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Bard senior and political studies major Austin Lehn interned at EducationUSA last summer, a division of the State Department that helps international students and their families navigate the college admission process in the United States. Now he's considering a career as a Foreign Service officer or an international adviser to a university.
This semester, a class at the Bard Globalization and International Affairs Program (BGIA) in New York City includes students from a remarkable number of Bard programs and partner institutions. Bard College professor Walter Russell Mead is teaching Anglo-American Grand Strategy, a course examining the rise of British and American world power across three centuries. The class includes students from BGIA (with home institutions of American University in Central Asia, Smolny College in Russia, Emory University, and Bard), Bard College students who make the trip from Annandale, and students from Bard High School Early College in Queens.
On October 23 and 24, the Bard Globalization and International Affairs program (BGIA) in New York City hosted a conference on the history and future of the U.S. military's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The event was sponsored by the Mellon Foundation Project for Civil-Military Education Cooperation, which facilitates joint activities between educational institutions preparing the next generation of leaders in the civilian and military sectors. The aim is that members of each group should better understand the other, reducing the "civilian-military gap." Bard College is a member institution. This year marks the 100th anniversary of ROTC, and the conference explored the role of ROTC in training citizen-soldiers for the military, encouraging civil-military interactions on civilian campuses, a ensuring that the officer corps includes diverse experiences, perspectives, and educational backgrounds. Bard junior Jasmine Collins gave a presentation on her experiences in Junior ROTC in Atlanta. BGIA students attending the conference included those from Bard College, Oberlin College, Smolny College, and the Kellner Scholarship program that brings students from Hungary. Bard's dean of international studies and BGIA director James Ketterer oversaw the event.
Has the rapid rise of safe space rhetoric on college campuses done more harm than good? Does the increasing number of safe spaces contribute to the sheltering of students or to respectful community awareness? The Bard Debate Union and the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College hosted a debate titled, “Resolved: The rapid rise of ‘safe space’ rhetoric on college campuses has done more harm than good” on the evening of Tuesday, October 18 in the Campus Center.
After five years of preparation, the Sussman Rare Book Collection will open in the Stevenson Library on October 29 with such treasures as a 1556 copy of the Magna Carta.
On Friday, October 14, Bard’s Women and Leadership course, taught by Deirdre d’Albertis, visited the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where they met with Brigadier General Cindy Jebb, the academy’s first female dean.
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