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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

Events Archive

        

2015

  Thursday, November 19, 2015
Sound Cluster meeting
Arendt Center  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Monthly meeting of faculty interested in the practice or critical analysis of sound, sound technologies, soundscapes, listening.

Sponsored by: Experimental Humanities Program
Laura Kunreuther  845-758-7215  kunreuth@bard.edu
  Monday, November 16, 2015
Photographing Nigeria from North to South and Back Again
Glenna Gordon
Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Art History Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program
Drew thompson  845-758-4600  dthompso@bard.edu
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Dr. Margo Machida
Professor of Art History & Asian American Studies
University of Connecticut
Trans-Pacific Visions in Asian American Art
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  6:30 pm
This talk focuses on the Asia Pacific region and selected works by contemporary U.S.-based Asian American artists that engage themes of trans-Pacific circulation and global systems of cross-cultural exchange. Based on Dr. Machida’s current research in Hawai’i, this talk draws attention to islands as a generative framework to analyze and to compare art in the Asia Pacific region and the Americas. The Pacific, with more islands than the world’s other oceans combined, is above all an island realm. Accordingly Islands and associated oceanic imaginaries exert a powerful hold on works by artists who trace their ancestral origins to coastal East and Southeast Asia and Oceania.  All are invited to this talk about these exciting contemporary artists.


Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Art History Program; Asian Studies; Religion Program
Tom Wolf  845-758-7158  wolf@bard.edu
Thursday, October 15, 2015
A Reading by Carl Hancock Rux
The OBIE Award-winning playwright, novelist, and poet reads from The Exalted
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Carl Hancock Rux is the author of the novel Asphalt, the OBIE Award-winning play Talk, and the Village Voice Literary Prize-winning collection of poetry, Pagan Operetta.His work, which crosses the disciplines of poetry, theater, music, and literary fiction in order to achieve what one critic describes as a "dizzying oral artistry ... unleashing a torrent of paper bag poetry and post modern Hip-Bop music; the ritualistic blues of self awakening," is the subject of the Voices of America television documentary Carl Hancock Rux, Coming of Age

Introduced by Gideon Lester, the reading takes place October 15th at 7:30 p.m. in Weis Cinema and will be followed by a Q&A. The event is free and open to all; no tickets or advance reservations are required.

Rux is in residence with Live Arts Bard to rehearse a stage version of The Exalted, directed by Anne Bogart ‘74, which will have preview performances at the Fisher Center on October 16th and 17th at 7:30 p.m; find more details at fishercenter.bard.edu

Sponsored by: Fisher Center; Written Arts Program
Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054  mmorriss@bard.edu
  Friday, October 2, 2015
Bardians for Bernie Phone-Banking Event
Reem-Kayden Center Room 102  5:00 pm – 7:00 am
Call prospective voters in the Dutchess County area and let them know about Bernie Sanders!

Nathan Susman  847-917-8780  ns1412@bard.edu
  Friday, September 4, 2015
Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session
Olin 102  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Interested in applying for a Fulbright Scholarship, a Watson fellowship, or another postgraduate scholarship or fellowship? This information session will cover application procedures, deadlines, and suggestions for crafting a successful application. Applications will be due later this month, so be sure to attend one of the  two information sessions!

Carol Werner  845-758-7454  werner@bard.edu
  Thursday, September 3, 2015
Post-Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships Information Session
RKC 103  4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Interested in applying for a Fulbright Grant, a Watson Fellowship, or another postgraduate scholarship or fellowship? This information session will cover application procedures, deadlines, and suggestions for crafting a successful application. Applications will be due later this month, so be sure to attend one of these two sessions!

David Shein  845-758-7454  shein@bard.edu
  Monday, May 4, 2015
Rendering Responsibility:
State Imaginaries and the Movements against the Vietnam and Iraq Wars
Emily Brissette, PhD
SUNY Oneonta

RKC 102B   1:30 pm
The movement against the Vietnam War began modestly, but grew in both size and intensity as the years and the war dragged on. The movement against the Iraq War, in contrast, came together quickly and massively in the space of months and then largely receded from public view. Although the presence (and then absence) of the draft is often invoked as an explanation for the different trajectories of these movements, military recruitment practices are not the most important thing to have changed since the Vietnam era. Drawing on original archival work, this talk will trace how basic understandings of the nature of the state and citizenship (what I call “state imaginaries”) have also changed, and argue that this had profound consequences for antiwar activism in each moment by shaping how and where activists located responsibility for war.

Sponsored by: Dean of the College; Sociology Program
Yuval Elmelech  845-758-7547  elmelech@bard.edu
Monday, April 27, 2015
Leprosy, Sex, and Sensibility in the 18th century French Antilles
Kristen Block
Associate Professor of History, University of Tennessee

Olin, Room 201  5:30 pm
In the early decades of the eighteenth century, a supposed outbreak of leprosy in Guadeloupe spurred a flurry of activity and many pages of manuscript reports.  Leprosy itself had become a very rare condition in 18th century Europe, and so medical professionals resident in Guadeloupe and Martinique debated the patterns of its transmission (cohabitation, heredity, wet-nursing, or even prolonged contact through daily interaction [conversation]), its cure, and even its very definition. But all were certain that the disease had spread from Africa via the Atlantic slave trade, which led to fears of its communicability across racial lines.  Colonists’ libertine attitude towards interracial social and sexual contact were already seen as leading to dangerous contagions (like syphilis, which was seen by many to be more prevalent in Africa, where yaws, another leprosy-like disease, was endemic).  This paper discusses how the uncertainty surrounding this disease, as well as the fact that leprosy caused so little pain, brought up fears of the “sensibility” involved in the colonial project.  

Kristen Block is a scholar of the early modern Atlantic world whose first book, Ordinary Lives in the Early Caribbean (Georgia 2012), examines the entangled histories of Spain and England in the Caribbean during the long seventeenth century as both colonial powers searched for profit and attempted to assert their own version of religious dominance.  Her second book project is exploring how Caribbean residents defined disease, contagion, and how conflict and hybridity affected their attempts at healing. 


Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program
Christian Crouch  845-758-6874  crouch@bard.edu
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

2015 Eugene Meyer Lecture: Professor Mark Lytle, Lyford Paterson Edwards and Helen Gray Edwards Professor of Historical Studies

Nixon and Kissinger: Transatlantic Relations, the Nixon Doctrine, and Detente
Preston  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Eminent historian Professor Mark Lytle, who retires from Bard at the end of the 2014/15 academic year after forty years of distinguished service, delivers the 2015 Eugene Meyer Annual Lecture. He will speak on President Nixon, Henry Kissinger and their influence on America in the world.
Professor Lytle is the author of The Gentle Subversive: Rachel Carson, Silent Spring and the Rise of the Environmental Movement (2007); America's Uncivil Wars: The Sixties Era from Elvis to the Fall of Richard Nixon (2006); After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (6th ed., 2009); Experience History: Interpreting America’s Past (9th ed., 2013); United States: A Narrative History (3rd ed., 2014); The Origins of the Iranian-American Alliance, 1940-1953 (1987). 
Eugene Meyer (1875-1959), for whom the annual lecture and the Eugene Meyer Chair are named, was the owner and publisher of the Washington Post, chairman of the Federal Reserve, and first president of the World Bank. Previous Eugene Meyer speakers include Sir David Cannadine, Andrew Roberts, Fintan O'Toole and Colm Tóibín. The Eugene Meyer Chair was endowed at Bard in 2010. 

Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program
Richard Aldous--Eugene Meyer Professor  845-758-7398  raldous@bard.edu
Monday, April 20, 2015
Antarctic Edge: 70degrees South
A private film screening with Dena Seidel '88
Preston  5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Antarctic Edge: 70° South is a thrilling journey to the bottom of the Earth alongside a team of dedicated scientists. In the wake of devastating climate events like Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina, oceanographer Oscar Schofield teams up with a group of world-class researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. For more than 20 years, these scientists have dedicated their lives to studying the Peninsula's rapid change as part of the National Science Foundation's Long-Term Ecological Research Project.

Filmed in the world's most perilous environment, Antarctic Edge brings to us the stunning landscapes and seascapes of Earth's southern polar region, revealing the harsh conditions and substantial challenges that scientists must endure for months at a time. While navigating through 60-foot waves and dangerous icebergs, the film follows them as they voyage south to the rugged, inhospitable Charcot Island, where they plan to study the fragile and rapidly declining Adelie Penguin. For Schofield and his crew, these birds are the greatest indicator of climate change and a harbinger of what is to come.

Antarctic Edge: 70° South was made in a collaboration between the Rutgers University Film Bureau and the Rutgers Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences. A unique inter-disciplinary educational project bridging art, science and storytelling, Antarctic Edge was funded in part by the National Science Foundation.

Followed by a short reception 630-7 and a lecture at 7 PM: Bridging Humanities, Art and Science Through Digital Filmmaking

Sponsored by: Bard Center for Environmental Policy; Dean of the College; Environmental and Urban Studies Program; Office of Alumni/ae Affairs
Tom O'Dowd  todowd@bard.edu
  Monday, April 20, 2015
Bard Labor Workshop
The State of Labor, New Models of Organizing, and the Future of Work
Blithewood, Levy Institute  10:00 am – 5:00 pm
This daylong workshop will address three primary themes: the state of the American labor movement, the future of work, and new models of organizing and worker power. An expert panel will address each topic, followed by a Q&A session.
The workshop is free and open to the public. 




Cosponsored by the Levy Economics Institute of Bard College and SEIU 775





Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Anthropology Program; Economics Program; Hannah Arendt Center; Sociology Program
Mohd Azfar Khan  845-758-7776  akhan@bard.edu
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Marti Newland & Artis Wodehouse
"Concert Spirituals, Black Sopranos and the Politics of Racial Inequality"
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  7:00 pm
Through a recital and post-performance discussion, Concert Spirituals, Black Sopranos and the Politics of Racial Inequality enacts a reconsideration of the role of singing concert spirituals among black sopranos in relation to political resistance, musical virtuosity, sexuality and the sacred. Concert spirituals merge the experiences of enslaved Africans in the United States with the expressive and political moves of western classical arrangers and musicians. While performed in many forms, the performances and recordings of black sopranos’ concert spiritual singing signifies the labor of the feminine and the role of black sacred experiences in the enduring legacy of the repertoire. Drawing on her fieldwork with the contemporary Fisk Jubilee Singers, the choral ensemble that concertized and popularized spirituals in the late nineteenth century, and the careers of professional black operatic sopranos, Newland foregrounds the particularity of performing this body of art songs in the current climate of racial inequality in the United States. 

Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Media and Difference Project, Gospel Choir, Bard Ethnomusicology; Music Program
Maria Sonevytsky  msonevyt@bard.edu
  Thursday, February 19, 2015
How Far Away is the South Bronx?
Peter L'Official, Harvard University
Olin, Room 102  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
In the 1970s and 1980s, images of the Bronx’s burned and abandoned buildings and the open expanses of rubble surrounding them dominated the iconography of urban ruin—so much so that the words “South Bronx” became, for a time, synonymous with urbanism’s failures. Such images served to further alienate an American public that was already estranged from many of its urban centers, and transformed the South Bronx into a trope for urban decay. To many Americans, the Bronx may well have been another country. Yet the literal place called the South Bronx was also home to 600,000 residents, largely African American and Latino, even during its worst days. This lecture discusses some of the many representations of the Bronx before settling upon a set of photographic representations, one the product of professional photographers and the other the product of the municipal government—New York City’s tax department—that, when examined together, help reclaim the narratives of Bronx residents from the realm of myth and stand as testament to the life that endured among the ruins. These photographic representations form an essential and understudied bridge between the era’s African American vernacular and literary traditions—which themselves are inherently interdisciplinary—and more literary representations of urban ruin writ large.

Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Dean of the College; Literature Program
Christian Ayne Crouch  crouch@bard.edu
  Thursday, February 12, 2015
Fantasy and the Archive in the “Afric-American Picture Gallery”

Britt Rusert, University of Massachusetts


Olin, Room 102  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
In 1859, a series of fictional sketches, unprecedented in the history of African American literature, appeared in the pages of the Anglo-African Magazine. Written under the pen name “Ethiop,” William J. Wilson’s “Afric-American Picture Gallery” offered readers a textual tour of a fictional gallery of art on various subjects related to black life in America. Drawn from real-life paintings, works imagined by the author, and portraits that appeared in the antebellum print sphere, Wilson’s Picture Gallery effectively imagines the first gallery of black art in the United States. In addition to offering an introduction to this fascinating, yet virtually unknown text, this talk will explore the relationship between fantasy and the archive in the Picture Gallery, and how, more specifically, fantasy allows Wilson to critically reflect on the problem of the archive in the contexts of slavery and nominal freedom. I will also discuss a collaborative project, currently underway, to create a digital edition and virtual installation of the Picture Gallery.

Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Dean of the College; Literature Program
Christian Ayne Crouch  crouch@bard.edu
  Tuesday, February 10, 2015
'In the Paper as On the Platform': Frederick Douglass in Print and in Person.
Alex W. Black, Rutgers University
Olin, Room 102  12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Scholars increasingly look to Frederick Douglass’s 1855 My Bondage and My Freedom to trace his changing politics and artistry. Though numerous studies have now taken up Douglass’s “Life as a Slave” and “Life as a Freeman”—the titles of the autobiography’s two parts—none have treated at any length the appendix that closes the volume, even though it is as long as, if not longer than, “Life as a Freeman.” The appendix, which collects extracts from his writings (most of them speeches), is not merely meant to provide a retrospective of his work. Douglass used the appendix to continue, rather than just catalog, that work. This talk will relate Douglass's autobiographical writing to his other work (e.g., editorial, oratorical) from the 1840s and 1850s. In the process, it will show that he participated in what scholars of nineteenth-century America have called a "culture of reprinting," as well as reenacting.


Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Dean of the College; Literature Program
Christian Ayne Crouch  crouch@bard.edu

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