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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Roundtable on Academic Freedom

Campus Center, Multipurpose Room  7:00 pm
A panel on Academic Freedom organized by the Human Rights Project and co-sponsored by: The Hannah Arendt Center, the Center for Civic Engagement, Students for Justice in the Middle East, Political Studies Program, History Program, and the Language and Literature Program

Organized and moderated by: Michiel Bot (Hannah Arendt Center) Omar Cheta (History) Connor Gadek (Students for Justice in the Middle East)
Contact: The Human Rights Program
Thursday, November 20, 2014

Today's Racial Climate: Understanding Mass Incarceration and the Prison System

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  7:00 pm
There will be a provocative discourse on issues concerning mass incarceration and the prison system. 
Sponsored by: Difference and Media Project
Contact: Davon Blanks  914-953-0054
  Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Talk by Ralph Lemon

Olin, Room 201  7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Ralph Lemon is a choreographer, conceptualist, director, writer, and installation artist. He describes his talk as "about my work (art experiments) with Walter Carter (1907-2009), my centenarian collaborator from Little Yazoo City, Mississippi. Purportedly the oldest man in Yazoo City, Mississippi. Fifty years or so shy of being a full-time slave. But he was an ex-sharecropper, carpenter, gardener... his longest job was planting cedar trees. We had an 8 year "discussion" about our whereabouts, our bodies (and race of course), our belief systems, and mortality, through the most ineffable of languages, his and mine. It ultimately became speculative fiction. A complete collapse of past, present and future time. Something like that."

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Center for Civic Engagement; Division of Social Studies; Historical Studies Program; Political Studies Program
Contact: Simon Gilhooley  607-280-4754
Monday, November 10, 2014

Neo Muyanga: A Study in Sound and Image

Followed by a conversation with literary scholar Sarah Nuttall
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  6:00 pm
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Anthropology Program; Center for Civic Engagement; Difference and Media Project; Experimental Humanities Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Project; Music Program; Theater and Performance
Contact: Drew Thompson  845-758-7667
  Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement: Incarceration

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Join us for a panel discussion of incarceration in the United States with guest speakers Keith Reeves, Richard Smith, and Jed Tucker.
Part of the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement series of events.

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Bard Prison Initiative; Center for Civic Engagement; Difference and Media Project; Division of Social Studies; Historical Studies Program; Political Studies Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Simon Gilhooley  607-280-4754
  Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Ain't Scared of Your Jails: How Black Male Incarceration is Undermining the Gains of the Civil Rights Movement"

A Talk By Keith Reeves, Swarthmore College
Olin, Room 102  1:30 pm – 2:50 pm
Professor Reeves will present work from his current project examining the effects of incarceration on Black males, followed by a Q&A session.

Part of the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement series of events.
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; American Studies Program; Bard Prison Initiative; Center for Civic Engagement; Difference and Media Project; Division of Social Studies; Historical Studies Program; Political Studies Program; Sociology Program
Contact: Simon Gilhooley  607-280-4754
  Thursday, October 16, 2014

A Fascist Festival of the Dead: The Iron Guard's Politics of Martyrdom and
Resurrection in Romania (Sept.–Dec. 1940)

Constantin lordachi
Associate Professor of History, Central European University

Olin Language Center, Room 115  4:00 pm
Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program
Contact: Robert Culp  845-758-7395
  Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Peter Rosenblum
 Professor of International Law and Human Rights


"Two Cheers for Corporate Social Responsibility"
A Talk in the Social Studies Divisional Colloquium

Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm
As “corporate social responsibility” enters the mainstream, itsinitials "CSR" have become a dirty word for a broad segment of the
engaged public.  The voluntariness, vagueness, and uncertainty of
enforcement  – not to mention blatant propaganda by companies –
overwhelm any positive value, they argue.  At the other end of the
spectrum, CSR enthusiasts insist that it is leading to a new paradigm,
even challenging traditional forms of corporate governance. Oft
overlooked in the debate over CSR is the way in which public campaigns
have driven change and, even more importantly, shaped the mechanisms
that emerge. CSR continues to be as much the story of savvy activists
leveraging global networks as it is the monitoring mechanisms and
codes of conduct -- maybe more so.  Peter Rosenblum will explore the
current debate, drawing on his recently completed research on Indian
Tea plantations and a soon-to-published chapter addressing advocates
and critics of CSR.
Sponsored by: Social Studies Division
Contact: Greg Moynahan  845-758-7296
  Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Jose "Pepe" Viera: Cuba and U.S.–Cuban Relations Past, Present, and Future

Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm
Want to learn more about Cuba and U.S.-Cuban relations? Please join us for this special opportunity to discuss with a former high-ranking diplomatic official with experience in international relations since the early years of the Cuban Revolution. Visiting directly from Havana, Pepe Viera will talk about the past, present, and future of Cuba and its relations with the U.S. and will offer unique perspectives from Cuba itself. Viera has served in many high posts in the Cuban government since the 1960s, especially in Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including in the Cuban embassies in several countries and the Cuban Mission to the UN, but also in relation to the sugar and tourism industries. Please welcome Pepe and his wife Cecilia to Bard as they visit their grandson who graduated from Bard last semester.

Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program; LAIS Program; Latin American Student Organization (LASO); Political Studies Program; Spanish Studies
Contact: Miles Rodríguez  617-372-0911
  Thursday, May 1, 2014

Paul McMahon: Feeding Frenzy: Land Grabs, Price Spikes, and the World Food Crisis

Olin, Room 101  5:00 pm
Paul McMahon's new book, Feeding Frenzy, traces the history of the global food system and reveals the underlying causes of recent turmoil in food markets. Supplies are running short, prices keep spiking, and the media is full of talk of a world food crisis. The turmoil has unleashed some dangerous forces. Food-producing countries are banning exports even if this means starving their neighbors. Governments and corporations are scrambling to secure control of food supply chains. Powerful groups from the Middle East and Asia are acquiring farmland in poor countries to grow food for export — what some call land grabs. This raises some big questions. Can we continue to feed a burgeoning population? Are we running out of land and water? Can we rely on free markets to provide? His book reveals trends that could lead to more hunger and conflict. But Paul McMahon also outlines actions that can be taken to shape a sustainable and just food system.

Paul McMahon, who holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, has authored reports on sustainable food systems as an advisor to The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit and to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization. He cofounded SLM Partners, a business that invests in sustainable agriculture in Australia and across the world. He lives in London.

Sponsored by: Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Contact: RIchard Aldous, Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature  845-758-6822 x7448
  Monday, April 21, 2014

Irish Theater Critic and Scholar Fintan O’Toole Presents
"Don't mention the war: the suppression of Irish cultural memory of the Great War"

2014 Eugene Meyer Lecture
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fintan O’Toole, one of Ireland’s leading public intellectuals, is the Leonard L. Milberg '53 Visiting Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton for spring 2014.

Eugene Meyer (1875-1959), for whom the annual lecture and the Eugene Meyer Chair in British History and Literature are named, was the owner and publisher of the Washington Post, chairman of the Federal Reserve, and first president of the World Bank. Previous Eugene Meyer speakers include Sir David Cannadine, Andrew Roberts and Colm Tóibín.

In this year's Eugene Meyer Lecture, Mr. O’Toole will talk about three Irish works of art that responded in important ways to the First World War and how each of them was suppressed or censored.

Contact: Richard Aldous, Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature  845-758-6822 x7448
Monday, April 21, 2014

Denouement: Speculating Upon the "Endeles Knot" of Sir Gawain

Arthur Bahr, Associate Professor of Literature, MIT
Olin, Room 102  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
In Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, the hero’s chivalric virtue is initially symbolized by the pentangle that he bears on his shield, which the poet calls an “endless knot” because of its geometric perfection and absolute unseverability. At the end of the poem, however, Sir Gawain has associated himself instead with a feminized girdle, or sash, that is more malleable in shape and whose erotic potential was premised upon the potential of untying. “Untying” is also a literal translation of the literary concept of “denouement,” namely the concluding portion of a complex narrative. In this talk, Bahr will look closely at how the poem’s literal knots relate to its literary denouement, as well as at images from the manuscript in which the poem is contained and a related poem by Geoffrey Chaucer, in order to argue for a more expansive understanding of speculation as a form of “close looking” allied with the “close reading” that literary scholars traditionally perform—and as such a more intellectually rigorous activity than the idle guesswork or mere supposition with which speculation is usually associated today. Arthur Bahr is Associate Professor of Literature at MIT, where he specializes in Old and Middle English literature; the structure and interpretation of medieval books; formalism(s); aesthetics; and the idea of the literary. His first book, Fragments and Assemblages: Forming Compilations of Medieval London, has recently been published by University of Chicago Press. Using compilations from fourteenth-century London as case studies, Fragments and Assemblages argues that we can productively bring comparable interpretive strategies to bear on the formal characteristics of both physical manuscripts and literary works. By situating itself at the intersection of material history and aesthetic theory, this form of manuscript studies offers insights both on the literary culture of the past and on how the past continues to mean in the present.

Sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature; Experimental Humanities Program; Medieval Studies Program
Contact: Marisa Libbon  845-758-4615
  Thursday, March 6, 2014

"Where in the World is Viktor Yanukovich??"

An info session on Ukraine ft Human Rights Watch
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  5:00 pm
Do you find yourself wondering what has happened/is happening/will continue to happen in Ukraine? The news has consistently been flooded with stories of the Ukrainian revolution and the president (? impeached? maybe? no.... viktor?) of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovich.
This is a lovely opportunity provided to you by the Russian Club and Student Government, an opportunity for you to ask questions like:
What was the political background of Ukraine before this revolution?
How was it kickstarted?
What the heck is happening with Viktor Yanukovich???
And other questions, as entry level or advanced as you'd like to ask. 

We have a lovely panel consisting of:
RACHEL DENBER- Deputy Director, Europe and Central Asia Division, HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH

OLEG MININ- Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian 

GENNADY SHKLIAREVSKY- Professor of (Russian and Soviet) History 

We are also awaiting confirmation from a member of our Human Rights faculty. 


Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program
Contact: Clayton Kaledin  518-937-1798
Download: ViktorYanukovichPoster.pdf
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dr. Julia Fein, Candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor of Eastern European/Russian/Eurasian History

Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  4:45 pm
“Inscribing Nature” presents aspects of a longer book project, Collecting Empire in Revolutionary Russia: Museums, Lives and Politics in Siberia. The book argues that regional knowledge and politics were co-produced in late imperial Siberia in a way that later served as a model for early Soviet ideas about making people and space Soviet. One of two cases in the book in which rocks play a central role in uniting or dividing people, “Inscribing Nature” describes change over time in this relationship between local knowledge and political subjectivity between approximately 1905 and 1929. As the title indicates, the talk focuses particularly on people’s inscription of political action into forests and rocks, and their endeavors to inscribe natural wonders onto their own bodies and minds. Since one of the particular episodes described in this talk spurred the direction of the author’s interests for a future project, the talk concludes with brief thoughts on a history of eating and empire in Russia/the USSR, 1905-2005.
Sponsored by: Division of Social Studies
Contact: Greg Moynahan  845-758-6822 x7296
  Monday, March 3, 2014

The Fall of Constantinople and Early Concepts of Human Rights

Nancy Bisaha, Vassar College
Hegeman 204  6:00 pm
Prof. Bisaha wrote Creating East and West: Renaissance Humanists and the Ottoman Turks (UPenn Press), which examines the ways in which humanists created an intellectual discourse depicting the Ottoman Turks as a cultural and religious other. She recently published a translation of Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini's De Europa in collaboration with Robert Brown. Bisaha is currently working on project exploring the early roots of human rights theory.

Sponsored by: Historical Studies Program
Contact: Greg Moynahan  845-758-6822 x7296
Monday, March 3, 2014

Africa Is a Country and Shifting Digital Landscapes in Media of Africa

A talk by Sean Jacobs, Assistant Professor of International Affairs, The New School
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  4:45 pm
Sean Jacobs is a founding member of blog Africa Is a Country, which is a widely-used news source and which also offers commentary on political and social affairs related to the continent of Africa and its global representation. Jacobs, who was born in South Africa, is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the inter-relationship between mass media, globalization and democracy in South Africa. He has published numerous articles in Mail & Guardian (South Africa), The Nation (United States), and The Guardian (United Kingdom) on a range of topics, from contemporary South African politics to the recent death and legacy of Nelson Mandela.
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Difference and Media Project; Experimental Humanities Program; Hannah Arendt Center
Contact: Drew THompson  845-758-6822 x4600
Thursday, February 27, 2014

"The Matriculating Indian and the Uneducable Negro: Slavery, Race and American Colleges": A Talk with Craig Steven Wilder

Campus Center, Multipurpose Room  7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Professor Wilder’s most recent book is Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013). He is also the author of In the Company of Black Men: The African Influence on African American Culture in New York City (New York: New York University Press, 2001/2004); and A Covenant with Color: Race and Social Power in Brooklyn (New York: Columbia University Press, 2000/2001). His recent articles include, “‘Driven . . . from the School of the Prophets’: The Colonizationist Ascendance at General Theological Seminary,” which was the inaugural essay in the fully digital journal New York History

Professor Wilder is a senior fellow at the Bard Prison Initiative, where he has served as a guest lecturer, commencement speaker, academic advisor, and visiting professor. For more than a decade, this innovative program has given hundreds of men and women the opportunity to acquire a college education during their incarcerations in the New York State prison system. 

He has advised and appeared in numerous historical documentaries, including the celebrated Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon film, The Central Park Five; Kelly Anderson’s highly praised exploration of gentrification, My Brooklyn; the History Channel’s F.D.R.: A Presidency Revealed; and Ric Burn’s award-winning PBS series, New York: A Documentary History.

Professor Wilder has directed or advised exhibits at regional and national museums, including the Brooklyn Historical Society, the New-York Historical Society, the Chicago History Museum, the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s BLDG 92, the New York State Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and the Weeksville Heritage Center. He was one of the original historians for the Museum of Sex in New York City, and he maintains an active public history program.

(from MIT's History Department webpage)

***Brought to you by The Difference & Media Project, with co-sponsorship from The Arendt Center, The Human Rights Project, Africana Studies, and Historical Studies at Bard College.

Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Difference and Media Project; Hannah Arendt Center; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Project
Contact: Travis Kennedy  415-269-4594
Thursday, February 20, 2014

Music, Choice, and Consequence:

Thoughts on Artistic Decision-Making in the Early 21st Century
Olin Hall  7:30 pm
A contemplation and contemporary contextualization of processes and impact of selection in music as revealed in the moral dilemma of contemporary African-American commercial music.

ANTHONY M. KELLEY BIOGRAPHYAnthony Kelley joined the Duke University music faculty in 2000 after serving as Composer-in-Residence with the Richmond Symphony for three years under a grant from Meet the Composer. His recent work (like his soundtracks for the H. Lee Waters/Tom Whiteside film "Conjuring Bearden" [2006] Dante James's film, "The Doll" [2007], Josh Gibson's "Kudzu Vine" [2011]) explores music as linked with other media, arts, and sociological phenomena. 
In 2011, Kelley was the winner of Duke's Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. 
He has served as Director of Undergraduate Studies in Duke's Department of Music since his appointment to the post in Fall, 2012.

Sponsored by: Chaplaincy; Dean of the College; Student Activities
Contact: Nicholas Lewis  845-752-4775
  Thursday, February 20, 2014

Public History Dinner and Conversation Bringing together Bard Students and History Internship Organizations

Elemendorph Inn * Red Hook  6:00 pm
Transportation provided.

Questions and RSVP to Cynthia Koch at

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Cynthia Koch  845-758-7548
  Monday, February 17, 2014

A Conversation between Photographers Paul Weinberg and Tim Davis '91

Olin, Room 102  4:45 pm – 6:15 pm
Paul Weinberg, who is currently the Senior Curator of the Visual Archives at the University of Cape Town, was a founding member of the photographic collective Afrapix, which documented firsthand South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle in the 1980s and early 1990s. Tim Davis, an Associate Professor of Photography at Bard, is a highly-acclaimed American photographer who has participated in many collective and solo exhibitions in Europe and the United States.

Photographs of speakers:Tim Davis '

Paul Weinberg
Sponsored by: Africana Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Photography Program
Contact: Drew Thompson  845-758-4600