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Mwenso and the Shakes
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  The uplifting spirit of Black roots music will ripple through two weekends this July as part of Bard SummerScape. 

Conceived as a platform to create a creative healing space for a troupe of predominantly BIPOC artists to develop a series of new concerts in collaboration and fellowship with one another, Black Roots Summer will convene a group of over 20 vocalists, musicians, dancers, and creative artists for a two-week residency resulting in three original concerts.

Black Roots Summer is presented as part of SummerScape in association with Electric Root. The events are curated by producer Jono Gasparro and musician Michael Mwenso. Michael and his band Mwenso and the Shakes will perform on 7/23 and 7/24. Genius Mother Mary: A Sonic Retrospective of Mary Lou Williams will be on 7/29 and "The Sound of (Black) Music" will ring out on 7/30 and 7/31.

Book cover for "The Sacred Band"
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  James Romm is an author, reviewer, and the James H. Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College in Annandale, New York. 

In his new book, "The Sacred Band," Romm dives into the last decades of ancient Greek freedom leading up to Alexander the Great’s destruction of Thebes and the saga of the greatest military corps of the age, the Theban Sacred Band, a unit composed of 150 pairs of male lovers.

Bard College Polling Site Issue Continues

Jun 11, 2021
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Just before the November election in 2020 and after a long legal battle, a court agreed to allow Bard College in New York’s Hudson Valley to serve as a polling site. Now, advocates for voting on the campus are calling on Dutchess County elections commissioners to allocate a location there as an appropriate polling site going forward. They’ve written to the county executive as well.

Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water Director Dr. Eli Dueker installing the MetOne 212-2 particle profiler atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
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A year ago, Kingston and Bard College began monitoring the city’s air quality. The first results are now in. The initiative continues into a second year, providing data on one particular pollutant.

Hudson Valley Brief Year In Review, Minus COVID

Dec 31, 2020
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Though the COVID-19 pandemic dominated the airwaves most of the year, there were some other significant developments in 2020. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne highlights a few of them in an abbreviated year in review.

Bard College President Leon Botstein (left) and Pace University President Marvin Krislov announce a new joint admission agreement.
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Two academic institutions have a new joint admission agreement.

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Best-selling memoirist and critic Daniel Mendelsohn joins us to discuss his new book, "Three Rings," about the mysterious links between the randomness of the lives we lead and the artfulness of the stories we tell.

Combining memoir, biography, history, and literary criticism, "Three Rings" weaves together the stories of three exiled writers who turned to the classics of the past to create masterpieces of their own works that pondered the nature of narrative itself.

Daniel Mendelsohn is a frequent contributor to the New Yorker and the New York Review of Books, where he is Editor-at-Large. His books include the memoirs "An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic" and "The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million." He teaches literature at Bard College.

Bard College President Leon Botstein and senior Sadia Saba enter the new voting site at the Bertelsmann Campus Center on Election Day 2020
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A New York state Supreme Court judge allowed Bard College to set up a polling site on Election Day after a long legal battle. So, how did it turn out? Here’s an update on a story we’ve been following since Bard and other petitioners sued to move the polling site on campus.

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A New York state Supreme Court judge has amended her decision from nearly two weeks ago, and ruled that a polling site in Dutchess County can move to the Bard College campus.

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And now an update to a story we’ve been bringing you over the past several weeks…After a judge last week denied a petition from Bard College to move an off-campus polling site to its Annandale-on-Hudson campus, petitioners have renewed their claim. They point to an instance where two other polling sites in Dutchess County were moved within a few days of the judge’s decision.

Bard College Center For Civic Engagement
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A New York state Supreme Court judge has denied a petition from Bard College to move an off-campus polling site to its Annandale-on-Hudson campus. Bard had filed suit against the Dutchess County Board of Elections in September, alleging unsafe conditions at the current polling site and voter suppression.

Bard College Center For Civic Engagement
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After filing a lawsuit earlier this month, Bard College in Dutchess County is awaiting a state Supreme Court judge’s decision on its petition to move an off-campus polling site on campus. Bard College’s president and students allege a history of voter suppression against young voters. This year, though, it’s also about safety during COVID-19.

Bard College Center for the Study of Land, Air and Water Director Dr. Eli Dueker installing the MetOne 212-2 particle profiler atop the Andy Murphy Neighborhood Center in Midtown Kingston.
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Kingston is partnering with Bard College to monitor the city’s air quality. The Kingston Air Quality Initiative is providing hard data on one particular pollutant. The hope is that the information will help drive policy, shape development and educate the public.

Matthew Junge, Assistant Professor, Mathematics, Baruch College
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And now, a follow-up to a story we brought you in May about professors at Bard College in Dutchess County, and others, who won a National Science Foundation grant to help develop forecasting models to better capture certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve now completed modelling COVID-19 spread in small colleges and how safe reopening is. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the primary investigator on the study.

Bard College professors Matthew Junge and Felicia Keesing.
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Professors at Bard College in Dutchess County have been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to fund a six-month study to develop forecasting models to better capture certain aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bard College Creates Option For Local Applicants

Apr 2, 2020
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Given the COVID-19 crisis, a college in New York’s Hudson Valley is adjusting its application window for local students.

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The New York Times describes Charles Burnett as “the nation’s least-known great filmmaker and most gifted black director.” On Tuesday, he speaks with fellow filmmakers Julie Dash and Bradford Young at Bard College as a part of the school’s “Creative Process in Dialogue: Art and the Public Today” series. Burnett – director of films like Killer Of Sheep and The Glass Shield – was deeply involved in the UCLA film school’s L.A. Rebellion film movement, an explosion of African-American films from the 1960’s to the 1980’s addressing social issues. He spoke with WAMC about what role he feels film plays in contemporary American life.

On Thursday, October 10, Bard College will feature author Isabella Tree presenting her new work “Wilding: Returning Nature to Our Farm,” winner of the 2019 Richard Jefferies prize for nature writing and chosen by Smithsonian as a top 10 science book for 2018.

The event takes place at 5 p.m., in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center and is is sponsored by the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Sustainability, Environmental and Urban Studies Program, and Lifetime Learning Institute.

Isabella Tree writes for publications such as National Geographic, Granta, and the Guardian, and is the author of five nonfiction books. Her latest book charts the story of the pioneering rewilding project in West Sussex where she lives with her husband.

7/16/19 Panel

Jul 16, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Edward Hamilton Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at RPI and Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and Harvard Data Science Initiative Fellow Fran Berman, Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program Jim Ketterer, and Investigative Journalist Rosemary Armao.

Bard SummerScape 2019

Jul 1, 2019

The 16th annual Bard SummerScape opened this past weekend and runs through August 18th. The festival features seven weeks of world-class opera, theater, dance, cabaret, film, and music, including the 30th annual Bard Music Festival, Korngold and His World.

This year the festival is presenting a modern, multi-media style opera, "Acquanetta," written by Catskill resident, librettist Deborah Artman who join us this morning. The opera’s music is by Michael Gordon and the production runs from July 11 through July 21.

We also welcome Nunally Kersh - the producer for the opera, Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s “The Miracle of Heliane” a new production & and a U.S. Premiere – running July 26th through August 4th.

6/11/19 Panel

Jun 11, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, former Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program Jim Ketterer.

6/10/19 Panel

Jun 10, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Barry Lewis, Executive Editor of The Times-Herald Record, Albany Law School Professor Sarah Rogerson who directs the Immigration Law Clinic, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program Jim Ketterer.

4/30/19 Panel

Apr 30, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, retired Associate Editor of the Times Union, Mike Spain, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Political consultant and lobbyist, Libby Post, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program Jim Ketterer.

4/2/19 Panel

Apr 2, 2019

   The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former Times Union Associate Editor Mike Spain, The Empire Report’s J.P. Miller, Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program James Ketterer, and lobbyist and political consultant Libby Post.

3/13/19 Panel

Mar 13, 2019

    The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program James Ketterer, and SUNY New Paltz Communications Professor, Terry Gipson.

Created and produced by the New York State Writers Institute, University Art Museum, and UAlbany Performing Arts Center in collaboration with WAMC Northeast Public Radio, the Creative Life series features leading figures from a variety of artistic disciplines in conversation with Joe Donahue about their creative inspiration, craft, and careers.

On Friday, March 1 at 8 p.m., Joe will be joined by Susan Orlean, author of the current New York Times bestseller, "The Library Book." A staff writer at The New Yorker for a quarter century, Orlean is the author of seven books, including "The Orchid Thief," an international bestseller that became the hit film "Adaptation."

On Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m., Orlean and co-host Sarah Thyre will present a live taping of their Earwolf podcast, "Crybabies" in the Sosnoff Theater at the Bard Fisher Center with guests Michael Ian Black, Karen Chee, and Gary Shteyngart.

2/25/19 Panel

Feb 25, 2019

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Political Consultant Libby Post, Executive Editor of The Times-Herald Record Barry Lewis, and Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program, James Ketterer.

2/15/19 Panel

Feb 15, 2019

 

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, Former EPA Regional Administrator Judith Enck, Siena College economic professor Aaron Pacitti, and James Ketterer, Dean of International Studies at Bard College and academic director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program.

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A college in New York’s Hudson Valley has established a program that aims to develop solutions to local and regional environmental problems.

1/30/19 Panel

Jan 30, 2019

The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Berkshire Eagle Reporter Jenn Smith, communications consultant Joe Bonilla, and James Ketterer, Dean of International Studies at Bard College and Academic Director of the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program.

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