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Bard Network Students Gather for Civic Engagement Conference in Istanbul
Student leaders from institutions in the Bard network gathered for the second annual international Civic Engagement conference in Istanbul, Turkey, from March 14 to 19. "Get Engaged: A Bard/HESP Student Networking Conference: Student Action and Youth Leadership: Civic Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship, and the Liberal Arts" included 38 students from the Bard/HESP Network (Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations) and affiliated institutions. Students engaged in community-based work (either on or off campus) were selected to attend and presented project proposals during the event. The conference focuses on student networking, leadership, and international collaborations.
Latin Music Legend Rubén Blades Visits Bard High School Early Colleges
Multiple Grammy Award–winning musician Rubén Blades will speak to Bard High School Early College students in Manhattan and Queens this month. The iconic Panamanian singer, songwriter, composer, actor, activist and politician visited the Manhattan campus on March 11 and will visit the Queens campus this coming Wednesday, March 25, to talk about his remarkable career. A prolific musician who is known for bringing lyrical sophistication to his salsa compositions, Blades is also an acclaimed film and television actor. He ran for the presidency of Panama in 1994, winning 18 percent of the vote. He served a five year-term as the Panamanian minister of tourism and has been an activist and humanitarian. Blades holds law degrees from the University of Panama and Harvard University. He told the BHSEC–Manhattan students that "education was instrumental" in his life, and "I think the fact that I was educated helped me tremendously, not only in terms of my appreciation of the opportunity but in my capacity to sustain it."
Bard's James Ketterer Lectures on Education, Diplomacy at Future University of Egypt
James Ketterer, director of international academic initiatives at Bard's Center for Civic Engagement, gave a lecture this week at Future University of Egypt (FUE), where he spoke about the role of education and cultural affairs as a component of diplomacy, especially focusing on U.S.–Egyptian relations. He was hosted at FUE by Dr. Abdul Monen Al Mashat, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Political Science, and his talk was arranged by Professor Yasmine Zein Al-Abedine, who spent last summer at Bard as part of the U.S. Foreign Policy Institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. While in Egypt, Ketterer is also meeting with officials at the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Agency for International Development, educational nongovernmental organizations, and the American University in Cairo.
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College Presents Moves & Countermoves
Beginning on March 29, The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) presents 11 exhibitions and projects curated by second-year students in its graduate program in curatorial studies and contemporary art with 10 individual exhibitions curated by each student, along with a student-curated Marieluise Hessel Collection show. Moves & Countermoves will be on view through May 3, 2015, with the opening reception taking place on Sunday, March 29 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Bard Celebrates 25 Years of Publishing Renowned Literary Magazine Conjunctions with Reading on March 26
This year, Bard College is celebrating its 25th anniversary as publisher of the renowned literary magazine Conjunctions. Edited by Bradford Morrow—novelist, Bard Center Fellow, and professor of literature—Conjunctions is widely respected as the preeminent source for the best in innovative, provocative, rigorously realized fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction. Events to celebrate the anniversary include a special reading on Thursday, March 26, featuring Conjunctions contributors and Bard faculty members Mary Caponegro ’78, Ann Lauterbach, Neil Gaiman, Benjamin Hale, Robert Kelly, Francine Prose, and Morrow. The anniversary will also be marked by a special exhibition at Stevenson Library, as well as a celebratory reading and fund-raiser in the Spiegeltent on July 23.
President Botstein Asks: Are We Still Making Citizens?
President Botstein writes that education and the preservation of democracy are deeply connected. "The purpose, challenge, and substance of education in a democracy are defined by two questions: How ought we to live, side by side, not as lone individuals but as citizens?" He asks. "And how can we, through education, help individuals answer that question?"
Bard Studio Arts Faculty and Alumnus Selected for American Academy of Arts and Letters Exhibition
Bard artist in residence Medrie MacPhee, alumnus Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford '06, and former visiting artists James Clark and Jane Rosen have been selected for the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Letters Annual Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts. The exhibition features paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper by 40 contemporary artists and will be on view at the galleries of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York City from March 12 through April 12. Participating artists were chosen from a pool of over 200 nominees submitted by the members of the Academy.
Rosenberg Foundation Announces Gift to Bard College to Create Student Internships Under Bard Human Rights Project
The Justus and Karin Rosenberg Foundation has announced a gift to Bard College to create a student internship program that begins in the summer of 2015. The Rosenberg internships enable students to gain hands-on experience with nonprofit groups and other organizations that focus on hatred, antisemitism, extremism, and xenophobia. In the context of rising waves of violent religious and ethnic prejudice in Europe and elsewhere, of which the Charlie Hebdo attack and the killing of Jews in France and Denmark are just recent examples, the program will support work on the front lines of the struggle for human rights.
Nineteen Bard Student-Athletes Earn Liberty League Winter All-Academic Honors
Nineteen student-athletes from Bard have qualified for the Liberty League's 2014–15 All-Academic Teams in their respective sports. Commissioner Tracy King announced that 228 athletes earned the distinction across the league. Winter championship sports include men's and women's basketball, men's squash, and men's and women's swimming and diving. 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.
Bard Photography Professor Larry Fink Wins 2015 Infinity Award
The International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced the honorees of the 2015 Infinity Awards. Larry Fink, Bard College professor of photography, won the award for art. Larry Fink has been a professional photographer for more than 55 years. Fink has been awarded two John Simon Guggenheim Fellowships, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and two Individual Photography Fellowships. He has been teaching for more than 52 years. The Infinity Awards are widely respected as the leading honor for excellence in photography. The Awards will be presented at a gala on Thursday, April 30, at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers, in New York City.
Bard Undergraduates Attend Student World Affairs Conference
Several Bard College students participated in the annual Student World Affairs Conference, sponsored by the World Affairs Council of the Mid-Hudson Valley and hosted by Marist College on Saturday, February 28. Papers were presented by Gabriel Matsakis '15, Wilson Brehmer '16, and Grady Nixon '17. Sana Mustafa '17 also attended and participated in panel discussions. Professor James Ketterer served as discussant for the panel on "Religious and Multiethnic Conflict." Other schools participating included the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, SUNY New Paltz, Vassar College, Marist College, and the University at Delaware.
Bard College Students Participate in Wheatley International Affairs Conference in Utah
Two Bard students, Julia Lang Gordon '17 and Maeve Weber '16, attended the annual Wheatley International Affairs Conference hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, February 24–28. The conference draws students from across the United States, offering opportunities to learn from and interact with experts in international affairs in a context that facilitates networking, first-rate instruction, energetic exchanges of ideas, and collaborative work on policy issues. This year’s theme was "The Middle East: Power, Politics, & Prospects for Peace." Keynote speakers were Marc Lynch of George Washington University and Amaney Jamal of Princeton University. Read More
Bard College Hosts Fourth Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament
On Friday, February 27, Bard College welcomed more than 100 students and teachers to campus for the Fourth Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament. Hosted by the Bard Debate Union and the Center for Civic Engagement, the day's events included competitive debates, conversation, and collaborative programs with young participants and Bard College student mentors. Visitors came to campus from the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, Queens, and Cleveland, as well as from the Red Hook, Rhinebeck, and Kingston Schools. Students participated in three rounds of debate on the topics of police brutality, national security, and abolishing homework in primary and secondary education.
Simon’s Rock Sponsors Fifth Annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers
Bard College at Simon's Rock in Great Barrington, Mass., sponsors the annual Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, a series of events celebrating Women’s History Month in March. Held on campus and at venues throughout Berkshire County, this year's festival features more than 50 events including readings, lectures, workshops, performances, and film screenings. Read More
Bard College Berlin Student Wins Essay Competition Across Bard Network
A paper by Bard College Berlin student Dylan Davis (B.A. 2016, USA) on the relationship between hate and equality has won an essay contest across several Bard-affiliated campuses. In the fall of 2014, students at Bard College and its partners at Al-Quds University in the West Bank, the American University of Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan, and Bard College Berlin participated in the Academic Initiative on Hate and the Human Condition. Courses that explored and reflected on the problem of hate were offered at participating campuses, and final papers written by students in these classes were eligible for the essay contest. Following the evaluation by a panel of judges from the four institutions, Dylan Davis's paper "Beyond Hate: Exploring the Relationship Between Hate and Equality" was selected as the winner.
The Fisher Center Presents Haydn's Masterpiece The Creation
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. Performances take place on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. with a preconcert talk at 7 p.m. by James Bagwell, chorus master. Considered Haydn’s masterpiece, this large oratorio features members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, Bard Festival Chorale, Bard Chamber Singers, Bard Graduate Vocal Arts Program, and Longy Chorale.
National Book Award–Winning Author Lily Tuck to Give Reading at Bard
On Monday, March 2, Lily Tuck, the National Book Award–winning author of The News from Paraguay, Siam, I Married You for Happiness, and other books of fiction and biography, will read from her work at Bard College. “Tuck is a genius with moments … Her ability to capture beauty will remind readers of Marguerite Yourcenar and Marguerite Duras” (Los Angeles Book Review). Tuck will be introduced by novelist and Bard literature professor Bradford Morrow. The reading, presented as part of Morrow’s Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, takes place at 2:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema at the Bertelsmann Campus Center. It is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.
Bard College Participates in International Education Conference
Representatives from Bard College and its international partners participated in the annual Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA) conference, held February 15–18 in Washington, D.C. AIEA is composed of institutional leaders from across the globe engaged in advancing the international dimensions of higher education. Bard was well represented at the 2015 conference. Susan Gillespie, vice president for special global initiatives, chaired a panel on "Implementing Liberal Arts and Sciences Education in Russia and Palestine." Panelists included Rebecca Granato, assistant dean of Al Quds Bard, and Denis Akhapin, deputy dean for academic affairs at Smolny College. In addition, James Ketterer, Bard's director of international academic initiatives, chaired a panel on "The Paul Simon Award and Comprehensive Internationalization."
Video: Bard Prison Initiative Holds 12th Commencement
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) held its 12th commencement on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch. Fifty-one students received Bard College degrees. Timothy Cardinal Dolan, archbishop of New York, delivered the commencement address and received an honorary doctorate. The Bard Prison Initiative began as a student-led project in 1999 and now operates six programs in New York State. Bard College has conferred over 330 A.A. and B.A. degrees through BPI since 2005.
Hannah Arendt Center Teaching Fellow Michiel Bot Awarded Witteveen Fellowship
Michiel Bot has been awarded the first Witteveen Memorial Fellowship in Law and Humanities for research at Tilburg University in the Netherlands during the summer of 2015.
Bard Students Participate in Air Force Academy Assembly on U.S.-Russia Relations
Bard students Julia Minin '16 and Jared Rabinowitz '16 participated in the 56th Annual U.S. Air Force Academy Assembly, held February 2–4 in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The topic for this year's assembly was "U.S.-Russia Relations: Refocus. Rebuild. Reenergize." Convened annually since 1959, the Academy Assembly is a student-planned, undergraduate conference held by the Air Force Academy and cosponsored with Columbia University's American Assembly. This year's conference focused on the current crisis in Ukraine. Student delegates are divided into small roundtables moderated by senior representatives from academia and government. Distinguished speakers provide expert perspective and information on the topic at hand. This year's keynote speaker was Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia. The Bard students' attendance was supported by a grant from the Mellon Foundation.
Fisher Center Presents Performance Artist Cynthia Hopkins in A Living Documentary
The Fisher Center presents "breathtaking visionary" Cynthia Hopkins in her newest work, A Living Documentary. The performance takes place on February 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the LUMA Theater. A Living Documentary is a hilarious and searing reflection on the trials and tribulations of earning a living as a professional theater artist in the 21st century. Intertwining elements of musical comedy, documentary, and fiction, the show intersperses autobiographical storytelling with portrayals of semi-fictional comedic characters, all the while asking myriad questions about the realities of artistic life in New York City.
Bard Fiction Prize Winner Laura Van Den Berg to Give Reading on February 23
Author Laura van den Berg, writer in residence at Bard College, reads from her recent work on Monday, February 23. The free program begins at 7 p.m. in the László Z. Bitó ’60 Auditorium in Bard’s Reem-Kayden Center. Van den Berg received the 2015 Bard Fiction Prize for her book The Isle of Youth. In this collection of stories, van den Berg explores the lives of women mired in secrecy and deception. The characters 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.
Francesco Ciabattoni to Speak about Dante's Divine Comedy on March 5
The Italian Studies Program at Bard College presents Francesco Ciabattoni to give a talk on "Dante's Musical Design in the Commedia." The lecture examines the premise that Dante's journey through the Christian netherworld is not without its own soundtrack. From the cacophonous, failed attempts at presenting sacred music in Hell, the pilgrim goes on to listen to Purgatory's expiatory performances of Gregorian chants; and from the music of pure innocence in the Garden of Eden, Dante ascends to the complex and bedazzling beauty of polyphony in Paradise. Ciabattoni will explain the musicological and theological underpinnings of Dante's chosen musical settings. The event takes place on Thursday, March 5, at 5 p.m. in Weis Cinema of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.
The Fisher Center Presents Sō Percussion and Grey McMurray in Where (we) Live
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents Sō Percussion and Grey McMurray in Where (we) Live. The performance takes place on February 14 and 15 in the LUMA Theater. In the second performance of Branches—a multiyear partnership between the Fisher Center, The Bard College Conservatory of Music, and the John Cage Trust to highlight Sō Percussion’s integration into the artistic and academic community of Bard College—this “ambitious, beguiling show” (New York Times) blends music, video, and storytelling in a theatrical creation that reflects on notions of community and home. The performances, directed by Ain Gordon, feature guitarist Grey McMurray, choreographer Emily Johnson, and guest artists Aron Sanchez and Caroline Wallner. Additional program information can be found at fishercenter.bard.edu.
Bard College Kicks Off National RecycleMania Competition on Campus
Setting their sights on Earth Day on April 22, Bard College student EcoReps and the Bard Office of Sustainability launched a series of on-campus events this week as part of the nationwide 15th annual RecycleMania Competition. Each spring for eight weeks, hundreds of colleges across the United States and Canada report the amount of recycling and trash collected each week and are in turn ranked in various categories of sustainability practices. Bard took first place in the Food Service Organics (or composting) category last year for the third time, keeping thousands of pounds of food scraps out of the landfill over the course of the competition. The EcoReps have created a robust program for this year’s competition, which kicks off with Thursday's screening of the film Tapped, about the bottled water industry. Visit Website
Bard Model United Nations Competes at McGill University in Montreal
Bard Model United Nations team successfully competed in the McGill University Model United Nations Assembly (McMUN) in Montreal, Canada, January 22–25. Bard fielded a team of five delegates who served on committees simulating events in 1930s China, the 1815 Congress of Vienna, Nintendo's business strategy, and the UN’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee. Delegates from Bard were Sophia Foster (BRIDGE student), Jeremy Kaplitt '17, Brian Strigel '15, and Jess Zaccagnino '17. Gabriel Matsakis '15, Bard Model UN president, served as head delegate and James Ketterer attended as faculty adviser. Their next conference will be at Brown University from February 26 to March 1.
Measles Case Confirmed at Bard College
The vast majority of members of the Bard College community have been immunized against measles and are not at risk
New York state and county health officials have informed Bard College that a case of measles has been confirmed in a student on the Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, campus. The College is working closely with the Dutchess County and New York State Health Departments to insure the health and safety of those who may have had contact with the student, who has been isolated during recovery.
Looking to the Palestinian Future: Al-Quds Bard Holds Second Commencement
Al-Quds Bard College for Arts and Sciences bestowed 39 bachelor of arts degrees and 59 master of arts in teaching degrees at its January 26 commencement ceremony. The event took place at the Al-Quds University campus in Abu Dis, West Bank, and was attended by Al-Quds University President Imad Abu Kishik; President of Bard College Leon Botstein; U.S. Consul General Michael A. Ratney; USAID representative Bob Davidson; Dean of Al-Quds–Bard College Munther Dajani; and members of the faculty.
Cardinal Dolan Receives Honorary Degree at 12th Bard Prison Initiative Commencement
Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York, received an honorary doctorate of divinity and delivered the commencement address Saturday, January 24 at the Bard Prison Initiative’s (BPI) 12th commencement ceremony. The graduation was held at Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York. Bard College awarded degrees to more than 50 students—14 bachelor of arts and 37 associate in arts degrees. Among the B.A. candidates, nearly half majored in mathematics. Bard College President Leon Botstein presided over the ceremony along with representation from the College’s Board of Trustees. Brother Jesus Alonso, professor and head of the Center for Educational Outreach at Holy Cross College in Indiana, offered the invocation and benediction.
Bard Graduate Center Director Susan Weber Wins Prestigious Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award
Founder and director of the Bard Graduate Center: Decorative Arts, Design History, Material Culture (BGC) Susan Weber is the recipient of the 2015 Alfred H. Barr Jr. Award from the College Art Association (CAA) for the catalogue, William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain (Bard Graduate Center and Yale University Press, 2013). Given for an “especially distinguished catalogue in the history of art, published in the penultimate calendar year under the auspices of a museum, library, or collection,” the award reflects the BGC’s commitment to the highest standards of scholarship. The award will be presented to Weber during CAA’s Convocation in Manhattan on Wednesday, February 11.
Bard MFA Faculty and Alumna Win Fellowships from New York Foundation for the Arts
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) has announced its 2014 Artists' Fellowships Awardees, and a Bard MFA alumna and faculty members are among them. Music/Sound faculty Jace Clayton, Writing alumna Charity Coleman MFA '13, and Writing faculty Matvei Yankelevich have all been named as winners. For the past 29 years, NYFA has awarded unrestricted fellowships of $7,000 to artists living and working in the state of New York. Awarded in 15 different disciplines over a three-year period, Artists' Fellowships support artists from diverse cultural backgrounds at all stages of their professional careers. Read More
Bard College Landscape and Arboretum Program and New York Botanical Garden to Offer Continuing Education Classes
The Landscape and Arboretum Program at Bard College and the New York Botanical Garden are offering noncredit continuing education classes on gardening at Bard College this spring. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics. In addition, on Thursday, March 19, the Landscape and Arboretum Program will continue its monthly Bard Arboretum Walks with the Director series with Arboretum Director Amy Parrella ’99. Parrella will lead a leisurely stroll around the campus to explore some of the unique and beautiful trees that make up Bard’s landscape.
Bard Observes Martin Luther King Day with Civic Engagement Efforts
Bard College’s 5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement on Saturday, January 17, included numerous volunteer activities on campus and at 20 sites in the Hudson Valley. More than 175 first-year students—who are on campus for three weeks of Citizen Science courses—and a number of upperclassmen, faculty, and staff leaders participated. The day's activities included grooming horses at local farms, organizing science projects with area schoolchildren, doing some heavy lifting for the electronic waste collection day for the towns of Tivoli and Red Hook, and tending to the woodland trails around the Bard College campus.
Catastrophic Flooding Is Mitigated by Biodiversity, Says Study Led by Bard Professor
The impact of catastrophic flooding can be mitigated by protecting biodiversity, suggests a new study led by Bard College biology professor Alexandra Wright and published this week in Nature Communications.
The Fisher Center Presents the American Symphony Orchestra
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the American Symphony Orchestra (ASO), Friday, February 6 and Saturday, February 7 at 8 p.m. The program includes Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4; Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Violin Concerto in D Major; and Carl Reinecke, Flute Concerto, and features Concerto Competition winners Gabriel Baeza ’18, violin, and Adrienn Kántor ’14, flute. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director. A special preconcert talk by Peter Laki, visiting associate professor of music, begins at 7 p.m.
Bard Works Provides Career Development for Juniors and Seniors
The third annual Bard Works program runs from Sunday, January 18, to Friday, January 23, 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. Participants include more than 50 alumni/ae, parents, and local professionals. On Thursday, January 22, the program takes place in New York City with a day of panels and a networking reception hosted by the Bard College Alumni/ae Association Board of Governors. Read More
Continuation of Austerity Will Prolong Greece’s National Crisis and Poses Contagion Risk for Eurozone, New Levy Institute Report Says
Vowing to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s bailouts, the anti-austerity Syriza party continues to lead polls ahead of Greece’s election on January 25. The impending vote has spurred renewed discussion about Greece exiting the eurozone and is being closely watched by financial markets. A new report from the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College argues that despite some timid signs of recovery, notably in the tourism sector, it will take more than a decade for Greece’s real GDP to return to its precrisis level and for unemployment to fall to an acceptable range if no stimulus is provided to the economy.
Professor Stuart Levine Delivers Lecture to International Obedience to Authority Conference in Russia
Stuart Levine, Bard professor of psychology and emeritus dean of the college, delivered a lecture last month to the Obedience to Authority Conference in Kolomna, Russia. Professor Levine presented a paper on the continuing development of his Bard College seminar, Milgram—Obedience to Authority, and insights that have emerged in the course over the years. The Bard seminar focuses on Milgram's famous and controversial Yale University experiment on obedience to authority and the subsequent 50 years of further study and critical response it generated. Professor Levine presented at the invitation of Professor Alexander Voronov, of the State Academic University for the Humanities in Moscow, who has visited the Bard seminar in the past. This year Bard celebrates professor Levine's 50th anniversary as a member of the college's faculty. Read More
Video: Bard Globalization and International Affairs Students Jump-Start Their Careers
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) in New York City provides a unique opportunity for university students and recent graduates from around the world to engage in the study and practice of international affairs. Students take advanced courses with leading foreign affairs experts and participate in substantive internships in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Levy Economics Institute Announces 3+2 M.S. in Economic Theory and Policy
In fall 2015, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will launch a 3+2 program that will enable qualified and highly motivated Bard undergraduate students in economics or a related field to obtain in five years an accelerated bachelor of arts degree and master of science degree in economic theory and policy, along with extensive research experience. The 3+2 M.S. program will prepare students to pursue careers in public and private sectors as analysts, researchers, and consultants, and provide them with advanced knowledge, course work, and research experience to succeed as Ph.D. candidates.
Bard College First-Year Students Study Ebola Epidemic During Citizen Science Program
As part of Bard College's Citizen Science Program, all first-year students return to campus in January to take part in a rigorous three-week course that introduces them to natural science and the ideas underlying the scientific method. This year’s theme, “Reducing the Global Burden of Infectious Disease,” explores the biology of infectious disease and the myriad of impacts that outbreaks and subsequent management can have on our global society. As a health emergency with global implications, one topic that will be central in this January’s course is the Ebola epidemic and crisis in West Africa.
Bard MFA Student, Alumnus, and Faculty Members Honored with Grants and Awards
Bard MFA alumnus Zach Layton '15 and faculty members Ellen Fullman and David Hartt have been named recipients of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts 2015 Grants to Artists. Each of 14 winners receives an unrestricted grant of $35,000. These cash awards, given to artists across disciplines, provide recipients with the financial means to engage in whatever artistic endeavors they wish to pursue, to research and develop ideas, to embark on projects, and to complete projects already underway. Fullman and Layton won in the category of Music/Sound and Hartt won in the category of Visual Arts.
MFA Photography student Felipe Meres '16 is the Grand Prize winner of the Tom of Finland Foundation 2014 Emerging Artist Competition. The Foundation produces a biannual contest that supports and encourages emerging erotic artists by providing exhibition of their work, publicity, and awards.
Bard College’s Renowned Literary Magazine, Conjunctions, Wins $75,000 in Grants
Conjunctions, the celebrated literary magazine published by Bard College, has won a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a $50,000 multiyear ($10,000/year) grant from the New York State Council on the Arts to support its print and electronic publication of award-winning fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from many of the world’s leading contemporary writers and most innovative emerging authors.
Student Spotlight: Senior Jonian Rafti Gets Out the Vote
Bard senior, voting rights activist, and aspiring lawyer Jonian Rafti looks back on his time at the college. Jonian came to Bard from a large high school in New York City and was looking for a different kind of educational experience: a small college where he could get to know his peers and professors. Four years later he's working on a joint Senior Project in economics and history, serves as student body treasurer, and is a leader in the Election@Bard Initiative.
Leading Microbiologist Gautam Dantas and New Yorker Writer Michael Specter to Present January Citizen Science Lectures
The Bard College Citizen Science Program presents two lectures this month. Both lectures take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Richard B. Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater. They are free and open to the public; no reservations are necessary. On Wednesday, January 14, Gautam Dantas, assistant professor at the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, will present “Networks of Exchanging Antibiotic Resistomes in Human and Environmental Microbiota.” On Thursday, January 15, Michael Specter, staff writer at the New Yorker and visiting professor in the Environmental and Urban Studies Program at Bard, presents “Relying on Reality: Separating Fact from Fiction in Daily Life.”
Bard Men's Basketball Stuns Vassar in Liberty League Opener
Bard's Raptors beat Vassar's Brewers Tuesday, January 6, in a 61-54 victory to improve to 6-4 overall, 1-0 in the Liberty League. Vassar—the preseason coaches' pick to win the Liberty League title—has dominated the series between the schools until recently. Bard is 5-27 against Vassar all-time, but 4-3 against the Brewers since joining the Liberty League in 2011. The four wins over Vassar have come by a combined total of 13 points.
Fisher Center Presents Diverse 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 and orchestral concerts, and innovative dance and theater productions, from January 31 through May 16. Highlights include the Billie Holiday Centenary Tribute, Joseph Haydn’s The Creation, American Symphony Orchestra concerts, Cynthia Hopkins’ A Living Documentary, Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Laurie Anderson, and Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance.
James Ketterer Elected to Board of Directors of the Mid-Hudson Valley World Affairs Council
James Ketterer, Bard's director of international academic initiatives and senior fellow at the Institute for International Liberal Education, has been elected to the board of directors of the Mid-Hudson Valley World Affairs Council. The organization is a nonpartisan forum for citizen participation in world affairs. Its mission is to raise public awareness of international issues and to stimulate interest in a better understanding of world affairs. The Council presents public lectures, panels and debates, and educational and cultural programs. The council also sponsors programs and collaborative efforts to reach high school and college students and faculty. The Mid-Hudson chapter is one of 94 chapters of the National World Affairs Councils of America, the largest international affairs nonprofit organization in the United States, which works to address the need for more global understanding in America.
Center for Curatorial Studies Receives Major Gift of 200 Contemporary Artworks from Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg
The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is pleased to announce the gift of almost 200 contemporary artworks from New York art collectors Martin and Rebecca Eisenberg. The gift includes mostly works from the past fifteen years, close to the time Martin Eisenberg has been involved with the center as a board member and avid supporter of the graduate program, its students, and exhibitions. The Eisenbergs have supported the annual graduate exhibitions held each spring for the past eight years. In 2010, their collection was exhibited in the Hessel Museum of Art in At Home/Not At Home, curated by Matthew Higgs. Many of the artists shown in the Hessel Museum exhibition are represented in the new gift valued at approximately $2 million.
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