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  • BILL Berkshire Institute for

    Lifetime Learning

    For the Joy of Learning!

    BILL Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning

    Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning

    (413) 499-4660 ext. 456

    Fall 2006 Catalog

  • BILL • Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning, Ltd.

    Sponsored by: Berkshire Community College • Williams College • Simon’s Rock College of Bard


    For the joy of learning, a group of inspired Berkshire County residents formed Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning (BILL) in 1994. As a nonprofit, volunteer-run organization, BILL continuously provides stimulating and exciting adult learning experiences for its members. This is your opportunity to learn about things that you have never had time for in the past.

    u Choose from among 50-plus (noncredit) courses in the Arts, Sciences, Literature and Social Sciences offered in fall, winter and spring semesters.

    u Attend lectures and panel discussions highlighting contemporary, often provocative themes.

    u Experience history and culture through trips and events.



    Flyers with specific information will be mailed to you. Event information is also available at

    JULY Brandeis in the Berkshires, First Annual Symposium: Crisis and Change in the Middle East Distinguished Speaker Series: Art, Creativity and Psychology, Ernie Shaw Berkshire Museum, Insects in Design and Art Saratoga Performing Arts Center (Bus Trip) Berkshire Opera, Hansel and Gretel

    AUGUST Berkshire Opera, Madama Butterfly

    SEPTEMBER Keystone Arch Bridges, Chester, MA (Hike)

    OCTOBER Fall Finger Lake Sampler (Bus Trip – 2 nights)

    Front Cover: Ashmere Lake in October, Bob Desrosiers

    Bonnie Desrosiers, Editor Wilma Michaels, Assistant Editor

    BILL Berkshire Institute for

    Lifetime Learning

    For the Joy of Learning!

  • Fall 2006 Class Schedule DAY CLASSES September 11 – October 23 ( )=Number of sessions

    MONDAY Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield & Canyon Ranch, Lenox

    10:00 – 11:30 M101 Perspectives on Evolution: Evolution & the Nature of Human Nature (6) BCC H207 Sept. 11 – Oct. 23

    Noon – 1:30 M102 The Trial System: From the Inside (6) BCC H207 Sept. 11 – Oct. 23 1:45 – 3:15 M103 How Public Policy Affects Emerging

    Science & Our Lives (5) BCC H207 Sept. 11 – Oct. 16 2:00 – 3:30 M104 The Many Paths to Health (6) Canyon Ranch Sept. 11 – Oct. 23

    TUESDAY Simon’s Rock College, Great Barrington 10:30 – Noon T101 Cotton and Race in America (1787-1930):

    Money, Morals & Economic Growth (6) SR Lecture Ctr Sept. 12 – Oct. 17 1:00 – 2:30 T102 Harlem Renaissance (6) SR Lecture Ctr Sept. 12 – Oct. 17 2:45 – 4:15 T103 Modern American Literature (6) SR Lecture Ctr Sept. 12 – Oct. 17

    WEDNESDAY Williams College & Clark Art Institute, Williamstown 10:30 – Noon W101 Shakespeare and the Law: The First Thing

    We Do, Let’s Praise All the Lawyers (5) WC Faculty House Sept. 13 – Oct. 11 10:30 – Noon W102 The Middle Ages (6) Clark Sept. 13 – Oct. 18 12:30 – 2:00 W103 The History of U.S. Westward Expansion (6) Clark Sept. 13 – Oct. 18 2:30 – 4:00 W104 Perspectives on 20th Century Music (6) WC Brooks-Rodgers Sept. 13 – Oct. 18 3:00 – 4:30 W105 Pushing the Frontiers of Science (6) WC Chem Lab 123 Sept. 13 – Oct. 18

    THURSDAY Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield 10:00 - 11:30 TH101 Age Smart®/Age Happy (6) BCC GB Room Sept. 14 – Oct. 19 12:30 – 2:00 TH102 Nation Building: Japanese Politics

    Past & Present (5) BCC M201 Sept. 14 – Oct. 12 2:15 – 3:45 TH103 The Mystery Novel: From Poe to the Present (4) BCC M201 Sept. 14 – Oct. 5 2:15 – 3:45 TH104 Today’s Headlines (6) BCC M116 Sept. 14 – Oct. 19

    FRIDAY IS183, Stockbridge & Berkshire Community College South, Great Barrington 10:30 – Noon F101 The Many Faces of Art: IS183 (4) IS183 Art School Sept. 29 – Oct. 20 10:00 – 11:30 F102 Creative Autobiographical Writing (6) BCC South, S2 Sept. 15 – Oct. 20

    EVENING CLASSES September 28 – November 9

    TUESDAY Morris Elementary School, Lenox 7:00 – 8:30 T104 Crucial Elections of 2006 (4) Morris School Oct. 3 – Oct. 24

    THURSDAY Morris Elementary School, Lenox 7:00 – 8:30 TH105 The Conduct of the Civil War (6) Morris School Sept. 28 – Nov. 9

  • Course Descriptions MONDAY FALL 2006

    PERSPECTIVES ON EVOLUTION: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Evolution & the Nature of Human Nature M101

    SEPTEMBER 11 & 18 • The science of evolution, natural selection, genetics and the development of humanity.

    SEPTEMBER 25 & OCTOBER 9 • The impact of evolutionary theory on the social sciences. Ideas about race, gender and social change from an evolutionary perspective.

    OCTOBER 16 & 23 • The emergence of a philosophy of biology and the nature of scientific explanation.

    Frank Schickor, M.D., Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen; studied biology and medicine; Professor of Biology, Berkshire Community College; teaches biology, anatomy, physiology and microbiology.

    Bojana Mladenovic, Ph.D. in Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley; Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Williams College.

    Patricia Gazouleas, ABD, University of New York at Stony Brook; Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Dowling College, Oakdale, NY.

    THE TRIAL SYSTEM: From the Inside M102

    This course will focus on the nuts and bolts of the criminal justice system with some reference to the litigation of civil matters. In addition to presentations, there will be ample opportunity for questions and answers. The content of the lectures will include:

    JUDGE • A day in the life of a judge presented by a judge or judges. DEFENSE ATTORNEY • How criminal cases are defended from the perspective of a panel of criminal defense lawyers. PROSECUTOR • The role of prosecutors and how they view their responsibilities. PROBATION OFFICER • The role played by probation officers and other people

    within the system who provide for rehabilitation. CORRECTIONAL OFFICER • What it is like to be a correctional officer from people who are charged with the responsi- bility of running a jail and a house of correction.

    Moderator: Leonard H. Cohen, LL.B. and B.S., Boston University; Instructor in Trial Practice, Emory University Law School; member of National Institute of Trial Advocacy; teaches courses in Criminal Law; Attorney with Cain Hibbard Myers & Cook, PC; member of BILL and its Legal Advisor.


    The success or failure of an emerging technology does not only depend on good engineering or science; policy makers can have a decisive impact on trends and devel- opments in technology. The first lecture will briefly describe the process of public policy making in the United States. The following four lectures will discuss public policy issues related to telecommunications, media technologies, the Internet and the environment.

    Peter Cukor, Ph.D. in Chemistry, St. John’s University, NY; M.A. in Technology Policy, Boston University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University; Adjunct Associate Professor, Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

    Suggested Reading: Thomas A. Birkland, An Introduction to the Policy Process (2001)

    Mondays 10:00 – 11:30

    BCC, Hawthorne 207 September 11, 18, 25

    October 9, 16, 23 (No class October 2)

    Six sessions

    Mondays 12:00 – 1:30

    BCC, Hawthorne 207 September 11, 18, 25

    October 9, 16, 23 (No class October 2)

    Six sessions

    Mondays 1:45 – 3:15

    BCC, Hawthorne 207 September 11, 18, 25

    October 9, 16 (No class October 2)

    Five sessions


    SEPTEMBER 11 • Boosting Your Brain Power: Prevent Abnormal Aging — Cindy Geyer, M.D.

    SEPTEMBER 18 • Inflammation: Learn About This Major Cause of Chronic, Degenerative Disease — Todd LePine, M.D.

    SEPTEMBER 25 • Pull the Plug on Pain: Relief Through Neuromuscular Therapy — David Acheson, M.S., NMT.

    OCTOBER 9 • How Ayurveda and Yoga Work Together to Prevent Disease and Disharmony — Nina Molin, M.D.

    OCTOBER 16 • Achieving Optimal Health: The Science of Common Sense — Stephanie Beling, M.D.

    OCTOBER 23 • The Art of Mindfulness: Living Your Life as if it Really Matters — Tom Plunkett, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED.

    Course Descriptions MONDAY FALL 2006

    Mondays 2:00 – 3:30

    Canyon Ranch, Lenox September 11, 18, 25

    October 9, 16, 23 (No class October 2)

    Six sessions

    Course Descriptions TUESDAY FALL 2006

    COTTON AND RACE IN AMERICA (1787—1930): Money, Morals & Economic Growth T101

    Today’s global business world was alive and well even in the 19th century cotton world. This course explores the sophisticated, constructive and the tragic consequences of the global cotton business in the American experience. Economics and money deter- mined the course of American history for both the North and the South. The African- American past was a byproduct of economics and racial enmity; this country’s racial legacy has not been fully addressed or redressed. A broad, fresh approach to this sub- ject includes lively stories of people, to