Since 1978 The Bard Center has developed pacesetting educational and scholarly programs with a recognized influence nationwide. The Center promotes the study of the liberal arts and sciences as they relate to issues of public planning and decision making in and beyond the Hudson River Valley. These programs enrich the intellectual, cultural, and social experience of Bard undergraduates and establish a network of academic and professional centers beyond the campus.
Bard Conservatory students perform at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts. Photo by Karl Rabe.
What We Do
The Bard Center sponsors lectures, seminars, conferences, and concerts on campus, bringing students into contact with prominent researchers, artists, musicians, scientists, and other leaders in fields that many undergraduates aspire to enter. An equally influential aspect of its activities is the shared learning experience of College and community members. Center projects in which students have participated have had an impact on such diverse and far-reaching pursuits as new directions in music and the arts, the development of health care in cities, solutions to functional illiteracy, and groundbreaking ecological research. Because the Center’s focus is intellectual in the broadest sense, rather than narrowly academic, it encourages students from their first year onward to share the mantle of social responsibility and leadership.
Bard Center Fellows
Bard Center fellows, who serve active terms of varying lengths, present seminars and lectures that are open to the public and teach or direct research by Bard undergraduates. Fellows are chosen on the basis of special achievement in the arts, sciences, literature, philosophy, history, or social studies. The following prominent scholars and artists currently serve as fellows:
IWT Courtesy Photo
Institute for Writing and Thinking
Founded in 1982, the Institute for Writing and Thinking (IWT) has been guiding teachers in developing and refining writing practices for more than 30 years. Through intellectually stimulating and practical workshops, conferences, and on-site consulting, IWT brings secondary and college teachers together and supports their efforts to make writing a central classroom practice.