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August 25, 2006


Annual series given by faculty is free and open to the public

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Simon's Rock College of Bard has announced its Seminar Lecture Series, comprised of seven talks by faculty, all of which are free and open to the public. The Series begins with a talk by Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr., who will speak on "Modernity and its Discontents," on September 4 at 7:15 p.m. in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center

Bernard F. Rodgers, Jr., the Emily H. Fisher Chair in Literature, served as Vice President of Bard College and Dean of Simon's Rock from 1987 to 2004. Prior to coming to Simon's Rock, he held administrative positions at the City Colleges of Chicago and the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and he was also an assistant professor of English and Humanities and chair of the College Acceleration Program of City Colleges of Chicago.

Rodgers began his career as a teacher of English and director of drama at Somers Central High School in Westchester County, NY. He spent 1979-1980 as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer in American Literature in Lublin, Poland. He is the author of Philip Roth: A Bibliography; and Voices and Visions: Selected Essays. His essays and reviews on modern and contemporary American literature and culture, as well as on writers such as Aharon Appelfeld, Milan Kundera, Czeslaw Milosz and Salman Rushdie, have been published in the Fitzgerald/Hemingway Annual, Magill's Literary Annual, Magill's Survey of World Literature, Masterplots II, Critique: Studies in Modern Fiction, Chicago Review, The Chicago Tribune, Illinois Issues, The Berkshire Eagle, and The World & I. He is currently a member of the National Book Critics Circle and a member of the editorial board of the journal Philip Roth Studies.

The Fall Seminar Lecture Series will continue with the following talks:

September 11 at 7 p.m.: Rebecca Fiske, Dean of New Students and faculty in Literature, will speak on "Gilgamesh and the Bible," in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

October 4 at 7:15 p.m.: Barbara Resnik, faculty in Art History and Social Science, and James King, faculty in Literature and African American Studies, will give a lecture entitled "Dubois and Social Issues," in the Kellogg Music Center.

October 2 at 7 p.m.: Christopher Callanan, faculty in Classics, will speak on "Sophocles and Greek Drama," in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

October 30 at 7 p.m.: Brian Conolly, faculty in Philosophy, will speak on Plato and Socrates, in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

November 6 at 7 p.m.: Faculty members Chris Coggins (Geography and Asian Studies) and Mike Bergman (Physics) will lecture on "Science and Contemporary Issues: The Missing Science Link," in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

November 27 at 7:15 p.m.: Nancy Yanoshak, faculty in History and Women's Studies, will lecture on "Priests, Panopticons, and Passion: Foucault Interprets Nietzsche," in the Kellogg Music Center.

November 27 at 7 p.m.: Peter Filkins, faculty in Literature and Creative Writing, will speak on Dante's Divine Comedy, in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

The Seminar Lecture Series

The Seminar Lecture Series is part of the First and Second Year Seminar – cornerstones of education at Simon's Rock College – and offers talks on great texts and ideas. The Seminar Lecture Series supplements courses that first and second year students are required to take: "First Year Seminar: The Examined Life;" and the "Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus."

"The First Year Seminar: The Examined Life" is a two-semester course that focuses on themes of self-discovery, the relationship of the individual and society, and the nature of values and responsibility. Readings for the course include Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle, Plato's The Last Days of Socrates, Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Austen's Pride and Prejudice and a wide variety of supplementary works.

"The Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus" explores how 19th- and 20th-century thinkers confronted the accepted order of things, how they challenged accepted ideas, and how they constructed radically different conceptions of the world. Readings include Darwin's The Descent of Man, Marx and Engels' The Communist Manifesto, Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morals, Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Forster's A Passage to India, DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk, Woolf's To the Lighthouse, and Kafka's The Trial.

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