October 2022 
News for Bard 
Families & Friends

Dear Friends, 

The leaves are changing in Annandale and we can't wait to welcome everyone for Family & Alumni/ae Weekend from October 21-23! Many thanks to all who have registered to join us on campus. We're excited for our visitors to experience life as a Bardian through classes, tours, and exploring our beautiful campus. Check out the weekend schedule here

The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities 14th annual fall conference, Rage and Reason: Democracy Under the Tyranny of Social Media, starts today and runs through tomorrow, October 14. This year's theme responds to the undeniable fact that rage and emotions are increasingly a force in our political and cultural lives. You can stream the conference here

Bard Senior Sonita Alizada '23 is calling for global action supporting women and girls in conflict zones. An international rapper and human rights activist, Sonita participated in the European Council event “Women in Conflicts: Young Voices for Change” on Wednesday, September 21, performing original songs and speaking on a panel of youth advocates. The event featured young women survivors, activists, policymakers, and leaders working in conflict and post-conflict regions. Cohosted by UN Women, Nadia’s Initiative, and the Dr. Denis Mukwege Foundation, the third annual “Women in Conflicts” event took place in conjunction with the United Nations. Read more here

The Bard Center for the Study of Hate is proud to award Danielle Riou, associate director of Bard College’s Human Rights Project, this year’s Beth Rickey Award. The award is given to a member of the Bard/OSUN Network community who has “taken sustained and effective action against hate [and whose] achievements can either be in scholarship, adding to our understanding of how hatred works, or actions, such as political organizing or media work, for example.” Read more about Danielle's work here

On September 21, Bard hosted a screening of The US and the Holocaust, a new PBS documentary directed by Ken Burns, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein. The screening was followed by a panel discussion that included co-director and producer, Sarah Botstein; Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of History, Christian Ayne Crouch; Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Human Rights Program, Thomas Keenan; Associate Professor and Patricia Ross Weis ’52 Chair in Jewish History and Culture, Cecile E. Kuznitz; and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities, Daniel Mendelsohn, author of The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million, who shares his family’s story in the film. To learn more about the series and view episodes, please visit pbs.org/kenburns/us-and-the-holocaust.

The US–China Music Institute of the Bard College Conservatory of Music, in collaboration with China’s Central Conservatory of Music, kicked off its fifth season of the China Now Music Festival on October 7th. This year’s theme, East of West, focuses on breaking boundaries through music. Concerts will take place at the Fisher Center at Bard, Hudson Hall at the Historic Hudson Opera House, and Lincoln Center in New York City through October 22. Read more here

Why do civic engagement leaders get involved in the work they do? What keeps them going in the face of challenges? In the series, What Is Your Why?, Bard CCE highlights campus and local changemakers. Sydney Oshuna-Williams ’24 recently spoke with Vice President of Civic Engagement, Erin Cannan, about her civic engagement at Bard, facilitating spaces for people to share their experiences, creating her own foundation, and how she has to show up for herself in order to show up for others. Listen here

Best wishes for a happy and healthy fall,

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

Dates to Remember

  • Friday, October 21, 2022:
    Moderation papers due
  • Friday, October 21–Sunday, October 23, 2022:
    Family and Alumni/ae Weekend
  • Thursday, November 24–Sunday, November 27, 2022:
    Thanksgiving recess (classes end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday)
  • Friday, December 16, 2022:
    Last day of fall classes

      Academic Calendar 2022-23

Featured News

Blithewood on the Bard College campus. Photo by Pete Mauney ’93 MFA ’00 Blithewood on the Bard College campus. Photo by Pete Mauney ’93 MFA ’00

Bard College Receives $25 Million Endowment Gift from Gochman Family Foundation Supporting Renamed American and Indigenous Studies Program

Match by Open Society Foundations as Part of Bard’s Endowment Drive Will Create $50 Million Endowment Supporting Native American and Indigenous Studies in Undergraduate and Graduate Academics and the Arts

Bard College is excited to announce a transformational $25 million endowment gift from the Gochman Family Foundation, which will substantially advance its work deepening diversity and equity in American Studies with a Center for Indigenous Studies, faculty appointments and student scholarships, and the appointment of an Indigenous Curatorial Fellow at Center for Curatorial Studies (CCS Bard). An additional $25 million matching commitment by Open Society Foundations as part of Bard’s endowment drive will create a $50 million endowment supporting Native American and Indigenous Studies in undergraduate and graduate academics and the arts. The College’s American Studies Program will be renamed American and Indigenous Studies to more fully reflect continental history and to place Native American and Indigenous Studies at the heart of curricular innovation and development.

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Sky Hopinka, Artist and Filmmaker, 2022 MacArthur Fellow, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Sky Hopinka, Artist and Filmmaker, 2022 MacArthur Fellow, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Photo courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Bard Professor Sky Hopinka Named 2022 MacArthur Fellow

Bard College Assistant Professor of Film and Electronic Arts Sky Hopinka has been named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. Hopinka, a filmmaker, video artist, and photographer, is one of this year’s 25 recipients of the prestigious “genius grant” awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In a statement about his work, the MacArthur Foundation says, “Hopinka layers imagery, sound, and text to create an innovative cinematic language. His short and feature-length films traverse both Indigenous histories and contemporary experiences . . . Hopinka is creating a body of work that not only represents the lives of Indigenous peoples but incorporates their worldviews into the strategies of representation itself.”

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Paul Chan MFA ’03. Photo courtesy MacArthur Foundation Paul Chan MFA ’03. Photo courtesy MacArthur Foundation

Bard Alumnus Paul Chan MFA ’03 Named 2022 MacArthur Fellow

Artist, publisher, and Bard College alumnus Paul Chan MFA ’03 has been named a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. "He draws on a wealth of cultural touchstones—from classical philosophy to modern literature, critical theory, and hip-hop culture—to produce works that respond to our current political and social realities,” the MacArthur Foundation says, “making those realities more immediately available to the mind for contemplation and critical reflection.” Chan’s work, which “[strives] to express humanity’s complexities and contradictions through an artistic practice that moves across media,” has been exhibited in the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Walker Art Center, the Guggenheim Museum, and others. Chan received the Bard College Alumni/ae Association’s Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters in 2021. 

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Bard students and staff make voting signs at a campus community event. Photo by Jonathan Asiedu ’24 Bard students and staff make voting signs at a campus community event. Photo by Jonathan Asiedu ’24

Bard College Secures Fully Functioning On-Campus Polling Site for 2022 General Election

After a fight that has been going on for nearly a quarter century, the Dutchess County Board of Elections has finally relented and Bard College will have a fully functional campus polling site for the 2022 general election, and hopefully beyond. Election Commissioner Hannah Black has informed Bard officials that the polling site at Bard’s Bertelsmann Campus Center would be fully staffed and have the requisite number of polling machines; previously, the site had been in violation of election regulations and a court ordered settlement. The decision occurred after Bard had filed a complaint following years of litigation to secure an on-campus polling location and ensure equal access to the ballot.

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L-R: Stephen Greenblatt and Adam Phillips. Photo by Jerry Bauer L-R: Stephen Greenblatt and Adam Phillips. Photo by Jerry Bauer

Bard College Presents Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities Featuring Renowned Scholars Stephen Greenblatt and Adam Phillips

The Lecture Series, “Second Chances: Shakespeare and Freud,” Will Be Held in November

Bard College presents renowned scholars Stephen Greenblatt and Adam Phillips delivering the Anthony Hecht Lectures in the Humanities in honor of preeminent poet, alumnus, and former Bard faculty member Anthony Hecht ’44. Greenblatt, who is the John Cogan University Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University, and Phillips, who is a visiting professor in the Department of English at the University of York, will present the lecture series, “Second Chances: Shakespeare and Freud” with lectures on November 10 and 11 on Bard campus and on November 16 in at The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.

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(L-R) Kite aka Suzanne Kite, Bently Spang, Marisa J. Fuentes, and Elizabeth Ellis. (L-R) Kite aka Suzanne Kite, Bently Spang, Marisa J. Fuentes, and Elizabeth Ellis.

Bard College Hosts Inaugural Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck Conference, October 20–22

“The DRE: Disturbance, Re-Animation, and Emergent Archives” Conference Features Keynote Speakers Elizabeth N. Ellis and Marisa J. Fuentes

Bard College’s inaugural Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck conference features keynote speakers Elizabeth N. Ellis and Marisa J. Fuentes, as well as artist’s talks by Bently Spang and Kite aka Suzanne Kite MFA ’15. This conference, “The DRE: Disturbance, Re-Animation, and Emergent Archives,” considers the topic of archives from a range of humanistic perspectives, with keynotes showcasing methods in Native American and Indigenous Studies and African and African-American Studies, as well as offering the viewpoints of contemporary artists on these topics. The DRE is the first of three annual conferences supported by Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck, part of the Mellon Foundation’s Humanities for All Times initiative.

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Jenny Xie. Photo by Marco Giugliarelli Jenny Xie. Photo by Marco Giugliarelli

Bard Professor Jenny Xie Named National Book Award Finalist for Her New Collection of Poetry The Rupture Tense

Bard College Assistant Professor of Written Arts Jenny Xie’s new poetry collection, The Rupture Tense, has been selected as a finalist for the 2022 National Book Award for poetry. Beginning with poems inspired by photojournalist Li Zhensheng’s rare images of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, Jenny Xie’s The Rupture Tense recovers ancestral history through an investigation of state-sanctioned memory loss and intergenerational trauma. Xie’s debut collection of poems, Eye Level, was also selected as a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for poetry.

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(L-R) Brian Dumaine and Chris Whipple.  (L-R) Brian Dumaine and Chris Whipple. 

Acclaimed Journalists Chris Whipple and Brian Dumaine to Deliver Fifth John J. Curran ’75 Lecture in Journalism at Bard College on Monday, October 24

On Monday, October 24, acclaimed author, political analyst, documentary filmmaker, and Emmy and Peabody Award–winning former 60 Minutes producer Chris Whipple and prize-winning journalist and contributing editor at Fortune magazine Brian Dumaine will present a talk, “From the Oval Office to the Corner Office: What we have learned about presidents and plutocrats,” at Bard College as part of the John J. Curran ’75 Lectures in Journalism Series. Whipple and Dumaine will be introduced by Bard alumnus Ethan Porter ’07, author of The Consumer Citizen and associate professor of media and public affairs and of political science at George Washington University. This lecture is presented by the Office of Development and Alumni/ae Affairs and the Written Arts Program.

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Team of students who participated in the Saw Kill sample collection for this study. (L-R) Becket Landsbury ’16, Pola Khun ’17, Clea Shumer, Daniela Azulai ’17, Haley Goss-Holmes ’17, Yuejiao Wan ’17, and Marco Spodek ’17. Team of students who participated in the Saw Kill sample collection for this study. (L-R) Becket Landsbury ’16, Pola Khun ’17, Clea Shumer, Daniela Azulai ’17, Haley Goss-Holmes ’17, Yuejiao Wan ’17, and Marco Spodek ’17.

Bard Biologists Elias Dueker, Gabriel Perron, Daniella Azulai ’17, and Mary Reid ’21 Copublish Study on the Impacts of Wastewater Treatment Discharge in Saw Kill River

Associate Professor of Environmental and Urban Studies M. Elias Dueker, Associate Professor of Biology Gabriel G. Perron, and Bard biology graduates Daniella Azulai ’17 and Mary Reid ’21 have copublished a new study, “Bacteria communities and water quality parameters in riverine water and sediments near wastewater discharges,” in the peer-reviewed journal Scientific Data. ​​“Our hope is that this database serves as a tool for researchers and communities around the world trying to respond to stewardship challenges in a science-based and community-accessible way,” said Dueker. 

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Bard 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—once during Family and Alumni/ae Weekend and again in the spring. If you are interested in joining the Family Leadership Council, please contact Sasha Boak-Kelly, Senior Director of Development at 845-758-7406.

News from the Arboretum 

Fom the Director of Horticulture & Arboretum Amy Parrella '99
This summer the Bard Arboretum hosted the first Horticulture Guild session with eight undergraduate students. Each week students worked 36 hours alongside Bard Horticulture staff, landscaping the Bard campus grounds and also spent 4 hours learning Horticulture 101, inside and outside of the classroom. Topics included: Tools & Safety, Plant Identification & Culture, Landscape Design & Maintenance, Professionalism & Careers, Invasive Plants, Plant Health Care, Plant Research & Conservation, Sustainable Landscape Management, Plant Propagation & Production, Arboriculture, and Education & Interpretation. Field trips included: a campus tree walk, invasive plant walk and sustainability walk, Blithewood Garden, Olin's green demonstration parking lot, Bard Farm, Bard's greenhouse, Montgomery Place, and the Arboretum's exhibit on Frederick Law Olmsted at the Campus Center. Additionally, each week students were treated to a networking opportunity with a new professional at our Lunch & Learn sessions. Each professional gave the students an up-close look at their specific work and how it relates to plants. Many thanks goes out to these folks who helped with this summer's program: Office of Admission, Angela Kozlakowski, Savannah Williams, Taun Toay, Michael Clayton, Parkhurst Dining, Nick Lewis, Kathy McManus, Sal Russo, Melanie Patapis, Caroline Ramaley, Adriane Colburn, Beka Goedde, Erik Kiviat, Felicia Keesing (via podcast), Malia Du Mont '95, Laurie Husted, Stefan Yarabek, Jana Mader, Rebecca Yoshino, Dan McKenna and the entire Horticulture staff. We look forward to holding another session of the Horticulture Guild in the future!

NEW! LANDSCAPE STUDIES: Hudson River Valley HUM 234
For centuries, the land on which the Bard Arboretum now sits has been inhabited and used by diverse societies and cultures. In this course, students learn to critically engage with the existing landscape and vegetation to unfold “the story” of the land now owned by Bard College. By confronting the narratives that shaped these lands from an interdisciplinary perspective, students can build skills to become informed and impactful agents of change. Particular areas of inquiry include the Hudson River Valley in art, literature, music and film; the history of Native Americans, colonialism, and slavery in the region; horticulture, bio-diversity, and native plants of the Hudson River Valley (living collection). We will explore the past, present, and possible future of the Hudson River Valley through a series of primary and secondary sources including fiction and nonfiction works of literature, visual art, film, etc. Meetings will be held in the classroom, and outdoors at the Bard Arboretum, Montgomery Place, and Blithewood; we will observe and study the actual river, our native plants, and learn more about how our current home and what we see in it have changed over time.

News from Athletics

Displaced Afghan student recounts his odyssey

The first night for Mujtaba Naqib '26 on the Bard College campus was January 11, 2022. It was a blustery 15 degrees in Annandale. From bed, he stared at the ceiling in the room in his new home, Cruger Hall, and listened to the wind whipping outside. He couldn't sleep. His mind was racing.

On August 26 of the previous summer, he was forced to flee Afghanistan when the Taliban regained power. He was in the Kabul airport on the day a suicide bombing resulted in the deaths of 13 U.S. troops, and he had just the clothes on his back, a laptop and a small backpack. Without notice, he was flown to Qatar and lived under a tent for four days with 700 other people, then flown to Germany, where he lived in an encampment for 45 days with about 1,200 displaced people. Then, again without notice, he was flown to Philadelphia, and bussed to Quantico, VA, on October 15.

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News from Career Development

CDO has partnered with the LAUNCH recruiting consortium, which offers students the opportunity to apply and be considered for first-round interviews with employers participating in our Fall LAUNCH (Liberal Arts Undergraduate Network for Careers & Hiring), event and Interview Day on October 21. LAUNCH invites juniors and seniors interested in specific fields to apply for summer 2023 internships and full-time post graduate positions posted by employers. Fields represented in LAUNCH: Education, Arts & Teaching, Science Research, Business, Finance, Consulting, Technology and Communications. The LAUNCH consortium is a partnership with Bard College, Swarthmore College, Brown University, Trinity College and Union College.

In October, CDO will also be offering a two-part series Career Pathways in Law for students interested in law and legal work. On October 19 at 4:30p.m, the Associate Director of Admissions at Brooklyn Law will be visiting campus to speak to students about how to prepare for law school applications. In addition, on October 26 at 7:00 p.m, CDO in collaboration with our Pre-Law Adviser, Rachel Cavell, will be offering a virtual panel of alumni/ae and professionals working in the legal fields of compliance, public interest law. 

In addition, CDO will be offering a Career Pathways in Global Affairs later this fall, where students will have the opportunity to sign up to visit the United Nations in NYC and hear from guests speaking about the work being done in international affairs. 

Questions? Please email us at [email protected]

News from the Center for Civic Engagement

On September 30, the Bard College Center for Civic Engagement hosted the third Community Partner Celebration at Blithewood Manor. The community partners being honored at the event were the Red Hook Community Center, Radio Kingston, and the Bard College Counsel that helped secure a polling place on Bard’s campus. Read more here. 

[email protected] is wondering if you and your student have talked about their voting plan yet. The New York State deadline to register or re-register to vote is THIS Friday (10/14)!  [email protected] will be hosting two last rounds of voter registration on 10/13 12:30pm - 2:30pm and 10/14 2pm - 4pm at the CCE Ward Manor Gatehouse aka the Castle building on the corner of Cruger Island Road and Annandale Road.  The team is also happy to start walking your Bardian through what their voting plan could look like: voting at the on-campus polling place, voting early at a local early voting polling place, or voting by mail-in ballot -- stop by or email us at [email protected] if you have any questions.

News from Bard Wellness

Bard Wellness is working with the Scale Project, which examines the role and impact that socioeconomic status and class has on Bard's campus, policies, and programs and creates sustainable solutions to make each more equitable. We collect institutional data, meet with faculty and staff to propose new initiatives/solutions, relay all crucial information/resources to our peers via our Instagram and email, and continuously brainstorm ways to mediate classism on campus--via our Book Program, Being Not-Rich Google Doc, our Internship Equity Award, and the many other projects we work on simultaneously. This club will collaborate with the faculty/staff group Council for Inclusive Excellence to discuss and plan resolutions as well as with any students that reach out.

How can you help? Many students on campus are in need of personal toiletry items. Check out our amazon wishlist to show your support.

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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 (5) ●  Aaron and Ali Abrahms  ● Richard Bassler and Stephanie Bassler ● Diane Becker ● Josh Becker and Jonna Hunter ● Jessica and Jim Benjamin ● Helene Tieger '85 and Paul Ciancanelli ● Bonnie T. Goad and Daniel Donohue ● Andrew B. Arnold and Arabel J. Elliott ● Elizabeth V. Faulkner ● Frank Gallagher and Susan Gallagher ● Craig Gemmell and Nancy Hughes ● Skippy And Manny Gerard ● Campbell Gerrish ● Susan H. Gillespie ● George F. Hamel and Pamela Hamel ● Cynthia Hochswender ● Irene E. Jones ● Jim Etkin and Kim Larsen ● Dr. Ilya Levinson and Martine Benmann ● Adam Lobel '99 and Alexandra Lee '01 ● Chelsea Maeda ● Dr. David Meikle ● William Meyer and Gale Meyer ● Peter Mullin ● Dr. Peter W. Greenwald and Gail M. Newman ● Martha Ballard and Paul Chrenka ● John Pettenati ● Stephen Pirozzi ● Sandra T. Renner ● Janelle Richards ● Thomas M. Johnson and Stephanie C. Sanger ● William I. Snyder and Patricia S. Snyder ● Jonathan Sontz ● Emily Tarsell ● Anna J. Bloomer '87 and Dr. Daniel Tessier ● Jane A. Brien '89 and Stewart Verrilli ● Beth Zadek

Recent donations will be acknowledged in the November Insider Newsletter. To make a gift to the Bard College Fund, please click here.