Jonathan Cristol (Bard ’00) is stepping down as BGIA director after many years of service to the program and further contributions to the Bard Political Studies program. We thank him for all his many contributions to the College. Jonny will be a fellow at the World Policy Institute and remain attached to Bard as a Senior Fellow at the Center for Civic Engagement. We thank Jonny for his many years of hard work and dedication to BGIA.
Jim Ketterer will serve as the new director of BGIA and will become Dean of International Studies. Jim has been at Bard for the past two years, teaching and working with CCE on Bard’s international partnerships, particularly the Bard/Al-Quds partnership. He came to Bard after returning from Egypt, where he was the country director for AMIDEAST, the largest US NGO in the country. He previously worked in academia (including a stint at Bard), government and international development.
Rachel Meyer (Bard ’06), who has been working at BGIA for the past two years, has been promoted into the role of Deputy Director of BGIA, where she will oversee day-to-day operations at BGIA.
In addition, Bryan Billings will join the BGIA team, bringing his many years of international program experience as he takes on recruiting for the program while maintaining his long work with Smolny. Walter Russell Mead will continue to serve as BGIA's academic director and Anna Seidner is the residence director.
A current BGIA student interning at AID FOR AIDS wrote a fascinating blog post about an innovative way to get antiretroviral medicine to infants. Read more here: http://aidforaids.org/simple-yet-inventive-technology-to-deliver-hiv-medication-to-infants/
On 6/10, Sahana Dharmapuri spoke to the Core Seminar class about her experience as a gender advisor and challenges that women in international security may face. She also recommended ways that students can think about their own research to incorporate a gender perspective.
On 6/11, a group of students went out to the American Ballet Theater to see Sleeping Beauty.
This summer, BGIA students are interning at the following organizations: Aid for AIDS; Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs; Global Action to Prevent War; Global Justice Center; Global Kids; Global Poverty Project; Group SJR; Magnum Foundation; NPower; Oxford Analytica; Physicans for Human Rights; and Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict.