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Media Appearances

A selection of regional, national and international media outlets featuring stories from Bard College at Simon's Rock.

News from the 2012 - 2013 Academic Years


Numerous high profile publications from CNN Money, the New York Times Economix blog, and Bloomberg TV, to the Huffington Post covered Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke commencement address at Simon’s Rock.


In the New York Times Sunday Review piece, "A Cure for ‘Senioritis", Provost Peter Laipson explains that research shows starting college early has long-term academic and social benefits leading to occupational success and personal satisfaction.


The Huffington Post article “Are You College-Age?’ says “younger students often prove to be both eager and ready for the academic and social experience of college”, citing several examples of early entry programs, including Bard College at Simon’s Rock.


The Daily Beast named Bard College at Simon’s Rock to their list of “Amazing but Overlooked: 25 Colleges You Haven’t Considered but Should.”


For the first time in the history of the College, Simon’s Rock graces the pages of Sports Illustrated! Lady Llama basketball player Pearl Weggler ’12 appears in the January 14th issue. Pearl’s standout performance against Landmark College last month landed her a spot in the magazine's legendary "Faces in the Crowd" weekly roundup.


WCVB - Chronicle Main Streets visited Great Barrington in the fall of 2012. The resulting segment, titled Innovators and iconoclasts, Intellectual traditions, highlighted Searles Castle, Bard College at Simon's Rock, the W.E.B Dubois Center, and Arlo Guthrie.


Provost Peter Laipson defended the value of the college essay in the Inside Higher Ed piece Preserving the College.


Bard College at Simon’s Rock | The Early College was listed in America’s Best Kept College Secrets!


The Berkshire Eagle featured Simon’s Rock’s Third Annual Model UN Conference. The Simon’s Rock Model UN team again hosted students from local high schools who participated in four committee sessions, which, like the actual United Nations, included the UN. Security Council, World Health Organization, and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.


Prof Asma Abbas was mentioned in AP reporter Ted Anthony’s inauguration day roundup, “Dear Mr. President: One glimpse of your nation”, a broad-brush interpretation of how life feels in America right now. Though the quote was short, Anthony credits their conversation with informing “my entire piece far beyond the quote of yours that I ended up using.” We’re thrilled to have Simon’s Rock mentioned in the 350 publications that ran this piece!

News from the 2011 - 2012 Academic Years


Prof Maryann Tebben revealed French cuisine’s most French dish. Listen to WAMC’s Academic Minute to find out what it is.


Provost Peter Laipson explained the shifting perception of bachelorhood in American history and culture on WAMC’s Academic Minute.

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Professor Peter Filkins explained How Translation Shapes Meaning in The Chronicle of Higher Education.


Provost Peter Laipson and his partner Alison Lobron made a guest appearance on WAMC’s Speakers Corner. Listen to Alan Chartock...In Conversation with Dr. Peter Laipson and Alison Lobron.


Four alumni made Forbes 30 Under 30 List: Claire Rosen '01 (Art and Design), Kyle Allison '01 (Science), Jessica Mah '06 (Technology), Ronan Farrow '99 (Law and Policy).


Listen to Dr. Michael Bergman of Bard College at Simon's Rock describe one of the Earth’s most extreme environments, its inner core on WAMC’s Academic Minute.

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The New York Post announced that Ronan Farrow ’99, was among 32 US recipients of the Rhodes Scholarship. Farrow will study for a doctorate in international development at Oxford University.


Professor Chris Coggins explained how thousands of southern Chinese villages use feng shui to manage forests for protection against wind and rain on WAMC's Academic Minute and affiliates.

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Ronan Farrow ’99 was in New York for a State Department panel, “Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement.” His work there was highlighted on Huffington Post.

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On Inside Higher Ed, Provost Peter Laipson recounts an early lesson in just how seriously Simon’s Rock students take learning.

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BHSEC Newark was featured in a New York Times article about education reform in that city.

Princeton Review

Princeton Review released its 2011 rankings. Bard College at Simon’s Rock maintains its place as one of the “Best Northeastern Colleges,” and is listed as one of the top 20 LGBT-friendly campuses in the U.S..


USA Today dug into the Simon’s Rock catalogue to find one entry on a list of “7 classes you would wake up at 8 am for.” Their pick? The Great Outdoors: The History and Culture of Outdoor Recreation.



Professor Brendan Mathews spoke on NPR-affiliate WAMC about a storytelling and fiction series he curated at the Word X Word festival in Pittsfield, MA..


Boston Globe

The Boston Globe announced the Longy School of Music’s merger with Bard. Longy will be on the Simon’s Rock campus this summer for a series of camps, workshops, and performances. Check out the events page as concert dates are posted.


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The Huffington Post selected Ronan Farrow ’99’s commencement speech as one of the best of 2011.


Media Appearances from 2009-2011