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Bard Fisher Center Presents The House Is Open, a Pop-Up Exhibition of Installation and Performance
What might happen if a performing arts center temporarily reimagined itself as an art museum? From November 20 to 23, the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents The House Is Open, an inquisitive and playful pop-up installation and performance event that attempts to answer this question, examining the complex interplay between contemporary art and performance. Performance has recently entered, and occasionally transformed, visual arts institutions, but performing arts centers have been comparatively unaffected by the art world’s embrace of live performance. This fall, The House Is Open inverts the performer-in-a-museum paradigm by transforming the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center for the Performing Arts into a temporary art museum.
Bard Presents Nuruddin Farah in Conversation with Mark Danner on November 17
The Human Rights Project at Bard College presents a public conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner to discuss Farah’s new critically acclaimed novel Hiding in Plain Sight. Farah, who just won a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award from the South African Literary Awards, has been hailed as “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” by The New York Review of Books. This event will take place on Monday, November 17, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Bard's Model United Nations Team Competes in Northeast Regional Model Arab League
The Bard College Model United Nations team participated in the Northeast Regional Model Arab League tournament at Northeastern University in Boston, November 7–9. The conference—sponsored by the National Council on U.S.–Arab Relations—simulates the structure, proceedings, and committees of the Arab League, based in Egypt and representing 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Bard students represented Egypt, Libya, and Saudi Arabia on topics including defense, environmental and social issues, and Palestinian affairs. Bard Model UN president Gabriel Matsakis '15 served as head delegate at the conference and played the role of a member of the Egyptian cabinet. He was awarded Outstanding Cabinet Member for his excellent work. Alison Brundrett '16 and Erind Disha '16 won Honorable Mention awards for their work representing Egypt on the Palestinian Affairs committee. “This conference takes students beyond the dramatic headlines that dominate the news about the Middle East and allows them to tackle the details of a wide variety of issues in the region,” said faculty adviser James Ketterer. “The students learn about things like water resources, refugees, and education, along with defense and diplomacy—all while having to deeply understand the country they are representing.”
Bard College Announces Substantial Donation from the LUMA Foundation
Bard College is proud to announce a substantial donation from the LUMA Foundation. The donation, to support Bard’s programs across the curriculum, will be recognized with the naming of the LUMA Theater at Bard’s Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, designed by Frank Gehry, in a ceremony at the Center on November 7. The naming of the LUMA Theater will also be celebrated with a special performance of a new music/theater work developed by composer, writer, and performer Amanda Palmer, in collaboration with current and former Bard students, coproduced with Live Arts Bard.
Bard College at Simon’s Rock to Open Two-Year College Preparatory School
Nearly 50 years after becoming America’s first early college, Bard College at Simon’s Rock will establish the nation’s first ninth and tenth grade program that enables both boarding and day students to receive their associate of arts degree in just four years. Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, located in Great Barrington, Mass., will welcome its first ninth-grade class in the fall of 2015. Upon completing the tenth grade, Academy students begin full-time college study at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, earning their A.A. after two years and, in the case of over half the college’s students, their bachelor of arts degree after two more.
History Professor Richard Aldous's Bestselling Biography of Ryanair Founder Tony Ryan Published in United Kingdom
Bard history professor Richard Aldous's acclaimed account of the life of Tony Ryan, founder of Europe's biggest airline, Ryanair, was published in the United Kingdom on November 3. Originally published in August 2013, the book was lauded as "a masterful job ... with a highly readable and compelling style" (the Independent of Ireland) and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Richard Aldous says, "What made Tony Ryan exceptional was that he turned the dreams he shared with his generation into reality. That came about not because he wanted to make a fortune—although he was happy when he did—but because he had the vision to see where the market was imperfect, the courage to stake his claim, and the tenacity to see the job through. In that regard Tony Ryan was the epitome of what it meant to be an entrepreneur."
Tony Ryan: The Incredible Story of Ireland's Gatsby
Up, Up, And Away
The Original Tiger Proves Ireland Can Produce Her Own Cubs
Violin Virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn Performs with the 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius
On Saturday, November 15, celebrated violin virtuoso Elizabeth Pitcairn performs with the legendary 1720 “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius, the Christie’s auction of which in 1990 is said to have inspired the 1999 Academy Award–winning film The Red Violin. Pianist Cynthia Elise Tobey will accompany Pitcairn. The program includes a world premiere performance of composer Sara Carina Graef’s new work, Blue Vishuddha (2014), as well Franz Schubert’s Rondo for violin and piano (“Rondeau Brillant”); Gabriel Fauré’s Sonata No. 1 for violin and piano; Franz Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 9 for violin and piano.
Bard College Berlin Holds Transatlantic Conference on the Playwright Heiner Müller
Twenty-five years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Bard College Berlin coorganized a major public conference on Germany’s most important postwar dramatist, Heiner Müller (1929–1995). The event, held October 3 to 5, brought together political thinkers, critics, scholars, actors, and directors to explore the significance of Heiner Müller for the theater, politics, and literature of our own century. During the conference Bard students from Annandale and Berlin had a chance to meet some of Germany’s most prominent thought leaders.
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