Peg Peoples (B.A., University of Alaska, Fairbanks; M.F.A., University of Massachusetts) has been at Bard College since 2005, teaching writing and First Year Seminar, leading and organizing faculty development workshops for teachers and professors, and consulting on curriculum development both nationally and internationally. Prior to Bard College, she taught writing at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Arts & Sciences in New York City and Pratt Institute, and was Associate Director of the National Academy of American Poets and prior Publishing Director of Alice James Books. From 2010 – 2012, Peg was the Bard Faculty Representative and Director of College Writing at the American University of Central Asia (AUCA) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, where she helped develop the General Education Curriculum, the First Year Seminar Program, established a Writing Center, and inaugurated AUCA’s Language & Thinking Program.
Peg participates in the IVY Plus Writing Consortium, the Education Advisory Group for the Hudson Valley Pattern for Progress, works closely with the network of Bard High School Early Colleges, and Bard College’s International partner institutions, and serves on the Faculty Educational Oversight Committees of the American University of Central Asia and Smolny College of St. Petersburg State University in Russia, and consults regularly the European Humanities University on general education. In her role as director, she oversees both the national and international programing of the Bard Institute for Writing & Thinking, and the Bard Language and Thinking Program. Her most recent publication is “Empowering Students through Language & Critical Thinking” in Education Studies, a special edition on the liberal arts and sciences published by the National Research University Higher School of Economics in Russia. After twenty years of teaching, Peg is particularly interested in the transfer of new skills into the classroom while helping teachers retain their creative authority as they guide students to develop habits of mind that support independent thought and life-long learning.
Erica KaufmanDirector of Faculty and Curriculum Development, the Institute for Writing and Thinking, and Visiting Assistant Professor of Literacy Education, Bard College
(B.A., Douglass College, Rutgers University; M.F.A., The New School, Ph.D., CUNY Graduate Center) is the Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development and Visiting Assistant Professor of Literacy Education. She has taught in the English Department at Baruch College, worked with the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, and served as a Curriculum Specialist for the Holocaust Educators Network. She has been a visiting writer and visiting professor at Naropa University and Parsons the New School for Design. Her publications include the full-length poetry collections INSTANT CLASSIC (Roof Books 2013) and censory impulse (Factory School 2009). Kaufman is the co-editor of Adrienne Rich: Teaching at CUNY, 1968-1974 (Lost & Found: The CUNY Poetics Document Initiative, 2014) and of NO GENDER: Reflections on the Life and Work of kari edwards (Venn Diagram, 2009). Prose and critical work can be found in: Jacket2, Open Space/SFMOMA and in The Color of Vowels: New York School Collaborations (ed. Mark Silverberg, Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Additional critical work is forthcoming in the MLA Guide to Teaching Gertrude Stein (eds. L. Esdale and D. Mix). Kaufman also co-coordinates the Teacher Resource Center for the Modern & Contemporary American Poetry MOOC in collaboration with the Kelly Writers House at the University of Pennsylvania. Current research interests include: Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines; the interstices between contemporary poetics and Composition & Rhetoric; feminism and the epic poem; and intergenerational Holocaust Studies.
William DixonDirector, the Language and Thinking Program
William Dixon is the Director of the Language and Thinking Program and helps to promote a broader understanding of its intellectual and creative work throughout the Bard network and internationally. He has taught in the program since 2010 and holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He was an Academic Fellow for Political Studies at the Bard Prison Initiative from 2012-16. He was also a 2010-11 Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and the Humanities at Bard College. He has taught political theory, comparative politics, and political economy at Johns Hopkins, Bard College, and Oberlin College. His research interests include contemporary political theory, ancient political thought, philosophies of nature, cosmopolitanism, and prudential theories of democracy. Some of the political thinkers who interest him most include Aeschylus, Thucydides, Machiavelli, Rousseau, Marx, Walt Whitman, Nietzsche, Max Weber, Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Gilles Deleuze. He is currently working on a project on democracy, capitalist globalization, and global warming.
Celia BlandAssociate Director, the Institute for Writing and Thinking
B.A., Sarah Lawrence; M.A., New York University. Publications: Poetry and prose in Poetry International, Boston Review, Evergreen Review, Drunken Boat, Cortland Review, Narrative Magazine, and Lumina. Essay, “Secret Book Written in the Dirt”, in Jean Valentine: This-World Company (University of Michigan). Books: Soft Box: Poetry (2004); The Madonna Comix, with visual artist Dianne Kornberg, introduction by Luc Sante (2014). At Bard since 1999.
(B.A., Marist College; M.S., Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) Research interests: computational geometry, mathematics and music, and software development methodology. Mathematics Faculty, Master of Arts in Teaching Program