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Senior Close-up: Josh Hodge
Josh Hodge '14 has successfully navigated the rigorous five-year, dual-degree program required by the Bard College Conservatory of Music while also competing as a varsity athlete for the college. Hodge is the principal bassoonist in the Conservatory Orchestra. He's also been the captain of the men's swimming team for two years and is running track this spring. Now, as he looks forward to graduate school in the fall, he reflects on his time at Bard.
Bard College Applicants Trade 10,000 Words for Two: You’re In
This year the college began offering the Bard Entrance Examination as an alternative to the traditional admission process. This rigorous exam requires four essays of 2,500 words each, putting applicants' writing and thinking to the test rather than relying on measures such as academic record. Of 50 applicants, 17 were admitted by this new method, bringing a talented group of students to the college as part of the class of 2018 from a range of academic backgrounds. “The verdict is that it provided a really wonderful opportunity for kids,” says Director of Admission Mary Backlund. “Universally, they enjoyed it, they learned a lot, and that was the purpose. It exists as an example of the risks we’re willing to take but also the intention that the application should be about students’ capacity to think.” (New York Times)
Fisher Center Presents Joanna Kotze's it happened it had happened it is happening it will happen
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and Live Arts Bard present Joanna Kotze’s dance production, it happened it had happened it is happening it will happen on Friday, April 18. Joanna Kotze is the recipient of the 2013 “Bessie” Award for Outstanding Emerging Choreographer. Full of refreshing, imaginative physicality and delightfully unexpected humanity, this work earned her that recognition. Three dynamic movers—Kotze, Stuart Singer, and Netta Yerushalmy—create a study in contrasts that leaves room for uncertainty between ideas of the known and the unknown.
Bard Prison Initiative Inspires Governor Cuomo’s Call to Fund Inmate Education
Debate about public funding for inmate education begs the question "What is prison for?" How can incarceration better serve as rehabilitation, not only as punishment? This article features the Bard Prison Initiative as a privately funded college program for inmates that inspired New York governor Cuomo's push for state funding. (New York Times)
Bard MFA Professor Matana Roberts to Receive Herb Alpert Award in the Arts
Bard MFA Music/Sound faculty member Matana Roberts has been named as a recipient of the distinguished Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, which carries a prize of $75,000. Every year five mid-career, risk-taking artists in the categories of dance, film/video, music, theater, and visual arts are each selected to receive an award from the foundation. "Visionary composer, avant-garde saxophonist, and sound artist Matana Roberts was chosen as the winner in Music for her charismatic, powerful renderings of sound," says awards director Irene Borger. On May 9, the recipients will receive their awards at a private celebratory luncheon at the Herb Alpert Foundation in Santa Monica, California.
Bard Debate Union Branch at Eastern New York Correctional Facility Beats West Point
On Friday, April 4, the recently founded Bard Debate Union branch at Eastern New York Correctional Facility hosted its first competitive intercollegiate debate. This new team, composed of students in the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), welcomed the award-winning West Point Debate Team for a debate and discussion on whether the federal government should fund a high-speed rail network. The debate occurred in front of an audience of more than 50 people, including faculty and staff from Bard and West Point, Eastern staff, BPI administrators, and nearly 40 Bard students based at Eastern. After thoughtful and passionate debate, the judges sided with the Bard team, which argued against the resolution to fund high-speed rail. This debate represented the culmination of a year of training for the new team, served as a capstone to the 10th year of the Bard Debate Union, and marked the continuation of close cooperation between the Debate Union and the Bard–West Point Exchange.
Professor Norman Manea Survived Nazis and Communists and Lived to Write About It
Norman Manea survived a Nazi concentration camp in Ukraine and a communist dictatorship in his native Romania. Through his experiences, he learned a language of subversion that sets apart his impressive body of work. (Daily Beast)
Bard Students Win Two 2014 Davis Projects For Peace Awards
Bard College students have won two 2014 Davis Projects for Peace Awards, which provide $10,000 in funding for proposed projects. Lia Soorenian ’14 (from Glendale, California), won a Davis award for her project, “Sustainable Apiculture: Community Empowerment Through Local Economies.” She will travel to the village of Lichke in Armenia, where mining is the primary industry, to promote sustainable development through beekeeping. Ameer Shalabi ’16 (from Mas’ha in the West Bank), Zelda Bas ’16 (from Paris, France), and Harrison Liddle ’14 (from Miami, Florida) have together won a Davis award in support of the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative (BPYI). Every year, 20 Bard College students with BPYI travel to Mas’ha, where they partner with the local community to run children’s summer camps and community service projects, teach English classes, and engage in cultural discourse.
Bard's Fisher Center Presents the American Symphony Orchestra, April 11 and 12
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the American Symphony Orchestra on Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. The program includes Johann Strauss Jr.’s Emperor Waltz, Accelerations, and On the Beautiful Blue Danube; Julius Conus’s Violin Concerto, featuring Zhi Ma ’15, violin; and Johannes Brahms’s Symphony No. 2. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. There will be a special preconcert talk by Alexander Bonus, assistant professor of music at Bard College, beginning at 7 p.m.
Bard Prison Initiative to Attend First Lady's Luncheon
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been invited to attend the annual First Lady's Luncheon in Washington, D.C. on May 1. The bipartisan Congressional Club hosts this annual event, which honors the First Lady and includes congressional spouses and guests. BPI distinguished fellow Ellen Condliffe Lagemann, BPI director of development Laura Liebman, and BPI and Bard College alumna Erica Mateo '10 will represent the Bard Prison Initiative as guests of Randy Florke (long-term partner of New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney) and Gwen Walz (wife of Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz). The evening before the luncheon, BPI's representatives will also attend an event hosted by Chairman Xavier Becerra. Florke and Walz, friends of BPI, are advocates for providing higher education programs in prisons in order to increase post-release employment and lower recidivism.
Leading Economists and Policymakers to Meet at 23rd Annual Minsky Conference
From April 9 to 10, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 23rd Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies to discuss the progress of the recovery from the global financial crisis and address both financial reform and prosperity, drawing from Minsky’s work on financial instability and his proposal for achieving full employment. The conference, “Stabilizing Financial Systems for Growth and Full Employment,” is being organized by the Levy Institute with support from the Ford Foundation, and will take place at the National Press Club, in Washington D.C.
Celebrated Author and Artist Rikki Ducornet to Give Reading at Bard College
On Thursday, April 10, the Written Arts Program at Bard College presents a reading by Rikki Ducornet (Bard ’64). A poet, fiction writer, and visual artist, Ducornet’s many books include the recent novels Netsuke, Gazelle, The Fan-Maker’s Inquisition, and Phosphor in Dreamland. Publisher’s Weekly said of her story collection The Complete Butcher’s Tales: “[It’s] told in prose of such beauty that one can't help silently mouthing the words. Fluid, studied, almost overripe, it is also intensely visual.”
Bard College Berlin Announces New Economics Program, Appointment of Martin Binder
Bard College Berlin has expanded its educational offerings with a new B.A. in economics, politics, and social thought. This interdisciplinary program will begin in the fall of 2014. In keeping with the college's approach to liberal arts, the four-year English-language degree situates the study of foundational economics within the history of human cultural change and reflection. The new professorship in this program will be held by Martin Binder, whose research interests include behavioral and normative economics, and especially subjective well-being, or happiness.
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard Announces Deviance Credits and Footnotes
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents the exhibitions Deviance Credits and Footnotes opening on April 13. Deviance Credits comprises 13 exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in the graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art. Brought together in one exhibition, each gallery presents innovative approaches to contemporary art and exhibition making with over 35 artists, many of whom have created works specifically for the context of the Hessel Museum. The artworks selected for Footnotes are housed in the CCS Bard Hessel Museum, but their representations, meanings, and contexts exceed their physical locality. This exhibition spatially contextualizes artworks by rethinking the relationship between title, text, and footnote. Footnotes is co-curated by the class of 2015 M.A. candidates. Both exhibitions will be on view through May 25.
Learn more about Deviance Credits and Footnotes.
Bard College Earns 2013 Tree Campus USA Recognition
Bard College has earned 2013 Tree Campus USA recognition, from Tree Campus USA, a national program launched in 2008 by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. The program honors colleges and universities and their leaders for promoting healthy trees and engaging students and staff in the spirit of conservation. To be eligible for the award, colleges and universities must establish a tree advisory committee, have a campus tree-care plan, dedicate annual funding for its campus tree program, host an Arbor Day observance, and sponsor student service-learning projects. This year’s Arbor Day tree planting at Bard will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 25, at the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author Michael Cunningham to Give Reading at Bard College
On Monday, April 7, Michael Cunningham—the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours, By Nightfall, Flesh and Blood, and other books—will read from his work at Bard College. Cunningham 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 4:00 p.m. in Olin Auditorium. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Video: Students, Artists Collaborate in Live Arts Bard Program
Live Arts Bard (LAB) is a partnership between the Theater and Performance Program and the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. As its acronym suggests, Live Arts Bard is a laboratory for new performance. Each year LAB will provide residencies for individual artists, or groups of collaborators, in theater, performance, dance, live arts, and allied art forms. Its aim is to develop a fertile and nurturing community of visiting artists and students, who work side by side to generate projects and new creative methodologies.
Pomona College and Bard College Presidents Convene for Online Conversation on Liberal Arts
Bard College President Leon Botstein and Pomona College President David Oxtoby will discuss “The Future of Liberal Arts” in a live and interactive global conversation on Google+ Hangout, on Thursday, April 3, from 6:30 to 7 p.m. EST. Presidents Botstein and Oxtoby and will address the impacts of technology and globalization on higher education and dispel some of the myths about career opportunities for liberal arts students. Participants may submit questions in advance or during the conversation by joining the Google+ Hangout or via email. Use the hashtag #futureofliberalarts on Google+ and Twitter to join the conversation.
The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents a Reading by Brenda Coultas and Ann Lauterbach
The John Ashbery Poetry Series at Bard College presents Brenda Coultas and Ann Lauterbach reading from their work, with an introduction by Michael Ives. The program takes place on Thursday, April 3, at 6 p.m. in Bard Hall, and is free and open to the public.
Bard Music Festival Celebrates Silver Jubilee with Music by Schubert and His Contemporaries
Named “a highlight of the musical year” by the Wall Street Journal, the world-renowned Bard Music Festival returns to celebrate its 25th anniversary season in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, crowning Bard SummerScape 2014 with a two-week, in-depth, illuminating exploration of “Schubert and His World.” Twelve concert programs over the two mid-August weekends, complemented by pre-concert lectures, panel discussions, special events, and expert commentary, make up Bard’s examination of Franz Schubert (1797–1828), one of the most revered and influential composers of the Western tradition.
Bard Student Organizes Math Museum Exhibit in Ulster County Elementary School
Bard graduate and current Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) student Joy Sebesta ’13 organized the presentation of the National Museum of Mathematics traveling exhibition, Math Midway 2 Go, at the Marlboro Elementary School in Ulster County on March 5. This traveling version of the museum’s hands-on math exhibits offered students in grades 3 to 5 an opportunity to enjoy math, engage their minds, and de-stress before the upcoming state tests.
Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents Conservatory Sundays: Sō Percussion and Bard Percussion
The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents Conservatory Sundays: Sō Percussion and Bard Percussion with guest artist Blair McMillen. The ensembles perform works by Kyle Gann, Steve Reich, John Cage, Daníel Bjarnason, and Martin Bresnick on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. in the Fisher Center. All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s Scholarship Fund.
Why I Chose Bard: Current Students Share Their Stories
Why choose Bard College? The unique and rigorous curriculum, stunning campus, and close relationships with faculty are a few of the reasons our students decided to make Bard their home. Here they talk about what drew them to the college in the beginning and the scholarly, creative community they've found on campus since.
Bard Students Selected to Present at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference
Bard students Jasper Katz '15 and Winston Duncan '17 presented March 21–23 at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, held this year at Arizona State University in Phoenix. CGI U, founded by President Bill Clinton in 2007, gathers young leaders to solve global issues, supporting college and university students in creating and implementing their own social, economic, and environmental initiatives. President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton lead the conference, which brings together more than 1,000 students to work with experts, entrepreneurs, and civically engaged celebrities. As a CGI U network institution, Bard will fund Katz and Duncan's projects up to $10,000 through the Center for Civic Engagement. Katz aims to create a national network that provides community resources for people struggling with depression. Duncan is working to expand his nonprofit organization, Wheels to Africa, which collects and distributes donated bicycles in impoverished areas.
Leaders in the Bard Network Gather for Conference in Istanbul, Turkey
Students, faculty, and alumni/ae from institutions in the Bard network are gathering for a four-day conference in Istanbul, Turkey, entitled "The Liberal Arts, Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of College and University Students." The conference includes participants in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations (HESP), of which Bard College and many of its affiliates are members. The conference focuses on student networking and leadership, and features workshops, presentations, and poster sessions in Istanbul from March 22 to 27.
Video: Bard Works Prepares Students for Careers
Bard Works is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors at Bard College that prepares them for work after graduation. Bard Works provides participants with the tools, strategies, and networking opportunities to hone their job search skills and lay a foundation for success in the workplace. Working with alumni/ae, parents, and mentors, participants explore how to convert their Bard experience in the liberal arts to a job after college.
D. T. Max, David Foster Wallace Biographer and New Yorker Writer, to Give Reading at Bard College on Monday, March 31
On Monday, March 31, at Bard College, biographer and New Yorker staff writer D. T. Max will read from his highly acclaimed biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, a New York Times bestseller that Vanity Fair called “as illuminating, multifaceted, and serious an estimation of David Foster Wallace’s life and work as we can hope to find.”
C2C Fellows Lay Foundation for Environmental Careers During Weekend Intensive
Sixty-one young environmentalists, budding entrepreneurs, and aspiring policymakers gathered at Bard for the annual C2C Fellows workshop on Valentine's Day weekend. C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Corporation, to City Hall, and to Capitol Hill, emphasizing the importance of sustainable leadership in all of these areas. A program of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trains and connects undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership positions in sustainable politics and business.
Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn Wins 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literary Award
Daniel Mendelsohn, celebrated author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, is one of 20 writers to receive a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature. Mendelsohn has won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of $20,000, given to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.
Bard Men's Lacrosse Team Opens Season with Historic Win
The Bard men's lacrosse team made history on Sunday, March 9, when it earned the college's first-ever men's lacrosse victory. In the first game of the season, the members of this new varsity program rallied to defeat Rosemont College, 12-8. There has been only one other men's lacrosse season at Bard, in 2010, and the team went 0-11. Bard's roster is made up of 15 first-years and three sophomores, which makes the team younger than its competitors and makes Sunday's accomplishment all the more exciting.
Film Cocreated by Professor Ann Seaton to Appear in Whitney Biennial
Professor Ann Seaton, director of the Difference and Media Project and Multicultural Affairs at Bard, will appear in the Whitney Biennial as a member of the How Do You Say Yam in African Collective. The collective has produced the 53-minute digital film Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, about how race haunts black identity, which will be screened at the Biennial in March and May. Professor Seaton's contribution to the film includes writing and conceptualizing. The collective consists of writers, artists, dancers, theorists, architects, painters, filmmakers, actors, and poets. Many members of the collective have visited Bard's Difference and Media Project and participated in campus events. Visit the collective's website or read about the project in the New York Times.
Bard Student Ben Barron '15 Receives Dean's Award from University of the Arts London During Study Abroad
Bard College photography major Ben Barron has been awarded the University Dean's Award for Study Abroad by Central Saint Martins (CSM), part of the University of the Arts London. Barron was selected to receive the award by the CSM faculty from among 96 visiting students at the college this spring.
Bard President Leon Botstein: SAT Is Part Hoax, Part Fraud
President Botstein says that the recent updates to the SAT are too little, too late. The changes announced by the College Board reflect its competition with the ACT, he adds, rather than a thoughtful attempt at reform. "The SAT needs to be abandoned and replaced," he writes. "The SAT has a status as a reliable measure of college readiness it does not deserve. ... The nation actually needs fewer such exam schemes; they damage the high school curriculum and terrify both students and parents." (Time)
"What Europe? Ideals to Fight for Today": Bard College Berlin, Hannah Arendt Center, ICI Berlin Cohost Conference
"What Europe?: Ideals to Fight for Today" is the second annual conference held by Bard College Berlin and the Hannah Arendt Center in cooperation with the ICI Berlin, where the event will take place on March 27 and 28. Speakers will ask what ideals ought to claim the commitments of Europeans today in light of global politics and regional change.
Student Spotlight: Soldier, Photojournalist, and Bard Senior J.p. Lawrence ‘14
As Bard senior J. p. Lawrence prepares to graduate in May, he will not be entering the work force for the first time—far from it. The anthropology and writing joint major, Bard Free Press editor-in-chief, and cross-country runner has been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard since 2008.
Center for Curatorial Studies Receives Donation of the Papers of Curator Tricia Collins
The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) has received the personal papers of Tricia Collins, influential curator, gallerist, and critic. Tricia Collins is best known for her curatorial work in the 1980s and 90s as part of the independent curatorial team of Collins & Milazzo.
Video: An Opera Double Bill
Get a sneak peak at the Fisher Center's upcoming Opera Double Bill, including two ghostly productions: the world premiere of Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. The program takes place on March 14 and 16, and features the singers of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra.
Bard Debate Union Hosts 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament
The Bard Debate Union hosted the 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College on Friday, February 28. The tournament welcomed 80 middle and high school students from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, and Queens.
Amy Hempel, Short Story Master, to Give Reading at Bard College on March 10
Event Rescheduled from Monday, March 3
On Monday, March 10, highly acclaimed fiction writer Amy Hempel will read from The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, which, in 2007, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, an Ambassador Book Award winner, and named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times.
Fisher Center at Bard College and Live Arts Bard Present Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Art Spiegelman
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard are pleased to present a conversation between acclaimed author Neil Gaiman and celebrated cartoonist Art Spiegelman, about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more. This special event takes place on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Meeting of the Bard Undergraduate Network
From February 9 to 12, faculty and administrators of undergraduate institutions in the Bard network met at Bard College Berlin to discuss collaboration, to enhance and deepen relations, and to share best practices. Representatives from Al-Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College in Annandale, Bard College Berlin, Bard College at Simon's Rock, European Humanities University (Vilnius), and Smolny College participated. The project is supported by the International Higher Education Support Programme of the Open Society Foundation, and by Bard College's Center for Civic Engagement.
Bard College Presents Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture on March 6
Bard College presents renowned psychologist Laurie R. Santos, who will deliver the 10th Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture. Santos, associate professor at Yale University and director of Yale Comparative Cognition Laboratory (CapLab), will give a talk, “The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Primates,” on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College. This event is free and open to the public. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.
Twenty Bard Student-Athletes Qualify for Liberty League Winter All-Academic Teams
Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King announced that 234 winter sport student-athletes have qualified for the league's All-Academic Teams in their respective sports. Twenty Bard student-athletes are on the list. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20.
Bard College Landscape and Arboretum Program and New York Botanical Garden to Offer Continuing Education Classes
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 winter and spring. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics.
The Big Read Comes to the Hudson Valley Featuring Housekeeping by Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author, Marilynne Robinson
The Big Read comes to Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster Counties through a unique partnership between Bard College and the Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli libraries. Beginning in March 2014, The Big Read spans six weeks of activities, performances, and discussions exploring Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Marilyn Robinson’s Housekeeping.
Bard Presents “Colors Through the Darkness: Three Generations Paint and Write for Justice”
On Monday, March 10, at Bard College, Raquel Partnoy, Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria—three generations of women from a remarkable Argentinian family whose lives were brutally and forever changed by state terrorism during the military rule in Argentina in the late 1970s and early 1980s—will share their art, writing, memories, and commentary on the continuing struggles for justice in Argentina.
The Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program Presents An Opera Double Bill
The Graduate Vocal Arts Program of The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents two professionally staged one-act operas, including the world premiere of Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger, conducted by Carl Christian Bettendorf; and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, conducted by James Bagwell. The production is directed by Nicholas Muni and features the talented singers of the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the musicians of the Conservatory Orchestra. All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s scholarship fund. Evening and matinée opera performances will take place in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on March 14 and March 16.
Bard Math Circle to Host the Purple Comet Math Meet for Middle School Students
This semester, the Bard Math Circle will be hosting the Purple Comet Math Meet for middle school students. Unlike other mathematics competitions at the middle school level, the Purple Comet gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams of up to six. The contest covers topics seldom included in the normal curriculum, including set theory and elementary number theory, and poses exceptionally challenging problems. A series of practice sessions in the spring will culminate in the final contest, which will take place during the first week of April.
Gov. Cuomo Announces Support for Prison Education, Cites Bard Prison Initiative as Model
Gov. Cuomo took a bold step on prison education last week when he announced new support in 10 state prisons for college degree programs modeled on the Bard Prison Initiative. Education in prison has proven cost effective—dramatically reducing recidivism rates by giving former prisoners the tools they need to find jobs and be successful after their release. (New York Times)
Bard Fisher Center Presents Nilaja Sun in an Open Rehearsal of Pike Street
After sold-out performances at the Fisher Center with her tour-de-force No Child . . . , Nilaja Sun returns to Bard to develop Pike Street, a new play about a Lower East Side family during the “storm of the century.” Her work-in-progress residency will culminate in this open rehearsal. The performance is directed by Ron Russell and presented by Live Arts Bard, Bard College’s residency and commissioning program for the performing arts. It takes place in the Fisher Center’s Theater Two on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion with the artists.
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