Methods and Models: Experimental Education

Bard College is home to a variety of academic models that implicitly question the boundaries and purposes of liberal arts education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Many of its programs take an active role in redefining their object of study. But these programs, including Human Rights, Literature and the new Experimental Humanities concentration, rarely engage in public conversation about their methodologies, and though they often work across disciplines, their shared stakes and interests are not always visible on campus.

Curatorial Studies is an especially interesting case in this sense: it is an increasingly common graduate degree, setting itself apart from both art history and studio practices, yet it is also one of the newest additions to the humanities, and its disciplinary parameters are still in flux. CCS Bard hopes to engage students in an investigation of the various ways of teaching and learning, including relationships between education, experimentation, progress, and responsibility to both the traditions of our fields of study and the needs of current students. This broad conversation invites faculty and program directors at Bard who have initiated or supported new academic models to speak in depth, and in active conversation with students, about their pedagogical positions.

Speakers include Johanna Burton, Maria Sachiko Cecire, Tom Keenan, Joan Retallack, and, Tirdad Zolghadr.

For more information and a detailed schedule please see: www.bard.edu/ccs. This conference was organized by CCS Bard Alumna Nova Benway.

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