ISSUE #0035, JANUARY 2011
Thanks to the nearly 1,000 of you filled out our online alumni/ae survey in the fall. We just did a random drawing to award not one, but three Bard hooded sweatshirts, and the winners are: Jennifer Lupo '88, Marjorie Tichenor '76, and Ryan Muller '05.


Chris Cochrane '82 created and performed the score for the dance Them, which ended up on multiple "Best Of" lists, including Artforum's Best of Dance 2010, Time Out NY and a nod in Claudia La Rocco's New York Times' round-up of the year in dance. With his band, Chris made Eszter Balint's "Music Best of 2010" in Artforum (the print version only). He played on campus last summer at DJ Raissa St. Pierre '87's Thursday Night Live series in the Spiegeltent.    

Film maker and scientist Alexis Gambis '03 and his Imagine Science Film Festival were recently discussed in Nature magazine.

Galen Joseph-Hunter '96, general manager of WGXC in Hudson, New York, was interviewed in an "All Things Considered" piece on community radio legislation.

Elizabeth Royte '81 published a review of Fen Montaigne's book Fraser's Penguins in a recent New York Times.

Chris Glover '03 joined the ad hoc group Cage Against the Machine to record John Cage's 4'33" for charity. Watch the resulting video here and listen to NPR's story on it here. You can also read a short interview with Chris from i-D online here.

Jonathan Greene '65's poem "Song and Dance" was read by Garrison Keillor on the December 17 installment of The Writer's Almanac. Read and/or listen here.

Amie Siegel '96 has received the prestigious James and Audrey Foster Prize from the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston. Details here. She also is one of 18 artists in The Talent Show at MoMA PS1 (see Down the Road below for details).

Elliott Hostetter '02 was interviewed by about his career in the film world.

Joel Harrison '80 was featured in an NPR piece on the Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute.

Emily Tersoff '09 (under the pen name Emily Gilman) has a short story in the recent issue of the online magazine Strange Horizons.

Sean Finney '93 is editor-in-chief of the magazine Canteen, which invites submissions--here's the scoop.

Charlie Hollander '65 is a member of the St. Cecilia Chorus, which performed at Carnegie Hall recently. As luck would have it, the New York Times photograph that accompanied the review includes Charlie (back row, second from left). 

Dear Bardian,

Happy New Year from Santa Cruz, California, where my family and I have been enjoying the wettest winter on record.

Back at Bard, 2011 brings the inaugural session of Citizen Science, a new requirement for all first years. No longer can first years avoid experiencing the frigid Hudson Valley January; they will be spending the next three weeks in cozy labs investigating infectious diseases and developing “the tools, attitudes, and motivation to use science and mathematics concepts in their daily lives.” Perhaps we will have a version for alumni/ae available in the future? Anyone interested?

From Education for the Common Good.

January is the official start of planning events and reunions for this upcoming Commencement and Alumni/ae Weekend, May 20-22. Where else can you meet up with friends, stay in inexpensive accommodations in a familiar, family-friendly environment, and have someone else provide food and entertainment? Think about it and make your plans. Whether you are part of a reunion class or not, we're planning something for everyone, from an Airstream trailer recording “BardCorps” oral histories to some surprise guests at the President's Dinner, plus picnics, the BBQ, walks, tours, and, of course, a super-duper sesquicentennial fireworks display.

If you're from the class of 1941, 1951, 1961, 1971, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, or 2010 (yep, we're doing a one-year reunion this year), then you need to get in touch with your Bard friends and set the wheels in motion. On-campus housing can be booked starting on February 1. Watch for a groovy card designed by Francie Soosman ’90 coming to your mailbox soon.


aka Jane Brien '89, Director of Alumni/ae Affairs

P.S. I hope you received our end-of-year e-mail, including a link to "Education for the Common Good," a new short film about Bard. It's only ten minutes long, but really sums up what's happening around here these days. Please take a look if you missed it earlier.

Photo: Don Hamerman
Curator Barbara Haskell will give a private, after-hours tour of Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time on Thursday, February 17. To see the details and sign up, click here (this is sure to sell out quickly).


Bard will host five public lectures by guest speakers this January as part of its inaugural Citizen Science Program. The speakers will address this year’s Citizen Science theme: How do we reduce the global burden of infectious disease? The lecturers include Chris Mooney, Bonnie Bassler, David Botstein, Chad Heilig, and Carl Zimmer. Click here for full details and here to read the Citizen Science blog about the lecture series.


Dance professor Aileen Passloff was profiled in the December issue of Dance magazine.

Thanks to the Bard Palestinian Youth Initiative, a children's library is growing in the northern West Bank village of Masaha. See the details here. BPYI was created by Mujahid Sarsur '11 and Aaron Dean '10, and has run summer programs for Palestinian teens for the past two years.

Professor Joan Tower has been named the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's Composer of the Year.

Ever wonder what Leon Botstein reads? The Chronicle of Higher Education asked him, and here it is: "My Daily Read."

The Pilgrimages Project, organized by the Chinua Achebe Center for African Writers and Artists at Bard, has been noticed by CNN

Wyatt Mason
, a senior fellow at Bard's Hannah Arendt Center, published a timely piece in a recent New York Times "How We Live Now" column: "Scanners Gone Wild."

Bard artist-in-residence Bill T. Jones was among the winners at the Kennedy Center Honors last month. He presented two workshops at Bard the day before he traveled to Washington, D.C. to accept his award.

Associate professor of psychology Beth Gershuny was the second Bard professor featured on WAMC's Academic Minute. Hear her here.

We have some really great alums who have been hooking current students up with internships in different areas (even one at The Colbert Report). If there are internship possibilities (paid or unpaid) at your place of business (especially if you're in New York, Los Angeles, or any other Big Town) please let us know at There are eager and talented young Bardians who would love to apply, and it helps them immeasurably in their eventual job searches post-Bard.

Peruse the books here. Please send your book in, as well.

DOWN THE ROAD (events involving alumni/ae)

Here are the listings added this month: Amie Siegel '96 has work in two exhibitions currently on view, one at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the other at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York. Radiohole, a performance ensemble co-founded by Eric Dyer '91 (and featuring Joe Silovsky '91) is premiering its latest work this month in the Collapsable Hole on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg. Composer Bruce Wolosoff '77 composed the music for a new ballet choreographed by the legendary Ann Reinking, being performed twice (in Skokie and in Chicago). Back in Manhattan, Victoria Campbell '98's film House of Bones is being screened, and Emily Rubin '78 is being feted for the release of her debut novel.



Please get the info to us before the end of the month to be included in the February issue of the Triangle.