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Monday, January 22, 2018
Serenade for Haiti
Filmed over a seven-year period in Haiti, this documentary feature film captures a rare look at a country scored with poverty and a history of political violence and finds a story of transcendence and great humanity as the children and faculty of the Sainte Trinité Music School turn to music to unlock the power of their own lives.
Fisher Center, Sosnoff Theater  7:30 pm – 9:15 pm

When a catastrophic earthquake completely destroys the school in 2010, a stunned and devastated faculty and student body must pick up the pieces and find a way to adapt.  Devotion to each other and to the possibilities that the future still holds for them are expressed in the footage of children rehearsing in the rubble and in the rich musical heritage they have inherited.
Journeying into Haiti’s beautiful and diverse rural regions and venturing deep into the streets of Port-au-Prince before and after the 2010 earthquake, Serenade for Haiti brings to the screen an unforgettable and vivid tableau of this widely misunderstood country.  The soundtrack features the stunning music of Haiti's great composers who until this time have been largely unknown to international audience


Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
An Epidemiologist … What Is That?
Andrew Sherman Evans Jr., MPH—
Coordinator of Communicable Disease
Control and Preparedness Division of the
Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health

Olin Hall  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This presentation chronicles the day in the life of a ‘shoe leather’ epidemiologist for a local health department. The talk describes the type of epidemiologists, local disease trends and some discussion of the types of investigations that are conducted. 

Mr. Evans is the current Coordinator of Communicable Disease for the Dutchess County Department of Behavioral and Community Health. He has been with the department for 28 years. He is the lead epidemiologist and has oversight over all the New York state reportable communicable diseases, outbreaks, emerging pathogens and bioterrorism agents. He received his Masters in Public Health from the State University at Albany in 2007. Mr. Evans is a life time resident of Dutchess County.


Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program; Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Monday, January 15, 2018
Bending toward Justice: Martin Luther King Jr. and the Localism of the Moral Universe, with panel discussion immediately following on Science and Social Justice
Speaker and moderator: Francesca Gamber, Principal and Faculty in History, Bard High School Early College, Baltimore, Maryland

Panel participants:
Daniel Newsome '02, Citizen Science and Bard Prison Initiative Faculty, Bard College
Heather Lawrence, Education Administrator, NYC Department of Education
Helen Epstein, Visiting Professor of Human Rights and Global Public Health
Bard College

Olin Hall  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
In an oft-cited speech from 1965, Martin Luther King, Jr. said that "somehow the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice."  In this presentation, which is partly a history lesson and partly a call to action, we will explore the composition of that "somehow."  Recent historians of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-twentieth century have emphasized the local roots of this national movement.  They have shown that the prominence of King and other leaders reflected, built upon, and was indeed nurtured by generations of grassroots, community-based organizing by African-American churches, clubs, and especially women.  The 1950s and 1960s were, in fact, part of a continuum of local black activism against segregation that reached back to the post-emancipation era.  And so we consider, in our own time, where the challenges are in our communities and where we can find our place along a historical continuum of action.  The most local site of change is within ourselves and the choices we make -- the "somehow" -- that ultimately bend the universe toward justice.

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Citizen Science Program

  Monday, January 15, 2018
Why Science Matters
A full day of talks by faculty and outside speakers presenting a variety of novel perspectives on the connections between science and other areas of human thought.
Bard College Campus  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mary Krembs  914-475-1345
Saturday, January 13, 2018
MLK Jr. Day of Engagement
Various Locations on Campus and Locally  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'" Each year, people across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. Created as a national call to service, it brings home the importance of working together to provide solutions for pressing social concerns.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Engagement on January 13, 2018, sponsored by the Center for Civic Engagement, provides the Class of 2021 with opportunities to engage in and enhance the communities surrounding Bard College. The Class of 2021 will work with various volunteer organizations in the Hudson Valley to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy of promoting social justice, compassion and selfless contributions to our community.

Students will participate in engagement opportunities including working with children, animals, sustainability, health care organizations, and teaching science.

Sponsored by: Center for Civic Engagement; Citizen Science Program
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Science and politics: basic literacy for activists
Felicia Keesing,
David & Rosalie Rose Distinguished Professor of the Sciences, Mathematics, and Computing, Bard College

Olin Hall  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
In this talk, Professor Keesing will provide an overview of tools and concepts that can empower you to find, interpret, challenge, and defend scientific information. She will provide you with an overview of how science is funded, how politicians can question whether human activities are causing global climate change, and whether the current administration is operating outside the bounds of the normal relationship between science and politics.

Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program; Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Why Conservation Science Matters: Intelligent Tinkering in the Age of the Anthropocene
Nava Tabak
Director of Science, Climate, and Stewardship at Scenic Hudson

Olin Hall  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Conservation science detects critical trends, identifies their drivers and impacts, and implements solutions; it is the discipline by which we come to know the world’s cogs and wheels and in turn work to retain enough of them to support functioning ecosystems on earth.

Nava Tabak is Director of Science, Climate, & Stewardship at Scenic Hudson, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization and land trust. Her work focuses on biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration and stewardship, and promoting climate resilience in the Hudson Valley.She provides science-based guidance for the stewardship of Scenic Hudson’s parks and preserves, land use advocacy, policy, and land protection prioritization initiatives. Nava recently conducted the first comprehensive effort to model the projected response of the Hudson’s tidal wetlands to climate change-driven sea level rise, and developed a framework of conservation, restoration, and policy strategies to maximize their resilience in the coming century. Working with regional partners Nava assists Hudson River waterfront communities in adapting to accelerating sea level rise and its associated flooding. Previous work experience includes habitat mapping for conservation planning, environmental education, wildlife and aquatic resource conservation, and invasive species detection and management. She received her MS from the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department of the University of Connecticut, where she studied invasive plant ecology, conducted spatial distribution modeling, and staffed the Invasive Plant Atlas of New England project.

Sponsored by: Citizen Science Program; Division of Science, Mathematics, and Computing