Bard COVID-19 Response Team
recently advised LLI that the CDC now recommends indoor masking in Dutchess County. See below for more info.


Now at Bard LLI

SummerFest will arrive in June so come in out of the sun and stir some dreams in your brain!  Go here to access our ProClass catalog or here for the website catalog. We offer eight courses on Fridays in person on the Bard Campus, one in Zoom on Thursdays and one Off-Friday course. Registration opens on May 20th and courses begin in June.  Register now!

Looking Ahead: LLI is always looking for volunteers to serve as Session Managers for our Thursday 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 COVID-19 Response Team recently advised LLI that the CDC now recommends indoor masking in Dutchess County.
Please consider wearing a mask while indoors at SummerFest. Be prepared to wear a mask in any class if so requested by the presenter.
Anyone attending an LLI class for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic must go to the main entrance of Olin before their first class for vaccination verification. Everyone needs to wear their lanyards with vaccination stickers to every class.
LLI’s primary concern is the safety of all SummerFest attendees.

For more information, see the Bard College COVID-19 page.  The page is updated frequently and includes the most recent information available.  Bard currently requires all visitors to campus, including LLI members, to be fully vaccinated.  Wearing masks while inside any Bard building is optional.

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 Tea Was Inspiring


Each year Bard LLI has supported a small group of Bard seniors with scholarships that enable them to complete their senior projects. This year’s six recipients described their involved, personal projects at the annual Dean Stuart Stritzler-Levine Seniors-to-Seniors Scholarship Recognition Tea on May 22 in the Laszlo Z.

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Acknowledging the Original Stewards of the Land


Bard College’s Land Acknowledgement Statement was developed in dialogue with members of the Cultural Affairs Department of the Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohican Indians. It begins:

“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,

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Regional DEI Workshop


On February 23, the Bard LLI Social Justice Team convened a group of eight (including Bard) regional LLIs for a Zoom workshop on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The purpose of the workshop was to bring together those LLIs interested in sharing and discussing DEI efforts within their respective organizations and to explore ways in which we might build collaboration among our programs.

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Summer at Bard

SummerFest Returns


SummerFest will start the first week of June, with a wonderful variety of interesting courses. Most classes will be held on campus on Fridays, with one Friday Zoom class. There will be one off-campus in-person class on Wednesdays. You can check out the schedule on May 13 when the complete ProClass catalog will be available.

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Congressman Jamie Raskin in Conversation With Bard LLI


On March 9, Bard LLI, in partnership with Oblong Books and the Bard Center for Civic Engagement, presented a special program via a Zoom webinar featuring US Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-Md., 8th District). Congressman Raskin is a former law professor at American University and a constitutional scholar.

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Let’s Party!


We have made it through the pandemic and our members are eager to get together. Membership Development and Social Gatherings have organized several fun events.

First up is a Twilight Zone collage workshop hosted by LLI member Mary McClellan and artist Bev Lipper at Starr Library in Rhinebeck on Monday,

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Meet Robin Berger, Session Manager


If you have taken LLI classes in the last three years, you have probably met or seen Robin Berger on campus or online. I first met her in an off-campus hiking class she helped organize and was impressed with her clear communications about class information,

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Why Would Anyone Want to be a Session Manager


In March 2020, as I was preparing for spring classes at Bard, I received the disappointing news that the semester was canceled. I had really been looking forward to being back on campus and meeting up with some of the nice people I had met during my first semester.

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How to Change Class Registration in ProClass


After the first or second week of classes, you may decide to change your class schedule—to drop a class and perhaps switch to another class. Registration remains open through March 19 at noon, and it’s easy to make changes.

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Upcoming Events

The January 1 – June 30, 2022 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.