Meet the BGC

Each fall, the Bard Graduate Center hosts a number of open houses for prospective students. These events are led by our faculty who talk in depth about their research interests and teaching at the Bard Graduate Center. This is one of the best ways for students to learn more about the BGC. We realize that not everyone can make it to New York, so we've created a virtual open house where you can get a sense of our community by seeing the faculty talk about their own background and work. This will help give a fuller picture of the institution through the voices of those you’ll be working with. We’ll be adding and updating media to this page throughout the year. Nothing replaces an actual visit, and we still strongly recommend you attend an open house in the fall or set up a tour (you may contact Dean Elena Simon for more information). However this page is a good place to start learning about what the BGC offers.

Upcoming BGC Open Houses:

Sunday, October 12, 2014
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014

In addition to Open Houses at the BGC, Dean Simon regularly attends a number of Graduate School Fairs all over the country. If you  would like to know which fairs may be in your area, please contact her directly for more information, simon@bgc.bard.edu

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"What is the BGC? ...[T]he answer is an institute with graduate programs, a gallery, research functions all working together to study the cultural history of the material world."

Peter N. Miller is dean and professor and teaches courses on history of historical research, antiquarianism, and the medieval and early modern Mediterranean.

"... an area that the Bard Graduate Center can play an important role in shaping is the international dimension of studying material culture."

Peter N. Miller is dean and professor and teaches courses on history of historical research, antiquarianism, and the medieval and early modern Mediterranean.

"I was interested in the "why" questions and those were history questions, and that led to where I am now."

Catherine Whalen is assistant professor and teaches courses on American material culture studies, craft and design history, and history and theory of collecting.

"I was always struck by the ability of material culture to really allow us to ask questions that possibly couldn't be obtained or asked through other means..."

David Jaffee is professor and head of new media research and teaches courses on the material culture of New York City, early American material culture, and cultural geography and landscape.

"Here we have the remarkable benefit of being able to study the history of anthropological museology five blocks from where Franz Boas revolutionized the field at the American Museum of Natural History..."

Aaron Glass is assistant professor and teaches courses on the Native peoples of the Northwest Coast and museums and anthropology.

"By discipline...we cover a broad range of fields, from art history, and all its manifestations...design, historiography, intellectual history, book history, food history, and virtually every branch of material culture..."

Andrew Morrall is Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies at the BGC. His broad interests in social and cultural history informed his work in art history. His research interests include the material culture of religion in the early modern home, and craft culture as informed by humanism and religious change.

"As Director of Doctoral Studies, I think I can say that we prepare our students for the professional worlds of academia and the museum in really quite interesting ways..."

Andrew Morrall is Professor and Director of Doctoral Studies at the BGC. His broad interests in social and cultural history informed his work in art history. His research interests include the material culture of religion in the early modern home, and craft culture as informed by humanism and religious change.

"I came to the BGC just because of the breadth of study that we could have here..."

—Hannah Kinney graduated from the BGC in May of 2014. This autumn she begins doctoral studies at Oxford University.

"I think my time at the BGC prepared me very well for working across disciplines..."

—Andrew Goodhouse graduated from the BGC in 2013. He worked for a year as an intern in the Publications department of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. In September, he begins work as editor, at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, Canada.