Janis Ian
Janis Ian

Janis Ian

"Breaking Silence"

A weekend celebration and event from October 17-20, 2024

Most schools build million dollar stadiums. Berea builds million dollar students.

Janis Ian
Janis Ian

In honor of The Janis Ian Archives opening in 2024, Berea College and Janis are putting on a weekend-long event (October 17-20, 2024) that mirrors the archive tour experience; bringing in musical artists and famous friends to create a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The Janis Ian Archives

The Janis Ian Archives are a unique resource for music history research, offering unfettered access to Ian’s life, publishing, and recording. Beginning with her grandparents’ immigration papers, circa 1916, the Archives will follow the journey of Ian’s 1937 Martin D-18 guitar, chronicle the HUAC years with insights into her parents’ FBI files (and what FBI surveillance cost Ian’s family over the decades), and then travel through the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements. Visitors to the Archives can view Janis Ian’s correspondence with other musical artists, famous friends, and collaborators.

Tim Binkley, archives

…Knowledge is the greatest gift you can offer.

Janis Ian and Pat Snyder
Janis Ian and Dolly Parton
Janis Ian with Grammy Award
Janis Ian and George RR Martin

The Event

October 17-20, 2024

Details Coming Soon!

Boone Tavern Hotel Discount

Boone Tavern has offered us a discounted rate for Breaking Silence guests who call in or book online using the Group ID Code 259660. The phone number is (859) 985-3700, or they may make reservations online at

Free Stuff!

Note: this is available to Berea students, faculty, and staff only.

As part of the celebration, Janis Ian has made available free downloads of multiple albums and her autobiography to Berea students, teachers, and staff. You can find them here:

You will need a password to access this page! If you do not have a password, please email Anna Brookshire at . Note that your email must come from your address!!