A perennial favorite amongst students and faculty alike, Berkshire has celebrated the school motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus,
with a week dedicated to a hybrid of advanced, college-level seminars
combined with experiential hands-on courses. Faculty share passions
outside their normal expertise and students are challenged by courses
far beyond the purview of the traditional high-school curriculum.
While the week is generally centered on faculty-led courses, several
Berkshire alumni and local community members have found the time to
volunteer their knowledge of and passion for a subject for the week.
Pro Vita 2011 will feature some well-known and highly regarded courses from previous years. Bill Gulotta’s
The Other Side of the Badge returns after a brief hiatus. Poker and
Power, Chaos Theory, Food for Thought, and South African Literature all
return as well. These are complemented by a wide array of new faculty
offerings including a math course focused on Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice in Wonderland,
an improvisational comedy course, an analysis of the Mayan calendar and
its dire prediction for 2012, and a philosophy course on zombies.
Several alumni and parents have volunteered to share their expertise for the week. David Soliday '70 will lead a course on commercial photography. Romi Palladino, mother of Lexi Palladino '11, will offer a class on mysticism and professional musician Haydn Cole will share his knowledge about songwriting.
Pro Vita week will also feature three off campus excursions. Sixteen students are heading to China with Ms. Xu and Mr. Nielsen for a ten day tour. Nine students will be travelling to New Orleans with Mr. Clary and Ms. Loose-Brown to witness first-hand the impact of Hurricane Katrina and discuss social justice issues. Ms. Splawn and Mr. Quilty plan to lead a group to southern New Jersey for a weeklong Habitat for Humanity project.
Evening events include form-bonding activities, a guest lecture series featuring mountaineer Jake Norton and radio drama A Prairie Home Companion's special effects guru Fred Newman, and an a capella festival to open the week.
The Pro Vita catologue will be released in early January. To find
out more about the program or to see photos from previous years, please
visit the Pro Vita website by clicking here.