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SummerScape Presents First Full U.S. Staging of Taneyev’s Oresteia Plus Three Stravinsky Operas
Reviving important but neglected operas is one of the ways the Bard SummerScape festival has established itself as “a hotbed of intellectual and aesthetic adventure” (New York Times). This year’s exploration of “Stravinsky and His World” is no exception, with performances of Taneyev’s Oresteia (July 26–Aug 4), and three Stravinsky operas: Oedipus Rex and Perséphone (Aug 18) and Mavra (Aug 11).
The Fisher Center Presents The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra on May 11
The Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by music director Leon Botstein, is back on stage at the Fisher Center for its final concert of the semester on Saturday, May 11. Called a “genuine talent and profoundly gifted” by Vienna Express, violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi will perform Violin Concerto No. 1 by Prokofiev. The program celebrates the theme for this summer’s Bard Music Festival, “Stravinsky and His World,” and proceeds from the concert benefit the Scholarship Fund of The Bard College Conservatory of Music.
Ken Haig Awarded Abe Fellowship for Research on Japanese and Korean Welfare Policies
The Social Science Research Council (SSRC) has awarded Ken Haig, assistant professor of political studies at Bard College, a prestigious Abe Fellowship to support a year of research in Japan and South Korea for his project, “Family, State, and Society: Japanese and Korean Family Welfare Policies in Comparative Perspective.”
Alumna Spotlight: Valerie Doescher '11 at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court
Valerie Doescher '11 was an all-star activist for global human rights while a student at Bard. She is the recipient of the Cooky Heiferman Signet Award and the Clinton R. and Harriette M. Jones Award from the College. These days her work continues as a programs associate at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
Bard Student-Athletes Named to Liberty League All-Academic Teams
Twenty-seven Bard student-athletes have been named to the Liberty League spring All-Academic teams. Each student maintained a grade point average of at least 3.20 in order to qualify. "Liberty League student-athletes have long demonstrated that it is possible to not only compete at the highest levels of Division III, but also to excel academically," said Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King.
An Evening at the Intersection of Democracy and Climate Change
More than 3,000 people from 115 institutions participated in the National Conversation on Democracy and Climate, which was organized by C2C Fellows at Bard and available virtually to organizations across the country. The event featured a coordinated nationwide screening of the film The Island President, followed by an interactive expert panel.
Bard Student-Athletes Host Second Special Olympics Day
The Bard College Student-Athletic Advisory Committee hosted the second annual Special Olympics Day, with guests from Astor Services for Children & Families in Rhinebeck, the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, and the Devereaux in Red Hook.
Bard Professor Judy Pfaff Elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
Judy Pfaff, renowned artist, Richard B. Fisher Professor in the Arts, and codirector of the Studio Arts Program at Bard College, has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pfaff is among some of the world’s most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts who have been elected as the Academy’s 2013 class of members. The new class will be inducted at a ceremony on October 12, 2013, at the Academy’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Bard–West Point Collaboration Culminates in New Book
Faculty members from Bard College and West Point have collaborated on the new book Just War in Religion and Politics, which developed out of a joint project between the two institutions. Bard religion professors Jacob Neusner and Bruce Chilton have jointly edited the book with West Point faculty member Robert Tully. The book features chapters by several Bard faculty members, including professors Chilton and Neusner, Roger Berkowitz, Richard Davis, Carolyn Dewald, Joel Perlmann, Kristin Scheible, and Mairaj Syed. Faculty members from West Point and other institutions also contributed. The collaboration between Bard and West Point has comprised a joint course; an international conference hosted at Bard; and a public debate on whether war can be just, with Bard students and West Point cadets working together to argue both sides of the issue. The project, which was carried out with the cooperation of the West Point–Bard Exchange, has served as a model for a Mellon Foundation program on cooperation between service academies and liberal arts institutions.
Bard Alumnus Alexis Gambis '03 to Shoot Feature Film The Fly Room at Bard
Alexis Gambis '03 will be shooting key scenes for his film The Fly Room at Bard in June. Gambis is seeking extras and actors for speaking roles. Auditions will be held on April 25 and 26.
Roger Berkowitz: Could Online Courses Cause a Teaching Renaissance?
Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz looks at Massive Open Online Courses and the transformative power of teaching.
Norman Manea Praised at Salon du Livre in Paris
Bard professor and world-renowned author Norman Manea was well received at the prestigious Salon du Livre in Paris. Manea was an honorary guest at the event in March, which was dedicated to Romanian literature. The French press praised Manea's participation and his new book, The Fifth Impossibility: Essays on Exile and Language. During the Salon du Livre Manea gave interviews, participated in a public debate, and spoke to a large audience about Romanian history and literature. Click here to download PDF.
Bard Freshman's Home Run Highlights Doubleheader Split with Lehman College
Bard freshman Tyler Emel earned his first collegiate win on the mound and hit his first home run—for three runs—in Bard's 12-9 win over Lehman College in the Bronx on Sunday.
Bard College Big Band Performs on April 24
The Music Program presents the Bard College Big Band on Wednesday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. in Olin Hall. The ensemble will perform the music of Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Jerome Kern and Thurman Barker.
Latest Issue of Conjunctions Explores Absence
Conjunctions:60, In Absentia—the latest issue of the innovative literary magazine published by Bard College—gathers a collection of today’s leading contemporary writers to explore the presence of absence, the losses that gain on us, the black holes in our everyday lives.
CCS Bard Features New Exhibitions, Special Events on April 20
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College is mounting two new exhibitions through May 26: less like an object more like the weather, which showcases the curatorial work of CCS Bard master’s degree candidates; and Monogamy, with works by Gerard Byrne and Sarah Pierce, curated by Tirdad Zolghadr. On Saturday, April 20, CCS Bard will host several special opening events, including artists' talks, performances, and readings. Click below to view the full schedule.
Arendt Center Presents "Music in the Holocaust, Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism"
The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is presenting a special series of three concerts titled, “Music in the Holocaust, Jewish Identity and Cosmopolitanism,” featuring music composed and performed by Jewish prisoners in Nazi territories during World War II. Part two, “Nationalism, Continuity, and Creativity: Music of Warsaw, Lodz and other Eastern Ghettoes,” will take place on Saturday, April 20. The event will include Robert Cuckson’s 2003 song cycle, “Der Gayst funem Shturem,” with text taken from the poems of Binem Heller. It will be performed in Yiddish by mezzo-soprano Malena Dayen, with piano accompaniment by David Rosenmeyer.
Bard Alumni/ae Honored with Fellowships
Four Bard alumni/ae have been recognized by the Fulbright Commission and the Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) for the 2013–2014 award year. Matthew Christian '11 (Simons Rock '07) has won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Senegal. Amith Gupta '12 and Amber Winick BGC '12 have been named as alternates for research awards to Jordan and Hungary, respectively. Bardian Ada Petiwala '12 has won a language fellowship from CASA for the 2013–2014 academic year. She will spend the year in Cairo, where she will hone her language skills and continue her study of Middle Eastern politics and culture.
Video: James Bagwell Discusses Mahler's Symphony No. 2 at the Fisher Center
Chorus Master James Bagwell discusses Mahler's Symphony No. 2, which will be performed at the Fisher Center on April 26 and 27 by members of the American Symphony Orchestra, Bard College Conservatory Orchestra, and Longy Conservatory Orchestra.
Avon Foundation Awards m.powerment by mark. Grant to Bard to Promote Healthy Dating Relationships
Bard College has received a $5,000 grant from the beauty and fashion boutique mark., as part of its m.powerment by mark. Healthy Relationship Peer Educator Program, which is managed by the Avon Foundation for Women through its Speak Out Against Domestic Violence initiative. The grant will fund preventive education on dating abuse and violence through the College's BRAVE program.
Bard College Faculty Member Karen Sullivan Wins Celebrated Guggenheim Fellowship
Bard College faculty member Karen Sullivan, Irma Brandeis Professor of Romance Cultures and Literature and director of the Medieval Studies Program, is among the 175 winners of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation’s 89th annual competition for the United States and Canada. Sullivan has been awarded a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work in Medieval and Romance literature.
Bard Music Festival’s In-Depth Survey of Igor Stravinsky and Contemporaries Is Centerpiece of 2013 Bard SummerScape
Described by the New York Times as “part boot camp for the brain, part spa for the spirit,” the world-renowned Bard Music Festival returns for its 24th annual season, filling the last two weekends of Bard SummerScape 2013 (Aug 9–11 and 16–18) with a compelling and enlightening investigation of “Stravinsky and His World.”
The Bakkhai Student Performances and Expert Panel at the Fisher Center
A production of The Bakkhai (The Bacchae) by Bard College students takes place at the Fisher Center through April 14. Sunday's events also include a panel discussion, "Euripides' The Bakkhai: Play and Performance" with Daniel Mendelsohn (Bard College), Helene Foley (Barnard), Rachel Kitzinger (Vassar), and Emily Wilson (University of Pennsylvania). The panel is free and open to the public.
U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Platt to Speak at Bard College on April 24
Nicholas Platt—longtime China specialist, three-time U.S. ambassador (Pakistan, Zambia, and the Philippines), and author of the published memoir China Boys—will share his experiences and insights gained from a long and distinguished career in the diplomatic service and as president of the Asia Society in New York.
Lama Tenzin Yignen Performs Sand Mandala Ceremony at Bard
Members of the campus community recently had the opportunity to reflect on a Buddhist sand mandala in the Reem-Kayden Center, created by the Venerable Lama Tenzin Yignen. The mandala was meticulously and artfully installed, then ritually undone in a lesson of impermanence.
Bard MFA Alumni/ae Named as Guggenheim Fellows
Two graduates of the Bard MFA program, Carrie Moyer MFA '02 in Painting and Chris Sollars MFA '07 in Sculpture, have been announced as 2013 Guggenheim Fellows.
Fisher Center Presents Gustav Mahler's Massive Symphony No. 2 as Part of Anniversary Celebration
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College, the Fisher Center proudly presents Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2. The program will be performed by the largest group of musicians ever assembled on the Sosnoff Stage. Performances take place on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 at 8 pm; with a preconcert talk at 7 pm by Christopher Gibbs.
SummerScape and Bard Music Festival Preview Concert in New York City
The Bard SummerScape and Bard Music Festival preview concert, Stravinsky in Paris, will take place in Florence Gould Hall at the French Institute Alliance Française in New York City on April 17. The evening will feature a preconcert talk by Leon Botstein and works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Ravel, Poulenc, and Messiaen.
Video: Bard Debate Union
The Bard College Debate Union continues to expand, and is having a big impact on campus and in the local community. “Bard students tend to be very successful in debate because they think outside of the box,” says Dean Jonathan Becker. In this video, Bard students and coaches discuss building friendships and pushing their intellectual boundaries in competition.
Bard Students Win Two 2013 Davis Projects for Peace Awards
Bard College students have won two 2013 Davis Projects for Peace Awards, which provide $10,000 in funding for proposed projects. Political studies and philosophy major Saim Saeed ’13 won a Davis award for his project, “Living Together—Navigating Common Grounds: A MENA-EU Initiative” in Istanbul, Turkey. Human rights major Lauren Blaxter ’13, computer science major Ameer Shalabi ’16, cultural anthropology major Nadine Tadros ’14, and political studies major Daniel Gettinger ’13 have together won a Davis award in support of the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative.
Bard Prison Initiative Awarded $500,000 Grant from Ford Foundation
The Bard Prison Initiative has received a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Ford Foundation to support its efforts to provide a rigorous liberal arts education to incarcerated men and women in New York. “The impact of higher education on incarcerated individuals in our society is transformational,” said Jeannie Oakes of the Ford Foundation.
Arendt Center to Screen Hudson Valley Premiere of the Film Hannah Arendt on April 29
On Monday, April 29, the Hannah Arendt Center of Politics and Humanities at Bard College will host a film screening of the biopic Hannah Arendt. Directed by renowned German filmmaker Margarethe von Trotta, the biopic was recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and has just been nominated for six LOLA awards, Germany's version of the Oscar.
Basketball Star Freshman Tytravia Riley Receives Postseason Honors
Bard College's women's basketball season is over, but freshman Tytravia Riley picked up yet another postseason honor when she was named to the National Invitation Tournament and Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association All-Met First Team. She is the first Bard College basketball player—men's or women's—to be honored by this organization.
Senior Close-Up: Bard Athlete and Scholar Perry Scheetz
Perry Scheetz is a multisport athlete at Bard, competing in soccer, track, and cross-country. She's also a star student who has completed research internships in Brazil and Canada, and will pursue a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry at Dartmouth College after graduation. Her goal is to take part in the creation of a green alternative fuel for the airline industry.
Fisher Center Presents All-Wagner Concert Program
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the final concert of the 2012–13 season of the popular American Symphony Orchestra (ASO) series, an all-Wagner evening in celebration of the 200th anniversary of the composer’s birth. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, on Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20.
Bard College Senior Wins Prestigious Watson Travel Fellowship
Bard College senior Jose Agustin Sanchez, from Venezuela, has been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Foundation 2013–14 Fellowship, which provides for a year of travel and exploration outside the United States. Sanchez is majoring in music composition and conducting. His project, “Sounds of Immortality,” will bring him to China, Vietnam, and India.
Bard College Farm Hosts Festival Fundraiser on April 13
Members of the Bard College Farm will host their second annual Farm Fest fundraiser on April 13, featuring local food and musical performances throughout the day.
Pulitzer Prize Finalist and Bard Fiction Prize Winner Karen Russell to Give Reading
On Monday, April 8, Pulitzer Prize finalist, Bard Fiction Prize winner, and New York Times bestselling author Karen Russell will read from her work. Russell’s highly acclaimed 2011 novel Swamplandia was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, one of the New York Times 10 Best Books of 2011, and a recipient of the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award.
Leading Economists and Policymakers to Attend Levy Economics Institute Conference
From April 17 to 19, the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College will gather top policymakers, economists, and analysts at the 22nd Annual Hyman P. Minsky Conference on the State of the U.S. and World Economies. Participants will discuss the progress of the economic recovery from the global financial crisis and address both financial reform and poverty in the context of Minsky’s work. Click here to view the full schedule of events.
Bard Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Crown College in Florida
While the College is on Spring Recess, the Bard men's varsity baseball team (the College's first since 1937) is on the road. A walk-off RBI single by sophomore Tom Danz highlighted their doubleheader split with Crown College in Florida on Monday afternoon.
C2C Fellows Lead National Conversation on Democracy and Climate with Film Screening and Discussion
More than 85 colleges and community organizations across the country have joined the Bard Center for Environmental Policy and C2C Fellows Network in leading a national conversation on democracy and climate change with a screening of The Island President—the 2011 documentary that chronicles Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed’s efforts to confront climate change and rising sea levels, which threaten to submerge the low-lying island nation. The film will be screened on Wednesday, April 17.
Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly to Deliver Bard's 153rd Commencement Address
Bard College will hold its 153rd commencement on Saturday, May 25, 2013. At the commencement ceremony, Bard president Leon Botstein will confer 464 undergraduate degrees on the Class of 2013 and 157 graduate degrees. Former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband, retired space shuttle commander Mark Kelly, will deliver the commencement address. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Giffords, former commissioner of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision Brian S. Fischer, microbiologist Jo Handelsman, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick ’58, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott, and chef Alice Waters.
Sō Percussion Performs with Bard Conservatory Percussion Ensemble
Sō Percussion and the Bard College Conservatory of Music Percussion Program present their second annual spring concert at the Fisher Center on April 12. Works include music by Steve Reich, Lou Harrison, Paul Lansky, and other recent percussion masterworks.
History Professor Myra Young Armstead Lectures on Freedom's Gardener at Columbia University
Professor Armstead lectures on her book Freedom’s Gardener: James F. Brown, Horticulture, and the Hudson Valley in Antebellum America at Columbia University's Lehman Center for American History on April 24.
Do Drones Threaten Our Humanity? Roger Berkowitz on Drone Technology and Ernst Jünger’s The Glass Bees
"The danger of drones is how they change us as humans," writes Arendt Center director Roger Berkowitz on Bard's new Drones Seminar.
Chinua Achebe Was a Talent and a Moralist, Writes President Botstein
President Botstein reflects on Professor Achebe's life, work, and legacy on CNN. "Achebe's contribution was not merely literary . . . He was committed to his people and his community. He did not shy away from political controversy, and he did so in a manner that was unforgettable."
Bard Professor Emeritus and Renowned Author Chinua Achebe Dies at 82
The Bard community was deeply saddened to learn of the death of groundbreaking Nigerian writer and Bard professor emeritus Chinua Achebe. The author and educator was best known for his first and most influential novel, Things Fall Apart. He wrote numerous books, including novels, collections of short fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children's books. Professor Achebe received more than 30 honorary degrees, as well as many awards for his work. He was the Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Professor of Languages and Literature at Bard from 1990 to 2009. (Photo by Don Hammerman)
Master of Arts in Teaching Program Announces Scholarship Initiative with Peace Corps
The Peace Corps and Bard College have teamed up to launch an expanded Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program partnership, an initiative that provides graduate school scholarships to returned Peace Corps volunteers. All Fellows complete a degree-related internship in an underserved American community, allowing them to bring home and expand upon the skills they learned as Peace Corps volunteers. Selected Fellows will have the opportunity to work toward a master of arts in teaching.
Conservatory Proudly Announces Opening Celebration of the László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building
The celebration on April 14 will include an open house with chamber music performances, followed by a celebration in the performance hall at 4 p.m., with Conservatory director Robert Martin; musical performances by students of the Conservatory and Bard’s Music Program; a reading by acclaimed poet Robert Kelly, Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature; and remarks by László Z. Bitó ’60 and Bard College president Leon Botstein.
CCS Bard Names Paul O'Neill as Director of the Graduate Program
The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (CCS Bard) has named the Irish curator, writer, artist, and educator Paul O’Neill as director of the graduate program for its two-year Master of Arts program in Curatorial Studies.
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