Now at Bard LLI

Registration for our Fall 2020 semester course list is open now!  Click here to go to ProClass, our new course registration software, sign in, and sign up for the courses of your choice.  You can view all of our courses in ProClass or search by class period or type of course.  Courses will begin on Thursday, September 24th.  If you want to view our Fall Catalog in the “old-fashioned” online format, click here.

To confirm your course registration(s), simply  log in to ProClass with these quick instructions.

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!

Looking Ahead: LLI is looking for volunteers in August to serve as Mentors for our incoming new LLI members and in the Fall to serve as Session Managers for our full slate of virtual classes.  Click here for more information on being a Mentor and 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.

Check out the Fund for Visual Learning Benefit Artwork Auction Online.  Bidding goes live on Oct 23rd.
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.

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.

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

Contacts for Help and Information


As an all-volunteer organization, it is sometimes difficult for LLI members to know whom to contact when they have questions. LLI uses group email addresses to handle questions (meaning, there is a dedicated team of volunteers here to help you).

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A Lifeline to Lifetime Learning

The World of Before

I have such clear images in my memory of the World of Before, like photographs of a lost world, they drift up in my mind from time to time. 

Sunday, March 8th: a gorgeous concert by the Bard Conservatory Vocal Arts students,

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What’s Different with ProClass Registration?


Now that the fall course registration period is in full swing, most of you have experienced the improvements by using our new course registration system, ProClass. You can now:

  • Recover your login credentials associated with your email address
  • View a list of courses you are registered for
    Register and drop or add courses online
  • Put yourself on a wait list

This article discusses these advantages in more detail.

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Is LLI Course Registration Simple?


When Fall registration opens on September 1, we will begin using ProClass, software that is used by hundreds of LLIs around the country. ProClass keeps track of our member information as well as providing an easy-to-use registration process. Best of all,

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BHSEC Student Pays It Forward


When Paul Bloom received his LLI stipend of $500, the first thing he did was sign it over to the Ascension Food Pantry, where he volunteers in New York City. Paul, who is a senior at Bard High School Early College in Manhattan,

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Farming and Academia Make a Perfect Marriage


Farming and academia can make a perfect marriage although they rarely form such a solid union as at Bard. Very few college campuses have a working farm that provides farm-to-table fare for students and community members. The following is a story of the people and efforts that ordained this particular marriage and allowed the Bard farm to thrive on the Bard campus for almost a decade now.

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Upcoming Events

Start DateEnd DateEvent
July 1New Council starts
July 1Notify new applicants of admittance
July 1July 10New members payments
July 7Newsletter published
July 14Curriculum Committee Meeting
July 20New member welcome letter sent
July 20Council Meeting
July 21August 1New members set selves up in ProClass
August 6Social Zoom with Magic
August 7Newsletter published
August 11Curriculum Committee Meeting
August 15Catalog available (website and ProClass)
August 18August 20Zoom new member small groups orientation
August 17Council Meeting
September 1Registration for Fall classes
September 7Newsletter published
September 8Curriculum Committee Meeting
September 21Council Meeting
September 24November 6Fall semester starts
October 7Newsletter published
October 13Curriculum Meeting
October 19Council Meeting
November 6Fall semester ends
November 7Newsletter published
November 10Curriculum meeting open house
November 16Council Meeting
December 7Newsletter published
No December Curriculum Meeting
December 21Council 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

This site will show you what is going on at Bard LLI. This site changes often, so we hope you will visit regularly.