75th Anniversary

In October 2007, more than 400 alumni, parents, and friends converged on Bennington's campus to celebrate 75 years of pioneering education. Faculty, students, and alumni offered a variety of workshops, and Helen Frankenthaler '49 exhibited her rarely seen sculptures. In her keynote address, President Coleman shared how Bennington is leading the way for a new liberal arts.

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Throughout the weekend

  • * 5x7 Alumni Exhibition and Auction, Deane Carriage Barn
  • “Return Volley” Alumni Art Exhibition and Auction, curated by Erin Parish ’88, VAPA Brick Patio
  • Visual arts faculty exhibition, VAPA Usdan Gallery
  • Crossett Library exhibition—course catalogs and archival photos
    • Friday, 8:30 am–10:00 pm
    • Saturday, 10:00 am–10:00 pm
    • Sunday, 10:00 am–midnight
  • Student-led architectural tours (on foot or by golf cart)
  • Transportation to area lodging—please call 802-447-4250 at least one hour in advance of requested departure
  • Meyer Recreation Barn | daily, 9:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Bookstore | Saturday, 10:00 am–5:00 pm, and Sunday, 10:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Student Center (convenience store, grill, and snack bar)
  • Hospitality suite, Crossett Library Conference Room—snacks, water
  • Children’s hospitality suite, UpCafé—supervision required
  • Area businesses discounts for registered guests

Friday, September 27

Noon–4:45 pm
Noon–4:45 pm
Snack break sponsored by the Silo Society
2:10–4:00 pm
locations vary
Open classes:
  • “French America” with French faculty member Stephen Shapiro
    Crossett Library Conference Room
  • “Genesis” with history faculty member Carol Pal
    East Academic Center 2
  • “Global Problems, Local Solutions” with environmental studies faculty member Valerie Imbruce
    Dickinson 148
  • “Recent Fiction from India and Pakistan” with literature faculty member Brooke Allen
    Dickinson 225
  • “The Culture of Information” with media studies/public action faculty member Erika Mijlin
    CAPA Design Lab 1
2:00–5:00 pm
Meet by Flagpole
Architectural tour of award-winning new and renovated spaces including CAPA—tours leave every hour on the hour
3:00–4:00 pm
CAPA Design Lab 2
“CAPA in the Classroom”—Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) invites its students to put the world’s most pressing problems at the center of their education. Join Director of CAPA Elizabeth Coleman in a discussion on how that mission translates into the classroom: what makes a CAPA class, a CAPA curriculum, and a CAPA Plan.
5:00–7:00 pm
Deane Carriage Barn
* Alumni registration continued
5:00–7:00 pm
Deane Carriage Barn
* 5x7 Alumni Exhibition Reception and Presentation of the Hudas Liff ’47 Volunteer Award—music by Atticus Lazenby ’13
8:00 pm
Meet at Student Center
Night sky observation at Stickney Observatory (weather permitting)—led by physics and astronomy faculty member Hugh Crowl
8:00–10:00 pm
VAPA Kinoteca
Film screening of What Maisie Knew—watch the critically acclaimed film starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård, and Steve Coogan, followed by a question-and-answer session with screenwriter Carroll Cartwright ’80
9:00–10:30 pm
Student Center
Open mic night for alumni, students, and parents
10:00 pm
Pangaea Lounge,
North Bennington

* ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s gathering—hosted by Chris Boscia ’87 and Rachel Schatz ’89 with special guest bartender and reading from Drinking with Men by Rosie Schaap ’94; cash bar

Saturday, September 28

8:00 am–noon
8:00–9:00 am
End of the World
(rain location: Meyer Rec Barn)
Yoga—led by Jaymee Weaver ’14
8:00–10:00 am
Commons Dining Hall
Continental breakfast
9:00–10:00 am
Tennis courts
Tennis clinic/games—sign up online or at the registration tent
10:00 am–4:00 pm
Meet at Flagpole
Student-led campus tours (on foot or by golf cart)—tours leave every hour on the hour
9:45–10:45 am
Locations vary
Faculty sessions:
  • “America’s History through her Music”—this workshop is a smaller taste of a full-term class being taught this fall. Join music faculty member Kitty Brazelton as she chronicles the sounds of Early American Music from tracing its European, African, and Caribbean roots to the early 1900s.
    Jennings 136
  • African Dance Workshop—an interactive workshop with visiting dance faculty member Souleymane Badolo; this workshop is in his own movement style and about moving your body with a space. (Wear comfortable clothes to dance in.)
    VAPA E303 Dance Studio
  • “Field Work Term: Adventures in Employing One’s Academics”—panel discussion with Bennington students or how FWT connects academic pursuit to professional practice. In the true spirit of a Bennington education, questions welcomed, and conversation and reflection guaranteed; moderated by Field Work Term Director Erica Walsh.
    Tishman Lecture Hall
10:00–11:00 am
In front of the Student Center
Snack break sponsored by the Silo Society
11:00 am–noon
Student Center
Conversation with President Mariko Silver—a chance to hear from Bennington’s new president and ask questions about Bennington’s future
Noon–1:00 pm
Soccer field
Alumni and Family Weekend BBQ
12:30–1:30 pm
Cricket Hill Barn
* Luncheon sponsored by the Silo Society—alumni and parents are invited for a luncheon to toast the Silo Society, a group of loyal alumni, parents, and friends who have provided for the College’s future with a planned gift.
12:30–1:00 pm
Meet at the soccer field
Purple Carrot Farm—tour of the student-run co-op garden led by Joseph Makuch ’16 and Brendan Tang ’16
1:00–2:30 pm
Soccer field
Soccer game—Bennington vs. SIT
1:00–3:00 pm
Meet in front of Jennings
Field lab—enjoy an afternoon walk through Vermont’s lush green forests while learning about the local ecology—led by biology faculty member Kerry Woods (sturdy walking shoes recommended)
1:30–2:30 pm
CAPA Design Lab 1
“Post-Feminist Paradoxes: From the 1960s to Now”—a discussion led by Nina Pelikan Straus ’64
1:30–3:00 pm
VAPA 206/Back Crit Room
“Alumni Architects Pecha Kucha”—architects present 20 slides and speak for 20 seconds per slide about current projects or ideas in the field.
Participants include: Viktorija Abolina ’05, Hanny Ahern ’06, Iona Bruckner ’04, Rafe Churchill ’91, Annie Coggan ’85, Cemre Durusoy ’97, Garrick Jones ’94, Devin O'Neill ’95, and Lawson Reed Wulsin Jr. ’05; moderated by architecture faculty member Donald Sherefkin
1:30–3:00 pm
VAPA Kinoteca
“Bennington Alumni in Film + TV”—panel discussion of alumni involved in the film and TV industry featuring Tracy Katsky Boomer ’91, Carroll Cartwright ’80, Shawn Paper ’90, and Alethea Root ’02; moderated by video faculty member Kate Purdie
1:30–3:00 pm
VAPA Lester Martin
Open rehearsal for the fall drama production of Great Expectations, directed by drama faculty member Kirk Jackson
2:00–3:00 pm
East Academic Center 2
“How We Used our Bennington Education in Unexpected Ways”—panel discussion with Chris Bishop ’74, Nejem Raheem ’94, Rachel Schatz ’89, and Becky Steckhahn-Strohmer ’03; moderated by Dean of Field Work Term Holly McCormack
2:00–3:00 pm
East Academic Center 1
“Poetry at Bennington”—How are poems made? What do we mean when we say something is ‘lyrical’ or ‘poetic’? Join literature faculty members Michael Dumanis and Mark Wunderlich in a conversation about what it takes to make a poem.
2:00–3:00 pm
Barn 240
Ikebana workshop—More than simply putting flowers in a container, ikebana is a disciplined art form in which nature and humanity are brought together. Join Japanese faculty member Ikuko Yoshida as she guides you through making your very own ikebana. (Space is limited.)
2:00–4:00 pm
Dickinson 110
Dickinson 233
Dickinson 112
Open science labs:
  • Biology lab with faculty member Amie McClellan
  • Computing lab with faculty member Andrew Cencini
  • Ocean lab with faculty member David Edelman
3:00–4:00 pm
VAPA Kinoteca
“How to Make a Song a Day”—learn how Jonathan Mann ’04 has written, recorded, produced, and posted a song and video a day since January 1, 2009, and how you can, too.
3:00–4:00 pm
VAPA Galleria
Gallery talk with visual arts faculty members Liz Deschenes, Jon Isherwood, Erika Mijlin, and Ann Pibal
3:00–4:30 pm
CAPA Faculty Lounge
* “Reflections on a Bennington Education”—50th-Pioneers Reunion alumni join Jane Vance McCauley ’62 for a moderated discussion about their experience at Bennington
3:00–4:30 pm
CAPA Symposium
“Artists as Entrepreneurs”—Fran Bull ’60, Ray Foote ’82 P’17, Roxanne Steinberg ’82 P’15, and Mathieu Victor ’96 will share their perspectives on how they have created an entrepreneurial life in the arts; moderated by CAPA fellow Alison Mock Dennis ’94
3:00–5:00 pm
CAPA Design Lab 2
“Inclusion, Diversity, and Community: A Bennington Perspective”—Join Janis Pryor ’71 in a dialogue to share and reflect on stories from alumni and students of color at Bennington.
3:00–5:30 pm
Mount Anthony Country Club,
180 Country Club Drive, Bennington
Golf outing at Mount Anthony Country Club—Sign up online or at the registration tent
4:00–6:00 pm
VAPA Usdan Gallery
Opening reception for Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition
5:00–6:30 pm
VAPA Usdan Gallery
Faculty, family, and alumni reception and the “Return Volley” Alumni Art Exhibition Opening—an opportunity for faculty members to meet families and to reconnect with alumni, and in celebration of faculty and alumni art; music by Liam Dailey ’14
6:30–8:00 pm
  • * Reunion farm to table celebration dinner
    VAPA Greenwall
  • Family Weekend dinner
    Dining Hall
8:00–8:30 pm
VAPA Martha Hill
Bridgman Packer Dance presents “Under the Skin”—performance by artistic directors Myrna Packer ’74 and Art Bridgman
8:30–10:00 pm
Down Café
Live storytelling event—“Everyone you Need is at Bennington, Again”
Bring your favorite stories about your time at Bennington to share during this live storytelling event hosted by Jason Moon ’13.
9:00–11:00 pm
VAPA Kinoteca
Film screening of Part Time Fabulous—watch the award-winning film followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker Alethea Root ’02
10:00 pm
Student Center

Spinto Band featuring Thomas Hughes ’06 and Sam Hughes ’10

Sunday, September 29

8:00–10:00 am
Dining Hall
Continental breakfast
11:00 am–noon
Dining Hall
11:00 am–noon
VAPA B206 Back Crit Room
“Bennington Architecture and Landscape: Then and Now” with former Vice President for Planning Joan Goodrich and Senior Vice President for Administration and Planning David Rees
Petrie Terrace (rain location: Newman Court)
* House and House Chair reunion luncheon—meet current House Chairs and connect with other alumni who lived in your house
1:00 pm
End of the World
Memorial lantern release—take a moment to remember friends, faculty, and others in the Bennington community; hosted by Chris Boscia ’87, cello composition by Michael Severens ’89
1:00 pm
VAPA Martha Hill
Student works
Various off-campus locations and times
  • Tour of Salem Art Works, hosted by Anthony Caftriz ’85—tours are from 11:00 am–6:00 pm; if you need transportation, a bus will leave campus (from the flagpole) at 2:30 pm
    Salem Art Works, Salem, NY
  • Tour of Gunnar Schonbeck’s instruments—a visit to the historic Schonbeck instrumentarium, once housed in third floor Commons. Now you can see the gigantic banjos, and colorful triangular cellos at Mass MoCA, where they are being prepared for permanent display. Bring warm clothes, as will be exploring the uncharted spaces in Mass MoCA; sign up online or at the registration tent; led by music faculty member Nick Brooke—meet at the museum or a bus will leave campus (from the flagpole) at 2:30 pm for the 3:15 pm tour
    Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
  • Apple picking—noon–5:00 pm
    Terry’s Apple Orchard, Route 7A, Bennington

* Denotes open to alumni only. A final schedule and presenters bios will be available in your registration packet when you arrive, in addition to a campus map.