Tuesday April 17, 2012

Arabic Language Table
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
When: Every Tuesday, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Where: Kline dining area
Sponsored by Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Dina Ramadan, dramadan@bard.edu, 845-758-6822 x7506
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The Spring Italian Film Festival
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Every Tuesday in Preston Theater -- 6:30 PM
(only on  April 17 will films be shown in RKC 103)

Sponsored by Italian Studies Program
Contact: Anna Cafaro, annacafaro@hotmail.com, 845-758-7377
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Tuesday Tune in: Stilt Walking
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Come join senior Olivia Molineaux as she teaches anyone and everyone how to stilt walk. Stilts provided. (Thanks to Paul Marienthal and Olivia for building new stilts for this project). Even if you stumble as you walk down the path, you could still be a righteous stilt walker! Get about three feet closer to the sun! Campus Center green, 1:15-2:15, Pizza served
Time: 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Campus Center, Lawn
Contact: Amii LeGendre, alegendr@bard.edu, 206-351-0777
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German Table
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Lasst uns Deutsch sprechen! Let's speak German and join our weekly language table. Look for the German flower garland in the dining area.
Sponsored by German Studies Program
Time: 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Kline Commons
Contact: Andrea Rehman, arehman@bard.edu, 845-752-4297
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"Further Projects Decolonizing Architecture," a talk by Alessandro Petti
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Human Rights Project Presents:

"Further Projects Decolonizing Architecture," a talk by Alessandro Petti

Alessandro Petti is an Architect and Researcher in Urbanism, chair of the newly established Urban Studies and Spatial Practices program at Al-Quds/Bard College Palestine (www.alqudsbard.org ) and director of Campus in Camps, an experimental educational program centered in Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem (www.campusincamps.ps). Petti is founding member and director of DAAR, an architectural office and an artistic residency program that combines conceptual speculations and architectural interventions. DAAR was awarded the Price Claus Prize for Architecture, received the Art initiative Grant, shortlisted for the Chrnikov Prize and showed in various museums and biennales around the world.
Petti has written on the emerging spatial order dictated by the paradigm of security and control (Asymmetries: the road network in Israel/Palestine, in “State of exception and Resistance in the Arab World”, Arab Unity Studies 2010; Dubai Offshore Urbanism in Heterotopia and the City, Routledge 2008; Archipelagos and enclaves, Bruno Mondadori, Milan 2007) and published several articles centred around DAAR artistic practice (Return to Nature in “Ecological Urbanism”, Lars Muller Publishers, May 2010; Decolonizing Palestine, Abitare 504, July 2010; Future Archaeology, Afterall, February 2009,).
He co-curated different research projects on the contemporary urban condition such as Borderdevices (2002-2007), Uncertain States of Europe (2001-2003) with multiplicity and Stateless Nation with Sandi Hilal (2002-2007).
His projects have been published in national and international newspapers and magazines: the New York Times, Il Manifesto, Al Ayyam, Al- Quds, Art Forum and Archis. He has been invited to lectures in several institutions and universities among others: Tate modern London, Columbia University, University of Exeter, American University of Beirut, University of London, Global Art Forum Dubai, Prefix Gallery Toronto, Festival della Filosofia di Roma, Bard College University New York, Henry Moore Institute, Festival Architettura Parma.

For more information on Decolonizing Architecture can be found at the following website: http://www.decolonizing.ps/site/
Sponsored by Human Rights Project
Time: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Reem-Kayden Center Laszlo Z. Bito '60 Auditorium
Contact: 845-758-6822
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"Living Downstream" Special Screening & Expert Panel
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., Living Downstream is an eloquent and cinematic feature-length documentary. This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links.

Jannette Barth (keynote), President, JM Barth and Associates
Michael Edelstein, Director, Institute for Environmental Studies, Ramapo College
Mark Lytle, Chair, Environmental and Urban Studies, Bard College
Rebecca Barnes (moderator), Professor, Bard Center for Environmental Policy

5:00 - 5:10:  Introductions
5:10 - 5:30:  Keynote Speaker
5:30 - 7:00:  Film Screening
7:00 - 7:30:  Panelist Reactions
7:30 - 7:55:  Question and Answer
7:55 - 8:00   Closing Remarks

Special thanks go to George Smith '82 and CEP students for making this event possible!


Sponsored by Bard Center for Environmental Policy
Time: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Campus Center, Weis Cinema
Contact: 845-758-7073
Website: http://www.livingdownstream.com
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"Insights into the Development of Coherent 3D Object Processing: Infants' Responses to Pictures of Possible and Impossible Objects"
Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Candidate for the Two-year Visiting Assistant Professor in PsychologySarah Shuwairi
Visiting Scholar, NYU

"Insights into the Development of Coherent 3D Object Processing: Infants' Responses to Pictures of Possible and Impossible Objects"

Perceiving objects and scenes as coherent in three dimensions (3D) is a fundamental ability of the mature visual system. And, both how and when the mechanisms supporting coherent 3D object processing arise in early development have been central topics of research and discussion. Moreover, the question of whether young infants would respond differently to pictures of incoherent (“impossible”) objects relative to coherent (“possible”) ones was undocumented until recently. In our original study, we used a looking-time paradigm to examine whether 4-month-olds could differentiate between possible and impossible cube displays. Infants looked significantly longer at pictures of impossible objects relative to possible ones, which suggests that very young infants are sensitive to line junction information (e.g., T-junction cues) in the context of perceiving global shape. These findings established that perceptual mechanisms involved in deriving 3D structural information from binding edges and critical line junctions in static images are available within the first few postnatal months, but left open the question of how infants are able to distinguish between pictures of possible and impossible objects. This presentation will highlight data suggesting that the infant’s visual system extracts critical structural information contained in 2D images in an attempt to analyze the projected 3D configuration, and that this information serves to control both oculomotor and manual action systems. The findings help clarify the development of mechanisms for processing pictorial depth cues and extracting information about 3D structure from pictures of objects. This work also provides further insights into the development of infants’ conceptual knowledge of coherent 3D objects, i.e., the ability to perceive and understand objects in the world around them and the ability to act appropriately toward both real and depicted objects.
Sponsored by Psychology Program
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Preston Theater
Contact: Sarah Dunphy- Lelii, sdl@bard.edu, 845-758-7621
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Adio Kerida: A film by Ruth Behar
A film by Ruth Behar
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Bard College invites the entire Jewish community to see this compelling film about the Sephardic Jewish community in Cuba!Learn more about the film at http://www.ruthbehar.com/AKAboutEnglish.htm
The Cuban Sephardic community, both on and off the island, offers so rare a mix of cultural traditions--Spanish, Turkish, African, Jewish, Cuban, and American--that it remains a mystery and has not yet been portrayed in any depth in literature, art, or film.Ruth Behar’s film gives voice to the Afro-Cuban children who affirm their Sephardic heritage, adult men and women who were hidden Jews and have returned to their faith through conversion, and elderly Jews who explore the fine line between forgetting and remembering. The cinematography and the narrative are juxtaposed with Afro-Cuban drumming, Jewish liturgical music, Sephardic love songs, tangos, Cuban salsa, and American jazz.  Song, music, and dance emerge as a vital necessity in the lives of the Sephardic Jews of Cuba.

Sponsored by Jewish Studies Program
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Hegemen 102
Contact: Cecile Kuznitz, kuznitz@bard.edu, 845-758-7543
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Economics Tutoring and Study Room
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Drop by Albee B102 tonight to take advantage of one-on-one peer tutoring with students recognized by faculty for academic excellence. You're also welcome to use the room to study independently in the company of other economics students. From 6 pm to 8 pm.
Sponsored by Economics Program
Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Albee
Contact: Jane Smith, jesmith@bard.edu, 845-758-7892
Website: http://inside.bard.edu/learningcommons/
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Women's Lacrosse Game
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Bard takes on Vassar College in a Liberty League game.
Sponsored by Department of Athletics and Recreation
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Lorenzo Ferrari Soccer Complex
Contact: James Sheahan, jsheahan@bard.edu, 845-752-4929
Website: http://bardathletics.com
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Drop-In Writing Tutoring
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Writing a paper? Whether it's a FYSEM essay or a Senior Project, fully drafted or simply an idea, you can talk it over with a peer writing tutor in the Learning Commons. Come to the Learning Commons to sign up for a session or try dropping by during tutoring hours. Tutors are available every day of the week: * Sunday through Thursday, 7 pm to 11 pm * Friday and Saturday, 4 pm to 6 pm We're located on the back of Stone Row, across the quad from Old Henderson. For more information, please visit http://inside.bard.edu/learningcommons or call x7812.
Time: 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Location: Learning Commons
Contact: Jane E. Smith, jesmith@bard.edu, 845-758-7892
Website: http://inside.bard.edu/learningcommons
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"Pastoral in Palestine," A Talk by Neil Hertz
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Hertz: Afterword to “Pastoral in Palestine” (February, 2012) As for the nomad Arabs, camel and sheep herds, dwellers in black booths and curtains of hair cloth, we may see in them that desert life, which was followed by their ancestors in the Biblical tents of Kedar.  While the like phrases of their near-allied and not less ancient speech are sounding in our ears, and their                         customs, come down from antiquity, are continued before our eyes, we almost feel ourselves carried back to the days of the Hebrew Patriarchs.  Charles Montagu Doughty, Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888)             “Near-allied and not less ancient”: Doughty is talking of the kinship of Arabic and Hebrew speech, but the phrase could well apply to the two peoples contending for land and water in this narrow strip of Asia Minor between a river and a sea.  And Doughty reminds us that, unlike many such contentions, this one is characterized by the likeness of the contesting parties.  Suppose that a Jewish homeland had indeed been established in East Africa—a proposal brought to the Zionist conference at Basel in 1903 by the British government—or in Madagascar, an early solution to the “Jewish Problem” considered by Hitler in 1938.  European Jews would then certainly have found themselves, as colonists, in conflict with the indigenous peoples, whom they might well have stigmatized as  “irrational” and “tribal,” but they would not have had to deal with the embarrassing possibility of recognizing themselves in their antagonists, prompting the “paradoxes and contradictions” that Eyal Weizman described in his discussion of vernacular architecture, or the puzzle of who is historically entitled to worship at the Cave of the Patriarchs.             That is what gives the struggle in Palestine its particular “pastoral” inflection.  It is true that a quite calculated (“rational”) appropriation of Palestinian land and water has been successfully conducted over the years and under various administrations by the State of Israel.  This has been and continues to be, as the phrase goes, a land-grab, but the motivations behind it are not exhausted by calling it that.   On both sides of the frontier, a spectrum of imaginary investments, ranging from theological zeal down through the various intensities of nationalist sentiment, to the more ordinary complacencies of people who just want to live their lives untroubled, has shaped the course of this conflict in ways that have made it seem intractable.  Certainly no one I spoke with in either Israel or Palestine expressed much hope for a solution.  It is The Situation.  One lives with it.  I’ve tried to set down, in these pages, what “living with it” looked like, last winter and spring.    
Sponsored by Human Rights Project
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: 845-758-6822
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BIke Co-op Open Hours
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
We help you fix your bike. We have parts, bikes, tools, and people who know how to use them. FREE
Sponsored by Bard Bike Co-op
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Bike Co-op, Old Gym Basement
Contact: Logan T Hollarsmith, lh1246@bard.edu, 415-911-9111
Website: http://bikesatbard.blogspot.com/
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Math Study Room
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A place to work on math homework, study with classmates, or find a math tutor

Every Sunday-Thursday
RKC 111
7-10 p.m.
Sponsored by Learning Commons; Mathematics Program
Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Location: RKC 111
Contact: Maria Belk, mbelk@bard.edu, 845-758-7811
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Lecture with Michael Steinman
Heidegger: Politics With and Without Identity
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
The philosophy Martin Heidegger starts to develop from 1934 on, his philosophy of Ereignis (event or enowning), has often be seen as an attempt to remedy for his failed political engagement by resorting to the superior and distant realm of the history of being. The talk shows that, to the contrary, this philosophy can be read as an attempt to save the idea of a revolution, of a new beginning, without the contradictions his earlier thought had to incur. In his activity as rector of the University of Freiburg, Heidegger wanted to achieve a new foundation of German identity through an experience lying beyond any fixed identity, but in order to do so he had to participate in the actions required by the Nazi agenda. These contradictions have a precedent in the conception of Being and Time, especially in the methodical approach to Being which is based on the ontological structure of one privileged being, that is, human Dasein. The philosophy developed after 1934 can be read as approach that would transform Dasein together with Being. The talk will show that the philosophy of Being has a political dimension, while Heidegger’s political engagement is accompanied by ontological assumptions and concerns.
Sponsored by Hannah Arendt Center
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Olin, Room 102
Contact: Bridget Hollenback, bhollenb@bard.edu, 845-758-7878
Website: http://www.bard.edu/hannaharendtcenter/
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Socially Responsible Investment Committee Weekly Meeting
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
SRIC is a committee whose mission is to improve the transparency and social responsibility of the College's endowment and leverage the endowment for social change.
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Campus Center, Meeting Room 214
Contact: Ayana Enomoto-Hurst, ah4858@bard.edu, 651-491-3967
Website: http://clubs.bard.edu/sric
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Moderation Concert: Jory Davidowicz
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Sponsored by Music Program
Time: 8:00 pm
Location: Bard Hall, Bard College Campus
Contact: musicprogram@bard.edu, 845-758-7250
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