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Bard Students Selected to Present at Clinton Global Initiative University Conference
Bard students Jasper Katz '15 and Winston Duncan '17 presented March 21–23 at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, held this year at Arizona State University in Phoenix. CGI U, founded by President Bill Clinton in 2007, gathers young leaders to solve global issues, supporting college and university students in creating and implementing their own social, economic, and environmental initiatives. President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton lead the conference, which brings together more than 1,000 students to work with experts, entrepreneurs, and civically engaged celebrities. As a CGI U network institution, Bard will fund Katz and Duncan's projects up to $10,000 through the Center for Civic Engagement. Katz aims to create a national network that provides community resources for people struggling with depression. Duncan is working to expand his nonprofit organization, Wheels to Africa, which collects and distributes donated bicycles in impoverished areas.
Leaders in the Bard Network Gather for Conference in Istanbul, Turkey
Students, faculty, and alumni/ae from institutions in the Bard network are gathering for a four-day conference in Istanbul, Turkey, entitled "The Liberal Arts, Civic Engagement and Social Entrepreneurship: The Role of College and University Students." The conference includes participants in the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations (HESP), of which Bard College and many of its affiliates are members. The conference focuses on student networking and leadership, and features workshops, presentations, and poster sessions in Istanbul from March 22 to 27.
D. T. Max, David Foster Wallace Biographer and New Yorker Writer, to Give Reading at Bard College on Monday, March 31
On Monday, March 31, at Bard College, biographer and New Yorker staff writer D. T. Max will read from his highly acclaimed biography of David Foster Wallace, Every Love Story Is a Ghost Story, a New York Times bestseller that Vanity Fair called “as illuminating, multifaceted, and serious an estimation of David Foster Wallace’s life and work as we can hope to find.”
Video: Bard Works Prepares Students for Careers
Bard Works is a career-oriented professional development program for juniors and seniors at Bard College that prepares them for work after graduation. Bard Works provides participants with the tools, strategies, and networking opportunities to hone their job search skills and lay a foundation for success in the workplace. Working with alumni/ae, parents, and mentors, participants explore how to convert their Bard experience in the liberal arts to a job after college.
C2C Fellows Lay Foundation for Environmental Careers During Weekend Intensive
Sixty-one young environmentalists, budding entrepreneurs, and aspiring policymakers gathered at Bard for the annual C2C Fellows workshop on Valentine's Day weekend. C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Corporation, to City Hall, and to Capitol Hill, emphasizing the importance of sustainable leadership in all of these areas. A program of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trains and connects undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership positions in sustainable politics and business.
Bard Professor Daniel Mendelsohn Wins 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters Literary Award
Daniel Mendelsohn, celebrated author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, is one of 20 writers to receive a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature. Mendelsohn has won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of $20,000, given to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.
Bard Men's Lacrosse Team Opens Season with Historic Win
The Bard men's lacrosse team made history on Sunday, March 9, when it earned the college's first-ever men's lacrosse victory. In the first game of the season, the members of this new varsity program rallied to defeat Rosemont College, 12-8. There has been only one other men's lacrosse season at Bard, in 2010, and the team went 0-11. Bard's roster is made up of 15 first-years and three sophomores, which makes the team younger than its competitors and makes Sunday's accomplishment all the more exciting.
Bard Student Ben Barron '15 Receives Dean's Award from University of the Arts London During Study Abroad
Bard College photography major Ben Barron has been awarded the University Dean's Award for Study Abroad by Central Saint Martins (CSM), part of the University of the Arts London. Barron was selected to receive the award by the CSM faculty from among 96 visiting students at the college this spring.
Film Cocreated by Professor Ann Seaton to Appear in Whitney Biennial
Professor Ann Seaton, director of the Difference and Media Project and Multicultural Affairs at Bard, will appear in the Whitney Biennial as a member of the How Do You Say Yam in African Collective. The collective has produced the 53-minute digital film Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, about how race haunts black identity, which will be screened at the Biennial in March and May. Professor Seaton's contribution to the film includes writing and conceptualizing. The collective consists of writers, artists, dancers, theorists, architects, painters, filmmakers, actors, and poets. Many members of the collective have visited Bard's Difference and Media Project and participated in campus events. Visit the collective's website or read about the project in the New York Times.
Bard President Leon Botstein: SAT Is Part Hoax, Part Fraud
President Botstein says that the recent updates to the SAT are too little, too late. The changes announced by the College Board reflect its competition with the ACT, he adds, rather than a thoughtful attempt at reform. "The SAT needs to be abandoned and replaced," he writes. "The SAT has a status as a reliable measure of college readiness it does not deserve. ... The nation actually needs fewer such exam schemes; they damage the high school curriculum and terrify both students and parents." (Time)
"What Europe? Ideals to Fight for Today": Bard College Berlin, Hannah Arendt Center, ICI Berlin Cohost Conference
"What Europe?: Ideals to Fight for Today" is the second annual conference held by Bard College Berlin and the Hannah Arendt Center in cooperation with the ICI Berlin, where the event will take place on March 27 and 28. Speakers will ask what ideals ought to claim the commitments of Europeans today in light of global politics and regional change.
Student Spotlight: Soldier, Photojournalist, and Bard Senior J.p. Lawrence ‘14
As Bard senior J. p. Lawrence prepares to graduate in May, he will not be entering the work force for the first time—far from it. The anthropology and writing joint major, Bard Free Press editor-in-chief, and cross-country runner has been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard since 2008.
Center for Curatorial Studies Receives Donation of the Papers of Curator Tricia Collins
The Library and Archives at the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) has received the personal papers of Tricia Collins, influential curator, gallerist, and critic. Tricia Collins is best known for her curatorial work in the 1980s and 90s as part of the independent curatorial team of Collins & Milazzo.
Amy Hempel, Short Story Master, to Give Reading at Bard College on March 10
Event Rescheduled from Monday, March 3
On Monday, March 10, highly acclaimed fiction writer Amy Hempel will read from The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel, which, in 2007, was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, an Ambassador Book Award winner, and named one of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the New York Times.
Fisher Center at Bard College and Live Arts Bard Present Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Art Spiegelman
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard are pleased to present a conversation between acclaimed author Neil Gaiman and celebrated cartoonist Art Spiegelman, about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more. This special event takes place on Friday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the Sosnoff Theater.
Bard Debate Union Hosts 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament
The Bard Debate Union hosted the 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College on Friday, February 28. The tournament welcomed 80 middle and high school students from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, and Queens.
Video: An Opera Double Bill
Get a sneak peak at the Fisher Center's upcoming Opera Double Bill, including two ghostly productions: the world premiere of Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten. The program takes place on March 14 and 16, and features the singers of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra.
Bard College Presents Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture on March 6
Bard College presents renowned psychologist Laurie R. Santos, who will deliver the 10th Andrew J. Bernstein ’68 Memorial Lecture. Santos, associate professor at Yale University and director of Yale Comparative Cognition Laboratory (CapLab), will give a talk, “The Evolution of Irrationality: Insights from Primates,” on Thursday, March 6, at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College. This event is free and open to the public. A Q&A session will follow the lecture.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Meeting of the Bard Undergraduate Network
From February 9 to 12, faculty and administrators of undergraduate institutions in the Bard network met at Bard College Berlin to discuss collaboration, to enhance and deepen relations, and to share best practices. Representatives from Al-Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, Bard College in Annandale, Bard College Berlin, Bard College at Simon's Rock, European Humanities University (Vilnius), and Smolny College participated. The project is supported by the International Higher Education Support Programme of the Open Society Foundation, and by Bard College's Center for Civic Engagement.
Twenty Bard Student-Athletes Qualify for Liberty League Winter All-Academic Teams
Liberty League Commissioner Tracy King announced that 234 winter sport student-athletes have qualified for the league's All-Academic Teams in their respective sports. Twenty Bard student-athletes are on the list. To be recognized as a member of the All-Academic Team, a student-athlete must be a sophomore or higher with a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.20.
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 (NYBG) are offering noncredit continuing education classes on gardening at Bard College this winter and spring. Open to the public, these classes feature some of the top names in the horticulture industry and cover a wide array of topics.
The Big Read Comes to the Hudson Valley Featuring Housekeeping by Pulitzer Prize–Winning Author, Marilynne Robinson
The Big Read comes to Dutchess, Columbia, and Ulster Counties through a unique partnership between Bard College and the Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli libraries. Beginning in March 2014, The Big Read spans six weeks of activities, performances, and discussions exploring Pulitzer Prize-winning author, Marilyn Robinson’s Housekeeping.
The Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program Presents An Opera Double Bill
The Graduate Vocal Arts Program of The Bard College Conservatory of Music presents two professionally staged one-act operas, including the world premiere of Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger, conducted by Carl Christian Bettendorf; and The Turn of the Screw by Benjamin Britten, conducted by James Bagwell. The production is directed by Nicholas Muni and features the talented singers of the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program and the musicians of the Conservatory Orchestra. All ticket sales benefit the Conservatory’s scholarship fund. Evening and matinée opera performances will take place in the Sosnoff Theater of The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on March 14 and March 16.
Bard Presents “Colors Through the Darkness: Three Generations Paint and Write for Justice”
On Monday, March 10, at Bard College, Raquel Partnoy, Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria—three generations of women from a remarkable Argentinian family whose lives were brutally and forever changed by state terrorism during the military rule in Argentina in the late 1970s and early 1980s—will share their art, writing, memories, and commentary on the continuing struggles for justice in Argentina.
Bard Math Circle to Host the Purple Comet Math Meet for Middle School Students
This semester, the Bard Math Circle will be hosting the Purple Comet Math Meet for middle school students. Unlike other mathematics competitions at the middle school level, the Purple Comet gives students the opportunity to work collaboratively in teams of up to six. The contest covers topics seldom included in the normal curriculum, including set theory and elementary number theory, and poses exceptionally challenging problems. A series of practice sessions in the spring will culminate in the final contest, which will take place during the first week of April.
Gov. Cuomo Announces Support for Prison Education, Cites Bard Prison Initiative as Model
Gov. Cuomo took a bold step on prison education last week when he announced new support in 10 state prisons for college degree programs modeled on the Bard Prison Initiative. Education in prison has proven cost effective—dramatically reducing recidivism rates by giving former prisoners the tools they need to find jobs and be successful after their release. (New York Times)
Bard Fisher Center Presents Nilaja Sun in an Open Rehearsal of Pike Street
After sold-out performances at the Fisher Center with her tour-de-force No Child . . . , Nilaja Sun returns to Bard to develop Pike Street, a new play about a Lower East Side family during the “storm of the century.” Her work-in-progress residency will culminate in this open rehearsal. The performance is directed by Ron Russell and presented by Live Arts Bard, Bard College’s residency and commissioning program for the performing arts. It takes place in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater on Saturday, March 1 at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion with the artists.
Mid–Hudson Valley Students Participate in National Math Competition at Bard College
On Wednesday, February 19, 23 local high school and middle school students participated in the 15th annual American Mathematics Contest 10 at Bard College. The students competed for local, regional, and national awards as individuals and for their schools. The nationwide contest aims to spur interest in mathematics and develop talent through problem solving competitions. In 2013, more than 220,000 students from 4,200 schools participated in the AMC 10 and AMC 12 contests. This is the first year that the AMC 10 has been offered at Bard College, as a Bard Math Circle program. The Bard Math Circle is a collaborative effort between Bard math faculty and students to bring math enrichment activities to Hudson Valley youth.
Bard Early College High Schools, Coming Soon to Cleveland, Treat Students and Education Seriously
A new Bard High School Early College will be opening in Cleveland this fall. The Cleveland Plain Dealer visited Bard Early College New Orleans to get a taste of the program, which the author describes as a "lifeline for students discouraged and bored by standard high school classes."
Video: A Look Inside the Bard College Farm
Begun as a student initiative in 2012, the Bard College Farm now grows more than 30 crops and includes beekeeping and the largest cranberry bog in the Hudson Valley. The farm has expanded into a larger campus program that aims to educate students about food systems, connect Bard to the regional agricultural community, and bring more food from local sources to campus.
Bard Graduate Center Now Streaming Seminar Series and Symposia
The Bard Graduate Center in New York City now offers live-streaming and archival video of their popular seminar series and symposia. Their events explore the decorative arts, design history, and material culture in depth, featuring thought leaders in the field. Click below to find this season's schedule, and to view video of past events.
25th Anniversary of Bard Music Festival Anchors Bard SummerScape
The roots of Austro-German Romanticism will be explored at the 2014 annual Bard SummerScape festival, which once again offers a sensational summer of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret, keyed to the theme of the 25th anniversary season of the world-renowned Bard Music Festival, Schubert and His World. Highlights include the first American revival in 100 years of Carl Maria von Weber’s opera Euryanthe and the world premiere theater production Love in the Wars, an adaptation of Heinrich von Kleist’s Penthesilea by the Booker Prize-winning novelist John Banville. The festival runs June 27 – August 17.
Fisher Center Presents “An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith”
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts presents “An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith” on Saturday, February 15. Widely acclaimed as one of the most provocative writers and performers of our time, Anna Deavere Smith is as celebrated for her investigative “documentary style” theater (Fires in the Mirror, Twilight: Los Angeles 1992) as for her starring roles on The West Wing and Nurse Jackie. Join her for an intimate evening in which she shares portraits of real people she has embodied over the past two decades.
Bard College Berlin Hosts Round Table on Higher Education with U.S. Embassy
On January 30, Bard College Berlin hosted "The 8th Round Table on Higher Education" in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Berlin. The event gathered global scholars and embassy officials to discuss the promise and the challenges of civic engagement in university education. Participants considered the social goals of education in a transnational framework, the kinds of valued knowledge in this setting, and the role of the humanities in the new global education environment.
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard Present Nature Theater of Oklahoma's Romeo & Juliet
The Fisher Center and Live Arts Bard present Nature Theater of Oklahoma’s Romeo & Juliet, February 21–23. “Tell us the plot of Romeo and Juliet.” Thus began a series of phone calls to friends, the exact transcripts of which are performed with vigor and charm by Nature Theater of Oklahoma. As the respondents fumble through the characters and plot points, we realize that when memory lets us down, a necessary creativity takes over. The result is an irreverent and daring romp through Shakespeare’s best-loved play, where our fallible recollections take center stage.
The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts Presents the American Symphony Orchestra
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College presents the American Symphony Orchestra on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, at 8 p.m. The program features Joan Tower’s Stroke; Erkki Melartin’s Concerto in D Minor, for violin and orchestra, Op. 60 (1913), with Conservatory Concerto Competition winner Dongfang Ouyang ’15; and Robert Schumann’s Symphony No. 2 in C Major, Op. 61. The concert will be conducted by Leon Botstein, music director, with a preconcert talk by Christopher H. Gibbs, James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Music at Bard College, beginning at 7 p.m.
Important Message to the Bard Community about Car Accident in Tivoli
UPDATE: Statement from the Dutchess County Sheriff's Office (PDF)
To Bard Students, Faculty and Staff:
It is with sadness and profound regret that I inform the community that at midnight February 1 several students who were walking along the shoulder of 9G just north of the Tivoli intersection were struck by a hit and run driver. The driver, a local resident, was later located and detained by the police. The police have not yet released the names of the victims but it is likely that there were two fatalities. I wanted to inform the community as quickly as possible while we gather more details. We will send updates as soon as we have them. I want to encourage students to reassure their parents as we wait for further details and news of the tragedy becomes public. The first priority is to permit the police to contact the families of the victims.
Multiple student services are being made available over the next two days where students can gather for information and support. These services are as follows:
Saturday, February 1
Residence Life Office open now until noon
Counseling Services, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Chaplaincy available in the Chapel, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Campus Center George Ball Lounge, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
Sunday, February 2
Residence Life Office 11:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Counseling Services, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Chaplaincy available in the Chapel, noon - 5:00 p.m.
Campus Center George Ball Lounge, 7:00 - 11:00 p.m.
As always, an administrator and counselor-on-call are available and can be reached through Security at 845-758-7460.
Bard Photography Students, Staff, and Faculty Exhibit in JFK's Delta Lounge
If you are a Delta Air Lines passenger at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, you may find yourself captivated by a striking series of images in the new international terminal. Paper airplanes whizzing over a field of dandelion seed heads, a tiny airplane and cotton clouds in the palm of a hand, an azure sky and a map of the world—students, staff, and faculty in the Bard Photography Program created these pieces, and they will be on display in the new Sky Club through August.
Keith Haring Foundation Donates $400,000 to Establish Fellowship in Art and Activism at Bard College
The Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College are pleased to announce the Keith Haring Fellowship in Art and Activism. Made possible through a five year-grant of $80,000 per year, the Keith Haring Fellowship is a cross-disciplinary, annual, visiting fellowship for a scholar, activist, or artist to teach and conduct research at both the Center for Curatorial Studies and the Human Rights Project at Bard College.
Bard Fiction Prize Winner Bennett Sims to Give Reading at Bard College on February 24
Bennett Sims, Writer in Residence at Bard College, will read from his work on Monday, February 24. Sims received the 2014 Bard Fiction Prize for his debut novel, A Questionable Shape. In this penetrating story set in Baton Rouge, about a son looking for his undead father, Sims transcends traditional zombie narrative to deliver a wise and philosophical rumination on the nature of memory and loss. Sims is at Bard for the spring 2014 semester.
Bard Faculty Member and Celebrated Soprano Dawn Upshaw Wins Grammy Award for Best Classical Vocal Solo
At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards ceremony Sunday in Los Angeles, Dawn Upshaw, celebrated soprano and artistic director of The Bard College Conservatory of Music’s Graduate Vocal Arts Program, won the Grammy Award for best classical vocal solo, one of three Grammy Awards awarded to Winter Morning Walks, the monumental collaboration between Upshaw and jazz composer Maria Schneider. The album also won for best contemporary classical composition and best engineered album, classical, and also was cited as one of the projects by David Frost, who won the Grammy for producer of the year, classical.
Bard College Hosts U.S.–Russia Joint/Dual Degree Conference
Bard College will host a U.S.–Russia Joint/Dual Degree Conference from Thursday, January 30, to Saturday, February 1. The conference, funded by the Eurasia Foundation, will bring together institutions of higher education that have existing or emerging joint and/or dual degree partnership programs in the United States and Russia. The conference aims to further cooperation among institutions and to begin steps toward the development of a professional network of institutions with shared interests.
Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band Perform with Claudette Sierra at the Fisher Center
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College and Catskill Jazz Factory present Chris Washburne and the SYOTOS Band featuring vocalist Claudette Sierra on Valentine's Day, Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Fisher Center’s LUMA Theater. Fusing strands of Afro-Cuban, funk, jazz, gospel, and contemporary classical music, SYOTOS boasts stars from the ensembles of Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, and Ray Barretto.
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 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.
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.
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