The Forum: Lifelong learning institute opening


GREAT BARRINGTON -- Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and internationally renowned educator, musician and author will open the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College's (OLLI at BCC) 20th Anniversary Year celebrations with a lecture on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The presentation, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Daniels Art Center, at Bard College at Simon's Rock, 84 Alford Road in Great Barrington.

Under Botstein's leadership Bard College has become a premiere American educational institution with a successful network of innovative public high schools and an acclaimed college-degree program for maximum-security prisons, as well as a global presence with joint-degree programs across the globe. He will draw on his expertise in innovative education in Sunday's lecture.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Botstein grew up in the Bronx and graduated from the High School of Music and Art, where he studied violin and viola. He received a bachelor of arts degree with special honors from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University.

He has been music director of the American Symphony Or chestra since 1992. Botstein is also co-artistic director of the SummerScape and Bard Music Festivals, and conductor laureate of the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the state radio orchestra of Israel, where he served as music director from 2003 to 2010.

A sequel to his earlier book, "Jefferson's Children: Education and the Promise of American Culture" (1997), is forthcoming, and his essays for the Bard Music Festival, published by Princeton, are soon to be anthologized.

He is editor of "The Musical Quarterly" and co-editor of "Jews and the City of Vienna, 1870-1938" (2004).

His Tanner Lectures on "The History of Listening" given at U.C.-Berkeley in 2011 are to be published by the Oxford University Press.

His numerous awards include the National Arts Club Gold Medal, the Centennial Medal of the Harvard Graduate School of the Arts and Sciences, and the Austrian Cross of Honour for Science and Art. He is the 2012 recipient of both Longy Conservatory's Leonard Bern stein Award for the Elevation of Music in Society and the University of Chicago's Alumni Medal.

To learn more about this presentation and other programs of OLLI at BCC, call (413) 236-2190 or visit for more information.


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