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

November 2, 2009

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

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of 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 .

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Thursday, November 5, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. — Blodgett House
Poetry and Fiction Series Reading: Emily Barton

The author of two novels, including the recent Brookland, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Emily Barton reads from her fiction. Her first novel, The Testament of Yves Gundron won the Bard Fiction Prize, and her work has appeared in Story, American Short Fiction, and Conjunctions. She was the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts grant. Barton teaches writing and humanities at Bard College.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. — Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science & Academic Center
Proseminar in Social Science Inquiry Lecture Series
Alumnus John McWhorter ’81: “The Shambolic Magnificence Of Language: How A 150,000 Year Accident Allows Thought.”

Alumnus John McWhorter ’81 is the Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a Professor at Columbia University, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Losing the Race. As a prolific writer and commentator on issues of race, ethnicity, cultural issues and linguistics, he has been a guest on NPR’s Fresh Air, Meet the Press, the O'Reilly Factor, and John McLaughlin’s One on One.

His articles have appeared in leading publications, including The New York Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The National Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and New York Magazine.

Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, November 13, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
All performances are in the McConnell Theater, Daniel Arts Center
Theater production: William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

The Bard College at Simon’s Rock Theater Program proudly presents William Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This delightful romantic comedy portrays the entangled lives of four runaway teenagers as they seek love and independence in an enchanted forest. Through adventures with spells and sprites, mechanicals and fairies, royalty and magic, this classic work reveals the madness, beauty and profundity of love.

Directed by Karen Beaumont and Aimee Michel.
Set Design by Victor McQuiston, Lighting Design by Jason Goldman , Costumes by alumnus George Veale ’98 and Choreography by Wendy Shifrin

No reservations required - please call 413-644-4235 for more information.

Saturday, November 14, 2009 at 8:00 p.m.
 — Kellogg Music Center
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Chorus: The Music of the Beatles

The Bard College at Simon’s Rock Music Program presents a concert of Beatles music. Under the direction of Jack Brown, and accompanied by guest artist Joe Rose, the ensemble will sing such hits as: Blackbird, If I fell in Love with You, Yesterday, Drive my Car, Something, Here Comes the Sun, And I Love Her, Penny Lane, Yellow Submarine, Let it Be, and Hey Jude.

The audience is encouraged to come in 60's attire. Prizes will be awarded

Ongoing Exhibitions
On Exhibit through Friday, November 20, 2009 — The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Norm Magnusson: Descent into the Political

This exhibition includes the artist’s early Animal Allegories, as well as his thought-provoking public art pieces and historical road markers that focus on contemporary social and political themes.

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The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library and is open while the College is in session. For current hours, check: 

Extended through Friday, November 20—The Gallery at Liebowitz
Julie Shapiro: Linking & Form

Although not directly referenced, landscape is a source of interrelationships intrinsic in Shapiro’s abstract, perceptual and experiential works. Through formal constructs, “Linking & Form” inspires a shift to occur between the experiential and the natural as present in her resulting forms.

The Gallery at Liebowitz is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Liebowitz building, across from the College’s central campus at the intersection of Hurlburt and Alford Roads. Please note limited gallery hours: Friday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For more event 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 enrolls approximately 450 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.