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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 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.
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.
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.
Renowned Writer and Environmental Activist Bill McKibben Joins Bard Center for Environmental Policy Advisory Board
Author and climate leader Bill McKibben has joined the Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP), an innovative graduate program at Bard that offers master of science degrees in environmental policy and in climate science and policy. McKibben is the author of a dozen books about the environment, beginning with The End of Nature in 1989, which is regarded as the first book for a general audience on climate change. He is a founder of the grassroots climate campaign 350.org, which has coordinated 15,000 rallies in 189 countries since 2009. Time magazine called him “the planet’s best green journalist,” and the Boston Globe said in 2010 that he was “probably the country’s most important environmentalist.”
Bard MAT Graduate Colleen Bucci Named New York State Master Teacher
Bard College Master of Arts in Teaching (Bard MAT) graduate Colleen Bucci ’08 has been named a New York State Master Teacher by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. Bucci is one of 104 educators from four regions to be selected as the first group of New York State Master Teachers. Bucci, who graduated from the Bard MAT Program in 2008, is a biology teacher in the Hyde Park Central School District.
President Botstein Conducts Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas in Tokyo
On Saturday, October 12, Bard president Leon Botstein conducted the Sinfónica Juvenil de Caracas in Tokyo's Metropolitan Art Space as part of the group's 2013 tour of Asia. As guest conductor for the Sinfónica for the third time in less than a year, President Botstein led a very well-received program of Verdi, Mozart, and Shostakovich. President Botstein is the first foreign conductor ever to be invited to conduct the Sinfónica on a tour. The 200 young musicians are part of Venezuela's El Sistema, a youth music education program that incorporates community building and social change. Bard College has formed Take a Stand with the Longy School of Music of Bard College and the Los Angeles Philharmonic in order to support El Sistema for teachers and students in the United States.
Bard Biologist Felicia Keesing on What's to Blame for Lyme Disease Prevalence
Deer are often blamed for the spread of Lyme disease, but researchers now point to the increase in white-footed mice and the decline of their natural predator, the red fox. “It is an animal weed,” says Dr. Keesing of the white-footed mice. “Anything that causes a surge in the population of these mice is something to watch.” (Scientific American)
Alumni/ae Day and Family Weekend
Alumni/ae Day and Family Weekend will take place on campus October 25–27. Join us for a variety of events, including What's New at Bard, the Ask the President forum, sample classes, performances by the American Symphony Orchestra, campus tours, and panel discussions. Click below to view the full program.
Former Economist Editor Bill Emmott Presents New Documentary, Girlfriend in a Coma
Bill Emmott, former Editor-in-Chief of The Economist, will present and discuss his new documentary film Girlfriend in a Coma on Thursday, October 17, at 6 pm in the Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Theater, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center at Bard College. Called “beautiful and cruel” by Le Monde, Girlfriend in a Coma—cowritten by Emmott with Annalisa Piras, the film’s director—deals with the current political and economic crisis in Italy.
Fisher Center Presents the Conservatory Orchestra in Sunday Matinee Concert
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra in concert at the Sosnoff Theater on Sunday, November 10 at 3 p.m. Conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, the Conservatory Orchestra will perform a program that includes Rossini’s Overture to William Tell; Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegel; and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 15 in A Major, Op. 141. The concert is part of the Conservatory Sundays series, and all proceeds will benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Bard College Receives Big Read Grant to Help Revitalize Literary Reading Nationwide
Bard College has received a grant of $14,000 to host The Big Read in Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli. The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) managed by Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The local Big Read will focus on Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson, and activities will take place from March 15 to May 2, 2014.
Distinguished Curator John G. Hanhardt Donates Personal Archives to CCS Bard
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. The donation also supports CCS Bard’s 20th Anniversary Next Decade campaign, which aims to raise funds over the next ten years to maintain the school’s internationally renowned, world-class faculty and research and exhibition center.
Bard Theater and Performance Program Presents Moby Dick—Rehearsed
Students in Bard's Theater and Performance Program present Moby Dick—Rehearsed, October 24–27 in the Fisher Center's Theater Two. In this 1955 play by Orson Welles, a company of actors gathers in a rehearsal room to work on an adaptation of the Herman Melville novel. In Welles’s dramatic experiment the rehearsal is the performance, and a door is opened on the act of theatrical creation. Tickets are $15 general admission, and free for the Bard Community. Reservations are required.
Bard Prison Initiative Expands with New Sites, Consortium Conference, and New Faculty
The Bard Prison Initiative is expanding. This summer the program opened two new campuses in New York State, one of which restored BPI's program for women after Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan was closed after Hurricane Sandy. BPI has more students enrolled in its programs and a more diverse array of classes than ever before. In June, the program hosted a conference on the liberal arts in prison with its growing consortium of national partner organizations. BPI has also hired three new site directors, all of whom are Bard alumni/ae: classicist Rana Al-Saadi Liebert '01, writer Joe Vallese '06, and sculptor Pamela J. Wallace '87.
Bard College Launches New Online Essay Exam as Alternate Path to Admission
This October, Bard College is launching a new path to admission: an online essay examination. The Bard Entrance Examination, open to high school juniors and seniors, will be accessible online through Bard’s admission website and is composed solely of essay questions, offering a new way to apply to Bard that bypasses existing standardized tests and admission processes.
Faculty Member and Esteemed Pianist Jeremy Denk Named 2013 MacArthur Fellow
Jeremy Denk, esteemed pianist and faculty of The Bard College Conservatory of Music, has been named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow. MacArthur Fellowships are awarded to talented individuals in a variety of fields who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self direction. MacArthur Fellows each receive a $625,000 grant that is bestowed with no conditions—recipients may use the money as they see fit. Nominated anonymously by leaders in their respective fields and never notified of their candidacy, the recipients learn of their selection only when they receive a call from the MacArthur Foundation days before the public announcement. Denk is the 12th Bard faculty member to be honored with a MacArthur Fellowship.
Hannah Arendt Center at Bard Hosts International Conference on the Crisis in Education
The Hannah Arendt Center will host its sixth annual international conference from Thursday, October 3 to Friday, October 4 in Olin Hall. The two-day conference, “Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis,” will examine the issues surrounding American education and what it means to educate a conscious, democratic citizenry.
Bard Debate Union Opens Season with Strong Showing
The Bard Debate Union opened its 10th season with exceptional student performances at last weekend's Northeast Season Opener Debate Tournament at Binghamton University. Among a number of strong showings from the Bard team, first-year students Eva-Marie Quinones '17 and Jackie Merrill '17 were named tournament champions in the novice parliamentary division. The next event in the team's public debate series, "Resolved: Online Learning Will Save Higher Education," takes place at Bard on Tuesday, October 1 in conjunction with the Hannah Arendt Center Conference, "Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis" (October 3–4).
The Fisher Center Presents the American Symphony Orchestra Series
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the opening concert of the 2013–14 season of the popular American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) series on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26, at 8 p.m. Featured soloists for the ASO’s fall-spring season include Bard College Conservatory of Music students and Concert Competition winners Fanya Wyrick-Flax ’13, Dongfang Ouyang ’14, and Zhi Ma ’15.
The Fisher Center Presents "Conservatory Sundays: Music Alive!" on September 29
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents “Conservatory Sundays: Music Alive!” on Sunday, September 29 at 3 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater. Curated by artistic directors Joan Tower, Grammy Award–winning composer, and Blair McMillen, pianist, this exciting program of 20th- and 21st-century music showcases works performed by students from The Bard College Conservatory of Music and the Music Program.
Bard College Clemente Course Receives Grants for 2013–2014 Program
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities in Kingston, which offers a college-level introduction to the humanities to adults living on low incomes, has won grants from two local banks to support student expenses for the 2013–2014 program. The Ulster Savings Bank Charitable Foundation awarded a $2,475 grant and First Niagara Foundation awarded a $2,000 grant to support student expenses such as transportation, books, and childcare.
Bard Center for Civic Engagement Presents a Volunteer Fair
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement presents a Volunteer Fair and Farmer’s Market on Monday, September 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bard College’s Bertelsmann Campus Center Multipurpose Room. Hudson Valley community agencies, community services, governmental agencies, libraries and non-profits will be recruiting volunteers from the Northern Dutchess and Ulster County region. Students, seniors, and families interested in connecting with organizations seeking volunteers are encouraged to attend.
Fisher Center Presents Nilaja Sun Performing Her Award-Winning Hit No Child...
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents No Child..., written and performed by Nilaja Sun and directed by Hal Brooks. An award-winning hit play that was performed off-Broadway for more than a year, No Child… is based on Sun’s experiences as a teaching artist in New York City. No Child… will be performed at the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater October 4–6.
Bard Alumnus David Cote '92 Directs Two Plays in New York City in September
Bard Center for Environmental Policy Kicks Off 2013 National Climate Seminar
The Bard Center for Environmental Policy launches its fifth annual National Climate Seminar series on Wednesday, September 4, with filmmaker Robert Stone. Stone directed Pandora's Promise, a feature documentary on nuclear power. Participants may call in to the seminar or meet in the Campus Center.
"Egypt: Revolution, Evolution, or Coup," A Talk with James Ketterer and Omar Cheta
On Tuesday, September 10, at 7 p.m., James Ketterer, director of International Academic Initiatives, CCE (former director of Amideast, Egypt) and Omar Cheta, assistant professor of history, will give a talk focusing on the ongoing events in Egypt and U.S. policy. This event is presented by the Center for Civic Engagement and the Middle Eastern Studies Program, and is free and open to the public.
Student Athletes Volunteer Heavy Lifting on Move-In Day
Members of several of Bard's varsity athletics teams pitched in on Saturday, August 31, to help returning students move in to their dorms. Student athletes unpacked cars, carried boxes, and helped their classmates settle in to their new spaces.
The Richard B. Fisher Center Presents the Conservatory Sundays Matinee Series
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents the popular Conservatory Sundays matinee concert series for fall 2013. The concerts will be performed September 15 and 29, November 10, and December 8. Proceeds from the series, performed by Conservatory students with faculty and special guests, will benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Bard President Leon Botstein to Conduct L.A. Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl
President Botstein will conduct the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl on Tuesday, August 27. The concert of Russian masterworks, featuring Grammy-nominated violinist Jennifer Koh, will be followed by a reception for members of the Bard community. Click here to purchase tickets, and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space at the reception.
Conservatory of Music Celebrates Acclaimed Composer Joan Tower's 75th Birthday with a Benefit Gala
On September 7, The Bard College Conservatory of Music celebrates Bard faculty member and renowned composer Joan Tower with a gala, “Joan Tower and Friends Celebrate Her 75th Birthday,” to benefit the Joan Tower Composition Scholarship. The program features Tower’s compositions performed by Tower, Blair McMillen, and Kayo Iwama on piano; soprano Dawn Upshaw; cellist Peter Wiley; violist Steven Tenenbom; the Daedalus Quartet; and the Horszowski Trio.
Bard Prison Initiative Students to Receive Intensive Introduction to the Sciences
Starting this summer, students in the Bard Prison Initiative—which provides incarcerated men and women in five New York State prisons the opportunity to earn Bard College degrees while serving their sentences—are taking part in Citizen Science, the same rigorous three-week introduction to scientific thinking that all Bard first-year undergraduates are required to take.
Bard's Fisher Center Presents a Diverse Fall Season of Performing Arts Events
This fall The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents a series of programs featuring orchestral and chamber concerts and a variety of theatrical performances. Some highlights for the fall season include the return of the American Symphony Orchestra series; a performance of the award-winning theater piece, No Child…, by Nilaja Sun; a staging of the magical comedy, Elephant Room; the Conservatory Sundays concert series; and a variety of student dance and theater performances. Tickets will go on sale on September 3.
Bard Center for Civic Engagement Announces Winners of Community Action Awards
The Bard Center for Civic Engagement announces more than 60 winners for the 2013 Community Action Award program, which supports student efforts to engage with communities locally, nationally, and internationally by providing funding for participation in internships that address issues impacting people around the world.
A Summer Math Haven for New York City Children
Middle school students from underserved New York City schools come to Bard for three weeks every year to participate in the Summer Program for Mathematical Problem Solving (SPMPS). Collaborating with Bard's undergraduate program, the Master of Arts in Teaching program, and the Bard High School Early Colleges, SPMPS gives students an academic boost toward admission to competitive high schools.
Bard Alumni/ae Filmmakers to Launch New Series
Bard alumnus Adam Goldman '08, creator of the hit Web series The Outs, is working on a new show called Whatever this is., featuring alumnae Sasha Winters '08 and Madeline Wise '12. The series focuses on the junior members of a video production crew in New York City, as they struggle to meet their personal goals while working underpaid jobs.
Bard College Clemente Course in Kingston Now Recruiting Students for Its 2013–2014 Program
The Bard College Clemente Course in the Humanities is accepting applications for this fall. The program, now entering its third year, offers a college-level introduction to the humanities—philosophy, literature, U.S. history, art history, and critical thinking and writing—in Kingston, New York, to adults living on low incomes. Students attend at no cost. Tuition, books, childcare, and transportation are provided.
Bard Prison Initiative Awarded $750,000 Grant to Reestablish Women’s Program
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) has received a five-year, $750,000 matching grant from The Tow Foundation to support BPI’s efforts to reestablish Bard’s program for incarcerated women. BPI provides incarcerated men and women in five New York State prisons the opportunity to earn a Bard College degree while serving their sentences. BPI's program for women had been disrupted when Bayview Correctional Facility was closed after Hurricane Sandy. The new program will be launched this fall at Taconic Correctional Facility in Bedford Hills, N.Y.
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