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Bard Men's Basketball Team Wins Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament
The Bard College men's basketball team started the 2013–14 season with a splash last weekend when it won the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament. After upending tournament host Connecticut College on Saturday night, the Raptors defeated Suffolk University, 85–75, in the championship game on Sunday. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which increases cancer awareness and raises funds in support of cancer research and education.
Interview: Bard President Leon Botstein on the New Bard Entrance Examination
President Botstein talks about Bard's fresh look at college admissions, the evolving job market, and the future of higher education in this Huffington Post interview. "Learning, like love, death and eating, are fundamental human activities," says President Botstein. "It's at the core of human existence and its character has a resilience of continuity that is part of what makes up human nature."
Bard Fisher Center Initiates New Performing Arts Collaboration With Red Hook Schools
Bard's Fisher Center has launched a pilot program to provide new arts education opportunities for Red Hook students. Working in collaboration with the Red Hook Central School District, the Fisher Center is inviting students to participate in a range of performing arts activities, including attending open rehearsals, plays, concerts, and master classes, and staging performances by Red Hook students in theater, choral, and band programs in the Fisher Center’s theaters.
An Interview with Journalist and Bard Alumnus Matt Taibbi '92
Journalist Matt Taibbi ’92 has emerged as one of the shrewdest, most tenacious reporters of our nation’s financial system and politics. In this interview with William Stavru '87, he discusses financial regulation, the multiparty system, and the state of journalism today.
Leading Economists and Policymakers Discuss Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and Austerity at Levy Economics Institute Conference in Athens
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College gathered high-level policymakers, distinguished economists, and leading banking and investment professionals at the conference “The Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and the Experience of Austerity,” in Athens, Greece, November 8–9. The conference was organized as part of the Levy Institute’s international research agenda and in conjunction with the Ford Foundation Project on Financial Instability. Click below to listen to conference audio.
Bard Students Named to Liberty League Fall All-Academic Teams
Twenty-four Bard College students have been named to the Liberty League 2013 Fall All-Academic Teams. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic team, a student athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20. The Liberty League's fall championship sports include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball.
Justin Gallanter ’34: Recollections of St. Stephen’s
On a foggy January day in northernmost Vermont, Justin Gallanter ’34 recounted his memories of his years at St. Stephen’s College, the precursor to Bard: “At a school with 100 students and a faculty of maybe 15, there were no secrets.” His gaze was clear, his memory sharp, and his presence, as the last known living St. Stephen’s alumnus, a bridge to the past.
Rethinking Math and Science Classrooms: BHSEC Hosts Third Annual Breakfast and Commentary
Remarks from the panelists at this year's breakfast and commentary were wide-ranging and well delivered. A great deal of emphasis was placed on the necessity of students embracing ambiguity and uncertainty in the classroom. Accomplished panelists represented BHSEC math and science faculty, and were joined by Leon Botstein, president of Bard College.
Bard College Contemporary Fiction Series Presents a Reading by Eleanor Catton
Bard College presents a reading by Eleanor Catton on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bard Chapel. Catton recently became, at 28, the youngest person to ever receive the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries, which is also the longest book to receive the prize. Catton will read from The Luminaries at this event. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Bard College Launches New Early College in Partnership with Harlem Children’s Zone
Bard College is pleased to announce the opening of its newest early college campus: the Bard Early College at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy. This early college program, created through a partnership between Bard College and the Harlem Children’s Zone, will provide high school students in the HCZ Promise Academy charter schools the opportunity to take undergraduate seminars taught by college professors and to earn up to a year of tuition-free Bard College credits concurrently with a high school diploma.
Bard's Own La Voz Magazine Now a Contributor to HuffPost Voces
Bard College students Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 founded La Voz magazine in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project. Their goal was to serve the Hispanic community of the Mid–Hudson Valley with a free, Spanish-language publication featuring cultural content, news, and empowering information. This award-winning publication has grown to a circulation of 5,000 and an estimated readership of 20,000. Recently, La Voz joined the Spanish-language HuffPost Voces section of the Huffington Post as a contributor.
Senior Close-Up: Julia DeFabo
Senior Julia DeFabo's Bard experience has taken her to unexpected places. A student athlete playing for Bard's tennis team, she came to the College planning to study sociology or human rights. Instead she developed an unexpected interest in African art, particularly how it is curated and discussed from a Western perspective. The Pennsylvania native has since studied in France and Senegal and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in African art history after graduation.
Renowned Writer Neil Gaiman to Join Bard College Faculty as Professor in the Arts
Bard College announces the appointment of Neil Gaiman as Professor in the Arts. Gaiman, who joins the College in the spring semester of 2014 as a member of the Theater and Performance faculty, will teach courses across the Division of the Arts and the Division of Languages and Literature. His first course will be an advanced writing workshop exploring the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today, taught through the Written Arts Program and the Experimental Humanities concentration.
Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman discusses how he began to teach writing at Bard in the spring of 2013.
Latest Issue of Conjunctions Explores Vast World of Animals
Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—gathers writings from many of today’s leading contemporary writers about the vast world of our fellow beasts who occupy the earth, oceans, and sky. A collection of fiction, essays, poems, memoirs, and dialogues, A Menagerie is coedited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, and novelist and 2012 Bard Fiction Prize winner Benjamin Hale. The issue features a previously unpublished conversation about animals between Bradford Morrow and Beat icon William S. Burroughs from 1987.
Bard College Presents Long Game, A New Radio Documentary by Award-Winning Journalist Trey Kay
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Human Rights Project host Trey Kay, award-winning Hudson Valley journalist, who will present his new radio documentary The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom on Thursday, November 7, at 7 pm in Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Bard Faculty Member Judy Pfaff Wins International Sculpture Center's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
Acclaimed sculptor and Bard faculty member Judy Pfaff will receive the International Sculpture Center's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Praised in Sculpture, the magazine of the International Sculpture Center, she is an "artist’s artist, deeply admired, respected, even imitated, by colleagues, youthful peers, and art world insiders." Professor Pfaff shares this honor with sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, and will receive the award at a gala in New York City in the spring of 2014.
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard Ranked Among Art Review's Power 100
In a ranked list of the contemporary art world's most powerful figures, CCS Bard was listed as one of only two schools, noted for an exceptional graduate program training cutting edge curators.
Bard Math Circle Hosts AMC 8 Math Contest for Second Year
The Bard Math Circle will host the AMC 8 Math Contest on Tuesday, November 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bard College. The AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual contest in middle school mathematics sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. In 2012, more than 150,000 students from 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest, including 49 students at Bard College from around the Mid-Hudson Valley. The AMC 8 program at Bard will include an inspirational talk by Bard mathematics professor Sam Hsiao, and a panel discussion for parents entitled "Supporting Your Child as a High Achiever in Math and Science." Click Here to Register
Award-Winning Author and NYU Performance Studies Professor Tavia Nyong’o to Speak at Bard
On Thursday, November 14, Tavia Nyong’o—associate professor of performance studies at New York University and Errol Hill Award winner for best book in African American theatre and performance studies—will speak at Bard College. Nyong’o’s talk, “Epistemology of the Lifeboat: Life of Pi and Queer Fabulation,” is being presented by Bard’s Environmental and Urban Studies Program, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Language and Literature Division, with funding from a Bard College, Mellon-supported course development award. The talk takes place at 4:30 p.m. in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation Room 103 and is free and open to the public.
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Bennett Sims
Author Bennett Sims has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2014. The prize, established in 2001 by Bard College to encourage and support promising young fiction writers, consists of a $30,000 cash award and appointment as writer in residence at the College for one semester. Sims is receiving the prize for his debut novel, A Questionable Shape. In this penetrating novel set in Baton Rouge, Sims writes about a son looking for his undead father and transcends traditional zombie narrative to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss.
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