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Bard College at Simon’s Rock October 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 October. All events listed are free and open to the public and provide Berkshire County residents an opportunity to dig into affordable culture, year-round. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the campus moves into high gear as the numerous cultural venues in the Berkshires wrap up the summer season. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar

Thursday, October 2, 2008, 6:00 pm—Fisher Science Center, Clark Auditorium
Lecture: On Obamamania and Race Politics after New Orleans

Prolific author and frequent news contributor to the Progressive, The Nation, and many other outlets—Dr. Adolph Reed, professor at the University of Pennsylvania will visit campus to speak about Obamamania and race in politics. Reed’s books include: Without Justice for All: The New Liberalism and the Retreat from Racial Equality (2001); Class Notes: Posing as Politics and Other Thoughts on the American Scene (2000); Stirrings in the Jug: Black Politics in the Post-Segregation Era (1999); W.E.B. Dubois and American Political Thought: Fabianism and the Color Line (1997); and The Jesse Jackson Phenomenon: The Crisis of Purpose in Afro-American Politics (1986). Dr. Reed visits the College as part of the Junior Fellow speaker series.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008, 5:00 pm—The Gallery at Liebowitz
Opening Reception/ Gallery Talk: William Jackson 

Faculty member William Jackson will open his exhibition, Formations and Transformations, with an artist reception and gallery talk. This exhibition will be on display until December 15, 2008.  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 Road. The Gallery is open from 12:00 -5:00 pm daily.   

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 6:00 pm— Fisher Science Center, Clark Auditorium
Lecture: Chris Russill on Climate Change Communication

Chris Russill, whose recent work focuses on climate change communication and the use of tipping points to shape perceptions of crisis and danger, visits Simon’s Rock. Russill, a University of Minnesota faculty member, also examines the way public health agencies shape climate change discourse to enable the intervention of recognizable institutions [World Health Organization (WHO), Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Health Canada]. Russill continues the College’s Junior Fellows speakers series, which will feature multidisciplinary work from scholars engaging in social scientific inquiry.

Thursday, October 16, 2008, 7:30 pm— Blodgett House
Reading: Two-time Man Booker Prize Winner, Peter Carey

Two-time Man Booker Prize winner, Peter Carey will read from his latest novel, His Illegal Self (Knopf, 2008). Carey’s recent novel has garnered high praise, with the New Yorker calling it “one of his best recent works.” A prolific writer, Carey’s work includes War Crimes (1979), The Fat Man in History (1980), Bliss (1981), Illywhacker (1985), Oscar and Lucinda (1988), The Tax Inspector (1991), The Unusual Life of Tristran Smith (1994), Collected Stories (1995), The Big Bazoohley (1995), Jack Maggs (1997), 30 Days in Sydney: A Wildly Distorted Account (2001), True History of the Kelly Gang (2001), My Life as a Fake (2003), Wrong about Japan (2005), and Theft: A Love Story (2006). Carey continues the College’s 2008 Poetry and Fiction Series. 

Sunday, October 18, 2008, 8:00 pm— The Daniel Arts Center, McConnell Theater
Music Performance: Chinese lute player Min Xiao-Fen with John Myers 

Internationally acclaimed recording Pipa player and vocalist, Min Xiao-Fen will continue the College’s South Berkshire Concert Series. Min was featured soloist with the New York City Opera, the Brooklyn Philharmonic, the vocal ensemble Chanticleer, the San Diego Symphony and the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, among others. In addition to a long recording resume, Min was featured on Shaolin Ulysses and The Port of Last Resort (both Tzadik), two movie soundtracks composed by John Zorn, and composed "The Shang." A duet with pianist Randy Weston, recorded Khepera (Verve), and then toured the project worldwide. Faculty member John Myers will join Min, assisting with jazz guitar. The concerts are free and open to the public with a suggested $10 donation.

Monday, October 20, 2008—Saturday, November 22, 2008— The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Art Exhibition: Barbara Resnik’s “Pentimento”

Retired Simon’s Rock faculty member, Barbara Resnik brings her work to the College’s Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library. Resnik’s work is included in many private collections. She brings a rare perspective to the gallery as an attorney, graphic designer, and printmaker. Her interests include issues of race, class, gender, and the law; art and media in contemporary culture; and population policy and reproductive rights. She has served as catalogue and exhibition designer for numerous galleries and institutions. The Gallery is open 8:30 am – midnight, daily.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008, 7:30 pm— Blodgett House
Reading: Acclaimed Poet Kevin Young

Widely celebrated poet Kevin Young will read from his most recent collection For the Confederate Dead (Knopf, 2008). Recently, National Public Radio characterized the collection as one that “explores the contradictions of our Confederate legacy and the troubled nation where that legacy still lingers.” Young’s books of poetry include Black Maria (2005); Jelly Roll: A Blues (2003); To Repel Ghosts (2001), a finalist for the James Laughlin Award; and Most Way Home (1995), selected for the National Poetry Series and winner of the Zacharis First Books Award from Ploughshares. Young continues the College’s 2008 Poetry and Fiction Series.

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 6:00 pm—The Fisher Science Center, Clark Auditorium
Lecture: From the Western Highlands of Guatemala to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, An Anthropological Odyssey

Faculty member at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, June Nash visits campus as part of the continuing Junior Fellows speaker series. Nash’s work spans 50 years of anthropology and reflects important transformations in geopolitics, economic globalization, anthropological theory, and the people and societies studied by anthropologist.  The College’s Junior Fellows program—conceived in the legacy of social scientist and activist W.E.B. DuBois—is host to a year-long lecture series featuring multidisciplinary work from scholars engaging in social scientific inquiry.

Thursday, October 30, 2008, 6:00 pm—The Fisher Science Center, Clark Auditorium
Lecture: Home, Otherness and Memory: Nigerian Family and Community Formations in Ireland

Anaele Adis Iroh will visit from the Center for Transcultural Research and Media Practice at the Dublin Institute of Technology to discuss the migration of Nigerian families to Ireland and its outcomes in Nigerian identity. The College’s Junior Fellows program—conceived in the legacy of social scientist and activist W.E.B. DuBois—is host to a year-long lecture series featuring multidisciplinary work from scholars engaging in social scientific inquiry.

Ongoing Exhibitions:

Saturday, August 23, 2008 – Sunday, October 5, 2008—The Gallery at Liebowitz
The Berkshire Photography Group Member Exhibition  

The Gallery at Liebowitz opened its fall season with an exhibition featuring the collected works of the Berkshire Photography Group. The Group is comprised of award-winning fine art Berkshire photographers.  Members include Karen Andrews, Neil Brander, Burton Elliott, Martin Greene, Arthur Hillman, John Lipkowitz, Sharon Lips, Melody Mason, Lee Rogers, H. David Stein, and Barbara Winters. 

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 Road. The Gallery is open from 12:00 -5:00 pm daily.     

Saturday, August 23, 2008 – Friday, October 3, 2008
New Paintings and Drawings by Local Artist Caroline Kaars Sypesteyn 

The Atrium Gallery at the Simon’s Rock Alumni Library opened the fall season with new paintings and drawings by local artist Caroline Kaars Sypesteyn.

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.