Now at Bard LLI

Pickleball is now an LLI thing!  Come Play Pickleball with us!
The LLI pickleball group is now playing at Red Hook Rec Park from now until the end of June.

Mondays 1:00-3:00 PM May 29, June 5, 12, 19, 26

Thursdays 10:00 AM-12 noon. June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Open play, all levels welcome, just show up! Contact L Walker at [email protected]

Join the LLI Walking Group!
If you like to walk, socialize, and explore new sites, the Walking Special Interest Group at Bard LLI is for you. The Walking Group NOW MEETS every Thursday at a NEW TIME of 10:30 a.m., weather permitting.   Most walks are about 90 minutes and all LLI members are welcome!  May’s locations are below:

May 4: Poets Walk, 776 River Rd., Red Hook, NY 12571.

May 11: River to Ridge New Paltz Trail, 41 Springtown Road, New Paltz

May 18: Walkway over the Hudson, 61 Parker Ave, Poughkeepsie

May 25: Mills Mansion, 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Staatsburg

June 1: Saugerties Lighthouse, 168 Lighthouse Dr, Saugerties

COVID Vaccination Policy:
LLI’s policy regarding COVID-19 is aligned with Bard’s. The requirement that all members, presenters, and guests be fully vaccinated and boosted remains in place.  Our plan is to continue with the “mask- friendly” policy that Bard follows as well. Anyone who wants to wear a mask on campus is welcome to do so, and presenters can set a mask policy in their own classrooms. It is important for members to remember to carry a mask with you in case you need one.

Moreover, out of consideration of others, we ask that no one attend class or any other LLI event if you are feeling unwell, including dealing with a persistent cough or the sniffles or other easily communicable virus.

Members will not be able to register on ProClass for any in-person class or event until they have presented proof of vaccination, including at least one booster. Vaccinations are not required for classes presented on Zoom only or for the Zoom section of hybrid courses.

If you have not already done so, please email your proof of vaccination, including at least one booster, to [email protected]. You may email a photo or screenshot of either your CDC COVID-19 vaccination card or digital NYS Excelsior Pass. Members are reminded to wear their lanyard at all times while on Bard’s campus or at an LLI event off campus.  

Looking Ahead:
LLI is always looking for volunteers to serve as Session Managers for our Thursday virtual classes and Class Managers for our Friday in-person 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.

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!

Need tech help as an LLI member? Email [email protected] 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

Seniors-to-Seniors Scholarship Recipients


The six recipients of this year’s Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine Seniors-to-Seniors Scholarship each presented a talk about their senior projects in the Lazlo Z. Bito ‘60 Auditorium on Friday, April 7th. This recognition seniors-to-seniors tea allowed LLI members and assorted Bard folk to hear about the always-interesting topics the Bard seniors chose and how they constructed their projects.

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Upcoming Social Events


The Social Gatherings Team has arranged several events for LLI members. First, the Hessel Museum will host LLI members for two exhibitions this spring and summer, April 27 Rising and Sinking Again, and July 13, Indian Theater/Erika Verzutti.

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Summer at Bard

The Rewards of SummerFest


This year’s SummerFest offerings are exceptional for the diversity of the class topics and the pleasures of the off-campus activities. Many classes will be held on campus on consecutive Fridays starting June 2, while a few Zoom classes will be held on either Wednesdays or Thursdays.

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Susan Christoffersen: Webmaster of Bard LLI


When my friend Tom first told me about Bard’s Lifetime Learning Institute, I went on the website at lli.bard.edu, and I was immediately impressed with the layout, photos, and writing. I thought, “these are my people, and this is an organization that I want to be a part of.” On my very first day on the Bard campus,

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Meet the 2023 Candidates for Council


As you know, Council is the governing body of LLI, and its members are elected for two years on alternate years. This year, LLI members will be voting for the second vice president, secretary, and two members at large.

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Good News About Spring Courses


The wide variety of course offerings this spring will once again remind us why we joined Bard LLI. And the Curriculum Committee has ensured that there are more courses, more large courses, and more course periods than there were in the fall.

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Gary Miller: Always Learning, Always Loving It

Serial Presenter and More

Most LLI members know Gary Miller as a very popular serial presenter. Since 2018 he has taught classes every year centered around photography and filmmaking. Many of us know him as a willing volunteer when his skills are needed.

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An Invitation to Run for Council


Nominations are now being accepted for our 2023 election cycle for Council, the main governing body of LLI. Council comprises five elected officers and four elected members at large, as well as six standing committee chairpersons appointed by the President.

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Upcoming Events

The January 1 – June 30, 2023 calendar is now available here. You can also find it from the top navigation bar under News + Events and then select Annual Calendar on the left side of the wide, dropdown menu.

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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.