Now at Bard LLI

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 11:00 a.m., weather permitting.   Most walks are about 90 minutes and all LLI members are welcome to join!

Come meet new people and get a little exercise. (If it’s raining or snowing, the walk is canceled.) Locations will be posted on the Bard website every month.  The walks will meet at the parking lots at the following locations. February’s locations are below:

Feb 2: Walkway over the Hudson (61 Parker Ave., Poughkeepsie)
Feb 9: Vlei Marsh Preserve (186 Vlei Road, Rhinebeck, which can be accessed off 9G or via Burger Hill Road in Rhinebeck)
Feb 16: Bard College to Tivoli Bays (meet at the second far parking lot next to Fisher Center)
Feb 23: Montgomery Place (Meet at the Visitor Center Parking Lot, to the right as you drive in, not at the Mansion — please note no dogs are allowed)
Mar 3: Val-Kill Farm Lane Trail (Meet at the parking lot on Route 9G opposite the main entrance to Val-Kill)

Join us for some walking, socializing, and fun!

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.

All Bard LLI members must have their COVID vaccination status verified before they will be able to register for in-person courses. Everyone needs to wear their lanyards with vaccination stickers to every class.

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 with at least one booster.  Effective September 19, 2022 and until further notice, LLI members and guests have the option to wear a mask at their own discretion when they are inside a building on campus.

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

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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Carmela Gets it Done


Bard LLI has good news and bad news. The good news is we have one of the hardest-working and most skillful and diplomatic volunteers we could have ever wished for. The bad news is we can’t clone her. She is Carmela Gersbeck,

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New Members Share Their Perspective


Every influx of new members provides an opportunity to see the strengths and limitations of LLI through fresh eyes. And this year, as in previous years, 24 newcomers had some definite opinions to share on the new member survey,

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When Your Passion Becomes a Class


What makes an ex-IBMer teach a class on organs? One visit to Dale Ziegenfelder’s house would answer that question. Dale has a church-sized pipe organ installed in his home. (Newsflash: it’s a bit too big to fit in the living room.) LLI member Dorothy Baran,

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Feedback About Fall Courses


This year’s evaluation form yielded hundreds of opinions about the courses we took, the presenters, and our overall enjoyment of the experience. The most common ratings were 4 or 5. However, opinions about a few courses were widely split,

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Anticipating WinterFest


Once the holidays are over, LLI members can look forward to the diverse offerings of WinterFest 2023. On four consecutive Wednesdays starting January 4, LLI members will have the opportunity to attend two presentations. There is no need to worry about bad weather or parking since they will all be held on Zoom.

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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.