Happening On Campus
Literacy, Learning, and Justice in School
Facilitator: Assistant Dean of Students Timand Bates ‘02
Location: Olin 106
Interested in tutoring children and teens in the community? Timand’s experience as a writing
major at Bard has influenced his understanding of the connection between democracy and
education. Beginning his career as a literacy tutor he moved to teaching in the NYC public
school system before becoming a dean at Bard. Skilled at working with students of all levels,
from Bard MAT students to first graders, Timand will expose participants to some practical
tutoring skills while exploring education as social change. All levels of experience welcome
from novice to trained tutor.
Biomimicry: How Learning From Our Biological Elders Could Change Our World
Facilitator: Dorna Schroeter
Location: Olin 102
Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. In the coming decades some form of biomimicry will be incorporated in almost every job. During this session we will examine several bio-inspired products currently available on the market and participate in a design challenge framed around the question, how would nature solve that?
Better Angels: Blind Spots in Politics and Public Policy
Facilitators: Lucy Gerold
Location: Olin 305
Better Angels is a national citizens’ movement to reduce political polarization in the United States by bringing liberals and conservatives together to understand each other beyond stereotypes, forming red/blue community alliances, teaching practical skills for communicating across political differences, and making a strong public argument for depolarization. They unite red and blue Americans in a working alliance to Depolarize America. Instead of asking people to change their minds about key issues, they give all Americans a chance to better understand each other, to absorb the values and experiences that inform our political philosophies, and to ultimately recognize our common humanity.
Impassioned Speech - How to make sure people hear what you need them to.
Facilitator: Dean of Students Bethany Nohlgren and Assistant Dean of Students Alexis Lopez
Location: Olin 205
In an age where tweets hold more power than conversations and memes are used to cancel someone you don't agree with, how do you effectively communicate your point? In this interactive workshop, we'll explore ways to use public speaking methods to help advance your agenda. Whether you are applying for a job, appealing for a donation, or speaking to 1000's of people, learning how to effectively and compassionately get your point across is a necessary tool for any advocate and activist. Dean of Students Bethany Nohlgren and Assistant Dean of Students Alexis Lopez lead you in an exploration of effective ways to get your voice heard.
Fake News, Election Politics & You
Facilitators: Jeremy Hall, Digital Technologies Development, Yauch House Librarian and Alexa Murphy, Resource Sharing, McWilliams House Librarian
Location: Mac Lab in Old Henderson
Learn how false information is threatening our democracy and our planet, and what you can do about it. False and misleading information--in all its forms--is having profound effects on democracy and policy around the world. In this interactive workshop, we will explore how information, misinformation, and disinformation are disseminated and consumed, how this affects civic life, and what role we play in these dynamics as digital citizens. Through a series of hands-on activities and discussions, students will learn how to identify bias, confirm facts, and spot fake news. We will also consider actions we can take to stop the spread of false information and its effects.
This year's workshop will focus on spotting bias and disinformation in the news, fact checking tools & other news literacy skills.
Reconfiguring Radical Black Politics: A Facilitated Conversation on the Historical Revision of Black Memory
Facilitator: Stone Mims
Location: Olin 204
W.H. Auden once wrote that "The words of a dead man Are modified in the guts of the living" meaning that those in the present often distort and modify the beliefs of a once revered figure in order to fit a political agenda or intrinsic bias. The conversation will seek to unpack the reasonings and biases that lead people to reconceptualize and reinvision Black activists and shift the narratives of their work away from their temporal relativity/verisimilitude and towards their own sensationalized visions.
African Dance Workshop
Facilitator: Kai Hutton
Location: Aerobics/mirror room in gym
Kai will be holding an Afro Pulse dance workshop teaching a dance created for Gbessi Gbeko by the club heads. You all will begin with a warm up, and Kai will then teach the dance and towards the end everyone will do the dance without his instruction. Please come and join us for a fun and pumped up time learning original Afro Pulse dances!
Inter-Faith Religion and Social Justice
Facilitator: Josue Rosario-Caliz (Sway) and Nora Zaki
Location: Olin 203
Bystander Intervention training: Mentors in Violence Prevention
Facilitator: Bella Mazzetti
Location: Olin 202
The training will be hosted by Bella Mazzetti who is the Program Educator for Title IX at Bard College. This short primer course will provide students with some tools to act in the face of oppression; interested students can take the full 12 hour training in the Spring semester.
Having the Bias Conversation with your Reactive Relatives, Friends and Beyond
Facilitator: Allie Ferguson
Location: Olin 201
Senior Bard student Allie Ferguson will be leading a discussion on having conversations with loved ones about bias. It is based off of her senior project. This is a presentation on how to have in-person conversations about controversial topics (focusing on race and politics) with people who you are invested in. It's hard when you disagree with someone who loves you, or who you love, but some forethought and access to rhetorical tools can make the entire process more smooth and less stressful.
The Legitimacy and Legacy of Historically Black Fraternities and Sororities
Facilitator: Darnell Pierce
Location: Olin 301
This session will discuss and explore the existence of historically black fraternities and sororities, and how they have contributed to social change, access to education, and civil rights.
Understanding Hate with an Emphasis on Antisemitism
Facilitator: Kenneth Stern
Location: Barringer House, Global Classroom
This workshop provides an opportunity for students to discuss why and how people hate, with some time set aside to explore antisemitism. It will be led by Kenneth Stern who is the director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate.
Facilitator: Curtis Stedge
Location: Olin 101
Students will engage in a discussion on veganism, including the various reasons why one might adopt a vegan lifestyle, the impact of adopting such a lifestyle, and where to begin.
Facilitator: Jewel P. Walcott
Location: Olin 307
Determining the key elements of organizing a community-based project can be challenging. Supplied with prompts, a planning kit, a budget, and working against a countdown clock, students must work together to come up with a community-based project that meets specific objectives to help a group from the community change their circumstances. Escape room-style intensity adds some fun and energy to a typically basic brainstorming session.
National Coalition Building Welcoming Diversity Workshop
Facilitator: Kahan Sablo, Dean of Inclusive Excellence
Location: Olin 306
This workshop will be a HIGHLY INTERACTIVE opportunity for students to celebrate the diversity of Bard College. Workshop participants will embrace holistic intersectionality, while simultaneously confronting racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and other societal ills. Individuals who attend this session are expected to share and fully participate in this thought provoking experience.
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson is a n organization dedicated to winning demands for Immigrants and Allies such as statewide Driver’s license accessibility, municipal IDs, and other meaningful protections for about 11 million undocumented Immigrants. Stop by and figure out ways that you can help fight the Immigration crisis today and defend Immigrants living in the United States. Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson also organizes hundreds of people to register and mobilize thousands of working people of color and Immigrants. Beyond raising money to sustain their work, they work to transform volunteers into lifelong movement contributors as fundraisers, donors and active participants.