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Bard Prison Initiative to Hold Largest Commencement in Its History
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) will hold its 10th commencement on January 26 at the Eastern NY Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York. BPI will award A.A. and B.A. degrees to 60 students, BPI’s largest graduating class. The students include 56 men and four women earning 47 A.A. degrees and 13 B.A. degrees in social studies, literature and the humanities, and mathematics.
Bard's Landscape and Arboretum Program and New York Botanical Garden Offer Continuing Education
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College and the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) are offering noncredit continuing education classes 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.
Bard Junior Min Kyung Shinn Wins Katherine Lynn Mester Memorial Scholarship
Min Kyung Shinn ’14 is the 2012 recipient of the Katherine Lynn Mester Memorial Scholarship at Bard. Mester was a professional actress, Pilates teacher, and the wife of Joseph Luzzi, Bard College associate professor of Italian studies. The scholarship is awarded to students who exhibit Katherine Mester’s spirit of generosity, kindness, and genuine love of learning.
Bard Senior Maxwell J. McKee Wins Prestigious ASCAP Foundation Young Composer Award
Bard College senior Maxwell J. McKee ’13 is one of the recipients of the prestigious American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for 2012. McKee is a double major in biology and music at Bard College. For his Senior Project in music, he will be performing two full-length piano concerts and is writing an orchestral piece for the American Symphony Orchestra, to be premiered at Bard’s commencement concert in May 2014.
Fisher Center Celebrates 10th Anniversary Year With a Month of Special Performances in April
This April, Bard College is launching a yearlong 10th anniversary celebration of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts with a month of music, theater, and dance. Highlights include an all-Wagner concert performed by the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO); a performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 performed by members of the ASO and the Bard Conservatory Orchestra; a production of Euripides’ The Bacchae; comic works by Jack Ferver and QWAN Company; Sō Percussion’s Student Concert; the 2013 Bard Faculty Dance Concert; and an evening with author Neil Gaiman and singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.
Bard CEP to Host Conference on Waters, Forests, and Communities in Asia
From January 31 to February 2, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) will host a three-day conference on improving the opportunities to link the study of Asia with its natural environment. With support of the Henry Luce Foundation, Bard College is exploring opportunities for intensive research, experiential education, service learning, and student and faculty exchange partnerships in China, Japan, and South Korea. Faculty, students and staff from neighboring institutions are invited to participate.
Bard Professor and Renowned Photojournalist Gilles Peress Exhibits Work in Schenectady
Gilles Peress, Bard College visiting professor of human rights and photography and internationally renowned photojournalist, is exhibiting work in Art or Evidence: The Power of Photojournalism, on view from January 3 through March 10 at the Mandeville Gallery, Union College in Schenectady, New York.
Bard Graduate Center Receives NEA Grant to Support Exhibition
The Bard Graduate Center has received one of 832 Art Works grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The $20,000 grant will support the BGC’s presentation of Salvaging the Past: Georges Hoentschel and French Decorative Arts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a remarkable but little-known collection of medieval and 18th-century French objects that was the foundation of The Met’s decorative arts collection. The exhibition will open on April 4, 2013.
Telling the Difficult Stories: Gretchen Wilson ’97
Devotees of American Public Media’s Marketplace will be pleased to know that the show’s Africa correspondent is Bard’s very own Gretchen Wilson ’97. During the last eight years, Wilson has established herself as a political reporter who tackles serious labor, economic, and social justice issues.
Center for Civic Engagement Announces Essay Contest
What does it mean to be human? How can we consider freedom and constraint in the year 2013? Bard's Center for Civic Engagement invites students from the Bard network of institutions to examine these questions in a written essay or multimedia piece for its annual contest. The deadline for submission is March 1, 2013.
Student Spotlight: Julia DeFabo ’14
"All those jokes about Bard students always talking about Hannah Arendt or Foucault or Derrida are pretty true," says junior Julia DeFabo. Read Julia's story and other student stories:
The Raptors pulled out a last-minute 47–43 victory against the Brewers on Tuesday night.
Keeping Water Safe: Christophe Chung ’06
Millions around the world consider basic water and sewerage systems a far-off luxury. Fortunately, people such as Christophe Chung ’06, a water supply and sanitation consultant at the World Bank, are helping to bring the life-sustaining liquid to some of the world’s most water-scarce places, North Africa and the Middle East.
Arendt, Kafka, Wolff, and the Story Behind an Inscription, by Bard Senior Kerk Soursourian
A handwritten inscription in a copy of Franz Kafka’s The Trial, gifted from publisher Kurt Wolff to Hannah Arendt, stands as a symbol of survival on many levels: from the survival of the names mentioned to the survival of friendship, to the implications of the date. Bard College senior Kerk Soursourian investigates.
Bard Professor and Levy Economist Pavlina R. Tcherneva Wins Prestigious Helen Potter Prize
The Association for Social Economics (ASE) has awarded Pavlina R. Tcherneva, research associate at the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and assistant professor of economics at Bard, the 2013 Helen Potter Prize. The prize was created and endowed by the ASE in 1975 and is awarded each year to a promising scholar of social economics for authoring the best article in The Review of Social Economy.
Bard Applauds Governor Cuomo’s Reform Commission Recommendation to Fund and Expand Early Colleges
In its recently released report, Putting Students First, Governor Cuomo’s Education Reform Commission recommends the expansion and funding of early college programs in New York State. Bard College, which has run public early college high schools in New York City since 2001, and has been a leading champion of the model, applauds the Commission’s recognition of the importance of early colleges in increasing college access and success, particularly for underserved students.
Education in Music and Engagement
At the Longy School of Music of Bard College, the required Experiential Education Program has students giving community talks, teaching children, and performing in prisons and hospitals. “How do we change students’ minds about what it means to be a musician?” asks Longy's Judy Hill Bose. “We are cultivating students who are as interested in interacting, sharing, and teaching as they are in performing.”
CCS Bard at 20
Bard’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) was the country’s first-ever graduate program for those who conceive, organize, and mount museum and gallery shows. CCS Bard's 20th anniversary this year was cause for celebration and reflection for faculty and alumni/ae.
Video: Happy Holidays from Bard!
From all of us at Bard College, Happy Holidays!
Clemente Course in the Humanities: Tenacity and Transformation
The Clemente Course in the Humanities is transforming lives in nearby Kingston, New York, and across the nation. Low-income students with few opportunities for higher education study philosophy, literature, art history, and history in this free, accredited program. "The material we covered in this course opened my mind, stimulated thoughts, and stretched my imagination," says Clemente graduate Marge Knox.
Fisher Center Announces 10-Year Anniversary Celebration, SummerScape, and Music Festival
Mark your calendars! The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts has announced spring and summer programming. The Center marks 10 years in April with a monthlong celebration of the performing arts, with new, rediscovered, and reimagined works from special guest artists and Bard students and faculty. Beginning in June, Bard SummerScape 2013 presents eight weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret, featuring the Bard Music Festival, "Stravinsky and His World," in August.
Whither Humanities in a Market-Driven World?
What place do the humanities have in a global economy increasingly focused on educating a work force for business, finance, and technology? Bard leaders weighed in with the New Indian Express. "Without humanities, social sciences and arts," says Bard IILE Director Susan Gillespie, "we won’t have just and liveable societies or even prosperous economies." Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz adds that teaching the humanities is about "transmitting a tradition of meaning and substance, texts and ideas that can inspire young people to care more for the common world they share than for their parochial or personal interests."
Kerry Ryan Chance ’02: Shaping the New South Africa
Bard Conservatory Announces New Preparatory Orchestra for Hudson Valley Students
The Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music is announcing the creation of a new Preparatory Orchestra, for students aged 8 through 18. All orchestral instruments will be included, and young musicians of all levels of ability are welcome.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement
In conjunction with Bard's annual Citizen Science program, more than 400 first-year students and local agencies will partner for a day of engagement on January 19. At more than 20 sites, our students engage local youth through the wonders of science and provide a work force for civic agencies in the community.
Bard CEP to Host Conference on Waters, Forests, and Communities in Asia
Faculty, students, and staff from neighboring institutions are invited to join the Bard Center for Environmental Policy for a three-day exploration of this question: What are the opportunities for experiential education and East-West partnerships to better link the study of Asia with the natural environment? The conference will take place from January 31 to February 2, 2013.
Bard Professor and Celebrated Filmmaker Jacqueline Goss Named 2012 USA Rockefeller Fellow
Jacqueline Goss, celebrated filmmaker and associate professor of film and electronic arts at Bard College, has been named a 2012 United States Artists (USA) Rockefeller Fellow. Goss receives $50,000 in unrestricted funds, which she hopes to use to help fund a new film.
Bard Conservatory and the Fisher Center Present Conservatory Sundays
On Sunday, December 9, 2012, the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra performs Haydn, Dvořák, and a world premiere by Christopher Swist, with guest conductor Marcelo Lehninger MFA ’07.
Bard Students Share Their Stories
What keeps Bard students busy? Studying, performing, volunteering, working in student government, and much more. Visit our student stories page to hear from Bardians like Brandon LaBord '13, a student leader who's working to improve college access for high school students in nearby Hudson, New York.
Paris Review Editor, Essayist, and Translator Lorin Stein to Speak at Bard
On December 10 at 5 p.m., Paris Review editor Lorin Stein will give a talk at Bard on publishing careers and the literary life, followed by a panel of alumni/ae guests who are recent graduates of the Division of Languages and Literature at Bard.
Women's Basketball Team 5-0 for First Time in Program's History
Bard held off Elms College, 65-56, on Saturday in a non-league game. The Raptors are 5-0 for the first time in the history of the program.
The Irony of Sincerity: A Closer Look at Hipster Culture
Is hipster culture sincere? The conversation about irony and sincerity has been around at least since Ancient Greece. Josh Kopin writes for the Arendt Center blog on this latest iteration and the cultural conversation around it.
What Is the Future of Higher Education?
President Botstein and Panelists Talk College Costs, Access, and Technology
BHSEC Newark Sophomore Katrina Anderson-Little Maps Out Her Future Law Career
Bard High School Early College Newark student Katrina Anderson-Little has the next 30 years all mapped out: Graduate from BHSEC, earn an undergraduate degree, attend Harvard Law School, practice criminal law at Loeb & Loeb in New York City, and finally open her own private practice in Newark.
Bard to Host C2C Fellows Sustainability Workshop
During the weekend of November 30 – December 2, Bard College will host the northeast regional C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop. Directed by Eban S. Goodstein, director of the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) and dean of the Bard MBA in Sustainability, the workshop offers training to college students and recent graduates aspiring to become sustainability leaders in politics and business.
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