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Christopher Coggins presents a lecture at Bard College at Simon's Rock

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA –- Christopher Coggins will present the lecture “Is There Evolution after Darwin?”  at Bard College at Simon’s Rock.  The lecture, to be held on Monday, September 10 at 7 p.m., in the McConnell Theater, will be free and open to the public.

Christopher Coggins is a faculty member at Simon’s Rock, and his research deals with cultural landscapes, biodiversity, protected area management, political ecology, and globalization in China.  His work on geography and environmental topics has been published in the Geographical Review; the Journal of Cultural Geography, Policy Matters, a journal of the world conservation union; Proceedings of the New England-St. Lawrence Valley Geographical Society; and other geography and Asia-related periodicals.  He is the author of  The Tiger and The Pangolin: Nature, Culture and Conservation in China, and co-author of the Primates of China: Biogeography and Conservation Studies – Past, Present, and Future.

The Seminar Lecture Series

A background on the Seminars at Bard College at Simon’s Rock

This event is part of the Seminar Lecture Series, which 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.

The public is invited to attend these evening Seminar Lectures, which are an extension of the Seminars.

Simon's Rock Media Contact:
Briee Della Rocca: 413 644-4706
E-mail: bdellarocca@simons-rock.edu