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Speakers and Events

A big part of the campus experience is listening, discussing, and wrestling with ideas. So, we host global leaders throughout the year in fields ranging from dance to environmental law.

And you'll get a chance to hear what they have to say. You’ll connect with them in master classes, public lectures, and small-group discussions. We're also interested in the local happenings of Great Barrington and the Berkshires, and we'll make sure you can access them. We want you on the podium, too: we have on-campus organizations and events that create opportunities for students to present their own ideas; topics can range anywhere from cross-cultural relations to space exploration, and everything beyond.

NAACP President Speaking

W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture

Simon's Rock honors the memory and legacy of this native son of Great Barrington by creating W.E.B. Du Bois scholarships for outstanding minority students and sponsoring a regular W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture Series.

Listening with the Refugee

An interactive workshop hosted by the class Fugue States: The Politics of Refuge, Exile, and Fugitivity. Participants in this workshop explored narratives surrounding the current “refugee crisis” through practices of attentive listening. By the end of the workshop, participants produced their own recorded stories in response to what they have listened to.

Asma speaking

Uncommon Journeys

Uncommon Journeys is a speaker series that celebrates the unique paths and exceptional successes of Simons Rock alumni.

Brooke Skinner Ricketts

Brooke Skinner Ricketts ’97

Ricketts returned to campus September 2016 to talk about how she turned a BA in Politics and Art History from Simon’s Rock into a successful marketing career. She has become a highly sought-after brand strategist for some of the most exciting companies in the world, including Twitter and financial-technology start-up Avant.

Photography by Alumnus Jan Staller '70

Famous for his study of urban and industrial landscapes in the Greater New York area, Jan Staller '70, in conjunction with an exhibit of his work at the Hillman-Jackson Gallery at Simon’s Rock, offered a talk on his life and work entitled “Regarding the Disregarded.”


Book One Lecture

Every year Simon’s Rock selects a book that promotes interdisciplinary conversations about the intersection of cultures. The author comes to campus to speak and offer insight into the inspiration for, thinking behind, and creative process that resulted in the book, as well as to give students, as well as the entire community, the chance to ask questions of the author.

Meaning of Michelle

Book One 2017

Faculty Forums

Faculty forums offer faculty a stage to share their interests and pursuits outside of the classroom.

Chris Coggins

Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands

Chris Coggins, Professor of Geography and Asian Studies, discussed a book to which he contributed a chapter based on multiple rounds of field research in western China between 2004 and 2011. Mapping Shangrila advances a view of landscapes as media of governance, representation, and resistance, examining how they are reshaping cultural economies, political ecologies of resource use, subjectivities, and interethnic relations.

Paintings in Song: Visions of Norman Rockwell 

Composer John Myers, Stephanie Plunkett, chief curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum, and Christine Gevert, Crescendo’s artistic director present “Paintings in Song:‘Visions of Norman Rockwell,’” a multimedia work with choruses, instrumentalists, and graphic animation.

At Simon’s Rock, our passion for learning goes well beyond the classroom. You’ll be part of a community, that regularly gathers to learn, engage, and inspire.