2022 Past Events
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Preston 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm EST/GMT-5
maɬni – towards the ocean, towards the shore, a film by Bard Professor Sky Hopinka, follows Sweetwater Sahme and Jordan Mercier's wanderings through each of their worlds as they wonder through and contemplate the afterlife, rebirth, and the place in-between. Spoken mostly in chinuk wawa, their stories are departures from the Chinookan origin of death myth, with its distant beginning and circular shape.
Tuesday, November 22, 2022
Campus Center, Weis Cinema 1:30 pm – 2:50 pm EST/GMT-5
A reading and conversation with Nicole Wallace on Diane Burns and Lineages of Anishinaabe Poetics.
AS 222, Indigenous Feminisms, Tuesday November 22
1:30pm, Weis Cinema, Bard College
Diane Burns, Riding the One Eyed Ford: https://digitalcollections.poetshouse.org/digital-collection/chapbook-collection/riding-the-one-eyed-ford
Nicole Wallace’s first chapbook, WAASAMOWIN, was published by IMP in 2019. Most recently, Nicole was the June/July 2020 poetry micro-resident at Running Dog and a 2019 Poets House Emerging Poets Fellow. Recent work can be read in print in Survivance: Indigenous Poesis Vol. IV Zine and online at Running Dog, A Perfect Vacuum, and LitHub. They have also contributed to programs and publications celebrating the work and life of the late poet, Diane Burns, author of Riding the One-Eyed Ford (Contact II, 1981).
Through their ongoing participation in language classes and through their work as a writer and poet, Nicole is dedicated to reconnecting with and carrying forward the Ojibwe language (Ojibwemowin / Anishinaabemowin). They have participated in remote language classes with Dr. Wendy Makoons Geniusz through UW-Eau Claire, and most recently with Memegwesi Sutherland through the Minneapolis American Indian Center/Culture Language And Arts Network.
Nicole received a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study (2008) and a Masters of Library Science in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials from Queens College, CUNY (2012). They have lived and made work as a guest on occupied Canarsee and Lenape territory (NYC) since 2005 and are currently the Managing Director of The Poetry Project. Nicole is of mixed settler/European ancestry and is a patrilineal descendent of the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe).
On Diane Burns' Legacy:
Diane Burns (1957–2006) was born in Lawrence, Kansas to a Chemehuevi father and an Anishinabe mother. She moved to New York in the 1970s to attend Barnard College, and after dropping out her senior year, she became active in the poetry scene of the Lower East Side, where she lived. She was a founding poet of the Nuyorican Poets Café, a frequent performer at the Bowery Poetry Club and the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, and published a book of poems entitled Riding the One-Eyed Ford (1981), illustrated with her pen and ink drawings. Along with Allen Ginsberg, Joy Harjo, and Pedro Pietri, she was invited by the Sandinista government to visit Nicaragua for the Ruben Dario Poetry Festival.
In her direct, wry poems, Burns engages themes of Native American identity and stereotypes. She published a single volume of poems during her life, Riding the One-Eyed Ford (1981). She lived in New York City until her death at the age of 49 from liver and kidney failure. On the occasion of Diane Burns’s inclusion in Moma' PS1's Greater New York exhibit, poet Nicole Wallace organized a day of reflection on Burns’s work and legacy featuring Lou Cornum, Sky Hopinka, Maria Hupfield and Justin Mejias.
This conversation is part of the American and Indigenous Studies Course, Indigenous Feminist Critiques and Geographies, and is sponsored by the Mellon Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck Initiative.
Wednesday, November 16, 2022
Kline Commons 11:30 am – 1:00 pm EST/GMT-5
In person at Old Kline or via Zoom.
Monday, November 14, 2022
Olin, Room 102 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Bard’s new Carceral Studies speaker series launches with a visit from the NYU Prison Education Project. Their recently published book Cars and Jails: Freedom Dreams, Debt, and Carcerality explores how the car, despite its association with American freedom and mobility, functions at the crossroads of two great systems of entrapment and immobility– the American debt economy and the carceral state. We will be joined by four of the Lab members, a group representing formerly incarcerated scholars and non-formerly incarcerated NYU faculty.
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Olin, Room 102 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
This talk explores the double binds that are created when debilitating chronic symptoms remain unverifiable in Western biomedicine. Chronic fatigue syndrome (also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis or ME/CFS) is a disabling condition that has no treatments. Its unrelentingness means suicide is the leading cause of death. Drawing on four years of online and in-person fieldwork with American ME/CFS activists, I show how vital social groupings bind patients together despite the significant isolation ME/CFS causes. Yet at the same time, the bureaucratic and biomedical systems they aim to navigate are inherently exhausting and repeatedly exclude them, creating double-binds for patients with already-limited energy: the systems they rely on are also the systems that wear them out. Debility blocks the very means through which debility might end.
ME/CFS patient activists “believe in science.” They take pains to note the treatments they want are biomedical in nature, and they emphasize that a definitive biological marker is needed for their disease to be taken seriously. While medical anthropologists have long critiqued such narrow ways of seeing the world, this talk departs from the model of the “dupe.” Instead, it argues for the central importance of the psychic, phenomenological, and material aspects of investments in biomedicine, in what I term “attachments to science.” I look at how—in a context with a deficit of hope—science’s futurity animates a way of inhabiting a present without prognosis, as they must live on despite the often-devastating loss that comes from living in immense and unending pain. This project insists these losses are both psychic and material: they create a need for hope, and they also make it difficult to eke out a livelihood when biomedicine is the arbiter of legitimacy for disability insurance, paid sick leave, and Social Security in the context of a gutted American social safety net and cultural imaginaries of the disability fraud. Patient activists who appeal to such institutions did not choose to do so. Like a family, biomedicine is something their lives are dependent upon yet ones they cannot pick. In the last portion of the talk, however, I suggest queer studies has something to add about interdependencies and forms of care that might untie the knot of biomedicine’s binds—and the material limits of such alternative imaginaries as people with ME/CFS have little choice but to persist in an exhausting present.
Emily Lim Rogers is the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Disability Studies at the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Program in Science, Technology, and Society, and the Department of American Studies at Brown University. Her work has been published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly and appears in the forthcoming anthology Crip Authorship (NYU Press, 2023), among others. Her current book project is Biomedicine’s Binds: ME/CFS, Patient Activism, and the Work of Debility. The project examines how American ME/CFS patients create vital social groupings through their debility, yet debility blocks the means through which debility might end, as they navigate societal disbelief and exhausting institutions that limit the the success of activist movements.
Friday, October 21, 2022
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Free for Bard students!
Did you come to La Voz Harvest Moon and had a great time? Did you miss it?
Don't miss this last opportunity to celebrate the 18th anniversary of La Voz. Enjoy Argentine tango and folklore with Eduardo Parra, who will give a concert and will also teach us how to dance tango. We will also have the traditional Veracruz music Son Jarocho in the hands of the group Ameyal with Maria and Mateo. Of course, there will be food, and karaoke! Participate if you dare.
And most importantly, we will publicly recognize several members of the community who have been nominated by their peers for their dedicated service to the Hispanic immigrant communityof the Hudson Valley: Claudette Aldebot, Maria Cabrera, Víctor Cueva, Adelio Ramírez, Felipe Santos, and Joan Ruiz Werkema. It will be an unforgettable night.
Thank you to the sponsors of our anniversary celebrations.
Major sponsors: Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union, Radio Kingston, Ulster Savings Bank, St. Catherine Center for Children
Patron sponsors: M&T Bank, Nuvance, Sun River, SUNY Ulster
Community-level sponsors: Hudson Valley Hospice, RUPCO
¿Viniste a La Luna de la Cosecha de La Voz y la pasaste genial? ¿Te la perdiste?
No te pierdas esta última oportunidad de celebrar el 18 aniversario de La Voz. Disfruta del tango y folclore argentino con Eduardo Parra, quien dará un concierto y también nos enseñará a bailar tango. También tendremos la música tradicional veracruzana Son Jarocho en manos del grupo Ameyal de Maria y Mateo. Por supuesto, habrá comida, ¡y karaoke! Participa si te animas.
Y lo más importante: reconoceremos públicamente a varios miembros de la comunidad que han sido nominados por sus pares por su dedicado servicio a la comunidad inmigrante hispana del Valle del Hudson: Claudette Aldebot, Maria Cabrera, Víctor Cueva, Adelio Ramírez, Felipe Santos y Joan Ruiz Werkema. Será una noche inolvidable.
Gracias a los patrocinadores de la celebración de nuestro aniversario:
Nivel Luna Llena: Hudson Valley Credit Union, Radio Kingston, Ulster Savings Bank, St. Catherine Center for Children
Nivel Cosecha: M&T Bank, Nuvance, Sun River, SUNY Ulster
Nivel Comunidad: Hudson Valley Hospice, RUPCO
Friday, October 21, 2022 – Saturday, October 22, 2022
Please join us for the inaugural fall conference of Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck, a Mellon Foundation Humanities for All Times project. This conference 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. Multimedia Northern Cheyenne artist Bently Spang will be opening the conference with a screening and talk on Thursday evening in Weis Cinema, followed by an opening reception at the Center for Experimental Humanities (New Annandale House). Keynotes by award-winning scholars Dr. Marisa J. Fuentes, presidential term chair in African American history, Rutgers University, and Dr. Elizabeth Ellis, assistant professor of history, Princeton University, and citizen, Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma, bracket a day of smaller sessions exploring and modeling ethical practices in the archive, open to students, faculty, and staff on Friday. Recipients of Rethinking Place student research funding will present on their work on Saturday morning, and the conference concludes with a talk open to the public by Oglala Lakota scholar and multimedia artist Kite (MFA ’15) at LUMA Theater at 2 pm on Saturday. The DRE is the first of three annual conferences supported by Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck.
Thursday, October 20, 2022 (Weis Cinema)
5pm: Screening and presentation with Bently Spang with reception directly following at the Center for Experimental Humanities
Friday, October 21, 2022 (RKC)
8:30 am: Coffee
9:00 am: Welcome and introductions
9:30 am: Opening keynote with Dr. Marisa J. Fuentes, “Buried ‘Without Care’: Social Death, Discarded Lives, and the Transatlantic Slave Trade”
10:30 am: Break
11:00 am: Concurrent workshops / screenings / presentations Talaya Robinson-Dancy: “Finding Your Place in the Archives: Black Women and Research” Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thon” Williams College Student-led Session12:45 pm: Lunch
2:00–3:45 pm: Concurrent workshops / screenings / presentations Olivia Tencer: “On Research, Life, and Archives: a Conversation” Wikipedia “Edit-a-Thon” Film Screening3:45 pm: Break
4:00–5:00 pm: Closing keynote with Dr. Elizabeth Ellis, “Recovering Indigenous Histories of Survival: Enduring Louisiana Nations”
Saturday, October 22, 2022
11:00 am: Student Presentations with Vivian Hoyden and Nine Reed-Meera at the Center for Experimental Humanities (New Annandale House)
2:00 pm: Closing lecture and reception with Suzanne Kite MFA ’15, “Makȟóčheowápi Akézaptaŋ (Fifteen Maps).” (LUMA Theater)Conference InformationRSVP Here
Friday, October 7, 2022
Olin, Room 204 10:00 am – 11:30 am EDT/GMT-4
In advance of Indigenous Peoples Day 2022, join Mohican veteran and retired Army Major Jo Ann Schedler for an informal conversation with students, staff, and faculty at Bard on unceded Mohican homeland on Mohican nationhood today, Mohican history in the Mahicantuck (Hudson Valley) and in Stockbridge, and Mohican political and military histories.
Jo Ann Schedler is an enrolled member of the Mohican Nation Stockbridge-Munsee Band born in 1946 on the Stockbridge-Munsee reservation in Wisconsin. She is a former member of the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Council. She is a direct descendent of Captain John Konkapot, who was the sachem when the Stockbridge-Munsee tribe accepted a mission in what is now Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Schedler received a degree in nursing (BSN) from Marquette University and masters of science in management (MSM) from Cardinal Stretch in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is an Army veteran with over 20 years of service. She has a great passion for Mohican and Munsee tribal history, especially military and Civil War histories. She is the author of a chapter in The Official National Park Service Handbook, American Indians and the Civil War entitled Wisconsin "American Indians in the Civil War."
Thursday, September 22, 2022
Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Please join us for a reception to celebrate journalist Alvin Patrick's exhibit of selected first editions and rare books from his private collection. This exhibit, Faces of the Struggle: Frontispiece Portraits in African American Literature (1834 to 1949), features the portraits of some of the greatest civil rights activists of the 19th and 20th centuries including, Solomon Northup, Frederick Douglass, Phillis Wheatley, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Reception and dancing follows the lecture
Olin, Room 102 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm EST/GMT-5
This lecture highlights the representation of tango in global film, television, and nonfiction narratives. While the dance is accorded a superficial treatment in mass media (i.e., tango=sex), the essence of tango is rooted in a deeply human and universal longing for community and connection. The transcendent meaning at the core of tango’s origins remains more relevant than ever within our global pandemic present.
Wednesday, February 23, 2022
Antonio Orejudo is considered one of the most brilliant contemporary authors from Spain. His narrative is raw and playful with unexpected twists and dark cynical humor for the purpose of entertaining the reader’s interest. Orejudo will discuss with us what it means to be an author today, and he will focus on his Advantages of Travelling by Train, which has also been adapted into a film. There is no greater influence in Orejudo’s Advantages of Travelling by Train than Cervantes’ Don Quixote and his Exemplary Novels.
This event will be in Spanish. Co-sponsored by LAIS and the Spanish program. Open to the wide Bard Spanish-speaking community. To RSVP and receive Zoom details, please contact Prof. López-Gay at [email protected].