Upcoming Events

  • Oct
    "Genocide Survivors into Religious Minorities: Armenians in the Turkish Republic"
    Lerna Ekmekcioglu
    Associate Professor of History, Massachussets Institute of Technology

    Time: 6:00 pm
    Location: Olin, Room 202
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Past Events



  Monday, October 2, 2017

"Genocide Survivors into Religious Minorities: Armenians in the Turkish Republic"

Lerna Ekmekcioglu
Associate Professor of History, Massachussets Institute of Technology

Olin, Room 202  6:00 pm
Sponsored by: Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Omar Cheta
  Thursday, September 7, 2017

Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Progressive-Era America

Katherine Benton-Cohen
Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University

Olin, Room 101  4:30 pm
“Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Progressive-Era America,” examines the enormous impact of the largest study of immigrants in US History. From 1907 to 1911, a staff of 300—over half of them women--compiled 41 volumes of reports and a potent set of recommendations that shaped immigration policy for generations to come. The talk will discuss the Commission’s surprising origins in US-Asia relations, its enthusiasm for distributing immigrants throughout the United States, and its long-term effect not just on federal policy, but on how Americans think about immigration in general.
 Katherine Benton-Cohen is associate professor of history at Georgetown University. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including those from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
She is the author of Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands (Harvard University Press, 2009), as well as her forthcoming book on the history of the Dillingham Commission.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Joel Perlmann  845-758-7667
Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Middle Eastern Studies 
Open House 

Kline, Faculty Dining Room  5:00 pm
Come celebrate the end of the year with fellow MESers. Meet faculty, hear about exciting new courses, study abroad programs, senior projects, and a number of incredible iniatives MES students are working on. Snacks will be served. All are welcome.
Sponsored by: Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Dina Ramadan  845-758-7506
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

"Make it New": New Possibilities for Classical Jewish Texts in Scholarship and Culture

Yellow Room in the campus center and RKC 103  1:15 pm – 7:30 pm
I. New Connections: The Talmud and the Contemporary Humanities - a Workshop
Location: The Yellow Room in the Campus Center (1:15-4:45pm)

Featuring leading scholars of Jewish studies in dialogue with Bard students and faculty.

II. "Make it New": Classical Jewish Texts and Artistic Imagination
Location: RKC 103 (4:45-6:15pm)

Nicole Krass: Novelist, author of The History of Love (2005) and Great House (2010)
Adam Kirsh: Poet and critic
Galit-Hasan-Rokem: Scholar, poet, and translator.

III. Jewish Studies and the Liberal Arts: Institutional Possibilities
Location: RKC 103 (6:30-7:30pm)

Featuring President Leon Botstein, Bruce Chilton, and Alan Avery-Peck.
Sponsored by: Anthropology Program; Bard Theater Program; Hebrew and Theater program with the generous support of the World Union of Jewish Studies; Historical Studies Program; Jewish Studies Program; Literature Program; Religion Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Shai Secunda  845-758-6822
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Black Power on the Inside: African Americans and Africa in the Radical 1980s

Dr. Benjamin A. Talton
Associate Professor, Temple University

Olin, Room 102  5:30 pm

The 1980s was the highpoint of African American political power and direct political engagement with Africa.    A small group of African American lawmakers in the 1980s brought the radical activism of the 1960s and early 1970s to Congress.  Through their protests, legislation and coalition building African Americans achieved their greatest influence on U.S. foreign policy in U.S. history.  Within this brief political moment, their efforts helped transform the relationship between the United States and Africa.  ​
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Tabetha Ewing  845-758-6822
Monday, March 6, 2017

"I am not a Feminist. I am a Graffitera:" Performing Feminist Community without Feminist Identity

Jessica Pabon 
Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
SUNY New Paltz

Campus Center, Weis Cinema  4:30 pm
In cities across the globe, graffiti grrlz (women who write graffiti art) enact the quintessential principles of feminist movement such as collectivity, support, and empowerment. They do so, however, without claiming a feminist identity; some emphatically rejecting a feminist mantle. In her talk, feminist graffiti scholar Dr. Jessica N. Pabón asks: do we need to call ourselves feminists in order to enact feminist change in the world? Incorporating the ethos of “action above words” that defines graffiti subculture, Pabón argues that the question of who is or is not a feminist becomes secondary to how feminism is being enacted through everyday performance.
Case studies are drawn from Costa Rica, Nicaragua, and Brazil as well as the United States.
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Gender and Sexuality Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Office of Inclusive Excellence
Contact: Myra Armstead  845-758-6822
Monday, February 27, 2017

The Italians ... and the challenges of
writing about them

John Hooper, Italy correspondent of The Economist magazine and the author of The Italians (Viking, 2015 & 2016)
RKC 103  5:00 pm
How did a nation that spawned the Renaissance also produce the Mafia? What exactly is bella figura? And why do Romans eat their gnocchi on Thursdays? Having spent more than 15 years reporting on Italy, John Hooper set out to write a book that answers these and many of the other puzzles that confront outsiders in a society that can be as baffling as it is alluring.  The result is The Italians, published by Viking, which has featured in the bestseller lists of The Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. In his talk, Hooper will discuss the challenges and rewards of trying to explain a society in which paradox is the norm and in which much is hidden, or coded or left unsaid.
Sponsored by: Division of Social Studies; Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Joseph Luzzi  845-758-7150
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Trump Abroad, Trump at Home:
Declaring the New War

Note the new location.

The inaugural event of the First 100 Days, a college-wide initiative combining civics and public media

Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater  7:00 pm
Mark DannerJames Clarke Chase Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities

in dialogue withLeon BotsteinPresident, Bard College

introduced byAriana Gonzalez Stokas '00Dean of Inclusive Excellence

Free and open to the public; seating is first come, first served
Live WebcastTo view a live webcast of the event please visit: Watch Live!Give to the Bard Sanctuary Fund
Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Council for Inclusive Excellence; Human Rights Project
Contact: Jonathan Becker  845-758-7378

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