Blackout Bard: What Happened

Written by Maeve McKaig The majority of the freshman class is unaware of the racial tensions that culminated in an intentionally disruptive demonstration on November 18th, 2015: Blackout Bard. Many of the issues that were addressed at the walkout are still relevant today, including microaggressions on campus towards black and brown students, and a greater […]

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White Ignorance: what it is, how it hurts, and what needs to change

Written by Maeve McKaig There is little subtlety in the role that race plays in our current political and cultural climate. Since the election of Donald Trump, political commentary has been increasingly saturated with claims of racial motivation. Many attribute Trump’s presidency to the white working class vote–the “silent majority”–which was largely ignored during the […]

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“I do Feel Marked:” Conversations about Black Male Experiences at Bard College

Written by Funto Omojola Dr. Tommy J. Curry, professor of philosophy and Africana studies at Texas A&M University, was recently invited to speak at The Hannah Arendt Center’s Tough Talk Lecture Series at which he presented the work: “They Mistook a Backlash for a Movement: Black Men and the Doom of Western Civilization.” The talk […]

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Activist Spotlight: Lexi Parra

Written by Maeve McKaig Lexi Parra has been working as a community organizer on Bard’s campus since her first year in Annandale. Now a senior photography and human rights major, activism and organizing work has become an integral part of Parra’s life, both personally and professionally. Her work has ranged from on-campus discussion and education […]

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A Reflection on Activism: Why I did not Attend the Women’s March and Why I no Longer feel Guilty About it

Written by Funto Omojola As I woke up to a flood of images on my social media platforms featuring thousands of men and women clad in pink pussy hats with signs proclaiming fundamental women’s rights to challenging the presidency of Donald Trump, my immediate reaction was not one of pride and comfort, but one of […]

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Artist Interviews from Borikén Florece: A Benefit Concert for Puerto Rico

by Gabrielle Berbey On October 29th, various first and second generation Puerto Rican artists from around New York performed at a benefit concert for Puerto Rico held at Bard’s Sosnoff Theater. All of the proceeds from the event were donated to Taller Salud, Casa Pueblo, and Iser Caribe, community-based organizations to support the health and […]

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Latinos in Local Politics–Projecting the Unheard Voices of our Community

Written by Funto Omojola On Tuesday October 24, La Voz, LASO, The Student Labor Dialogue, Bard CCE, and the 100 days initiative at Bard co-sponsored a panel event entitled Latinos in Local Politics. Moderated by co-founder and managing editor of La Voz, Mariel Fiori, the event hosted politicians and activists from around the area: Francena […]

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