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Alumnus, screenwriter, and content creator Stephan Vladimir Bugaj '90 shows off the 2013 Oscar for best animated feature, for Brave. Listen to Stephan talk with Valhalla Entertainment about his path from Simon’s Rock to the video game industry, artificial intelligence, and Pixar and the entertainment industry. Congratulations to the entire team at Pixar Animation Studios on their Oscar win!


The Daily Beast named Bard College at Simon’s Rock to their list of “Amazing but Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven’t Considered but Should.


Bjorn Somlo '96, chef/owner of Nudel Restaurant in Lenox, MA, is a Best Chef semifinalist in the 2013 James Beard Foundation Awards, the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. Nominees and winners will be fĂȘted this spring in New York City. Congratulations to Bjorn!


Lead writer, editor, and publisher of Nix Comics, Ken Eppstein '88, talks about what it takes to create a comic book from start to finish on Ken is currently curating a month-long exhibit about comics for the Ohio Art League in Columbus.


No surprise that Prof. Peter Filkins keeps up a busy writing pace. While working on his new volume of poems, editing two volumes of H.G. Adler’s unpublished essays, and writing Adler’s biography, Peter has also been a regular contributor to Johns Hopkins University Press Blog. JHU Press Blog recently published his article about the thankless role of the inaugural poet, “Chapter & Verse: Fraught Occasions”, and posted his insights on Sylvia Plath on the anniversary of her death in “When a Poet Dies”.


Music teacher and inventor Cathy Schane-Lydon ‘80 brings Toccata Blocks to the International Toy Fair in NYC. Cathy demonstrates Toccata Blocks on the western Mass 22News program Mass Appeal.


Prof. John Weinstein—on leave as Principal of Bard High School Early College (BHSEC) in Newark, NJ—spoke to WNYC New Jersey Public Radio about safety measures in Newark schools and why he greets students at the door each morning.


Anne Thalheimer '91 (and former Residential Director) is finishing her first long-form autobiographical graphic novel, What You Don't Get, about (in varying degrees) life, death, and cats. Anne recently surpassed her goal on and plans to publish the book later this year. Read more about the project on indiegogo.