Introducing the Liebowitz Center for International Studies
A hub for international interests and pursuits
The Liebowitz Center for International Studies is a place where the community can come together. It’s a place to educate and be educated. It's a place to share international experiences and learn more about the programs the College has to offer. On any given day you can find Bard College at Simon’s Rock students:
- Watching a live French news broadcast in the morning
- Grabbing coffee with an academic advisor and designing an independent study to complement a study abroad semester at the UN in Geneva
- Conversing with native speakers via Skype in the language lab
- Workshopping essay ideas in a comparative politics course
- Asking questions at a presentation by a student who spent the last year studying cultural geography in Tibet
- Debating at a Model UN meeting, followed by dinner (Burmese food) hosted by the International Student Organization
Like everything about the intellectual experience at Simon’s Rock, programming at the Liebowitz is immersive. When students take an international studies class here, they talk about the reading with classmates at dinner, build one-on-one relationships with the professor, and reflect on the curriculum with their advisors as they prepare to study abroad.
Smart classrooms connect students across the globe
In any given year, many of the junior class at Simon’s Rock spend all or part of the year in another country. Now, those students can connect to Liebowitz, which has the most technologically advanced classroom space on campus, to share their experiences living and learning in other countries. They’ll be blogging about life abroad and teleconferencing with classes at the center.
When they return to campus, study abroad students give presentations at the Center recapping their time away. They’ll focus on how the transformative experiences they have while abroad will serve them as they write a Senior Thesis and begin to plan for life after Simon’s Rock. “We want our students to look forward rather than back,” explains Maryann Tebben, Emily Fisher Faculty Fellow and professor of French, who’s guiding Liebowitz in its first year.
Senior Claudia Berger, who spent the fall semester last year in Rome, took an art history class there that was entirely on-site and never met in a classroom. Now, she’s writing a thesis on propaganda in ancient Rome. “I’m using the architecture I saw as one of my main sources. Being there was very valuable research. And now, I’m applying to grad schools in Europe.” Joelle Chevrier, also a senior, travelled to China. She considers the experience a necessity: “It was a major stepping stone on my path toward becoming a Chinese professor.”
Visit the Center
If you’re on campus in October for Family Weekend or in November for Discovery Day, be sure to stop by the Center to check out the activity. During Family Weekend, attend a Study Abroad Panel with five seniors who’ll speak on their experiences abroad, and the International Fair, where Simon’s Rock’s international students will share aspects of their cultures, including cuisine, language, and fashion.