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Admitting New Ideas: Bard Admission Shakes Things Up
Bard is changing the college admission landscape. From the new Bard Entrance Examination to the unique and longstanding Immediate Decision Plan, the college is committed to bringing the next generation of students to Annandale with unconventional and distinctly Bardian strategies.
Bard Students and Alumni/ae Meet for Bard Works D.C.
On Friday, November 14, the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College brought 25 Bard students to the nation's capital for Bard Works D.C. This career development event featured 25 Bard alumni/ae presenting on their work in various fields in the D.C. area, with opportunities for students to ask questions and connect with leaders in their fields. The gathering was followed by an alumni/ae tour of the Pentagon. Malia Du Mont ’95 organized the day's events.
Thirty-Two Bard Student-Athletes Named to Liberty League's Fall All-Academic Teams
Thirty-two Bard student-athletes qualified this fall for the Liberty League All-Academic Teams. To be recognized, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of 3.20. Bard students qualified in men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King announced 580 qualifying students across the league, an increase of 95 over last fall.
Call for Nominations: Bard Network to Host Student Leadership Conference in Istanbul
The Bard/HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations) and affiliated institutions will gather student leaders for a five-day conference in Istanbul, Turkey from March 13 to 19, 2015, entitled "Student Action and Youth Leadership: Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts." Students from Bard network institutions are invited to submit proposals by December 10, 2014.
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's Levy Economics Institute Holds Second Annual Minsky Conference in Athens
The Levy Institute will hold its second annual Minsky Conference, entitled "Europe at the Crossroads: A Union of Austerity or Growth Convergence?" in Athens, Greece, November 21–22, 2014. Coorganized by the Levy Institute and Economia Civile, the conference will focus on the continuing debate surrounding the eurozone’s systemic instability; proposals for banking union; regulation and supervision of financial institutions; monetary, fiscal, and trade policy in Europe, and the spillover effects for the United States and the global economy; the impact of austerity policies on U.S. and European markets; and the sustainability of government deficits and debt.
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 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.
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.
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.
Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author Steven Millhauser to Read at Bard on November 10
On Monday, November 10, Steven Millhauser, the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Martin Dressler, The Knife Thrower, and other works, reads from his most recent short-story collection, We Others: New and Selected Stories, winner of The Story Prize and a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. Charles Simic, in The New York Review of Books, calls We Others “a book of astonishingly beautiful and moving stories by one of America’s finest and most original writers,” and David Rollow, in the Boston Sunday Globe, writes, “Every reader knows of writers who are like secrets one wants to keep, and whose books one wants to tell the world about. Millhauser is mine.” Millhauser will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow.
CCS Bard Presents New Exhibitions: Spectres and Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College presents two new exhibitions on view from November 6 to December 19. Spectres is an ongoing project of Belgian artist Sven Augustijnen, which revisits one of the most shameful events of European colonial history: the abduction, torture, and execution of Patrice Lumumba, the first elected Prime Minister of independent Congo. Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán is a multilayered exhibition and architectural intervention curated by Montserrat Albores Gleason as the culmination of a three-year curatorial fellowship at CCS Bard supported by the Jumex Foundation. Organized as part of an international curatorial conference to be held at CCS Bard from November 6 to 9, Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán takes its starting point from the narrative in Robert Smithson’s famous Hotel Palenque (1969-72), a slide projection taken from a lecture originally delivered by the artist at the University of Utah. Learn more about Spectres and Hotel Palenque Is Not in Yucatán.
MFA Faculty Nancy Shaver Receives Art as Media Award from Women’s Political Caucus
Bard MFA sculpture faculty Nancy Shaver is the first-ever recipient of the Art as Media Award presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) as part of the Exceptional Merit Media Awards (EMMAs). The EMMAs were created by the NWPC in 1986 to honor and reward journalists and media outlets in radio, television, print and the Internet that inform and educate the public about critical issues that impact women’s lives. The 2014 EMMAs were presented on the evening of October 27 at The Metropolitan Club of New York City. Previous recipients include Ellen Goodman, Cokie Roberts, Barbara Ehrenreich and Diane Sawyer. Cochairs for this year’s awards were Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney. Nancy Shaver's work has been shown extensively in the United States and abroad in both solo and group exhibitions. She has also been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant and fellowships from Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.
Bard's Longy School of Music Forms Training Orchestra for Postgraduate Musicians
The Longy School of Music of Bard College has announced the formation of a unique training orchestra that provides a Master of Music degree, newly approved by the State of New York and is designed to prepare them for the mounting challenges facing today’s orchestra players. The training orchestra, recruited from the finest postgraduate musicians, will offer advanced orchestral and leadership training and grant a Master of Music degree in Curatorial, Critical and Performance Studies. All applicants accepted into the three-year degree program will receive a fellowship, which includes the full expense of tuition as well as an annual stipend.
Visit the training orchestra website
Download the press release (PDF)
Read more in the New York Times and the Boston Globe
Bard High School Early College Faculty Jennifer Cordi to Receive Excellence in Teaching Award
Jennifer Cordi, associate professor of biology at Bard High School Early College Manhattan, has been selected to receive a 2014 Sloan Award for Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics from the Fund for the City of New York. Professor Cordi joins six other extraordinary New York City public high school science and mathematics teachers in receiving this prestigious award. The prize carries a $5,000 award for Professor Cordi and a $2,500 award for the BHSEC Biology Program, to be presented in a ceremony at the Great Hall at New York City's Cooper Union on Wednesday, December 3. Professor Cordi teaches evolutionary biology, botany, and general biology. Her research focuses on Middle Devonian fossil plants and the evolutionary patterns of vascular plant groups. She is a fellow of the New York Academy for Teachers.
Bard Math Circle to Host American Mathematics Competition and Talk on Tuesday, November 18
On Tuesday, November 18, the Bard Math Circle will host the middle-school-level American Mathematics Competition (AMC 8) exam. In its third year at Bard, this 25-question, 40-minute exam contains engaging math problems that are challenging at the middle-school level, and is intended to inspire, promote enthusiasm, and foster a healthy attitude toward mathematics. Students will be exposed to the richness of middle-school-level mathematics at a deeper level than is ordinarily encountered in the schools.
Hudsonia Executive Director and Bard Alumnus Erik Kiviat ’76 Wins Prestigious Higher Education Environmental Award
The Environmental Consortium of Colleges & Universities has awarded its Great Work Award in honor of Thomas Berry this year to Erik Kiviat ’76, executive director and cofounder of Hudsonia, a not-for-profit institute for research, education, and technical assistance in the environmental sciences based at the Bard College Field Station on the Hudson River. A certified wetland scientist, Kiviat has more than 45 years’ experience with natural history and environmental issues—especially those related to rare native species as well as invasive nonnative species—in the Northeast, and across North America, Europe, and Africa.
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Laura Van Den Berg
Author Laura van den Berg has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2015. 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 for one semester. Van den Berg is receiving the prize for her book The Isle of Youth (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2013). In this collection of stories, van den Berg explores the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. The characters in these stories are at once vulnerable and dangerous, bighearted and ruthless—grappling with the choices they have made and searching for the clues to unlock their inner worlds. Van den Berg’s residency at Bard College will be for the spring 2015 semester, during which time she will continue her writing, meet informally with students, and give a public reading.
Bard College Hosts Panel on U.S.-European Security Concerns, Featuring International and West Point Experts, on November 3
Bard College Center for Civic Engagement and the Political Studies Program will present a panel, “Europe Wonders, What Will America Fight For?” The panel will address the increasing and overlapping challenges facing U.S.-European relations, including the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, tensions with Russia, the military drawdown in Afghanistan, and the future of NATO and security challenges across the Middle East and North Africa. Featured panelists include Simona Soare from Romania, Joe Burton from New Zealand, and Scott Silverstone from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The event will be on Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
U.S. Economic Recoveries Increasingly Favor the Wealthy: An Interview with Pavlina Tcherneva
On September 24, Pavlina Tcherneva published an article in the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics that rocked the financial news. Examining widely used U.S. income data by economists Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty, Professor Tcherneva found a startling trend: over the last 60 years, the financial benefits of economic recoveries in the United States have increasingly gone to the wealthiest Americans. Tcherneva, Bard College assistant professor of economics and Levy Economics Institute research associate, illustrated her findings in a striking chart that went viral on social media. Coverage of her research appeared in the New York Times, NPR, Moyers & Company, and Slate, among other publications.
Bard Model UN Participates in Security Council Simulation at Yale
The Bard College Model United Nations team participated in the annual Security Council Simulation at Yale University October 16–19. Students served on a wide variety of committees ranging from real world issues (the Syrian crisis and Mandela's South Africa) to those drawing on more creative sources (Downton Abbey and Pirates of the Caribbean). Other participating schools included the U.S. Military Academy, Princeton, Columbia, McGill, SUNY Geneseo, Emory, Mount Holyoke, and NYU. Sophomore Jeremy Kaplitt served as Head Delegate and also won Outstanding Delegate for his work as the National Security Adviser on Hillary Clinton's Cabinet. Other members of the team were: Julia Lang Gordon '17, Simao Chen '18, Sophia Foster (BRIDGE student), Aya Qumber (PIE student), Andrew Djang '16 and Vikramaditya Joshi '18. “These simulations provide an excellent opportunity for students to learn about the complexities of international politics and diplomacy,” said James Ketterer, who co-teaches Bard's United Nations course. “While it is important to read and analyze the literature, diplomacy makes sense in a different way when you have to negotiate and make compromises with others sitting across the table from you.” The Bard team competes again next month at a Model Arab League simulation at Northeastern University.
Max Kenner '01, Bard Prison Initiative Director, Wins Smithsonian Ingenuity Award
Max Kenner, Bard alumnus and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), has won the 2014 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Education. The awards recognize 10 of the year’s most amazing achievements and the innovators behind them. On October 16, Smithsonian magazine, the flagship publication of Smithsonian Media, announced winners of the third annual American Ingenuity Awards, saluting 10 groundbreaking individuals across nine categories including technology, performing and visual arts, natural and physical sciences, education, historical scholarship, social progress, and youth achievement. Max Kenner conceived of and created the BPI as a student volunteer organization when he was an undergraduate at Bard College in 1999. Over the last decade, Kenner has led the expansion of BPI from a pilot program with 15 students to a nationally recognized education initiative enrolling nearly 300 students across six campuses in correctional facilities throughout New York State.
Award–Winning Author Julia Elliott to Give Reading at Bard on November 3
On Monday, November 3, Julia Elliott, winner of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a Pushcart Prize, will read from her debut short-story collection, The Wilds, which Publishers Weekly describes as “a brilliant combination of emotion and grime, wit and horror… Elliott’s gift of vernacular is remarkable, and her dark, modern spin on Southern Gothic creates tales that surprise, shock, and sharply depict vice and virtue.” Elliott will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow.
The Fisher Center Presents The American Symphony Orchestra
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the opening concert for the 2014–15 season of the American Symphony Orchestra concert series on October 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. The program includes Fryderyk Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11, with Maryna Kysla ’15, piano; and Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 9 in C Major (“Great”). The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. A special preconcert talk by Christopher H. Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music, Bard College, begins at 7 p.m.
Bard Receives U.S. Department of Education Grant for New Global Partnership Project
Bard has received a two-year grant from the Department of Education totaling $174,623 to support a new Global Partnership Project: Connecting International, Regional, and Language Studies. The College is one of 31 U.S. institutions of higher education to receive funding through the Department of Education’s Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language Education program, which provides grants to plan, develop, and implement programs to strengthen and improve undergraduate instruction in international studies and foreign languages in the United States.
Mariel Fiori '05 Named an Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year by GET Hudson Valley
Bard alumna and La Voz editor Mariel Fiori '05 has been named an Entrepreneurial Woman of the Year by Gateway to Entrepreneurial Tomorrows, Inc. (GET). GET promotes economic development in the Hudson Valley by supporting women, minorities, youth, and veterans in starting their own businesses. Every year the organization recognizes outstanding regional businesspeople with the Hudson Valley Entrepreneurial Awards. Mariel Fiori, who cofounded the Spanish-language magazine La Voz as a Bard student and has edited the publication for a decade, will be recognized for her contributions as a community leader. Fiori and five other awardees will be honored at GET's 10th anniversary celebration on Thursday, October 23, as part of the Hudson Valley Entrepreneurial Conference and Expo in Wappinger Falls.
Anne Carson, Robert Currie, Nick Flynn, and Sam Anderson Read from Sappho's Poetry
The Classical Studies Program at Bard College presents Bracko: A reading of Sappho’s poetry on October 18 by Anne Carson, Robert Currie, Nick Flynn, and Sam Anderson. Bracko presents the lyric poetry of Sappho, the ancient Greek poet known to many English-speaking readers through Anne Carson’s translation If Not, Winter. In addition to welcoming Sappho’s most distinguished translator to Bard, the event celebrates an extraordinary moment in the history of Sappho’s poetry. Sappho made headlines in the international press this year because of the rare discovery of two previously unknown poems.
BHSEC Queens Faculty Stephanie Kadison Receives STEM Hero Award at the UN
Neuroscientist Stephanie Kadison, a biology professor at Bard High School Early College Queens, received a STEM Hero Award from the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) during the United Nations 69th Annual General Assembly on September 22. Professor Kadison was recognized as an exceptional educator who inspires young people to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. She was a member of the first cohort of the NYAS's Afterschool STEM Mentoring Fellowship Program, in which she taught genetics to underserved middle school students, an experience that inspired her to become a teacher. The inaugural STEM Hero Awards were given to 10 individuals. Other honorees included Datin Seri Hajah Rosmah binti Mansor, the first lady of Malaysia; Paul Kagame, the president of Rwanda; and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, chairperson of the African Union. The NYAS award ceremony accompanied the launch of their Global STEM Alliance, a public-private partnership that brings together governments, companies, schools and NGOs to increase access to STEM education around the world.
LUMA Foundation and CCS Bard Announce Symposium on the Future of Curatorial Research
This major international symposium, entitled The Future Curatorial What Not and Study What? Conundrum, will take place at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, November 6–9, 2014. Given the extraordinary expansion of curatorial research and its surrounding debates, the focus of this international conference, organized collaboratively by four of the world’s most prominent curatorial programs, asks not “what is next” but rather the more urgent and durable question of “what futures?”
The Bard College Conservatory of Music Presents a Special Event
“Remembering the Genocide of European Roma During World War II” Followed By a Performance of Mozart’s Requiem
The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents a special event on Friday, October 17: a panel discussion titled “Remembering the Genocide of European Roma during World War II” followed by a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. Exploring issues of history and responsibility, the themed event was conceived of by acclaimed Hungarian conductor Ádám Fischer, who will conduct the Requiem Mass and participate on the panel. The panel discussion will be held at 4 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Conservatory Building, followed by a performance of the Requiem with James Bagwell, chorus master at 6:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts.
Arendt Center Hosts International Conference on American Exceptionalism
The Hannah Arendt Center at Bard College will host its seventh annual international conference in Olin Hall October 9–10. The conference, “The Unmaking of Americans,” will ask what aspirations and which dreams still animate American idealism. Americans today must confront the weakening of a collective vision of freedom and equality. Americans are dismayed at the power of money, the decay of self-governance, and a bureaucracy that seems impervious to popular control. And yet few dare to articulate a collective vision that might hold the country together. The Arendt conference brings together scholars, writers, and educators to ask, “Are there still American values worth fighting for?"
Center for Civic Engagement Announces “Get Engaged” Volunteer Fair on October 15
The Bard College Center for Civic Engagement is pleased to announce Get Engaged in the Hudson Valley, a volunteer fair with a focus on education, youth services, health-care organizations, and advocacy groups. Get Engaged will be held on Wednesday, October 15, from 4 pm to 6 pm at Bard College’s Bertelsmann Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
Center for Environmental Policy Students Awarded Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency
Bard College has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) People, Prosperity, and Planet (P3) Phase 1 Award Program to support a Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) graduate students’ project. The grant, for a project titled “The Integrated Use of Road Salt Management and Application Techniques,” was awarded in a national competition to a Bard CEP team of graduate students for an innovative and sustainable design to help solve one of today’s complex environmental problems.
Bard Classicist Lauren Curtis Wins International Prize for Dissertation
Assistant Professor of Classics Lauren Curtis has won the 2014 research prize for best unpublished Ph.D. dissertation in the field of Greek and Roman music from the International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage (MOISA). Professor Curtis's dissertation, On with the Dance: Imagining the Chorus in Augustan Poetry, explores the poetic and cultural significance of Greek song-and-dance culture in Augustan Rome. Professor Curtis is revising her dissertation for publication and will present work from the book-in-progress at the MOISA panel at the next Society for Classical Studies meeting in New Orleans in January.
Bard College Hosts Public Debate with West Point
Has individualism, as one of the highest American values, done more harm or good for American society? The world at large? The Bard Debate Union and Hannah Arendt Center host a debate titled “Resolved: Individualism is an American value worth fighting for” on Tuesday, October 7, at 7 p.m. in the Campus Center Multipurpose Room.
The Fisher Center Presents "Music Alive! Dynamic Women Making Music From Around the Globe!"
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents “Music Alive! Dynamic Women Making Music from Around the Globe” on Sunday, October 5 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater. This exciting program is curated by artistic directors Joan Tower, Grammy Award–winning composer, and Blair McMillen, pianist, and showcases works by female composers performed by more than 30 students from The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Music Program. There will be a special appearance by Grammy Award–winning soprano Dawn Upshaw.
Bard College Receives 2014 Avon Foundation for Women Campus Grant
Bard College has received a $5,000 grant from the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The grant will fund the Green Dot, etc. program at Bard College to engage community members as activated bystanders in the reduction of sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking. This is the second year Bard College has received funding from the Avon Foundation for Women.
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Audrey Niffenegger
In the second in a regular series of conversations hosted by Bard professor Neil Gaiman, author and artist Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) discusses time travel, Doctor Who, graveyards, taxidermy, graphic novels, pictures, books, and long-distance romance. The program takes place on Friday, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater.
Bard College Programs Participate in the People's Climate March
Bard College and its affiliated programs were well represented at the People's Climate March in New York City on Sunday, September 21. More than 100 faculty, staff, and students participated from Bard College in Annandale, the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, the Bard MBA in Sustainability, and the Bard High School Early Colleges. The Bard Office of Sustainability, Environmental and Urban Studies Program, and student-run EcoReps and Environmental Collective were instrumental in organizing buses from Bard College, with transportation funding provided by the People's Climate March and the Sierra Club. Bard MBA offered a viewing area from their 6th Avenue space overlooking the march route, which was decorated with large banners hanging from the upper-story windows.
Bard Debate Union Hosts Tournament, Eastern Correctional Facility Team Beats Vermont
The weekend of September 19–21 was a busy one for the Bard College Debate Union, both in Annandale and at Eastern New York Correctional Facility. On Friday, the Bard Debate Union at Eastern defeated the University of Vermont in a debate about the merits of disbanding NATO. On Saturday and Sunday, the Bard Debate Union in Annandale and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement hosted the inaugural Bard College Invitational debate tournament.
Bard College–West Point Panel on Challenges in a Chaotic Middle East
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs program and the West Point–Bard College Exchange will present “New World Disorder: U.S. Grand Strategy in a Chaotic Middle East,” a panel featuring Walter Russell Mead and James Ketterer of Bard College and Ruth Beitler of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The panel will address the increasing and overlapping challenges facing the United States across the Middle East and North Africa. It will take place on Monday, September 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Professor Myra Young Armstead Begins NEH Fellowship at Schomburg Center
Bard College Professor of Historical Studies Myra Young Armstead has been awarded a fellowship as a Schomburg Scholar-in-Residence. The fellowship, which is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, gives access to the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and other centers of The New York Public Library. Schomburg Scholars research and write about black history and culture throughout the black diaspora, interact with other participating scholars, and give lectures on their findings. Professor Armstead has begun her six-month residency, during which she will research progressive public history in Harlem.
Fisher Center Hosts Longy School of Music of Bard College Sistema Side by Side Orchestra Conducted by Jorge Soto
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents a performance by the Longy School of Music of Bard College Sistema Side by Side Orchestra, conducted by Jorge Soto, on September 20 at 3 p.m. The Sistema Side by Side Orchestra travels from Boston to honor Maestro José Antonio Abreu, founder of El Sistema, the unique program from Venezuela that brings about social change through music and has improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of children worldwide.
Bard's Fisher Center and John Cage Trust Present a Celebration of Acclaimed Composer John Cage
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and The John Cage Trust at Bard College present two special concerts featuring works by acclaimed American composer John Cage. On Saturday, September 20, there will be a rare performance of Cage’s The Ten Thousand Things in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater, at 8 p.m., with a preconcert talk at 7 p.m. by musicologist James Pritchett. On Sunday, September 21, Sō Percussion will debut Branches, a new, multimedia program at Bard, with a performance of We Are All Going in Different Directions in the Sosnoff Theater at 3 p.m.
Bard High School Early College Cleveland Opens
The new Bard High School Early College Cleveland officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, September 5. President Botstein called the students "pioneers" in education, and emphasized the importance of engaging teenagers in learning by treating them with respect and challenging them in school. The new campus is a partnership between Bard College and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and joins seven other Bard early college programs around the country. BHSEC students earn a high school diploma and a tuition-free associate's degree from Bard College in four years.
Teenagers Need to Be Treated Better, Bard President Tells Cleveland Audience, for Them to Love Learning
Students at New Bard College High School in Cleveland Are "Pioneers" on a Mission to Learn and Succeed
Photos from the Plain Dealer: Bard High School Early College Opens
Bard President Leon Botstein Visits Bard High School Early College Cleveland for Ribbon Cutting
Video: Bard High School Early College Cleveland Welcomes First Students
Bard's Center for the Study of the Drone Releases Guide to Key Issues about Drones
The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College announces the release of The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues, an online and print publication about the basic facts, issues, questions, and patterns related to unmanned systems in military, civilian, and commercial contexts. The Drone Primer is a comprehensive and concise handbook covering fundamental themes, questions, and facts about drones in technology, history, law, strategy, and culture. The report includes a portfolio of drone art, a first for a publication of this kind. The primer is free and available to the public.
Celebrated Author and Bard College Professor Joseph O’Neill to Give Reading
On Monday, September 15, Joseph O'Neill, Bard’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Written Arts and the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning Netherland, will read from his new novel, The Dog. Publishers Weekly describes The Dog as “Pitch-perfect prose . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.”
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