On Friday, November 11, 2016, Bard College hosted a public, post-election dialogue with Bard President Leon Botstein and Mark Danner, James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities and contributor to the New York Review of Books. The discussion was sponsored by Bard’s Human Rights Project and Center for Civic Engagement.
Here’s a link to a video of the discussion.
Leon Botstein, conductor, music historian, and leader in education reform, has been president and Leon Levy Professor in the Arts and Humanities of Bard College since 1975. The author of Jefferson’s Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture, he has published widely in the fields of music, education, and history and culture. Founder of Bard High School Early College, he has been a pioneer in linking American higher education to public secondary schools. Botstein is also a renowned international conductor who has served as the music director and conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra since 1992. He is also the artistic co-director of SummerScape and of the Bard Music Festival, and The Orchestra Now, as well as conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra. His honors include the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and Harvard University’s Centennial Award, as well as the Cross of Honor from the Republic of Austria.
Mark Danner is a prolific writer and war reporter who has written about politics and foreign affairs for more than 25 years. He has covered wars and political turmoil in Central America, Haiti, the Balkans, Iraq and the Middle East. His books include Stripping Bare the Body, The Secret Way to War: The Downing Street Memo and the Iraq War’s Buried History, Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib and the War on Terror, The Road to Illegitimacy: One Reporter’s Travels through the 2000 Florida Vote Recount and The Massacre at El Mozote: A Parable of the Cold War. Danner is the James Clarke Chace Professor of Foreign Affairs and the Humanities at Bard College and Chancellor’s Professor of Journalism and English at the University of California, Berkeley.