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Bard College Relaunches Successful Online Essay Exam as Alternate Path to Admission
This summer, Bard College continues to offer an alternate path for admission for prospective students: an online essay examination. The popular Bard Entrance Examination, which the College launched in late 2013, will be relaunched on June 2 when it will be accessible online through Bard’s admission website. Open to high school juniors and seniors, the exam is composed solely of essay questions, offering a way to apply to Bard that bypasses existing standardized tests and admission processes.
Nancy Pelosi Addresses Graduates at Bard's 154th Commencement
Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fourth commencement on Saturday, May 24, 2014. At the commencement ceremony, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered the commencement address, and Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 455 undergraduate degrees and 151 graduate degrees on the Class of 2014. Honorary degrees were awarded to Pelosi, theater director Anne D. Bogart ’74, Judaic scholar Jacob Neusner, philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, education historian Diane Ravitch, economist Henry Rosovsky, and humanitarian Darren Walker.
Two Rivers: An Evening with Filmmaker Peter Hutton at the Bard Graduate Center
The Bard Graduate Center in New York City will host a screening of Two Rivers by avant-garde filmmaker and Bard faculty member Peter Hutton on Thursday, June 5, at 6:30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a conversation between Professor Hutton and film curator Joshua Siegel, of the Museum of Modern Art.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Performs for Bard Prison Initiative Students
The world-renowned Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, in residence at Bard College this spring, gave a site-specific performance at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York, on May 7. The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), which operates one of its six academic programs at Fishkill, invited the Company to perform and meet with students. Bill T. Jones choreographed a new piece for the event, entitled Fishkill / Movements 1 Through 45.
Bard Alumnae Named New York State Master Teachers
Bard alumnae Kate Belin '04, MAT '05 and Beth Goldberg MAT '06 have been named New York State Master Teachers by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Belin and Goldberg are among 215 STEM educators from across the state chosen to expand the first cohort of New York State Master Teachers. They join the 104 Master Teachers announced in October 2013—which included Colleen Bucci MAT '08—bringing the total number of Master Teachers in New York to 319. Master Teachers receive a $60,000 stipend over four years, serve as mentors, and participate in professional development sessions.
Latest Issue of Conjunctions Invites Leading Contemporary Writers to Examine Exile
From Africa to China, Pakistan to the Philippines, to locales that are not to be found on any map, Conjunctions:62, Exile—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—examines exile as both a literal expulsion or ostracism and, as Primo Levi has it, “the prevalence of the unreal over the real.” The issue features Richard Sieburth’s first English translation of a hilarious, vitriolic work by Charles Baudelaire, written while self-exiled to Belgium; a cover photograph of an installation by Chiharu Shiota; and new writing from Laura van den Berg, Paul West, Brian Evenson, Peter Straub, H. G. Carrillo, Marjorie Welish, Maxine Chernoff, Aleš Šteger, Edie Meidav, Can Xue, and Arthur Sze.
Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle at Bard Announces 64th Concert Season
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle series at Bard College presents three chamber music concerts in June. The Saturday evening concerts, presented by The Bard Center, begin at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall. The series features diverse programming by Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms, and more, played by some of the best classical musicians of our time.
Bard SummerScape 2014 Presents World Premiere of Love in the Wars
Bard SummerScape presents Love in the Wars, Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville's adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s romantic drama Penthesilea. Starring Obie Award-winner Birgit Huppuch and One Life to Live’s Chris Stack, Bard’s premiere production is by Ken Rus Schmoll, the Obie Award-winning director “whose name attached to a show most warms us with optimism” (Village Voice). Representing a fresh, playful and earthy take on Kleist’s original, Love in the Wars will be presented in two previews and eight performances between July 10 and 20 in LUMA Theater of the Fisher Center.
Loss of African Wildlife Spurs Cascade of Consequences in Savannas, Says New Study Led by Bard Biology Professor Felicia Keesing
The loss of large mammals from African savannas can have unexpected and often undesirable consequences for the people and livestock that depend on them, according to a new study published in the journal BioScience. Scientists from Bard College and the University of California, Davis, experimentally removed large grazing mammals from plots of savanna land in Kenya where both livestock and wildlife are abundant. That removal set in motion a cascade of consequences. “The results of this long-term study show that preserving large mammals in African savannas can be a win-win for conservation and for human welfare,” says lead author Felicia Keesing, a biology professor at Bard.
Bard Professor Judy Pfaff Wins 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Sculpture Center
Judy Pfaff, acclaimed artist, Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts, and codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard College, has won the International Sculpture Center (ISC) 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. ISC awarded two world-renowned sculptors, Judy Pfaff and Ursula von Rydingsvard, with the award. Pfaff will be presented with the award at the 23rd Annual Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration later this spring in New York City.
Bard Students Finish in Top Ten in Nationwide Electricity Conservation Competition
Bard College finished in the top ten for electricity reduction in Campus Conservation Nationals (CCN) 2014, a contest in which more than 265,000 students at more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States and Canada worked to conserve electricity and water. Students collectively saved over 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and nearly 476,000 gallons of water in this year’s contest.
Trisha Brown Dance Company Launches Bard SummerScape with Proscenium Works
The 2014 annual Bard SummerScape festival opens on Friday, June 27 at 7:30pm, with the first of three performances of Proscenium Works: 1979–2011 by the Trisha Brown Dance Company. Now making its farewell tour, these will be some of the esteemed ensemble’s final performances in the New York region.
Bard College Awarded $800,000 from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to Support Experimental Humanities
Bard College has been awarded an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the College’s Experimental Humanities initiative. Now in its second year, Experimental Humanities is Bard’s forward-thinking response to the new technological realities facing higher education and the liberal arts. Drawing upon contemporary digital tools and the rich traditions of humanities inquiry, Experimental Humanities is committed to the study of how technologies mediate our understanding of what it means to be human.
Bard Professor Ellen Driscoll Wins 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award
Ellen Driscoll, distinguished artist and professor of studio arts at Bard College, is the winner of a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Art. Driscoll is one of five artists to win this year’s award. The prize of $7,500 is given to artists to honor exceptional accomplishment and to encourage creative work.
Bard College Awarded $400,000 Luce Grant for Study of Environmental Issues in Asia
The Henry Luce Foundation has awarded Bard College a four-year, $400,000 Luce Initiative on Asian Studies and the Environment grant to increase and enhance the interdisciplinary study of environmental and sustainability issues in Asia across the undergraduate curricula at Bard’s campuses at Annandale-on-Hudson and Simon’s Rock, and in the M.S. programs at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy.
Ukraine, Interrupted: Dan Cline ’08 Discusses His Work in the Peace Corps
Until recently Bard alumnus Dan Cline was teaching English language classes to young people in Haisyn, Ukraine, working on community projects, and even ending up in the local press for his efforts. That changed over the winter as political unrest in the country grew into a revolution and the Peace Corps evacuated all its volunteers from the country.
Aston Magna Music Festival: A Season of Romance, War, and Other Human Follies
The Aston Magna Music Festival’s 2014 season celebrates 16th–19th century music—and premieres a new work—on five Friday evenings from June 20 to July 18. Artistic Director Daniel Stepner directs the nation’s longest-running early music festival, featuring some of the most prominent artists in the field performing on period instruments.
Esteemed Writer Anne Carson to Join Bard College Faculty
Bard College announces the appointment of esteemed writer Anne Carson as Visiting Distinguished Writer in Residence. Carson, who joins the faculty in fall 2014, will teach courses in classical studies and in written arts through the Division of Languages and Literature. Anne Carson, a classics scholar, poet, essayist, critic, and translator, has won international acclaim across genres. She was twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award; was honored with the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize, both for poetry; and was named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow in 2000.
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras Present an Evening of Music and Dance
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras will host their annual spring concert on Friday May 9, at Bard College’s Olin Auditorium, with gamelans Giri Mekar and Chandra Kanchana. The program, featuring Balinese music and dance, begins at 8 p.m. Guest artists for this concert include Dr. Pete Steele from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Gamelan Dharmaswara, renowned Balinese dancer Shoko Yamamuro, and artistic director Professor Pak I. Nyoman Suadin, and a cast of over 40 students and community members.
Video: Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Art Spiegelman
On April 4, Bard College Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman and Pulitzer Prize–winning cartoonist Art Spiegelman took the stage at the Fisher Center for a historic conversation about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more.
The Fisher Center Presents Conservatory Sundays: Conservatory Orchestra, May 18
Bard's Fisher Center presents The Bard College Conservatory of Music Orchestra, conducted by music director Leon Botstein and featuring pianist Peter Serkin. The program, which takes place on Sunday, May 18 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater, includes Bohuslav Martinů’s Memorial to Lidice for orchestra and Thunderbolt; Béla Bartók’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in E Major; and Aaron Copland’s Symphony No. 3.
Nyesha Maughn '15 Awarded Gilman Scholarship to Study in South Korea
Bard College junior Nyesha Maughn has been awarded a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to study at Dankook University in Yongin, South Korea, this summer. The economics major will take classes in Korean language and international law, as well as teaching English. "I have always wanted to study abroad," she says. "I have dreamed of going to South Korea. With the Gilman Scholarship I will be able to do both this summer. I am incredibly grateful to the Gilman Scholarship Program for funding my study abroad experience."
Bard Awarded $500,000 from Sherman Fairchild Foundation for New Microscopy Suite
Bard College has been awarded a three-year $500,000 grant from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation to assemble a microscopy suite consisting of four lasers, two optical microscopes, and two scanning probe microscopes to enhance undergraduate science programs. The new science equipment builds upon Bard’s recent capital investment in a scanning electron microscope and will reside in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation, which opened in the fall of 2007 to house the College’s biology, computer science, and chemistry programs. This high standard of scientific equipment provides undergraduate students with enriched training opportunities in testing experimental hypotheses and conducting inquiry-based research, while allowing faculty to do research critical for advancement in their respective fields.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Human Rights Scholars from Bard's Global Network
Human rights scholars from the Bard network of institutions gathered at Bard College Berlin April 25–27 for a workshop on "Human Rights in the New International Context." Faculty from Bard College, Al-Quds Bard in the West Bank, Bard College Berlin, European Humanities University in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Smolny College of St. Petersburg State University in Russia participated. The workshop featured both public panels and private meetings for faculty presentations and collaboration.
Video: Citizen Science at Bard College
Citizen Science is an innovative program for all first-year students at Bard. Through three weeks of intensive study during January intersession, students develop a core understanding of both the conduct and the content of science. This foundation allows them as citizens to grapple with the ever-increasing number of national and global issues influenced by science.
Bard MFA Faculty Matana Roberts Receives 2014 Doris Duke Impact Award
Jazz musician and Bard MFA music/sound faculty member Matana Roberts is one of the inaugural recipients of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Impact Awards. The new awards are part of the Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards, a special, 10-year initiative to support artists with flexible, multiyear funding in response to financial challenges that are specific to the performing arts. Doris Duke Impact Award recipients receive $80,000. Since commencing in April 2012, the program has awarded a total of $18.1 million to artists in the fields of jazz, dance and theater.
Bard SummerScape 2014 Revives Neglected Operas, Including First U.S. Production of Weber's Euryanthe in a Century
Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival has established itself as “a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure” (New York Times), and this year’s immersion in “Schubert and His World”—culminating in the 25th-anniversary season of the Bard Music Festival—is no exception. To enrich its exploration of the roots of Austro-German Romanticism, Bard presents Euryanthe (1823) by Schubert’s contemporary Carl Maria von Weber, marking the opera’s first American revival in 100 years. Programming also includes semi-staged productions of Schubert’s Fierrabras and Die Verschworenen, and Von Suppé’s operetta Franz Schubert.
Bard College Graduates Awarded Fulbright Scholarships
Bard alumni/ae Sean Colonna '12, Thomas "Parker" Hatley '13, and Molly McFadden MFA '12 have been awarded 2014–2015 Fulbright Scholarships. Colonna and McFadden will be working in Germany, Colonna teaching English and McFadden investigating current movements in the field of art and disabilities. Hatley has been selected for an English Teaching Assistant Award to Mexico.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to Deliver Address at Bard's 154th Commencement
Bard College will hold its one hundred fifty-fourth commencement on Saturday, May 24, 2014. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein will confer 465 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2014 and 180 graduate degrees. The program, which begins at 2:30 p.m. in the commencement tent on the Seth Goldfine Memorial Rugby Field, will include the presentation of honorary doctoral degrees. The commencement address will be given by House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi will receive an honorary doctor of laws. Honorary degrees will also be awarded to theater director Anne D. Bogart ’74, Judaic scholar Jacob Neusner, philanthropist Jacqueline Novogratz, economist Henry Rosovsky, and humanitarian Darren Walker.
Bard Free Press Wins Two New York Press Association Awards
The Bard Free Press, the college's student newspaper, has won two New York Press Association awards in the 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. Among college newspapers, the Free Press received first place for design and second place for feature story. The judges awarding the design prize said of the publication, "Brilliant design and layout. It felt like reading art. ... Not traditional by any means but that is what makes it so remarkable. It is a format that a young person could pick up and engage/relate with, and that demographic is obviously highly important in the future landscape of print publications."
Max Gavrich '14 Awarded Lugo Land Prize from the College's Photography Program
The Bard College Photography Program announces that senior Max Gavrich is the first winner of the college's Lugo Land Prize. The award allows a graduating Bard photography major the opportunity to travel to the northern Italian city of Lugo to produce a new body of work. The student will be flown to Italy, receive room and board, and be aided in the development and production of a project of their devising in the town. Working with a designer in Lugo, the student will also make a limited-edition artist's book. The award provides an outstanding opportunity for the winner to continue his or her photographic practice after graduating from Bard.
Bard Student Receives Prestigious 2014 Truman Scholarship
Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced today that Bard College student and sociology major Karimah Shabazz ’15, from Atlanta, Georgia, has won a prestigious 2014 Truman Scholarship, which awards up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, and makes available leadership development activity and special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.
Fisher Center Presents Giuseppe Verdi's Messa da Requiem
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents Giuseppe Verdi’s monumental work Messa da Requiem, April 25–26. This beloved sacred oratorio will be performed by a full orchestra and more than 100 singers in the acoustically superb Sosnoff Theater. The program is conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, with James Bagwell, chorus master, and features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Longy Conservatory Orchestra and the Longy Chorale, Bard College Chamber Singers, and Bard Festival Chorale.
Bard College Wins Composting Portion of National RecycleMania Competition
As Earth Day approaches, Bard College is celebrating successful participation in the 14th annual RecycleMania Competition. Bard took first place in the Food Service Organics (or composting) category, keeping thousands of pounds of food scraps out of the landfill over the course of the eight-week competition. Led by Bard's student EcoReps and the Bard Office of Sustainability, the college competed against 460 other institutions, representing more than 5.3 million students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. The EcoReps created a robust program for this year’s competition, including sustainability pledges, a recycled clothing fashion show, trash audits, and an upcycling craft night. This is the third time Bard has won the Organics category of the competition. Visit Website
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)
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 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.
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 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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