Document Actions


Bard College at Simon’s Rock May Line-Up of Events


April 27, 2009

Contact:    Alice Myers
                 Events Editor and Publicist
                 Bard College at Simon’s Rock
                 (413) 538-7443

Bard College at Simon’s Rock May Line-Up:
Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of May. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus moves into high gear, offering residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge.  For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar at .

To access and download images, go to:

Friday, May 1, 2009, 7:30 p.m. – McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Bard College at Simon's Rock Spring Dance Concert

Bard College at Simon's Rock’s spring dance concert, directed by faculty member Wendy Shifrin, will feature original choreography and a wide range of dance styles, including hip-hop, ballet, modern, and a Native American dance.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 11:00 a.m. – Kilpatrick Athletic Center Gymnasium
Faculty member John Weinstein: “What Do Those Pictures Mean? Demystifying Chinese Writing.”

This second presentation in the Kilpatrick Athletic Center’s monthly lunchtime lecture series will feature John Weinstein, faculty in languages and literature.  His lecture is titled, “What Do Those Pictures Mean? Demystifying Chinese Writing.”

This lecture series will take place the first Wednesday of each month from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., on May 6, June 3, September 2, October 7, and November 4.  They will be free to all KAC members, staff, faculty and students of the College and $5.00 for non-members. Coffee and light snacks are provided.
Saturday, May 9, 2009, 8:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
Spring Music Concert: Chamber Orchestra, Chorus, and Anonymous 10

Bard College at Simon’s Rock music program presents its spring music concert, featuring the Chamber orchestra, directed by faculty member Anne Legene, and the Chorus and Anonymous 10 (Madrigal Singers), both directed by Jack Brown.

The concert will explore the rich choral tradition of Russia and eastern Europe, including some rarely heard music by Rachmaninoff for women's chorus and piano, featuring accompanist Harriet Rothstein of South Egremont. The choirs will also sing a number of 20th Century choral works from Eastern Europe by Henryk Gorecki, Arvo Part, Eino Rautavaara and Gyorgy Ligeti. Anonymous 10 concentrates on music for the 15th and 16th centuries, but will also be singing contemporary a capella arrangements.

The chamber orchestra will perform works by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Handel, and Franz Danzi. Soloists include cellists Jessica Lee and Miles Wilcox, and violinists Jessica Lee, Miles Wilcox, and Heidi Burger.

Saturday, May16, 2009, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.— Blodgett Lawn
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Commencement speaker: John McWhorter ’83

Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute and Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, John McWhorter writes and comments extensively on race, ethnicity and cultural issues as well as linguistics. He writes a regular column in the New Republic. His newest book, Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue (Gotham Books) describes how English developed in merry mixture with languages like Welsh and was simplified by speakers of Old Norse, while his other book from last year, All About the Beat: Why Hip Hop Can't Save Black America (Gotham Books), points beyond what McWhorter perceives as empty gestures of the "hip-hop revolution" to a new politics for Black America, calling for a renewed sense of purpose and pride in black communities.

McWhorter is the author of the New York Times bestseller Losing the Race (Harper Perennial), and an anthology of race writings, Authentically Black (Gotham Books). McWhorter's book, Winning the Race: Beyond the Crisis in Black America (Gotham Books) generated widespread acclaim. He was nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in Non-Fiction and has appeared numerous national TV and radio shows, such as Meet the Press, The Bill Moyers Journal, The Colbert Report, and NPR's Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. His work on race and cultural issues has appeared in leading publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The National Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and New York Magazine.

McWhorter is also a well-known and widely published linguistics scholar. He is the author of The Power of Babel: A Natural History of Language, on how the world's languages arise, change, and mix, and Doing Our Own Thing: The Degradation of Language and Music in America and Why We Should, Like, Care. He has also written a book on dialects and Black English, The Word on the Street, and three books on Creole languages. The Teaching Company has released two 36-lecture audiovisual courses by him. His latest academic book on linguistics is Language Interrupted, on how the most widely spoken languages in the world tend to be simpler rather than less complex than more obscure ones.

McWhorter entered Bard College at Simon’s Rock in 1981 and earned his AA degree from Simon’s Rock in 1983. He later earned his PhD in linguistics from Stanford University in 1993 and became Associate Professor of Linguistics at UC Berkeley after teaching at Cornell University.

Ongoing Exhibitions

On Exhibit through Saturday, May 16, 2009 –The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Lee Rogers: Museum – the Observed Landscape

The exhibition, “Lee Rogers: Museum – the Observed Landscape” showcases the artist’s recent work on the themes of museum space, museum visitors, and “cityscapes.” This exhibition will be on display through Saturday, May 16, 2009.

The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library.  The gallery is open daily from 8:30 am to midnight, while the College is in session.

On Exhibit through Saturday, May 16, 2009—The Gallery at Liebowitz
Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, Selected Works

The Bridges Visiting Artists Program presents Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, internationally celebrated artists whose work blends photography, sculptural constructions, theater, and painting.  Their surreal, sensory, and intriguing art explores the modern relationship between technology, nature, and human beings. A common theme is “landscapes scarred by technology and over-use.”

In 2000, Robert ParkeHarrison’s book, The Architect's Brother, was named one of the “Ten Best Photography Books of the Year” by the New York Times.

The Gallery at Liebowitz is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Liebowitz building, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. Please note limited gallery hours:  Thursday - Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

For more event information, or for parking and directions, please visit:  Event date, times, and locations are subject to change; visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.