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Bits & Bytes: ‘A Practice in Process’; glyphosate talk; women in film seminar; college search talk; BCC dean’s list

Berkshire Environmental Action Team will present Ed Stockman for a talk about the herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, Thursday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lenox Library.

‘A Practice in Process’ group show to open at MCLA’s Gallery 51

North Adams — Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Gallery 51 will host an opening reception for the group show “A Practice in Process” Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Typically, less attention is paid to the journey artists take to create a work than on the finished product. “A Practice in Process” attempts to create some transparency for viewers to better understand the artist’s practice and the residency process. The show’s featured artists recently participated in the artist-in-residence program at the Studios at MASS MoCA, an initiative of the museum’s Assets for Artists program, which delivers finance and business training to working artists. The exhibition ranges from video representations of installation projects completed in Europe and further explored while in residence in North Adams to 3D work that explores and incorporates fiber-based materials alluding to exotic animal commodities. Participating artists include Megan Reed, Tara Sabharwal, Celeste Wilson, Phil Rabovsky, M Slater, Barbezat-Villetard, Jonathan Korotko and Charlene Tan. The exhibition was co-curated by Tan and MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center director Erica Wall.

The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit will run through Saturday, March 14. For more information, contact Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts at (413) 662-5000.


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Berkshire Environmental Action Team to present glyphosate talk

Lenox — Berkshire Environmental Action Team, the Northeast Organic Farming Association and Regeneration Massachusetts will present Ed Stockman for a talk about the herbicide glyphosate, commonly known as Roundup, Thursday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lenox Library.

Agrobiologist and fourth-generation farmer Stockman is a retire NOFA/Mass Organic Extension educator and has served in the Peace Corps’ alternative agriculture program as a volunteer and trainer in Ecuador. His on-farm project conducts applied agricultural research in Plainfield. In his presentation, he will discuss recent independent testing about the risks of glyphosate in food, as well as true and externalized costs of food, and ways to reduce ingesting food-borne pesticide and herbicide residues. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Elizabeth Orenstein at (413) 717-1255 or


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Ventfort Hall to host seminar on women filmmakers

Nannina Gilder. Photo courtesy Ventfort Hall

Lenox — Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum will host the four-part seminar “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays Jan. 23-Feb. 13. The seminar will be presented by screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder.

Said Gilder: “Imagine telling the history of film without the first director to use the camera to tell a story, or the first feature length animated movie? Who was the first surrealist filmmaker, or the director of the first movie of the French New Wave? For decades these milestones have actually been relegated to a dusty corner of film history, pushed aside in favor of a straightforward narrative of brilliant men behind the camera and beautiful women in front of it. Films directed by women in the early decades of cinematography have been considered obscure curiosities, but the truth is much richer and more complex.”

Female directors included in the seminar were nominated for Academy Awards and won awards at the Cannes and Venice film festivals. Their films influenced such directors as Alfred Hitchcock, Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola.

A former film curator for the Berkshire Museum’s Little Cinema, Gilder has appeared on the film podcast “Citizen Dame.” Her play “The Curious Abduction of Mona Lisa” was performed at Ventfort Hall in 2013.

Tickets $15 per class or $50 for the four-part series. Reservations are recommended due to limited seating. For more information and a schedule of the seminar’s featured films, see the Berkshire Edge calendar, or contact Ventfort Hall at (413) 637-3206 or


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Sue Young to discuss college search, application process tips

Sue Young. Photo courtesy

Monterey — The Monterey Community Center will host Sue Young, the College Process Coach, Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 to 11 a.m.

Geared toward teens and parents of high-school age children, the question-and-answer session will offer tips and information regarding the navigation of the college search and application processes. Before becoming the College Process Coach, Young was a project manager for seven years with a computer security education company and, prior to that, a software designer and manager in the telecommunications field for over 15 years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from the University of Illinois.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register or submit questions, contact (413) 854-5048 or


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BCC announces fall 2019 dean’s list

Pittsfield — Berkshire Community College has announced its fall 2019 dean’s list.

According to Jennifer Berne, vice president for academic affairs, to be eligible for the list, full-time students must have declared a major; completed a minimum of 12 non-repeated, traditionally graded credit hours during the spring semester; and achieved a 3.250 to 3.749 grade point average for honors, or a 3.750 to 4.000 grade point average for high honors. Part-time students are eligible for the list if they meet the same requirements, except that their credit hours may have been completed during the fall and spring semesters of one academic year.

The following 73 students qualified for high honors:

MASSACHUSETTSAdams: Allison Armata, Rebekah Baker, Madeline Zelazo. Berkshire: Grace Kelley. Cheshire: Michaela Larkin, Kia Yang, Branden Favre. Clarksburg: Morgan Goodell. Dalton: Kyle Betit, Robert Dean, Alyssa Dunham, Colleen Moran. Great Barrington: Kathleen O’Malley, Joshua Ranson, Jake Ryel, Camille Stanton. Hancock: Nicholas Kroboth. Hinsdale: Alicia Autenrieth, Melody Marcella, Paige Speth. Lanesborough: Savanah Brown, Benjamin McColgan. Lee: Beatrice Blais, Rebecca Carberry, Lia Douillet, Cameron Loehr. Lenox: Philip Baruch, Melinda Brickle. Lenox Dale: Nora Powers. Mill River: Andrea Ferrara. Mount Washington: Carl Furcht. New Marlborough: Nathaniel Chase. North Adams: Allison Brassard, Tiffany Hartlage. Peru: Cassidy Brewer, Kristin Burke. Pittsfield: Tanisha Adams, Kendra Alden, Cale Bassett, Savannah Berkeley, Lisa Cook, Travis Costello, Madison Daverin, Robert Disbrow, Eric Dupont Jr., Riana Gittens, Summer Jadallah, Thomas Kassmieh, Samuel Kellogg, Madison Kittle, Andrew McMahon, Mariana Melo, Abigail Mooney, Shaun Osoro, Eleanor Rutledge, Candice Smith, Pimpesan Supple, Molly Trainor, Amanda Wass, Rachel Williams. Savoy: Caleb Keels, James Najimy. West Stockbridge: William MacKinnon, Lydia Vreeland. Williamstown: Alecia Briggs, Elena Dichiara, Karen Fahlenkamp, Iain Kuttner. Windsor: Molly Gingras, Jack Markowitz. NEW YORK Hillsdale: Trevor New. New Lebanon: James Fuller. VERMONT Bennington: Katherine Bruneau.

The following 81 students qualified for honors:

CONNECTICUTCanaan: Kaitlynn Huften. MASSACHUSETTSAdams: Matthew Banks, Kristin Bourdon, Katey Farrell. Cheshire: Christina Briggs, Shelby Glasier. Dalton: Brayden Chevillet, Jessie Downer, Joel Manlachy, Gilen Prett, Dana Willette. Great Barrington: Xavier Conway, Kenneth Dyer, Alexander Kinstle, Ned Torrico. Hinsdale: Brittany Duma, Casey Hopkins, Hannah Martin. Housatonic: Danielle Lis. Lee: Sophia Burnell, Ethan Costi, Alyssa Forzano, Elias Keiderling, John Somostrada, Padraic Sullivan. Lenox: Molly McKenna, Kati Perry. North Adams: Rigoberto Gonzalez. Otis: Ava Guidette-Bocchino, Brittany Kergaravat. Peru: Jessica Burdick, Joalina Chicana Cacya, James Dolle, Kyle Gallup. Pittsfield: Carmine Albanese, Dorcas Archer, Lilith Blackmoon, Megan Blanchard, Christopher Bradley, Nicole Carnevale, Timothy Curry, Conor Fitzgerald, Patricia Fortier, Grace Greene, Lauren Gregory, Marisa Gregory, Madalin Holden, Roselie Jean Louis, Conner Kearns, Simian Kelly, Gabriel Kotski, Michela Laurin, Devine Lebeau-Harrigan, Lily Lobovits, Joseph Martel, Angelica Matos, Evan Mayotte, Colin Meaney, Brian Palmieri, Kiersten Pettit, Jimmy Phan, Adam Puntin, Brendan Remillard, Dane Shiner, Eric Simmons, Glore’Yahna Smith, Logan Steinman, Ezakeil Stone, Miranda Stracuzzi, Danna Toledo, Ryan Zurrin. Savoy: Crystal Harrington. Southfield: Kylie Ruane. Southwick: Leah Bartholomew. Williamstown: Cayman Mead. Windsor: Ethan Fusini. Worthington: James Crane. NEW YORKCherry Plain: Joseph Wehle. Millerton: Jonathan Wolfe. VERMONT Bennington: Michael Marchetti, Peter Sorensen. Stamford: Eric Engel, Madison Vadnais.



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