Colleagues Will Roast Bard to Benefit Lectureship

For Immediate Release: 
Aug 16 2005

Colleagues Will Roast Bard to Benefit Lectureship

Athens, W.Va. – Colleagues of long-time Professor of History, Dr. David R. Bard, will “roast” him at a fundraiser to be held in the Student Center Ballroom at Concord University. Festivities are set to begin at 7 p.m., on Saturday, September 24.

Bard, who taught American history at Concord University for 36 years, retired this past spring. He has taught several thousand students in his notable career. He hosted more than 200 “Concord Presents . . . .” public service programs on WVVA, and served as a commentator for breaking political news with the local media. He received the prestigious “Professor of the Year” award for 2001 and wrote several books on the history of the Civil War.

“I was concerned in the 1970s, that students did not have the broad-based experience generally considered typical for a college-educated student, noted Dr. Bard. “I was shocked when I discovered that many students had not even been out of West Virginia. Even today, it is more true that we would like to think. To me, the opportunity to take students to visit a foreign culture for a summer of study abroad has proven its worth over the years. The group experience is really valuable. The students learn how to function, live and work in a foreign culture. The students actually became predictable! After about the tenth day, I would observe at least one student giving directions to somebody on a street corner with a map upside down, trying to find their way on the ‘underground [in London].’ It happened every single trip!”

The establishment of this lectureship fund will guarantee the continuation of the study abroad program independent of the University’s budget for summer school. The study abroad program is organized and led by a tenure-track professor every-other year.

Cost for the roast is $50 per person. For more information, contact Sarah Dalton at 1-304-384-5056 or


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