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Faculty Member and Esteemed Pianist Jeremy Denk Named 2013 MacArthur Fellow
Jeremy Denk, esteemed pianist and faculty of The Bard College Conservatory of Music, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self direction. MacArthur Fellows each receive a $625,000 grant that is bestowed with no conditions—recipients may use the money as they see fit. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields and never notified of their candidacy, the recipients learn of their selection only when they receive a call from the MacArthur Foundation days before the public announcement. Denk is the 12th Bard faculty member to be honored with a MacArthur Fellowship.
Bard Debate Union Opens Season with Strong Showing
The Bard Debate Union opened its 10th season with exceptional student performances at last weekend's Northeast Season Opener Debate Tournament at Binghamton University. Among a number of strong showings from the Bard team, first-year students Eva-Marie Quinones '17 and Jackie Merrill '17 were named tournament champions in the novice parliamentary division. The next event in the team's public debate series, "Resolved: Online Learning Will Save Higher Education," takes place at Bard on Tuesday, October 1 in conjunction with the Hannah Arendt Center Conference, "Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis" (October 3–4).
The Fisher Center Presents "Conservatory Sundays: Music Alive!" on September 29
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents “Conservatory Sundays: Music Alive!” on Sunday, September 29 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater. Curated by artistic directors Joan Tower, Grammy Award–winning composer, and Blair McMillen, pianist, this exciting program of 20th- and 21st-century music showcases works performed by students from The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Music Program.
The Fisher Center Presents the American Symphony Orchestra Series
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the opening concert of the 2013–14 season of the popular American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) series on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, at 8 p.m. Featured soloists for the ASO’s fall-spring season include Bard College Conservatory of Music students and Concert Competition winners Fanya Wyrick-Flax ’13, Dongfang Ouyang ’14, and Zhi Ma ’15.
Bard College Clemente Course Receives Grants for 2013–2014 Program
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston, which offers a college-level introduction to the humanities to adults living on low incomes, has won grants from two local banks to support student expenses for the 2013–2014 program. The Ulster Savings Bank Charitable Foundation awarded a $2,475 grant and First Niagara Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to support student expenses such as transportation, books, and childcare.
Bard Center for Civic Engagement Presents a Volunteer Fair
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement presents a Volunteer Fair and Farmer’s Market on Monday, September 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bard College’s Bertelsmann Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Hudson Valley community agencies, community services, governmental agencies, libraries and non-profits will be recruiting volunteers from the Northern Dutchess and Ulster County region. Students, seniors, and families interested in connecting with organizations seeking volunteers are encouraged to attend.
Fisher Center Presents Nilaja Sun Performing Her Award-Winning Hit No Child...
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents No Child..., written and performed by Nilaja Sun and directed by Hal Brooks. An award-winning hit play that was performed off-Broadway for more than a year, No Child… is based on Sun’s experiences as a teaching artist in New York City. No Child… will be performed at the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater October 4–6.
Bard Alumnus David Cote '92 Directs Two Plays in New York City in September
Bard Center for Environmental Policy Kicks Off 2013 National Climate Seminar
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy launches its fifth annual National Climate Seminar series on Wednesday, September 4, with filmmaker Robert Stone. Stone directed Pandora's Promise, a feature documentary on nuclear power. Participants may call in to the seminar or meet in the Campus Center.
"Egypt: Revolution, Evolution, or Coup," A Talk with James Ketterer and Omar Cheta
On Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m., James Ketterer, director of International Academic Initiatives, CCE (former director of Amideast, Egypt) and Omar Cheta, assistant professor of history, will give a talk focusing on the ongoing events in Egypt and U.S. policy. This event is presented by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Middle Eastern Studies Program, and is free and open to the public.
Student Athletes Volunteer Heavy Lifting on Move-In Day
Members of several of Bard's varsity athletics teams pitched in on Saturday, August 31, to help returning students move in to their dorms. Student athletes unpacked cars, carried boxes, and helped their classmates settle in to their new spaces.
The Richard B. Fisher Center Presents the Conservatory Sundays Matinee Series
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents the popular Conservatory Sundays matinee concert series for fall 2013. The concerts will be performed September 15 and 29, November 10, and December 8. Proceeds from the series, performed by Conservatory students with faculty and special guests, will benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Bard President Leon Botstein to Conduct L.A. Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl
President Botstein will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, August 27. The concert of Russian masterworks, featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh, will be followed by a reception for members of the Bard community. Click here to purchase tickets, and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space at the reception.
Conservatory of Music Celebrates Acclaimed Composer Joan Tower's 75th Birthday with a Benefit Gala
On September 7, The Bard College Conservatory of Music celebrates Bard faculty member and renowned composer Joan Tower with a gala, “Joan Tower and Friends Celebrate Her 75th Birthday,” to benefit the Joan Tower Composition Scholarship. The program features Tower’s compositions performed by Tower, Blair McMillen, and Kayo Iwama on piano; soprano Dawn Upshaw; cellist Peter Wiley; violist Steven Tenenbom; the Daedalus Quartet; and the Horszowski Trio.
Bard Prison Initiative Students to Receive Intensive Introduction to the Sciences
Starting this summer, students in the Bard Prison Initiative—which provides incarcerated men and women in five New York State prisons the opportunity to earn Bard College degrees while serving their sentences—are taking part in Citizen Science, the same rigorous three-week introduction to scientific thinking that all Bard first-year undergraduates are required to take.
Bard's Fisher Center Presents a Diverse Fall Season of Performing Arts Events
This fall The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents a series of programs featuring orchestral and chamber concerts and a variety of theatrical performances. Some highlights for the fall season include the return of the American Symphony Orchestra series; a performance of the award-winning theater piece, No Child…, by Nilaja Sun; a staging of the magical comedy, Elephant Room; the Conservatory Sundays concert series; and a variety of student dance and theater performances. Tickets will go on sale on September 3.
Bard Center for Civic Engagement Announces Winners of Community Action Awards
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement announces more than 60 winners for the 2013 Community Action Award program, which supports student efforts to engage with communities locally, nationally, and internationally by providing funding for participation in internships that address issues impacting people around the world.
A Summer Math Haven for New York City Children
Middle school students from underserved New York City schools come to Bard for three weeks every year to participate in the Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS). Collaborating with Bard's undergraduate program, the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and the Bard High School Early Colleges, SPMPS gives students an academic boost toward admission to competitive high schools.
Bard Alumni/ae Filmmakers to Launch New Series
Bard alumnus Adam Goldman '08, creator of the hit Web series The Outs, is working on a new show called Whatever this is., featuring alumnae Sasha Winters '08 and Madeline Wise '12. The series focuses on the junior members of a video production crew in New York City, as they struggle to meet their personal goals while working underpaid jobs.
Bard Prison Initiative Awarded $750,000 Grant to Reestablish Women’s Program
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has received a five-year, $750,000 matching grant from The Tow Foundation to support BPI’s efforts to reestablish Bard’s program for incarcerated women. BPI provides incarcerated men and women in five New York State prisons the opportunity to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. BPI's program for women had been disrupted when Bayview Correctional Facility was closed after Hurricane Sandy. The new program will be launched this fall at Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y.
Bard College Clemente Course in Kingston Now Recruiting Students for Its 2013–2014 Program
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is accepting applications for this fall. The program, now entering its third year, offers a college-level introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—in Kingston, New York, to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost. Tuition, books, childcare, and transportation are provided.
SummerScape Opera Producer Susana Meyer Discusses Building Oresteia
How does the Bard SummerScape team put together an opera? From choosing the work and designing the look to casting and rehearsing the production, Producer Susana Meyer describes building an opera.
Bard College Announces Launch of the Center for Moving Image Arts
Bard College announces the launch of the Center for Moving Image Arts. The Center will be unique in facilitating the study of cinema’s history and future in an interdisciplinary environment focused primarily on undergraduate education and in bringing various aspects of film culture—public screenings, publications, educational initiatives, and archival development—under the same umbrella.
Levy Economics Institute Announces Fall Conferences in Athens and Rio de Janeiro
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College presents two fall conferences abroad. “Financial Governance after the Crisis” will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, September 26–27. The Institute will host “The Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and the Experience of Austerity” in Athens, Greece, November 8–9.
Tracing Leprosy: Daniela Rose Anderson ’12
Daniela Rose Anderson ’12 is spending her yearlong Watson Fellowship continuing the leprosy relief work she did at Bard. She's studying with physicians in India, Switzerland, and Uganda while applying for medical school.
Center for Civic Engagement Hosts New Summer Science Program for Local Students
The Bard College Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) announces a new summer science program for students in the local Red Hook and Germantown school districts. Working closely with Bard and middle school faculty, the Bard College Farm and the Bard Science Summer Research Institute, student program directors, and CCE VISTA volunteers developed the Build, Learn, Play! Summer Science program. The four-day program utilizes the farm and Bard’s state-of-the-art Reem and Kayden Center for Science and Computation.
CCS Bard and the Bard Human Rights Project Announce "The Flood of Rights" 2013 Conference
"The Flood of Rights" conference will explore the intersection between photography, new media, and human rights. The conference is cosponsored by the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard, the Bard Human Rights Project, and the LUMA Foundation, and will take place in Arles, France, September 19–22, 2013.
Piecing Art Together: Stephen Sollins ’90
Unrestricted by medium, artist Stephen Sollins ’90 continually explores new ways of working. At a recent solo show, he exhibited five works on paper—the size of large bed quilts—made from used mailing envelopes. “About every two years, what my work looks like changes," he says. "The subject matter holds it all together.”
New Media and Politics Meet at Bard's U.S. Foreign Policy Summer Program
Experimental Humanities director Maria Cecire and Bard professor Walter Russell Mead spoke with fellows from 16 countries at Bard's U.S. Foreign Policy Institute, cosponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau for Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Bard High School Early College Math Professor and Bard Alumnus Wins Blackboard Teaching Award
Bard alumnus Ben Rubenstein '04 MAT '06, a member of the mathematics faculty at BHSEC Manhattan, has received a 2013 Blackboard Teaching Award. Presented by Manhattan Media, the United Federation of Teachers, Columbia Teachers College, and the New School, the Blackboard Awards honor outstanding educators from all grade levels and education communities.
SummerScape Preview: President Botstein on the Russian Opera Oresteia
Bard president and SummerScape music director Leon Botstein reveals the history of Sergey Taneyev's neglected opera Oresteia. This summer's production at the Fisher Center is the first time the work has been fully staged outside of Russia since its 1895 premiere. It is, President Botstein says, "a hidden masterpiece of Russian music . . . This is something you can't see any place else in the world and probably will never see again."
Bard College and Soochow University in China Agree to Comprehensive Partnership
Bard College and Soochow University in Suzhou, China, have agreed to a comprehensive partnership that will include a joint program between the Soochow University School of Music and The Bard College Conservatory of Music, an exploration leading to the creation of The Bard College Liberal Arts Academy in Soochow University, and a student exchange between Soochow University and Bard College.
Bard College to Host Academic Exchange Program on Foreign Policy with U.S. State Department
Bard College is hosting a multinational group of 16 university-level scholars and educators for a six-week academic exchange program from June 23 to August 5, 2013. Entitled “Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy,” this Study of the U.S. Institute is designed to foster a better understanding in academic institutions overseas of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught.
Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation Awards Grant to Bard's Clemente Course
Bard College's Clemente Course in the Humanities, a free program for low-income students, has received a $2,475 grant from the Ulster Savings Charitable Foundation. The funds will support transportation for participants in the 2013–2014 course in Kingston, New York. The Clemente Course has locations around the United States and internationally, offering a yearlong, accredited, college-level program in classic works of literature, history, and philosophy.
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Video: Director Thaddeus Strassberger Previews the Bard SummerScape Opera, Oresteia
Three-time SummerScape opera director Thaddeus Strassberger returns for a fourth season to direct Oresteia, a powerful Greek tragedy adapted by Russian composer Sergey Taneyev. Strassberger discusses the cultural interplay of the opera, and finding joy in this story of the accursed House of Atreus. Performances July 26 – Aug 4
Bard Fiction Prize Submission Deadline Is July 15
The Bard Fiction Prize is awarded annually to a promising, emerging writer who is an American citizen aged 39 years or younger. Winners receive a monetary award and an appointment as writer in residence at Bard for one semester. Applications for the 2014 prize are due by July 15, 2013.
Bard’s Beloved Spiegeltent Returns for SummerScape 2013 with Cutting-Edge Performances
The opening of the 2013 Bard SummerScape festival on Friday, July 5, signals the return of the authentic Belgian Spiegeltent. The luxurious “tent of mirrors” affords a sumptuous and magical environment in which to enjoy cutting-edge cabaret and world-class live music, plus spectacular circus acts, dancing, and dining throughout the seven-week festival (July 5 – August 18).
Bard College and Ulster County BOCES to Host Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle Summer Intensive
From July 1–3, Bard College and Ulster County BOCES will host the Mid-Hudson Math Teachers Circle Summer Intensive, a three-day session linking problem solving and enrichment activities to the new Middle School Mathematics Common Core Standards. The program takes place at Bard College and is free and open to all mid-level math teachers, mathematics professors, and mathematicians in the Mid-Hudson region.
SummerScape Preview: Director János Szász on The Master and Margarita
This year's SummerScape theater production, The Master and Margarita, is a world premiere adaptation by János Szász and Gideon Lester. In this interview Szász, who also directs the production, discusses the original novel by Mikhail Bulgakov and the author's struggle to work in Stalin's Soviet Union. Performances take place July 11–21.
Bard CEP Director Goodstein Looks to Future as Atmosphere Passes CO2 Milestone
As the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passes 400 parts per million, Eban Goodstein reflects on the past course of climate change and possible sustainable futures. Dr. Goodstein directs the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.
President Botstein Talks about Composer Igor Stravinsky and the Bard Music Festival
Bard College president and Bard Music Festival artistic codirector Leon Botstein looks at the reception of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring, which premiered a century ago in Paris, and gives a preview of this year's festival. Stravinsky and His World will explore the composer's legacy, his influences, and his contemporaries in a series of concerts, panels, and lectures, August 9–11 and 16–18.
Ellen Condliffe Lagemann Awarded President's Medal by Columbia University Teachers College
Bard College faculty member and Bard Prison Initiative distinguished fellow Ellen Condliffe Lagemann delivered the keynote address at Columbia University Teachers College's celebration of its 125th anniversary in April. Lagemann was awarded the President's Medal of Excellence in recognition of her "passionate commitment to make education a civic force and to reanimate universities as institutions that illuminate and transform lives and societies."
Bard SummerScape Preview: Bill T. Jones on New Dance/Theater Work, A Rite
Choreographer and Bard resident artist Bill T. Jones talks about A Rite—a new work by the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company—and the significance of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring. "The Rite of Spring as a premiere in May of 1913 in Paris set a kind of high water mark for progressive arts in the 20th century," he says, "and we're still feeling it today."
Bard Premieres Original Stage Adaptation of Mikhail Bulgakov’s Seminal Novel, The Master and Margarita
Bard SummerScape presents the world premiere of an original stage adaptation of The Master and Margarita (1937) by Mikhail Bulgakov, one of the greatest and most beloved Russian novels of the 20th century. SummerScape’s theatrical adaptation—an exploration of miracles, madness, and the magic of theater itself—comes courtesy of visionary Hungarian director János Szász in collaboration with Gideon Lester, director of Bard’s Theater Programs. The Master and Margarita will be presented in 10 performances between July 11 and 21.
CCS Bard Presents New Exhibits Featuring Works by Helen Marten and Haim Steinbach
CCS Bard presents two new exhibitions this summer showcasing the work of Haim Steinbach and Helen Marten. Steinbach's once again the world is flat. is expansive, including paintings and installations from his 40-year career. Marten's No borders in a wok that can’t be crossed is the British artist's first exhibition in the United States. Curated by Beatrix Ruf, it is also the first major collaboration between CCS Bard and the Kunsthalle Zürich.
Too Busy to Think: Hannah Arendt on the Need for Contemplation
Hannah Arendt wrote, after moving to the United States, “One feels very lonely in this country; this has to do in particular with the fact that everyone is very busy ... ” Reflecting on Arendt's experience of Americans as isolated by their own absent mindedness, Arendt Center fellow Thomas Wild makes the case for leisure and contemplation in response to a culture of distraction.
Emerging as a Playwright in Prison: Manuel Borras Oliveras ’08
Since graduating from the Bard Prison Initiative, the writing career of Manuel Borras Oliveras ’08 has blossomed. He has been accepted to the Public Theater's prestigious 2013 Emerging Writers Group, a selective program created to nurture the work of new playwrights. Of his Bard education behind bars, Oliveras says, “It opened up my worldview. It introduced me to writers like John Dewey, Plato, Shakespeare. I met professors who had written books, and I could sit down and talk to them. At those moments I felt totally free.”
Scheetz Finishes 11th in Steeplechase Final at NCAA Championships
Bard College graduating senior Perry Scheetz placed 11th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the NCAA Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 25. She was the first Bard student athlete to ever qualify for the National Championships. As a graduate, this was Scheetz's last race. She will next pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry at Dartmouth College.
Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle at Bard Announces 63rd Concert Season
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle series at Bard presents three concerts in June by world-renowned musicians. The Daedalus Quartet, Miami String Quartet, and Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio will perform Saturday evening concerts on June 8, 22, and 29 in Olin Hall.
Bard Faculty Members and Visiting Artists Win Obie Awards
Bard faculty member Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, Bard College Berlin's David Levine, and visiting artists Nature Theater of Oklahoma were honored at the Obie Awards in New York City on Monday, May 20. Bard playwright in residence Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas received an Obie Grant for his company Fulcrum Theater; Bard College Berlin faculty member David Levine was honored for Habit; and Live Arts Bard visiting artists Nature Theater of Oklahoma won for Life and Times: Episodes 1-4. The Obies recognize excellence in off-Broadway theater, and are given annually by the Village Voice.
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