Fellowships for Bard College Undergraduate Students
The Hannah Arendt Center hires student fellows for the Courage to Be Program, the Thoughtful Tough Talks, the Sortition Institute, and as media and communications interns. Interested in becoming a fellow? Email us at [email protected]
Sarah is a sophomore at Bard College, joint-majoring in written arts and human rights. Sarah was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Her interest in Hannah Arendt’s work began with a course entitled “Dignity and the Human Rights Tradition”. The work she did in this course inspired her to get involved with the Hannah Arendt Center on a deeper level. In her work she is interested in the way humanity interacts with language in times of need, Sarah hopes to explore this tension through her writing. In her free time Sarah loves to read poetry, crochet, and bake.
Maggie is a sophomore at Bard, planning on majoring in Classical Studies. Her interest in plurality began on the personal level, noticing through conversations with her peers that many were rarely interested in speaking to someone whose views differed from their own. This led her to a broader question of how we can seek to embrace our pluralistic society and establish a society where it is the source of progression, rather than a road block. During her time at Bard she has served as a member of the Peer Review Board, a member of the Classics and Philosophy Club, and contributed as a translator to Sui Generis. She also started a student group in spring of 2021, supported by the Experimental Humanities Program, which engaged in a semester-long study of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, as well as hosted a guest lecture from a Shakespeare scholar currently teaching at NYU; she plans to put on a production of The Tempest in spring of 2022. Beyond her academic pursuits, Maggie enjoys hiking, taking photos, throwing and attending dinner parties, and going to museums.
Yizhen Dai is a Sophomore at Bard, double majoring in film and art history. She is interested in cooking and stories. She has her own online gallery ARTiculate_2304 on Instagram which helps artists overseas to establish their voices. Yizhen is interested in journalism, art, and taking pictures about food. She used to be a part time comedian who fails to get laughters, and a jazz singer only performs in her own bathroom. When not in class, Yizhen likes to go do farming and knitting.
Naomi Miller is a junior at Bard majoring in Religious Studies, with a focus in Buddhist and Jewish studies. While this is her first year at the Hannah Arendt Center, she has been passionate about philosophical and spiritual discourse for as long as she can remember. She previously worked as a gallery assistant at the Hessel Museum which sparked her love of art history. When not in class you can find her watching movies, meditating, or making music with friends.
From Sandpoint, Idaho, Sage Saccomanno is a sophomore at Bard, majoring in chemistry. Sage throws herself into everything. Her past includes being a part of a curated team of student leaders organizing the world’s largest youth-led event of its kind: the Count Me In Global Student Leadership Summit held annually in Toronto. Not to mention, she lived in Todi, Italy, during her junior year of high school on a Rotary Youth Exchange, experiencing much of Europe and learning to speak Italian. In addition, Sage acted as an ambassador of her community for several years as Miss Teen Rodeo promoting the community, goodwill, and service. Sage’s hobbies include kayaking, hiking, back-country skiing, and horseback riding. When she is not in a class, you can probably find her running, working out, or at soccer practice.
Samuel Mutter is a composer and musician currently in his sophomore year at Bard College and Conservatory. He studies music composition and history. Among many other things, Samuel has a particular interest in new and innovative forms of democracy such as Citizens' Assemblies and other deliberative processes. As a HAC Fellow, he is working with his peers to establish a sortition based Citizens' Assembly for the Bard community.
My name is Georgi Valero and I’m a freshman from Miami, Florida; I hope to double major in Literature and Written Arts with a focus on human rights. I’m passionate about writing and have a love for films and enjoy learning about the process of how films are made. I hope to enhance my current skills and explore my passions for writing and editing through my work.
Barak Fellner-Dublin is a Junior at Bard College. As a film and history major, he desires creating both narrative and documentary film. Some of his past projects include, collaborating with the Frick Collection for a short film, as well as being a part of the Tribeca Film Festival program Reimagining The Future. Barak has currently been working with the Hannah Arendt Center as a media fellow, filming and editing events and lectures.