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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.
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.
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.”
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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?
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.
The New York State Writers Institute to Celebrate Bard College’s Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions
On Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m., the New York State Writers Institute will celebrate Bard's provocative, innovative literary journal Conjunctions with a reading by Bradford Morrow (Conjunctions editor, Bard literature professor, and Bard Center Fellow) and contributing editors Ann Lauterbach (Bard’s David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature) and Peter Straub. The reading will take place at the Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.
Fisher Center Presents American Ballet Theatre Celebrating Its 75th Anniversary Season
The Fisher Center presents American Ballet Theatre in its third appearance at Bard College, October 9 – 11. The weekend program features Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, Paul Taylor’s Company B, and a world premiere by Mark Morris, performed in the Fisher Center’s stunning Sosnoff Theater. The engagement will feature ABT principal dancers including Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Maria Kochetkova, and Gillian Murphy as well as Herman Cornejo, Daniil Simkin, and Cory Stearns.
Bard Graduate Allie Cashel ’13 to Read from Her Memoir on Chronic Lyme Disease at Bard College on Monday, September 28
On Monday, September 28, Bard alumna Allie Cashel ’13 will read from a memoir of her experience with chronic Lyme disease, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial. The reading is presented by the Written Arts and Biology Programs. A living portrait of chronic Lyme disease and its patients’ struggles for recognition and treatment, Suffering the Silence, originally Allie Cashel’s Senior Project, is now a full-length memoir that details Cashel’s own experience with chronic Lyme and shares the stories of a number of other patients from around the world. Introduced by Mary Caponegro ’78, Bard literature professor, and followed by a Q&A, this event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Bard College Awarded $1 Million Grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to Support Curatorial Studies and Art History
Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) and the Art History Program are pleased to announce a major grant from The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. The College has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to support curatorial studies and art history. Alex Kitnick, noted art historian and writer, has been appointed the new Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. This fellowship enables Kitnick to join the College as a full-time faculty member teaching jointly in CCS Bard’s graduate and Bard’s art history undergraduate programs. This joint appointment is the first of its kind in the visual arts at Bard.
Bard College Dance Program Partners with Legendary Trisha Brown Dance Company to Collaborate on Curriculum and Performance
Beginning in fall 2015, the Dance Program at Bard College will partner with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) to offer undergraduate dance classes, as well as college-wide forums, workshops, and performances. Allowing for deep integration in Bard’s dance program curriculum as well as the campus community as a whole, the partnership with TBDC will include undergraduate courses in dance technique (for advanced dancers as well as beginning and non-dancers); the licensing of select Trisha Brown works on dance students to be performed annually; master classes; campus-wide events; and the full company in residence for one to three weeks each year. Bard’s collaboration with TBDC will reach across disciplines and programs to involve artists in other College programs and initiatives.
National Book Award–Winning Author Norman Rush to Give Reading at Bard College on Tuesday, September 22
On Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m., Norman Rush, the National Book Award winner and author of Whites, Mating, Mortals, and Subtle Bodies, will read from his work at Bard College. "Rush’s characters want to fall in love, to laugh and enjoy themselves. Their quirks, opinions, compulsions . . . keep us engrossed—along with the clarity and precision of Rush's sentences, the freshness of his observations," wrote Francine Prose in her review of Subtle Bodies in The New York Review of Books.
President Obama to Award Clemente Course in the Humanities a 2014 National Humanities Medal
The White House has announced that the Clemente Course in the Humanities is one of the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources. Through a 20-year partnership with Bard College and other leading colleges and universities, the Clemente Course has offered a tuition-free, college-level course in the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes who have limited access to college education in communities throughout the United States.
Live Arts Bard Presents World Premiere of Miguel Gutierrez's Dance-Theater-Performance Trilogy Age & Beauty
Performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” (Dance Magazine), meets middle age head-on in this wild and ebullient triptych that celebrates queerness, art making, and mortality. Age & Beauty will be performed in locations at the Fisher Center at Bard College from Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) for individual performances and $45 ($20 for students) for marathon performances of the complete trilogy. For tickets and program information go to fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office at 845-758-7900.
Jeanne van Heeswijk Gives the Keith Haring Lecture in Art and Activism, September 8
Jeanne van Heeswijk will give a lecture titled "Acts of Political Uncertainty: Towards a Daily Practice of Resistance," on September 8 at 6:00 pm in the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. Van Heeswijk, 2014-15 Keith Haring Fellow, will demonstrate how active forms of citizenship can engage constituencies and communities in critical public issues. Van Heeswijk will describe how the complexities of our cities can be employed as the performative basis for the production of new forms of sociability, collective ownership, and self-organization.
Bard College Berlin Marks Start of Academic Year
August 31 marked the first day of classes for the approximately 140 students currently enrolled at Bard College Berlin. Florian Becker, Managing Director, and Catherine Toal, Dean, greeted the students, faculty, and staff at a Welcome Dinner held on September 1 on campus. The students in Bard College Berlin's current cohorts come from remarkably diverse backgrounds and from various countries; these include Georgia, Russia, Iran, the United States, India, Pakistan, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. In all, students represent more than 40 nationalities (click here to see a nationalities map).
Student Spotlight: Andrea Szegedy-Maszak '16 Talks Citizen Science, Civic Engagement, and Biology at Bard
Bard senior Andrea Szegedy-Maszak came to Bard intending to be a psychology major. It was in Citizen Science, the three-week science intensive for first-years during winter intersession, that she realized she wanted to study biology. Now Andrea is taking the next step to being a biology teacher: she's enrolled in Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Betsaida Alcantara ’05: From Outreach to High Office
Back in high school, when Betsaida Alcantara was considering college applications, her counselor told her Bard was “too out of reach.” But she applied anyway, and got accepted. Recently, a friend joked that when Alcantara, director of media planning for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was traveling on Air Force One earlier this year, she should have called that counselor from the plane.
Fisher Center at Bard College Presents an Outstanding Fall Season of Music, Dance, and Theater Productions
This fall, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, performance art, and theater programs. Highlights of the fall season include the 75th anniversary season of American Ballet Theatre; the inaugural season of The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein, music director; singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra; Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, a unique event developed specifically for the Bard campus; the world premiere of choreographer Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty Part 3 and the premiere performances of the full trilogy; the U.S. premiere screening of Life and Times Episodes 7-9 by avant-garde theater ensemble Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Neil Gaiman in conversation with Armistead Maupin; Conservatory Sunday Series; a special holiday production of Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson; and a variety of student performances.
Bard College Psychology Professor Is Coauthor of Comprehensive Long-Term Study Published in Science, Testing the Reproducibility of Psychology Studies
Bard College associate professor of psychology Kristin Lane, as well as Jin Goh '12 and Douglas Gazarian '13, were among 270 researchers who participated in the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science. The four-year study, published in Science, found that among replications of 100 published findings in three prominent psychology journals, fewer than half produced the same findings as the original study.
Bard Prison Initiative Wins Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been named a winner of the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute. The award carries a prize of $25,000 and recognizes entrepreneurs across the country who are working toward innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing social problems. BPI and four other winners will be honored at an awards banquet on November 9. Howard Husock wrote for Forbes about the award and BPI's work, in which Bard alumnus and BPI founder Max Kenner '01 explains why prisoners should have the opportunity to get a college education.
Bard College Now Accepting Applications for Its Free College Course in the Humanities
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is now accepting applications for its free college-level course in the humanities this fall in Kingston, New York. The course offers a rigorous introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost, and tuition, books, and childcare will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from October 1 to May 31, at the Kingston Library.
Bard Prison Initiative Receives $1 Million Grant from the Ford Foundation
Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation to support BPI’s pioneering work for higher education in prison and innovations in criminal justice reform. The two-year grant will allow BPI to expand its core operations, including support for national replication efforts, advocacy work, and reentry programs. During the past two years, the Ford Foundation has become a stalwart partner and supporter of BPI’s efforts to expand opportunities for rigorous higher education in prison and innovative reentry support.
Bard College Receives $2 Million Grant from the Mellon Foundation to Launch Innovative Masters Program in Orchestral Performance Studies
Bard has been awarded a $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the launch of an innovative Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies and its resultant ensemble, The Orchestra Now (TON). This unique training orchestra and master’s degree program provides musicians with professional-level orchestral training that is integrated into the interdisciplinary graduate study of music’s place in culture and history. The program is designed to prepare select conservatory graduates for the challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra and to produce scholars and advocates of classical and contemporary music as well as practiced members of a top grade orchestra. Musicians receive three years of advanced orchestral training and take graduate-level courses in orchestral and curatorial studies, leading to a Master of Music degree. Funding from the Mellon grant will help to support student stipends, curriculum development, and salary and honoraria for visiting faculty and lecturers.
Bard Conservatory of Music Celebrates 10th Anniversary with September Concerts
The Bard College Conservatory of Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, featuring three special anniversary concerts in September. On September 3 the Conservatory will celebrate the gift of seven historic pianos with a concert featuring pianists Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu, with commentary by President Leon Botstein. Then, on September 22, Conservatory faculty and students will perform the works of Joseph Haydn in the opening concert of the three-part Haydn Project. Finally, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will perform with her band and the Conservatory Orchestra on September 26 in a concert to benefit the Conservatory.
Institute for Writing and Thinking Brings 200 Teachers to Campus for Summer Workshops
This month, the Institute for Writing and Thinking hosts weeklong workshops that will give high school and college faculty the opportunity to explore the role that writing plays in teaching and learning. Participants come from across the U.S. and around the world to collaborate in a conversation that spans culture, pedagogy, and language.
Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving Returns to Bard
The Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS, pronounced "spumps") is back for a fifth summer at Bard. The 40 participants of this three-week residential math enrichment program, all rising 8th graders from underserved New York City middle schools, arrived on campus yesterday to start their first week of mathematical study. Their classes this summer include: Methods of Proof, Number Theory with Proof, Formal Systems, Logic, Integer Sequences, Cryptanalysis, Graph Theory, Math and Justice, Geometry of Numbers, Strategies and Games, Programming, and Infinity.
Video: Bard Prison Initiative Celebrates 13th Commencement
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) celebrated its 13th commencement at Taconic Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison for women in Bedford Hills, New York, on Tuesday, June 2. The class of 2015 was BPI's second class of women. "Most importantly, we see each other as students and as people with possibility and a future. And it is a future in a world that needs what we have to contribute," said 2015 graduate Patricia. Begun as a pilot program with 15 students, BPI has since awarded almost 350 degrees to students enrolled through the Initiative.
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Grant Funds Green Parking Lot at Bard College
In an effort to improve and protect regional water quality, Bard College recently completed work on a green parking lot with a new stormwater management system. Funded by a $732,738 grant from New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s (EFC) Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP), the Bard Regional Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project retrofits a heavily used parking lot near Olin Hall by using green infrastructure practices to mimic a natural ecosystem. Bioretention areas, a constructed wetland and permeable pavement were installed at the site to capture, treat, and infiltrate stormwater before it enters local waterways or the existing stormwater drainage system. Runoff from the existing lot at the main instructional building on campus currently enters a small tributary of the Saw Kill Creek, which supplies the drinking water for the College before flowing into the Hudson River.
Bard Vocal Arts Alumna Clarissa Lyons Joins Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program
Soprano Clarissa Lyons ’11, alumna of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program (VAP), has been invited to join the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, capping an exciting year in which she was named the Grand Prize Winner at Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition and the Glenn & Ginger Flournay Award Winner at Shreveport Opera’s Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition. In January, Lyons participated in The Song Continues series at Carnegie Hall, where she performed in a master class led by Warren Jones. She will return to Carnegie Hall in January 2016 to present a Spotlight Recital in Weill Hall as part of The Song Continues series alongside tenor Miles Mykkanen and pianist Ken Noda.
Oklahoma! Is Reimagined at Bard College's SummerScape Festival, Opening June 25
Director Daniel Fish’s "stripped-down, intimate" Oklahoma! is a new take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. (New York Times) Starring Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, and two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, Bard’s production features new musical arrangements for a six-piece Americana band by Henry Hewes Award-winner Daniel Kluger, and new choreography by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham. This intimate, revelatory production brings audience and artists together in the round, sharing food and telling the story of a young nation forming its identity. Oklahoma! will be mounted in 25 performances between June 25 and July 19 in the LUMA Theater of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center.
Bard Professor Julia Rosenbaum Named Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution
Julia Rosenbaum, associate professor of art history and faculty of the American Studies Program, has been named a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for the 2015-2016 academic year. The yearlong research fellowship will support Rosenbaum’s new project, “Curated Bodies: The Display of Science and Citizenry in Post-Civil War America,” which examines art, science, and representations of the body from the Civil War to World War II. Rosenbaum will be affiliated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum during her fellowship tenure.
Bard College, Baltimore Schools Put Students on Fast-Track to College
Bard has partnered with the City of Baltimore to launch the newest Bard High School Early College this fall.
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Bard Alumna Catherine Belin ’04 Wins 2015 Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching
Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) alum Catherine Belin ’04, who teaches at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in Bronx, New York, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to Botswana by the U. S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Belin is one of 48 United States citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2015–16. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Pam Tanowitz Dance Makes Bard SummerScape Debut with a Triple Bill Featuring Live Music by FLUX Quartet
Bard SummerScape 2015 presents the Fisher Center debut of New York’s Pam Tanowitz Dance on June 27 and 28, showcasing the choreography of Bessie Award-winner Pam Tanowitz. A triple bill, the program features the world premiere of Tanowitz’s Untitled (solo for Ashley Tuttle), set to music by Mexico’s Carlos Chávez—subject of the 2015 Bard Music Festival—and danced by former American Ballet Theatre principal Ashley Tuttle. Bookending the new work are two of Tanowitz’s most recent ensemble pieces, Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy) and Heaven on One’s Head, named “Among 2014’s Best” by the New York Times, with live music from FLUX Quartet.
Songbirds Find Success Nesting in Introduced Shrubs, According to Study by Bard Professor and Student
A study led by Lydia Meyer ’14 and Bard biology professor Bruce Robertson finds that nesting in non-native shrubs does not negatively impact the nesting success of veery thrushes. When birds or other animals make choices that are harmful for themselves—by reducing their lifespan or reproductive success, for example—this is known as an “evolutionary trap.” While there is concern that birds that prefer to build their nests in non-native plant species will have less successful nests and risk falling into such a trap, the new study—published in The Condor: Ornithological Advances—found that not to be the case for veery thrushes (Catharus fuscescens) who preferred to nest in invasive shrubs in the forests of New York. Their nesting success was not adversely affected at all.
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