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

October 29, 2010

Contact: Alice Myers
Events Editor and Publicist
Bard College at Simon’s Rock
(413) 528-7443

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

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its upcoming events for November. 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

To access and download associated images, go to the November, 2010 Press Gallery.

Monday, November 1, 2010 at 7:15 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Proseminar Series: Amy Lavine: Urban Property Rights Battles: Taking “Blighted” Land for Columbia University

In 2002, Columbia University announced that it would build an expansion campus in West Harlem. It could not assemble all of the properties that it wanted by voluntary purchase, however, so it's relying on the state's use of eminent domain to appropriate the last remaining parcels. The primary justification for the taking is that the land is "blighted," but the property owners disagree. They claim the real purpose is to benefit Columbia, and that this is prohibited by the Fifth Amendment, which states that private property may only be taken for "public use." In June, the New York State high court ruled against the property owners. They're currently seeking review from the United States Supreme Court.

Amy Lavine is pro bono counsel to New York State Senator Bill Perkins, whose district includes the site of Columbia's proposed expansion campus. Senator Perkins proposed legislation in 2010 that would place more restrictions on the use of "blight" for urban redevelopment takings, and he has submitted amicus ("friend of the court") briefs in the ongoing litigation in support of the property owners. In 2009, Lavine also served as pro bono counsel to the property owners in the Brooklyn Atlantic Yards case, which was ultimately decided in favor of the developer. Aside from her involvement in these cases, Lavine is a staff attorney at the Government Law Center at Albany Law School. Her scholarly work focuses on community development, land use, and environmental law. She graduated with a BA from Simon's Rock in 2002, and received her J.D. from Albany Law School in 2007.

Monday, November 8, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Kirsten Barrett: “Climate Change and Ecosystem Resilience in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic”

Fire disturbance in high-latitude ecosystems such as Alaskan boreal forests and tundra is responsive to global climate change. Sustained warming and drying in the region, causing major shifts in ecosystem function, structure, and composition, may alter ecosystem recovery from fire disturbance. The resilience of high-latitude ecosystems is of fundamental importance to feedbacks that may exacerbate or mitigate future climate change.

The guest speaker, alumnae Kirsten Barrett, is with the Alaska Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey.

Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 13 at 7:30 p.m.
McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Fall Theater Performances: Tartuffe by Molière

Molière’s Tartuffe will be directed by Barbara Sims and performed by students from the Theater Program.

Sims appeared in the Broadway productions of A Streetcar Named Desire with Natasha Richardson and Noises Off with Patti Lupone. Off Broadway credits include Entertaining Mr. Sloan with Alec Baldwin, Juno and The Paycock and Arms and the Man (Roundabout Theater Co.), Communion (Primary Stages), and Horton Foote’s Night Seasons and Laura Dennis (Signature Theater Co.). Other New York stage credits include Trip to Bountiful with Ellen Burstyn, Winding the Ball (Public Theatre), Laughing Wild, and Romeo and Juliet. She has appeared in numerous productions for Williamstown Theater Festival, including Philadelphia Here I Come, The Man Who Had All the Luck, and Tonight at 8:30. Her regional credits include productions at Shakespeare and Co., Houston Shakespeare Festival, Geva Theater, Alley Theatre, and Stages Repertory Theatre. Her television and film credits include appearances on Law and Order: SVU, One Life to Live, Film: PBS End of the Line, and Cornflower Blue. Barbara lives with her husband in Lenox Dale, Massachusetts.

Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 3:00 p.m. — Kellogg Music Center
South Berkshire Concerts: The Goldberg Trio with Guest Pianist Larry Wallach

The Goldberg Trio with guest pianist Larry Wallach will present a concert, "Bach and Beethoven on the Wrong Instruments." The Goldberg Trio consists of Daniel Stepner on violin, Ronald Gorevic on viola and Guy Fishman on cello.

Daniel Stepner has performed and recorded a wide range of music on period and contemporary instruments. Since 1987, he has been first violinist of the Lydian String Quartet, in residence at Brandeis University. He is also a founding member of the Boston Museum Trio, resident at the Museum of Fine Arts, and he served as concertmaster of the Handel and Haydn Society, stepping down last May after 24 years in the post. Audiences in Western Massachusetts know him as the Artistic Director of the Aston Magna Festival, performing at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and now at Brandeis University as well. He is also a Preceptor in Music at Harvard University, where he team-teaches a course in chamber music with Professor Robert Levin.

His recorded repertoire includes sonatas of Bach, Vivaldi, Buxtehude and Telemann, and Marais; chamber music of Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, William Schuman, Vincent Persichetti, Lee Hyla, Peter Child, Martin Boykan, Yehudi Wyner, and John Harbison; and the complete violin sonatas of Charles Ives, with pianist John Kirkpatrick. He has also conducted recordings of Handel’s The Triumph of Time and Truth and Monteverdi’s Orfeo (on Centaur). Stepner studied with Steven Staryk in Chicago, Nadia Boulanger at Fontainebleau, France; and Broadus Erle at Yale, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

Ronald Gorevic is a founding member of the Prometheus Piano Quartet, with which he has recorded piano quartets of Saint-Saens and D’Indy. His recent recording of Brahms, Quintet for Clarinet and String Quartet in B Minor (arranged by Brahms for solo viola and string quartet) and Brahms, Trio for Clarinet, Cello, and Piano in A Minor, with Brahms’s own arrangement for viola instead of clarinet, was released on the Centaur label.

Guy Fishman is the principal cellist in Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society and performs with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and the Mark Morris Group. Fishman was the principal cellist of the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and a member of the New Fromm Players at Tanglewood.

Larry Wallach is a pianist, harpsichordist, musicologist and composer who holds the Livingston Hall Chair in Music at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and teaches composition at Bard College. He studied piano privately with Henry Danielowitz and Kenneth Cooper and was trained at Columbia University, where he studied music history and composition and earned a Doctorate in Musicology in 1973. In 1977 he joined a year long National Endowment for the Humanities seminar at the University of North Carolina on performance practices in earlier piano music. He has been an active performer of chamber music with harpsichord and piano, and of twentieth century music. He is on the staff of summer early music workshops at World Fellowship.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:15 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science and Academic Center
Proseminar Series: Samuel Bowles

Samuel Bowles will speak on “Kudunomics: Property Rights for the Knowledge-based Economy.” Bowles, (PhD, Economics, Harvard University) is Research Professor at the Santa Fe Institute where he heads the Behavioral Sciences Program. He is also Professor of Economics at the University of Siena. He taught economics at Harvard from 1965 to 1973 and at the University of Massachusetts, where he is now emeritus professor. His recent studies on cultural and genetic evolution have challenged the conventional economic assumption that people are motivated entirely by self-interest. These have included the mathematical modeling and agent-based computer simulations of the evolution of altruistic behaviors and behavioral experiments in 15 hunter-gather and other small-scale societies. Recent papers have also explored how organizations, communities and nations could be better governed in light of the fact that altruistic and ethical motives are common in most populations. Bowles' current research also includes theoretical and empirical studies of political hierarchy and wealth inequality and their evolution over the very long run.

His recent books include: Microeconomics: Behavior, Institutions and Evolution (Princeton University Press, 2004), Moral Sentiments and Material Interests: the Foundations of Cooperation in Economic Life (MIT Press, 2005), Unequal Chances: Family Background and Economic Success (Princeton 2004), Poverty Traps (Princeton 2006), Inequality, Cooperation and Environmental Sustainability (Princeton 2005), Globalization and Egalitarian Redistribution (Princeton, 2006), Foundations of Human Sociality: Economic Experiments and Ethnographic Evidence in 15 Small-scale Societies. (Oxford University Press. 2004) and Understanding Capitalism: Competition, Command and Change (Oxford 2004).

He has also served as an economic advisor to the governments of Cuba, South Africa and Greece, to presidential candidates Robert F. Kennedy and Jesse Jackson, to the Congress of South African Trade Unions and to South African President Nelson Mandela.

His next major work, A Cooperative Species: Human reciprocity and its evolution, co-authored with Herbert Gintis, will be published by Princeton University Press in the Spring of 2011. Drawing on their recent research on cultural and genetic evolution and his empirical studies of behavior in small-scale societies, this work will explain why humans, unlike other animals, engage in cooperation among large numbers of people beyond the immediate family. His Castle Lectures at Yale University, Machiavelli’s Mistake: Why good laws are no substitute for good citizens, will be published in 2012 by Yale University press.

Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. — Blodgett House
Poetry and Fiction Series: Joanna Klink

Acclaimed poet Joanna Klink is the author of three collections of poetry: They Are Sleeping (University of Georgia Press, 2000), Circadian (Penguin, 2007), and Raptus (Penguin, 2010). Her poems have appeared in Boston Review, Chicago Review, and other journals. Linda Gregg has called Klink a poet whose "intensity makes the world visible.” Mark Strand noted that in her poetry: “everywhere, a forceful, scrupulous intelligence is active — a luminous diction, a range of cadences."

A recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers’ Award, she is the Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard University and a member of the faculty in the MFA program at the University of Montana.


Through Tuesday, December 21, 2010 — The Atrium Gallery, Alumni Library
Brian Mikesell: WEFT

Mikesell’s artwork is primarily photographic, but he also mixes media and creates small-scale sculpture, textiles, and artist books. Much of his work is rooted in the landscape and natural world, with an emphasis on details that may normally be overlooked. He is also interested in the ways we consume our experiences of the world as we travel through it — and how we each make an effort to represent our journeys. He believes fundamentally that, while much artwork makes a necessarily serious contribution to the world, there should be balance and art should equally endeavor to lighten and lift the viewer. He makes his home in Mill River, Massachusetts.

The Atrium Gallery is located within the Alumni Library at Simon’s Rock. The gallery is open during regular library hours while the college is in session: weekdays 8:30 a.m. – midnight and weekends 11:00 a.m. - midnight.

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Through Friday, November 19, 2010 — The Gallery at Liebowitz
The Social Art of Chinese Calligraphy: The Life and Work of Master Li Heyun

This exhibition features works from the private collections of John B. Weinstein, PhD, Simon’s Rock Faculty in Chinese and former student of Li Heyun.

As old as the written language itself, Chinese calligraphy is a contemporary art form that is closely connected to Chinese literature and painting traditions. Venerated for three millennia, it continues to be a rich site of literary education, social communication, inter-generational cultural transmission, and cross-cultural exchange. This exhibition will present the life and work of master calligrapher Li Heyun (b.1923) of Suzhou, China.

Master Li’s life has been shaped by the tumultuous events of recent Chinese history, and through it all, his one constant refuge has been the practice of Chinese calligraphy. Over the years, he has mentored many young Chinese and made social connections around the world. In spite of his modesty, Li’s talent as a calligrapher is well known in Suzhou, where an exhibition of his work was held in September 2009, and his calligraphy has won awards in juried competitions in Japan and Korea.

Li Heyun’s artistic integrity and generosity of spirit will inform this exhibition, which will consist of calligraphy pieces by Li from private collections in the United States and Canada, as well as informative displays on the basic materials and techniques of Chinese calligraphy.

The Liebowitz Art Gallery is located within the Liebowitz building at Simon’s Rock, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. The Art Gallery is open Friday - Sunday noon-5 p.m. and by appointment.

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Exhibitions Office: 413.528.7389
Contact: Margaret Cherin, Exhibitions Curator,

For a complete listing of events or more information, please visit our Events page. Event dates, times, and locations are subject to change. Visit the website for the most up-to-date information.