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September 27, 2006


GREAT BARRINGTON, MA — Simon's Rock College faculty members Barbara Resnik and James King will give a lecture entitled "DuBois and Social Change." The lecture, which is part of the Seminar Lecture Series, will take place in the McConnell Theater on October 4 at 7:15 p.m.

Barbara Resnik teaches courses in Art History, Social Science and Women's Studies at Simon's Rock. She is an attorney, graphic designer, and printmaker. Her interests include issues of race, class, gender, and the law; art and media in contemporary culture; and population policy and reproductive rights. She has taught constitutional law, art history, and studio arts at Fairfield University and Queens College. Her artwork is included in many private collections.

James King is a professor in Literature and African American Studies at Simon's Rock. Before coming to Simon's Rock, he taught courses at Old Westbury College and Purchase College of SUNY, the Bronx Community College, Hunter College, and the Graduate Center campuses of CUNY, as well as Parsons School of Design. His topics have included: The Harlem Renaissance, Black Women Writers, Literature of Slavery, Black Narratives and Realism and Naturalism.

W.E.B. DuBois was a Gt. Barrington native, and in an effort to honor that fact, Simon's Rock sponsors special programs, hosts an annual W.E.B. Dubois lecture, and funds a W.E.B. Dubois student scholarship.

The Seminar Lecture Series

The Seminar Lecture Series is part of the First and Second Year Seminar – cornerstones of education at Simon's Rock College – and offers talks on great texts and ideas. The Seminar Lecture Series supplements courses that first and second year students are required to take: "First Year Seminar: The Examined Life;" and the "Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus."

"The First Year Seminar: The Examined Life" is a two-semester course that focuses on themes of self-discovery, the relationship of the individual and society, and the nature of values and responsibility. Readings for the course include Sophocles' Oedipus Cycle, Plato's The Last Days of Socrates, Dante's Inferno, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Mozart's Don Giovanni, Austen's Pride and Prejudice and a wide variety of supplementary works.

"The Sophomore Seminar: Voices Against the Chorus" explores how 19th- and 20th-century thinkers confronted the accepted order of things, how they challenged accepted ideas, and how they constructed radically different conceptions of the world. Readings include Darwin's The Descent of Man, Marx and Engels' The Communist Manifesto, Nietzsche's The Genealogy of Morals, Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents, Forster's A Passage to India, DuBois' The Souls of Black Folk, Woolf's To the Lighthouse, and Kafka's The Trial.

These evening lectures are free and open to the public.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706