Daniel Mendelsohn is the Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College. An award-winning writer and critic and author of the international bestseller The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, he was born on Long Island and educated at the University of Virginia and at Princeton. Since 1991, when he began publishing, his essays and reviews have appeared in many publications, most frequently in the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books. He has also been the weekly book critic for New York and a frequent contributor to the New York Times Book Review, and is presently a contributing editor at Travel + Leisure.
12-09-2013: Bruce Robertson's research is changing his field, providing a framework for understanding how human environments can lead animals into danger. One of his recent papers—"Ecological novelty and the emergence of evolutionary traps"—is currently among the most widely read publications in earth and planetary sciences. Bard College students have been "critically helpful" to Professor Robertson's research, assisting him in conducting experiments in the Bard labs and fieldwork in the surrounding Hudson Valley ecosystem. http://www.bard.edu/news/news.php?id=88
11-17-2013: President Botstein talks about Bard's fresh look at college admissions, the evolving job market,and the future of higher education in this Huffington Post interview. "Learning, like love, death and eating, are fundamental human activities," says President Botstein. "It's at the core of human existence and its character has a resilience of continuity that is part of what makes up human nature." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/c-m-rubin/leon-botstein_b_4289107.html
10-30-2013: 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.
10-28-2013: 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. http://www.sculpture.org/pfaff-uvr/bio-pfaff.shtml
10-15-2013: 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.
09-03-2013: 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. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2464