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Bard students Jasper Katz '15 and Winston Duncan '17 presented March 21–23 at the annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) conference, held this year at Arizona State University in Phoenix. CGI U, founded by President Bill Clinton in 2007, gathers young leaders to solve global issues, supporting college and university students in creating and implementing their own social, economic, and environmental initiatives. President Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton lead the conference, which brings together more than 1,000 students to work with experts, entrepreneurs, and civically engaged celebrities. As a CGI U network institution, Bard will fund Katz and Duncan's projects up to $10,000 through the Center for Civic Engagement. Katz aims to create a national network that provides community resources for people struggling with depression. Duncan is working to expand his nonprofit organization, Wheels to Africa, which collects and distributes donated bicycles in impoverished areas.
Sixty-one young environmentalists, budding entrepreneurs, and aspiring policymakers gathered at Bard for the annual C2C Fellows workshop on Valentine's Day weekend. C2C stands for Campus to Congress, to Corporation, to City Hall, and to Capitol Hill, emphasizing the importance of sustainable leadership in all of these areas. A program of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trains and connects undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership positions in sustainable politics and business.
Daniel Mendelsohn, celebrated author, critic, and Charles Ranlett Flint Professor of Humanities at Bard College since 2006, is one of 20 writers to receive a 2014 American Academy of Arts and Letters award in literature. Mendelsohn has won the Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award of $20,000, given to a writer whose work merits recognition for the quality of its prose style.
As Bard senior J. p. Lawrence prepares to graduate in May, he will not be entering the work force for the first time—far from it. The anthropology and writing joint major, Bard Free Press editor-in-chief, and cross-country runner has been a member of the U.S. Army National Guard since 2008.
The Bard Debate Union hosted the 3rd Annual Middle and High School Debate Tournament at Bard College on Friday, February 28. The tournament welcomed 80 middle and high school students from Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Kingston and the Bard High School Early Colleges in Manhattan, Newark, and Queens.
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