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  • Thursday, November 30, 2017

    Harlem and the Roots of Gentrification, 1965-2003Brian Goldstein, Swarthmore College

    In the last four decades of the twentieth century, Harlem, New York—America’s most famous neighborhood—transformed from the archetypal symbol of midcentury “urban crisis” to the most celebrated example of “urban renaissance” in the United States. Once a favored subject for sociologists studying profound poverty and physical decline, by the new millennium Harlem found itself increasingly the site of refurbished brownstones, shiny glass and steel shopping centers, and a growing middle-class population. Drawing from Brian Goldstein’s new book, The Roots of Urban Renaissance: Gentrification and the Struggle Over Harlem (Harvard University Press, 2017), this lecture will trace this arc by focusing on competing visions for Harlem's central block. In doing so, it will reveal the complicated history of social and physical transformation that has changed this and many American urban centers in the last several decades. Gentrification is often described as a process controlled by outsiders, with clear winners and losers, victors and victims. In contrast, this talk will explore the role that Harlemites themselves played in bringing about Harlem’s urban renaissance, an outcome that had both positive and negative effects for their neighborhood. 

    Time: 4:40 pm
    Location: Olin, Room 102

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2013

  Monday, October 21, 2013
Troubling Heritage: Contemporary Museums and the Terrain of the Civil War in a Southern City
RKC 103  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Richmond Virginia, erstwhile capital of the Confederacy, is a city that memorialized in its built landscape the ideology of the “Lost Cause.” This lecture will provide a preliminary sketch for the ways that local history and art museums with national stature have responded and continue to respond to this troubling heritage as they try to create a more salutary urban imagined community. These museums are leaders in a wider movement among US cities of a certain size to explicitly link cultural development to urban renewal. As such they must attract a national audience while not alienating local communities which, for their part, are often polarized along all too familiar racial and ideological lines.


Eric Gable is a professor of anthropology at the University of Mary Washington. He is a managing editor for the journal Museum and Society and the associate editor for book reviews for American Ethnologist.



Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Anthropology Program; Art History Program; Historical Studies Program
Cynthia Koch  ckoch@bard.edu
  Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Public Debate: Resolved: Online Education Will Save Higher Education
RKC103  7:00 pm
Please join us for an exciting public debate inspired by the topic of this year's Hannah Arendt Center Conference, "Failing Fast: The Educated Citizen in Crisis." The debate will feature both Bard Debate Union members as well as Bard College faculty on the topic, "Resolved: online education will save higher education." Sponsored by the Hannah Arendt Center, the Bard Debate Union, the Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College, and the International Debate Education Association.


Sponsored by: Bard Debate Union, International Debate Education Assoc.; Center for Civic Engagement; Hannah Arendt Center
Bridget Hollenback  845-758-7878  bhollenb@bard.edu
  Thursday, September 26, 2013
"Rights and Obligations": Public Conversation on Citizenship and Society
A Discussion Led by Roger Berkowitz Based Upon Hunger of Memory by Richard Rodriguez
RKC 103  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Join us for an active-learning program of community conversation that uses Richard Rodriguez's autobiography Hunger of Memory as a jumping-off point for discussion.

"I became a man by becoming a public man."
—Richard Rodriguez

The evening's discussion will address the tensions between cultural identity and U.S. citizenship, the responsibilities inherent in citizenship, and what it means to live a "public life."

Free copies of Hunger of Memory are available but supplies are limited. E-mail arendt@bard.edu for your copy.

Made possible by the New York Council for the Humanities


Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center
Bridget Hollenback  bhollenb@bard.edu
  Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Friday, September 20, 2013
Annalia 1933
Bard College Campus  Bard's Hannah Arendt Center and Center for Civic Engagement in collaboration with the Roosevelt Institute and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum in Hyde Park, New York, announce Annalia 1933—a three-day festival including 20 short talks and a student-led cabaret exploring major events from the historically transformative year of 1933. 

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Hannah Arendt Center
Bridget Hollenback  845-758-7878  bhollenb@bard.edu
  Monday, September 16, 2013
Bard-Levy Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy Open House
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Levy Institute of Economics is starting it's Master of Science in Economic Theory and Policy program from the Fall of 2014. The program emphasizes theoretical and empirical aspects of policy analysis through specialization in one of four Levy Institute research areas: macroeconomic theory, policy, and modeling; monetary policy and financial structure; distribution of income, wealth, and well-being, including gender equality and time poverty; and employment and labor markets.

The Master of Science program draws on the expertise of an extensive network of scholars at the Levy Economics Institute, a policy research think tank with more than 25 years of economic theory and public policy research. During the two-year M.S. program, students are required to participate in a graduate research assistantship carried out by Levy Institute scholars and faculty. Undergraduates in economics or related fields have an opportunity, through a 3+2 program, to earn both a B.A. and the M.S. in five years.

Sponsored by: Levy Graduate Programs
Mohd Azfar Khan  845-758-7776  akhan@bard.edu
  Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Life on Mars: A Reading by Pulitzer Prize–Winning Poet Tracy Smith
MAT Faculty and Friends Reading Series
Olin, Room 205  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pulitzer Prize–winning poet Tracy Smith reads from her book Life on Mars.

Sponsored by: Master of Arts in Teaching Program
BardMAT Program  845-758-7145  mat@bard.edu
Monday, March 4, 2013
On Mystery and Noir: Otto Penzler in Conversation with Bradford Morrow
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series presents a discussion with Otto Penzler, founder of The Mysterious Press, proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop, and editor of The Best American Mystery Stories, The Best American Crime Writing, and The Best American Noir of the Century. Moderated by Bradford Morrow, the event will be followed by a Q&A and is open to the public; no tickets required.

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  mmorriss@bard.edu
Monday, February 25, 2013
A Special Screening: Symphony of the Soil
Q & A to follow with the filmaker, Deborah Koons Garcia, and lead scientist in the film, Dr. Ignacio Chapela 
Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center  4:45 pm – 7:20 pm
The latest film from Deborah Koons Garcia, “SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL” will be shown at Bard College, followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker and lead scientist in the film. The screening is free and open to the public. Doors open at 4:35pm. (Read Huff Post Review)  We hope you will join us!

SYMPHONY OF THE SOIL is a feature length film that explores the complexity and mystery of soil. Filmed on four continents and sharing the voices of some of the world’s most highly esteemed soil scientists, farmers, and activists, the film portrays soil as a protagonist of our planetary story. In a skillful mix of art and science, soil is revealed to be a living organism, the foundation of life on earth. Most people are soil-blind and “treat soil like dirt.” With the knowledge and wisdom revealed in this film, we can come to respect, even revere, this miraculous substance. The film inspires the understanding that treating the soil right can help solve some of our most pressing environmental problems, from climate change, to dead zones, to feeding an ever increasing world population.

For the last ten years, Deborah Koons Garcia has created films that bring deep awareness to food and farming issues.  For more information on Symphony of the Soil, please see www.symphonyofthesoil.com

Location: Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center in the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Center on Blithewood Avenue at Bard College. (http://www.bard.edu/campus/facilities/facilities.php?id=6

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Molly Williams  845-758-7071  mwilliam@bard.edu
Download: SOS Poster Web.pdf

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