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Monday, October 1, 2018

The NSU Monologues

Actors for Human Rights Germany
Campus Center, Weis Cinema  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Between 2000 and 2007, a far-right terrorist group known as the National Socialist Underground (NSU) murdered 10 people in Germany, nine of them of immigrant backgrounds. The group’s racist and neofascist ideology echoed the belief systems of other right-wing organizations, including the white supremacist Blood and Honour. In 2011, after a failed bank robbery, two members of the NSU committed suicide while the third member, Beate Zschäpe, turned herself in. In the ensuing trial, which ended in July, it became clear that German intelligence agencies had known of and even colluded with the NSU. The failures of the security authorities to stop the group’s crimes highlights the persistence of structural racism in Germany.
Written and performed as documentary theater, The NSU Monologues features the words of three relatives of the NSU’s victims: Elif Kubaşık, Adile Şimşek, and İsmail Yozgat. The stories of Elif, Adile, and İsmail testify to the survivors’ courage and determination. Whether they marched at the head of a funeral procession, organized demonstrations, or demanded that a street be renamed in the victims’ memory, their small acts defied the narrow “official” accounts of German authorities. With their testimonies, they reclaim a space for a historically accountable and antiracist mode of remembrance.
This performance will feature the work of Bard German Studies students, who have translated the original German-language script into English.

For more on AHRG, go to A trailer of the play (with English subtitles) is available at
Sponsored by: Anthropology Program; Bard Theater and Performance Program; Center for Civic Engagement; German Studies Program; Hannah Arendt Center; Human Rights Program
Contact: Jeff Jurgens  518-947-0301
Friday, May 4, 2018

Franz Schubert and the Political Culture of Vienna

A talk by Professor Greg Moynahan onThe Political Culture of Schubert's Vienna: Metternich and Domestic Life,” followed by a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D 956, “Two Cellos”
László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Due to popular demand, the lecture and concert program that was presented in March at Montgomery Place will be repeated at the Conservatory Performance Space. The program features an expanded, illustrated talk by Professor Greg Moynahan on “The Political Culture of Schubert's Vienna: Metternich and Domestic Life,” to be followed by a performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C Major, D 956, “Two Cellos,” performed by Conservatory students and director Robert Martin.
 No reservations required. Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by: Bard College Conservatory of Music; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Ann Gabler  845-758-7866
Friday, April 27, 2018

Translation Symposium

A conference on the theory and practice of translation, organised by Bard's Translation and Translatability Initiative.
Bard College Campus  9:00 am – 7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Sponsored by: Bard Translation and Translatability Initiative; Division of Languages and Literature
Contact: Olga Voronina  845-758-7472
Thursday, April 12, 2018

Book Presentation with Jerome Kohn: Thinking Without a Banister: Essays in Understanding, 1953–1975, in conversation with Thomas Wild

Olin, Room 102  6:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Please join us for a book presentation with Jerome Kohn, editor of Thinking Without a Banister, in conversation with Thomas Wild.

The title refers to Hannah Arendt’s description of her experience of thinking, an activity in which she indulged without any of the traditional religious, moral, political, or philosophic pillars of support. The book’s contents are varied: the essays, lectures, reviews, interviews, speeches, and editorials, taken together, manifest the relentless activity of her mind as well as her character, acquainting the reader with the person Arendt was, and who has hardly yet been appreciated or understood. 

“This second volume of some 40 essays, interviews, conference presentations, acceptance speeches, letters and reviews, edited and introduced by Arendt scholar Kohn, reveals a wide focus, including the relationship of theory to practice, American elections, the Cold War, freedom, civic responsibility, and happiness…. [Arendt] emerges as startlingly prescient: in an interview in 1973, for example, she emphasized that a free press is crucial in a democracy…. A challenging, densely argued, provocative collection.” —Kirkus Reviews

Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 6 pm
Location: Olin Hall, Room 102
Free and open to the public

Co-sponsored by the German Studies Program at Bard College
  Thursday, March 29, 2018

Faculty Recital: Selected Lieder of Franz Schubert

Kayo Iwama, pianist and associate director of the Graduate Vocal Arts Program, with visiting artist mezzo-soprano MaryAnn McCormick
László Z. Bitó '60 Conservatory Building  7:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
Metropolitan opera singer MaryAnn McCormick will join pianist Kayo Iwama, associate director of the Bard Conservatory's Graduate Vocal Arts Program, for a special performance of Schubert lieder. This is a preview of a concert that will take place in Boston at Jordan Hall in April.

Free admission.
Sponsored by: Bard College Conservatory of Music; Bard Conservatory Graduate Vocal Arts Program
Contact: Ann Gabler  845-758-7196
  Saturday, March 10, 2018

(SOLD OUT)--A Montgomery Place Salon Concert: Schubert

Performance of a Schubert quintet and a talk on "The Political Culture of Schubert's Vienna: Metternich and Domestic Life"
Montgomery Place, Mansion  3:00 pm EDT/GMT-4
A Montgomery Place Salon presented by the Bard College Conservatory of Music and Historical Studies Program with a talk on "The Political Culture of Schubert's Vienna: Metternich and Domestic Life" by Professor Gregory Moynahan, followed by a performance of the String Quintet in C Major, D 956, "Two cellos" by Franz Schubert by Conservatory students and faculty. Admission by reservation only. SOLD OUT--Suggested donation $20. No additional waiting list reservations will be taken. 
Sponsored by: Bard College Conservatory of Music; Historical Studies Program
Contact: Robert Martin  845-758-7196
Thursday, March 8, 2018

(CANCELED) The Arendt Edition Series presents: "An Introduction to Politics" with Marcus Llanque

Olin, Room 203  6:30 pm EDT/GMT-4
This talk has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Searching for the "origins“ of the political, as Hannah Arendt did, reflects a genealogical approach to the history of political ideas. It is a common place to say that she found it in ancient political thought. But which aspects of it? Looking into her unpublished book, "Introduction into Politics,“ we find her considering three different layers of antiquity: Homer, the Greeks, and the Romans. In the end, she opted for the Romans and consequently changed her idea of the "oasis“ of politics which has to be defended against the "desert“ of modernity.

Marcus Llanque is Professor for Political Theory at University of Augsburg/ Germany. He’s published several books on the theory of democracy, republicanism, and the history of political ideas. He is the editor of Hannah Arendt’s “What is Politics?” within the upcoming critical edition of Arendt’s complete works.

Date: March 8th, 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Olin, Room 203

Free & Open to the Public
Sponsored by: German Studies Program