for students

Dates for the 2016 Language and Thinking Program:
Monday, August 8 through Wednesday, August 24

Required dates for arrival on campus and information about orientation programming and other matters beyond the scope of the academic work of the Language and Thinking program are available through the offices of First-Year Experience and the Dean of Students:

Required Reading for the 2016 Language and Thinking Program will be posted here in June 2016

Readings for the 2015 Language and Thinking Program:

Radical Hope: Ethics in the Face of Cultural Devastation by Jonathan Lear
(Harvard University Press, 2006) ISBN 13: 978-0-674-02746-6 | ISBN 10: 0-674-02746-9

“The Garden of Forking Paths,” Included in the collection Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges
(Grove Atlantic Press, 1962) ISBN 13: 978-0-8021-3030-3 | ISBN-10: 0802130305

The edition matters: rely on the ISBN to be sure you are getting the correct edition. Radical Hope by Jonathan Lear should be read in its entirety. For Borges, the required text is “The Garden of Forking Paths” only.

For more information on Language and Thinking, or First-Year Students at Bard, contact the Dean of Students office by calling 845-758-7454 or e-mail