Senior Project Support

The Bard Center for the Study of Hate has established a fund to support Senior Project research that examines human hatred and its manifestations. By hatred we refer to the “working definition” of hate studies: “the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize or demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes that inform and give expression to, or can curtail, control, or combat, that capacity.” Hatreds can be visceral (such as white supremacy, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or other ideologies and theologies that target groups for violence or discrimination), or normative (such as historical analyses of hatreds that were viewed by many at the time as just how things were, like slavery before the Civil War, or the tolerance today of racist sports team mascots).

BCSH is delighted to support the following Seniors as they work on their Senior Projects in the 2018-2019 academic year:

Michael Bodnar

Deldar Goldchehreh

Madison Kahn

Mady Thuysin

Their work was showcased at a campus event: May 16, 2019 — Senior Project Colloquium, featuring senior project talks by Michael Bodnar, Deldar Golchehreh, Madison Kahn, Mady Thuyein and Olivia Donahue, followed by a talk by Peter Filkins — Haß ist kein Programm’ (Hate is no Way to Go About Life) — H.G. Adler’s Historical Empathy.

For the 2019-2020 academic year: Applications should include a detailed proposal (up to 500 words) and a budget (up to $1,000), which can include travel expenses (meals, lodging, transportation) to archives, libraries, museums, conferences, and similar research venues, and research expenses (photocopies, films, books, etc.). They should be sent to Kenneth Stern, director of BCSH (kstern@bard.edu) with a c.c. to Danielle Riou at Bard’s Human Rights Project (riou@bard.edu) by December 2, 2019.