Category: Announcements


Poll for Joint Session with American Urban History

We are planning a joint session of Prof. Myra Armstead’s American Urban History and our Mapping the Nineteenth-Century City. During this session we will be working together to create a map that explores gender, public, and the experience of New York City in the nineteenth century.

This collaborative mapping exercise will be a time that is either during our regular class time, or if it is different, it will replace a regular class time.

If you haven’t already done so, please fill out the form and submit it as soon as you can so we can plan a time to meet.


Student-Driven Course Competition

To all first-years, sophomores, and juniors:

Have you ever dreamed about being able to take a course, or study a subject, that is not currently offered at Bard?  The Experimental Humanities concentration is taking applications for new EH courses based on student ideas, to be designed in collaboration with faculty. One course idea will be chosen to run in spring 2017. The winning course will receive up to $2000 for speakers and other course-related expenses, as well as work-study funds for the student(s) involved in designing the course.

Proposed courses should align with the aims of the Experimental Humanities concentration, which is committed to the study of what it means to be human and to the role of experimentation in research, learning, and the arts. EH seeks to provide students with the historical context, theoretical background, and analytical and technical skills to engage productively with new forms of humanistic inquiry as they arise. The concentration emphasizes the reconsideration of “old” media in light of today’s technologies, and encourages hands-on “practice” and “making” projects alongside academic writing. More information on Experimental Humanities can be found at our website,

We welcome course proposals that draw on, expand, or productively combine existing areas of study at Bard. Students may apply to design this course individually or in groups of up to four.

To apply, complete the application form attached to the email sent the class and submit it to Miriam Felton-Dansky ( by March 28, 2016.


Wednesday, March 2

6:00 pm Henderson Annex 106

Pizza Provided!

Heard about EH, but not sure what it is?

Are you interested in learning and exploring how technology can mediate what it means to be human? Do you wonder how the digital age has changed literature, what a virtual environment would look like, or how the history of media can help us understand the present?

Do you seek new forms of humanistic inquiry?

If so, join us for an evening of introductions to the Experimental Humanities concentration at Bard! Meet EH faculty and learn about the kinds of courses offered and projects underway. Hear from EH students on their experiences participating in EH classes and about opportunities beyond the classroom in Media Corps or Winter Session workshops. See how a concentration in EH could enrich your studies at Bard!

For more information on Experimental Humanities, visit our website:


Internship Opportunities

If you are interested in an internship in the field of public history, plan to join us at the Elmendorph Inn in Red Hook for dinner and conversation next Wednesday, Feb. 17th!  At least twelve local historical organization representatives will be there to share their job opportunities with you. Employers represented will include: Historic Red Hook, the Dutchess County Historian, Eleanor Roosevelt-Val-Kill Partnership, Clermont State Historic Site, Staatburgh State Historic Site, Historic Huguenot Street, Friends of the Rhinebeck Cemetery, Teaching the Hudson Valley, Germantown Parsonage, and others.

Transportation will be provided by CCE and grant funding/transcript recognition is available. Dinner is provided by the Bard History Program. RSVP date extended to Monday, Feb. 15.  All majors welcome.  Possible jobs include working with historical collections, historic preservation, photography, analyzing historic documents, presentations to the public, writing, digital projects, history education and more!

Space is limited, so reply to Cynthia Koch [] ASAP!

Open the flyer for more details


The American Studies Program, Experimental Humanities Program, Historical Studies Program, Science, Technology, and Society Program, and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation present

a Lecture

Head-and-Shoulder-Hunting in the Americas: Walter Freeman and the Visual Culture of Lobotomy

Miriam Posner,
Program Coordinator & Core Faculty,
Center for Digital Humanities, UCLA

Thursday, February 11, 2016

5:00 p.m. — 6:30 p.m.
RKC 103

Between 1936 and 1967, Walter Freeman, a prominent neurologist, lobotomized as many as 3,500 Americans. Freeman was also an obsessive photographer, taking patients’ photographs before their operations and tracking them down years — even decades — later. In this presentation, Miriam Posner details her efforts to understand why Freeman was so devoted to this practice, using computer-assisted image-mining and -analysis techniques to show how these images fit into the larger visual culture of 20th-century psychiatry.

For more information: contact Heidi Knoblauch at 845-752-4385, or e-mail, or visit