with respect and challenging them in school. The new campus is a partnership between Bard College and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and joins seven other Bard early college programs around the country. BHSEC students earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free associate's degree from Bard College in four years.
Teenagers Need to Be Treated Better, Bard President Tells Cleveland Audience, for Them to Love Learning
Students at New Bard College High School in Cleveland Are "Pioneers" on a Mission to Learn and Succeed
Photos from the Plain Dealer: Bard High School Early College Opens
Bard President Leon Botstein Visits Bard High School Early College Cleveland for Ribbon Cutting
Video: Bard High School Early College Cleveland Welcomes First Students
Celebrated Author and Bard College Professor Joseph O’Neill to Give Reading
On Monday, September 15, Joseph O'Neill, Bard’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Written Arts and the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning Netherland, will read from his new novel, The Dog. Publishers Weekly describes The Dog as “Pitch-perfect prose . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.”
Bard Alumnus Lindsay Hill ’75 to Read from Critically Acclaimed Novel Sea Of Hooks
On Monday, September 22, author Lindsay Hill ’75, will read from his novel, Sea of Hooks, winner of the 2014 PEN Center USA Fiction Award, finalist for the Chautauqua Prize, and named one of the top 10 books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly and New York magazine. Kirkus Reviews calls Sea of Hooks “a remarkable and multifaceted novel—philosophical, poignant and puzzling,” while Publisher’s Weekly writes that “nearly every paragraph astonishes, every moment rich with magic and daring.”
Bard's Landscape and Arboretum Program and N.Y. Botanical Garden Offer Courses
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) are offering noncredit continuing education classes on gardening at Bard College this fall. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics.
Bard College and International Partners Collaborate on New Academic Initiative
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, together with Bard's Center for Civic Engagement and Human Rights Project, is launching a new initiative, Hate and the Human Condition. The initiative aims to promote sustained reflection on what hate is and how it works, and to organize its exploration through a range of interdisciplinary and co-taught courses. Both a theoretical and a practical endeavor, it seeks to foster the academic study of hate while also connecting scholars and students to institutions and organizations whose work involves dealing with hate-related issues. Four such courses will take place this fall at Bard College in New York and three Bard-affiliated campuses: Al-Quds University, the American University of Central Asia, and Bard College Berlin.
Bard Clemente Course Now Accepting Applications for Free Course in Humanities
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston is now accepting applications for its 2014–2015 program at the Kingston Library. Now entering its fourth year, the program offers a college-level introduction to the humanities to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost. Tuition, books, childcare, and transportation (within the Kingston area) will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College.
Jeanne van Heeswijk Selected for Inaugural Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism
The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project are pleased to announce that Jeanne van Heeswijk, an artist based in the Netherlands, has been selected for the first Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College. Made possible through a five year-grant from the Keith Haring Foundation, the Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual, visiting Fellowship for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College.
Bard Conservatory Students Teach Music to Colombian Youth
Five students in the Bard College Conservatory of Music departed for Cali, Colombia, on Friday, August 15, for a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project called Sounds of Social Change. Rylan Gajek-Leonard '16, Caitlin Majewski '15, Alexzandra Morris '18, Avery Morris '18, and Daniel Zlatkin '16 are teaching music to children in the Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil y Juvenil de Siloé, an organization that serves at-risk youth in the region. Daniel's sister Rebecca Zlatkin is there making a video documentary of the project. The group has brought donated music books, instrument accessories, and other supplies for students in the program. They will perform a benefit concert with the Orquesta de Siloé on August 21.
For Men's Basketball Team, Costa Rica Brings Competition and Community Engagement
The Bard College men's basketball team departed on Monday, August 11, for Costa Rica, where players will participate in three basketball clinics and play three games against professional teams. The Raptors won their first game on Wednesday night, with sophomores Alex Fabean-Scotch and Harry Johnson each scoring 20 points to help defeat Santa Cecelia 94-31. The team has also visited a community center in San Jose, where they played basketball and soccer with local children and donated 200 pairs of shoes, which they brought in partnership with the organization Samaritan's Feet. The team will return to the United States on August 21.
Bard's Fisher Center Presents an Outstanding Fall Season of Music, Dance, Art, and Theater
This fall, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, art, and theater programs. The season features world-class musical performances, orchestral and chamber concerts, contemporary performance and art events, and innovative student productions from September through December.
Bard's La Voz Magazine Celebrates 10 Years
Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 founded La Voz in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project, aiming to serve the Latino community of the Hudson Valley with a free Spanish-language magazine. On Tuesday, August 12, the publication will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a benefit party at the Spiegeltent at Bard's Fisher Center. The evening will feature Latino food, live Argentine and Caribbean music, and an art auction of work by local Latin American artists. La Voz will also be honoring inspirational leaders in the Latino community. All proceeds from the event will support the ongoing work of La Voz.
Filmmaker and Bard Professor Peggy Ahwesh Receives Prestigious NAMAC Artist Award
The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) has named Peggy Ahwesh, Bard College professor of film and electronic arts, as the winner of the 2014 NAMAC Artist Award. A faculty member at Bard since 1990, Ahwesh's expertise includes film production, feminist studies, and media advocacy. "Ultimately, Ahwesh has developed a practice that insists on political and social topicality, handled with theoretical and formal rigor, while remembering the audience," writes NAMAC’s board of directors in its award announcement. "It is her lighter touch that has helped make her work, densely critical as it is, so accessible to so many people." Professor Ahwesh will receive the award at NAMAC's State & Main conference in Philadelphia on August 8.
Bard College and University of Witwatersrand Host "Arts of Human Rights" Workshop
Bard College and the University of Witwatersrand collaborated on an innovative, interdisciplinary workshop on the arts and human rights at the Wits campus in Johannesburg, South Africa, August 5 to 7. A project of Bard and the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research, the event featured presentations by curators, practicing artists, legal advocates, and social scientists. The workshop explored the intersections of human rights and the arts, aiming to foster an intellectual community across disciplines and institutions.
Bard Awarded $896,000 Grant from New York State for Higher Education Opportunity Program
Bard College has been awarded an $896,000 five-year grant from the New York State Education Department to support its Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). This funding supports Bard’s 32 HEOP scholars with tuition assistance, a prematriculation summer program, and tutorial and counseling services. HEOP is a partnership between the State of New York and its independent colleges, which provides economically and educationally disadvantaged residents with the possibility of a college education.
Weber’s Euryanthe Opens at Bard SummerScape in First U.S. Revival for 100 Years
To enrich its immersion in “Schubert and His World,” Bard SummerScape 2014 presents Euryanthe (1823) by Carl Maria von Weber, marking the opera’s first American revival in 100 years. Euryanthe’s five performances (July 25 – August 3) feature the festival’s resident American Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of music director Leon Botstein, who also leads semi-staged performances of Schubert’s own seldom-heard opera Fierrabras, starring Joseph Kaiser, on August 17, and of a double-bill of rarities—Schubert’s one-act Singspiel Die Verschworenen and the first American presentation of Franz von Suppé’s operetta Franz Schubert—on August 10.
Bard Center for Civic Engagement Announces Community Action Award Winners
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement announces more than 50 winners for the 2014 Community Action Award program, which supports student efforts to engage with communities locally, nationally, and internationally by providing funding for participation in internships that address issues impacting people around the world.
Military and Civilian Implications: The Debate Over Drones
As seniors, Arthur Holland Michel ’13 and Dan Gettinger ’13 created the Center for the Study of the Drone, an interdisciplinary research and arts project based at Bard. Now the center is becoming a leader in the national conversation about the social, economic, ethical, and political implications of drone use.
Bard MAT Program Hosts Middle School Math and Science Enrichment Camp
During the week of July 14, the Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (Bard MAT) Program is hosting 25 7th–grade students and seven teachers from Hyde Park Central School District for a week-long STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camp that will promote inquiry-based learning in line with the Common Core Standards. The 7th graders from Haviland Middle School will engage in learning experiences that promote disciplinary understanding, anchored in writing, reflection, discussion and collaboration.
Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving Returns to Bard College
The Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS) is underway at Bard College for the fourth year. Forty rising eighth graders from underserved New York City middle schools attend the program in order to study math at a high level, above and beyond what they have access to at home. Many of the participating schools have partnered with Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching Program (MAT) and currently have MAT alumni/ae as teachers. SPMPS follows up with the students throughout the year and helps them navigate New York City's high school application process. SPMPS students have gone on to competitive high schools and extracurricular programs; seven participants have been admitted to the Bard High School Early Colleges.
Gia Coppola '09: Filmmaking's Next Generation
Bard alumna Gia Coppola '09 talks about making her first film, working with actor and author James Franco, and how professor Stephen Shore helped her get started.
Levy Economics Institute of Bard College Holds Fifth Annual Hyman P. Minsky Seminar
The fifth annual Minsky Summer Seminar was held at the Levy Economics Institute in June, with 59 students participating. The Summer Seminar provides a rigorous discussion of both the theoretical and the applied aspects of Minsky’s economics. Organized by Jan Kregel, Dimitri B. Papadimitriou, and L. Randall Wray, the Seminar program is geared toward graduate students and those at the beginning of their academic or professional careers. The teaching staff includes well-known economists concentrating on and expanding Minsky’s work.
Middle School Math Teachers Gather at Bard for Summer Intensive
Forty math teachers are on campus this week for the second annual Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle Summer Workshop, which will be held in the Reem-Kayden Center. The Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle is a partnership between Bard College and Ulster BOCES that creates enrichment programs for middle school math teachers in the region. This year's facilitators include Beth Goldberg MAT '06, Joy Sebesta '13, MAT '15, and professors Mary Krembs, Lauren Rose, Csilla Szabo, and Japheth Wood. Goldberg, Rose, and Sebesta are on the program's steering committee, as is Jeff Suzuki, former director of quantitative support at Bard. Click here to view the full schedule.
Bard Hosts Six-Week Exchange Program on Foreign Policy with State Department
Bard College is hosting a multinational group of 18 university-level scholars and educators on a six-week academic exchange program from June 21 to August 3. Entitled “Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy,” this Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) is designed to foster a better understanding in academic institutions overseas of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught. 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.
Bard College Dedicates New Solar Installation
Bard College “flipped the switch” on a new solar installation donated by the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ in a special dedication ceremony on Tuesday, June 24. The 9kW solar installation was funded by a $35,000 donation from the Sun Club. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers and employees, including many in the Dutchess County area, to donate solar technology to nonprofits like Bard.
Bard's La Voz Magazine Featured in Exhibition Showcasing La Guelaguetza Celebration
Four covers from Bard's La Voz magazine will be displayed in the exhibition “Vive La Guelaguetza: An Encounter with Oaxaca” at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center in Poughkeepsie, New York, through July 19. The exhibition commemorates La Guelaguetza, a world-famous cultural festival from Oaxaca, Mexico, which for the last five years has been celebrated locally at Waryas Park in Poughkeepsie. The festival, which attracts thousands of spectators, will take place on August 3 this year. The La Voz covers on display feature the town's past La Guelaguetza celebrations, and are on view alongside paintings, photography, and traditional costumes from the state of Oaxaca. Bard College students Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 founded La Voz in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project, aiming to serve the Latino community of the Hudson Valley with a free Spanish-language magazine. Fiori is still editor at La Voz, and the award-winning publication now has an estimated 20,000 readers in the area. La Voz will mark its 10th anniversary with a celebratory evening at the Spiegeltent at Bard's Fisher Center on August 12.
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