Pro Vita Winter Session
Pro Vita – Extending our curriculum
Just before March break, constituents from a wide spectrum of the Berkshire community gather on campus for a week to challenge and stretch students in ways beyond what is offered in the traditional high school curriculum. With over 80 courses, students explore the larger world around them and practice applying the school motto, Pro Vita Non Pro Schola Discimus (Learning--not just for school but for life).
Link to the 2014 Pro Vita Video Gallery here.
Evening Programs - 2015:
Beyond the three 90-minute daily classroom sessions, Pro Vita week features a variety of evening programs. Guest speakers have included Fred Newman, a contributor to NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion, professional mountain climber and outdoor adventurer Jake Norton, and environmental activist Marion Stoddart.
Sunday night is Acapellapalooza, featuring groups from U Conn, U of Albany, Bard College, and U Mass, as well as Berkshire's own singing groups - the fun starts at 7 p.m. in Allen Theater!
Berkshire's 2015 Keynote Speaker is Wes Moore, author of The Other Wes Moore and celebrated host and executive producer. Learn more about Wes here. He will be speaking on Monday night at 7 p.m. in Allen Theater.
Our Tuesday night speaker is Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer of MAKERS. She is also a two-time Emmy-award winning Executive Producer. See more about Dyllan here. She will be speaking on Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Allen Theater.
On Wednesday night, Berkshire presents its annual Jazz Cafe in the Berkshire Hall Atrium at 9:30 p.m.
Thursday night, Peter Scott '85, VP for Emerging Media for Turner Sports will speak to the community. You can read more about Peter here. He will speak at 7 p.m. in Allen Theater.
Excursions - 2015
In addition, students have the option of pursuing site-based courses by travelling off campus. Last year’s excursions included a trip to New Jersey to install dry wall at a Habitat for Humanity Project, an eco-tourism trip to New Orleans to assist with rehabilitation efforts post-Katrina, and a nine-day visit to China.
Pro Vita provides an opportunity for both students and faculty to explore, cement, share or discover a lifelong passion. Whether it is delving into chaos theory and nonlinear dynamics or critically analyzing the archetypal hero in JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series, students obtain a skill set that, directly and indirectly, serves them well beyond their time at Berkshire.
See the 2015 Pro Vita Catalogue Here:
The whole idea is to provide kids with an opportunity for risk taking that won't negatively impact their academic careers, to explore ideas through tangible experiences, and to develop the passions and curiosities inherent to all kids. It's a week dedicated to experiential learning, focused on engaging kids in the dirty work of thinking.