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After a summer of intensive planning, BGC welcomed new students, virtually and in person, to its MA and PhD programs. The Director’s Welcome, usually a single indoor event at which BGC Founder and Director Susan Weber meets new students, took place over three beautiful evenings on the terrace at 38 West 86th Street, providing smaller groups of students the opportunity to meet Weber in a more intimate, but socially distanced and masked, environment.

New students also participated in library orientation, digital scholarship, and language training and testing via Zoom. Classes began September 8, with some students attending classes in-person on 86th Street and others electing to participate online. Thankfully BGC’s small class sizes provide the flexibility to create a hybrid model of teaching and learning to best serve our students.