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Acknowledging the Original Stewards of the Land

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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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Bard Aims to Keep its Students in School

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Even the best laid financial plans of students attending college can be upended: Your laptop dies. You have a family emergency. You test positive for COVID and have to drop your travel plans. The friends who said you could stay with them over winter break give your room/couch to someone else.

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Bard Opens Its Arms to Afghan Students

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“What is taking place now in Afghanistan is a tragedy. It affects students and colleagues we have worked with over many years. We stand with the Afghan students…Bard has a long history of helping students and faculty fleeing conflict and persecution, and we will continue to engage and help in every way possible.”

–Leon Botstein and Jonathan Becker

Bard has taken on what may be its most challenging project ever,

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SISTER2SISTER Program at Bard College

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In 2018, two first-year Bard College students, Sakinah Bennett and Skylar Walker, were inspired by Bard’s Brothers at Bard program to establish the SISTER2SISTER program. Both founders are women of color from Georgia and recipients of full scholarships from the Posse Foundation. Sakinah majored in historical studies and dance.

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LLI Receives Award from the Bard College CCE

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As Nanci mentioned in her president’s letter, LLI received the New Generations Award by Bard College Center for Civic Engagement on September 24, at a beautiful celebration recognizing CCE’s 10th anniversary. It was a spectacular late afternoon under a tent behind Blithewood, overlooking the river and the mountains beyond.

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Bard College v. Board of Elections – Again

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On July 15th, Bard College President Leon Botstein joined with the student-led voting rights initiative [email protected], two members of the Bard staff (Bard College Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Civic Engagement, Erin Cannan; along with Bard College Assistant Director of Student Activities, Cynthia Cunningham), and three Bard students (Alejandra Rodriguez Ortiz,

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Bard College Receives $500 Million Endowment Pledge from Investor and Philanthropist George Soros

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As you may have read in the news, George Soros has donated $500 million dollars to Bard College to fund its permanent endowment. This gift provides for the college to continue its many missions throughout the world. It also requires matching funds. The college can already match $250 million dollars and has five years to raise an additional $250 million dollars.

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Why Is Bard’s Campus Closed to Us?

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Bard has had amazing success at managing the COVID-19 pandemic in its community. Over the last year, despite welcoming students on campus from around the world, it has had only 10 cases of COVID-19, six among students and four among employees. (Its COVID-19 dashboard is updated weekly.) The administration’s approach has one big lesson for all of us—make the hard choices.

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Frank Benson, Flag, 2005

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Marking one week prior to the Presidential election and flying until the votes have been counted and the election results are ratified, CCS Bard will present the sculpture Flag, 2005, by Frank Benson. Flag was first flown at CCS Bard in 2005 as part of an exhibition titled,

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Bard STEM Fellows Have Some Edutainment for Your Grandchildren

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If you have children living with you at this time, there’s always a quest for things to do. If you are staying in touch with grandchildren by Zoom, it’s fun to have an activity you both can engage in. The STEM fellows at Bard’s Center for CIvic Engagement have come up with a series of entertaining,

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