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Bard Blithewood Garden Multi-Million-Dollar Rehab Moves a Step Closer to Launch with $93,000 Grant for Architectural Drawings

Bard College has received a $93,000 grant that will allow it to proceed with the next phase of a multi-million-dollar rehabilitation of the Italianate Blithewood garden. The grant, from The Garden Conservancy, will pay for architectural drawings for the project, which was first announced in 2016. “Blithewood Garden is a very special place on the campus and in the Hudson […]

“You Are Witnessing Democracy in Progress,” Warnock Says, As His Commencement Speech at Bard Is Interrupted by Protestors Tied to Son of Bard’s Board Chairman

He had not spoken more than six words of his Bard College commencement speech Saturday afternoon before Sen. Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) was interrupted by a small but loud group of protestors linked to the son of Bard’s board chairman who surrounded the tent and demanded the senator take a stand against a Georgia police and fire officer training project outside […]

Bard’s Botstein Received $150,000 from Jeffrey Epstein Charity But Promptly Donated it to the College, School Confirms

Bard’s long-time president and prolific fundraiser Leon Botstein personally received $150,000 in 2016 for serving a brief stint on the advisory board of a charitable foundation created by the disgraced sex offender and millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, Bard confirmed to The Daily Catch today. Botstein, 76, did not keep the payment, which was made from Gratitude America, a private charity created […]

Bard Literature Professor Hua Hsu Wins Pulitzer Prize for Memoir, the First Time the Award Has Been Bestowed

Bard College Professor of Literature Hua Hsu has won a 2023 Pulitzer Prize for his memoir Stay True (Doubleday, 2022), a coming-of-age account. Hsu is the first winner of the newest Pulitzer book prize category, memoir or autobiography, which was announced as part of the 2023 competition. The Pulitzer Prize jury called Stay True “an elegant and poignant [memoir] that […]

Dorms… In A Parking Lot: Facing Campus Housing Shortage, Bard Seeks Approval for Three New Temporary Facilities 

As it seeks to build a new dormitory complex and fulfill a long-time goal of guaranteeing housing to undergraduate students for all four years, Bard College is pitching a humbler, temporary solution to its acute student housing shortage in the short term. It seeks to build three new temporary dorms on a campus parking lot.  Bard wants to construct the […]

Even After Jeffrey Epstein’s Conviction, Bard President Botstein Met with the Sex Offender To Seek Donations

Years after Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of sex crimes involving a teenage girl, Bard’s long-time president and masterful fundraiser, Leon Botstein, met with him multiple times over a four-year period hoping to coax the notorious millionaire to donate to the college, Bard has confirmed to The Daily Catch.  Epstein also made two unsolicited donations to Bard. The gifts, 66 laptops […]

Hoping to Make History as They Dig For It, Bard Archaeology Students Seek Native Culture Clues At Maya Lin Building Site

On a patch of lawn west of Bard’s Fisher Center, Lily Hess crouches over a 20-by-20-inch square pit. She eyes the colors of the moist soil on the mud walls below and spots a slight variation, from yellowish orange to a darker brown. Could there be an old fire ember here? Or an arrowhead? “Let’s go to 30,” Prof. Christopher […]

Raphael Warnock, First Black Senator from Georgia, to Be Bard 2023 Commencement Speaker

Raphael Warnock, the first Black to represent Georgia in the U.S. Senate and the senior pastor at the church made famous by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been selected as Bard’s commencement speaker this May, the college has announced. Warnock, 53, is one of the most prominent public figures to speak at Bard in its 163-year history. […]

New Pedestrian Path Linking Bard to Montgomery Place Gets the Green Light from Red Hook Planning Board

Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to connect from Montgomery Place to Bard’s main campus will be able to bypass River Road as the college has won approval from the Red Hook Town Planning Board to move forward on the construction of a pedestrian and cyclist path. The project has been on the books for over two years, but its Monday evening […]

Bard President Says College Will No Longer Participate in U.S. News and World Report’s Controversial College Rankings

Bard is adding its name to a growing list of colleges and universities who have opted to cut ties with the U.S. News & World Report’s best college rankings system, Bard’s long-time president, Leon Botstein, announced today.  The move means the liberal arts college will no longer provide information on its admissions rate, student demographics, endowment, and other key data […]

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