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OSUN Announcement

Bard President Leon Botstein announces Bard as part of Open Society University Network. OSUN will be an international network of higher education, research, and cultural institutions. The design of OSUN envisages Bard College and the Central European University serving as the two core founding institutions. On Thursday, January 24, 2020, George Soros announced a commitment of one billion dollars from the Open Society Foundations to create and support OSUN. Link to Bard OSUN website.

Our Spring 2020 Course Catalog is now available.  Click here for the Spring 2020 Course Catalog.

Lou Trapani

2020 Intersession presentations will be on Wednesdays January 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. each day.  Click here for the Intersession 2020 Catalog.

What if it snows?

In the event of bad weather, LLI follows the decisions made by the Red Hook Central Schools District. When the District cancels classes, LLI will also cancel its classes. When the District delays the start of classes by two hours, LLI first-period classes will be cancelled; the second period will start, as usual, at 10:10 a.m.

  • For Intersession, morning and afternoon are both cancelled when the schools are closed, but begin at the usual 11:00 a.m. time when classes are delayed.
  • Members can check the Red Hook School District website redhookcentralschools.org or cancellations.com or call 845 758-2241 for information. 

Need tech help as an LLI member? Email techhelp@lli.bard.edu with your questions (including getting an LLL.bard.edu email address). Please do NOT contact the Bard help desk, which is only for Bard students and faculty.

News + Notes

Bard Winter Songfest

Join the Bard College Community for Winter Songfest
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater
Sunday Afternoon on December 15, 2019

Every December in the Hudson Valley ushers in a variety of performances, holiday markets and other activities to launch the community into a festive mood.

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Safety of the Bard Network


When you need Internet access on the Bard campus, you can always connect through the Bard Unsecured Network, which does not require a password. In this age of reduced privacy and stories of hacking, is the unsecured network at Bard safe to use?

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Top 5 Reasons to be a Class Manager

It’s Fun

Class managers usually work in pairs and have very well-defined responsibilities.  Barbara Schoenberg, a veteran class manager says, “The most fun is getting to work with another person and getting to know them.”

“People are kind of afraid of it,” Maddy Watterson says.

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Producers and Presenters Celebrate Success


On the evening of November 15th, Bard LLI honored its producers and presenters plus guests, at a tribute reception at Blithewood mansion, the 19th century landmark on the Hudson that now houses the Levy Economics Institute. As Curriculum Chair Anne Sunners explained,

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Photo by Bernie Mindich

Joan Tower Wins Musical America’s 2020 Composer of the Year Award


Bard College Asher B. Edelman Professor in the Arts Joan Tower has been honored with one of the music industry’s most prestigious awards: Musical America’s Composer of the Year. “Trained in an era when academic modernism reigned, she developed from a composer of intensely wrought chamber works into a creator of dramatic orchestral music that can only be described as,

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G Suite for Education

Tech Corner: To Share or Not To Share


As a volunteer organization with 315 members (with at least half of our members as active volunteers), LLI takes a lot of coordination to pull off our classes, events, mailings, etc.

With many time-intensive volunteer processes to complete LLI work,

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Bard’s Stevenson Library Welcomes LLI Members


by Cathy Reinis

LLI members are welcome to become members of the Stevenson Library at Bard and can borrow library materials, according to Betsey Cawley, Library Director. Membership lasts through the academic year.

On October 8,

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Off-Friday Classes

Off-Friday Classes add Variety to Bard LLI

by Carmela Gersbeck

If sitting in a classroom doesn’t appeal to you or you want to add some variety to your LLI experience, consider taking one of the many off-Friday classes.

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Upcoming Events

Wed 29
Feb 06
Feb 08

Spring Registration

February 8 - February 21
Feb 11

Curriculum Committee Meeting

February 11 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Feb 18

Council Meeting

February 18 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Mar 07

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.

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