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

GREAT BARRINGTON, MA—Bard College at Simon’s Rock announces its event line-up for the month of November. All events listed are free and open to the public and provide Berkshire County residents an opportunity to dig into affordable culture, year-round. From visual and performing arts to lectures and readings, the campus moves into high gear as the numerous cultural venues in the Berkshires wrap up the summer season. For more event information, or parking instructions, visit the College’s frequently updated online calendar.  To access and download images go to:

Sunday, November 2, 2008
3:00 pm, Kellogg Music Center
Concert: Faculty Recital

Bard College at Simon’s Rock faculty member and pianist Anne Chamberlain will be joined by guest artist Peter Zay on cello to perform a program of works by Bernstein, Janacek, Barber, Britten, and Allen Shawn.

Thursday, November 06, 2008
6:00 pm, Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science Center
Lecture: An Economic Justice Imperative

Susan Jones, visiting from George Washington University School of Law is the supervising attorney of the Small Business Clinic. Before joining the academy in 1988, Jones was a private civil and administrative law practitioner. Jones has taught courses on community economic development and economic justice, legal writing and immigration law clinics. Professor Jones is the former senior editor and editor-in-chief of the ABA's Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law. She has written extensively about microenterprise and community economic development. Her research interests include the legal aspects of entrepreneurship, economic development, nonprofit organizations, and the arts.

The Glass Menagerie
Opening: Thursday, November 06, 2008, 7:30 pm — Daniel Arts Center, McConnell Theater
Friday, November 07, 2008, 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 08, 2008, 2:00 pm
Saturday, November 08, 2008, 7:30 pm

Making its debut appearance on Broadway in 1945, Tennessee Williams classic /The Glass Menagerie/ comes to life again with a production that brings together professional artists and Bard College at Simon’s Rock students, faculty, and staff. Showcasing the talents of Simon’s Rock Upper College students, the production is supported by the contributions of nearly forty students who have worked with faculty members and professional artists from acting, design, and promotional backgrounds to produce a play the /New York Times/ has called “American theater's most exquisite mea culpa.”

THE GLASS MENAGERIE By Tennessee Williams; directed by faculty member Aimee Michel; costumes by New York and international designer Kaye Voyce; lights by designer Dan Scully; sound by Chris Marianetti; scenery designed by staff member Victor McQuiston. WITH:  Aaron Smith (Tom); AEA actress, Diane Prusha (Amanda); Rivka Borek (Laura); and  Drew Levin (Jim).

Friday, November 07, 2008
5:00 pm, The Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library
Artists Reception: Karen Arp-Sandel

A reception for local artist Karen Arp-Sandel will be held from 5:00- 7:00 pm. Arp-Sandel’s exhibition, Conversational Collage Chronicles showcases visual travel journals, mail art, narratives and assemblage work.

Thursday, November 13, 2008
7:30 pm, Blodgett House
Reading:  Pulitzer Prize-winning Poet, Yusef Komunyakaa

Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa will read from his latest collection Warhorses (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008). Komunyakaa's honors span a lifetime, and include the William Faulkner Prize, the Thomas Forcade Award, and the Hanes Poetry Prize, among others. His collections include Dedications & Other Darkhorses (1977), Lost in the Bonewheel Factory (1979), I Apologize for the Eyes in My Head (1986), Toys in a Field, (1986), Dien Cai Dau (1988), Magic City (1992), Neon Vernacular (1993), Thieves of Paradise (1998), Pleasure Dome (2001), Talking Dirty to the Gods (2001), Taboo (2004), and Gilgamesh (2006).  

Sunday, November 16, 2008
3:00 pm, The Daniel Arts Center, McConnell Theater
Concert: The Lydian String Quartet

Bard College at Simon’s Rock South Berkshire Concert Series has been a campus and regional musical mainstay. Organized by music faculty member Larry Wallach, the series brings musicians in a wide variety of musical genres—from classical and contemporary to jazz and music from around the world—every year. While traditionally open to the public, this year the series moved forward with the decision to offer free performances with a suggested $10 donation.

The Lydian String Quartet will visit campus to perform the following program: Beethoven, String Quartet in G, op. 18 no. 2; Ives, String Quartet no. 1; Beethoven, String Quartet in c-sharp minor, op. 131. The Quartet has recorded twenty CDs of music from Schubert and Brahms through Hyla, Boykan, Ornstein, Wyner and Harbison. Their recording of John Harbison's String Quartet No. 3 and "The Rewaking" was chosen by both the New York Times and the Boston Globe as one of the best recordings of 2001. Their latest recording of the complete string quartets of Vincent Persichetti was the recipient of a Copland Fund grant and was released by Centaur in 2006. The Lydians have concertized extensively throughout the United States at venues such as Lincoln Center, Weill Recital Hall, Jordan Hall, the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center.

Thursday, November 20, 2008
6:00 pm, The Fisher Science Center, Clark Auditorium
Lecture: Affective Communities: Anticolonial Thought, Fin-de-Siecle Radicalism, and the Politics of Friendship

English professor at the University of Chicago, Leela Gandhi will examine anticolonial politics as the product of numerous transnational collaborations, friendships and conversations between western and non-western dissidents. Gandhi’s recently published book, Affective Communities (2006), understands colonial encounters not as evidence of violence and conflict, but rather small subjugated narratives of cross-cultural collaboration between oppressors and oppressed, concerned with a visionary commitment to the end of institutionalized suffering. It celebrates a perspective motivated by M.K Gandhi’s.

Ongoing Exhibitions: 

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 - Sunday, December 21, 2008
Formations and Transformations

Faculty member William Jackson’s exhibited works include diverse visual and tactile vocabularies of deformation, re-combination, and hybridization. They explore possibilities that bridge two - and three-dimensional expressions, but also embrace digital and analog methods. Whether expressed as drawings that reference conventional industrial and studio processes or presented as developed, multi-dimensional works—the works  are subtexts of experimentation, admonition, risk, and chance. 

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 Road. The Gallery is open from 12:00 -5:00 pm daily.

Monday, October 13, 2008 – Friday, November 21, 2008
Conversational Collage Chronicles

Local artist Karen Arp-Sandel’s exhibition, “Conversational Collage Chronicles” showcases visual travel journals, mail art, narratives and assemblage work.  A reception will be held from 5 pm – 7 pm on November 7, in the Atrium Gallery at the Alumni Library.

The Atrium Gallery is located within Bard College at Simon’s Rock Alumni Library.  The gallery is open daily from 8:30 am to midnight, while the College is in session.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 – November 21, 2008
Home, Otherness and Memories

Anaele Adis Iroh, from the Center for Transcultural Research and Media Practice at the Dublin Institute of Technology works in mixed media to examine to explore the concepts of home, otherness and memories.  The exhibition will be on display in the lower lobby of the College’s Daniel Arts Center.

Bard College at Simon’s Rock is the nation’s only college designed expressly to educate bright, highly motivated students of high school age in the liberal arts and sciences. Founded in 1966 by Elizabeth Hall, 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 400 full-time students, and grants both Associate of Arts and Bachelor of Arts degrees in more than 40 academic concentrations.