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New Report from Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College Offers Comprehensive Study of Possible Risks Drones Pose to Aircraft
With the holiday season approaching, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) estimates that up to one million new drones will be entering U.S. airspace, creating potentially dangerous situations for unmanned and manned aircraft. A new study released today by The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College offers a comprehensive examination of incidents involving drones and manned aircraft in the national airspace over the past two years. Using data from the FAA and Department of Interior, the report, “Drone Sightings and Close Encounters: An Analysis,” explores 921 incidents in the national airspace from December 2013 to September 2015. Coauthors Dan Gettinger and Arthur Holland Michel identified 327 close encounters in which drones presented some level of hazard to manned aircraft, 90 of which involved commercial multiengine jets, and 594 sightings, in which drones were spotted near or within manned aircraft flight paths but did not pose immediate danger of collision.
Ian Bickford ‘95 to Assume Position of Provost at Bard College at Simon's Rock
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, will have a change of leadership in the new year. Provost Peter Laipson will step down from his position in January, to be succeeded by Ian Bickford, Simon's Rock alumnus class of 1995. Dr. Laipson will become the Emily H. Fisher Research Fellow of Bard College, a position he will hold through June of 2017. Dr. Bickford is exceptionally well qualified for the position of provost. He began his work with Bard in 2007 as a member of the faculty, first at Simon’s Rock and then at the Bard High School Early College in Queens, New York. He has since participated in the founding of new Bard programs in Baltimore and Harlem. Bickford presently serves as the first dean of the Bard Academy at Simon's Rock, as well as dean of the Bard Early Colleges, providing academic support and guidance to Bard’s public early college network. Simon's Rock is the nation's only B.A.-granting residential college of the liberal arts and sciences designed for younger students, and the founding site of Bard College’s network of nationally influential public early college programs.
Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents A Winter Songfest Performed by Dawn Upshaw and Friends, December 13
Acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw and singers of the Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program, pianists of the Conservatory Postgraduate Piano Fellowship Program, actress Mary Stuart Masterson, and The Chancellor-Livingston 5th Grade Chorus present a program of festive songs and ensembles to benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music. A Winter Songfest will be performed as a family-friendly matinee concert on Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Tickets are $15, 20, and $100; free for the Bard community with ID. Guests at the $100 level are invited to join Dawn Upshaw and the performers onstage for a postconcert reception in the Sosnoff Theater immediately following the performance. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the box office at 845-758-7900 or go to fishercenter.bard.edu.
Bard College Berlin and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement Present In/Visibility and Difference, December 3–4
Bard College Berlin hosts In/Visibility and Difference: A Visual Methods Workshop on December 3–4, coorganized with Humboldt University and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement. The workshop brings together international researchers, activists, and artists tackling the notion of in/visibility and difference with visual and visualization methods. The aim of the workshop is to share research conducted with visual methodologies and to collectively develop new ideas and strategies on how visual methods can enhance our understanding of contemporary social worlds. Participants will discuss recent developments in the field of visual methodologies, innovative visualization and participatory research tools, and cooperation possibilities between academia and art. In her keynote address, Professor Caroline Knowles of Goldsmiths College will share her expertise on visual methodologies in social sciences. Those who cannot be present at the workshop but are interested in the discussions can follow the events on Twitter at #VMW2015. Visit the Website
The Fisher Center Presents The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in concert at the Sosnoff Theater on Sunday, December 6 at 3 p.m. Guest conductor JoAnn Falletta, music director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Virginia Symphony Orchestra, will lead the orchestra in a performance of Ernest Bloch’s Suite for Viola and Orchestra, with 2015 Conservatory Concerto Competition winner Ye Zi ’16, viola soloist; Vítězslav Novák’s V Tratách (In the Tatras); and the Brahms Symphony No. 2 in D Major.
Prize-Winning Journalist Mark Danner to Speak about the War on Terror, December 1
The Human Rights Project presents a lecture by Mark Danner, "The Management of Savagery: The Islamic State, Extreme Violence and Our Endless War," on Tuesday, December 1, at 6 p.m. in the Reem-Kayden Center room 103. Nearly a decade and a half after 9/11, the attacks in Paris have given another strong dose of the fear and panic that, since 2001, have done so much to nourish our enemies and indeed to create new ones. More and more we seem trapped in a self-perpetuating Forever War, doomed to endlessly play a part our enemies have designed for us. Is there any escape?
Bard Announces Preferred Transfer and Early College Opportunity Scholarship
The Bard Early Colleges and the Office of the Dean of Studies announce the Preferred Transfer and Early College Opportunity programs. The Preferred Transfer program facilitates a smooth transition to the B.A. program at Bard College in Annandale for graduates of the Bard Early Colleges, with expanded orientation, preregistration, and academic and social support throughout their time at Bard. Preferred Transfer applicants who demonstrate significant financial need may also apply for Early College Opportunity (ECO) scholarships, which provide grants covering up to full tuition. ECO Scholars will participate in a more extensive orientation program and will be expected to contribute to the civic life of the campus community.
Bard College Students Ashley Jones '19 and Quanita Kendrick '17 Awarded Gilman International Scholarship
Bard College first-year student Ashley Jones and junior biology major Quanita Kendrick have been selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad during the spring 2016 academic term. Both students received the Gilman scholarship in support of their taking part in the month-long, immersive study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico that is the culmination of Bard’s Intensive Spanish course. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply toward their study abroad or internship program costs. The program aims to diversify the students who study and intern abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Jones and Kendrick are are two of approximately 800 American undergraduate students from 355 colleges and universities selected to receive the award, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Bard College Hosts Second Annual Model UN Conference
The Bard College Model United Nations Initiative hosted the second annual Bard Model United Nations Conference (BardMUNC) on Saturday, November 14 in Bard College’s Olin Hall. BardMUNC is the brainchild of various Bard-affiliated organizations as well as the Red Hook High School Model UN Team. The high school and college students collaborated to run a daylong conference hosting competitive Model UN teams from local high schools in Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Germantown, as well as the Bard High School Early Colleges in Queens and Manhattan. More than 200 students participated.
Bard Biologist Arseny Khakhálin Coathors Paper on Neuron Diversity in Developing Tadpoles
Professor Khakhálin and colleagues studied developing frog tadpoles, confirming that neurons in this new vertebrate model not only grow more specialized over time but can become less specialized when subjected to strong visual stimulation. (eLIFE)
Bard MFA Partnership with Wave Farm Offers Sound, Music, Film, and Video Artists Grant and Residency Opportunities
Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College (Bard MFA) will host upcoming information sessions in New York City, Chicago, and on the Bard College Campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Bard MFA applications are due January 10, 2016. Representatives from the Bard MFA and Wave Farm, a Hudson Valley–based experimental digital media organization, will host a casual meet and greet Thursday, December 3, from 12 to 2 p.m. at Printed Matter, 231 11th Ave., in New York City. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with music/sound and film/video faculty about Bard MFA’s interdisciplinary, low residency program and to Bard faculty and Wave Farm staff about programs and funding opportunities in 2016. Additional information sessions for Bard MFA take place Wednesday, December 2, at 7 p.m. in Chicago (1926 West Erie St.) and Saturday, December 5, from 2 to 4 p.m., Fisher Studio Arts Building, on the Bard College campus.
Latest Issue of Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions Invites Leading Writers to Explore Deception
Conjunctions:65, Sleights of Hand—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—gathers a wide spectrum of essays, fiction, and poetry on the subject of deception, exploring a world in which truth is a most fragile, elaborate, and mercurial thing. Edited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, Sleights of Hand includes new work from such leading contemporary writers as James Morrow, Laura van den Berg, Porochista Khakpour, Can Xue, Joyce Carol Oates, Edie Meidav, Eleni Sikelianos, Terese Svoboda, Yannick Murphy, Peter Straub, and Paul West, among others.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Symposium on Teaching Global Citizenship with Bard Network Campuses
Bard College Berlin hosted an international symposium, Teaching Global Citizenship, on November 19–21. This meeting of the Bard–HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program) included faculty from Al-Quds Bard in the West Bank, American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Krygyz Republic; European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania; Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia; Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York; and Bard College Berlin. Participants explored global citizenship through open discussion of key critical essays on the topic as well as through personal classroom experience, and with the aim of better integrating the teaching of global citizenship in relevant programs in each of the Bard-HESP network campuses. The primary goal of the workshop was to jointly shape an introductory course on global citizenship that can be taught consistently at each institution across the network. The meeting also consisted of practical workshops aimed at bringing pedagogical techniques for engaged teaching into wider course offerings, and created space for discussing research and developing joint research projects that bridge traditional scholarship, local engagement, and pressing global crises.
Bard Students Attend Student Conference on U.S. Affairs at West Point
Two Bard College students, Shannon Forest '18 and Alison Brundrett '16, participated in the Student Conference on U.S. Affairs (SCUSA) at the United States Military Academy at West Point, November 4–7. The theme of SCUSA 67 was "Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power." The purpose of the conference is to facilitate interaction and constructive discussion between civilian student delegates and West Point cadets in order to better understand the challenges that the United States faces in an increasingly interconnected global society. SCUSA delegates attend panel discussions, hear from high-profile keynotes speakers, and develop policy recommendations over the course of four roundtable sessions. Roundtable sessions covering regional and topical demographic issues put delegates on the forefront of national issues, exposing them to complex problems facing leaders today. Delegates conclude the conference by submitting a policy recommendation to their peers, the best of which are published in the Undergraduate Journal of Social Sciences. Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright was the keynote speaker. Bard participates in this conference with support from the Mellon Foundation. More about SCUSA
Bard Soccer Players and Coaches Honored After Impressive Season
The Bard soccer programs have had an outstanding season, in which the women's team advanced further than ever before and coaches and players on both teams were cited for excellence. The staff of both teams were named Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year—the women's team lead by head coach Bill Kelly and assistant coaches Kaet Heupel and Jimmy Rodewald '82 and the men's team lead by head coach Andy McCabe and assistant coach Brandon Jackson. Additionally, four members of the men's team were named to All-Liberty League teams, three members of the women's team were given All-Liberty League Honorable Mention, and members of both teams were named to Liberty League Fall All-Academic Teams.
Bard Students, Alumni/ae, and Parents Meet for Bard Works D.C.
On Thursday, November 12, the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College brought 48 students to the nation's capital for Bard Works D.C. This career development event featured Bard alumni/ae presenting on their work in the D.C. area, with opportunities for students to ask questions and connect with leaders in politics, government, the nonprofit and private sectors, and the arts. The Bard Works D.C. schedule included a reception on Thursday evening with Bard alumni/ae, parents, and friends, and a day of panels on Friday. Bard Works 2016, a weeklong professional development event for Bard juniors and seniors, will take place January 24–29 in Annandale.
Amanda Stoddard MAT '08 Named NY State Master Teacher by Governor Cuomo
Governor Andrew Cuomo welcomed 80 additional educators to the Master Teacher Program this fall, including Bard MAT alumna and Red Hook Central School District science teacher Amanda Stoddard MAT '08. These outstanding teachers have been recognized for their dedication to providing the most innovative STEM education to their students, their commitment to professional growth, and their enthusiasm for sharing their successful practices with colleagues in their schools and districts. Stoddard joins fellow Bard MAT alumni/ae master teachers Kate Belin '05, Colleen Bucci '08, and Beth Goldberg '06.
President Botstein Receives 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award from Yivo Institute
President Botstein was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research on Thursday, November 5, in New York City. The awards ceremony was held as part of the Institute's 90th Anniversary Gala. New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast was also honored. Students of the Bard College Conservatory of Music's Vocal Arts Program performed music from the Jewish Tin Pan Alley for the event.
Bard Prison Initiative Cited in Ford Foundation Announcement of New Direction
On Sunday, Ford Foundation President Darren Walker announced an end to the Foundation's two-year transition, outlining the FordForward plan for changes in the organization's culture and focus. Walker cited Bard Prison Initiative—longtime recipient of Ford Foundation support—as an example of the kind of work that inspires him as the Foundation moves into a greater focus on challenging inequality. "I was reminded of why our support for visionaries working on the frontlines of social change matters so profoundly," he wrote. "Yes, inequality and injustice persist. But they are no match for the human spirit."
Secretary of State John Kerry Takes Part in Dedication Ceremony for American University of Central Asia’s New Green Campus Developed in Partnership with Bard
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry began his Central Asian trip with a visit Saturday, October 31, to the University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, to take part in the dedication of the University’s new green campus, which is being constructed in partnership with Bard College. AUCA is the region’s only university offering U.S.- and Kyrgyz-accredited degrees in liberal arts, through its partnership with Bard. Kerry praised the university as a “flagship institution that is transforming educational opportunities for students and for teachers all across the region.” As part of construction of the new campus, Bard has received a $850,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad for the construction of AUCA’s first residence building.
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Alexandra Kleeman
Author Alexandra Kleeman has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2016. The prize, established in 2001 by Bard College to encourage and support promising young fiction writers, consists of a $30,000 cash award and appointment as writer in residence for one semester. Kleeman is receiving the prize for her debut novel You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (Harper 2015).
Celebrated Author Brian Evenson to Give Reading at Bard College, November 9
On Monday, November 9, Brian Evenson—the celebrated and controversial author of Altmann’s Tongue, The Wavering Knife, The Open Curtain, Last Days, Windeye, and other books—will read from his work at Bard College. “There is not a more intense, prolific, or apocalyptic writer of fiction in America than Brian Evenson,” says writer George Saunders. Evenson 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 at the Bertelsmann Campus Center and will be followed by a Q&A. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Bard College and Bard MFA Alumnae and Faculty Members Receive 2015 Anonymous Was A Woman Awards
Seven of the 10 recipients of the 2015 Anonymous Was A Woman Award have Bard College affiliations, including faculty members, visiting artists, artists in residence, and alumnae. Anonymous Was A Woman is an unrestricted grant of $25,000 that enables women artists, over 40 years of age and at a significant juncture in their lives or careers, to continue to grow and pursue their work. The award is given in recognition of an artist's accomplishments, artistic growth, and the quality of her work. The Bard-affiliated 2015 winners are: Wendy Ewald, former Bard MFA visiting artist; Rachel Harrison, Bard MFA faculty member and former visiting artist; Pam Lins, Bard MFA faculty member; Jennifer Montgomery, former Bard MFA faculty and Bard MFA ’94 alumna; Dona Nelson, Bard MFA faculty member; Lisa Sanditz, visiting assistant professor of studio arts at Bard College; Julianne Swartz, artist in residence in studio arts at Bard College and Bard MFA ‘02 alumna. More about the award
Women's Soccer Team Defeats Vassar for First Time, Qualifies for ECACs for First Time Since 2010
The Bard women's soccer team swept Vassar College 2-1 on Thursday, October 29, in their last scheduled game of the season, defeating Vassar for the first time in school history. The victory also qualified the team for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Tournament for the first time since 2010. The women will now continue practice before their conference games on Nov. 11 and Nov. 13–14, opponents to be announced.
The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents Celebrated Poet Jennifer Moxley at Bard College on Thursday, November 5
On November 5, celebrated poet Jennifer Moxley will read from her award-winning work at Bard College. The reading is presented by the John Ashbery Poetry Series. The Iowa Review writes that Moxley’s “poems make room for thinking, for dreams, and for silence as they manage and contextualize space both public and private ... [They seem] to ask: Can we take the detritus of living and make song of it? What would that song be like? Would it be song? How do we begin to make it? What would stand in its way?” Introduced by Ann Lauterbach, David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard, and followed by a Q&A, this event takes place at 6:00 p.m. in Bard Hall. It is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.
McCausland and Brown Dormitories Dedicated in Memory of Bard Students
Dormitories in Resnick Commons were dedicated to Evelina Martin Brown '17 and Sarah McCausland '17, who died tragically in a hit-and-run accident in January 2014. (Poughkeepsie Journal)
Bard Celebrates Family and Alumni/ae Fall Weekend
Visitors came from around the country to visit Annandale October 23 – 25 for Family and Alumni/ae Fall Weekend. The three-day schedule included a host of activities, from canoeing on Tivoli Bays to the Fisher Center debut of The Orchestra Now, Bard's new training orchestra and master's degree program. Participants attended sample classes in every division, shared the annual Fall Harvest Lunch and many other meals, enjoyed a farmer's market and student art sale, student and alumni/ae athletic events, and behind-the-scenes tours of favorite places on campus.
Video: Science, Math, and Computing at Bard
Build a robot, do laboratory research for publication, get your hands dirty with some field work ... watch our students and faculty talk about their work in math, science, and computing at Bard.
Bard Students Walk Across Hudson River for "Walkway to Paris" Climate Action Ahead of UN Conference
Local activists walked across the Hudson River on Friday, October 23, to urge delegates to the UN conference in Paris to commit to carbon reductions. More than 30 Bard College students and staff members joined peers from Vassar, Marist, and SUNY New Paltz, as well as representatives from more than a dozen local organizations on the Walkway Over the Hudson between Highland and Poughkeepsie, New York. The Paris 2015 conference—also called COP 21—will take place November 30 to December 11. Delegates aim to create a new international agreement on climate with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.
The Fisher Center and Catskill Jazz Factory Present Double Trouble: Jazz Meets Classical, Featuring Dan Tepfer and Aaron Diehl on October 30
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and the Catskill Jazz Factory present American Pianist’s Association Cole Porter Fellows Dan Tepfer and Aaron Diehl in “Double Trouble: Jazz Meets Classical,” Friday, October 30 at 8 p.m. in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater. In this exclusive, collaborative performance, Tepfer and Diehl bring an unprecedented mash-up of J.S. Bach and the Great American Songbook, blending traditional with contemporary, and improvisational jazz styles with classical upbringings.
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present U.S. Premiere of Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Life and Times: Episodes 7–9
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard present Obie Award–winning Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Life and Times: Episodes 7–9 on Sunday, November 1 at 2 p.m. in the Fisher Center's LUMA Theater. An epic spectacle nearly a decade in the making, Life and Times is a nine-part project that encompasses and surpasses the genres of musical theater, disco, dance, science fiction, illuminated manuscript, animation, detective drama—and now, in the final three episodes, film. The source for this multimedia extravaganza is the transcript of hours of recorded telephone interviews with one of Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s own company members, who recounted the story of her life in painstaking detail.
Bard College Farm Celebrates Fourth Harvest Season as Centerpiece of Campus-Wide Sustainable Food Movement
Students who stop for a bite at Manor House Cafe on the Bard College campus look out the windows to a field where an ever-increasing amount of the produce being served on campus is sustainably grown by their peers. Creating a connection between students, farm, and food is one of the central missions of the Bard College Farm, a 1.25-acre sustainable urban farm where Bard students organically grow fruit and vegetables to sell to Chartwells, the campus dining service. Guiding all of the Bard’s sustainable food initiatives is Bard EATS (Eating Awareness Transforms Society), a collaborative partnership among Bard students, dining services, faculty, and staff committed to increasing food purchasing transparency, reducing waste, decreasing the College’s carbon footprint, promoting food access, and supporting local farms and sustainable products.
CCS Bard Announces Thelma Golden to Receive the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to announce that Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, is the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. The award will be presented at a gala celebration and dinner on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in New York City. The award comes with the Audrey Irmas Prize of $25,000.
The Fisher Center Presents Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Armistead Maupin
Join a public conversation on November 7 between Neil Gaiman, Bard professor in the arts, and Armistead Maupin, the best-selling writer and activist, as they discuss their heroes Charles Dickens and Christopher Isherwood, the craft of storytelling, and many other subjects. The program takes place on Saturday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of Bard's Fisher Center. Maupin is the author of 11 novels, including the nine-volume Tales of the City series, which Salon calls “perhaps the most sublime piece of popular literature America has ever produced.”
The Orchestra Now Opens 2015-16 Season at Bard's Fisher Center, October 24 and 25
The Orchestra Now (TŌN), an innovative master’s degree program and training orchestra founded by Bard College, will launch its inaugural season at Bard College’s Fisher Center with two fall programs in October and November. Bard President and TŌN Conductor Leon Botstein will lead the Orchestra of 37 young graduate musicians from around the world and cellist Rylan Gajek in the opening concerts on October 24 and 25; Associate Conductor James Bagwell will take the podium for the second program on November 14 and 15. The Orchestra’s series at Bard will continue with two more concert programs in February and April, 2016, and TŌN will also perform in different series in New York City including Carnegie Hall.
Bard Prison Initiative Featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for Recent Win Against Harvard Debate Team
The Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional Facility was mentioned on The Daily Show on October 8. Host Trevor Noah noted the team's September 18 win over the Harvard College Debating Union as an example of the untapped intellectual potential of inmates. The discussion was part of a longer segment about the negative impacts of mass incarceration in the United States.
National Book Award–Winning Author Joyce Carol Oates to Give Reading at Bard College, Monday, October 26
Widely acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates, recipient of the National Humanities Medal and National Book Award, will read from "Walking Wounded," a new, unpublished story commissioned especially for its world premiere at this event on Monday, October 26. Booklist wrote, in praise of her short-story collection Lovely, Dark, Deep, "Oates, one of few writers who achieves excellence in both the novel and the short story, has more than two dozen story collections to her name and she continues to inject new, ambushing power into the form. Oates’s stories seethe and blaze." Oates 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 3:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Bard College and Historic Hudson Valley Reach Agreement to Transfer Ownership of Montgomery Place
Bard College and Historic Hudson Valley (HHV) have agreed to transfer ownership of Montgomery Place, a 380-acre estate with significant historic and cultural assets, to the College, whose campus is contiguous with the property from River Road to the Hudson River in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Bard will use Montgomery Place as a teaching space for its many diverse programs, including the arts, the humanities, and the study of the environmental sciences. “The College has every intention of respecting the significance of the property in terms of historic preservation, public access, and agriculture,” said Bard College President Leon Botstein. The transaction includes new deed restrictions that ensure preservation of the site’s historic assets and working farm while giving Bard significant programmatic opportunities.
Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College Hosts International Conference on Surveillance and the Private Life, October 15–16
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College will host its eighth annual international conference from Thursday, October 15 to Friday, October 16 in Olin Hall, on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus. The two-day conference, “Why Privacy Matters,” features NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden, Robert Litt (Second General Counsel of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Charged with Prosecuting Snowden), David Brin, Kate Crawford, Ben Wizner, Anita Allen, and more. The conference asks: What do we lose when we lose our privacy? Reading on Kindles, searching Google, and using cell phones leave a data trail of intimate details. Governments and businesses track our comings, goings, and doings. Scott McNealy, former CEO of Sun Microsystems, speaks for many when he says, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.” It is easy to note the violence of the slogan “if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear,” but few offer an intelligent response. Why do we willfully participate in the loss of our privacy? How is it that we rarely register its loss? Do we simply value privacy less? It is time to ask why privacy matters? It is amidst this sense that privacy is being lost and we are powerless to resist its loss that the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College asks: How can a right to privacy and a meaningful private life exist today?
Obie Awarding-Winning Playwright, Novelist, and Poet Carl Hancock Rux to Perform Stage Version of The Exalted at Bard Fisher Center, October 16–17
In an intimate performance, writer/performer Carl Hancock Rux and composer/musician Theo Bleckmann present The Exalted, the story of the last days of German-Jewish art historian Carl Einstein, one of the first critics to affirm the importance of African sculpture, thus influencing the development of Cubism and the European avant-garde. Directed by Anne Bogart ’74, The Exalted will be performed at the Fisher Center, Sosnoff Stage right, from Friday, October 16, and Saturday October 17, at 7:30 p.m. There will be post-performance talks with the artists. On Thursday, October 15, Rux will also read from his novel, The Exalted, at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Novelist Bradford Morrow and Testament Guitarist Alex Skolnick Present A Bestiary, An Evening of Text and Music at Bard College, Tuesday, October 20
Novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow and acclaimed guitarist Alex Skolnick present A Bestiary, a live collaborative performance of Morrow’s lyrical prose pieces about animals real and imaginary—from snake to mongoose, unicorn to whale, elephant to glugfish. Set to Skolnick’s original compositions, ranging from jazz to rock to country to world music, this reading of A Bestiary unites the written word with guitar virtuosity in unexpected, magical ways. Now comic, now tragic, A Bestiary explores the animal kingdom as well as the human condition it mirrors.
Award-Winning Poet and Bard MFA Faculty Member Anna Moschovakis to Give Reading at Bard College, Thursday, October 8
On Thursday, October 8, poet Anna Moschovakis, a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse and winner of the Academy of American Poets’ James Laughlin Award, will give a reading at Bard College. Author of I Have Not Been Able to Get Through to Everyone, You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake, and the forthcoming They and We Will Get into Trouble for This, Moschovakis will be introduced by Ann Lauterbach, David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature. This event, presented by the John Ashbery Poetry Series, takes place in Bard Hall at 6:00 p.m. It 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.
Scone Foundation, In Collaboration with the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College, Honors Albert Knoll of the Dachau Archives as Archivist of the Year
The Scone Foundation will honor Dachau archivist Albert Knoll with the 10th annual Archivist of the Year Award. This award recognizes an archivist who has made a contribution to his or her profession or who has provided support to scholars conducting research in history and biography. The special event takes place in Manhattan on Monday, October 26 at 6:30 p.m., at the Bard Graduate Center at 18 West 86th Street, New York, in conjunction with the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.
Venerated Financial Journalist Carol Loomis to Inaugurate John J. Curran ’75 Lectures in Journalism Series at Bard College on Monday, October 5
On Monday, October 5, Bard College will present a talk by financial journalist and editor Carol Loomis to inaugurate the John J. Curran ’75 Lectures in Journalism series. Loomis is the former senior editor-at-large of Fortune magazine, and the coiner of the term “hedge fund.” The editor of Warren Buffett's annual shareholder letter, she has been recognized by the New York Times for her success in battling gender stereotypes within the financial-services industry, having started her career in the 1950s as one of only two female reporters at Fortune. The Reformed Broker calls Loomis “a lion of financial journalism,” while ValueWalk celebrates her as “without doubt, the greatest business writer of all time.”
David Brin Named Inaugural 2015 National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow
David Brin has been named the first annual National Endowment for the Humanities/Hannah Arendt Center Distinguished Visiting Fellow. Brin, an American scientist, award-winning author of science fiction, and leading commentator on the world’s most pressing technological trends, is in residence at the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College from Monday, October 5, to Sunday, October 25. As part of Brin’s fellowship, he will mentor selected Bard students on their fiction and nonfiction writing. Brin will also offer a number of lectures and discussions during his residency at Bard. This new annual fellowship has been made possible through an NEH Challenge Grant.
Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional Facility Beats Harvard University
In intercollegiate competition on September 18, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional defeated a team from Harvard University while affirming the resolution: "Resolved: Public schools in the United States should deny enrollment to undocumented students." The prestigious and award-winning panel of judges voted 2-1 in favor of Bard. The event was cosponsored by the Bard Prison Initiative, the Bard Debate Union, and the Center for Civic Engagement. Read more in the Wall Street Journal: "Prison vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate."
Bard College Debate Union Hosts Tournament on Campus
The Bard College Debate Union hosted the 2nd Annual Bard College Invitational Tournament in Annandale on the weekend of September 19–20. More than 250 university students and faculty members participated—including eight debaters from the Bard High School Early Colleges in Cleveland and Queens and six students from Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia. Debate topics ranged from voluntourism to emergency relief efforts in natural disasters to the role of the European Union in the current refugee crisis. The tournament culminated on Sunday night in a final round between Cornell University and the University of Vermont on the topic of Afrocentric education in public schools. Cornell was pronounced the winner.
Wall Street Journal: Bard Prison Initiative vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate
What happens when incarcerated students in the Bard Prison Initiative debate Harvard undergrads? The Wall Street Journal reports on last week's competition and how the Bard Prison Initiative is giving prisoners a chance at a better life.
Bard College Presents the Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities Featuring Renowned Classics Scholar Mary Beard, September 28–30
Eminent scholar Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge, presents The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities at Bard College 2015. The series of lectures, titled Last Words: Roman Epitaphs and Their “Afterlife”, will explore Roman epitaphs and the sensibilities they reveal. The three talks take place September 28–30 in Bard's Olin Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Al-Quds Bard Holds Commencement
On August 25, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) held its graduation ceremony on the main campus in Abu Dis. In all, 37 undergraduates and 70 Master of Arts in Teaching students received their Bard and Al-Quds diplomas. In addition to the graduates and hundreds of family members, also in attendance were Al-Quds President Imad Abu-Kishik, Bard College President Leon Botstein, U.S. Consul General Donald Blome, and Bard College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jonathan Becker, as well as representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the Open Society Foundations, and USAID. The highlight of the event was a speech by MAT valedictorian Shireen Irziqat, who spoke of the joys of participating in the program while remaining a full-time teacher and mother of five children.
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