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September 5, 2006


Please note date change for lecture on DuBois and Social Justice Issues from Oct. 2 to Oct. 4

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Simon's Rock College of Bard continues its Seminar Lecture Series on September 11 at 7 p.m. with a discussion by Rebecca Fiske, Dean of New Students and faculty in Literature, who will speak on "Gilgamesh and the Bible," in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

In addition to her work at Simon's Rock College, Rebecca Fiske has taught writing and literature at North Adams State College (now MCLA), and founded and directed the Peer Tutoring Program and the Writing Center at Berkshire Community College. She has been a consultant to a variety of organizations working with students with disabilities, including Upward Bound and the Southern Berkshire Educational Collaborative. She is the founding director of Berkshire Learning Services, an organization devoted to the advancement of gifted adolescents with learning challenges. Dr. Fiske's areas of scholarly research include educational theory, biblical studies, literary theory, and psychoanalysis.

The Seminar Lecture Series continues through the semester:

Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.: Christopher Callanan, faculty in Classics, will speak on "Sophocles and Greek Drama," in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

October 4 at 7:15 p.m.: Barbara Resnik, faculty in Art History and Social Science, and James King, faculty in Literature and African American Studies, will give a lecture entitled "DuBois and Social Justice Issues," in the Kellogg Music Center. (Please note date change.)

October 30 at 7 p.m.: Brian Conolly, faculty in Philosophy, will speak on Plato and Socrates, in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

November 6 at 7 p.m.: Faculty members Chris Coggins (Geography and Asian Studies) and Mike Bergman (Physics) will lecture on "Science and Contemporary Issues: The Missing Science Link," in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

November 27 at 7:15 p.m.: Nancy Yanoshak, faculty in History and Women's Studies, will lecture on "Priests, Panopticons, and Passion: Foucault Interprets Nietzsche," in the Kellogg Music Center.

November 27 at 7 p.m.: Peter Filkins, faculty in Literature and Creative Writing, will speak on Dante's Divine Comedy, in the McConnell Theater of the Daniel Arts Center.

The Seminar Lecture Series

The Seminar Lecture Series is part of the First and Second Year Seminar – cornerstones of education at Simon's Rock College – and offers talks on great texts and ideas. The Seminar Lecture Series supplements courses that first and second year students are required to take: "First Year Seminar: The Examined Life;" and the "Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus."

"The First Year Seminar: The Examined Life" is a two-semester course that focuses on themes of self-discovery, the relationship of the individual and society, and the nature of values and responsibility. Readings for the course include Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle, Plato's The Last Days of Socrates, Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Austen's Pride and Prejudice and a wide variety of supplementary works.

"The Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus" explores how 19th- and 20th-century thinkers confronted the accepted order of things, how they challenged accepted ideas, and how they constructed radically different conceptions of the world. Readings include Darwin's The Descent of Man, Marx and Engels' The Communist Manifesto, Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morals, Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Forster's A Passage to India, DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk, Woolf's To the Lighthouse, and Kafka's The Trial.

These evening lectures are free and open to the public.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706