Since 1972, Joan Tower has taught at Bard College, where she is Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts. She is regarded as one of the most important living American composers. During a career spanning more than 50 years, Tower has made lasting contributions as composer, performer, conductor, and educator.
09-06-2014: On Monday, September 15, Joseph O'Neill, Bard’s Distinguished Visiting Professor of Written Arts and the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning Netherland, will read from his new novel, The Dog. Publishers Weekly describes The Dog as “Pitch-perfect prose . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.” http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2598
08-07-2014: The National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture (NAMAC) has named Peggy Ahwesh, Bard College professor of film and electronic arts, as the winner of the 2014 NAMAC Artist Award. A faculty member at Bard since 1990, Ahwesh's expertise includes film production, feminist studies, and media advocacy. "Ultimately, Ahwesh has developed a practice that insists on political and social topicality, handled with theoretical and formal rigor, while remembering the audience," writes NAMAC’s board of directors in its award announcement. "It is her lighter touch that has helped make her work, densely critical as it is, so accessible to so many people." Professor Ahwesh will receive the award at NAMAC's State & Main conference in Philadelphia on August 8. http://www.namac.org/idea-exchange/awards-2014-conference
06-27-2014: Bard College “flipped the switch” on a new solar installation donated by the Green Mountain Energy™ Sun Club™ in a special dedication ceremony on Tuesday, June 24. The 9kW solar installation was funded by a $35,000 donation from the Sun Club. The Sun Club is a unique program enabling Green Mountain Energy Company’s residential customers and employees, including many in the Dutchess County area, to donate solar technology to nonprofits like Bard. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2585
06-18-2014: Bard College announces the appointment of Wilmot James, notable South African Member of Parliament and academic, as Senior Visiting Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College. James will be in residence at the College from April 2 to 12, 2015, and will offer a series of lectures on topics ranging from evolution, ethical considerations in the use of genetic information, and South African politics and history. He will also work with the Hannah Arendt Center to host a dynamic weeklong working group on current politics in South Africa. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2583
06-18-2014: People who get bitten by a blacklegged tick have a higher-than-expected chance of being exposed to more than one pathogen at the same time, according to research by Bard biologist Felicia Keesing and colleagues. The new study, published online today in the journal PLOS ONE, was conducted by scientists at Bard College, Sarah Lawrence College, and the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2584
05-07-2014: The loss of large mammals from African savannas can have unexpected and often undesirable consequences for the people and livestock that depend on them, according to a new study published in the journal BioScience. Scientists from Bard College and the University of California, Davis, experimentally removed large grazing mammals from plots of savanna land in Kenya where both livestock and wildlife are abundant. That removal set in motion a cascade of consequences. “The results of this long-term study show that preserving large mammals in African savannas can be a win-win for conservation and for human welfare,” says lead author Felicia Keesing, a biology professor at Bard. http://www.bard.edu/news/releases/pr/fstory.php?id=2570