The COVID-19 pandemic is causing seismic cultural shifts, and we are all learning to adapt. The Bard community has faced this challenging time with a surge of mutual support as we continue to encounter this changing landscape.
Thursday, May 7, 2020 – Tuesday, June 30, 2020 The Bard College Center for Civic Engagement is offering virtual volunteer tutoring services to local students during the COVID-19 school closure. Online Need assistance during the transition to remote learning? Bard College offers free virtual volunteer tutoring for local students. These are not certified educators but trained volunteers who are available and ready to assist students and families during the pandemic and the transition to online learning. You can request a tutor in any subject area by completing the Bard College Virtual Tutoring Registration form.Need additional information? Contact email@example.com.
Farewell, My Concubine 霸王別姬 (1993, dir. Chen Kaige)
Thursday, June 4, 2020 A Book/Movie Club on Zoom for Students on Campus 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EDT/GMT-4 Hosted by Lu Kou, Assistant Professor of Chinese, Bard College IntroductionThe pandemic and concomitant biotechnological competitions have strained the already fragile US- China relation. The rising hostility between the two nations has promoted many to claim that a new Cold War is dawning upon us. A binary mode of thinking is prevalent in both countries, which is often couched in sentences such as A can never be B; A will never understand B; A and B are enemies. The US and China thus represent the opposite ends of a political, cultural, and ideological spectrum: socialism/capitalism, authoritarian/democratic, collective/individualistic, east/west, and so on. This Cold War pattern of thinking is unproductive and dangerous as it reinforces stereotyping and prevents an empathetic understanding of those who are different from us. How can we understand China and its cultural complexity beyond the image of unchanging, inscrutable “East”?
How do Chinese people come to terms with their nation and national past? How does the broader sinophone world consider China as a political and cultural entity? And finally, what is, then, China? With these questions in mind, we will use the summer to close read and discuss some of the most celebrated fictions and films from both China and larger sinophone community in which authors and directors poignantly negotiate with the increasingly globalized world and their cultural heritage. Starting from specific texts, we will also venture to answer some of the larger questions. For example, why is science fiction popular in China? What’s going on between China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong? Who is Confucius, and why is he significant? How did China become modern? The literary and cinematic texts hardly give any definitive conclusions, but invite us readers to participate in the discussion and offer our interpretations.
This is a casual gathering. You are welcome to attend all the meetings; you are also welcome to join the sessions that interest you the most. All materials will be provided (on Google Classroom) with English translation as well as the original Chinese. Depending on the participants, the discussion can be conducted in Chinese or English. Site:https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/ODY3NDg3NTQzMzNa Code:n2wepmy What do you need to do:1. Enjoy the stories or films (finish reading/watching the materials before the meeting)2. I will post all the materials on Google Classroom with some questions. If you like, youcan keep a reading journal by posting your thoughts and comments there.3. Join the meeting and share your ideas! Lu Kou’s Zoom Link:https://zoom.us/j/8649159276?pwd=NEw5MzExN29ERFovRlBFZWVXSzY0QT09 If you have any questions, please send email to: firstname.lastname@example.orgSchedule(may be subject to changes depending on the availability of the materials)Unit 1 China in Two Films- Week 1 (June 4): Queerness, Theater, and Modern Chinese historyChen Kaige 陈凯歌 dir. Farewell, My Concubine 霸王別姬- Week 2 (June 11): Road to CapitalismFeng Xiaogang 冯小刚 dir. The Big Shot’s Funeral 大腕Unit 2: The Contemporary- Week 3 (June 18): Science FictionLiu Cixin 刘慈欣, Village Schoolteacher 乡村教师Hao Jingfang 郝景芳, Folding Beijing 北京折叠- Week 4 (June 25): Nobel Prize ComplexMo Yan 莫言, White Dog and the Swing 白狗秋千架Mo Yan 莫言, Iron Child 铁孩- Week 5 (July 2): Avant-gardeCan Xue 残雪, Hut on a Mountain 山上的小屋Can Xue 残雪, Soap Bubbles in the Dirty Water 污水中的肥皂泡Unit 3: The Modern- Week 6 (July 9): Youth and (The Cultural) RevolutionJiang Wen 姜文 dir. In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子- Week 7 (July 16): Love and Urban RomanceEileen Chang 张爱玲, Love in a Fallen City 倾城之恋- Week 8 (July 23): ModernityLu Xun 鲁迅, Mending Heaven 补天Lu Xun 鲁迅, Medicine 药Unit 4: The Sinophone- Week 9 (July 30): TaiwanZhang Da-chun 张大春, General’s Monument 将军碑- Week 10 (August 7): Hong KongXi Xi 西西, The Floating City 浮城异志- Week 11 (August 14): Southeast AsiaNg Kim Chew 黄锦树, Fish Bone 鱼骸Unit 5: Confucius- Week 12 (August 21)Confucius 孔子, The Analects 论语
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Thursday, June 4, 2020 Online Events3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT/GMT-4 Are you an incoming or continuing Spanish language student? Are you interested in learning Spanish through conversation with your peers? This is a place to enjoy Spanish conversation in a relaxed environment online over the summer. Students who have been taking Spanish language at Bard or who intend to do so should feel especially welcome to join us.Join Zoom MeetingMeeting ID: 911 9135 3957 Password: 9i5Had
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EDT/GMT-4 Online Events
Thursday, June 4, 2020 A space to chat informally about books and reading. 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4 Calling all readers: The Bard Book Worms is a virtual space where people can come together to chat about books and reading. We meet weekly on Zoom to share what we've been reading, our reading likes and dislikes, and other related topics. All are welcome! To attend a meeting or join the Bard Book Worms online discussion group, email Alexa Murphy (email@example.com).
The Office of Student Activities is collaborating on efforts for virtual engagement with the Bard Houses, the Career Development Office, Chaplaincy, Community Fitness, the First-Year Experience Office, Stevenson Library, Sustainability, Wellness, and student clubs and organizations. Please fill out this form to indicate what programs, groups, dialogues, and events you would like to see. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete the Form
Congratulations, Award Winners!
On Thursday, May 14, Bard College held a virtual Undergraduate Awards Ceremony to recognize the achievements of Bard students. The ceremony included the presentation of scholarships, awards, and prizes.
Share Your Spring 2020 Share photos of your surroundings, wherever you are this spring—on the Annandale campus, at your family’s home, and other spots where you are working and learning. We are using locations and photos to build maps of the Annandale campus and Bard's global network, and we'll highlight selected images here on the Bard Connects website and on Bard social media using #BardConnects.
The Deans of Students and Deans of Studies remain available to help and support students both on and off campus. Reach out to your dean, call us at 845-758-7454, or email email@example.com if you need help.
Bard Counseling Services are available to all Bard students through telephone or other remote methods. If you would like to schedule a session, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have an emergency, contact the Counselor-on-call by calling Security at 845-758-7460 or x7777.
Bard Wellness is here to support you during this time of social distancing due to COVID-19. Peer health educators, Wellness staff, and Community Fitness resources are available remotely. Please visit our Off-Campus Resources page and our Self-Care page for additional support and ideas.
Career Development Office
CDO staff continue to offer career counseling and job and internship guidance. Reach out to us at 845-758-7539 or by email at email@example.com. For online resources including a jobs board, assessment tools, and career guides, visit bard.edu/cdo. Also, watch our video series of Bard Alumni/ae Talks and Career Webinars.
Whether it's writing support, foreign language tutoring, or help with scholarly research, Bard's academic support services are available remotely. Academic Support
COVID-19 Resources for Students
From help covering your bills and supporting your family during the pandemic, to free and low-cost resources for remote learning, this helpful list has got you covered. Courtesy of the Office of Equity and Inclusion Programs at Bard.
The Student Response Team facilitates meal delivery, package delivery, snack/treat delivery, a run to the pharmacy, etc. Please contact them directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Bard Wellness Club Food Support Closet can help with additional food resources on campus. You can request food and other supplies be delivered to you by completing the Supplemental Food and Supply Delivery Form.
The Center for Civic Engagementcontinues to develop and support robust virtual and in-person community responses to address the COVID-19 pandemic while providing Bard students with opportunities to be civically engaged now and in the future. Here’s how you can be involved.
Are you registered to vote in New York State? The Governor and State Legislature have postponed New York State’s primary election from April 28 to June 23. Although we're not entirely sure what to expect in the coming weeks, Election@Bard recommends that New York Voters prepare by applying for an absentee ballot. You can print the New York State Absentee Ballot Application here.
Bard Music Connects
Bard Music Connects celebrates the musicians of Bard, featuring live-streaming concerts and master classes. Watch Now!
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Remote Student Resources
If you are seeking some entertainment while remaining at home, there is a wealth of resources online to help you continue to learn new skills and take in culture. The following links include music, museum tours, ways to learn a language, and more, all online. Learning and growth are still possible in the times of social distancing.
Remote Student Resources
Museums in Paris have published over 100,000 images online—delve into the artistic variety and depth of these collections here.
Codeacademy is a website that allows users to learn to code for free.
Get access to films online through Bard on Kanopy.
We are grateful to colleagues at Bard College Berlin for offering this list for our use and adaptation.
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Essential services on campus are open and operating. Please feel free to reach out to the contacts listed below with questions or requests. Thank you to all the dedicated staff who continue to keep these essential services going.