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  Friday, December 12, 2014
Fiction II Reading
The students of Fiction II present a free public reading, introduced by Mary Caponegro.
Olin, Room 102  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Kate BickhardtEmily ClaypooleHannah ConleyEmily DeGeyterReuven Ender-ArnoldJohn IstonaParis McGarryEleanor MontgomerySean PopermhemJustin TobeyAmelia WalshNatasha Wilson-McNair
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A Medieval Visitor to Ireland
Bertelsmann Campus Center, Red Club Room 202  5:00 pm
Guest speaker Michael Staunton, Senior Lecturer in History,
University College Dublin, IrelandIn this lecture, Michael Staunton looks at medieval Ireland from the colorful and not entirely reliable perspective of a twelfth-century visitor, Gerald of Wales. A participant in the English conquest and colonization of Ireland, Gerald described a land of beauty and wonders inhabited by uncouth and savage people. Even at the time he wrote, his stories of talking werewolves and vengeful saints drew ridicule, and his portrayal of the Irish remains controversial today. Ireland was England’s first colony, and it has been said that Gerald invented a new kind of colonial discourse, which was later applied to other European colonies and their inhabitants. But Gerald’s is the earliest detailed description of Ireland and the Irish by an outsider, and for all his credulousness and prejudice, he was also a sharp observer of the natural world and society, and an energetic collector of stories and traditions. By visiting Ireland in the company of Gerald of Wales it is possible to learn much about the country and its people, and about how medieval people viewed those different to them.

Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: Medieval Studies Program
Contact: Karen Sullivan  845-758-7571
  Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A Reading by Celia Bland & Robert Kelly
Winter Music and Madonna Comix: Photographic Collaborations between Artists and Poets
Library, 2nd floor: Sussman Room  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 9th, at 5pm in the Sussman Room on the second floor of the library, Robert Kelly, Codirector of the Written Arts Program, reads from Winter Music, his collaboration with photographer Susan Quasha; and Celia Bland, International Coordinator of the Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking, reads from Madonna Comix, her collaboration with artist Dianne Kornberg.This reading takes place in conjunction with an exhibition of the art editions of Winter Music and Madonna Comix, running December 8th through January 9th in the library atrium and Sussman Room.While there are countless examples of collaborations between artists and poets, this show will focus on the punctuation of words by images/images by words—and how the two (puncturing? punctured?) processes inform one another without illustrating or defining one another.WINTER MUSIC is a collaboration between artist/photographer Susan Quasha and renowned poet Robert Kelly, published by ‘T’ Space Editions. In poems that powerfully embody the excitement of seeing a world for the first time, Kelly responds “to her body of luminous lyrical enactment, free of narrative, almost devoid of dependency on subject, let alone the human subject, and yet which well over with emotion, desire, joy in beholding. Using only the image full-formed in the camera, with no subsequent manipulation, she gives us a precious thing, a chance to see with her seeing, not just what she saw. We become the agent of her investigation into the colors of our attention.”In MADONNA COMIX (Media f8), a series of 26 prints based on 11 poems by Celia Bland, Dianne Kornberg transposes images of innocence, faith, motherhood and fire over lines from the poems and a pentimento of “Little Lulu” comics. Kornberg used Photoshop to manipulate photographs, re-assembling them to create a technique reminiscent of hand-washed etchings. In his introduction to Madonna Comix, Luc Sante wrote: “Limbs, beaks, crotches, feathers all tumble over the page. With the backing scrim of comics the effect is bottomless. What runs through these pages--words and images, violence and humor, doubt and possession—the sum of them is love.”                         
Poet and fiction writer ROBERT KELLY was educated at CCNY and Columbia. Since 1961 he has published more than fifty poetry books. Kelly has also written collections of essays, manifestos and volumes of short fiction. He has been especially interested in collaborations with artists and other poets. Kelly is the Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and Co-Director of the Program in Written Arts at Bard College. Recent books include: The Logic of the World, The Book from the Sky, Uncertainties, A Voice Full of Cities: Collected Essays. Oedipus after Colonus, The Color Mill. rk-ology.comArtist SUSAN QUASHA has worked in photography, assemblage, collage, ceramics, typography, and poetry. She has exhibited her art at The Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, The Blum Art Center and Kleinert James, among others. Quasha is the co-founder of Station Hill Press where she has been principal book designer for three decades. Quasha studied at The University of Connecticut with poet Charles Olson and did graduate work in English Literature.CELIA BLAND teaches poetry and nonfiction at Bard where she is the International Coordinator at the Institute for Writing & Thinking. She is the author of Soft Box: Poems (CavanKerry) and Madonna Comix (Media f8). Her poetry, essays, and reviews have recently appeared in Drunken Boat, Rain Taxi, American Poetry Review, Cortland Review, Narrative Review Witness, Green Mountains Review, and Lumina.DIANNE KORNBERG’s photographs and photo-based prints have been exhibited nationally and internationally and are represented in numerous collections, including the American Embassy in Belize, the Henry Art Gallery, the Houston Museum of Art, the International Center for Photography, the Princeton Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Tacoma Art Museum. Her work has been featured in several book publications including Contemporary Art in the Northwest, 100 Artists of the West Coast, and Selected Works of the Portland Art Museum. Her three monographs are: Field Notes, Photographs by Dianne Kornberg, 1992–2007; India Tigers in 2009; and Madonna Comix, a collaboration with poet Celia Bland, 2014.

Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Saturday, November 22, 2014
A Birthday Reading by Robert Kelly
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The poet Robert Kelly conducts his annual reading in honor of the birthday of his wife, the renowned translator Charlotte Mandell, at Bard Hall, November 22, 7pm.

At Bard since 1961, Kelly is Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature, the codirector of the Bard Written Arts Program, the founding director of the Writing Program of the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, and a contributing editor of Conjunctions.

Poet, fiction writer, playwright, and more, his most recent publications are Oedipus after Colonus and Other Plays (drcicerobooks) and Winter Music, texts to the photo work of Susan Quasha (T-space Editions). His collaboration with the painter Nathlie Provosty, The Color Mill, will be published Fall 2014 (Spuyten Duyvil) as will his Collected Essays, edited by Pierre Joris and Peter Cockelbergh (Contra Mundum).

His many, many other books include The Common Shore, The Loom, Kill the Messenger, Not This Island Music, The Flowers of Unceasing Coincidence, A Strange Market, Red Actions, The Time of Voice, The Garden of Distances, Lapis, Runes, Threads, May Day. Fiction: A Transparent Tree, Doctor of Silence, Cat Scratch Fever, The Queen of Terrors, and The Book from the Sky.

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Alumni/ae and Student Poetry Reading: Kimberly Lyons '81 and Sophie Strand '16
Anne Cox Chambers Alumni/ae Center  6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
In the Alumni/ae and Student Reading Series, established poets who studied at Bard return to campus to read with the up-and-coming stars of the Written Arts Program.

Kimberly Lyons’s most recent books of poetry include Calcinatio (Faux Press, 2014), Rouge (Instance Press, 2013), The Practice of Residue (Subpress, 2012), and Asterik 12 (Fewer and Further Press, 2012). She lives in New York City, where she publishes Lunar Chandelier Press.

Sophie Strand grew up in the Hudson Valley and has been writing poetry since she could hold a pen. The winner of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards' Silver and Gold Medal for poetry, she is a Written Arts major in her third year at Bard. Her interests include martyred saints, mycology, and Middle English.

This free public reading takes place at 6:30pm on Thursday, November 20, in the Anne Cox Chambers Alumni/ae Center. Cosponsored by the Written Arts Program and the Office of Alumni/ae Affairs.
Sponsored by: Bard College Alumni/ae Association; Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Monday, November 17, 2014
An Evening with Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner
The Human Rights Project at Bard College presents a public conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner to discuss Farah’s new critically acclaimed novel Hiding in Plain Sight.
Campus Center, Multipurpose Room  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
The Human Rights Project at Bard College presents a public conversation between Nuruddin Farah and Mark Danner to discuss Farah’s new critically acclaimed novel Hiding in Plain Sight. Farah, who just won a Lifetime Achievement Literary Award from the South African Literary Awards, has been hailed as “the most important African novelist to emerge in the past twenty-five years” by The New York Review of Books. This event will take place on Monday, November 17, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room of the Bertelsmann Campus Center at Bard College.

Hiding in Plain Sight is a profound exploration of the tensions between freedom and obligation, the ways gender and sexual preference define us, and the unexpected paths by which the political disrupts the personal. says, “Farah’s powerful story of a shattered family makes vivid the human repercussions of political chaos and violence.” The Washington Post writes, “A rich exploration of political and social crises . . . [and] a sensitive story about living in the shadow of grief, learning to forgive and trying to answer the question, ‘What does it mean to be Somali in this day and age?’”

Nuruddin Farah is the author of 11 previous novels, including From a Crooked Rib, Links, and his Blood in the Sun trilogy: Maps, Gifts, and Secrets. His novels have been translated into more than 20 languages. He has won numerous awards, including the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, “widely regarded as the most prestigious international literary award after the Nobel” (New York Times). Born in Baidoa, Somalia, he lives in Cape Town, South Africa, and Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he is Distinguished Professor of Literature at Bard College.

Mark Danner is a writer and reporter who for 25 years has written about politics and foreign affairs, focusing on war and conflict. He has covered, among many other stories, wars and political turmoil in Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East, and, most recently, the story of torture during the War on Terror. Among his books are Torture and the Forever War (forthcoming, 2014), Stripping Bare the Body (2009), The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War’s Buried History (2006), Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror (2004), The Road to Illegitimacy: One Reporter’s Travels through the 2000 Florida Vote Recount (2004), and The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War (1994). Danner is James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and Chancellor’s Professor of Journalism and English at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sponsored by: Human Rights Project
Contact: Julia Tinneny  215-378-2767
Monday, November 17, 2014
Insisting on Literature and Politics:
The Experience of the Palestine Festival of Literature
Yasmin El-Rifae
RKC 115  5:00 pm
Yasmin El-Rifae has worked in journalism and human rights, mostly in Egypt. She is currently writing, and living between Cairo and New York. For the past two years, she has also helped organize the Palestine Festival of Literature. An annual traveling literary festival, PalFest aims to break the siege imposed by the Israeli military occupation on cultural life in Palestine.

Cosponsored by the Literature Program, Human Rights Project and The Translation Initiative
Sponsored by: Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Dina Ramadan  845-758-6822 x7506
Thursday, November 13, 2014
The People's Court
Olin, Room 205  5:00 pm
Guest lecturer Bryan Wagner, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Disturbing the Peace: Black Culture and the Police Power After Slavery (Harvard University Press, 2009).

This lecture surveys the development of the police court in the United States during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Police courts were tribunals where mayors or court recorders resolved disputes and punished misdemeanants (including vagrants, prostitutes, and petty thieves) without recourse to formal jurisprudence. They were also sources of popular entertainment that attracted spectators who were engrossed not only by conflicts and confessions but also by the mechanics of the justice system. In this lecture, I am interested in the legal education that audiences took away from these tribunals, or in how they came to know law as theater, as prerogative, and as process. The municipal records produced by the police courts were sparse, when they were kept at all, but we have access to a rich secondary archive of sources -- satirical newspaper columns and cartoons, mock-epic poems and theatrical set-pieces, vaudeville recordings and sheet music, radio transcriptions, and courtroom anecdotes collected as folklore -- that permit us to reconstruct these proceedings in substantial and lurid detail.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Human Rights Program; Literature Program
Contact: Alex Benson  845-758-7284
  Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Faculty Seminar
Olin, Room 102  7:00 pm
Selected Late Letters of Antonin Artaud, 1945-1947Presented by Cole Heinowitz
The work of Antonin Artaud has had a profound impact on literature, performance, and the visual arts in the English-speaking world, yet much of the writing from his extremely prolific late period remains untranslated. This selection of letters from Artaud’s consummate work, Suppôts et Suppliciations, translated into English for the first time, provides readers with an arrestingly intimate view of Artaud’s final years. As Artaud himself describes them, the letters expose “the suffering body” behind his work and insist that this body is “a man and not a spirit.” Commenting on and elaborating key themes from his earlier writing, Artaud recounts his torture in asylums, his crucifixion two thousand years ago in Golgotha, his deception by occult initiates and doubles, and his intended journey to Tibet where, aided by his secret “daughters of the heart,” he will finally put an end to these “maneuvers of obscene bewitchment.” Artaud also explains his plan to rebuild the architecture of the human body, to create what he envisions as a body without organs—autonomous, absolute, and non-hierarchical—and, extending this idea to the visual arts, he argues that painting and drawing must wage ceaseless war against the limits of representation. Yet however wide-ranging the subjects these letters deal with, there is an unmistakable unity of purpose that permeates them: to resist at all costs what Artaud sees as a ubiquitous, malignant plot “to close the mouth of lucidity.”
Faculty and staff are invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. for a reception in the Olin Atrium prior to the event.

Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Julie Cerulli  845-758-7490
Monday, November 10, 2014
The Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series Presents a Reading by Steven Millhauser
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Steven Millhauser, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel Martin Dressler and such celebrated books as Edwin Mullhouse, In the Penny Arcade, The Knife Thrower, and, most recently, We Others, reads from his work November 10 in Weis Cinema at 2:30 p.m. Introduced by Bradford Morrow, the reading will be followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required.

“[We Others is] powerful . . . A book of astonishingly beautiful and moving stories by one of America’s finest and most original writers. . . . Millhauser has a fascination with moments in our lives when something inexplicable happens, when our reality collides with some other reality, while the world we had taken for granted up to that moment turns strange, and even familiar things cease to be themselves, stripping us in the process of our identities, and leaving in their place something that has no name. . . . The shock of the real, along with the shock of something that transcends it, is what he wants us to experience. Millhauser is one of the most imaginative writers we have, capable of pure invention. . . . Sublime.” —Charles Simic, The New York Review of Books

Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Rediscovering the Humanities: Humanities Advocacy in the Digital Age
The Fall Experimental Humanities Mellon Lecture
Jim Ottaway Jr. Film Center  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dr. Alan Liu, Professor, Department of English, UC Santa Barbara

How can liberal arts colleges, teachers, and students make the case for the value of the humanities to the public today? Starting with the example of the advocacy initiative that he co-founded, Alan Liu will discuss strategies of communicating the values of the humanities in today's society. A special emphasis of the talk is the promise of new digital technologies for public engagement in the humanities.

Made possible in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Sponsored by: Experimental Humanities Program; Hannah Arendt Center; Literature Program
Contact: Maria Cecire
Monday, November 3, 2014
The Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series Presents a Reading by Julia Elliott
Olin, Room 104  2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Julia Elliott, author of the fiction collection The Wilds (Tin House Books), reads from her work. Introduced by Bradford Morrow, the reading will be held in Olin 104, November 3, 2:30 p.m., and followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required.

At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend’s weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott’s debut collection, The Wilds. In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott’s language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters’ lives. Without abandoning the tenets of classic storytelling, Elliott revels in lush lyricism, dark humor, and experimental play.

Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Thousand and One Futures
Postwar Systems Theory, Cybernetic Gurus, and Postmodern Stories of the Worlds to Come
Reem-Kayden Center Room 103  5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Guest lecturer R. John Williams (Yale)

From the mid-1940s to the late-1950s, a new mode of ostensibly secular prophecy emerged from within the authoritative sphere of the American military-industrial-academic complex, spreading quickly throughout the world in technocratic and managerial organizations. This new mode of projecting forward was marked by assumptions about the inherent multiplicity of possible futures as distinct from more powerfully singular visions of “the” future. This presentation tracks the development of this  transformation in two phases: the first computational, secular, and  cybernetic, and the second, narratological, quasi-religious, and generally committed to various "oriental" philosophies.  Questions addressed will include: Is the postmodern era, as some have described it, an “end of  temporality”? Or is the postmodern narrative condition, rather, an intense multiplication of temporal experience? Is it possible that the sheer number of stories we tell ourselves about the future may not be as progressive a practice as we tend to assume it is? How did we arrive at a present with so many possible futures?
Sponsored by: American Studies Program; Asian Studies Program; Experimental Humanities Program; Japanese Program; Literature Program
Contact: Nathan Shockey  845-758-6822
Monday, October 27, 2014
Into the Woods

The Aesthetics and Ethics of Nature in Modern Japanese Poetry

RKC 103  6:00 pm – 7:45 pm

A lecture by Nicholas Albertson, Assistant Professor of Japanese, Wake Forest University

In their bold poetic experiments of the late 1890s and early 1900s, Shimazaki Tōson and other Japanese writers sought new artistic and ethical insights in “natural” environments freed from conventional poetic allusions. By immersing themselves in unspoiled forest, mountain, and seashore landscapes, these poets found new ideals of “nature” entangled with Romantic ideals of poetic genius. But did these wandering poets sense the dangers in holding up nature as simultaneously safely beyond civilization and harmonious with civilization? Looking ahead to films such as Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, we can question the ethical implications of a belief that nature can purify us both aesthetically and chemically.

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Asian Studies Program; Environmental and Urban Studies Program
Contact: Mika Endo  845-758-7809
  Monday, October 20, 2014 – Friday, December 5, 2014
The Infernal Desire Machine of Angela Carter
Selections from the Bradford Morrow Collection
Stevenson Library Atrium  8:30 am – 10:00 pm
This exhibition of rare first editions, inscribed copies, Angela Carter's own annotated and childhood books, and other bibliophilic pleasures for the Carter fan will run through Friday, December 5, in the Stevenson Library Atrium.The opening reception is Monday, October 27th, 4:30–6:00 p.m.*
Angela Carter (1940–1992) was one of the most prolific and innovative writers of her time. In his introduction to her collected stories, Burning Your Boats, Carter’s friend Salman Rushdie deemed her work “by turns formal and outrageous, exotic and demotic, exquisite and coarse, precious and raunchy, fabulist and socialist, purple and black.”

Born Angela Olive Stalker, she was raised in Yorkshire, England and attended high school in south London where she began writing at an early age, first as a journalist and soon thereafter as a fiction writer, essayist, translator, and dramatist. Indeed, her first book, Unicorn, was published as a mimeographed pamphlet just after Carter’s sixteenth birthday in May, 1966.  

Among her best-known works are Fireworks: Nine Profane Pieces (written while she lived in Japan), The Magic Toyshop, Love, Nights at the Circus, Wise Children, Black Venus (published in America as Saints and Strangers), the groundbreaking study The Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of Pornography, and her masterpiece The Bloody Chamber.

A pioneering feminist writer and brilliant reinventor of classic fables and fairy tales, Angela Carter, whose untimely death of lung cancer cut short a burgeoning career, is now widely considered one of the most influential British authors of the second half of the twentieth century.
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
A Reading of Sappho’s Poetry by Anne Carson, Robert Currie, Nick Flynn, and Sam Anderson
Olin Auditorium  6:00 pm
Bracko presents the lyric poetry of Sappho, the ancient Greek poet known to many English-speaking readers through Anne Carson’s translation If Not, Winter. In addition to welcoming Sappho’s most distinguished translator to Bard, the event celebrates an extraordinary moment in the history of Sappho’s poetry. Sappho, whose bittersweet poetry on love, longing, and loss has survived the millennia in tantalizing fragments, made headlines in the international press this year because of the rare discovery of two previously unknown poems.

Anne Carson, a classics scholar, poet, essayist, critic, and translator, has won international acclaim across genres. Named a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow in 2000, Carson has published 18 books that defy traditional literary genres—merging poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, and translation. Born in Canada, she teaches ancient Greek and is currently Visiting Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College. Robert Currie is an artist working in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and New York City. An award-winning American writer, playwright, and poet, Nick Flynn has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a caseworker with homeless adults. His most recent book is The Reenactments. A professor in the creative writing program at the University of Houston, he splits his time between Houston and Brooklyn. Sam Anderson is an American book reviewer and author. He is the critic at large for The New York Times Magazine, and was previously a book critic at New York Magazine. In 2007 he received the Balakian Award for
Excellence in Criticism from the National Book Critics Circle.

Bracko is the closing event of a full-day colloquium, Sappho: New Voices, that will be hosted at Bard College on October 18. The colloquium brings together a panel of experts to lead one of the first public discussions of this important new find of Sappho’s poetry, reevaluating the context, meaning, and implications of Sappho’s poetry and her literary world. The full program of talks, which will be held in Olin 204 and is also free and open to the public, can be found here:

Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: Classical Studies Program
Contact: Lauren Curtis  845-758-7282
  Saturday, October 18, 2014
Sappho: New Voices
Olin, Room 204  10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Presented by the Bard College Classical Studies Program and sponsored by James H. Ottaway Jr.

Bard's Classical Studies Program will host a day-long colloquium on the ancient Greek poet Sappho in light of the extraordinary discovery this year of two previously unknown poems. The colloquium will bring together a panel of experts to lead one of the first public discussions of this important new find, reevaluating the context, meaning and implications of Sappho's poetry and her literary world. 

Program: 10am: Introduction: Lauren Curtis (Bard College) and Robert Cioffi (Bard College)10.45-12.15: Session 1: Gender and PerformanceTimothy Power (Rutgers University): "Performance Scenarios for the New Poems of Sappho"Melissa Mueller (University of Massachusetts Amherst): "Recentering Epic Nostos: Gender and Genre in the Brothers Poem"

12.15-1.30: Lunch break1.30-3: Session 2: Sappho and Society  Kurt Raaflaub (Brown University): "A High-class Trader, Courtesan, and Poetess, a Tyrant, and Archaic Greek-Eastern Interaction”Deborah Boedeker (Brown University): "Hera and Now"3-3.30: Coffee break3.30-5: Session 3: Religious PoeticsTimothy Barnes (Princeton University): "Sappho's daimon: a Reading of the Fourth Stanza"Albert Henrichs (Harvard University): “What’s in a Prayer? Sappho’s Way with Words"5-5.30: Round table discussionEvening performance: 6pm, Olin AuditoriumBracko: A reading of Sappho by Anne Carson, Robert Currie, Nick Flynn, and Sam Anderson.
Sponsored by: Classical Studies Program
Contact: Lauren Curtis  845-758-7282
Friday, October 17, 2014
Reading by Carey Harrison
Novelist and playwright Carey Harrison reads from his new novel, Who Was That Lady?
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Who Was That Lady? is the very song of the world. I feel in reading this that the author has set inside it not a world, but the world. If aliens were to come and land on our planet and hope to decipher it, this would be the book you could give them that would be the closest to a guide, or place from which to begin." —John Kellar
Carey Harrison ( is the author of eleven novels and close to two hundred plays, scripts and screenplays for the stage, film, radio, and television, more than a hundred of these recorded by the BBC, including seventeen hours of Masterpiece Theater. His many honors include a Booker Prize nomination, the UK Society of Authors' Encore Award, the WorldPlay Award, and the Best Play award from the Berlin Academy of the Arts. Harrison teaches at CUNY-Brooklyn and is the son of actors Sir Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer.***The reading will take place October 17 at 5 p.m. in Bard Hall, and will be introduced by Robert Kelly, Bard's Asher B. Edelman Professor of Literature and the codirector of the Bard Written Arts program. Free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations required.
Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Friday, October 3, 2014
Neil Gaiman in Conversation with Audrey Niffenegger
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater  7:30 pm
In the second in a regular series of conversations hosted by Bard professor Neil Gaiman, best-selling author and artist Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife) discusses time travel, Doctor Who, graveyards, taxidermy, graphic novels, pictures, books, and long-distance romance.
Sponsored by: Live Arts Bard
Contact: 845-758-7900
Monday, September 15, 2014
A Reading by Joseph O'Neill
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Joseph O'Neill, Bard's Distinguished Visiting Professor of Written Arts and the author of the PEN/Faulkner Award–winning Netherland, reads from his new novel, The Dog.

Books will be available for sale and author signing via Oblong Books & Music. To purchase or preorder a copy, visit

“Pitch-perfect prose . . . Clever, witty, and profoundly insightful, this is a beautifully crafted narrative about a man undone by a soulless society.” —Publishers Weekly starred review

“Shades of Kafka and Conrad permeate O’Neill’s thoughtful modern fable of exile, a sad story that comments darkly on the human condition and refuses bravely to trade on the success of Netherland.” —Kirkus Reviews starred review

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Exhibition Opening Reception: Madonna Comix: The Printer's Proofs
Charles P. Stevenson Jr. Library  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Please join us Thursday, August 14, at the Charles Stevenson Library for an opening reception for Madonna Comix: An Exhibition of the Printer's Proofs.
Contact: Celia Bland  845-758-7544
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Christopher Sorrentino Reading
Reem-Kayden Center Room 102  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Christopher Sorrentino, candidate for a fiction position in the Written Arts program, reads from his work.

Christopher Sorrentino's books include Believeniks! (with Jonathan Lethem, pseudonymously) (Doubleday), Death Wish (Soft Skull), Sound on Sound (Dalkey), the National Book Award finalist Trance (FSG), American Tempura (Nothing Moments), and the forthcoming The Fugitives (Simon & Schuster). His numerous periodical publications include Conjunctions, BOMB, Harper's, Esquire, Fence, Tin House, and The Brooklyn Rail. The recipient of fellowships from the Lannan Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts, among other honors, he is an editorial board member for The Literary Review and the founding curator of the "Home and Other Dislocations" series.

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Andrew Altschul Reading
Reem-Kayden Center Room 102  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Andrew Altschul, candidate for a fiction position in the Written Arts program, reads from his work.

Andrew Altschul is the author of two novels, Deus Ex Machina (Counterpoint) and Lady Lazarus (Harcourt). His work has appeared or is forthcoming in such anthologies as Best American Nonrequired Reading, O. Henry Prize Stories, and Best New American Voices; and in journals including Ploughshares, Esquire, StoryQuarterly, Fence, and One Story. He is a contributing editor at ZYZZYVA and fiction editor at The Rumpus.

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Monday, July 21, 2014
Porochista Khakpour Reading
Reem-Kayden Center Room 102  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Porochista Khakpour, candidate for a fiction position in the Written Arts program, reads from her work.

Porochista Khakpour's first novel, Sons and Other Flammable Objects (Grove/Atlantic) received the California Book Award and was a New York Times "Editor's Choice" and Chicago Tribune "Fall's Best" selection. In a starred review, Kirkus called her forthcoming second book, The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury), "an audaciously ambitious novel that teeters along a tightrope but never falls off." Her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Harper's, Guernica, The Los Angeles Times, The Village Voice, and elsewhere.

This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Conjunctions at the 10th Annual Hudson Valley Literary Festival

An indie book/magazine fair and readings by Lydia Davis, Joan Retallack, and others.

Hudson, NY  11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Don't miss the Literary Magazine & Small Press Book Fair happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Hudson Opera House (327 Warren Street). Hundreds of books and magazines published by regional and national independent literary publishers will be on sale, with many publishers there to meet & greet—including Conjunctions!

Shoppers can discover hundreds of literary publications they would never see in a single store and take advantage of the bargain prices—most journals will be $2/ea., and most books $4/ea. Yup.

And at 5pm, the Marianne Courville Gallery (341-1/2 Warren St) hosts readings by Lydia Davis, Joan Retallack, Nick Flynn, and Leslie Jamison, with book signing and reception to follow. An incredible opportunity for an intimate event with these literary luminaries!

[Note that the book-arts workshop referenced in the attached flier has been canceled.]

Sponsored by: Council of Literary Magazines & Presses, the Hudson Opera House, and Hudson Wine Merchants
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Download: Hudson press release FY14.pdf
  Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Thursday, May 15, 2014
Written Arts Project Readings
Graduating students in the Written Arts Program give ten-minute readings from their senior projects.
Olin, Room 102  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Please join us in the Olin Art History Room to hear Bard Written Arts students—fiction writers, poets, memoirists, graphic novelists, digital writers, and more—present brief excerpts from their thesis work.

For the final night, Thursday 05/15, we're delighted to present Jennifer Schwartz, Allie Shyer, Hannah Khalifeh, Jeff Giering, Sarah Alpert, Joe Cotsirilos, Sam Prince, and Maggie Vicknair.

All are welcome!

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Thursday, May 8, 2014
A Reading, featuring Tao Lin, Mira Gonzalez, Willis Plummer, and O.K. Schwarz
Ward Manor  8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Readings of prose and poetry presented by Bard Free Press, Entertainment Committee, and Lux Literary Magazine
Contact: Lucas L Opgenorth  541-941-5902
Friday, May 2, 2014
Bard Fiction Prize Winners Benjamin Hale and Bennett Sims Read from Their Work in Conjunctions
Oblong Books, Rhinebeck  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
“Benjamin Hale’s exuberant début, [The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore], is the bildungsroman of Bruno, a chimp ... who forsakes his animalhood. [The author’s] relish for his subject, and his subject’s relish for language, never flags.” —New Yorker

“[Bennett Sims’s A Questionable Shape] is the smartest zombie novel since Colson Whitehead’s Zone One.” —Washington Post

Conjunctions is one of the very best literary magazines in North America. If you like good reading that’s also provocative and original, naturally you would be reading Conjunctions.” —Joyce Carol Oates

Sponsored by: Conjunctions
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Friday, May 2, 2014
Bard Big Read Final Performance
Choreographed by Bard Professor Jean Churchill
Fisher Center, parliament of reality  The Big Read's final performance, created by Bard Professor of Dance Jean Churchill, celebrates Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping.  Joined by student performers, Churchill's piece is inspired by Robinson's landscape, characters, and language.  Reception at parliament of reality immediately following.
Monday, April 28, 2014
Alien Therapy: Nordic Larp in a Contemporary Art Context
Johanna Koljonen & Bjarke Pedersen
Preston 110  5:00 pm
Nordic Larp is a progressive variant of live role-playing practice that originated in the Nordic countries but today influences game design and performance across the globe. Nordic larpers build detailed, alternative worlds and simulate fictional societies in a wide range of genres, often for multi-day spans of time, with a high level of narrative, aesthetic and political ambition. Nordic larps have authors, but they are a fundamentally co-creative art form, whose performance strategies and production methodologies are generating enormous interest within the contemporary art community.

Larp theorist and critic Johanna Koljonen will give an introduction to the form through brief case studies of larps set in New York in the early years of the AIDS crisis, on a spaceship in the Battlestar Galactica universe, and in Hamlet's Elsinore.

In the second part of the talk, game designer Bjarke Pedersen will speak of his ongoing collaboration with American artist Brody Condon, who has worked with Nordic Larp designers since 2008. He will show documentation and footage from works employing larp elements.

Sponsored by: Art History Program; Bard Theater and Performance Program; Experimental Humanities Program
Contact: Maria Cecire
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
My Name Is Ruth
An Evening with Bard Big Read and Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater  7:00 pm
Excerpts from Housekeeping, by Pulitzer Prize–winning author Marilynne Robinson will be read by Neil Gaiman, Nicole Quinn, and Mary Caponegro. Discussion and remarks with Bard professors Deirdre d'Albertis and Wyatt Mason.

Sponsored by: Fisher Center; Hannah Arendt Center
Contact: 845-758-7900
  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, April 10, 2014
Rikki Ducornet Reading
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Written Arts program presents a reading by Rikki Ducornet (Bard '64). A poet, fiction writer, and visual artist, Ducornet's many books include the recent novels Netsuke (Coffee House Press), Gazelle (Alfred A. Knopf), The Fan-Maker's Inquisition (Henry Holt), and Phosphor in Dreamland (Dalkey Archive Press).

Netsuke comes at the summit of Rikki Ducornet’s passionate, caring, and accomplished career. Its readers will pick up pages of painful beauty and calamitous memory, and their focus will be like a burning glass; its examination of a ruinous sexual life is as delicate and sharp as a surgeon’s knife.” —WILLIAM GASS

Sponsored by: Written Arts Program
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
Monday, April 7, 2014
Rebecca Mead Reading
A Reading and Discussion of Her Book My Life In Middlemarch
RKC 103  4:45 pm – 5:45 pm
"A stylish meditation," My Life In Middlemarch, is "a personal reflection on Eliot's masterpiece and the meanings it's had for Rebecca Mead, a British journalist living in New York City. . . . Mead is determined to make the novel that Virginia Woolf famously described as "one of the few English novels written for grown-up people" accessible again, to a culture whose definition of maturity has altered over the 150 years since Middlemarch was published. Eliot subtitled her book "A Study of Provincial Life", and its interest in ordinary lives is paralleled by Mead's interest in ordinary readers, the novel's wide perspective that, Mead contends, "makes Middlemarchers of us all". —The GuardianRebecca Mead was educated at Oxford and NYU, and is a staff writer at the New Yorker. She is the author of My Life in Middlemarch (Crown, 2014). She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.
Sponsored by: Italian Studies Program; Literature Program
Contact: Joseph Luzzi  845-758-7150
Monday, April 7, 2014
Michael Cunningham Reading
Olin Auditorium  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
The Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series presents a free public reading by novelist Michael Cunningham, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Hours. Introduced by Bradford Morrow; followed by a Q&A and book signing. No tickets or reservations are required.
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Friday, April 4, 2014
The Translation Symposium at Bard College
Morning: Aspinwall 302 / Afternoon: RKC 103  9:00 am – 6:00 pm

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Student Workshop in Aspinwall 302

      Panelists include: Eugene Bata Daniel Krakovski Robert Isaf Melanie Mignucci Courtney Morris Yuko Okamura Christopher Shea Alissa Rubin Melissa Weaver
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Faculty Workshop in RKC 103

      Panelists include: Thomas Bartshcerer Jonathan Brent Peter Filkins Susan Gillespie Wyatt Mason Justus Rosenberg Olga Voronina
Sponsored by: Asian Studies Program; Dean of the College; Division of Languages and Literature; German Studies Program; Literature Program; Russian/Eurasian Studies Program; Spanish Studies; Translation and Translatability Initiative
Contact: Olga Voronina  845-758-7391
Friday, April 4, 2014
Neil Gaiman in conversation with Art Spiegelman
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Stage  “Art Spiegelman has almost single-handedly brought comic books out of the toy closet and onto the literature shelves.”—LA Weekly

Neil Gaiman and celebrated cartoonist Art Spiegelman (Putlitzer Prize for Maus) talk about cartooning and writing, working across artistic mediums, friendship, identity, and more.

Rare Opportunity: Dine with the Artists
Sponsored by: ; Live Arts Bard
Contact: Fisher Center
  Thursday, April 3, 2014
The John Ashbery Poetry Series presents Brenda Coultas & Ann Lauterbach
Introduced by Michael Ives
Bard Hall, Bard College Campus  6:00 pm
Brenda Coultas's most recent collection, The Tatters, has just been published by Wesleyan University Press. Her other books include The Marvelous Bones of Time, A Handmade Museum, and Early Films. She teaches at Touro College and has served on the faculty of Naropa University's Summer Writing Program. She lives in New York City and in Woodstock.

Ann Lauterbach's ninth book of poems, Under the Sign, was published in fall 2013 by Penguin. An earlier volume, And for Example, will appear this spring in a Spanish translation, and her journal, Saint Petersburg Notebook, will come out in the fall from Omnidawn. She is the David and Ruth Schwab Professor of Languages and Literature and co-chair of Writing in the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard.

Open to the public and free of charge.

Contact: Gillian Brundrett  845-758-7887
Thursday, April 3, 2014
A Cultural History of Data Visualization; or, The Long Arc of Visual Display
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  5:00 pm
A lecture by Lauren Klein, Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology

We live in what's been called the "golden age" of data visualization, and yet, the graphical display of quantitative information has a long history, one that dates to the Enlightenment and arguably before. This talk will explore the origins and applications (both historical and contemporary) of data visualization techniques, locating the emergence of the visualizing impulse in eighteenth-century ideas about data, evidence, and observation. By illuminating these ideas at work in examples past and present, I will show how we can begin to identify the arguments—political as much as aesthetic—that underlie all instances of visual display. In so doing, I will also demonstrate how the digital humanities, through the incorporation of ideas from the fields of media studies, information visualization, and the history of science, might be expanded to consider how data might be conceptualized, visualized, and deployed in order to advance humanistic critique.
Sponsored by: Computer Science Program; Division of Languages and Literature; Experimental Humanities Program; Science, Technology, and Society Program
Contact: Maria Cecire
Monday, March 31, 2014
D. T. Max Reading
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  2:30 pm – 4:00 pm
The Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series presents a reading by the author of the New York Times bestselling biography Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life of David Foster Wallace. Introduced by Bradford Morrow; followed by a Q&A. Free and open to the public; no tickets required.
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Saturday, March 15, 2014 – Friday, May 2, 2014
Celebrate Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson During The Big Read
Local Communities  The Big Read takes place in Germantown, Kingston, Red Hook, Rhinecliff, and Tivoli, and will focus on Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson. Activities will take place from March 15 to May 2, 2014.

Events are planned throughout the Hudson Valley at businesses, libraries, schools, and homes with community events, performances, talks, and book groups. Book clubs are encouraged to participate.

The Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) managed by Arts Midwest, is designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. Bard College is one of 77 nonprofit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project this academic year.

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Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement
Contact: Erin Cannan  845-758-7453

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  Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Chuck Stein: Reading from a New Translation of Homer
Olin, Room 202  6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Poet and Translator Chuck Stein will read from his new version of Homer's "Iliad" and "Odyssey," and discuss the art of translating Greek epic poetry.
Sponsored by: Classical Studies Program
Contact: James Romm  845-758-7283
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Triple Canopy IRL: A Conversation with Molly Kleiman and Peter J. Russo
Olin, Room 102  6:00 pm
Triple Canopy editors Molly Kleiman and Peter J. Russo will present the magazine’s new publishing platform and discuss the work of composing and contextualizing Web-based artistic, literary, and critical projects. The new platform aims to articulate and enrich the relationships between writing code and reading prose, between digital interfaces and printed pages, between social media and public space. Conceived collectively and developed over the better part of a year, the redesign also reflects Triple Canopy’s commitment to thoughtful interaction with artists and writers, and the magazine’s mission to create immersive reading and viewing experiences online.

Triple Canopy’s editors will give an overview of the magazine’s history, working methods, and the particulars of the redesign and then present a more detailed look at the way in which specific artistic and literary projects have been conceived, edited, and designed in collaboration with contributors. This presentation will be followed by an open discussion of artistic production, alternative publishing models, and digital technologies.
Sponsored by: Art History Program; Experimental Humanities Program; Literature Program
Contact: Maria Cecire  845-758-7697
  Monday, March 10, 2014
Columbia Publishing Course Information Session
Campus Center, Red Room 202  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Interested in publishing? Shaye Areheart, Director of the Columbia Publishing Course, will visit Bard to discuss the Columbia program, as well as careers in publishing.
When: Monday, March 10, 3:00 p.m.
Where: Campus Center 202, Red Room
Shaye is former V.P. & Publisher of Harmony Books and Shaye Areheart Books (Random House), and learn about the multitude of career options available in book, magazine, and digital media publishing.Attendees will learn about the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism's Columbia Publishing Course, an intensive 6-week preparatory introduction to all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. At CPC students learn directly from leaders in the industry--writers, editors, publishers, design directors, illustrators, advertising experts, and publicists, to name a few. Geared to recent college graduates and culminating in a job fair, the course also includes extensive preparation for the job market. Recent graduates have landed at Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic, St. Martins Press,, Glamour, Buzzfeed, and

Event sponsored by: Division of Languages and Literature, Literature Program, Written Arts Program, and Career Development Office
Sponsored by: Career Development Office; Division of Languages and Literature; Literature Program; Written Arts Program
Contact: Career Development Office  845-758-7137
  Monday, March 10, 2014
Colors through the Darkness: Three Generations Paint and Write for Justice
Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium  1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Raquel Partnoy, Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria.

During the years of military rule in Argentina in the 1970s, Alicia Partnoy was a young student who, along with her husband and thousands of others like them, was “disappeared.”  For five months, she was held in a clandestine prison by government forces for daring to argue for social equality and human rights. Her 18-month-old daughter Ruth was fortunate to have been found by her grandparents and raised by Raquel and her husband until Alicia’s release.  Alicia was one of the few survivors of this kind of brutal detention, and after two and a half additional years in jail, she was expelled from the country and admitted as a refugee in the United States with her daughter. Her parents later followed, and together they rebuilt their lives in Washington DC.

Raquel, Alicia and Ruth have made use of literature, poetry and visual art to process their traumatic personal experiences, as well as to raise awareness about human rights abuses in Argentina and other places in the world. The paintings of visual artist Raquel Partnoy are a call to action on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves. Alicia Partnoy’s 1982 book The Little School was the first testimonial written in English, describing in detail an Argentine secret detention center. It is still widely read and taught today and it was presented as evidence in the recent trials against the genocide perpetrators. Ruth Irupé Sanabria’s book The Strange House Testifies (2009) is the first book to poetically document the Argentinian genocide from a child’s point of view.

Raquel Partnoy, Alicia Partnoy and Ruth Irupé Sanabria will share their art, writing, memories and commentary on the continuing struggles for justice in Argentina.  They will discuss their conviction that active engagement and resistance through creative expression is worth the effort and the risk, providing the possibility of countering destructive violence with creative works that benefit society as a whole.

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Hannah Arendt Center; Human Rights Program; LAIS Program; Spanish Studies
Contact: Nicole Caso  845-758-6822
  Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A Broken Set of Dickens
A Faculty Seminar Presented by Bradford Morrow
Olin, Room 102  7:00 pm
“My lifelong obsession with books began not because I grew up in a family of book lovers or because I had access to an intellectually stimulating private library or my father was an English professor or my mother was a poet. No, it had to do with deprivation.”

These are the opening lines of Bradford Morrow’s lecture on the making of a bibliophile. Delivered as the keynote address at the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar last year, “A Broken Set of Dickens” explores the myriad ways in which people interact with books. Morrow traces his personal journey, begun in boyhood, from furtively reading an off-limits copy of Bleak House taken from his mother’s mantelpiece set to handling a fifteenth-century edition of Boethius’s De consolatione philosophiæ in college to becoming, in his twenties, a noted rare bookseller and then a bibliographer, restoration binder, editor, publisher, critic, poet, novelist, children’s book writer, essayist, and professor.

This talk also appears as a chapter of Professor Morrow’s collection in progress, Meditations on a Shadow, which includes his essay “My Willa Cather,” delivered as the keynote address at the 2009 Willa Cather International Symposium at the Chicago Public Library and the following year at Bard.

Please join us at 6:30pm for a reception prior to the event in the Olin Atrium.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Julie Cerulli  845-758-7490
Monday, March 3, 2014
POSTPONED Amy Hempel Reading
Olin Auditorium  4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
This event has been postponed to 2:30pm on Monday, March 10, in Weis Cinema.

The Innovative Contemporary Fiction Reading Series presents a free public reading by acclaimed short-story writer Amy Hempel. Introduced by Bradford Morrow; followed by a Q&A. No tickets or reservations are required.
Contact: Micaela Morrissette  845-758-7054
  Thursday, February 13, 2014
POSTPONED: Candidate for the Position in American Literature
Alex Benson
Olin, Room 205  5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
This event has been postponed due to inclement weather. It will now take place on Wednesday, February 19, 5–6 p.m. in Olin, Room 204.

Scarlet Letters: Graphic Particularity from Hester to Harjo
In 1854 Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote that he did “abhore an Indian story.” But by tracing the lines of influence that connect The Scarlet Letter to John Oskison’s Indian Territory fiction, this talk shows the relevance of the politics of indigenous representation to Hawthorne’s work. I pay particular attention to each author’s interest in symbolic media other than the Latin alphabet, including branding irons and the Cherokee syllabary invented by Sequoyah in the 1820s. Such peripheral signifying systems are in fact, I argue, central to how American writers in the long nineteenth century imagine the relationship between aesthetic form and cultural formation. The talk will situate this argument within the larger project from which it is drawn, a book project on orality and transcription in American literature and anthropology.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Eric trudel  845-758-7860
Monday, February 3, 2014 – Sunday, March 16, 2014
Submit to Bard Papers
All Students and Faculty Encouraged to Submit Work for 2014 Issue
Bard College Campus  Bard Papers is a literary and arts journal distributed annually that draws submissions from undergraduate students and faculty at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. The print edition that celebrated it’s 40th year of publication in 2013 is accompanied by a digital archive at

Visual submission, including photography, film and all studio arts as well as written and musical will be accepted for anonymous review. All mediums accepted for review. Please limit submissions to 5 pieces per artist/author. Submissions may be emailed to
Contact: Bard Papers  678-793-7254
  Wednesday, January 29, 2014
“Displeas’d ambitious TONGUE”: Lingua and Lingual Multiplicity in Seventeenth Century England
A Faculty Seminar Presented by Lianne Habinek
7:00 pm
Though Thomas Tomkis’ early 17th-century academic play Lingua, Or, The Combat of the Tongue, and the five Senses, for Superiority bills itself as “a pleasant comedy” that has “taught severe Philosophy to smile,” its chief conflicts involve civil war amongst the five senses in the land of Microcosmus and the serious revenge of the “half-sense” of language upon the other five. The play’s central and controversial figure is Lingua, a woman, who represents alternately speech (or, more broadly, discourse) and the tongue itself, and who desires to be numbered among the other (male) senses.

The key questions facing the reader of Lingua are two-fold: first, what is Lingua actually meant to represent, both from anatomical and allegorical standpoints; and second, what does such a characterization of the tongue as an effective agent of chaos reveal about the connection between body parts and senses on a broader scale? Lingua demonstrates the crucial role of language in either forging or destroying the connections amongst the senses, and between the senses and the intellect. Tomkis employs anatomical knowledge to make a critical point: that the double (or more) nature of the tongue allows Lingua to do what the other Senses cannot, namely, to parse information selectively, and that this ability poses a threat to an established sensory order. On an allegorical level, the play engages with contemporary English literary, medical, and philosophical theories about the tongue and its part in creating discourse to suggest that certain types of knowledge offer an alternative to dominant modes of accessing information about the world.

Please join us at 6:30pm for a reception prior to the event in the Olin Atrium.
Sponsored by: Dean of the College
Contact: Julie Cerulli  845-758-7490