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Olive Carrollhach '18
Don Bair ‘66 notes that he came to Bard for literature but while here got involved with political action on campus. He talks about his involvement in political action during his life after Bard in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Don recalls the large part Adolph’s played in the college social life, and how he would go regularly after a day of classes and studying. He remembers the thrill he found in spending time talking with Bard professors. During his sophomore year’s field period, he worked at Southeast Neighborhood House, a social work agency which drew him into his political action work. He remembers the preparation for his senior project, which included reading work by Honore de Balzac which was “the transition for me, thinking about politics more.” He recalls the day John F. Kennedy was shot, with the news being announced in an acting class:
“I was sitting in this acting class, and the teacher was famous for sort of setting up these situations and getting people to react, you know to explore their emotions and everything. And so, one of the other students came rushing into the class and said, ‘The president’s been shot! The president’s been shot!’ And a couple of us just laughed because we were so sure that this was Charlie [the professor], you know trying to get a reaction out of–but you know, class collapsed, and we went up to the coffee shop.”
Bard College; Students for a Democratic Society (SDS); Anthony Hecht; Robert “Bob” Rockman; Theodore Weiss; Adolph’s; Partisan Review; Richard Poirier; Susan Sontag; Washington D.C.; Southeast Neighborhood House; John F. Kennedy; Charles “Charlie” Kakatsakis; Honoré de Balzac; Karl Marx; Friedrich Engels
Bertelsmann Campus Center
Baier '66, Donald "Don", "Donald "Don" Baier '66 (BardCorps)" (2020). Oral Histories. 62.