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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 Ian are putting on a weekend-long event (October 17-20, 2024). The event 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 is 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 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

Guests of Honor

Peter Cunningham
Peter Cunningham

Peter has been a professional photographer for over 30 years.  His teachers include Baptist fisherman Lester Tate, dancer Martha Myers, French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, Zen Master Bernie Glassman and singer-songwriter Janis Ian.  Peter has exhibited his photographs and still films in New York, Krakow, London, Paris, Tokyo, Jerusalem, Kigali, Nanjing, Beijing, Berlin and Grand Manan, Canada. His clients include singers, teachers, chefs, playwrights, athletes, accountants, actors, fishermen and clowns.

Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield

Award-winning poet, essayist, and translator Jane Hirshfield is the author of 10 collections of poetry, including The Asking: New and Selected Poems (2023); Ledger (2020); The Beauty (2015), longlisted for the National Book Award; Come, Thief (2011), a finalist for the PEN USA Poetry Award; and Given Sugar, Given Salt (2001), and a finalist for the National Book Critics Award. Hirshfield is also the author of two collections of essays, Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry (1997) and Ten Windows: How Great Poems Transform the World (2015).

Varda Bar-Kar
Varda Bar-Kar

Award-winning director Varda Bar-Kar is of Jewish descent born in England to a South African mother and a Romanian father. She had traveled the world and lived in Israel, the United Kingdom, and the United States by the time she was 10 years old.  Her international upbringing provides her with a global perspective and a deep appreciation and love for diverse peoples and cultures.  She is an “artivist” filmmaker focusing her creative lens on meaningful stories exploring the breadth and diversity of the human condition. She faces society’s challenges with an uplifting approach that speaks to possibility.

Silas House

Silas House is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels – Clay’s Quilt [2001], A Parchment of Leaves [2003], The Coal Tattoo [2005], Eli the Good [2009], Same Sun Here [2012], including his most recent, Lark Ascending, and is the winner of the 2023 Southern Book Prize and the 2023 Nautilus Book Award. In 2022, he received the Duggins Prize, the most significant award for an LGBTQ writer nationwide. He was named Appalachian of the Year in a nationwide poll the same year. He serves as the 2023-2025 Poet Laureate of Kentucky. He is also a Grammy finalist as the producer and creative director of the Tyler Childers video “In Your Love,” earning nominations from the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music, and the Country Music Television Awards, as well as becoming a #1 video on Apple, Spotify, and YouTube. Silas House is a distinguished professor at Berea College.

Event Schedule

(subject to revision)

Thursday, October 17

12 – 7 p.m. VIP Welcome Center – Maps, Merch
Boone Tavern Skylight Room
VIP
4 p.m. VIP Check-in
Boone Tavern Skylight Room 
VIP
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. VIP Welcome Reception, cash bar and light appetizers
Boone Tavern Event Center
VIP
4 – 6 p.m. General Admission Check-in
Seabury Center Circle, bell hooks Way
ALL
8 p.m.The Pearl Project (A working title) Theater Production
The McGaw Theater, Jelkyl Drama Center
ALL


Merch Center available until 6 pm
Boone Tavern Skylight Room

Friday, October 18 

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.VIP Breakfast
Boone Tavern, Event Center
*General Admission Package includes breakfast and dinner at Berea College Mountaineer Dining on October 18th and 19th.
VIP
9 a.m.Janis Ian Archives Dedication and Ribbon Cutting
Hutchins Library Entry Steps
ALL
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Janis Ian Archives Atrium Experience
Hutchins Library, Atrium
A self-guided introduction to the world of Janis Ian – you may never want to leave it.
ALL
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Guided Archives Tours (VIP Exclusive)
Hutchins Library, Rm. TBA
Be among the very first to experience the Janis Ian Archives. This is an opportunity to view additional items from the Janis Ian Archives up close.  White gloves are not required, neither is registration. Come and go as your schedule allows. 
VIP
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Janis Ian Archival Footage Showcase
Hutchins Library, Rm. TBA
Drop by throughout the day to watch recordings from Janis Ian’s public addresses and concerts.
ALL
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.bell hooks Center Open House – Refreshments available 
Draper Building, First Floor, Rm. 106 
ALL
12 p.m. Lunch – Dining on your own
Area dining options include The Historic Boone Tavern (Please make a reservation) and other local favorites HERE.  
ALL
1:30 p.m.Masterclass with Peter Cunningham
Hutchins Library, Rm. TBA
ALL
3:30 p.m.Masterclass with Jane Hirshfield
Woods-Penniman Commons
ALL
5 p.m.Dinner – Dining on your own 
Area dining options include The Historic Boone Tavern (Please make a reservation) and other local favorites HERE.  
*General Admission Package includes breakfast and dinner at Berea College Mountaineer Dining on October 18th and 19th.
ALL
5 - 6 p.m.VIP Reception with cash bar, complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, and heavy appetizers
Boone Tavern Event Center
VIP
 6 p.m.Carillon Concert (open to the public) – some seating available
Draper Lawn
ALL
7 p.m. The Pearl Project (A working title) Theatre Production (begins at 7:30 pm)
The McGaw Theater, Jelkyl Drama Center
VIP preferred seating
Post-Party conversation with cast 
*Red carpet photos (7 -7:30 pm)
ALL

Merch Center available from Noon to 6 p.m.
Boone Tavern Skylight Room

Saturday, October 19

8 a.m.VIP Breakfast
Alumni Building, Baird Lounge
*General Admission Package includes breakfast and dinner at Berea College Mountaineer Dining on October 18th and 19th.
VIP
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Janis Ian Archives Atrium Experience
Hutchins Library Atrium
A self-guided introduction to the world of Janis Ian – you may never want to leave it.
ALL
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Janis Ian Archives Open House
Hutchins Library, Rm. TBA
This is an opportunity to view additional items from the Janis Ian Archives up close.  White gloves are not required, neither is registration. Come and go as your schedule allows. 
ALL
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.Janis Ian Archival Footage Showcase
Hutchins Library, TBA
Drop by throughout the day to watch recordings from Janis Ian’s public addresses and concerts.
ALL
10 a.m.Carillon morning concert with refreshments (Open to community)
Draper Building Lawn
Hot cider served.
ALL
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.VIP Private screening of a work in progress documentary about Janis Ian
Planetarium, Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building
Exclusive Preview – NO RECORDING OR PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED
VIP
12 – 12:30 p.m. VIP Meet & Greet and Discussion with documentarian Varda Bar-Kar and Janis Ian following film  
Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building
4th floor Yahng Discovery Center
VIP
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.Private screening of a work-in-progress documentary about Janis Ian
Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building
4th floor Planetarium
 
Exclusive Preview – NO RECORDING OR PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED
ALL
3:30 – 5:30 p.m.Private screening of a work-in-progress documentary about Janis Ian
Margaret A. Cargill Natural Sciences and Health Building
4th floor Planetarium
 
Exclusive Preview – NO RECORDING OR PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED
ALL
5 – 6:30 p.m.Dinner – Dining on your own 
Area dining options include The Historic Boone Tavern (Please make a reservation) and other local favorites HERE.  
*General Admission Package includes breakfast and dinner at Berea College Mountaineer Dining on October 18th and 19th.

7 p.m.Janis Ian Tribute Concert with Special Guest Emcee, Silas House
Featuring performances by Berea College students, faculty, and headliner (TBA).
Phelps Stokes
ALL

Merch Center available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Boone Tavern Skylight Room

*Exclusively for VIP and General Admission  

Sunday, October 20

10 amVIP Farewell Reception with Coffee and Conversation
Boone Tavern Skylight Room
VIP

Merch Center available from 9 a.m. to Noon
Boone Tavern Skylight Room

Location

Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Berea is a place where art, craft, music and the imagination thrive.

Hotels and Accommodations

Berea, KY offers a variety of hotels, lodging, and unique accommodations.

On-campus Accommodations (first-come, first-served)

We have secured a limited number of rooms at Historic Boone Tavern within easy walking distance of all events. Boone Tavern Hotel offers a discounted rate for Breaking Silence guests who call in or book online at https://boonetavernhotel.com/ using the Group ID Code 259660. Our special host, Donna Brewer, can be reached at (859) 985-3702. She will return all calls within 48 hours. Email questions to Ms. Brewer at dbrewer@boonetavern.com. To receive the discounted rate, you must indicate you are attending the Breaking Silence celebration.

Food

VIP breakfast and VIP receptions included in the VIP Package. 

Breakfast and dinner on October 18th and 19th at Mountaineer Dining is included in the General Admission Package. 

Hours for Mountaineer Dining: 
Breakfast 7-10:30 a.m.
Lunch 11-2:30 p.m.
Grill/Salad/Pizza Lunch 2:30-5:00 p.m.
Dinner 5-9:00 p.m.

Berea is one of the fastest-growing towns in Kentucky, so dining options are aplenty. On campus, there is restaurant in Boone Tavern (reservation suggested/limited seating-book with OpenTable), Mountaineer Dining HallSandella's Flatbread CafeThe Farm StoreThe Pinnacles Cafe, as well as a suite of local eateries on College Square. Local foodie fare includes Native Bagel/NightjarApollo PizzaPapaleno’s, Doña Maria's Tamales, and Honeysuckle Dining and Bourbon House among others.

Travel

More Details

Mountaineer Dining for breakfast and dinner on October 18th and 19th is included in the General Admission Package. 

VIP breakfast and VIP receptions included in VIP Package. 

Upon purchase of a package, you will receive your ticket. One month prior to the event, you will receive additional details via email. Please see info above for transportation, lodging, and additional dining.

Contact breakingsilence@berea.edu with any questions.

Reserve your spot

Reserve your place for a weekend of fun, food, and festivities.