Senior Lecturer in Philosophy; Director, Bard Debate Union
Academic Expertise: Philosophy
Area of Specialization: German Philosophy
Biography:Ruth Zisman’s areas of specialization include the German philosophical tradition (Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger), political philosophy, psychoanalysis, and philosophy and literature. In addition to teaching courses in Philosophy, Human Rights, and German Studies, she also serves as the Director of the Bard Debate Union and the OSUN Global Debate Network. Since founding the Bard Debate Union in 2004, she has worked to build a world-renowned debate program on campus—expanding the program from an extracurricular activity to a centerpiece of liberal arts education—while also working to build and support the growth of debate programs in Bard's surrounding school districts and throughout Bard's national and international networks. BA, Vassar College; MA and PhD, New York University. At Bard since 2004.
Office: Shea House 203