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 ISSUE #0047, JANUARY 2012

Raphael Bob-Waksberg ’06 has been tapped to write a new NBC comedy set at the United Nations starring Kal Penn.

Holly Bynoe MFA ’10 (ICP) features Caribbean art and culture in her new ARC Magazine.

Pia Carusone ’03 is profiled for her pivotal role as chief of staff for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Julie Conason ’80 was featured in the New York Times for her success as the principal of Humanities Preparatory Academy in Manhattan.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock senior Rachel Feltman was awarded a travel fellowship to attend the Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual gathering of science luminaries in Canada.

Alexis Gambis ’03 gave a TEDx Talk that combined his passions: science and filmmaking.

Chris Glover ’03 and his band Penquin Prison were included on over 100 “Best of 2011” music charts.

Jenia Lubich, who wrote her first songs in English while studying at Bard as a 16-year old PIE student before earning her MA  from Smolny College in St. Petersburg, is now a successful indie pop singer-songwriter.

Stergios Mentesidis ’12 was named Academic All-American for his prowess on the soccer field and in the classroom.

Aretha Sills ’91 writes on the late great Townes Van Zandt in her article Muddy Waters and Mozart in the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Michael Walker ’11 launched GetchaBooks, a discount textbooks company named one of the coolest college start-ups in 2011.

The Bard College Conservatory of Music announced the winners of the 2011 Concerto Competition: Peter Blaga ’15 (tuba), David Nagy ’12 (bassoon) and Renata Rakova ’12 (clarinet) and Lin Wang ‘12 (viola).


The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities is an intellectual incubator for engaged humanities thinking at Bard College and beyond. Recently, the Center was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant to help provide postdoctoral fellowships for humanities scholars doing research related to the thinking and works of Hannah Arendt. Click HERE to read the latest newsletter

In case you didn't see this earlier...

Joan Navins Collection, Bard Archives

Happy New Year to Everyone.

Remember what January used to feel like when you were at Bard? In the late 1980s, I spent 'Field Period', or 'Intersession', in an over-heated apartment in Tivoli, cursing myself for inventing a two-credit independent study project that was due in February. Santa Fe (the new alumni/ae-owned Mexican restaurant in town) was closed all January, so Bayly's (aka The Morey - pictured above) was again the only place to go---if you passed muster with the owner, that is.

In 1945, the Bard catalog stated that "Field Period may be devoted to reading, writing or concert-going as well as more laborious employment", and many alumni/ae have great stories to tell of what they did during those frigid January days. Do you have a memory to share? Our archivist Helene Tieger '85 wants to gather them for BardCorps, our oral history project.

Thanks to Citizen Science, the campus is not the ghost town it once was. All first years are required to come back on Saturday to spend three weeks understanding the content and conduct of science while pondering the question 'Can we reduce the global burden of infectious disease?'. L&T on ice. Click HERE to read the blog.

More than 400 Bardians attended the NYC Holiday Party this year. The 1920s ballroom at 24 Fifth Avenue suited all eras of Bard alumni/ae with its olde world charm, gilded gold mirrors, and terrazzo floor. With two levels and three bars, you could get lost, get found, or find people. Watch this space to find out the 2012 date.

Reunion/Commencement weekend will take place May 25-27, 2012 (Memorial Day Weekend). Online registration starts February 1. Classes of 1952, 1962/63, 1972, 1982, 1987, 1992, 2002, and 2007-- this means you. Call your friends, make your plans. You know you want to.

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays where ever you were and if you were able to make a contribution to Bard at the end of the year, I thank you. 

It hasn't happened yet, but I know one day soon I will drive across the bridge and marvel at the fact the river has frozen again. Then the ice boats will be back in the Tivoli Bay and winter will truly be upon us. For now, it's just cold and clear.

Be seeing you,

Jane '89

It’s a happy new year for Bard College and the 150th Anniversary Campaign! More than 7,600 alumni/ae, parents, and friends have participated to date. On behalf of the students whose experiences are richer because of your generosity, thank you.  We appreciate your past and continued support of Bard College. Please click HERE to learn more about the campaign or to make a contribution.

Campaign Goal

Raised to Date

Progress to Goal




Bard’s new MBA in Sustainability received positive reviews in the Wall Street Journal.

Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas, visiting playwright in residence, has been awarded this year's Cintas Fellowship in Creative Writing.

James Felkerson
of the Levy Economics Institute authored a study on the debt crisis titled $29,000,000,000,000: A Detailed Look at the Fed’s Bail-out by Funding Facility and Recipient.

Teju Cole, a distinguished writer in residence from Nigeria, has been widely praised for his sharply political and contemporary novel Open City.

Gideon Lester
will succeed JoAnne Akalaitis as Bard's new Director of Theater Programs. Lester will also curate the Fisher Center and SummerScape theater and dance offerings.

Ian Buruma, professor of democracy and human rights, writes on the death of the European dream in CNN World News and the Wall Street Journal.

The Bard Center for Environmental Policy is offering the public an intensive continuing education course this month titled Managing Private Lands for Conservation.


is a semi-annual art journal, now housed at Bard, that publishes unseen work by living photographers.

Red Hook is an online quarterly journal published by the Center for Curatorial Studies which discusses intelligent criteria through which curators can be held accountable by artists, audiences, and their own colleagues.

Stephen Jones' discussion of Hats: An Anthology, his exhibit currently at the Bard Graduate Center, was featured on NPR's Morning Edition.


Hugh Crawford ’78 exhibits his photography at The Old Stone House. (Brooklyn, NY)
Maddy Rosenberg ’87 showcases her urban landscapes at the Gallerie Kullukcu. (Munich, Germany)
Sherman Yellen ’53 will have his musical Blackbird performed at the West Coast Black Theater Troupe. (Sarasota, FL)
Click HERE for full details and HERE to submit your event for next month's Annandale Triangle.


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