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Karen Allen is in the spotlight again. The Bard College at Simon’s Rock adjunct faculty member is getting a burst of coverage (including, most recently, a piece in the Sunday Style section of the New York Times) in connection with her role in the new Indiana Jones film, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Allen is perhaps best known for her thrilling 1981 performance in the first Indian Jones film, Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Though she’s been out of the national headlines for a while, Allen has been busy. She teaches acting at Simon’s Rock, sharing the campus with her son Nicholas, a student at the College. Three years ago, she launched Karen Allen-Fiber Arts Studio in Great Barrington, capitalizing on her lifelong passion for knitting and design. And, of course, she’s acted, in films including Starman (1984), The Glass Menagerie (1987), Scrooged (1988), The Sandlot (1993), The Perfect Storm (2000), and In the Bedroom (2001).

“I had to create a life for myself where I was more independent,” she told the Los Angeles Times recently, referring to her burgeoning life outside of film. “Where what I was doing was so interesting I could literally put my whole acting life on the back burner because I was so fascinated by what was right in front of me.”

Read recent press coverage of Karen Allen here:

The Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2008 feature: “Remember Karen Allen, Steven Speilberg did for ‘Indiana Jones’”

USA Today’s May 19, 2008 profile, “Karen Allen weaves her life into a rich tapestry

The Washington Post’s May 22, 2008 report, “Indy Isn’t the Only One Making a Comeback

The New York Times, May 25, 2008 article “Only for You, Dr. Jones