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  • Technology, Technocracy, and Human Rights Lecture Series
    The Human Rights Program (HRP) and the Science, Technology, and Society Program (STS) at Bard College will present a combined program on "Technology, Technocracy, and Human Rights" for the 2005-2006 academic year consisting of evening lectures and a student-organized conference in early March. The goal of the series is not only to investigate case studies of technology in human rights, but also to address the underlying question of how in the last century technology, broadly defined, has defined the meaning and purview of human rights. A further description of the theme can be found here; specific speakers, dates, and themes are listed below. The student organized conference, "Technology and Human Rights: Wielding the Double-Edged Sword," will take place in the first two weekends of March. Interested students should contact Professor Moynahan at or Ms. Bridget Hanna, the Research Associate and Acting Administrative Director of STS, at
            As a counterpoint to the themed year in STS, the Human Rights Program and STS will also be offering a lecture series in the "Constitutional Ideal" which will question whether law and the constitutional ideal can offer a counterpoint to the technocracy of the modern era.

    All events take place at 6:30 p.m. in Olin Humanities Building Room 102 Unless Otherwise Noted.
  • Proposed Student Organized Conference:
    Technology and Human Rights Wielding the Double-edged Sword
    Spring 2006
  • Thursday, April 19, 2018, 4:45 pm, Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
    The Invisible Animal: The Morality of Sacrifice and Interspecies Care in Experimental Lab Science
    Barbara Chamberlain & Helen Chamberlain Josefsberg ’30 Professor of Anthropology
    Barnard College

    If animal death is a frequent, and inevitable, consequence of much experimentation in laboratory science, how do human personnel understand the morality of their work? How, in turn, might anthropological understandings of death, mourning, and sacrifice facilitate our efforts to answer this question? This talk draws on data derived from long-term ethnographic research on human-animal encounters in experimental science, with a special interest in the consequences of the invisibility of animals, of human labor, and of associated lab-based practices. Whereas a focus on ethical regulations may help one root out adherence to mandated welfare practices, heeding serendipitous and innovative behaviors opens up a rich terrain where one may encounter the obscured dimensions of everyday morality and the meaning of care.
  • Thursday, April 7, 2016, 2:30 pm, László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building
    Sound in Theory, Sound in Practice
    Thursday, April 7 @Bito

    2:30pm Opening Lecture
    Emily Thompson (Princeton University)
    Sound Theory as Sound Practice

    4pm  Exhinition Opening
    Featuring work by Lesley Flanigan, Tristan Perich, Natalia Fedorova, and Bard College faculty and students

    5:30pm Keynote Lecture
    Jonathan Sterne
    Professor and James McGill Chair in
    Culture & Technology, McGill University
    Audile Scarification:
    Notes on the Normalization of Hearing Damage
    **This event is free and open to the public. 
    Registration is required for all interludes**

  • Friday, February 12, 2016, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Campus Center, Weis Cinema
    Careers in Publishing: A Conversation with Lorin Stein (Editor) & Anna Stein (Agent)
    Lorin Stein, editor of The Paris Review, and Anna Stein, an agent at International Creative Management, discuss careers in publishing, in a conversation moderated by Mona Simpson, author of Casebook and a Bard writer in residence.

    Lorin Stein became the third editor in chief of the prestigious literary magazine The Paris Review after serving as a senior editor at the publishing house Farrar, Straus & Giroux. Under his editorship, The Paris Review has won two National Magazine Awards. Books edited by Stein have received the National Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Believer Book Award, and the National Book Critics Circle Award. His reviews of fiction and poetry and his translations from French have appeared in The New York Review of Books,Harper'sThe London Review of BooksThe New Republicn+1, and elsewhere. His translation of Edouard Levé's Autoportrait was nominated for the Best Translated Book Award, and in 2015 FSG published his translation of Michel Houellebecq's Submission.

    Literary agent Anna Stein joined International Creative Management in 2015. Prior to her career at ICM, she opened and ran the New York office of Aitken Alexander Associates (2009–2015) and was an agent and foreign rights manager at the Irene Skolnick Literary Agency.

    The conversation takes place Friday, February 12th, at 4:00 p.m. in Weis Cinema, Bertelsmann Campus Center, and is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.
  • Friday, September 18, 2015, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Olin, Room 202
    Open Seminar: The Syrian Challenge and European Union
    Join a conversation about the Syrian challenge and the European Union facilitated by Nesrin McMeekin and Greg Moynahan.

    This event is sponsored by Bard Model United Nations and The Center for Civic Engagement.
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015, 12:00 pm, Bard Hall, Bard College Campus
    TODAY AT NOON! Peter Pesic Piano Concert
    Peter Pesic is a writer, pianist, and educator. He is director of theScience Institute at St. John's College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he is also Musician-in-Residence and Tutor Emeritus. His five books, seven editions, and sixty papers consider questions in the history and philosophy of science, music, and ideas. His book reviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and Times Literary Supplement.

    Born in San Francisco of Serbian parents, he was educated at Harvard and Stanford, where he received a doctorate in physics and subsequently taught in its program on Structured Liberal Education. At Stanford, he studied piano with Naomi Sparrow and performed with the new music ensemble Alea 2; he then attended the Aspen Music School.

    In the course of three hundred concerts he has surveyed the music of Schubert, Bach, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schoenberg; he has given premieres of works by Nicolas Roussakis, David Lang, and Lawrence Cave. He has given concerts with sopranos Danielle DeNiese and Helen Vanni, cellists Yehuda Hanani, Wayne Foster Smith, and Antonio Lysy, and pianist Vitya Vronsky.

    On the faculty of St. John's College in Santa Fe since 1980, he has been deeply involved in its unified curriculum based on close study and discussion of great works, especially in shaping its unique program of study in laboratory science, mathematics, and music.

    Besides the newly formed Science Institute (which offers week-long intensive seminars on important texts in science and mathematics for teachers and other interested participants), he is editor-in-chief ofPhysics in Perspective and an Associate of the Department of Physics at Harvard University.

  • Sunday, October 6, 2013, 3:00 pm, Olin Hall
    Voyage to Italy: Helena Bailie - Violin, Tanya Gabrielian - Piano

    Featuring works by Vivaldi, Tartini and Locatelli
  • Saturday, September 21, 2013, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, Campus Center lawn
    Draw the Line
    President Obama has declared that if enough public opposition to the Keystone Pipeline is shown, he will not allow this sludge to cross American Lands. has begun a photo campaign to show the President that our people care. Bard should do its part to stand in solidarity with and our air.
  • Monday, May 6, 2013, 7:00 pm, Olin Hall
    Helena Baillie Violin and Viola, Tanya Gabrielian Piano

    Program to include works by Lukas Foss, Schumann, Stravinsky and Dvorak

    Free and open to the public
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 7:00 pm, Olin, Room 102
    Birthright Palestine
    During the lecture Dana Yahalomi, Public Movement Leader, will present key strategies developed by the movement alongside examples of previous actions. In the last six years, Public Movement has explored the regulations, forces, agents, and policies, formations of identity and systems of ritual which govern the dynamics of public life and public space. The Movement was founded in December 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi, who later assumed sole leadership in 2011.The lecture will conclude and open into discussion with the recent action SALONS: Birthright Palestine? (February - April 2012, New Museum, NYC) which used the phenomenon of Birthright Israel(1) in order to raise questions about nationality and heritage, as well as about the politics of tourism and branding. In a series of performative public discussions, each adopting existing formats of discursive forums, different publics presented and debated upon related questions and issues that would inform, affirm and/or oppose the proposal to initiate a Birthright Palestine program.

    Public Movement is a performative research body which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. It studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order, overt and covert rituals. Among Public Movement's actions in the past and in the future: manifestations of presence, fictional acts of hatred, new folk dances, synchronized procedures of movement, spectacles, marches, inventing and reenacting moments in the life of individuals, communities, social institutions, peoples, states, and of humanity.

    Public Movement has taken responsibility for the following actions: "Accident" (Tel- Aviv, 2006), "The Israel Museum" (Tel- Aviv, 2007), "Also Thus!" (Acco Festival, 2007), "Operation Free Holon" (The Israeli Center for Digital Art, 2007), "Change of Guard” (With Dani Karavan, Tel-Aviv Museum of Art, 2008), "Public Movement House" (Bat Yam Museum, 2008), “Emergency” (Acco Festival, 2008), “The 86th Anniversary of the assassination of President Gabriel Narutowicz by the painter Eligiusz Niewiadomski” (Zacheta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2008), "Spring in Warsaw" (Nowy Teatr, 2009), "Performing Politics for Germany" (HAU Berlin, 2009), “Positions” (Van AbbeMuseum, 2009), “First of May Riots “(HAU Berlin, 2010), "University Exercise" (Heidelberg, 2010), "SALONS: Birthright Palestine?" (New Museum, New York, 2012), “Rebranding European Muslims” (Berlin Biennial, 2012, Steirischer Herbst, 2012), “Debriefing Session” (Baltic Circle, Helsinki, 2012), "Civil Fast" (Jerusalem, 2012) and "The Reenactment of the Mount Herzl Terrorist Attack" (Upcoming).

    The lecture has been supported by Artis

    1 Birthright Israel is a 10-day free trip for Jews between the ages of 18 to 26 who travel around Israel together on a bus. It was founded in 1999, sponsored by the government of Israel and American Jewish philanthropy. Over 300,000 people have participated in the program since its founding. Birthright Israel was founded in the hope to address the following concerns: detachment of diaspora Jews to the state of Israel, an increase in intermarriages between Jews and non-Jews and a need to sustain the Israeli-American Lobby, which for years served Israel with political advocacy and a great source of funding.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 – Monday, March 18, 2013, , Website
    Bard Science Journal Cover Art Contest: $15 Prize
    Bard Science Journal is looking for science-inspired artwork to feature in its April issue. The artist whose artwork we choose to feature on the cover will recieve a $15 gift card to a retailer of their choice.

    Art and creative writing submissions to the April issue are due by 7 pm on March 18.

    Send all submissions to
  • Thursday, February 21, 2013 – Friday, March 1, 2013, , Website
    Bard Science Journal Research Submission Deadline on March 1
    Anyone who is interested in submitting a scientific research paper or scientific review to be peer-reviewed should send in their submissions to by March 1st.

    For more details on our submission guidelines, check out our tumblr at or email us and ask for a pdf copy.
  • Tuesday, February 19, 2013, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Reem-Kayden Center Booth Ferris Foundation Terrace Pod 222
    Bard Science Journal: Brainstorm Meeting for Next Issue
    Bard Science Journal staff will be meeting up to brainstorm article ideas for our next issue (out at the beginning of April). We'll also be talking about the possibility of science-related fim screenings happening on campus. People who are interested in writing articles, being on editorial staff, or who have questions about our submission policy should attend.

    If you're unable to make the meeting or have any questions beforehand, please email us at
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 6:00 pm, Olin, Room 102
    Miriam Ticktin: The Politics of Humanitarianism Beyond the Human
    Event co-sponsored by the Anthropology Program at Bard

    Miriam Ticktin is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the New School. She received her PhD in Anthropology at Stanford University and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France, and an MA in English Literature from Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. Before coming to the New School, Miriam was an Assistant Professor in Women's Studies and Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and also held a postdoctoral position in the Society of Fellows at Columbia University.

    Professor Ticktin works on the intersections of the anthropology of medicine and science, law, and transnational and postcolonial feminist theory. Her research has focused in the broadest sense on what it means to make political claims in the name of a universal humanity: she has been interested in what these claims tell us about universalisms and difference, about who can be a political subject, on what basis people are included and excluded from communities, and how inequalities get instituted or perpetuated in this process.

    Her recent work can be found on her New School page.
  • Friday, November 23, 2012, ,
    Bard Science Journal Art, Fiction, & Poetry Deadline November 26th
    The deadline for submissions for the December 2012 issue is November 26th. The person whose artwork we choose for the cover will receive a $15 prize.
  • Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 7:30 pm, Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
    Glenn Greenwald: The U.S. and Palestine
    Wednesday, November 14, 2012 7:30pm until 9:30pm

    RKC 103 (Bito Auditorium)

    Renowned journalist Glenn Greenwald is coming to Bard to speak on Palestine and America's involvement in the conflict.

    Greenwald has written as a blogger on political and legal issues for Salon, and currently holds a position at The Guardian. He has written four books including "How Would a Patriot Act?" which was a New York Times Bestseller in 2006.

    He has appeared on NPR, ABC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now!, PRI, MSNBC, the Colbert Report, CBS, and yes, even Fox News.

    Organized by Bard International Solidarity Movement is a chapter of the wider International Solidarity Movement. We are a nonviolent direct-action network that provides activists who work on the ground with Palestinians to engage in peaceful resistance and to serve as witnesses to the injustices of the IDF occupation.

    Co-sponsored by The Human Rights Project 

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  • Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Reem-Kayden Center
    Brainstorm Meeting for Bard Science Journal Issue 2
    Bard Science Journal will be having a meeting at 7pm on the RKC pods to discuss article ideas for its December issue. New members are welcome to attend. If you want to write an article, but can't make the meeting, email us at
  • Monday, October 15, 2012, 7:00 pm, Campus Center, Weis Cinema
    Invisible War Screening and Talk with Producer Amy Ziering
    Screening of The Invisible War with conversation following with film’s producer, Amy Ziering. Weis Theater: 7PM, Monday October 15th

    About ‘The Invisible War’:

    From Oscar®- and Emmy®-nominated filmmaker Kirby Dick (This Film Is Not Yet Rated; Twist of Faith) comes The Invisible War, a groundbreaking investigative documentary about one of America's most shameful and best kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the U.S. military. The film paints a startling picture of the extent of the problem - today, a female soldier in combat zones is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire. The Department of Defense estimates there were a staggering 19,000 violent sex crimes in the military in 2010. The Invisible War exposes the epidemic, breaking open one of the most under-reported stories of our generation, to the nation and the world. 

    Details about the film and trailer here:

    Amy Ziering is an Emmy nominated and award-winning Los Angeles producer and director. Her most recent film, OUTRAGE, was produced and distributed by Magnolia Pictures and had its television premiere on HBO. Ziering's previous release, THE MEMORY THIEF, which she produced, stars Mark Webber and Jerry Adler and is a thought provoking examination of the relationship between empathy, narcissism, and trauma. It was NYTIMES critics pick and won several festival awards.

    Ziering also co-directed and produced DERRIDA, a documentary about the world-renowned French philosopher and the philosophical movement known as deconstruction. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, won the Golden Gate award at the San Francisco Film Festival, and was released theatrically by Zeitgeist Films. Ziering also produced Richard Cohen's critically acclaimed TAYLOR'S CAMPAIGN, a documentary about Ron Taylor, a homeless person who ran for a seat on the Santa Monica City Council. Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Ziering taught literature and film at Yale University and Bennington College.

    Event co-sponsored by The Difference and Media Project, Gender and Sexuality Studies, BRAVE, and Center for Civic Engagement.

  • Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 5:00 pm, Campus Center, Weis Cinema
    Beyond 'Muslim Rage': Making Sense of 'Anti-Americanism' in the Islamic World?
    Panel discussion with Moustafa Bayoumi (Brooklyn College) and Charles Anderson (Bard College)

    Tuesday October 2nd, Weis, 5pm

    In early September, the release of an amateurish video produced in the United States set off a torrent of protests in the Arab and Muslim worlds. The film, "Innocence of Muslims," castigates and mocks the prophet Muhammad and the Islamic faith. As demonstrations and attacks on U.S. embassies or installations spread to no less than 29 cities in 18 or more countries stretching from Morocco to Indonesia, intellectuals, politicians, and the media in the U.S. highlighted the absence of respect for free speech in the Muslim world and suggested that Islamic cultures and Arab societies are susceptible to intolerance and fanaticism.

    Why did the wave of protests occur and spread so quickly? What do they tell us about U.S. relations with the Arab and Muslim worlds?  Join us as we explore alternative views of the crisis, investigate its relationship to Islam and Islamophobia, and assess the paradoxical role of the United States in generating anti-Americanism.

    This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Civil Engagement and Middle Eastern Studies

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012, 7:00 pm, Olin, Room 102
    Human Rights Project Lecture Series: Sven Augustijnen
    Sven Augustijnen will talk about his film Spectres, as well as the exhibition and book.

    Spectres, HD video, color, 16:9, stereo sound, French spoken, English subtitled, 104 min, 2011

    On Monday, September 24th, at 5pm CCS ( will be screening the work of Sven Augustijnen.

    Patrice Lumumba played a decisive role in the liberation of the Congo from the colonial yoke. Shortly afterwards, he was betrayed by those close to him, overthrown and summarily executed in Katanga on the January 17, 1961. Even though we know about many of those who orchestrated his death, there remain many unanswered questions. Where exactly did this massacre take place? Who was present? On whose orders? Who is to blame? Sven Augustijnen takes these shady questions that haunt Belgium as much as the Congo as the starting point of his enquiries: using facts, their contemporary echoes and what has been brushed over as “historical fact”. His guide is an elusive character of noble birth – Jacques Brassinne de La Buissière, who was working in the Congo as a high-ranking civil servant at the time. Author of a biography of Lumumba, this man spent many years carrying out research into the history of this period. The film-maker goes with him to meet witnesses and protagonists. Between factual truth, the strength of conviction in the words of some and the possible duplicity of others, between Belgium and the Congo, the camera opens up a wide angle. It scrutinizes the surroundings, observes the gestures and glances, diving into the uncertain layers of truth, revealing the minutiae of the witness accounts. Paced with extracts from Jean-Sebastian Bach’s Passion, powerful elegiac breaths of fresh air that recall the Congolese martyr. Spectres invents new form of investigation which assumes the right to question not just History – both its living players and phantom witnesses – but also how it is recorded, restoring to all both their bodies and their terrible night to the point of opacity.
    Nicolas Feodoroff

    Spectres won the Public Libraries Prize and GNCR Prize and received a special mention from the jury of the International Competition at FID Marseille (FR). At Filmer à Tout Prix (BE) it won the Prize of the Flemish Community.

    Sven Augustijnen (°1970 in Mechelen) studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, the Hoger Sint-Lukas Instituut in Brussels, and at the Jan van Eyck Academy in Maastricht. His work concentrates mainly on the tradition of portraiture and the porous boundaries between fiction and reality, using a hybrid of genres and techniques to disorienting effect. His films have been included in exhibitions and festivals in Athens, Basel, Fribourg, San Sebastián, Siegen, Rotterdam, Tunis, Tel Aviv, Tokyo and Vilnius, among others. In 2007 he participated in the documenta 12 magazine project, in collaboration with A Prior Magazine. In 2011 he received the Evens Prize for Visual Arts. He lives and works in Brussels.

    The Human Rights Project and the Center for Curatorial Studies Program this year inaugurate a joint series of lectures and presentations which seek to explore the increasingly profound and manifest intersections between the discourses of contemporary arts and human rights, both affirmative and critical. Nowhere are the orthodoxies of the human rights movement, its wishful universalism and its proximity to power, challenged with such rigor, creativity, and severity than in the realm of culture. And when the most imaginative, forceful, and far-reaching claims for rights are made today, on the other hand, they are expressed in a language, visual and otherwise, that owes everything to the arts. In a sense, the arts (in the broadest sense) has become the leading edge of human rights work and research, the best currently available lab for redefining, critiquing, rebuilding, and reimagining what human rights might be.

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    Still and photographs from films and exhibitions available at:
  • Friday, April 14, 2006, , To be announced
    Conference: Human Rights and Technology
    "Wielding the Double Edged Sword—Practicum." First of a two-weekend conference presented jointly by the Human Rights Project and the Science, Technology, and Society Program. This weekend is student centered and consists of a series of workshops that teach and share technical skills that aid in deploying new technologies for social change.

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