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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.
Gail Grisetti '68 Helps Bring Better Health Care to Asia and the Caribbean
Volunteering with Physicians for Peace, Gail Grisetti '68 directs training projects for health care providers who serve patients with disabilities. Gail helps connect local programs with institutions in the United States to improve physical therapy education.
Bard Opens Season with Thrilling Victory in Women's Basketball
It took all of one game for the Bard College women's basketball team to match its win total from a year ago, and it took the greatest debut performance by any player in Bard College history to pull it out.
Esteemed Artist Ellen Driscoll to Join Bard College Faculty as Professor of Studio Arts
Bard College announces the appointment of esteemed artist Ellen Driscoll as Professor of Studio Arts in the Division of the Arts. Driscoll, who joins the College in the fall semester of 2013, will codirect the Studio Arts Program with Judy Pfaff, Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts.
Policymakers to Discuss Financial Instability and Global Economy at Levy Institute Conference in Berlin
From November 26 to 27, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the Hyman P. Minsky Conference on Financial Instability to gain a better understanding of the causes of financial instability and its implications for the global economy.
Live Arts Bard and the Center for Curatorial Studies Present Hello Hi There
Obie Award–winning director Annie Dorsen presents Hello Hi There, a witty and humorous play in which the actors are two laptop computers—or “chatter bots”—discussing human nature, in a conversation based on a famous debate between the philosopher Michel Foucault and linguist/activist Noam Chomsky. The performance takes place in the Fisher Center’s Theater Two, on Tuesday, November 27, at 6 and 8 p.m.
Student Filmmaker Gets Noticed
Seventeen-year-old filmmaker and Bard College at Simon's Rock student Zev Vel has accomplished a lot since becoming interested in film just a few years ago. His documentary short The Symbol of Peace has been accepted to four film festivals.
CCS Bard Acquires Archives of Colin de Land’s American Fine Arts, Co. and the Pat Hearn Gallery
The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) has acquired the archives of Colin de Land’s American Fine Arts, Co. (A.F.A) and the Pat Hearn Gallery from the estate of Colin de Land. The acquisition serves as a cornerstone of CCS Bard’s initiative to build a unique research collection comprising the personal papers and archives of innovative and influential contemporary art curators, art dealers, critics, galleries, and art spaces. The acquisition also supports CCS Bard’s 20th Anniversary Next Decade campaign, which aims to raise funds over the next ten years to maintain the school’s internationally renowned, world-class faculty and research and exhibition center.
Family Concert at Bard: All Ages Welcome at Matinee Chamber Music Performance
The Hudson Valley Chamber Music Circle and the Preparatory Division of The Bard College Conservatory of Music present a Family Concert on Saturday, November 10, at 4 p.m. in the Bard Chapel. Admission is free of charge; all donations support the Bard Conservatory Preparatory Division scholarship fund.
Sandy Devastation Forces Us to Realize the Fragility of Normalcy, Writes Roger Berkowitz
"As much as we yearn for normal life, it is more often the comradeship found in extremis that stands out as the happiest and most meaningful moments of our lives," writes Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz on the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Bard Works 2013: Linking the Liberal Arts to the Workplace
Bard Works is a professional development program for juniors and seniors that prepares them for work after Bard. This weeklong conference, to be held in January 2013, provides participants with the tools, strategies, and networking opportunities to hone their job search skills and prepare for success in the workplace. We invite students to sign up before November 30 to get a head start on career preparation. Alumni/ae, parents, and community members: please e-mail email@example.com if you would like to be a mentor or hold a workshop.
Famed Composer Meredith Monk to Perform Two Quartet Concerts with Vocal Ensemble
Composer/performer Meredith Monk has been deemed “a magician of the voice” and “one of America’s coolest composers,” amazing audiences across the globe with her genre-spanning compositions for more than 45 years. Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble will perform at the Fisher Center on Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10.
The Graduate Conducting Program Presents an Evening of Music by Harold Farberman
The Graduate Conducting Program of The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents an evening of music by Harold Farberman, founder and artistic director of The Conductors Institute at Bard College, on Friday, November 9, at 8 p.m. in Olin Hall. The concert features Marka Gustavsson, viola; Sō Percussion; and Farberman’s students in the Graduate Conducting Program. A reception will follow the program. Admission is free and no reservations are necessary.
Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn Is Inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Daniel Mendelsohn, award-winning author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, was among 180 influential artists, scientists, scholars, authors, and institutional leaders who were inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences at a ceremony in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday, October 6.
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Brian Conn
Author Brian Conn has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2013. Conn will be awarded $30,000 and will join Bard as writer in residence next semester. He won the prize for his debut novel, The Fixed Stars, a work of experimental science fiction that our judges call "wondrous."
The Humanity of Robots, by Roger Berkowitz
What is more worrisome, the dehumanization of human beings, or the humanization of robots? Political Studies professor and Hannah Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz looks at the convergence of human and artificial intelligence.
Bard Senior Ben DiFabbio's Summers in the West Bank
Bard senior, cross-country runner, and political studies major Ben DiFabbio has spent the last three summers volunteering in the West Bank with the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative. The experience has changed his life.
Renowned Science Fiction Writer Samuel R. Delany Will Give Reading at Bard
On Monday, November 5, highly acclaimed science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany will read from his most recent novel, Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders, at Bard College. The New York Times Book Review called Delany “the most interesting writer of science fiction writing in English today.”
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