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Bard Observes Martin Luther King Day with Volunteer Activities
Bard participated in the nationwide Martin Luther King Day of Service on Saturday, January 18. More than 300 first-year students—who are on campus for three weeks of Citizen Science courses—marked the occasion by participating in volunteer activities and trainings on campus and at 25 sites in the Hudson Valley. Organized by the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard, events included a social justice workshop for Bard students in the Campus Center, several campus activities for local Girl Scouts led by Bard students, a recycling day for electronic waste in Red Hook, and a junior detectives event at the Tivoli Library.
Bard Works Provides Career Development for Juniors and Seniors
The weeklong Bard Works program began on Sunday, January 19, offering opportunities for students to gain valuable career tools as they near graduation. Juniors and seniors participate in a series of workshops, networking events, and other professional development activities. With the support of mentors from the campus community and beyond, students hone their business etiquette and job searching skills, work on public speaking and workplace leadership, and explore how to translate their undergraduate education to the global marketplace.
Students Give TED Talks a New Spin with Bard Talks
On Sunday, January 19, Bard's Office of Student Activities held it’s inaugural first-year lecture series, Bard Talks, inspired by the widely known TED Talks conferences. Six students presented on a range of topics that showcased social and political issues of global concern, as well as ways to engage with those issues on campus. Topics addressed included malaria in sub-Saharan Africa, food initiatives at Bard, climate change, organ trafficking, and information security. Bard Talks took place in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day of Service and the Citizen Science program. The event was well attended by students and faculty at the Bito Auditorium in the Reem-Kayden Center.
Bard College Participates in Project Interchange Visit to Israeli Universities
Dean Michèle Dominy visited universities in Israel earlier this month as part of a delegation of nine college administrators invited by Project Interchange, a nonprofit educational institute of the American Jewish Committee. The seminar was designed to examine the complex issues facing Israel and the region at a time when many campuses are giving attention to the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. Participants in the delegation met with Jewish, Arab Israeli, and Palestinian senior officials, and also with nongovernmental organizations, media, and community and university leaders. The programming explored academic and student exchanges, research collaboration, and technology transfer. Tel Aviv University and Hebrew University were among the sites visited. Participants also traveled to the West Bank to meet with Palestinian leaders.
Bard Center for Environmental Policy to Host C2C Fellows Sustainability Leadership Workshop February 14–16
During the weekend of February 14–16, Bard College will host the third annual 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 three-day workshop offers training to college students and recent graduates aspiring to become sustainability leaders in politics and business.
Charles Esche to Receive the 2014 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from CCS Bard
Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, codirector of Afterall Publishing, and curator of the 2014 Sao Paulo Bienal, is the recipient of the 2014 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College. The award, which includes a prize of $25,000, will be presented at a gala celebration and dinner on April 2 in New York City. Esche is the seventeenth recipient of the award.
Bard Sophomore Troy Simon Speaks at White House Forum on Education Access, Introduces Michelle Obama
Bard College sophomore Troy Simon spoke at a White House forum on expanding college opportunity, introducing First Lady Michelle Obama and receiving recognition from the first lady as well as President Barack Obama. Simon joined educators, policy experts, elected officials, and other student leaders on Thursday, January 16, for a series of panels and speeches that addressed lack of access to higher education in the United States for poor and minority students. President Obama announced an expanded national college access initiative at the event, with more than 100 colleges and 40 institutions participating.
Fisher Center Announces Major Funding from the Mellon Foundation to Support New Choreographic Fellowships
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $500,000 grant to support residencies for six choreographers over four years as part of Live Arts Bard (LAB). LAB, a program of the Fisher Center, provides residencies for American artists and ensembles making work that spans and transcends the fields of theater, performance, dance, music, film, and live art. The Mellon Foundation grant significantly expands the program’s capacity to integrate choreographers into the life of the College, with opportunities for choreographers to work with students in a variety of arts and non-arts disciplines.
Biologist Bruce Robertson's Research Shows There's More to Biofuel Production Than Yield
Biology faculty member Bruce Robertson has coauthored a paper showing that perennial grasses can effectively be used as biomass crops while preserving species and ecosystem services. While corn leads biomass crops by yield, that high production comes at a high price for the environment. This research is part of Professor Robertson's ongoing collaboration with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University.
Read the article in PNAS.
Learn more about the story from the National Science Foundation.
Bard College Announces the Marshall & Sterling Scholarship for Undergraduate Economics Majors
Bard College announces a new scholarship for students wishing to study economics. Marshall & Sterling Insurance has given $20,000 to the College in order to fund the first year of the Marshall & Sterling Scholarship for Undergraduate Economics Majors. This scholarship supports Bard’s ongoing commitment to a need-blind admissions policy.
Women's Soccer Team Wins Silver Ethics and Sportsmanship Award
The Bard College women's soccer team has won a Silver Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior, and adherence to the laws of the game. The Ethics Award follows on the heels of the NSCAA Academic Award the team received in November for having a team GPA of 3.0 or above.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Visits BHSEC Queens
On Friday, December 20, outgoing New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg made what was likely the last speech of his career as mayor at Bard High School Early College Queens. Bloomberg visited schools in the borough, emphasizing the gains made in the city's public education system during his administration. At BHSEC he met up with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who was on his own farewell tour. Bloomberg highlighted BHSEC as a model school, with his office noting on Twitter that the school's graduation rate is 96 percent, compared to 68 percent in all of Queens. Mayor Bloomberg called the students "some of the luckiest kids in the world." BHSEC students receive their high school diploma and associate's degree for free in four years. Read more about the visit below.
Bloomberg's Last Day of School (WNYC)
Mayor makes final speech in Queens on school gains (Times Ledger)
Bloomberg lauds small schools on his final visit as mayor (Gotham Schools)
Chancellor Dennis Walcott's last day while schools in session (ABC)
New Album by Dawn Upshaw Nominated for Three Grammy Awards
Winter Morning Walks, a new album by Dawn Upshaw, celebrated soprano and artistic director of the Conservatory’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, has been nominated for three Grammy awards including Best Contemporary Classical Composition and Best Classical Vocal Solo.
Student Spotlight: Bard Junior Lucy Flamm
Lucy Flamm '15 is taking full advantage of her college experience. She has obtained funding for internships, started an arts club at Bard, and is studying abroad in London this year. Of Bard students she says, "People learn from each other because everyone is so open about what they’re interested in, and brave enough to challenge each other’s opinions and assertions."
Video: The Language and Thinking Program at Bard College
The Language and Thinking Program is an intensive introduction to the liberal arts and sciences with a particular focus on writing. It is attended by all incoming Bard students during the last three weeks of August. Says Zelda Bas '16: "I like to think of L&T as a VIP sneak peak into what college at Bard will be like ... you come to Bard and the whole campus belongs to the freshman class, so there's a very tight-knit community that's formed during that time."
Video: Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama Delivers Inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum Lecture
On Monday, December 9, the inaugural Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum took place at Bard College. In the wake of the death of Nelson Mandela, the forum's focus shifted to examine “Africa’s Future: Mandela, Achebe, and Empowerment in Africa.” President John Dramani Mahama of the Republic of Ghana delivered the keynote lecture on the topic of “Women in Africa: How the Other Half Lives.” The Chinua Achebe Leadership Forum brings together international leaders and thinkers to discuss Africa’s challenges, in keeping with Professor Chinua Achebe’s life and work. (President Mahama's lecture begins at 1:06:44)
Bard College Baseball Field Construction Under Way
Construction has begun on a new baseball facility at Bard College. Bard restarted its baseball program last season after a 76-year hiatus. Now the college is getting a new field for its new team, thanks to a $2.2 million gift from an anonymous donor. The facility, to be named Honey Field, will give Bard ballplayers a field of their own, after playing home games last season at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill and at Gruner Field in Kingston.
Bard Fisher Center Presents Spring Season of Performing Arts Events
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents a full spring season of performing arts events, including jazz, opera, and orchestral concerts, and innovative dance and theater productions, from February through May. Highlights Include Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band, Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem, American Symphony Orchestra concerts, An Opera Double Bill, An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith, Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo & Juliet, and dance productions including Joanna Kotze’s it happened it had happened it is happening it will happen and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company in residence.
CCS Bard Library to Receive Archives of Distinguished Curator John G. Hanhardt
The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) has acquired the archives of John G. Hanhardt, noted film and media arts curator. The donation builds on 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 alternative art spaces.
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras Present an Evening of Gamelan Music
Hudson Valley Balinese Gamelan Orchestras will host their annual winter concert on Friday, December 6, at Bard College's Olin Hall. The program, featuring Balinese music and dance begins at 8 p.m. under the leadership of artistic director and Balinese master musician, I Nyoman Suadin.
CCS Bard Grad Students Curate Marginalia Exhibition from the Marieluise Hessel Collection
Ten graduate students from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard will curate Marginalia, a new exhibition drawing from the Marieluise Hessel Collection. Marginalia is the first of two exhibitions in an extended exercise in reading and re-reading the permanent collection. The exhibition will open on Thursday, December 12, with a reception from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Bard Senior Jess Lambert Pursues Her Passion for Sustainability
Environmental and urban studies major Jess Lambert '14 came to Bard from the small town of Liberty, New York. As a student representative for the Bard Sustainability Council, she’s committed to improving environmental practices on campus. "I’m glad I found a place that really recognizes the importance of pursuing the work you’re most excited about," she says. "That’s been really empowering for me."
Bard Alumnus Pierre Joris '69 Wins MLA Scaglione Prize for Translation
Bard alumnus and parent Pierre Joris '69 has won the Modern Language Association's Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for a Translation of a Scholarly Study of Literature. Joris, professor emeritus of the University at Albany, State University of New York, receives the award for his translation of Paul Celan’s The Meridian: Final Version–Drafts–Materials.
Bard's Fisher Center Presents Elephant Room
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the sublime comedy, Elephant Room. Three magicians. One show. Zero boring stuff. Sub-zero intelligence. It’s time to make it all add up in the Elephant Room. Elephant Room will be performed at the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater, December 13–15.
Interview: Saim Saeed ’13 Talks about How Bard Prepared Him for a Career in Journalism
A political studies and philosophy major, Bard College alumnus Saim Saeed ’13 won a Davis Projects for Peace Award for his project, “Living Together—Navigating Common Grounds: A MENA-EU Initiative” in Istanbul, Turkey. In May 2012, during his junior year at Bard, the New York Times published his op-ed essay "Shouting in the Mirror." After graduating from Bard College, Saeed went to work as a writer for the American Interest. In this interview, he talks about the importance of his study abroad experience at Bard.
Bard Graduate Dan Cline ’08: Making a Difference for Ukraine’s Youth
Bard alumnus Dan Cline '08 has been volunteering with the Peace Corps in Ukraine for more than a year. He currently lives and works in the town of Haisyn, where he teaches English as a second language to primary and secondary school students at the Haisyn School-Gymnasium. Shocked to find that the classrooms had no dictionaries, Cline is raising funds to provide better learning tools for Haisyn’s students and teachers. He has also organized English language clubs at the school and has been offering extra tutoring to students. Cline acts as vice president of the Peace Corps Gender and Development Working Group in the region, and as secretary of the HIV/AIDS Working Group. He is also involved in groups for Technology for Development and the National Olympiad.
Cline also recently received a Small Project Assistance Program grant through USAID for his keystone Peace Corps service project. With this grant, Cline will organize and oversee the construction of an outdoor athletic complex on the school grounds, which will be open to the larger community. The project will also involve Cline's Young Volunteers' Club, and will make available healthy lifestyle education for students. Cline has recently garnered media attention in Ukraine for his varied and committed work on behalf of young people in Haisyn, including interviews published in The Tribune of Labor and the Haisyn Herald.
Solar-Powering Cambodia: Daniel Pacheco ’07
When Daniel Pacheco ’07 accepted a job through Engineers Without Borders to work in Cambodia, he had no idea that he would end up launching his own sustainable energy company there. Four years later, he's helping to bring energy independence to communities throughout the country. Working with Cambodian colleagues, Pacheco installs solar in homes, orphanages, and clinics, and makes sure these systems are sustainable for local people in the long term.
Bard Soccer Teams Earn NSCAA Academic Awards
The Bard College men's and women's soccer teams have earned Team Academic Awards from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for the 2012–13 academic year. Bard's men's team had a cumulative GPA of 3.39, highest among all Liberty League schools. Bard's women's soccer team had a 3.26 cumulative GPA. Nationally, 862 teams qualified with GPAs of 3.0 or higher, but only 182 institutions had both the men's and women's programs recognized.
ECLA of Bard Is Now Bard College Berlin
ECLA of Bard has now become Bard College Berlin, A Liberal Arts University. The change of name signals the institutional affiliation to Bard College in Annandale. Bard College Berlin is a German university recognized by the Senate of Berlin, with a faculty active in teaching and research and trained at the most renowned universities in Europe and the U.S. Bard College Berlin offers an intensive program in intellectual history together with the opportunity to specialize in a specific discipline of the humanities or social sciences.
Bard Prison Initiative Receives Grants to Open New Campus, Support Women's Program
The Bard Prison Initiative has received two significant grants that will further the program's work with incarcerated students in New York State. A $134,000 grant from the Nancy and Edwin Marks Family Foundation will fund the launch of a new campus this fall at Fishkill Correctional Facility, a medium-security prison for men in Beacon. A $150,000 three-year grant from the New York Community Trust will fund undergraduate college degree courses and reentry support for BPI’s program for incarcerated women. The largest program of its kind in the United States, BPI has awarded 250 degrees and educated more than 500 students. Read more about grants from the Nancy and Edwin Marks Family Foundation and New York Community Trust.
Bard Men's Basketball Team Wins Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament
The Bard College men's basketball team started the 2013–14 season with a splash last weekend when it won the Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Tournament. After upending tournament host Connecticut College on Saturday night, the Raptors defeated Suffolk University, 85–75, in the championship game on Sunday. Coaches vs. Cancer is a nationwide collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches, which increases cancer awareness and raises funds in support of cancer research and education.
Interview: Bard President Leon Botstein on the New Bard Entrance Examination
President Botstein talks about Bard's fresh look at college admissions, the evolving job market, and the future of higher education in this Huffington Post interview. "Learning, like love, death and eating, are fundamental human activities," says President Botstein. "It's at the core of human existence and its character has a resilience of continuity that is part of what makes up human nature."
Bard Fisher Center Initiates New Performing Arts Collaboration With Red Hook Schools
Bard's Fisher Center has launched a pilot program to provide new arts education opportunities for Red Hook students. Working in collaboration with the Red Hook Central School District, the Fisher Center is inviting students to participate in a range of performing arts activities, including attending open rehearsals, plays, concerts, and master classes, and staging performances by Red Hook students in theater, choral, and band programs in the Fisher Center’s theaters.
An Interview with Journalist and Bard Alumnus Matt Taibbi '92
Journalist Matt Taibbi ’92 has emerged as one of the shrewdest, most tenacious reporters of our nation’s financial system and politics. In this interview with William Stavru '87, he discusses financial regulation, the multiparty system, and the state of journalism today.
Bard Students Named to Liberty League Fall All-Academic Teams
Twenty-four Bard College students have been named to the Liberty League 2013 Fall All-Academic Teams. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic team, a student athlete must be a sophomore or higher in class standing with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20. The Liberty League's fall championship sports include men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and volleyball.
Leading Economists and Policymakers Discuss Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and Austerity at Levy Economics Institute Conference in Athens
The Levy Economics Institute of Bard College gathered high-level policymakers, distinguished economists, and leading banking and investment professionals at the conference “The Eurozone Crisis, Greece, and the Experience of Austerity,” in Athens, Greece, November 8–9. The conference was organized as part of the Levy Institute’s international research agenda and in conjunction with the Ford Foundation Project on Financial Instability. Click below to listen to conference audio.
Justin Gallanter ’34: Recollections of St. Stephen’s
On a foggy January day in northernmost Vermont, Justin Gallanter ’34 recounted his memories of his years at St. Stephen’s College, the precursor to Bard: “At a school with 100 students and a faculty of maybe 15, there were no secrets.” His gaze was clear, his memory sharp, and his presence, as the last known living St. Stephen’s alumnus, a bridge to the past.
Rethinking Math and Science Classrooms: BHSEC Hosts Third Annual Breakfast and Commentary
Remarks from the panelists at this year's breakfast and commentary were wide-ranging and well delivered. A great deal of emphasis was placed on the necessity of students embracing ambiguity and uncertainty in the classroom. Accomplished panelists represented BHSEC math and science faculty, and were joined by Leon Botstein, president of Bard College.
Bard College Launches New Early College in Partnership with Harlem Children’s Zone
Bard College is pleased to announce the opening of its newest early college campus: the Bard Early College at the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ) Promise Academy. This early college program, created through a partnership between Bard College and the Harlem Children’s Zone, will provide high school students in the HCZ Promise Academy charter schools the opportunity to take undergraduate seminars taught by college professors and to earn up to a year of tuition-free Bard College credits concurrently with a high school diploma.
Bard College Contemporary Fiction Series Presents a Reading by Eleanor Catton
Bard College presents a reading by Eleanor Catton on Thursday, November 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Bard Chapel. Catton recently became, at 28, the youngest person to ever receive the Man Booker Prize for her novel The Luminaries, which is also the longest book to receive the prize. Catton will read from The Luminaries at this event. Admission is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Bard's Own La Voz Magazine Now a Contributor to HuffPost Voces
Bard College students Mariel Fiori '05 and Emily Schmall '05 founded La Voz magazine in 2004 as a Trustee Leader Scholar (TLS) project. Their goal was to serve the Hispanic community of the Mid–Hudson Valley with a free, Spanish-language publication featuring cultural content, news, and empowering information. This award-winning publication has grown to a circulation of 5,000 and an estimated readership of 20,000. Recently, La Voz joined the Spanish-language HuffPost Voces section of the Huffington Post as a contributor.
Senior Close-Up: Julia DeFabo
Senior Julia DeFabo's Bard experience has taken her to unexpected places. A student athlete playing for Bard's tennis team, she came to the College planning to study sociology or human rights. Instead she developed an unexpected interest in African art, particularly how it is curated and discussed from a Western perspective. The Pennsylvania native has since studied in France and Senegal and plans to pursue a Ph.D. in African art history after graduation.
Latest Issue of Conjunctions Explores Vast World of Animals
Conjunctions:61, A Menagerie—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—gathers writings from many of today’s leading contemporary writers about the vast world of our fellow beasts who occupy the earth, oceans, and sky. A collection of fiction, essays, poems, memoirs, and dialogues, A Menagerie is coedited by Conjunctions editor, novelist, and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow, and novelist and 2012 Bard Fiction Prize winner Benjamin Hale. The issue features a previously unpublished conversation about animals between Bradford Morrow and Beat icon William S. Burroughs from 1987.
Renowned Writer Neil Gaiman to Join Bard College Faculty as Professor in the Arts
Bard College announces the appointment of Neil Gaiman as Professor in the Arts. Gaiman, who joins the College in the spring semester of 2014 as a member of the Theater and Performance faculty, will teach courses across the Division of the Arts and the Division of Languages and Literature. His first course will be an advanced writing workshop exploring the history of the fantastic, approaches to fantasy fiction, and the meaning of fantasy today, taught through the Written Arts Program and the Experimental Humanities concentration.
Professor in the Arts Neil Gaiman discusses how he began to teach writing at Bard in the spring of 2013.
Bard Faculty Member Judy Pfaff Wins International Sculpture Center's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award
Acclaimed sculptor and Bard faculty member Judy Pfaff will receive the International Sculpture Center's 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. Praised in Sculpture, the magazine of the International Sculpture Center, she is an "artist’s artist, deeply admired, respected, even imitated, by colleagues, youthful peers, and art world insiders." Professor Pfaff shares this honor with sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, and will receive the award at a gala in New York City in the spring of 2014.
Bard College Presents Long Game, A New Radio Documentary by Award-Winning Journalist Trey Kay
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement and the Human Rights Project host Trey Kay, award-winning Hudson Valley journalist, who will present his new radio documentary The Long Game: Texas’ Ongoing Battle for the Direction of the Classroom on Thursday, November 7, at 7 pm in Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard Ranked Among Art Review's Power 100
In a ranked list of the contemporary art world's most powerful figures, CCS Bard was listed as one of only two schools, noted for an exceptional graduate program training cutting edge curators.
Award-Winning Author and NYU Performance Studies Professor Tavia Nyong’o to Speak at Bard
On Thursday, November 14, Tavia Nyong’o—associate professor of performance studies at New York University and Errol Hill Award winner for best book in African American theatre and performance studies—will speak at Bard College. Nyong’o’s talk, “Epistemology of the Lifeboat: Life of Pi and Queer Fabulation,” is being presented by Bard’s Environmental and Urban Studies Program, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, and the Language and Literature Division, with funding from a Bard College, Mellon-supported course development award. The talk takes place at 4:30 p.m. in the Gabrielle H. Reem and Herbert J. Kayden Center for Science and Computation Room 103 and is free and open to the public.
Bard Math Circle Hosts AMC 8 Math Contest for Second Year
The Bard Math Circle will host the AMC 8 Math Contest on Tuesday, November 19, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Bard College. The AMC 8, first offered in 1985, is an annual contest in middle school mathematics sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America. In 2012, more than 150,000 students from 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest, including 49 students at Bard College from around the Mid-Hudson Valley. The AMC 8 program at Bard will include an inspirational talk by Bard mathematics professor Sam Hsiao, and a panel discussion for parents entitled "Supporting Your Child as a High Achiever in Math and Science." Click Here to Register
Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Bennett Sims
Author Bennett Sims has been selected to receive the annual Bard Fiction Prize for 2014. The prize, established in 2001 by Bard College to encourage and support promising young fiction writers, consists of a $30,000 cash award and appointment as writer in residence at the College for one semester. Sims is receiving the prize for his debut novel, A Questionable Shape. In this penetrating novel set in Baton Rouge, Sims writes about a son looking for his undead father and transcends traditional zombie narrative to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss.
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