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Bard College at Simon’s Rock Upcoming October Events: Affordable, Year-Round Culture in the Berkshires

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September 30, 2010

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
alicem@simons-rock.edu
(413) 528-7443

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its upcoming events for October. 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 offers 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.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. — Kilpatrick Athletic Center
Tadd Gero Memorial Alumni Swim Meet

The 6th Annual Alumni Swim Meet has been renamed in honor of Tadd Gero, a 2005 AA graduate from Simon's Rock who passed away very unexpectedly last year. Tadd, an enthusiastic member of the swim team during his two years at Simon's Rock, left us much too early. Our annual alumni meet not only celebrates swimming at Simon's Rock, but commemorates and celebrates the life of our friend. Staff and faculty are also invited to swim.

Monday, October 4, 2010 at 7:15 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Proseminar Series: Seth Gillihan

Dr. Seth J. Gillihan, an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, will present a talk, "Trying to Find Myself: Neural Correlates of Self Knowledge." Dr. Gillihan completed his training in clinical psychology at Penn where he studied the behavioral, genetic, and neural correlates of risk for psychopathology. His current work focuses on translating findings from basic research into more effective treatments for individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly posttraumatic stress disorder.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at 7:15 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Proseminar Series: Abigail Foulds

Alumnae Abigail Foulds will present a talk, “Expatriates in Nicaragua: A Desire to Own in the ‘Next Best Place’.” Foulds is a doctoral candidate in Geography at the University of Kentucky. Her dissertation addresses the impacts of Global North foreigners buying properties in the colonial city of Granada, Nicaragua. She has also examined the role of expatriates in developing tourist economies. Her research interests include tourism, travel literature, transnational migration, development, globalization, urban geography, and feminist geographies. Ms Foulds earned her BA at Bard College at Simon's Rock in 2000 in Geography and Cross-Cultural Relations. She earned her MA in Geography in 2005 from the University of Kentucky. She currently lives in Pittsburgh and has lived in Nicaragua, Thailand and Ukraine.

Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — Blodgett House
Poetry and Fiction Series: Joanna Klink

Acclaimed poet Joanna Klink is the author of three collections of poetry: They Are Sleeping (University of Georgia Press, 2000), Circadian (Penguin, 2007), and Raptus (Penguin, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Chicago Review, and other journals. Linda Gregg has called Klink a poet whose "intensity makes the world visible.” Mark Strand noted that in her poetry: “everywhere, a forceful, scrupulous intelligence is active — a luminous diction, a range of cadences."

A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, she is the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University and a member of the faculty in the MFA program at the University of Montana.

Monday, October 18 at 7:15 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Proseminar Series: Kimberley TallBear

Dr. Kimberley TallBear will present a talk, “Our DNA is Your Property? Reconfiguring Ethics in Genome Research.” Like the human and medical sciences of earlier centuries, progress in human genetics has depended on access to biological materials from those who are poorer and socially less powerful than the scientists who study them.

Dr. TallBear is co-Principal Investigator on a multi-university project, "Genomics, Governance, and Indigenous Peoples." She will discuss her work and that of colleagues globally--geneticists, indigenes, science policy experts, and social scientists — to make genome science less about scientific control and ownership of the biological materials and data taken from others, and more about collaboration. Indigenous peoples' needs and values are often labeled as in conflict with modern science. But done in a "power sharing" mode, the social benefits of genome research do not have to bypass indigenous peoples and other vulnerable subjects. There are also indications that collaborative science is more rigorous science.

Dr. TallBear is Assistant Professor of Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. She studies the ways in which genomics is co-constituted with ideas of race and indigeneity. She also studies the role of science and technology in U.S. tribal governance. She has a book, Native American DNA: Origins, Ethics, and Governance, forthcoming with the University of Minnesota Press.

Monday, October 18, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. — McConnell Theatere, Daniel Arts Center
Concert: Bard Conservatory Orchestra
Leon Botstein, Music Director

The Bard Conservatory Orchestra will perform Richard Strauss "Don Juan," Schoenberg "Five Pieces for Orchestra," and Hector Berlioz "Symphonie Fantastique.” These are all difficult orchestral showpieces that allow soloists to shine. The orchestra rehearses and regularly performs at the Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, a Frank Gehry-designed, world class theater on the Bard College at Annandale campus. Recent professional engagements have taken the musicians to Beijing and the Library of Congress.

When at the age of 23, Dr. Leon Botstein was appointed the president of Franconia College in New Hampshire, he became the youngest college president ever. A pioneer in linking American higher education to public secondary schools, Dr. Botstein has been the president of Bard College since 1975. He is also a renowned international conductor who has served as the music director and conductor of the American symphony Orchestra since 1992. In 2003 he became the music director of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the radio orchestra of Israel. His recording of the music of Popov and Shostakovich, with the London Symphony Orchestra, was nominated for a 2006 Grammy Award.

Dr. Botstein is the editor of The Musical Quarterly and numerous articles and books. His numerous honors include the Award for Distinguished Service to the Arts from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Harvard University's Centennial Award, and the Cross of Honor from the Republic of Austria.

Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — Blodgett House
Poetry and Fiction Series: Alan Shapiro

Celebrated poet Alan Shapiro will read from his works. He is the author of ten books of poetry and the recipient of the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize from the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C., and two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts. A member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, he is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Poet and critic J. D. McClatchy has described Shapiro as a “shrewd and sympathetic moralist. He never trivializes his subjects with high-minded flourishes or stylistic gimmicks.”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010 — Tuesday, December 21, 2010 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Artist’s Reception: Wednesday, October 27, at 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition: Brian Mikesell: WEFT

The Exhibitions Program of Bard College at Simon’s Rock will present an exhibition, Brian Mikesell: WEFT. Mikesell’s artwork is primarily photographic, but he also mixes media and creates small-scale sculpture, textiles, and artist books. Much of his work is rooted in the landscape and natural world, with an emphasis on details that may normally be overlooked. He is also interested in the ways we consume our experiences of the world as we travel through it — and how we each make an effort to represent our journeys. He believes fundamentally that, while much artwork makes a necessarily serious contribution to the world, there should be balance and art should equally endeavor to lighten and lift the viewer. He makes his home in Mill River, Massachusetts.

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

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Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, mcherin@simons-rock.edu

Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — Blodgett House
Poetry and Fiction Series: Jennifer Egan

Acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jennifer Egan will read from her works. She is the author of four novels and one collection of short fiction, including Look at Me, a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award; The Keep, a national bestseller; and A Visit from the Goon Squad, published in June 2010 to rave reviews. In The Washington Post, reviewer Ron Charles wrote how “in ways that surprise and delight again, she transcends slick boomer nostalgia and offers a testament to the redemptive power of raw emotion in an age of synthetic sound and glossy avatars.”

Egan is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Fellowship at the New York Public Library. Her articles appear frequently in the New York Times Magazine.

For more information about the writer, see jenniferegan.com.

Friday, October 29, 2010 — Friday, November 19, 2010— The Gallery at Liebowitz
Reception and Gallery Talk: Saturday, October 30, at 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Exhibition: The Social Art of Chinese Calligraphy: The Life and Work of Master Li Heyun

The Exhibitions Program of Bard College at Simon’s Rock will present “The Social Art of Chinese Calligraphy: The Life and Work of Master Li Heyun,” from the collection of John B. Weinstein, Faculty in Chinese and Asian Studies, and Carsey Yee.

As old as the written language itself, Chinese calligraphy is a contemporary art form that is closely connected to Chinese literature and painting traditions. Venerated for three millennia, it continues to be a rich site of literary education, social communication, inter-generational cultural transmission, and cross-cultural exchange. This exhibition will present the life and work of master calligrapher Li Heyun (b.1923) of Suzhou, China.

Master Li’s life has been shaped by the tumultuous events of recent Chinese history, and through it all, his one constant refuge has been the practice of Chinese calligraphy. Over the years, he has mentored many young Chinese and made social connections around the world. In spite of his modesty, Li’s talent as a calligrapher is well known in Suzhou, where an exhibition of his work was held in September 2009, and his calligraphy has won awards in juried competitions in Japan and Korea.

Li Heyun’s artistic integrity and generosity of spirit will inform this exhibition, which will consist of calligraphy pieces by Li from private collections in the United States and Canada, as well as informative displays on the basic materials and techniques of Chinese calligraphy.

The Liebowitz Art Gallery is located within the Liebowitz building at Simon’s Rock, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. The Art Gallery is open Friday - Sunday noon-5 p.m. and by appointment.

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Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, mcherin@simons-rock.edu

ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

Through Friday, October 22, 2010 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Photographs, Collages and Monoprints by Karen Skelton

The Exhibitions Program of Bard College at Simon’s Rock opened its 2010-2011 season at the Atrium Gallery with an exhibition by Great Barrington-based artist Karen Skelton.

Skelton first picked up a camera when she arrived in New York City in 1976 to study at the School of Visual Arts and it became a life-long inspiration and creative outlet in her career as an artist, printmaker, and graphic designer. Skelton’s early work for the renowned and influential graphic designer Milton Glaser led her into successful creations of wall paper and fabric design for companies such as F. Schumacher. Breaking out on her own, Skelton founded Potluck Studios, a ceramic-based design company that climbed to international sales and acclaim. Currently Skelton is a partner in LookWrite, a graphic design and publications team based in Great Barrington.

For Skelton, photography can be an end in itself or a means to another image. She often uses the photos as raw material for creating another piece such as a collage, or works with the colors and adds layer, or creates a miniseries based on a theme. Skelton’s foundational belief in photography is that the act of taking a photograph has already transformed the subject entirely. The artist strives to move away from “designing” to a more personal and layered expression, with no need to exclude or choose.

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, mcherin@simons-rock.edu

Through Friday, October 22, 2010 — The Gallery at Liebowitz
Charles Thomas O’Neil: Standing on the Peel

The Exhibitions Program of Bard College at Simon’s Rock opened its 2010-2011 season at the Liebowitz Art Gallery with an exhibition by Stockbridge-based artist Charles Thomas O’Neil.

Born in New York City in 1966, O’Neil now lives and works in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He received his B.S. in Fine Art and Art History from Skidmore College in 1988. In the summer of 2009, O’Neil’s abstract paintings were showcased alongside the work of early Modernists from the collection of the Berkshire Museum in an exhibition called “Color and Form: The Language of Abstract Art.” In recent years O’Neil has held solo shows with Lemmons Contemporary Art in Tribeca and Linda Durham Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The artist’s work can also be found in many public collections including the Portland Museum of Art, Asiel Corporation, Time-Warner, Inc. and Smith Barney, Inc.

“Standing on the Peel” includes new work on panel and copper. The curator of Color and Form, Helmut Wohl, wrote that O’Neil’s “manner of working is a fluid process, which he refers to as ‘push and pull’, in which shapes and colors emerge in playful combinations and interactions, the result of the possibilities that the space offers as well as those found by the artist as he works.” O’Neil states that his goal is for “the viewer to define what they are looking at - the forms are real enough to provocatively draw the viewer in but amorphous enough to keep one guessing.”

The Liebowitz Art Gallery is located within the Liebowitz building at Simon’s Rock, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. The Art Gallery is open Friday - Sunday noon-5 p.m. and by appointment.

On Facebook: Bard College at Simon's Rock Gallery/Exhibitions
Exhibitions
Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator, mcherin@simons-rock.edu

For a complete listing of events or more information, see the Events Calendar. Event dates, 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.