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Organic Beef Farmer and Former Wall Street Crusader Sandy B. Lewis to Speak at Bard
On Tuesday, February 19, Bard College will host a talk and discussion with Salim B. “Sandy” Lewis, a Wall Street leader, founder of his firm, who now, with his wife, is the owner and operator of Lewis Family Farm in Essex, New York, a beef farm with a unique USDA certificate in grass. Lewis will explore “Why Fixing Wall Street and the Economy is Critical to the World” in a discussion with Matt Taibbi ’92, the renowned political and financial columnist for Rolling Stone.
Bard Conservatory Presents “First Songs: Dawn Upshaw and the Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program”
Acclaimed soprano Dawn Upshaw and singers from her graduate Vocal Arts Program at The Bard College Conservatory of Music perform a concert of contemporary songs featuring the world premier of a work by George Tsontakis as well as new works composed by current students and recent alumni of the Conservatory and the Longy School of Music of Bard College. The performance takes place on Tuesday, February 19 at 8:00 p.m.
Are "Social Non-Movements" Changing the Middle East?
Did the Arab Spring come from nowhere, or was it preceded by modes of social and political action that might have eluded our common conceptual frames? Hannah Arendt Center Fellow Jeff Jurgens reviews last week's lecture at Bard by Asef Bayat, author of Life as Politics: How Ordinary People Change the Middle East.
Bard SummerScape 2013 Explores Life and Times of Igor Stravinsky with Seven-Week Arts Festival
Highlights of this year's SummerScape at the Bard Fisher Center include the 24th Bard Music Festival, “Stravinsky and His World,” Taneyev’s opera Oresteia, Bulgakov’s Master and Margarita, and Bill T. Jones/Anne Bogart’s new Rite. This year's festival will take place July 6 through August 18.
Conjunctions and Dalkey Press Archive Celebrate Novelist William Gaddis at The New School
On February 20 Robert Coover, Samuel R. Delany, Ben Marcus, Rick Moody, and Francine Prose will read letters by Gaddis and discuss what he has meant to them as writers and readers, introduced by Conjunctions editor Bradford Morrow.
Bard College’s MBA in Sustainability Program Receives Innovative Investment from Clif Bar
The Clif Bar Family Foundation has launched a new approach to philanthropy, making its first-ever $100,000 “Program Related Investment” (PRI) in Bard College’s new MBA in Sustainability, one of a handful of programs globally that fully integrates sustainability into a graduate business curriculum.
The Fisher Center Presents The American Symphony Orchestra, February 22 and 23
The February program features the world premiere of Harold Farberman’s TRIPLE PLAY Concerto for Clarinet and the rarely performed original version of Anton Bruckner’s Symphony No. 8.
The Fisher Center Presents the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in Concert
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra on Sunday, February 17. The program includes Ottorino Respighi’s Fountains of Rome; Krzysztof Penderecki’s Viola Concerto, with Lin Wang, viola; and Sergey Prokofiev’s Suite from Romeo and Juliet.
An Interview with Professor Jeffrey Kahane
Bard College Conservatory of Music professor Jeffrey Kahane talks about his musical values, teaching philosophy, and the Conservatory.
Bard Students Continue Tradition of Volunteer Work in New Orleans
Since Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, students in Bard's New Orleans Project have traveled to the city to help rebuild. This year, 20 Bard students spent January intersession working at the Andrew H. Wilson Charter School as tutors, art workshop facilitators, academic support mediators, and community garden educators for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College Launches Inaugural Edition of Annual Journal, HA
This month, the Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College launches the inaugural edition of its annual journal, HA: The Journal of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College. “HA offers smart, nonpartisan thinking about politics that is smarter than the debate," says Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz.
Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company Returns for Fourth Year of Residency
Join us for two free events in February at the Fisher Center. On February 12, choreographer and director Bill T. Jones and longtime New Yorker staff writer Lawrence Weschler discuss art and its relationship to science, history, technology, and current events. On February 16, the Company performs a work-in-process showing of Story, a new work created during its week in residence at Bard.
Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn Named Finalist for 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award
Daniel Mendelsohn, award-winning author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, has been named a finalist for the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism for his most recent book, Waiting for the Barbarians: Essays from the Classics to Pop Culture.
Bard’s Farm Nurtures Knowledge—and Vegetables
The Bard College Farm started in 2012 with plenty of enthusiasm and financial assistance from Bard students, staff, and faculty, as well as community members. Last season the farm grew 30 kinds of vegetables and had the largest cranberry bog in the Hudson Valley. The farm sells produce to the campus dining service and at a local farmer's market, and offers opportunities for people on and off campus to learn about sustainable agriculture.
C2C Fellows Host Nationwide Screening of The Island President
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy’s C2C Fellows will host a national screening of the movie The Island President on April 17. The film will be shown on a number of college campuses, and followed by a discussion with award-winning director Jon Shenk, 350.org executive director and cofounder May Boeve, and Bard CEP director Dr. Eban Goodstein.
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!
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