November 2022
News for Bard
Families & Friends

Dear Friends, 

We were thrilled to welcome over 1200 visitors to campus just a few weeks ago for Family and Alumni/ae Weekend. If you joined us, we would love to hear from you. Take our survey here. View photos on the Bard Family Network Facebook and Instagram accounts. 

A rendering of the newly announced performing arts studio building is pictured above. Maya Lin, renowned worldwide for her art, architecture, landscapes and memorials, has designed the facility in partnership with architects Bialosky and Partners, and theater and acoustic consultants Charcoalblue. Situated in meadows to the west of the Fisher Center and overlooking woodlands and the Catskill mountains, the building will house rehearsal and teaching facilities for Bard’s undergraduate programs in Dance and in Theater and Performance, and provide a home for Fisher Center LAB, the center’s acclaimed residency and commissioning program for professional artists. 

Over 200 students gathered from across the globe last month to attend the second annual OSUN Virtual Leadership Conference, which was cohosted by the OSUN Civic Engagement Initiative and Student Life Initiatives Project. Civic Engagement Initiative Intern, Zoe Katinos ’25, writes about keynote speaker, Hephzibah Emereole, and her inspirational story here

The Bard College chemistry team won the Mid-Hudson American Chemical Society College Bowl Trivia competition. On the evening of Wednesday, October 26 at Vassar College, Bard chemistry students Monika Dziubelski ’24, Sasha Fraser ’24, Elan Ricarte ’23 and Kris Tulloch ’24 competed against Vassar, Marist, SUNY New Paltz, and others to take home top honors. This was the first time a Bard team had ever entered the competition.

Bardian and proud,

P.S. Bard Health Services mailed a letter to students on November 1 who have yet to meet the NY state MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination requirements. If your student has not yet submitted proof of vaccination or immunity to measles, mumps and rubella, they must do so by November 15 in order to register for classes next semester. Please contact Bard Health Service with any questions at [email protected].

Lindsay Davis Carr ’06
Assistant Director of Development, Family Programs
[email protected] | 845-758-7152


Dates to Remember:

  • Thursday, November 24–Sunday, November 27, 2022:
    Thanksgiving recess (classes end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday)
  • Friday, December 2, 2022:
    Last Day to Withdraw from a Class
  • Monday, December 5, 2022:
    Senior Projects Due
  • Wednesday, December 7, 2022:
    Advising Day
  • Thursday, December 8, 2022:
    Registration for Spring Classes Opens
  • Monday, December 12, 2022 – Friday, December 16, 2022:
    Completion Days—Regular Classes and Final Exams (all students and faculty remain on campus)
  • Friday, December 16, 2022:
    Last day of fall classes
  • Tuesday, January 10, 2023:
    Arrival Day, Check-in, and Financial Clearance for Citizen Science
    Arrival Day, Check-in, and Financial Clearance for Spring Transfer Students
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023:
    Citizen Science Opening Sessions
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023:
    9:00 a.m. Citizen Science classes begin
    9:00 a.m. Language and Thinking Workshops begin for Spring Transfer Students
  • Thursday, January 12, 2023 – Friday, January 27, 2023:
    Citizen Science Program
    Language and Thinking Program

      Academic Calendar 2022-23

Featured News

Valeria Luiselli. Photo by Alfredo Pelcastre Valeria Luiselli. Photo by Alfredo Pelcastre

Professor Valeria Luiselli to Be Honored at 92NY’s Seventh Annual Extraordinary Women Awards

Valeria Luiselli, celebrated writer and Sadie Samuelson Levy Professor in Languages and Literature at Bard College, will receive the Inspiration Through the Arts Award at the 92nd Street Y’s Seventh Annual Extraordinary Women Awards on November 14. The awards honor women leading the way and making a difference. The event will take place in person and be streamed online. Juju Chang, coanchor of ABC News’ Nightline, will host this year’s awards ceremony.

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Tan Dun. Photo by Nana Watanabe Tan Dun. Photo by Nana Watanabe

Bard Conservatory of Music Presents Uncaged with World-Renowned Conductor and Composer Tan Dun on November 4

The Bard Conservatory of Music presents Uncaged, a centennial concert in honor of John Cage performed by the Bard Conservatory Orchestra under the direction of Tan Dun. The first part of the program features John Cage’s Credo in US (1942); Third Construction (1941), with members of the Conservatory percussion studio; 4′ 33″ (1952); and Atlas Eclipticalis (1961-62). Following a 15-minute intermission, the second part of the concert features Tan Dun’s Percussion Concerto: The Tears of Nature (2012). The performance will be held on Friday, November 4 at 8 pm in the Fisher Center’s Sosnoff Theater.

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Students at the ninth annual Get Engaged Student Action and Youth Leadership Conference, organized by the OSUN Civic Engagement Initiative at Bard College in partnership with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA). Students at the ninth annual Get Engaged Student Action and Youth Leadership Conference, organized by the OSUN Civic Engagement Initiative at Bard College in partnership with the American University of Central Asia (AUCA).

Bard VP and OSUN Vice Chancellor Jonathan Becker on the Global Liberal Arts Challenge

Writing for Ethics & International Affairs, Jonathan Becker, executive vice president, vice president for academic affairs, and professor of political studies at Bard College and vice chancellor of the Open Society University Network, argues that, as the liberal arts and sciences (LAS) are threatened worldwide, action is needed to defend them. An LAS education runs contrary to the “hyperspecialized, rigidly sequenced, and strictly disciplinary curriculums” often employed in less democratic societies throughout the world.

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Aly Criscuolo MBA ’19. Aly Criscuolo MBA ’19.

Aly Criscuolo MBA ’19 Discusses Her Career Pathway into Sports Sustainability for Sports Business Journal

Aly Criscuolo, who graduated from Bard’s MBA in Sustainability program in 2019, is currently sustainability and corporate social responsibility director for New York Road Runners (NYRR), a running nonprofit that organizes several activities and races, including the New York City marathon since 1970. “If I had walked into my role at New York Road Runners without that MBA experience, I would not have known what to do on my first day,” she said. “The education, the hands-on experience, walking in on Day One, I knew exactly where to begin, what my first six months would look like. I had the confidence as well, which I would not have had without the MBA.”

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Xaviera Simmons ’05 at the Queens Museum. Photo by Jasmine Clarke ’18 for the <em>New York Times</em> Xaviera Simmons ’05 at the Queens Museum. Photo by Jasmine Clarke ’18 for the New York Times

Crisis Makes a Book Club, A New Exhibition by Xaviera Simmons ’05, Reviewed in the New York Times

“Everybody loves a Toni Morrison, an Audre Lorde, a James Baldwin,” Bard alumna Xaviera Simmons ’05 said to the New York Times. “Books are fabulous, but you can’t stay in a book club or a reading circle or a listening stance and expect things to miraculously change.” Simmons’s new exhibition, Crisis Makes a Book Club, puts the question of the efficacy of reading groups as a means of accomplishing systemic change at the fore.

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Renée Anne Louprette in recital at the Johannes Hahn organ (1773) of Sibiu Cathedral. Renée Anne Louprette in recital at the Johannes Hahn organ (1773) of Sibiu Cathedral.

Bard Conservatory Faculty Member Renée Anne Louprette in Romania on Fulbright Award for Research on Historic Pipe Organs

Renée Anne Louprette, assistant professor of music, director of the Bard Baroque Ensemble, and College organist, is spending her fall semester sabbatical conducting research supported by a Fulbright US Scholar Award in Brașov, Romania. Hosted by Transylvania University, Louprette’s project focuses on the rich cultural heritage of historic pipe organs in the Transylvanian region and the efforts of local artisans to rescue, preserve, and restore these instruments.

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Iranian director Jafar Panahi at the 56th Berlinale 2006, winner of the Silver Bear for his film <em>Offside</em>. Photo by Siebbi, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons Iranian director Jafar Panahi at the 56th Berlinale 2006, winner of the Silver Bear for his film Offside. Photo by Siebbi, CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Francine Prose on the Work of Imprisoned Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi for the New York Review of Books

After being banned from making films for 20 years, Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi made This Is Not a Film while under house arrest. Tracing Panahi’s work through the decades, Francine Prose, distinguished writer in residence, draws attention to his intermixture of fiction and documentary, his dedication to the depiction of the lives of Iranian women, and his now regular appearances as a character in his own films, where he appears “genial, kindly, easily amused, remarkably easygoing—an unlikely candidate for an enemy of the state.”

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Violet Kupersmith. Photo by Adriana de Cervantes Violet Kupersmith. Photo by Adriana de Cervantes

Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Violet Kupersmith

Author Violet Kupersmith has received the Bard Fiction Prize for her first novel, Build Your House Around My Body (Random House 2021). Kupersmith’s residency at Bard College is for the fall 2023 semester, during which time she will continue her writing and meet informally with students. Kupersmith will give a public reading at Bard during her residency.

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Family Leadership Council (FLC)

Members of the Family Leadership Council (FLC) play a key role in the Bard community through a range of optional activities: developing and participating in on-campus and regional recruiting and mentoring events, promoting and providing career opportunities for students, and participating in peer-to-peer fundraising. Parents and family members on the FLC play a prominent role in the success of the Bard College Fund through annual gifts of $1,500 or greater. The Family Leadership Council meets two times each year&mdash;once during Family and Alumni/ae Weekend and again in the spring. If you are interested in joining the Family Leadership Council, please contact Lindsay Davis Carr &#39;06, Assistant Director of Development | Family Programs, at&nbsp;845-758-7152.

News from the Arboretum

Come take a walk around campus! The Bard Arboretum, including the Blithewood Garden, is open to the public from dawn to dusk every day. The Montgomery Place grounds are also open daily from dawn to dusk. Mansion tours are currently suspended. For more information, please visit the Montgomery Place website

News from Athletics

Bard College junior Ryan Lum '23 has been named to the Liberty League Women's Volleyball Weekly Honor Roll. This is Lum's fourth time on the Honor Roll.

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News from Career Development

The Bard Career Development Office (CDO) will be hosting a number of programs for students this month. Registration is filling up for the Career Pathways in Global & International Relations trip to NYC on November Friday, 18, 2022. In this program, students will hear from several professionals working at the United Nations; a tour will also be included. On Wednesday, November 9, CDO will be hosting an information session for students interested in pursuing summer STEM REU programs (Research for Undergraduates). This session will highlight the many STEM REU and internship opportunities, application timelines, and benefits of participating.

As part of our [email protected] series, ArtistYear (a national service for citizen-artists), will be hosting a virtual talk on Wednesday, November 16 at 7 p.m. EST. ArtistYear is currently recruiting exceptional seniors and recent graduates to serve in positions as Resident Teaching Artists in schools across the nation.

In mid November, CDO will open registration for our upcoming program, Career Pathways in Arts Administration, to be held on Friday, December 2. This program will highlight the many career related pathways in arts administration. Students will have the opportunity to meet, hear from, and network with professionals working in a variety of roles at The Lincoln Center for Performing Arts and art museums. 

SAVE THE DATE: Registration will open soon for BardWorks in Annandale & NYC, an immersive professional development program for seniors and juniors to be held at the end of winter break, January 24-27, 2023. The early bird registration deadline is Saturday, December 10, 2022, and the final registration deadline will be Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Application coming soon!

News from the Center for Civic Engagement

In the latest podcast episode of What Is Your Why?, Anna Likhanova ’25 talks about her strong sense of justices and how to give back to the community. Listen here

Dr. Lauren Rose, associate professor of mathematics and senior fellow in Bard's Center for Civic Engagement, speaks with Laura Hart, founder and CEO of Bard community partner Robofun, about MAGPIES and their Girls Math Jam on Sunday, October 30. Read more and watch the interview here

[email protected] would like to remind you that election season is once again upon us. We’ve had many candidate visits through the “All Politics is Local” and “Campaigns 2022” classes. Candidates were invited to table in the Bertelsmann Campus Center this week as well. We also have Scenic Hudson tabling to educate our Bardians on the Clean Water, Clean Air, and Green Jobs Environmental Bond Act on the back of our local ballot! [email protected] students have also been working hard organizing educational cooking parties, like a Mail-In Ramen event to educate their peers on the ins and outs of mail-in ballots.

The Center for Civic Engagement is offering Early Voting shuttles, if your Bardian is registered to vote locally! The CCE Vote Van picks up at the Kline Bus Stop at 5:30pm on 11/3 or 3:30pm on 11/4. 

Thank you for your support

A big thanks to our families and friends who made a gift to the College since our last newsletter. Your generosity makes it possible for Bard to educate thousands of students each year:

Anonymous (4) ●  John Albertini and Kathleen B. Albertini ● Alan Appelbaum ● Charles Beeman ● Jessica and Jim Benjamin ● Dr. Ilya Levinson and Martine Benmann ● Eileen Caramanica ● Helene Tieger '85 and Paul Ciancanelli ● John Curry and Eileen Curry ● Bonnie T. Goad and Daniel Donohue ● Dr. Marian E. Dunn '60 and Eliott Dranoff ● Gregory Fields and Rozanna Leo-Fields ● Craig Gemmell and Nancy Hughes ● Campbell Gerrish ● Susan N. Gibbs ● Deborah J. Bornstein Gichan '76 and Gregory G. Gichan ● Dr. Peter W. Greenwald and Gail M. Newman ● Amar Gupta and Padmini Gupta ● Cynthia Hochswender ● John Honeycutt and Heath Honeycutt ● James Israel ● Nunally Kersh and Robert M. Stehling ● Linda R. Lee ● Chelsea Maeda ● Tom Mathieson and Barbara Mathieson ● Kathie McGinty ● Dr. David Meikle ● Franny Milberg ● Peter Mullin ● John Pettenati ● Maggie Rivero ● Ted R. Robb ● Dr. Arthur Rose ● Terry W. Shamsie and Dr. Nanette Hasette ● Martha Sperry ● Sandra Stelts ● Michele E. Sterner ● Patricia Thatcher ● Eric Zelman and Alyssa Zelman

Recent donations will be acknowledged in the December Insider Newsletter. To make your gift to the Bard College Fund, please click here. Thank you!