Nov 202014
An African Election by Jarreth Merz

Come join the Election@Bard Initiative and Bard Documentary Group for a political documentary that chronicles the 2008 Presidential Elections in Ghana. We will look behind-the-scenes at the complex political electioneering and how this country has struggled for democracy. Come join us for an intriguing and informative film screening.

Nov 172014

Bard senior & voting activist Jonian Rafti will be speaking on a panel at the Andrew Goodman Foundation Hidden Heroes Awards Ceremony, where film director Steve McQueen will accept the 2014 award. John Quiñones, ABC News Correspondent, will lead a panel discussion with: Civil rights visionaries: John Lewis (US Congressman from Georgia); Bob Moses (SNCC); Andrew Young (SCLC); Myrlie Evers (NAACP) and Dave Dennis (CORE) Millennials: Suprita Datta (AGF Fellow for Social Change); Jonian Rafti (AGF Vote Everywhere Ambassador); Nadia Owusu (AGF Millennial Advisory Committee Member) and Dante Barry (Activist and CEO, Million Hoodies) AGF President David Goodman, brother of … Read More

Nov 072014
Conceptual Artist Ralph Lemon Comes to Bard!

Ralph Lemon will be coming to Bard on November 11th (Tuesday) and giving a lecture in the Bito Auditorium (RKC 103) from 7-9:30 PM. The Lecture has been co-sponsored by the CCE, Political Studies, American Studies, Historical Studies, Theater and Performance Program, Africana Studies, Sociology, and the Division of Social Studies. Ralph Lemon described what he aims to do in this event: “[This will be] 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 … Read More

Oct 202014

On Thursday (23rd October), Keith Reeves, Associate Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, will be presenting a paper: “Ain’t Scared of Your Jails: How Black Male Incarceration is Undermining the Gains of Civil Rights” This talk is the second of a series this semester on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. It will be followed in the evening by a panel discussion of mass incarceration. I hope that you will be able to join us – and that you can publicize this with your students. The talk will be taken from a chapter in Reeves’s forthcoming book, The Declining Significance of Black … Read More

Sep 252014

Life takes grit. From the smallest organisms surviving in the void of space to the bravest children growing up in abject poverty… from the boxing ring to the surgical table and back, the tenacity of life is unassailable! TEDxGramercy brings together a group of leading thinkers and doers across disciplines for a riveting journey to explore grit. What is this resiliency within us all? Does it know limits, or are the possibilities truly unbound? The event link: Link to purchase tickets: The theme of the event is: Grit Event Date: Saturday, September 27th Event Time: Show starts 5:00pm Show up … Read More

Sep 252014
Meet and Greet Local Candidates

Join us for a candidate meet and greet, reception, and Q&A session. Meet candidate for Congress Sean Eldridge (D), candidate for NYS Senate Sue Serino (R), and candidates for NYS Assembly Kevin Cahill (D) and Kevin Roberts (R). Note: Representative Terry Gipson (D) will not be joining us. For more information e-mail, or visit

Sep 222014
CAA Winner Psychology Panel

Community Action Award winner Helena Wippick worked at the Yale University Cognition and Development lab. She will be hosting a panel so students can learn about the various kinds of research and internship opportunities available to them in the field.

Sep 222014

Apply to be a Campaign Organizer: 2 years of action for our environment, our democracy, our future.  My name is Sean Foran and I’m working to get big money out of politics with U.S. PIRG. U.S. PIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, and we’re hiring! To learn more and apply, visit Our early application deadline is October 5th. The Public Interest Network, which includes Environment America, PIRG and other groups, is hiring graduating seniors to join our team of 50 campaign organizers working all across the country. It’s a two-year program designed to give you a chance to make a difference on some … Read More

Sep 222014
In the News: Ebola

The Bard Center for Civic Engagement and Bard Human Rights Project present a panel “In the News: Ebola,” featuring Bard Professors Diana Brown, Helen Epstein, Peter Rosenblum, and Cary Institute Scientist Barbara Han and moderated by Anthropology major Sophie Lazar ’15. The panel is scheduled for Wednesday, September 24 at 7:00 pm, Olin Humanities Building room 102 on Bard’s Campus. The panel will address the biological, regional, and political issues of the current Ebola crisis in West Africa. For more information, go to The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated the latest Ebola outbreak a “public health emergency of international … Read More