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2019 News Archive

Bard Alum, Cognitive Scientist Sara Mednick Makes the Case for Adding a Midday Nap to Sixth Grade

June 12, 2019
A new study of nearly 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders links a midday nap with greater happiness and self-control, fewer behavioral problems, and a higher IQ—a finding that was particularly evident in sixth graders.

“When to Ease Off the Brakes (and Hopefully Prevent Recessions)”

June 07, 2019
Harold M. Hastings, Tai Young-Taft, and Thomas Wang ’16 authored an economics paper about the dynamics of the spread between the 10-year Treasury rate and the federal funds rate in order to better understand economic indicators.

Wesley Brown’s “Dark Meat in a Funny Mind”

June 06, 2019
Professor Aimée Michel interviews her Simon’s Rock colleague in the The Berkshire Edge.

Simon’s Rock Offers Online Calculus 1

June 06, 2019
Ken Knox is teaching the summer course, which starts June 16.

Stephen Carter to Discuss Invisible, the story of His Grandmother's Extraordinary Life and Legacy

June 06, 2019
Bestselling author and Professor of Law Stephen L. Carter will discuss his new book, Invisible: The Forgotten Story of the Black Woman Lawyer Who Took Down America's Most Powerful Mobster, at Bard College at Simon's Rock on August 20, 2019. The lecture will be free and open to the public.

At 2019 Commencement, Speakers Look To A More Just World

May 28, 2019
100 students received their associate of arts degrees and 66 received their bachelor of arts degrees. Speakers throughout the event spoke about liberation, inclusion, and justice.

American Dance Festival selects Rocker film Encounter

May 23, 2019
Isabel Filkins '11 works with Winnie Marion '17, Ebony Martin '17, Jack Obrock '17, and Max Hiatt '17 on an experimental investigation of the conflict of self.

Getting My Bachelor of Arts Degree—46 Years Later

May 22, 2019
Ted Siedle '74 writes in Forbes about his Simon's Rock honorary degree.

Susan Franck ’89 Authors Book on Investment Arbitration

May 22, 2019
Arbitration Costs: Myth and Realities in Investment Arbitration (Oxford University Press) offers a nuanced analysis of how and when cost-shifting occurs, parses tribunals’ rationalization of cost assessments, and models the variables most likely to predict costs, using data to point the way towards evidence-based normative reform.
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Massachusetts to Myanmar: Defying Expectations in Education

May 08, 2019
Parami Institute, founded by Kyaw Moe Tun ’05, is the newest in a long line of Bard College-affiliated campuses and partnerships created to serve student populations in some of the most difficult areas in the world.
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Access to Opportunity

May 08, 2019
Meghan Kirksey ’94 reflects on the Simon’s Rock experience.

Veronica Chambers ’87 Wins James Beard Media Award

April 26, 2019
Between Harlem and Heaven: Afro-Asian-American Cooking for Big Nights, Weeknights, and Every Day wins the 2019 award for American cookbook and other non-fiction food- or beverage-related book. Chambers is the bestselling coauthor of 32 Yolks and the critically acclaimed author of Mama's Girl and The Meaning of Michelle.

Bard Prison Initiative Debate Union Defeats University of Cambridge

April 24, 2019
Maximum security inmates took on Cambridge in a debate about nuclear weapons—and won
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Creative Responses to Climate Change

April 18, 2019
A series of curated events affirms Rockers’ commitment to sustainable environmental practice.
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Gwendolyn VanSant ’87 Named 2019 Woman of Achievement

April 18, 2019
Berkshire Business and Professional Women is honoring the founding director of Multicultural BRIDGE.

Bard College Berlin Art Historian, Curator Aya Soika Exposes Emil Nolde's Nazi Ties

April 17, 2019
A groundbreaking exhibition reveals German painter Emil Nolde as an enthusiastic supporter of Hitler's regime rather than its victim.

Bard Early College High School to Open in DC

April 16, 2019
Opening in fall 2019, the tuition-free, four-year, early college high school will be operated jointly by Bard College and DC Public Schools. Students earn college credit and an associate degree from Bard College while earning their high school diploma.

“It Wasn’t ‘Verbal Blackface.’ AOC Was Code-Switching’

April 15, 2019
In The Atlantic, John McWhorter ’81 argues that critics are misreading the linguistic reality of America’s big cities.
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Ronan Farrow ’99 To Host Peabody Awards

April 12, 2019
The 78th Peabody Awards honors 60 nominees that represent the most compelling and empowering stories released in broadcasting and digital media during 2018.
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From Academy to Thesis

April 09, 2019
Part of the inaugural class of Bard Academy, Gigi Janko ’16 is writing her thesis. Combining her passions for dance, ceramics, and tennis, she is examining the perfection of gesture and the construction of meaning.

Students Exhibit Research at Berkshire Earth Expo

April 02, 2019
Simon's Rock students will present their research at the Berkshire Earth Expo, a local event focused on energy efficiency, climate resilience, and the protection of nature and health.
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“Local Berkshire playwrights taking on big subjects”

April 01, 2019
Professor Wesley Brown speaks with Jim Frangione from The Berkshire Edge.
Joelle with Farmers

Translator, Farmer, Alumna

March 29, 2019
We spoke with Simon’s Rock alumna Joelle Chevrier ’08 who lives in Taiwan and works as a translator and farmer. She and her wife help give voice to members of the farming community.
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Peter Filkins on The Writer's Voice

March 28, 2019
Professor Peter Filkins joins Francesca Rheannon for The Writer’s Voice, which is broadcast on the Progressive Radio Network.

Bloomberg Business Week Profiles Ashley Oerth ’10

March 25, 2019
In “Get to Know Your Trans Co-Workers,” Ashley shares her experience in the financial services industry.
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Faculty-Student Collaboration Unlocks Clues to the “Wood Wide Web”

March 19, 2019
Eric Yi '16 and Samantha Statter '16 joined professors Eric Kramer and Donald McClelland, and Joseph Carlson of the Joint Genome Institute, as co-authors of an academic research paper that provides new insights into one of the big mysteries in forest ecology.

Andrea Barrica ’06 Publishes Editorial in The New York Times

March 12, 2019
She argues that refusing to provide children with medically accurate sex education isn't ideological—it’s negligent.

Daniel Rose-Levine to Present at National Museum of Mathematics

March 11, 2019
Rubik's-Cube-with-feet world record holder Daniel Rose-Levine will share the mathematical secrets behind solving the Rubik's Cube at a March 12 event.
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Jamaica Kincaid Named Simon’s Rock Commencement Speaker

March 08, 2019
Jamaica Kincaid, author of a dozen seminal works of fiction and nonfiction, will address graduates of Bard College at Simon's Rock: The Early College on Saturday, May 18 at 11:00 a.m.

Andrea Barrica ’06 on Featured SXSW Panel

March 08, 2019
The Austin Chronicle names the founder in it’s “Women Empowered: Five SXSW Panel Picks.”
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Jan Staller ’71 Publishes Book of Cinematic Photographs

March 07, 2019
The Film Forum has championed independent and alternative cinema since 1970. When the space underwent extensive renovations last year, noted NYC photographer Jan Staller ’71 was there to capture and transform the experience with his unique vision.

Students Share Cultural Experiences at Muddy Brook Elementary

March 04, 2019
The Berkshire Eagle reports on Simon’s Rock students visiting the area school as part of Read Across America Day.

Vogue Recommends Brendan Mathews New Book

March 04, 2019
The Simon’s Rock professor’s short story collection, This Is Not A Love Song, is praised as “lovely, quietly ambitious… vibrant, risk-taking realism.”

ThinkFOOD Conference Embraces Pollinators

February 28, 2019
Farmers, educators, and entrepreneurs will gather to support a lively local interest in bees and pollination. The Center for Food Studies will hold its 6th annual ThinkFOOD Conference on Saturday, April 13.

Everyone Swims

February 26, 2019
Whether you’re learning how to jump in water over your head, swim with bilateral breathing, or become a swim instructor, the Everyone Swims initiative is creating a community focused on water safety and fun. Throughout April, the college hosts free swimming lessons for children and adults.

Peter Filkins Chronicles the Remarkable Story of H.G. Adler

February 15, 2019
In H.G. Adler: A Life in Many Worlds, faculty member Peter Filkins presents the first thorough examination of Adler's life and legacy, from Holocaust survivor to renowned novelist.

Tate Coleman A‘18 Advocates for Better Public Transit

February 14, 2019
Tate Coleman is building support for public transit in the southern part of Berkshire County. Tate presented his public transit proposal at the Great Barrington selectboard and was featured on NPR affiliate WAMC.

Joel ’71 and Ethan ’74 Coen Earn Another Academy Award Nomination

February 08, 2019
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs written by alums Joel and Ethan Coen, received a 2019 Oscar nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. This is the Coens’ seventh nomination for screenwriting.
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Brendan Mathews Publishes Short Story Collection

February 05, 2019
In This Is Not a Love Song¸ faculty member Brendan Mathews takes love—its promises and its limits—as his subject.
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Dr. Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor To Give Du Bois Lecture

February 04, 2019
Author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation will be speaking on Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 PM at the Bard College at Simon's Rock Daniel Arts Center
A ceramics-based exhibition by Boston artist Kathy King and New York artist Matt Nolen, curated by Ben Krupka.

SHE SAID, HE SAID: A Ceramics Exhibition

February 01, 2019
The Hillman-Jackson Gallery presents an exhibition by Boston artist Kathy King and New York artist Matt Nolen, curated by faculty member Ben Krupka. The show opens January 28, 2019 and will be on view daily through March 8, 2019.
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Rising Star Violinist and Pianist to Perform at Simon's Rock

January 22, 2019
Violinist Stefan Jackiw and pianist Conrad Tao, both highly acclaimed musicians, will perform a program of 19th and 20th Century classics on Saturday, January 26 at 8 pm. The program is preceded by a pre-concert conversation with Jackiw and Tao at 6:45 pm. The event is presented by South Berkshire Concerts at Bard College at Simon's Rock and will be held at the college's Daniel Arts Center.

Crime + Punishment Shortlisted for Academy Award for Best Documentary

January 15, 2019
David Felix Sutcliffe '98 served as a consulting producer on the film, which follows the story of the "NYPD 12," a group of police officers who dared to demand a more just police force.

New Program: BA/MD with SUNY Upstate Medical University

January 04, 2019
Earn a BA from Simon’s Rock and then matriculate directly into Upstate Medical. No MCAT required.