What needs to be the case for things to be otherwise?
Throughout our work together in August, we will find this question emerging (and changing) across texts, disciplines, conversations, genres, and art forms. We will read Gertrude Stein on how both war and the arts became otherwise during World War I, and Aristotle on how citizens need to live for cities to be noble. We will hear James Baldwin, Etel Adnan, and Ursula Le Guin make the case for migration and exile, and we will argue about revolutions (and their preludes) with Thomas Kuhn, Edmund Burke, Euripides, Karl Marx, and Layli Long Soldier.
The Rostrum Series invites speakers, artists, and performers from many fields—including literature and poetics, philosophy, politics, biology, agriculture, theater, dance, education, visual art and others—to present their work and to converse with Bard students. The series introduces students to the intellectual, artistic, and civic life of the College, and to the College’s vibrant tradition of welcoming guests from the wider world to engage with the Bard community.
The 2019 Rostrum lineup will be announced soon.