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Bard College Catalogue 2020-21
Bard has long been known as an innovator and risk taker in the field of international higher education. Bard believes that the task of creating open societies is integrally tied to education and the involvement of citizens at home and abroad. The College has a long history of global outreach and innovative international programming leading to meaningful partnerships grounded in mutuality and reciprocity. Our partner institutions in Kyrgyzstan, East Jerusalem, Russia, and Vietnam have taken advantage of political and cultural transitions to introduce Bard’s model of liberal arts and sciences education and student-centered pedagogy; the appeal stems from the greater liberty the liberal arts afford to teachers and students. The liberal arts model Bard brings and adapts with partners has a profound impact, opening up new spaces for critical thinking and preparing students to assume the responsibilities of leadership and self-governance.
Each year student leaders from across the international network come together for the “Get Engaged: Student Action and Leadership Conference.” The conference seeks to cultivate a new generation of globally engaged citizens and strengthen the growing network of student innovators who use the liberal arts as a creative tool to address local, national, and global challenges. The annual conference, held virtually in 2020, is an opportunity for students to share experiences, learn new skills, hone leadership styles, and network with international partners. The conference is an inspirational and practical space that encourages young people to grow into their roles as agents for change.
Institute for International Liberal Education (IILE) IILE was formed at Bard in 1998 and is now an integral part of the Center for Civic Engagement. Its mission is to advance the theory and practice of international liberal arts education. IILE manages the Program in International Education (PIE) and Bard Summer Science Intensive (BSSI), as well as projects involving student mobility within Bard’s international network. Each year, PIE brings approximately 50 students from Bard’s international partner institutions to Annandale or the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program in New York City. BSSI brings a cohort of 12 to 15 students from the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences (Smolny) at St. Petersburg University in Russia to Bard each August for an intensive science program using the Hudson Valley as a living classroom. Participants learn about ecology, water resource management, and the environmental movement in the United States, in tandem with English instruction. Other student projects managed at IILE include an opportunity for biology majors from Al-Quds Bard to participate in the Bard Summer Research Institute and grant-funded scholarship and student engagement projects to strengthen U.S.–Russia ties.
IILE is also home to Bard Abroad, which operates within the IILE as a unifying identity for all of Bard’s study abroad programs and activities. To learn more about the College’s international study opportunities, see “Bard Abroad” in this catalogue.