Distinguished Writer in Residence Francine Prose has been on the Bard faculty since 2005. The recipient of many awards, Prose has published more than 20 books, including the novel Blue Angel (2000), a National Book Award nominee.
03-07-2014: 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.
01-13-2014: Biology faculty member Bruce Robertson has coauthored a paper showing that perennial grasses can effectively be used as biomass crops while preserving species and ecosystem services. While corn leads biomass crops by yield, that high production comes at a high price for the environment. This research is part of Professor Robertson's ongoing collaboration with the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center at Michigan State University.
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.