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5th Annual Rock the Community: A Day of Service in Honor of Emily Fisher

5th Annual Rock the Community: A Day of Service in Honor of Emily Fisher

September 22, 2016
On Friday, September 30, 2016, Bard College at Simon's Rock will hold its fifth annual Rock the Community: A Day of Service in Honor of Emily Fisher. The event was established to celebrate the leadership of Emily Fisher, former Chair of the Board of Overseers, for her commitment to both the College and the greater community.
Uncommon Journeys: Brooke Skinner Ricketts

Uncommon Journeys: Brooke Skinner Ricketts

September 20, 2016
Alumna Brooke Skinner Ricketts returns to Bard College at Simon's Rock to deliver a special talk on her extraordinary career as a brand strategist and product innovator for companies as diverse as Twitter, Kraft, Ziploc and BMW. The talk, entitled "Selling Out Early: Lessons from a Career on the Implosion Team," will be held on Thursday, September 29, at 7:00pm at the Daniel Arts Center. It is free and open to the public, but reservations are strongly recommended.
Faculty Concert Series Presents Hevreh Ensemble

Faculty Concert Series Presents Hevreh Ensemble

September 20, 2016
The Hevreh Ensemble, an instrumental group dedicated to the performance of music that reflects or was inspired by Judaism and Jewish culture, will perform a concert at Bard College at Simon's Rock in the Kellogg Music Center on Sunday, September 25 at 3:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
Orientalism and Eroticism in 19th-Century Art

Orientalism and Eroticism in 19th-Century Art

September 20, 2016
The first Simon's Rock Faculty Forum lecture "Orientalism and Eroticism in 19th-Century Art" will be held on Monday, September 26, in Blodgett House at 4:00 p.m. During the talk, professor of art history Joan DelPlato will read from her new book, Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures. The book, an edited volume of eight papers written by internationally acclaimed art historians, was published this past spring by Routledge and co-edited with Julie Codell of Arizona State University. The lecture is free and open to the public.

"In Me is No Delay"

September 15, 2016
From the history of life to the beginning of an idea to the sense of place cultivated by our 50-year evolution, Provost Ian Bickford provides context—biological, symbolic, literary, experiential—to the paradoxical nature of knowledge and the role we play as progenitors of the early college movement.
Welcoming Students on Arrival Day

Welcoming Students on Arrival Day

September 14, 2016
Provost Ian Bickford's welcoming remarks to the incoming class of 2016.

Matthew DeGennaro '91 Trying to Stop Mosquito-Borne Diseases

August 12, 2016
Simon's Rock alumnus‬ and Florida International University biologist is on a quest to protect humans from infectious diseases transmitted by mosquitos.
Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments

Science Fair: An Opera with Experiments

August 12, 2016
An Opera Singer's Love Song to Science. This new opera-theater work delivers a live science show with lessons and lectures in song. In a theatrical setting that celebrates the scientific—from the incredibly familiar baking soda-vinegar volcano to the intensely complicated wave-particle duality of matter at the quantum level—Science Fair tackles various concepts (aided by hand-made models of things like the solar system, atomic orbitals, molecules of DNA and more) infusing them with humor and wit, employing arresting operatic vocals to uplift the ordinary into the realm of wonder.

Joan DelPlato Co-Editor of Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures

August 03, 2016
In Orientalism, Eroticism and Modern Visuality in Global Cultures scholars look afresh at representations of nineteenth-century 'oriental' bodies, inquiring deeply into their erotic dimensions, tracing their global dissemination at cross-cultural intersections of the visual and the political.
Colette van Kerckvoorde Wins Grant to Familiarize German Faculty with STEM

Colette van Kerckvoorde Wins Grant to Familiarize German Faculty with STEM

July 22, 2016
Dr. Colette van Kerckvoorde, faculty in Language and Literature, was one of twenty scholarship recipients asked to share her expertise in a three-week workshop offered by the Herder Institute of the University of Leipzig in Germany. The objective of the event was to familiarize German faculty members with ways to meet the needs of German-language students interested in STEM fields.
Harold Hastings on Collapse of the North Atlantic Cod Fishery

Harold Hastings on Collapse of the North Atlantic Cod Fishery

July 20, 2016
In his paper “Fishing Quotas, Induced Allee Effect and Fluctuation-Driven Extinction” (Nonlinear Dynamics in Psychology and the Life Sciences, 2016, to appear), Harold M. Hastings, adjunct professor in science, mathematics and computing, and professors Michael Radin and Tamas Wiandt at Rochester Institute of Technology, explored how harvest strategies and environmental fluctuations together affect the likelihood of fishery collapse.
Professor Peter Filkins Delivers Paper on H.G. Adler for London's Institute of Modern Languages Research

Professor Peter Filkins Delivers Paper on H.G. Adler for London's Institute of Modern Languages Research

July 12, 2016
Peter Filkins, Richard B. Fisher Professor of Literature, delivered his paper "H.G. Adler: The Displaced Modernist" at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University College London, in May. Filkins, whose authorized biography of H.G. Adler will be published by Oxford University, joined fourteen other scholars from London, Oxford, Paris, Germany, and the U.S. for the two-day conference entitled "A Modernist in Exile: The International Reception of H.G. Adler" about the life and work of Adler.
Alumni in Film

Alumni in Film

July 05, 2016
As a liberal arts college, it's part of our DNA to encourage students to explore their own creativity. Rockers, by nature, are risk-takers, and when they find their voices on this unconventional educational path, it carries a bit of gravitas. When they leave, they leave with stories. We don’t always have the opportunity to see how their careers unfold, or what parts of their Simon’s Rock foundation served them best. So we interviewed four alums who are making a name for themselves in film, and asked them just that.

Ryan Olson ’95 Gets Honorable Mention in Tony Education Award

June 20, 2016
Carnegie Mellon University and the Tony Awards honored teachers with the Excellence in Theatre Education Award on June 12th. Alum Timothy Ryan Olson was among the 2016 professionals nominated; he received an Honorable Mention. Timothy is on the Arts faculty at Bard High School Early College in Queens, and a partner in Kickwheel Ensemble Theater with fellow alum, Sara Katzoff ’97.

Abbie Nehring Receives New York Press Club Award

June 20, 2016
Abbie Nehring receives a New York Press Club award for “City Limits 2015 Housing Coverage." The investigative series advocates for East Village tenants fighting to remain in their rent-stabilized homes. Abbie is a freelance journalist and Nonfiction MFA student at Columbia.
Dr. Michael Bergman’s Latest Research Leads to NSF Grant

Dr. Michael Bergman’s Latest Research Leads to NSF Grant

June 17, 2016
Physics professor, Dr. Michael Bergman’s latest work, published in Geophysical Research Letters, earned him and fellow researchers a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Their research focuses on irregular properties discovered in the inner core and its possible correlation to localized melting.
Youngro Lee '00 Discusses New Crowdfunding Rules on Bloomberg

Youngro Lee '00 Discusses New Crowdfunding Rules on Bloomberg

June 15, 2016
Youngro Lee, co-founder and chief executive officer of NextSeed, discusses new crowdfunding regulation with Betty Liu, anchor of Bloomberg Markets.

Diane Rhoades-Warner Receives the 2016 Gregory Rhoades Award

June 10, 2016
Diane Rhoades-Warner was honored with the Gregory Rhoades Award at the annual Board of Overseers dinner on Friday, May 20. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the commendation – which is given to an outstanding member of the staff or administration each year.

Jan Staller's Work Featured in Chelsea Megaproject

June 02, 2016
Jan Staller’s '70 video installation—a 120-foot-long screen on view at 10 Hudson Yards—depicts ice floes on the Hudson River.

Professor Aaron Williams Co-Authors Paper on Super Mario Brothers' PSPACE Complexity

June 02, 2016
Aaron Williams, professor of computer science at Simon's Rock, collaborated with Erik Demaine from MIT and Giovanni Viglietta from University of Ottawa to analyze the complexity class of Super Mario Brothers. The result? Their study suggests that users may find PSPACE-hard levels in the trendy video game—or at least in raw materials of the Super Mario world.