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Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional Facility Beats Harvard University
In intercollegiate competition on September 18, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern New York Correctional defeated a team from Harvard University while affirming the resolution: "Resolved: Public schools in the United States should deny enrollment to undocumented students." The prestigious and award-winning panel of judges voted 2-1 in favor of Bard. The event was cosponsored by the Bard Prison Initiative, the Bard Debate Union, and the Center for Civic Engagement. Read more in the Wall Street Journal: "Prison vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate."
Bard College Debate Union Hosts Tournament on Campus
The Bard College Debate Union hosted the 2nd Annual Bard College Invitational Tournament in Annandale on the weekend of September 19–20. More than 250 university students and faculty members participated—including eight debaters from the Bard High School Early Colleges in Cleveland and Queens and six students from Smolny College in St. Petersburg, Russia. Debate topics ranged from voluntourism to emergency relief efforts in natural disasters to the role of the European Union in the current refugee crisis. The tournament culminated on Sunday night in a final round between Cornell University and the University of Vermont on the topic of Afrocentric education in public schools. Cornell was pronounced the winner.
Wall Street Journal: Bard Prison Initiative vs. Harvard in an Unlikely Debate
What happens when incarcerated students in the Bard Prison Initiative debate Harvard undergrads? The Wall Street Journal reports on last week's competition and how the Bard Prison Initiative is giving prisoners a chance at a better life.
Bard College Presents the Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities Featuring Renowned Classics Scholar Mary Beard, September 28–30
Eminent scholar Mary Beard, Professor of Classics, University of Cambridge, presents The Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities at Bard College 2015. The series of lectures, titled Last Words: Roman Epitaphs and Their “Afterlife”, will explore Roman epitaphs and the sensibilities they reveal. The three talks take place September 28–30 in Bard's Olin Auditorium. The lectures are free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Al-Quds Bard Holds Commencement
On August 25, Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences (AQB) held its graduation ceremony on the main campus in Abu Dis. In all, 37 undergraduates and 70 Master of Arts in Teaching students received their Bard and Al-Quds diplomas. In addition to the graduates and hundreds of family members, also in attendance were Al-Quds President Imad Abu-Kishik, Bard College President Leon Botstein, U.S. Consul General Donald Blome, and Bard College Vice President for Academic Affairs Jonathan Becker, as well as representatives of the Palestinian Ministry of Education, the Open Society Foundations, and USAID. The highlight of the event was a speech by MAT valedictorian Shireen Irziqat, who spoke of the joys of participating in the program while remaining a full-time teacher and mother of five children.
Fisher Center Presents American Ballet Theatre Celebrating Its 75th Anniversary Season
The Fisher Center presents American Ballet Theatre in its third appearance at Bard College, October 9 – 11. The weekend program features Alexei Ratmansky’s Piano Concerto #1, Paul Taylor’s Company B, and a world premiere by Mark Morris, performed in the Fisher Center’s stunning Sosnoff Theater. The engagement will feature ABT principal dancers including Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Maria Kochetkova, and Gillian Murphy as well as Herman Cornejo, Daniil Simkin, and Cory Stearns.
The New York State Writers Institute to Celebrate Bard College’s Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions
On Thursday, September 24, at 8 p.m., the New York State Writers Institute will celebrate Bard's provocative, innovative literary journal Conjunctions with a reading by Bradford Morrow (Conjunctions editor, Bard literature professor, and Bard Center Fellow) and contributing editors Ann Lauterbach (Bard’s David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature) and Peter Straub. The reading will take place at the Recital Hall at the Performing Arts Center on the University at Albany’s uptown campus, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York.
Bard Graduate Allie Cashel ’13 to Read from Her Memoir on Chronic Lyme Disease at Bard College on Monday, September 28
On Monday, September 28, Bard alumna Allie Cashel ’13 will read from a memoir of her experience with chronic Lyme disease, Suffering the Silence: Chronic Lyme Disease in an Age of Denial. The reading is presented by the Written Arts and Biology Programs. A living portrait of chronic Lyme disease and its patients’ struggles for recognition and treatment, Suffering the Silence, originally Allie Cashel’s Senior Project, is now a full-length memoir that details Cashel’s own experience with chronic Lyme and shares the stories of a number of other patients from around the world. Introduced by Mary Caponegro ’78, Bard literature professor, and followed by a Q&A, this event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema in the Bertelsmann Campus Center.
Bard College Awarded $1 Million Grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to Support Curatorial Studies and Art History
Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard) and the Art History Program are pleased to announce a major grant from The Brant Foundation in Greenwich, Connecticut. The College has been awarded a $1 million grant from The Brant Foundation, Inc., to support curatorial studies and art history. Alex Kitnick, noted art historian and writer, has been appointed the new Brant Foundation Fellow in Contemporary Arts. This fellowship enables Kitnick to join the College as a full-time faculty member teaching jointly in CCS Bard’s graduate and Bard’s art history undergraduate programs. This joint appointment is the first of its kind in the visual arts at Bard.
Bard College Dance Program Partners with Legendary Trisha Brown Dance Company to Collaborate on Curriculum and Performance
Beginning in fall 2015, the Dance Program at Bard College will partner with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (TBDC) to offer undergraduate dance classes, as well as college-wide forums, workshops, and performances. Allowing for deep integration in Bard’s dance program curriculum as well as the campus community as a whole, the partnership with TBDC will include undergraduate courses in dance technique (for advanced dancers as well as beginning and non-dancers); the licensing of select Trisha Brown works on dance students to be performed annually; master classes; campus-wide events; and the full company in residence for one to three weeks each year. Bard’s collaboration with TBDC will reach across disciplines and programs to involve artists in other College programs and initiatives.
National Book Award–Winning Author Norman Rush to Give Reading at Bard College on Tuesday, September 22
On Tuesday, September 22, at 7 p.m., Norman Rush, the National Book Award winner and author of Whites, Mating, Mortals, and Subtle Bodies, will read from his work at Bard College. "Rush’s characters want to fall in love, to laugh and enjoy themselves. Their quirks, opinions, compulsions . . . keep us engrossed—along with the clarity and precision of Rush's sentences, the freshness of his observations," wrote Francine Prose in her review of Subtle Bodies in The New York Review of Books.
President Obama to Award Clemente Course in the Humanities a 2014 National Humanities Medal
The White House has announced that the Clemente Course in the Humanities is one of the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals and organizations whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the human experience, broadened citizens’ engagement with history and literature, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to cultural resources. Through a 20-year partnership with Bard College and other leading colleges and universities, the Clemente Course has offered a tuition-free, college-level course in the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes who have limited access to college education in communities throughout the United States.
Live Arts Bard Presents World Premiere of Miguel Gutierrez's Dance-Theater-Performance Trilogy Age & Beauty
Performer and choreographer Miguel Gutierrez, “one of our most provocative and necessary artistic voices” (Dance Magazine), meets middle age head-on in this wild and ebullient triptych that celebrates queerness, art making, and mortality. Age & Beauty will be performed in locations at the Fisher Center at Bard College from Thursday, September 10 through Sunday, September 13. Tickets are $25 ($10 for students) for individual performances and $45 ($20 for students) for marathon performances of the complete trilogy. For tickets and program information go to fishercenter.bard.edu or call the box office at 845-758-7900.
Jeanne van Heeswijk Gives the Keith Haring Lecture in Art and Activism, September 8
Jeanne van Heeswijk will give a lecture titled "Acts of Political Uncertainty: Towards a Daily Practice of Resistance," on September 8 at 6:00 pm in the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building. Van Heeswijk, 2014-15 Keith Haring Fellow, will demonstrate how active forms of citizenship can engage constituencies and communities in critical public issues. Van Heeswijk will describe how the complexities of our cities can be employed as the performative basis for the production of new forms of sociability, collective ownership, and self-organization.
Bard College Berlin Marks Start of Academic Year
August 31 marked the first day of classes for the approximately 140 students currently enrolled at Bard College Berlin. Florian Becker, Managing Director, and Catherine Toal, Dean, greeted the students, faculty, and staff at a Welcome Dinner held on September 1 on campus. The students in Bard College Berlin's current cohorts come from remarkably diverse backgrounds and from various countries; these include Georgia, Russia, Iran, the United States, India, Pakistan, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, South Africa, Malaysia, and the Netherlands. In all, students represent more than 40 nationalities (click here to see a nationalities map).
Student Spotlight: Andrea Szegedy-Maszak '16 Talks Citizen Science, Civic Engagement, and Biology at Bard
Bard senior Andrea Szegedy-Maszak came to Bard intending to be a psychology major. It was in Citizen Science, the three-week science intensive for first-years during winter intersession, that she realized she wanted to study biology. Now Andrea is taking the next step to being a biology teacher: she's enrolled in Bard's Master of Arts in Teaching program.
Betsaida Alcantara ’05: From Outreach to High Office
Back in high school, when Betsaida Alcantara was considering college applications, her counselor told her Bard was “too out of reach.” But she applied anyway, and got accepted. Recently, a friend joked that when Alcantara, director of media planning for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, was traveling on Air Force One earlier this year, she should have called that counselor from the plane.
Fisher Center at Bard College Presents an Outstanding Fall Season of Music, Dance, and Theater Productions
This fall, The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents an extraordinary series of music, dance, performance art, and theater programs. Highlights of the fall season include the 75th anniversary season of American Ballet Theatre; the inaugural season of The Orchestra Now, Leon Botstein, music director; singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra; Trisha Brown Dance Company’s Trisha Brown: In Plain Site, a unique event developed specifically for the Bard campus; the world premiere of choreographer Miguel Gutierrez’s Age & Beauty Part 3 and the premiere performances of the full trilogy; the U.S. premiere screening of Life and Times Episodes 7-9 by avant-garde theater ensemble Nature Theater of Oklahoma; Neil Gaiman in conversation with Armistead Maupin; Conservatory Sunday Series; a special holiday production of Geoff Sobelle’s The Object Lesson; and a variety of student performances.
Bard College Psychology Professor Is Coauthor of Comprehensive Long-Term Study Published in Science, Testing the Reproducibility of Psychology Studies
Bard College associate professor of psychology Kristin Lane, as well as Jin Goh '12 and Douglas Gazarian '13, were among 270 researchers who participated in the most comprehensive investigation ever conducted about the rate and predictors of reproducibility in a field of science. The four-year study, published in Science, found that among replications of 100 published findings in three prominent psychology journals, fewer than half produced the same findings as the original study.
Bard Prison Initiative Wins Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been named a winner of the Richard Cornuelle Award for Social Entrepreneurship from the Manhattan Institute. The award carries a prize of $25,000 and recognizes entrepreneurs across the country who are working toward innovative solutions to our nation’s most pressing social problems. BPI and four other winners will be honored at an awards banquet on November 9. Howard Husock wrote for Forbes about the award and BPI's work, in which Bard alumnus and BPI founder Max Kenner '01 explains why prisoners should have the opportunity to get a college education.
Bard College Now Accepting Applications for Its Free College Course in the Humanities
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is now accepting applications for its free college-level course in the humanities this fall in Kingston, New York. The course offers a rigorous introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost, and tuition, books, and childcare will be provided. Students who successfully complete the course earn 6 college credits from Bard College. Classes will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., from October 1 to May 31, at the Kingston Library.
Bard Prison Initiative Receives $1 Million Grant from the Ford Foundation
Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has been awarded a $1 million grant from the Ford Foundation to support BPI’s pioneering work for higher education in prison and innovations in criminal justice reform. The two-year grant will allow BPI to expand its core operations, including support for national replication efforts, advocacy work, and reentry programs. During the past two years, the Ford Foundation has become a stalwart partner and supporter of BPI’s efforts to expand opportunities for rigorous higher education in prison and innovative reentry support.
Bard College Receives $2 Million Grant from the Mellon Foundation to Launch Innovative Masters Program in Orchestral Performance Studies
Bard has been awarded a $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the launch of an innovative Master of Music Degree Program in Curatorial, Critical, and Performance Studies and its resultant ensemble, The Orchestra Now (TON). This unique training orchestra and master’s degree program provides musicians with professional-level orchestral training that is integrated into the interdisciplinary graduate study of music’s place in culture and history. The program is designed to prepare select conservatory graduates for the challenges facing the modern symphony orchestra and to produce scholars and advocates of classical and contemporary music as well as practiced members of a top grade orchestra. Musicians receive three years of advanced orchestral training and take graduate-level courses in orchestral and curatorial studies, leading to a Master of Music degree. Funding from the Mellon grant will help to support student stipends, curriculum development, and salary and honoraria for visiting faculty and lecturers.
Bard Conservatory of Music Celebrates 10th Anniversary with September Concerts
The Bard College Conservatory of Music is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, featuring three special anniversary concerts in September. On September 3 the Conservatory will celebrate the gift of seven historic pianos with a concert featuring pianists Peter Serkin and Julia Hsu, with commentary by President Leon Botstein. Then, on September 22, Conservatory faculty and students will perform the works of Joseph Haydn in the opening concert of the three-part Haydn Project. Finally, singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant will perform with her band and the Conservatory Orchestra on September 26 in a concert to benefit the Conservatory.
Institute for Writing and Thinking Brings 200 Teachers to Campus for Summer Workshops
This month, the Institute for Writing and Thinking hosts weeklong workshops that will give high school and college faculty the opportunity to explore the role that writing plays in teaching and learning. Participants come from across the U.S. and around the world to collaborate in a conversation that spans culture, pedagogy, and language.
Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving Returns to Bard
The Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS, pronounced "spumps") is back for a fifth summer at Bard. The 40 participants of this three-week residential math enrichment program, all rising 8th graders from underserved New York City middle schools, arrived on campus yesterday to start their first week of mathematical study. Their classes this summer include: Methods of Proof, Number Theory with Proof, Formal Systems, Logic, Integer Sequences, Cryptanalysis, Graph Theory, Math and Justice, Geometry of Numbers, Strategies and Games, Programming, and Infinity.
Video: Bard Prison Initiative Celebrates 13th Commencement
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) celebrated its 13th commencement at Taconic Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison for women in Bedford Hills, New York, on Tuesday, June 2. The class of 2015 was BPI's second class of women. "Most importantly, we see each other as students and as people with possibility and a future. And it is a future in a world that needs what we have to contribute," said 2015 graduate Patricia. Begun as a pilot program with 15 students, BPI has since awarded almost 350 degrees to students enrolled through the Initiative.
Bard Vocal Arts Alumna Clarissa Lyons Joins Metropolitan Opera's Lindemann Young Artist Development Program
Soprano Clarissa Lyons ’11, alumna of the Bard College Conservatory of Music Graduate Vocal Arts Program (VAP), has been invited to join the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artist Development Program, capping an exciting year in which she was named the Grand Prize Winner at Florida Grand Opera’s Young Patronesses of the Opera Competition and the Glenn & Ginger Flournay Award Winner at Shreveport Opera’s Mary Jacobs Smith Singer of the Year Competition. In January, Lyons participated in The Song Continues series at Carnegie Hall, where she performed in a master class led by Warren Jones. She will return to Carnegie Hall in January 2016 to present a Spotlight Recital in Weill Hall as part of The Song Continues series alongside tenor Miles Mykkanen and pianist Ken Noda.
New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation Grant Funds Green Parking Lot at Bard College
In an effort to improve and protect regional water quality, Bard College recently completed work on a green parking lot with a new stormwater management system. Funded by a $732,738 grant from New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation’s (EFC) Green Innovation Grant Program (GIGP), the Bard Regional Green Infrastructure Demonstration Project retrofits a heavily used parking lot near Olin Hall by using green infrastructure practices to mimic a natural ecosystem. Bioretention areas, a constructed wetland and permeable pavement were installed at the site to capture, treat, and infiltrate stormwater before it enters local waterways or the existing stormwater drainage system. Runoff from the existing lot at the main instructional building on campus currently enters a small tributary of the Saw Kill Creek, which supplies the drinking water for the College before flowing into the Hudson River.
Oklahoma! Is Reimagined at Bard College's SummerScape Festival, Opening June 25
Director Daniel Fish’s "stripped-down, intimate" Oklahoma! is a new take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. (New York Times) Starring Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, and two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, Bard’s production features new musical arrangements for a six-piece Americana band by Henry Hewes Award-winner Daniel Kluger, and new choreography by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham. This intimate, revelatory production brings audience and artists together in the round, sharing food and telling the story of a young nation forming its identity. Oklahoma! will be mounted in 25 performances between June 25 and July 19 in the LUMA Theater of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center.
Bard Professor Julia Rosenbaum Named Senior Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution
Julia Rosenbaum, associate professor of art history and faculty of the American Studies Program, has been named a senior fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., for the 2015-2016 academic year. The yearlong research fellowship will support Rosenbaum’s new project, “Curated Bodies: The Display of Science and Citizenry in Post-Civil War America,” which examines art, science, and representations of the body from the Civil War to World War II. Rosenbaum will be affiliated with the Smithsonian American Art Museum during her fellowship tenure.
Bard College, Baltimore Schools Put Students on Fast-Track to College
Bard has partnered with the City of Baltimore to launch the newest Bard High School Early College this fall.
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Bard Alumna Catherine Belin ’04 Wins 2015 Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching
Bard Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) alum Catherine Belin ’04, who teaches at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in Bronx, New York, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to Botswana by the U. S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Belin is one of 48 United States citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2015–16. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
Pam Tanowitz Dance Makes Bard SummerScape Debut with a Triple Bill Featuring Live Music by FLUX Quartet
Bard SummerScape 2015 presents the Fisher Center debut of New York’s Pam Tanowitz Dance on June 27 and 28, showcasing the choreography of Bessie Award-winner Pam Tanowitz. A triple bill, the program features the world premiere of Tanowitz’s Untitled (solo for Ashley Tuttle), set to music by Mexico’s Carlos Chávez—subject of the 2015 Bard Music Festival—and danced by former American Ballet Theatre principal Ashley Tuttle. Bookending the new work are two of Tanowitz’s most recent ensemble pieces, Broken Story (wherein there is no ecstasy) and Heaven on One’s Head, named “Among 2014’s Best” by the New York Times, with live music from FLUX Quartet.
CCS Bard Library Grows, Artfully
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to announce a major expansion of its facilities. The $3 million expansion has been designed by New York-based architects, HWKN (Hollwich Kushner), and includes a complete interior re-build and expansion of the CCS Bard Library and Archives, in addition to doubling the number of teaching spaces and classrooms in the building. The expansion also includes a new 3,600 square foot Archives, Special Collections, Visible Storage, and Collection Teaching area designed by artist Liam Gillick, which will include a large wall drawing in colored ink wash by Sol LeWitt, Wall drawing #475, Double asymmetrical pyramids (1986), and two new wall vinyl acquisitions by Louise Lawler, all from the permanent collection. (New York Times)
Songbirds Find Success Nesting in Introduced Shrubs, According to Study by Bard Professor and Student
A study led by Lydia Meyer ’14 and Bard biology professor Bruce Robertson finds that nesting in non-native shrubs does not negatively impact the nesting success of veery thrushes. When birds or other animals make choices that are harmful for themselves—by reducing their lifespan or reproductive success, for example—this is known as an “evolutionary trap.” While there is concern that birds that prefer to build their nests in non-native plant species will have less successful nests and risk falling into such a trap, the new study—published in The Condor: Ornithological Advances—found that not to be the case for veery thrushes (Catharus fuscescens) who preferred to nest in invasive shrubs in the forests of New York. Their nesting success was not adversely affected at all.
Bard College Presents Photographs by Carolyn Marks Blackwood on Exhibit During SummerScape 2015
Bard College presents Adrift: Photographs by Carolyn Marks Blackwood in the Weis Atrium of the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts LUMA Theater from June 21 to August 17. The exhibition is open daily from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m and is free of charge. Rhinecliff-based photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood’s Hudson River photographs reframe segments of air, ice, and water into vivid color fields, geometric abstractions, and flattened motifs. By removing perspective and context, her unmodified images seize ephemeral moments within everyday occurrences and heighten them into foreign, unfamiliar pictures. Fourteen of these large-scale images are presented in the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center as part of Bard SummerScape 2015.
Bard's La Voz Magazine Honored at Ippies
On June 11, Bard College's La Voz magazine was awarded the second place prize for Best Small Circulation Publication at the 2015 Ippies award ceremony. The Ippies are the only journalism awards in New York City to honor reporting in English and in languages other than English by the ethnic and community press. La Voz, cofounded by Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project, serves the Latino community of the Hudson Valley with a free Spanish-language magazine.
Shuddhabrata Sengupta Named Recipient of the 2015-2016 Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and the Human Rights Project at Bard College announce that Shuddhabrata Sengupta, an artist, curator, and writer based in Delhi, has been selected as the second winner of the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism. Made possible through a five year-grant from the Keith Haring Foundation, the Haring Fellowship is an annual award for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at CCS Bard and the Human Rights Project. Sengupta’s one-year appointment will begin in September 2015. He succeeds the Dutch artist Jeanne van Heeswijk, who has held the Fellowship during its inaugural year.
Aston Magna Concert Series: A Musical Feast for Satyrs, Nymphs and Other Beasts
The vibrant music of Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Marais, along with a Baroque dance performance, headline Aston Magna Festival’s 2015 season, "A Musical Feast," June 18 - July 18. The longest running summer festival of early music brings virtuoso guest artists on stage with the Aston Magna ensemble, playing on period instruments, on four Friday evenings at 8 p.m. at Bard College’s Olin Auditorium. Aston Magna Artistic Director Daniel Stepner, Baroque violin, leads each event and delivers a pre-concert talk one hour before each performance.
Bard Prison Initiative Held Its 13th Commencement at the Taconic Correctional Facility
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) celebrated its 13th commencement at Taconic Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison for women in Bedford Hills, New York, on Tuesday, June 2. The commencement, the first held at Taconic, was a particularly important accomplishment for the graduates given that three years ago BPI’s program for incarcerated women, then located at Bayview Correctional Facility in New York City, was in jeopardy following the prison’s evacuation during Hurricane Sandy and its subsequent closure. BPI was able to turn this crisis into an opportunity to launch an expanded, thriving program for women at Taconic. Robert Fullilove, associate dean of community and minority affairs and professor of sociomedical sciences at the Columbia University Medical Center, delivered the commencement address. Begun as a pilot program with 15 students, BPI has since awarded almost 350 degrees to students enrolled through the Initiative.
Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle Announces 65th Concert Season for June 2015
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle (HVCMC) series at Bard College presents three chamber music concerts in June. The Saturday evening concerts, presented by the Bard Center, begin at 7 p.m. in Olin Hall. The first concert, on June 13, features Jinjoo Cho on violin and HyunSoo Kim on piano. The second concert, June 20 has the group Les Amies, consisting of Carol Wincenc, flute; Cynthia Phelps, viola; and Nancy Allen, harp. The last concert, June 27, presents The Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio: Joseph Kalichstein, piano; Jaime Laredo, violin; and Sharon Robinson, cello. A subscription to the three-concert series is $70. Individual tickets are $30; for students, $5. For ticket information, call 845-339-7907 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video: Bard College Holds 155th Commencement on May 23, Sherrilyn Ifill Delivers the Commencement Address
Bard College held its one hundred fifty-fifth commencement on Saturday, May 23, 2015. At the commencement ceremony, Bard President Leon Botstein conferred 420 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2015 and 148 graduate degrees, including master of fine arts; doctor and master of philosophy and master of arts in decorative arts, design history, and material culture; master of business administration in sustainability; master of arts in teaching; master of arts in curatorial studies; master of science in environmental policy and in climate science and policy; and master of music in vocal arts and in conducting. The commencement address was given by Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. Ifill received an honorary doctorate of laws. Honorary degrees were also awarded to dancer and choreographer Arthur Aviles ’87, neurobiologist Cori Bargmann, historian Anthony Grafton, and artist Kiki Smith.
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Bard College Hosts Six-Week Academic Exchange Program on Foreign Policy with U.S. State Department This Summer
Bard College is hosting a multinational group of 18 university-level scholars and educators on a six-week academic exchange program from June 13 to July 26. Titled "Grand Strategy in Context: Institutions, People, and the Making of U.S. Foreign Policy," this Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) is designed to foster a better understanding in overseas academic institutions of how U.S. foreign policy is formulated, implemented, and taught. The goal of the program is to provide participants with a grounding in U.S. foreign policy in all its complexity, to help them develop effective syllabi and curricula, and to provide them with teaching tools to help them in the classroom. Sponsored by Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the program features an academic residency at Bard’s campus in Annandale-on-Hudson and a week in Manhattan with the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program. The Institute also features integrated educational study tours to Hyde Park, West Point, Albany, Baltimore, and nine days in Washington, D.C.
Bard Students Premiere an Online Exhibition at Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site
Three Bard College students will premiere an online exhibition, Eleanor Roosevelt: "We Make Our Own History," sponsored by the Eleanor Roosevelt–Val-Kill Partnership and Bard’s Center for Civic Engagement. This exhibition is generated by a course taught by Cynthia Koch, who is public historian in residence at Bard. Based on research conducted at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, each student prepared an individual exhibit that contributes to the overall exhibition. The student exhibits include archival, print, and digital online resources, and during the premiere, each student will conduct a virtual curator’s tour of her or his exhibit. The exhibition will open on Friday, May 8, at 4 p.m. at the Val-Kill Playhouse, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Hyde Park, New York. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to the public.
Bard SummerScape 2015 Presents a New Way to Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
The Bard SummerScape festival presents an entirely new way to experience Oklahoma!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s quintessential celebration of the American frontier. The production, directed by Daniel Fish, stars Damon Daunno, Amber Gray, and two-time Tony nominee Mary Testa, with new musical arrangements for a six-piece Americana band by Henry Hewes Award-winner Daniel Kluger. It also features new choreography by Jacob’s Pillow Dance Award-winner John Heginbotham. This intimate production brings audience and artists together in the round, sharing food and telling the story of a young nation forming its identity. Fish is exploring the timeless qualities of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration by re-setting it in a community hall that could well be from our own era. Oklahoma! will be mounted in 25 performances between June 25 and July 19 in the LUMA Theater of the Frank Gehry-designed Fisher Center.
The Fisher Center and Catskill Jazz Factory Present Billie Holiday Centenary Tribute
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and the Catskill Jazz Factory present the Aaron Diehl Trio featuring Grammy-nominated vocalist, Cécile McLorin Salvant, in a centenary tribute to jazz legend Billie Holiday on Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. in the acoustically superb Sosnoff Theater. Billie Holiday is considered to be one of the greatest jazz vocalists of all time. Salvant will perform some of Holiday’s most beloved repertoire including her renditions of “Jeepers Creepers,” “You Go to My Head,” and “Lover Man.” The members of the Aaron Diehl Trio are Aaron Diehl, piano; Paul Sikivie, bass; and Lawrence Leathers, drums. The Catskill Jazz Factory is a non-profit program founded in 2012. It offers in-school workshops and concerts, artist residencies, and world-class performances throughout the Hudson Valley.
Bard SummerScape Presents America’s First Fully Staged Production of Ethel Smyth’s Opera, The Wreckers
Bard College’s SummerScape Festival presents Ethel Smyth’s The Wreckers for five performances from July 24 through August 2, at the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College. This marks the first fully staged production of the opera in the Unites States and underscores the history that the SummerScape festival has in successfully staging neglected operas. Ethel Smyth, recognized as one of the greatest female composers of the 19th and 20th centuries who counted Tchaikovsky and Debussy among her admirers. The opera will be directed by European Opera Prize-winner Thaddeus Strassberger, who has made previous appearances at SummerScape. The performance will feature the American Symphony Orchestra, directed by Leon Botstein.
The Hannah Arendt Center Presents, “Translating the Holocaust: H.G. Adler as Writer and Scholar”, May 4
Translating the Holocaust: H.G. Adler As Writer and Scholar,” is happening on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 4 p.m. in Bard Hall, Bard College Campus. The event offers a unique opportunity to examine the scholarly and artistic endeavors of a thinker who is just becoming known in English. Adler was among the earliest scholars to write extensively on the Shoah and was a pioneer of Holocaust Studies. Jeremy Adler, the author’s son and professor of German at Kings College London, will present the keynote address. Bill T. Jones, award winning choreographer and dancer, will give remarks. The editor and translators of some of Adler’s work will speak. Also featured is a live performance of Viktor Ullmann's song settings of Adler’s poetry. The event is sponsored by The Hannah Arendt Center, The Bard Translation Initiative, Jewish Studies, German Studies, and Human Rights Project.
Bard College to Honor Deborah Borda, President and CEO of LA Philharmonic Association, with Kellogg Award
Bard College will honor Deborah Borda, president and chief executive officer, of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Association, with the Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters. As president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Deborah Borda manages the largest symphonic organization in the United States. Her tenure at the LA Phil has been marked by a series of artistic and educational initiatives that have garnered worldwide acclaim and become models within the orchestral music industry. Borda will be presented with the award at the Noche de gala for the Bard Music Festival, which this year celebrates the music of Carlos Chávez. The gala event is on Wednesday, April 29 at Dos Caminos Park Avenue, in New York City. Cocktails begin at 6:30 pm and dinner is at 7:30 pm. For more information, call 845-758-7414 or e-mail email@example.com.
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