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

August 31, 2011

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces upcoming September events. 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 offers 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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Each year Simon’s Rock hosts the Proseminar in Social Scientific Inquiry. The series provides intellectual exchanges with social scientists and interdisciplinary scholars. These are the guest speakers and lectures for September 2011.

Proseminar Lecture, "The Burden of Combat"
Anne O’Dwyer, Bard College at Simon’s Rock
Monday, September 5, 2011 • 5:00 pm
Blodgett Oak Room

Anne O'Dwyer is Dean of Academic Affairs at Simon's Rock, and Associate Professor of Psychology. Her fields of expertise are social and political psychology, and her research spans road rage, the self in interpersonal conflict, and intergroup conflict. Her most recent work considers "the burden of combat," addressing cognitive dissonance issues in veterans of the Iraq War. She has been published in the British Journal of Psychology and the Journal of Applied Psychology, among other venues. O’Dwyer has worked in the spheres of counseling and rehabilitation, and served in critical leadership roles in professional psychology associations.

Proseminar Lecture, "Doing Dead Time for the Sovereign: Archive, Abandonment, Performance
Kathleen Biddick, Temple University
Monday, September 12, 2011 • 5:00 pm 
Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center

Kathleen Biddick is co-founder of the Temple Premodern Studies Colloquium and former Director of the History Honors Program. She is deeply committed to working with students to develop their writing tools for critical argumentation (whatever the course). “Write On” is her pedagogical motto. 

She has authored books in the fields of medieval studies, critical historiography, and theory: The Other Economy; The Shock of Medievalism; The Typological Imaginary: Circumcision, Technology and History. She has been the recipient of numerous fellowships: Fulbright Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Stanford Humanities Center, Dartmouth Humanities Center, National Science Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies Curriculum Development Award. Her current book project, Dead Neighbors Archive, delves into the return of the miracle in contemporary theories of sovereignty and discusses its importance for medieval scholars. She traces the links between the discourse of the most powerful abbey of twelfth-century Christendom, Cluny in Burgundy, which defined miracle-making in terms of its declared enemies, Jews and Muslim, and the theoretical writings of Walter Benjamin, Giorgio Agamben and Eric Santner. The project argues that these medieval dead neighbors of Cluny remain undead and driven in the drive of contemporary theory, until their archive is recognized and embraced.

Proseminar Lecture, "Fireworks: Hesiod’s Pandora and the Technological Matrix of Maternity" 
Elissa Marder, Emory University
Monday, September 19, 2011 • 5:00 pm 
Blodgett Oak Room

Elissa Marder teaches in the French and Comparative Literature Departments at Emory University where she is also affiliated with the Departments of Philosophy and Women’s Studies. She is a founding member of the Emory Psychoanalytic Studies Program and served as its Director from 2001-2006. Her book Dead Time: Temporal Disorders in the Wake of Modernity (Baudelaire and Flaubert) was published by Stanford University Press in 2001. She has published numerous essays on diverse topics in literature, literary theory, feminism, film, photography and psychoanalysis. Her new book, The Mother in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: Psychoanalysis, Photography, and Deconstruction is forthcoming from Fordham University Press in October 2011. She is also working on a number of other projects including: a book on early 19th century French Literature, Revolutionary Perversions, and a study of Walter Benjamin’s writings in French.

Proseminar Lecture, "Diagrammatics as Physiognomy: Graphics and Photography in the Works of W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter Benjamin"
Alexander G. Weheliye, Northwestern University
Monday, September 26, 2011 • 5:00 pm 
Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center

Alexander G. Weheliye is associate professor of African American Studies and English at Northwestern University where he teaches black literature and culture, critical theory, social technologies, and popular culture. He is the author of Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity (Duke University Press, 2005), which was awarded The Modern Language Association's William Sanders Scarborough Prize for Outstanding Scholarly Study of Black American Literature or Culture.

Currently, he is working on two projects. The first, Habeas Viscus: Racialization, Bare Life, and the Human, concerns the relationship between black studies, political violence, and alternate conceptions of humanity. The second, Modernity Hesitant: The Civilizational Diagnostics of W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter Benjamin, tracks the different ways in which these thinkers imagine the ‘marginal’ as central to the workings of modern civilization. His work has been published and is forthcoming in American Literary History, boundary 2, CR: The New Centennial Review, The Journal of Visual Culture, Public Culture, Social Text, and the anthologies Black Europe and the African Diaspora, The Oxford Handbook of Mobile Music Studies, The Contemporary African American Novel, Afrika und die deutsche Sprache Ein kritisches Nachschlagewerk, Remapping Black Germany, and re/visionen: Postkoloniale Perspektiven von People of Color auf Rassismus, Kulturpolitik und Widerstand in Deutschland. 

For a complete listing of events or more information, 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 grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.