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Dutchess County Appoints Its First Poet Laureate

Jan 26, 2016
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Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro announced Monday he has appointed Annandale resident Robert Kelly as the county’s first Poet Laureate. Molinaro says Kelly will read two poems at Wednesday’s state of Dutchess County address, and one poem us dedicated to the county Executive in honor of his 2016 initiative, “Act Boldly.” In his unpaid role as Poet Laureate, Kelly will serve for a one-year term and bring poetry to the community through a series of readings and events.

Bard College Finalizes Montgomery Place Purchase

Jan 14, 2016
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A college in the Hudson Valley has finalized the purchase of a 380-acre estate, creating a 1,000 acre campus.

  The Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College is hosting its eighth annual international conference from Thursday, October 15 to Friday, October 16 on Bard’s Annandale-on-Hudson campus.

The two-day conference, “Why Privacy Matters,” asks: What do we lose when we lose our privacy? Reading on Kindles, searching Google, and using cell phones leave a data trail of intimate details. Governments and businesses track our comings, goings, and doings. The conference will include many knowledgeable speakers on the subject including (via satellite) NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden. 

Here are some questions to be answered: Why do we willfully participate in the loss of our privacy? How is it that we rarely register its loss? Do we simply value privacy less? It is time to ask why privacy matters? How can a right to privacy and a meaningful private life exist today?

We are joined by Roger Berkowitz and David Brin.

Roger Berkowitz is Academic Director of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College and Associate Professor of Politics, Philosophy, and Human Rights.

David Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has served as visiting scholar at NASA in Exobiology.

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  Now in its 13th season, Bard SummerScape presents eight weeks of stellar events in opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret.

The prime focus of these offerings is the 26th annual Bard Music Festival, which this year examines the life, times, and creative output of the 20th century Mexican composer, conductor, and educator Carlos Chávez. whose compositions synthesize Indian, Spanish, and Mexican elements together with trends in European musical modernism.

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College students and community members throughout the country are coming together to organize and support relief efforts following Saturday's Nepal earthquake. The earthquake has claimed at least 5,500 lives. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne looks at a few of the efforts from Nepali students at colleges in New York.

2015 Bard SummerScape Festival Turns To Latin America

Apr 28, 2015
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This summer marks an historic season for the annual Bard SummerScape festival, when eight weeks of music, opera, theater, dance, film, and cabaret will turn for the first time to Latin America. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne has a preview of the festival that takes place at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts and other venues on Bard College’s Hudson River campus. 

Bard College Receives Grant For Scholarships

Apr 24, 2015
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A college in Dutchess County has been awarded a grant to support certain scholarships.

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A train-rider who was found to have contracted measles has brought that distant Disneyland outbreak of the childhood disease home for many across the Northeast.

On Friday, the New York State Health Department disclosed that a Bard College student took a 1:20 p.m. Amtrak train from New York City's Penn Station to Albany and then to Niagara Falls the previous Sunday. The media got hold of the story and - pardon the pun - the news went viral, spread with headlines like "Thousands of commuters were potentially exposed to the disease by an infected Bard College student."

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A new study published this week and led by a Bard College biology professor shows catastrophic flooding can be mitigated by protecting biodiversity.  WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the lead author, who says though the flooding was studied in Germany, there could be comparisons to the Hudson Valley.

Bard College Receives Grant To Reduce Sexual Assault

Sep 26, 2014

A college in Dutchess County has received a grant to reduce sexual assault, dating abuse, and stalking.

Courtesy of The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College

The Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College has released a guide to key issues about drones. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with co-director of the center Dan Gettinger about the online and print publication called The Drone Primer: A Compendium of the Key Issues. The primer is free and available at http://dronecenter.bard.edu/publication/the-drone-primer/

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Bard College and U.S. Military Academy at West Point are teaming up for a panel Monday on challenges in the Middle East.

The Academic Minute for 9.15-9.19

Sep 19, 2014

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9.15.2014 - This Week on The Academic Minute

Sep 15, 2014

September 15th - 19th

This Week on The Academic Minute
 

Monday, September 15
Dr. Amanda Kibler of The University of Virginia analyzes the changing linguistic landscape of the classroom.

Tuesday, September 16
Dr. Kirsten Beyer of The Medical College of Wisconsin touts the health benefits of green space.

Wednesday, September 17
Bard College's Dr. Felicia Keesing examines the threatened biodiversity of African savannas.

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Bard SummerScape is under way, and the performing arts festival will feature the world premiere of a play opening this weekend. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the play’s curator and lead actress.

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A new study in New York reveals that ticks are more likely to be infected with several pathogens, not just the bacterium that causes Lyme disease. The ticks for the study were collected from Dutchess County. 

People who are bitten by a blacklegged tick could be at higher risk of more than one infection. Felicia Keesing is a biology professor at Dutchess County-based Bard College and co-author of a new study.

South African MP To Lecture At Bard College

Jun 20, 2014
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A South African member of parliament is joining a college in the Hudson Valley as a senior visiting fellow.

    James Romm, the James Ottaway Jr. Professor of Classics at Bard College is the author of several books on ancient Greek and Macedonian history and on imperial Rome. His latest book is: Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero.

At the center, the tumultuous life of Seneca, ancient Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, beginning with banishment in his fifties and subsequent appointment as tutor to twelve-year-old Nero, future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both, Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, Roman empress, great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece and fourth wife of Emperor Claudius.

James Romm will be part of this weekend’s Read Local Red Hook Literary Festival.

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  The Graduate Vocal Arts Program at The Bard College Conservatory of Music is a unique master of music program in vocal performance. Conceived, designed and led by renowned American soprano Dawn Upshaw.

The Fisher Center at Bard College is presenting two one-act operas performed by the Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts program singers on March 14 and 16th. One of the operas, Payne Hollow by Shawn Jaeger, is a world premiere, and the other is Benjamin Britten’s beloved The Turn of the Screw.

In today’s Academic Minute, Dr. Stephen Mucher of Bard College explains the motivations behind the first teacher observations of the nineteenth century. 


Stephen Mucher is an assistant professor of history and education at Bard College. His teaching and research interests include history education, the history of education, and the development of historical thinking processes in adolescents. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan.

About Dr. Mucher

    Bard SummerScape 2013 presents seven inspired weeks of opera, music, theater, dance, film, and cabaret. This summer Bard College, in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, presents their 24th annual Bard Music Festival with the theme "Stravinsky and His World."

A major highlight of the season, however, isn't by Stravinsky but is instead by Sergey Taneyev - a composer Stravinsky admired. Thaddeus Strassberger returns to SummerScape to direct Oresteia, with The American Symphony Orchestra conducted by Leon Botstein. Performances begin at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, July 26th.

Thaddeus and SummerScape Opera producer, Susanna Meyer join us to tell us more.

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A college in New York with a well-known conservatory is teaming up with a new school of music in China to offer a joint music program. The dean of the music school in China says the approach is entirely different for his country, and the partnership is all the first of its kind for the conservatory.

   On June 2 at 7pm, singer Natalie Merchant and the Kalmia String Quartet share the stage of The Bard Fisher Center with local women singers Amy Helm, Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell, and Yungchen Lhamo, to draw attention to the grave problem of domestic violence in the Hudson Valley. This benefit concert will raise funds for for the Washbourne House of Ulster County and Grace Smith House of Dutchess County.

Dutchess Elections Board To Register Students

May 21, 2013
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POUGHKEEPSIE – College students in Dutchess County may now vote so long as they register and need not provide specific information about which dormitory they live.

Last fall, Republican Elections Commissioner Erik Haight refused to register students if they did not list their specific college address. Democrat Commissioner Frances Knapp challenged that in court and the judge ruled they could vote.

The initial case involved student registrations from Marist, The Culinary Institute of America and Bard College.

    Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz’s first book, Drown, established him as a major new writer. His first novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the Pulitzer Prize. His latest, This Is How You Lose Her, features nine stories. At the center of each - is Yunior, a Dominican American who, despite his macho exterior, aches to be loved and the book explores the haunting, impossible power of love.

Diaz will be at Bard College on Monday, April 1st.

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A former congressional representative and her husband will deliver the commencement address at a college in the Hudson Valley.

Linking Dr. King's Dream to Obama's Inauguration

Jan 21, 2013
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As President Barack Obama was sworn in for a second term today, the nation celebrated the life of civil-rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  And January First marked the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing hundreds of thousands of slaves.  

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