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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts will shift to remote learning starting Monday due to a spike in COVID-19 cases over the past several weeks. WAMC spoke today with President Dr. Jamie Birge about why the college of around 1,100 students is making the move now, and what it says about returning to in-person education during the pandemic.

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The Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts has locked down a campus residence after 17 new COVID-19 cases emerged in the past week. 

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts will not consider standardized test results in its admissions process for the next two years as part of a pilot program.

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Berkshire Community College says after a positive COVID-19 test earlier this semester, it now has no active cases of the disease.

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Former Arizona Senator Jeff Flake will participate in the Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Pulblic Policy Lecture Series for the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in a virtual event.

Drawing on his nearly two decades of experience on Capitol Hill, in both the Senate and House of Representatives, Jeff Flake will share candid insights on today’s political climate.

Combining anecdotes from his time in office, lessons from his New York Times bestselling book "Conscience of a Conservative," and insights on the importance of civil leadership and bipartisanship, Flake paints a picture of our current political environment and where we can expect our nation’s democracy to go from here.

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The Massachusetts State Universities on Thursday said the system intends to welcome students back to its nine campuses, beginning in September, and for on-campus classes and residence life offerings for the fall semester. 

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Higher ed institutions in Berkshire County are settling into the new norm of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Author, environmentalist, and activist Bill McKibben will give the Annual Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais Environmental Issues Lecture at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m.

His 1989 book “The End of Nature” is regarded as the first book for a general audience about climate change. He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country except North Korea.

The Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, McKibben was the 2013 winner of the Gandhi Prize and the Thomas Merton Prize.

His most recent book “Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?” was published by Macmillan in April.

Pang! at MCLA

Oct 28, 2019

The Berkshire Cultural Resource Center at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will bring Dan Froot and Company’s presentation of “Pang!” to the College this week through Friday, November 1st.

“Pang!” is an adventurous, 90-minute triptych of live radio plays, performed for theater audiences, and based on oral histories of three families from around the country who are facing the challenges of contemporary life in America — hunger, gun violence, foreclosure, and anti-immigrant bias — with love, humor, and intelligence. The piece aims to raise awareness, decrease stigma, and promote cross-class dialogue around circumstances faced by families living below the poverty line.

The plays are produced, written, and directed by Dan Froot, in collaboration with the ensemble — Natalie Camunas, Lorinda Hawkins-Smith, and Christopher Rivas. We welcome them all to the RT this morning.

The main event, held on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the CSC Auditorium, is a full performance of “Pang! Unplugged.” This version is staged in a stripped-down, low-tech, intimate, and interactive manner. The performers break the “fourth wall,” engaging audience members directly in lively dialogue. The evening is part performance, part podcast listening party, and part community dialogue. An opening reception, beginning at 5:30 p.m., will feature student artworks created in reaction to their experiences working with “Pang!,” MCLA Associate Professor of Art Melanie Mowinski, and the Berkshire Food Project throughout the week. It is free and open to the public.

The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts is introducing a new tuition rate for students from New England.

MCLA President Dr. Jamie Birge speaks behind a podium flanked by the US and Massachusetts flags.
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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its Pittsfield location Tuesday.

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Southern Vermont College will be closing its doors at the end of the current semester.

Radio enthusiasts at the Massachusetts College Of Liberal Arts want answers after a radio course was removed from the spring schedule.

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On Tuesday, the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams held its Spring Opening Breakfast. 

Massachusetts Clean Energy Center

Galen Nelson is the Senior Director of Innovation and Industry Support at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. After working on clean energy and sustainability programs and policy work in Boston during the Menino administration, he joined the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center six years ago. Next Thursday, he’ll present the Elizabeth and Lawrence Vadnais <Vad-Nay> Environmental Issues Lecture at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams. He spoke with WAMC about the work his team focuses on, and offered a preview of his remarks at MCLA.

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The Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the Nation’s Top Ten Public Liberal Arts Colleges for 2019.

As their fall semester gets underway we are joined by MCLA President Dr. James F. Birge to talk about MCLA’s Division of Graduate and Continuing Education relocating to Pittsfield; the addition of Men’s Lacrosse; a number of exciting programs, lectures, and events; DownStreet Art, and more.

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The Berkshire County Education Task Force recently heard community concerns during a meeting at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. 

Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift
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Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift will return to the Berkshires later this week for a speech on the Trump presidency. 

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Entries are now in for the 10th annual DownStreet Art project in North Adams. The jurors will start sifting through the applicants and commission 10 new community projects, performances and murals around the Western Massachusetts city. 

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Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming, as well as for NPR.

She will give the 6th Annual Michael S. and Kitty Dukakis Public Policy Lecture at Amsler Campus Center gymnasium at MCLA in North Adams, MA on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

From 1996-2002, Roberts and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

A veteran of higher education who grew up in Lee is the new President of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Jamie Birge was named in December to be the college's 12th president. He is now into his first full academic year.

Dr. Birge has worked in higher education for more than 30 years. He spent much of his early career in the student affairs area followed by work with faculty and staff to integrate community-based learning into academic course objectives.

Birge served as the fourth president of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., from 2009 to 2015. Previously, he served as the executive vice president and interim president at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, WV. It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Jamie Birge to The Roundtable.

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Students and staff at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts are starting out the school year with new leadership, more students and a pair of grants aimed at improving student success.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams has received a $2 million federal grant to increase retention and graduation rates of low-income and minority students.

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After nearly a year and a half of searching for its next president, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has selected a career educator with ties to western Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has narrowed its presidential search down to five candidates. It’s the college’s second search in less than a year after its previous pick withdrew due to family health concerns in March.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is making a leadership change amid its second presidential search in less than a year.

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A Williamstown man has been sentenced to three years probation for illegally carrying a gun on the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus last year.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has selected its next athletic director.

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Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts has announced that president-elect Greg Summers has withdrawn his acceptance of the position. MCLA Board of Trustees Chair Tyler Fairbank says Summers is not able to relocate because of recent family health issues. Summers is currently provost and vice chancellor of academic affairs at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

Cynthia Brown has agreed to continue serving as interim president while the board of trustees evaluates its options moving forward, according to a press release from the college.

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The state’s board of higher education approved Greg Summers as the 12th president of Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Tuesday. He replaces Mary Grant, who left the North Adams college to become chancellor at University of North Carolina at Asheville in January.

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