Now at Bard LLI

SummerFest is almost here! 
Click here to view the complete SummerFest catalog in ProClass!   In ProClass you can add interesting courses to your SummerFest Wishlist and plan ahead for June. If you would like to see the webpage catalog or print an index of SummerFest courses for your refrigerator click here. If you have questions about how to do things in ProClass, click here for our newest (and very short) training videos.
Apply for Bard LLI membership now for our 2021-2022 year! (Secret: no need to wait!)
Click here for basic instructions on applying for Bard LLI membership.  The new year begins on July 1st.
Already a Bard LLI member?  Click here for instructions on renewing your LLI membership for next year.
Help! How do I join a Zoom meeting? 
Click here for basic instructions on attending Zoom meetings.  And here is a brand new guide from a brand new LLI member with Zoom 101 tips for PC, Mac, iPad and tablet users.
Tired of the world looking at your forehead or your ceiling?  Here is a great guide to finding the best lighting and camera angles for Zoom meetings.  And a new page of Zoom tips from LLI members!

For more information, see the Bard College COVID-19 page.  The page is updated frequently and includes the most recent information available. Bard has issued notice that the campus is closed to any person who does not live, work, or study at Bard, until further notice.

Looking Ahead: LLI is always looking for volunteers to serve as Session Managers for our full slate of virtual classes.  Click here to learn about being a Session Manager.  We provide training and guarantee you will love the new friends you gain and the new skills you learn.  Information on all current volunteer opportunities at LLI is here.

The Bard LLI 2020 Art Show Online
Click this link to submit your images for the Bard LLI 2020 Art Show.  Or use this link to view the paintings and photographs already submitted.

The Bard Conservatory Offers Concert Videos and features its Noon Concerts Streaming Live:  Click here to access concert videos.  Or subscribe to the Bard Conservatory YouTube channel here.
Each Wednesday Fisher Center’s Virtual Stage UPSTREAMING will release new content, including digital commissions and beloved performances from our archives. 
The Orchestra Now at Home:  Until we can gather again, join TŌN  at Home for videos of past concerts.

Life Goes On, Even When We Are All Staying Home:  Our LLI  members have put together a stupendous list of resources for LLI members and all of our friends and neighbors.  Ways to stay connected, stay entertained, stay educated and to stay safe.  Click here to read the whole list.

Need tech help as an LLI member? Email techhelp@lli.bard.edu for help (including getting LLI.bard.edu email addresses). DO NOT contact the Bard help desk, which is only for Bard students and faculty.

News + Notes

Mindell Dubansky

Paper! Blooks!

Paper! Blooks!

LLI member Mindell Dubansky will give a special Zoom presentation on Wednesday, May 19 at 11:00 a.m. Mindy has had a long career in book conservation for the Metropolitan Museum of Art and is now working on the Bard College Stevenson Library archives.

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Bard College Commencement

Seniors to Seniors 2021

Seniors-to-Seniors Event Was Captivating!

Three dozen LLI members were held captive by five graduating Bard students. That should be the headline for the Bard Seniors-to-Seniors Zoom event April 6. The two-hour event in which students presented the senior projects Bard LLI had helped fund was that engrossing.

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Just-in-Time LLI Technology Training

LLI Technology Training is Always Available

Did you ever want a friendly tech guru on your shoulder, telling you what to do to complete a tech task? Technology can be very helpful unless you forget or don’t know how to do something.

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Expanding our Options for Learning


The world is changing, and not just because of the pandemic. For Bard LLI members, that means we might encounter a new way to attend classes—hybrid learning.

Remote learning, so common for us this past year, meant using the Zoom application,

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Summer at Bard

SummerFest Opportunities


The good news about this year’s SummerFest offerings is that the door to in-person classes has opened a crack. Fifteen lucky people will be able to join Adam Weiss in his Woodstock vegetable garden for his class on Science,

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Celebrating Years of Making Us Welcome


Although Zoom has had many silver linings for LLI and its members, one thing that has been sadly missing for us is the chance to gather together before or between classes, fill up a cup of coffee and a plate with some fruit,

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LLI Grows Up


Tom Esposito, who was LLI President from July 2016 to July 2020, also served as First Vice President the prior year and as Treasurer for the four years before that. In all, his nine-year tenure on Council stretched from mid-year 2011 until mid-year 2020 —

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Upcoming Events

Start DateEnd DateEvent
TBDRecruit mentors for 2021-2022 new members
7-MayNewsletter published
11-MayCurriculum Committee Meeting
14-MayAnnual business meeting, on Zoom; budget presented and election results announced
14-MaySummerFest catalog available
17-MayAnnual survey sent to members
21-MaySummerFest registration opens
1-Jun21-JunMember renewal and electronic payment
1-Jun21-JunNew member applications accepted
4-Jun25-JunSummerFest 2021 - Four Fridays in June 4, 11, 18, 25
7-JunNewsletter published
11-JunLast day to register for SummerFest Class
15-JunCurriculum Committee Meeting
21-JunCouncil Meeting
30-JunEnd of academic year
Start 2021End 2021Events
July 1New Council starts
July 1Notify new applicants of admittance
July 1July 10New members payments
July 7Newsletter published
July 8July 8Social Event with Lauren Rose
July 13Curriculum Committee Meeting
New member welcome letter sent
July 19Council Meeting
August 7Newsletter published
August 10Curriculum Committee Meeting
August 26Fall catalog available (website and ProClass)
Zoom new member small groups orientation
August 16Council Meeting
September 2Registration for Fall classes
September 7Newsletter published
September 14Curriculum Committee Meeting
September 20Council Meeting
September 16October 29Fall semester starts
September 24Last day to add a course
October 7Newsletter published
October 12Curriculum Meeting
October 18Council Meeting
October 29Last day of fall semester
November 7Newsletter published
November 9Curriculum meeting open house
November 15Council Meeting
December 7Newsletter published
December 16WinterFest catalog released
No December Curriculum Meeting
December 20Council Meeting

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In case of emergency on campus

Should there be a serious emergency – medical, fire, etc. – call TWO numbers in the order below.

First call: 9-1-1

For Dutchess County Emergency Services. It is available 24/7.

Second call: (845) 758-7777 or from emergency call boxes: 7777

For Bard College Emergency Medical Services (a trained campus emergency response team).

Bard EMS is always to be called second. While the service provides the fastest response, it follows the college academic schedule and is therefore not always available.

Welcome to Bard LLI

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