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

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of October. All events listed are open to the public and free, unless otherwise noted. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the Simon’s Rock campus moves into high gear, offering residents numerous opportunities to delve into cultural events—free of charge. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar at

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Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. — Blodgett House
Poetry and Fiction Series Reading: Lawrence Raab

The author of seven books of poetry, including the newly released The History of Forgetting, Lawrence Raab reads from his poetry. Mr. Raab is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Robert Frost Fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and grants from the NEA and the Mellon Foundation. His 1993 collection, What We Don't Know About Each Other, was a finalist for the National Book Award. He is the Morris Professor of Rhetoric at Williams College.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science & Academic Center
Proseminar in Social Science Inquiry Lecture Series: President of, Eli Pariser ’96 Returns to Campus to Deliver Lecture

One of the country’s most well-known political activists, Eli Pariser ’96 will return to Bard College at Simon’s Rock on October 22, 2009 to offer a lecture as part of the College’s ProSeminar Lecture Series. The series hosts speakers from a range of fields and perspectives who offer insight into the social sciences. Pariser is the third speaker in the series. His talk, which takes place on in the Clark Auditorium of the Fisher Science & Academic Center is free and open to the public.

Eli Pariser is President of, a grassroots political organization once defined by journalist George Packer as the "mainstream" element of what "may be the fastest-growing protest movement in American history.” Following the September 11 attacks, Pariser joined MoveOn and in November of 2001 directed the organization’s campaign against the Iraq war—tripling MoveOn's member base in the process. Under Pariser’s leadership, the organization grew to boast more than three million members. During his tenure with MoveOn, Pariser has raised over $30 million from more than 350,000 small donors, which helped to fund national ad campaigns, develop a powerful field program, and support progressive political candidates. Pariser regularly appears in the media as a political commentator and contributor.

While Pariser’s work became most recognized after he founded The MoveOn Peace Campaign, his acumen for political activism was evident while still a student at Simon’s Rock. In 2000, he and three other students launched an interactive web documentary project, “This is Your American Story,” a project that grew out of a Simon’s Rock web class. The experiment had them boarding their own campaign bus and zigzagging the country to capture ordinary American political opinions. The project captured the attention of hundreds of media outlets at the time and pointed to Pariser’s talent for innovation in activism. He graduated that same year from Bard College at Simon’s Rock with a B.A. in Law and Political Science.

Thursday, October 22, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. — Lecture Center
Poetry and Fiction Series Reading: Paul Muldoon

Poetry Editor at The New Yorker and former Professor of Poetry at Oxford, Paul Muldoon will read from his poetry. Muldoon's ten collections of poetry include Madoc: A Mystery, Poems 1968-1998, Moy Sand and Gravel, and Horse Latitudes. He is also the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Griffin International Prize, the T. S. Eliot Prize, and the European Prize for Poetry. The Times Literary Supplement has described Muldoon as "the most significant English-language poet born since the second World War." He teaches at Princeton University, where he is the Chair of the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts.

In June 2009, Muldoon appeared on the Colbert Report.

Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
 — McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
     Preconcert talk at 6:45 p.m. in the Liebowitz Black Box Theater
South Berkshire Concert Series: Soprano Hai-Ting Chinn and the Proteus Ensemble

The Proteus Ensemble, joined by soprano Hai-Ting Chinn, performs Schoenberg's "Pierrot Lunaire" and other chamber music classics. Schoenberg's masterpiece of symbolism and surrealism is rarely performed owing to its challenges, but it is a specialty of these young, very talented musicians, and offers our audience the chance to become better acquainted with a seminal 20th century masterpiece.

American mezzo-soprano Hai-Ting Chinn performs classical music in a wide range of venues, from symphony halls to New York city rock and cabaret venues. Her roles have included Dido in Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas with the Rebel Baroque Orchestra, Hansel in the New York City Opera's educational touring company’s Hansel and Gretel, and Lady Thiang in The King & I on London's West End. Anne Midgette, New York Times, has described Chinn’s voice as “a lovely rich, creamy sound, like a whipped mousse.”

One of the most sought-after ensembles in the U.S., the Proteus Ensemble gave a sold-out New York debut at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This quintet made their Lincoln Center debut as part of the Great Performers Series in 2006 and had a 3-year residency as the Aspen Music Festival’s Contemporary Ensemble.


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On Exhibit from Monday, August 31 through Friday, October 9, 2009 — The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Irmari Nacht: Recycled Books & Photo Collages

The exhibition, “Irmari Nacht: Recycled Books & Photo Collages,” features recycled books and photo collage assemblages. These small works explore the concepts of altered realism, segueing of colors, fragmentation and repetition of images.

Nacht’s “SAVED” series, uses books that otherwise might be discarded, and transforms them into artwork that addresses environmental concerns, change and transformation, information received and denied, as well as the concept of multiple imagery. The collages use one or more photographs to create compound or fragmented images.

The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library and is open while the College is in session. Current hours.

On Exhibit from Friday, September 4 through Friday, November 20, 2009—The Gallery at Liebowitz
Julie Shapiro: Linking & Form

The exhibition, “Julie Shapiro: Linking & Form,” showcases this abstract artist’s “perceptual, experiential art.” Although not directly referenced, the landscape is a source of interrelationships and experiences intrinsic in Shapiro’s art, where “there occurs a shift of the experiential from the natural, through the formal constructs, to a reassertion of the experiential in the resulting form.”

The Gallery at Liebowitz is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Liebowitz building, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. Please note limited gallery hours: Friday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more event information, or for parking and directions, please visit: Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students after the tenth or eleventh grade. Founded in 1966 as the nation’s first and only early college, Simon’s Rock joined the Bard College system in 1979. It maintains its own campus in Great Barrington, Massachusetts (the heart of the culture-rich Berkshires), and unique identity as a supportive intellectual home for early college students. Bard College at Simon’s Rock enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.