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

August 22, 2012
Contact: Karen Anderson
Bard College at Simon’s Rock | 413-528-7209

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA— Bard College at Simon’s Rock offers residents and visitors numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—from visual and performing arts to lectures and readings. All events are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted.

For more information, directions, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar.

2012 Book One Lecture: The Buddha in the Attic

Thursday, August 30, 7:00 pm, McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center

Julie Otsuka
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Julie Otsuka, author of the 2012 Book One The Buddha in the Attic (Knopf, 2011) will be addressing the class of 2012 on Thursday, August 30 at 7:00 PM in the McConnell Theater, with a reception to follow. All are invited to attend the lecture, and to read The Buddha in the Attic in preparation for Ms. Otsuka's visit.


First-Year Seminar lectures: Chris Callanan speaks on Gilgamesh

Monday, September 03, 3:30 pm, McConnell Theater


Exploring the Essay

Tuesdays, September 11 - November 6, 6-8:30 pm

Due to popular demand, we are offering a new class in the evenings this fall. In this 8-week workshop, we'll explore the many uses of the essay form, from humor to persuasion to making sense of the past.

Charges apply.


South Berkshire Concert: Baroque Masters

Saturday, September 22, 7:30 pm, McConnell Auditorium

Baroque Masters: Wieland Kiujken, viola da gamba; Eva Legêne, recorder; Arthur Haas, harpsichord. Returning after their performance to a full house at Simon's Rock in April, 2011, these three master-musicians offer a new program of chamber music for viol, recorder, and harpsichord.

Wieland Kiujken
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Arthur Haas
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Eva Legêne
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Sophomore Seminar Panel Discussion: "Women, Nation, Colony"

Monday, September 24, 3:30 pm, McConnell Theater

Bard College at Simon’s Rock ( has been a leader in educational innovation for more than 40 years. The first early college, Simon’s Rock is the only residential college in the country specifically designed to let bright, highly motivated students start college immediately after the 10th or 11th grade. Students who successfully complete the requirements receive the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree after two years of study and the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after four.