The course of study offered by Bard’s Literature Program provides students with the knowledge, the tools, and the confidence needed to interpret, to question, and ultimately to transform the systems of meaning-making that have constructed the world as we know it. As a faculty, and as a scholarly and creative community, we affirm these commitments to our students: to foster open dialogue about the history of literary studies at the College, in the U.S., and throughout the world; to aid and encourage all efforts to redress systemic injustices and to effect meaningful change; and to model the ethos of mutual trust, care, and respect needed to undertake such risks and to sustain the honest self-scrutiny they demand.
In addition to our ongoing work to enhance the diversity and accessibility of our classes, our pedagogy, and our curriculum, the Literature Program is spearheading several targeted initiatives to which all members of the community are invited to contribute. Please contact the Literature Program [email protected] for more information.
In the spirit of truth and equity, it is with gratitude and humility that we acknowledge that we are gathered on the sacred homelands of the Munsee and Muhheaconneok people, who are the original stewards of the land. Today, due to forced removal, the community resides in Northeast Wisconsin and is known as the Stockbridge-Munsee Community. We honor and pay respect to their ancestors past and present, as well as to future generations, and we recognize their continuing presence in their homelands. We understand that our acknowledgment requires those of us who are settlers to recognize our own place in and responsibilities toward addressing inequity, and that this ongoing and challenging work requires that we commit to real engagement with the Munsee and Mohican communities to build an inclusive and equitable space for all.
This land acknowledgement, adopted in 2020, required establishing and maintaining long-term, and evolving, relationships with the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. The Mellon Foundation's 2022 Humanities for All Times grant for “Rethinking Place: Bard-on-Mahicantuck” offers three years of support for developing a land acknowledgment–based curriculum, public-facing Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) programming, and efforts to support the work of emerging NAIS scholars and tribally enrolled artists at Bard.