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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.
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.
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.
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.
Video: Bard Prison Initiative Holds 11th Commencement
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) held its 11th commencement at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, New York, on Saturday, May 31, awarding 36 degrees. BPI began as a student-led project in 1999 and now operates in six prisons across New York State. Nearly 300 students have graduated from BPI with A.A. and B.A. degrees.
Center for Curatorial Studies Presents Three New Exhibitions Opening June 28
This summer The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents three new exhibitions opening on June 28. Amy Sillman: one lump or two, a major traveling exhibition, is the first museum survey of New York-based painter, Bard MFA faculty member, and alumna Amy Sillman '95. SCORE!, curated by Amy Sillman and Cheyney Thompson, comprises works from the Marieluise Hessel Collection, works on loan by John Cage (from Bard College’s John Cage Trust), Carolee Schneemann, and a new painting by Cheyney Thompson created for the exhibition. Anne Collier is the photographer’s first major exhibition, tracing her career from 2002 to the present with a selection of more than 40 works. All three exhibitions open on June 28 with a reception beginning at 1:00, and will be on view through September 21.
Notable South African MP Wilmot James to Join Bard College as Senior Visiting Fellow
Bard College announces the appointment of Wilmot James, notable South African Member of Parliament and academic, as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College. James will be in residence at the College from April 2 to 12, 2015, and will offer a series of lectures on topics ranging from evolution, ethical considerations in the use of genetic information, and South African politics and history. He will also work with the Hannah Arendt Center to host a dynamic weeklong working group on current politics in South Africa.
Ticks More Likely to Be Infected with Several Pathogens, Says New Study
People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time, according to research by Bard biologist Felicia Keesing and colleagues. The new study, published online today in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by scientists at Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.
Civic Engagement on the Global Stage: Bard’s Jim Ketterer Observes Elections in Ukraine
Thinking globally is all well and good, but studying, working, and volunteering abroad are better. As director of international academic initiatives at Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement and senior fellow at the College’s Institute for International Liberal Education, Jim Ketterer encourages students to be active on the global stage, and he leads by example. Since the 1990s, he has monitored elections in Congo-Brazzaville, Guinea, Kosovo, Macedonia, and Bosnia. On May 25, Ketterer was part of an international mission that observed Ukraine’s first free elections since the country was thrown into upheaval late last year.
Global Voices of the Flute: Recital Featuring International Works
Internationally known flutist Patricia Spencer, soloist as well as flutist with the Naumburg Award–winning Da Capo Chamber Players, will give a recital on Thursday, June 19 at 8 p.m., at the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building at Bard College. The program, titled “Global Voices of the Flute,” will feature works with musical connections to China, Japan, Persia, Canada, and Russia, and also will include American work.
Bard Fiction Prize Call for Entries
The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded annually to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger. Winners receive a monetary award and an appointment as writer in residence at Bard for one semester. Applications for the 2015 prize are due by July 15, 2014.
Bard College Conservatory Orchestra Launches European Tour
The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra has kicked off its 2014 European Tour. After two well-received concerts played in Warsaw (to a sold-out crowd) and St. Petersburg, they continue to Moscow, Budapest, Bratislava, Vienna, Prague, and Berlin. Click here for the full schedule. Thanks to a donation from Google, our student musicians are creating a travel blog using Google Glass. Follow them on Tumblr.
Bard’s Better Admissions Application: Slate Looks at the Bard Entrance Examination
Rebecca Schuman calls the Bard Entrance Examination "genius." The exam gives applicants an alternate route to admission. Rather than the traditional application, prospective students write four intensive, 2,500-word essays in several academic areas. Applicants who receive a B+ or higher are automatically admitted to the College, regardless of their academic record.
Student Spotlight: Rising Senior Corinna Cape on Civic Engagement at Bard College
Human Rights and Written Arts joint major Corinna grew up in the small town of Sherman, Texas. She has been active with Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement and the TLS (Trustee Leader Scholar) program, which supports student volunteer efforts. In this interview, she talks about falling in love with Bard's campus, getting involved in the community, and how Bard has changed her.
Justin Vivian Bond Hosts Bard’s Beloved Spiegeltent for SummerScape 2014
The opening of the 2014 Bard SummerScape festival on Friday, June 27 signals the return of the authentic Belgian Spiegeltent. This luxurious “tent of mirrors” affords a sumptuous and magical environment in which to enjoy cutting-edge cabaret and world-class live music, plus spectacular circus acts, dancing, and dining throughout the eight-week festival (June 27–August 17). This season, legendary cabaret artist, Tony-nominated performer, and returning Spiegeltent favorite Justin Vivian Bond takes over as host, emcee, and guest curator, welcoming patrons every weekend to a unique salon of spectacle featuring newcomers and audience favorites both.
Bard Prison Initiative Holds Its Eleventh Commencement on Saturday, May 31
The Bard Prison Initiative held its 11th commencement at the Woodbourne Correctional Facility in Woodbourne, New York, on Saturday, May 31. BPI awarded associate in arts degrees to 36 students. The commencement speaker was Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, D–New York, who was honored with Bard College’s John Dewey Award for Distinguished Public Service. Additional remarks were provided by Bishop Andrew M. L. Dietsche, the 16th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New York, and Bard College President Leon Botstein.
Bard College Relaunches Successful Online Essay Exam as Alternate Path to Admission
This summer, Bard College continues to offer an alternate path for admission for prospective students: an online essay examination. The popular Bard Entrance Examination, which the College launched in late 2013, will be relaunched on June 2 when it will be accessible online through Bard’s admission website. Open to high school juniors and seniors, the exam is composed solely of essay questions, offering a way to apply to Bard that bypasses existing standardized tests and admission processes.
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