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Our Red Book: Reading & Conversation

Fisher Center, Resnick Studio

CHRA is co-sponsoring a reading of Our Red Book, a collection of essays, oral histories, and artworks about periods across all stages of life, gathered by the New York Times best-selling author Rachel Kauder Nalebuff. The event is co-presented by CHRA, Fisher Center, Bard Theater and Performance Department and Written Arts. Our Red Book takes us through stories of first...


“Boycott”: film screening & conversation with director Julia Bacha

Weis Cinema, Bard College 30 Campus Rd, , NY, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

CHRA is co-sponsoring a screening of the film Boycott (2021), with director Julia Bacha in-person on Tuesday, March 28, at Weis Cinema, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Over the past six years, unbeknownst to most Americans, 34 states passed laws intending to silence boycott and other nonviolent measures aimed at pressuring Israel on its human rights record. These dangerous bills...


Archival Collective Counter-Imagination, Part 1: The Lonely Trees by Rojava Film Commune

Weis Cinema, Bard College 30 Campus Rd, , NY, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

CHRA is hosting a screening and discussion on Monday, March 27, 5pm, at Weis Cinema, as part of Archival Collective Counter–Imagination, a two-part program curated by art historian and current CHRA Fellow Lara Fresko Madra. The event will include a screening of The Lonely Trees by the Rojava Film Commune , with an introduction and discussion with Lara Fresko Madra and...


Turkey and Syria in the Aftermath of Recent Earthquake(s)

Olin 102

As the destruction continues to unfold, please join us on Tuesday, March 14th, 3:30–4:30pm in Olin 102 for a teach-in to take stock of the earthquake(s) and their devastation in various parts of Turkey and Syria. Panelists will include Ziad Abu-Rish (CHRA & Middle Eastern Studies), Lara Fresko Madra (CHRA), and Pinar Kemerli (Political Studies). The teach-in topics will include:...


Miguel’s War with director Eliane Raheb, in conversation with Sabine El Chamaa

CHRA will be screening Miguel's War (2021, 128 min) at Upstate Films, with director Eliane Raheb in person. The film will be introduced and discussed by CHRA Fellow and filmmaker Sabine El Chamaa. Eliane Raheb’s hybrid documentary follows Miguel, a gay man exiled in Spain who returns to Lebanon after 37 years to reflect on his experience growing up during...

Talks Series

Baha Hilo: The Olives of Palestine

Olive trees have been a major part of Baha's practice as an educator and community organizer. His talk will focus on the significance, history, and place of olive trees in Palestine, as well as the different methods used by the state of Israel to destroy this ancestral staple and tradition. Baha will share his project Preserve, which is curated by...

Talks Series

Danielle Purifoy: “Remote Control”—Plantations and Black Forest Ecologies in the Black Belt

This talk examines how the contemporary timber industry reproduces plantation power. It explores the “remote control” of land — such as absentee land ownership, Black family land grabs, new markets for energy, and legal regimes designed to “devalue” common property in favor of individual ownership and profit. Multi-generation Black homeplaces and communities, rooted in alternative modes of land relations, sustain...

Student Projects

Tender Edges: Micro-festival by First-Year M.A. Students in Human Rights & the Arts

Tender Edges is a microfestival of live art projects created by the first year M.A. students in Human Rights & the Arts at Bard College. These works-in-progress are part of The Politics of Interactive Live Art course taught by Tania El Khoury. The microfestival takes place at various times and locations on campus on Saturday 10 December and Monday 12...

Talks Series

Nicholas Galanin: Unshadowed Land

Virtual Event Virtual Event

Culture is rooted in connection to land; like land, culture cannot be contained. I am inspired by generations of Lingít & Unangax̂ creative production and knowledge connected to the land I belong to. From this perspective I engage across cultures with contemporary conditions. My process of creation is a constant pursuit of freedom and vision for the present and future....

Talks Series

Jumana Manna: When A Goat Eats the Scene

Virtual Event Virtual Event

In her talk, Jumana Manna will speak about her dual practice as a sculptor and a filmmaker, and her ongoing inquiries into the contradictions of preservation and ruination. Manna will focus on her recent film, Foragers, which depicts the criminalization of Palestinian plant foraging traditions. The film challenges the logic of extinction debates under settler-colonial and neoliberal regimes, namely the...