Monday, March 18
The Development of the Self
Bard College at Simon’s Rock Student Reading and Discussion hosted by Brighde Moffat and Kirsten Peterson, with Georgia Cate Byler, Eleanor Cardell, Karishma Singh Jani, Jaeme Poncin, Grace Rossman, and Alexis Marie Wint
Blodgett House, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 7–9 p.m.

This panel is comprised of eight Simon’s Rock students. The development of the younger female self in relation to forces such as culture, religion, family, and geography will be explored through the personal essay and other creative formats.

Brighde Moffat is a proud feminist and, as such, is invested in deconstructing dualisms. Living in so many places has deeply affected her perception of place, space, and time, which has developed into an ever-growing passion for geography. This past summer, Brighde worked in the Vermont Youth Conservation Corps to ensure the protection of woodlands, and will be a corps member again this summer.

Kirsten Peterson is a Simon’s Rock senior and proud Marylander. She has been writing poetry and short stories since fourth grade and recently began experimenting with personal essays. This year she is writing her thesis on anthropological practices in U.S. foreign relations while participating in an internship at the Railroad Street Youth Project in Great Barrington.

Georgia Cate Byler is a native of Virginia and a Simon’s Rock senior with a double concentration in creative writing and literary studies. Her fiction focuses on child narrative, the creation of identity, and secrets within domestic life.

Eleanor Cardell was born in Chicago and has lived in the suburbs of Los Angeles for most of her life. She has been writing since she was little and reading since she was littler. She enjoys sleeping and hanging out with friends and hopes to graduate from college sometime in the near future, perhaps even with a degree she can use.

Karishma Singh Jani is a Sikh Punjabi Indian who was born in Queens, NY, but has lived most of her life on the eastern coast of Virginia. She is currently a sophomore at Simon’s Rock who is passionate about music, writing, and her heritage. Ultimately, she aspires to become a doctor.

Jaeme Poncin is a first-year student at Simon’s Rock. She was born in Sacramento, CA. She attended the Sacramento Waldorf School, where her love for creative writing and art were born. She plans to study cultural anthropology and creative writing, hoping to travel and live outside of the United States.

Grace Rossman is a sophomore at Simon’s Rock. Born and raised in Great Barrington, MA, Grace has been surrounded—and deeply affected—by the beauty of the regal Berkshire Hills. At Simon’s Rock, her long-standing love for and devotion to the natural world evolved into a passion for the field of environmental studies.

Alexis Marie Wint is a twenty-year-old Brooklyn native with a passion for social justice and change. She is an actress, poet, writer, spoken word artist, and community activist. She is currently working on her senior thesis, a collection of short stories and poems which celebrate the beauty and articulate the struggles of African-American woman. Alexis Marie aspires to be an English professor and ultimately share her gift of word with the world.