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The Bard College Model United Nations team participated in the Northeast Regional Model Arab League tournament at Northeastern University in Boston, November 7–9. The conference—sponsored by the National Council on U.S.–Arab Relations—simulates the structure, proceedings, and committees of the Arab League, based in Egypt and representing 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa. Bard students represented Egypt, Libya, and Saudi Arabia on topics including defense, environmental and social issues, and Palestinian affairs. Bard Model UN president Gabriel Matsakis '15 served as head delegate at the conference and played the role of a member of the Egyptian cabinet. He was awarded Outstanding Cabinet Member for his excellent work. Alison Brundrett '16 and Erind Disha '16 won Honorable Mention awards for their work representing Egypt on the Palestinian Affairs committee. “This conference takes students beyond the dramatic headlines that dominate the news about the Middle East and allows them to tackle the details of a wide variety of issues in the region,” said faculty adviser James Ketterer. “The students learn about things like water resources, refugees, and education, along with defense and diplomacy—all while having to deeply understand the country they are representing.”
Bard history professor Richard Aldous's acclaimed account of the life of Tony Ryan, founder of Europe's biggest airline, Ryanair, was published in the United Kingdom on November 3. Originally published in August 2013, the book was lauded as "a masterful job ... with a highly readable and compelling style" (the Independent of Ireland) and was a Sunday Times bestseller. Richard Aldous says, "What made Tony Ryan exceptional was that he turned the dreams he shared with his generation into reality. That came about not because he wanted to make a fortune—although he was happy when he did—but because he had the vision to see where the market was imperfect, the courage to stake his claim, and the tenacity to see the job through. In that regard Tony Ryan was the epitome of what it meant to be an entrepreneur."
Tony Ryan: The Incredible Story of Ireland's Gatsby
Up, Up, And Away
The Original Tiger Proves Ireland Can Produce Her Own Cubs
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