- Beyond the Classroom
- Speakers and Events
At Simon’s Rock, our passion for learning goes well beyond the classroom. You’ll be
part of a community that learns from and engages with global leaders in fields ranging
from dance to environmental law.
You'll hear what these leaders have to say, and you’ll connect with them in master
classes, public lectures, and small-group discussions. Some events are annual traditions
or part of a series, while other events reflect the ever-evolving interests and pursuits
of our learning community. Each year brings new discoveries.
W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture
We honor the memory of this Great Barrington native with the W.E.B. Du Bois Memorial
Lecture. Given each year on or near Du Bois’s birthday, February 23, the lecture is
presented by a distinguished scholar whose own achievements are in the tradition of
Read more about the Du Bois Lecture
Book One Lecture
Every year Simon’s Rock selects a book that promotes interdisciplinary conversations
about the intersection of cultures. The author speaks on campus about the inspiration
for, thinking behind, and creative process that resulted in the book. Then, students
and the entire community get the chance to ask questions of the author.
Learn More about Book One
The Book One lecture is one of many Simon's Rock campus traditions. Find out more about other campus traditions that run the gamut from somewhat conventional to downright quirky.
Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion
Symposium Week is an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to reflect, discuss,
and act on issues related to social justice and inclusion. The annual program, sponsored
by the Council for Equity and Inclusion, offers special events and workshops that lead to student-driven conversations on
issues such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, immigration, sexual harassment,
and bullying, among others.
Learn more about the Symposium on Social Justice and Inclusion
Uncommon Journeys is a speaker series that celebrates the unique paths and exceptional
successes of Simon’s Rock alumni.
Brooke Skinner Ricketts ’97
Brooke returned in September of 2016 and talked about turning her BA in Politics and Art
History into a successful marketing career. She is a highly sought-after brand strategist
for some of the most exciting companies in the world, including Twitter and financial-technology
Photography by Alumnus Jan Staller '70
Famous for his study of urban and industrial landscapes in the Greater New York area,
Jan Staller '70, exhibited at the Hillman-Jackson Gallery at Simon’s Rock and offered a talk
on his life and work entitled “Regarding the Disregarded.”
Read More About Uncommon Journeys
Faculty forums offer faculty a stage to share their interests and pursuits outside
of the classroom.
Mapping Shangrila: Contested Landscapes in the Sino-Tibetan Borderlands
Chris Coggins, professor of Geography and Asian Studies, discussed his contribution to a book based
on his field research in western China from 2004 to 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.
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.
Read about Our Political Studies Concentration
ThinkFOOD started in 2014 and is a forum to bring thinkers, activists, entrepreneurs,
and community members together for discussions on a range of topics. The event is
a collaboration between the Center for Food Studies at Simon's Rock and the wider Berkshire community.
Find out more about thinkFOOD
Women and Leadership Summit
The Women and Leadership Summit, held at Simon’s Rock, connected students from Bard
College, Bard Microcollege Holyoke, and Simon’s Rock with ground-breaking women leaders
from western Massachusetts. The day-long program explored urgent questions about women’s
role in contemporary politics and everyday life.
Read more about the Women and Leadership Summit
Daniel's Art Party
Daniel's Art Party was a first-of-its-kind performing arts festival at Simon's Rock.
The festival took place over three weeks in the summer of 2018 with over 20 performances
of seven productions. It was conceptualized, and aptly named, to highlight the amazing
Daniel Arts Center, a facility designed and equipped to transform artistic ideas into artistic reality.
Artists and performers from around the region and across the country contributed to
this massive collaborative undertaking to build community through a celebration of
the arts. Daniel's Art Party also provided a unique opportunity for Simon's Rock performing
arts students to work with professional theater-makers on a full-scale immersive production.
Learn more about Daniel's Art Party