Program List for the Fisher Center at Bard College

The Fisher Center

The Fisher Center at Bard College

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Oblong Books & Music is happy to be in partnership with the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College. Please see below for a list of current and upcoming Fisher Center programs. For each program we have curated a list of relevant books and CDs to enhance your experience and to allow you to dive deeper into the subject matter. 

James Baldwin art


Chapter & Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin

Wednesday, September 16 - Wednesday, December 16, 2020. 

 Based on the concept album by Meshell Ndegeocello, Chapter and Verse: The Gospel of James Baldwin is an adaptable site-specific, media flexible, community specific, multidisciplinary ritual tool kit for justice in the new  millennium. Inspired by James Baldwin’s seminal treatise on justice in America: The Fire Next Time.





The Future is Present


The Future Is Present is a process and a practice, it’s a model for building community in a very small and incredibly powerful way. Led by artists Charlotte Brathwaite, Justin Hicks, Janani Balasubramanian, Sunder Ganglani, June Cross, and Alyssa Simmons.





Homeland Elegies: A Conversation with Ayad Akhtar

Friday, October 23 at 7:00 PM.

The Fisher Center and the Bard College Written Arts Program invited the community, on- and off-campus, to join a “read-in” and subsequent conversation centered on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ayad Akhtar’s new novel. Watch the conversation on UPSTREAMING's archive.


Out of the Silence Composer Collage


Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music

Saturday, September 5 - Saturday, September 26, 2020. 

Presented in part with The Bard Music Festival, The Orchestra Now, and the Bard College Conservatory.