2020 Past Events
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
All of us work and study on a large campus and live in a thinly populated rural area. We tend to inhabit virtual bubbles where we are surrounded by people who see things the way we do. And whether we are newcomers to the Mid-Hudson Valley or longtime residents, we do not always understand the “signs” we encounter. What do yard signs in election season or “thin blue line” flags tell us about the landscape in which we live? What do colonial estates-turned-museums reveal about enduring inequalities? What murals and monuments “hide” in plain sight because they do not match our pre-set ideas about the place we may (or may not) feel we belong to? Who harvests the local crops but cannot afford to shop at the farmers’ market?
In an effort to shine some light on systemic racism and anti-racist alternatives in our everyday surroundings, the Division of Social Studies is organizing a “Reading the Signs” roundtable over Zoom as well as an accompanying online archive. The roundtable will also offer Bard community members an opportunity to reflect on the implications of the election on November 3rd, whatever the outcome happens to be.
Call for Contributions!
What signs do you think need reading? What is an image, flag, space, mural, monument, memorial, item of clothing, word/phrase, etc. that points to instances of systemic racism in the past or present? What is a sign that points to anti-racist precedents in the past and/or emancipatory possibilities for the future?
In the days leading up to the roundtable, the Social Studies Division invites all Bard community members (students, staff, and faculty) to send photos, videos, audio recordings, and other documents of systemic racism and anti-racism to [email protected].
All contributions must be accompanied by a brief written statement (anything from a few sentences to a substantial paragraph) that provides initial context, explanation, and interpretation.
The roundtable will feature many of these contributions, which can be made anonymous upon request. The Division of Social Studies will also maintain an online archive of signs that will be available to Bard community members before and after the event.
Join via Zoom
Meeting ID: 863 8920 3500
- Friday, November 13, 2020
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Online Event 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT/GMT-4
The Bard Globalization and International Affairs program will be hosting a professional development series so that you can learn more about the program and get a glimpse of what we offer. Brush up on your cover letter and resume writing and get updated tips on interviewing amid the time of Covid-19. Click on the Event Brite link to sign up and learn more.
- Thursday, May 21, 2020
- Wednesday, May 20, 2020
- Tuesday, May 19, 2020
- Monday, May 18, 2020
- Sunday, May 17, 2020
- Saturday, May 16, 2020
- Friday, May 15, 2020
- Thursday, May 14, 2020
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020
- Tuesday, May 12, 2020
- Monday, May 11, 2020
- Sunday, May 10, 2020
- Saturday, May 9, 2020
- Friday, May 8, 2020
- Thursday, May 7, 2020
- Wednesday, May 6, 2020
- Tuesday, May 5, 2020
- Monday, May 4, 2020
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- Saturday, May 2, 2020
- Friday, May 1, 2020
- Thursday, April 30, 2020
- Wednesday, April 29, 2020
- Tuesday, April 28, 2020
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Manor House Dining Room 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Please join Experimental Humanities Food Lab and the Human Rights Program for an interactive dinner workshop with Viven Sansour, a Palestinian writer and conservationist dedicated to preserving seed heritage and bringing it to the table in order to “eat our history rather than store it away as a relic of the past.” Sansour uses images, sketches, film, seeds, and soil to tell old stories with a contemporary twist.
RSVPs required. Free for students; $10 for faculty and staff.
Thursday, April 2, 2020
Manor House Dining Room 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
Please join Experimental Humanities, Food Lab, and the Human Rights Program for a free lecture and panel discussion between Vivien Sansour, founder of the Palestine Heirloom Seed Library and the Traveling Kitchen, and Ken Greene, founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Company and Seedshed, a local nonprofit dedicated to seed stewardship literacy that promotes social justice solutions.
Free lecture, 4:00–5:30 pm.
Ticketed dinner workshop, 6:00–8:00 pm.
Thursday, March 19, 2020
A song recital featuring art songs and spirituals by 12 brilliant American composers. Singers Meroe Khalia Adeeb, Taylor-Alexis Dupont, and Elliott Paige along with pianist Michael Lewis will perform the music of H. Leslie Adams, Margaret Bonds, John Carter, Jacqueline Hairston, Colin Lett, Charles Lloyd Jr., Undine Smith Moore, Robert Owens, Florence Price, William Grant Still, and Julius P. Williams.
This event is cosponsored by the Bard College Chaplaincy and the Bard College Gospel Choir.
Monday, March 9, 2020
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Meet with BGIA Director Elmira Bayrasli and Associate Dean of Civic Engagement and Director of Strategic Partnerships Brian Mateo for an overview about the program based in NYC, including:
- BGIA faculty and course offerings
- Internships and student projects
- Our dorms in NYC
- How to apply to BGIA
Monday, March 2, 2020
Campus Center, Weis Cinema 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm EST/GMT-5
On Monday, March 2, at 2:30 p.m., in Weis Cinema, Carole Maso reads from her work. Presented by the Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series, and introduced by Bard literature professor and novelist Bradford Morrow, the reading is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.
A contemporary American novelist and essayist known for her experimental, poetic, and fragmentary narratives, Carole Maso is the award–winning author of ten books, beginning with the novel Ghost Dance, published in 1986. In 1990, Maso published The Art Lover, followed by AVA (1993), The American Woman in the Chinese Hat (1994), and a book a short stories, Aureole: An Erotic Sequence (1996). Defiance, perhaps her best-known work, appeared in 1998, depicting a Harvard professor who is sentenced to death for the murder of her two students. In 2000, Maso published the essay collection Break Every Rule: Essays on Language, Longing, and Moments of Desire and The Room Lit by Roses: A Journal of Pregnancy and Birth. She is also author of the biographical meditation Beauty is Convulsive: The Passion of Frida Kahlo (2002) and the novel Mother and Child (2012). She currently is at work on a novel, The Bay of Angels.
Carole Maso is a professor of literary arts at Brown University, where she has been teaching since 1995. She has previously held positions at Columbia University, George Washington University, and Illinois State University. She is the recipient of many awards, including an NEA Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Award for fiction. She is the recipient of the 2018 Berlin Prize.
PRAISE FOR CAROLE MASO
“Maso often seems to be embroidering silk onto water; in the wake of her sensory pull, words thread along forceful yet unfixable patterns. . . . [An] extraordinary level of craft.” —New York Times
“Maso is a writer of such power and originality that the reader is carried away with her, far beyond the usual limits of the novel. . . . Maso’s voice is all her own: simultaneously cerebral and sensual, violently romantic, and insistently woman-centered.” —San Francisco Chronicle
“Carole Maso is a writer who succeeds brilliantly at relaying the fragile notion of life’s enigma. . . . She tries to capture something of life’s true rhythms, to express the extreme, the fleeting, the fugitive states that hover at the outermost boundaries of speech.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Maso is not content to muse on the relationship between life and art; she brings to life a ‘bombardment of images and sounds,’ fashioning a pattern of astonishing complexity and beauty. The tough-mindedness, originality, and wit of her perceptions are intoxicating.” —Publishers Weekly
Thursday, February 27, 2020
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Charlene Teters, who received death threats for trying to retire racist sports team mascots at the University of Illinois, will speak following the showing of the award-winning PBS documentary about her—In Whose Honor?
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Please join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, February 18, 4:00-5:30pm, Library Lobby. Exhibition on view through March 30.
Abolition/Resistance offers a chance to view rare and extraordinary works on slavery and racial oppression: first editions of the Narratives of Douglass, Ball, and Equiano, Jefferson’s Notes on Virginia, stunning images from William Still’s Underground Rail Road. This exhibit also includes works by women abolitionists, Stowe, Child, and Grimké along with Black Power movement luminaries: Eldridge Cleaver, Amiri Baraka, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr. Curated by Kristin Waters '73.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 – Monday, March 30, 2020
Please join us for the opening reception on Tuesday, February 18, 4:00-5:30pm, Library Lobby
Monday, February 10, 2020
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater 4:45 pm – 6:30 pm EST/GMT-5
This talk will examine the relationship of literacy to the formation of the racial subject by reading a scene in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave against a chapter of Padilla Peralta’s own best-selling memoir, Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League.
This event is cosponsored by the American Studies Program and the Council for Inclusive Excellence.
- Tuesday, February 4, 2020