Civic Engagement News

New Civic Engagement Brochure for Spring 2017

Bard College Berlin is happy to share with you the new Spring 2017 Civic Engagement brochure featuring a variety of volunteer options, student projects and information on the Civic Engagement Student Fellowship program. 

Apply for Bard/HESP Get Engaged '17 Student Conference

The Center for Civic Engagement at Bard College is now accepting applications for Get Engaged '17: A Bard/HESP Student Networking Conference that will be held in Budapest from March 18th to 25th, 2017. The deadline for applications is Sunday, November 27th, 2016. Click here for more information and to apply

Apply for Civic Engagement Student Fellows Program 2016/17

Bard College Berlin offers students the Civic Engagement Fellowship to support student initiatives and projects aimed at improving the local community or making a difference in their home countries, and having a positive social impact. The fellowship includes an annual 1.000 EUR stipend and the option to participate in the Bard/HESP Network student entrepreneurship conference. Apply until October 15, 2016 to and

Program Description
Program Application Form 
Student Fellows & Projects 2015/16

New Civic Engagement Brochure for Fall 2016

Bard College Berlin is happy to announce the new Fall 2016 Civic Engagement brochure featuring a variety of volunteer options and information about the Civic Engagement Student Fellowship. 

Student Fellows End Of The Year Reviews

The whole academic year, the Civic Engagement Student Fellows worked hard to develop their projects and maximize their impact on the community. The academic year 2015-2016 ended but we can expect a lot more from next semester! Read about the Fellows' experiences, obstacles and progress of their projects in the "End of the year student fellow reflections". 

Bard/HESP Network Get Engaged Student Conference 2016

Bard College Berlin students participated in the Bard/HESP Network Get Engaged Student Conference 2016 in March 2016. They presented the projects they have led during the academic year, and shared their perspectives with others. Read more about the conference, and the experience of the students on our Student Perspective page! Get Engaged

Renewable Energy at Bard College Berlin

Initiated by the activities of the Civic Engagement Fellows project "Bard Berlin Goes Green!," led by BCB student Paula Pinto, the college has committed itself to use renewable energy where feasible and concluded new contracts with RE suppliers.

The new contracts are a great step towards an environmentally friendlier campus. However, this is also an occasion to think about our individual energy use. Closing windows when cold outside, turning down heaters when leaving, turning off lights or reducing water consumption are still crucial to contribute to the global efforts to save our environment. Help us to be a green campus!

Annual Conference 2016: Thinking Beyond 'Crisis'

Taking another look at the current migration flows in Europe, Bard College Berlin organizes a conference in cooporation with 'Zentrum für Zeithistorische Forschung Potsdam', 'Hannah Arendt Centre at Bard College Berlin', 'BOX Freiraum' and 'wir machen das' : Thinking beyond 'Crisis' - Historical, artistic, and media approaches to contemporary migration in Europe. 

'With Hannah Arendt as a central figure who speaks to us both as a refugee and on refugees, ‘Thinking Beyond Crisis’ will attempt to outline the closures of presentist ad-hoc responses and to meet Europe's new reality in a mode of exchange and mutual adjustment rather than through technocratic ‘problem solving.’

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What? Conference on historical, artistic, and media approaches to contemporary migration in Europe. 

When? Tuesday, May 17th, 2016 from 2 pm to 10 pm

Where? Box Freiraum, Boxhagener Straße 93/96, Innenhof, 10245 Berlin


Fellows Projects Updates

The end of the academic year is approaching, so the Student Fellows programs are soon to take a break. We would like to give an impression of the activities and recent updates of the projects, including the attendance at the 'Get Engaged' conference in Budapest, the improvement of saving energy on campus and recent new activities with visiting refugees on campus.

- Pankow Theatre Company: After organizing new sessions for the participants, Clara Canales had the opportunity to present her project at the 'Get Engaged: Student Action and Youth Leadership Conference 2016 in Budapest. Find the video through this link: Get Engaged

- Bard Berlin Goes Green! The project has made a lot of progress through concentrating on the energy use on campus and creating awareness of our energy use. The project launched a video to create awareness of our daily wasting of food. A Day in the Cafeteria

- Open Campus: The project has hosted new interested refugees and worked on creating new activities to improve the engagement of participants and organizers. Find a brief reflection with images through this link: BCB Open Campus Spring

'Refugees Welcome?'

Die Junge Akademie, an interdisciplinary academy for young academics in Germany, is organizing a one-day conference "Refugees Welcome? Refugees at German Universities" (May 13, 2016) focusing on options for refugees to enter higher education in Germany. The goal of the conference is to find connections between already existing university programs for refugees and to develop new ideas for how to create a support system to increase accessibility to higher education. The conference consists of small workshops, parts of the event will be in German or/and in English. The deadline for registering for one of the workshops is the 1st of April. Registration and more information can be found on

What? Registration for the conference "Refugees Welcome? Refugees at German Universities"

When? Registration until April 1, 2016; conference will be on May 13, 2016

Where? Die Junge Akademie, Langenbeck-Virchow-Haus, Luisenstraße 58/59, 10117 Berlin (Mitte)

Youth Center JUP wants to bring together Berlin and refugee musicians to share a stage. Two bands from Berlin will perform from 7 PM on and then the stage is open for musicians from Berlin, Syria, Somalia, Serbia, Iraq or Afghanistan. You can bring your own instrument or share an instrument with the people on stage. Traditional instruments and songs from your country are very welcome! Admission is free, so come, play or just enjoy!

Where? JUP Youth Club, Florastraße 84, 13187 Berlin

When? Friday, March 4, 7:00 PM

Lecture on Urban Refugees in the Middle East and Germany

As part of the annual theme 'Refugees in the City', ZMO (Zentrum Moderner Orient) hosts a lecture this Monday on Urban Refugees in the Middle East and Germany by Philipp Misselwitz. Read the overview for more information, registration and other venues: Urban Studies Seminar

Time: Monday, Feb. 8, 5pm - 7pm

Venue: Conference Hall, Zentrum Moderner Orient, Kirchweg 33, 14129 Berlin-Nikolassee.

Presentation 'Jugend Rettet'

Current student Mohammadali Ghods will host a presentation about 'Jugend Rettet', a non-profit organisation run by young adults in Berlin that strives for fewer deaths in the Mediterranean by collecting money to buy a ship for sea rescue missions.

What?      Jugend Rettet e.V (German for: Youth Rescues)           

When?     19:30, Tuesday February 9th, 2016                                      

Where?    Lecture Hall P98A

"Kulturbeutel" Donation Campaign

Help to provide residents of a nearby refugee camp in Pankow with much needed bathroom items. Fill a toiletry bag with things from the list attached and donate it on Friday, February 5, between 12:30 and 13:30 in the P24 lecture hall. 

New Volunteer Options & Sign-Up

This semester the Civic Engagement Initiative at BCB collaborates with a number of organizations and offers a variety of volunteer options. See the new Civic Engagement brochure to find out about current initiatives, placements and requirements. Sign up on Monday, Feb. 1, between 12:00 and 14:00 in the Cafeteria upstairs.

Reflections on Volunteering at a Pankow Refugee Center

A group of students participated in a project that offers weekend child care to families living in a Pankow refugee center close to Bard College Berlin campus. Read about their experiences and thoughts at the end of the term [more...]

Bard Berlin Goes Green: First Steps

The "Bard Berlin Goes Green: Environmental Management System" is an initiative to make the campus community aware of easy ways to live in a more environmentally sustainable way. First steps were successfully taken on campus to facilitate and encourage eco-friendly lifestyle. [more...]

Football Match with Refugees at Spok

A student-organized football match took place at Spok this week. BCB students and residents of a Pankow refugee center nearby played a game in which the score did not matter [more...]

Bard College Berlin Choir performs at local festival

The Bard College Berlin Choir had its first performance at "Novemberlicht" ("November Light"), a neighborhood festival organized by the Kiezrunde Niederschönhausen. Read a student blog post on the performance and the event

"Do you DER to learn German? Teaching Techniques in a Foreign Language Classroom"

We are happy to announce that Ulrike Wagner, teacher of German and comparative literature at BCB, will offer a workshop on foreign Language Teaching Strategies. [more...]

Bard College Berlin hosts symposium on global citizenship

On November 19-21, 2015 Bard College Berlin will host faculty members from the Bard HESP network of campuses (Al-Quds Bard, American University of Central Asia, European Humanities University, Bard-Smolny, Bard College and Bard College Berlin) for the symposium “Teaching ‘Global Citizenship’”. [more...]

Junge-Helden-Stipendium: Call for US Summer Camp Scholarship Applications

The scholarship Junge-Helden-Stipendium is a new scholarship program for students who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to community engagement and volunteer work. The scholarship by AIFS (American Institute For Foreign Study) fully covers a summer camp program in the US and provides additional money for traveling. Apply by November 30, 2015 for summer programs starting in May/June 2016.

Application Details Junge Helden Stipendium
Scholarship and Camp America Program Information