Schedule: All-Class Reunion, Family Weekend, LAB Weekend

All events are open to alumni, family, and students unless otherwise noted.

Throughout the Weekend

Installation of Archival Dance Photographs 
Drawn from the archives, this installation features black and white photographs from the 1930s of the Bennington Dance program. 
Open 6:00am–midnight
President’s Gallery, the Barn

VBS (violet burning sunset)
Part of the 40th Anniversary of VAPA, this exhibition includes work from 10 alumni artists who studied and worked in VAPA since the building was completed in 1976. Curated by Todd Von Ammon ’09, featuring work by Amanda Church ’76, Martha Grover ’02, Ethan Knechel ’08, Cyle Metzger ’08, Helen Mirra ’91, Odili Donald Odita MFA ’90, Devin O’Brien Powers ’05, Tom Sachs ’89, Lauren Seiden ’03, and Alison Veit ’11. #VAPA40
Open Friday 1:00-6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am–6:30pm, and Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm
Usdan Gallery

Sit Still with a Presence
An exhibition featuring the work of seven alumni artists who studied at Bennington from the 1940s up to VAPA’s opening in 1976. The show takes as its starting point the College’s longstanding attention to the language and possibilities of abstraction. Curated by Paige K. Johnston and featuring work by Cora Cohen ’64, Helen Frankenthaler ’49, Elana Herzog ’76, Patricia Johanson ’62, Constance McMillan ’46, Jo Ann Rothschild ’71, and Grace Bakst Wapner ’55.
Open 6:00am–midnight
Deane Carriage Barn, Fireplace Room

Music Installations 
Several small music installations throughout Jennings: a composer’s installation featuring former faculty Vivian Fine and alumnae composers Betsy Jolas ’46, Joan Tower ’61, and Elizabeth Swados ’73; an exhibition by faculty Nick Brooke on electronic music including alumni Pril Smiley ’65; and an installation on the Black Music program created by faculty member Karthik Pandian and students. Visitors will receive a complimentary CD of former faculty member Lionel Nowak, courtesy of Alison Nowak ’70.
Open 24 hours
Jennings

Life After Bennington (LAB) events are designed as opportunities for current students, families, and alumni to explore what it means to bring your work beyond Bennington.

Friday, September 23

9:00am–7:00pm
Bookstore Extended Hours

10:00am–5:00pm
Video Selections of Emergent Improvisation Project 
Videotaped performances from The Emergent Improvisation Project National Performance Network Tour (2006), which were recorded at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, Bennington College, and the Flynn Theater. On view continuously throughout the day. #VAPA40
Newman Court

12:00–4:45pm
Alumni: Registration/Reunion Packet Pick Up
Flagpole

11:00am–7:00pm
Families: Registration 
Flagpole

12:45–1:45pm
Architectural Tour
With student guide
Tour of the campus focusing on Bennington’s award-winning new and renovated spaces.
Meet at Flagpole

1:00–2:00pm
Science Workshop
Learn about the work students are doing in the science disciplines.
Dickinson 232

2:10–4:00pm
Open Classes
Note: seats in the open classes are limited and available on a first-come first-served basis. 

Movement Practice: Beginning–Intermediate Dance Technique 
With guest teacher Jaamil Olawale Kosoko ’05
This intermediate dance technique class requires previous dance training and investigates and explores our bodies as tools for making work. #VAPA40
VAPA E320 

Culture, Environment, and Sustainable Living 
With anthropology faculty member Mirka Prazak 
In this seminar, we examine how Western and non-Western cultures, both past and present, perceive and shape key environmental and social issues.
EAC 2

Digital Morphology/Rhino 3D Modeling 
With 3D Technician Michael Stradley
Rhinoceros is an industry standard 3D modelling program used by architects, designers, and artists. This course covers a range of digital techniques from basic 2D drawing to complex NURBS surface modelling.
VAPA B206

Media and Democracy
With CAPA faculty member Erika Mijlin 
In the midst of the heat and noise of an election season, we will pursue an inquiry into the deeply entangled, complicit, and often conflicted role of media in a democratic society.
Barn 240

Beginning Composing 
With music faculty member Allen Shawn 
This class explores and reviews notation and the rudiments of music through the act of composing small pieces for a variety of instruments.
Jennings 136
                
2:00–2:30pm
Tour of Purple Carrot Farm
Tour of the student-run garden and farm led by student guides and members of the Bennington Sustainable Food Project.
Meet at Flagpole

3:00–4:00pm
Architectural Tour
With architecture faculty member Donald Sherefkin
Tour of the campus focusing on Bennington’s award-winning new and renovated spaces.
Meet at Flagpole

3:00–5:00pm
The VAPA Reader: Creating a publication from the archives and reflections 
Ian Dolton-Thornton ’11 will lead visitors in how to use the equipment in the Word and Image Lab to customize and bind their own copies of a brand new publication about the history of the Visual and Performing Arts center (VAPA).  #VAPA40
Word and Image Lab

4:00–4:30pm
Tour of Purple Carrot Farm
Tour of the student-run garden and farm led by student guides and members of the Bennington Sustainable Food Project.        
Meet at Flagpole

4:00–6:00pm
Drawing Workshop 
Visiting visual arts faculty member Colin Brant will lead current students and families in an open live model life drawing class. Supplies and materials will be provided. No prior experience necessary.
Note: There will be a live nude model at this session.
VAPA B210 

4:00–5:00pm
The Once and Future Bennington Review: Reborn at 50
Bennington Review, a national print literary magazine founded in 1966 by Laurence Hyman ’64, and then revived by editors Robert Boyers and Nicholas Delbanco in the 70s and 80s, is back after a 30-year hiatus. Laurence Hyman will be joined by past editors Robert Boyers, Peg Boyers and Alex Brown ’74, and current editor Michael Dumanis, in a discussion moderated by current managing editor Chelsea Hodson MFA ’17 about the past, present, and future of the magazine. The discussion will be followed by a reception, featuring readings by current students, James Allen Hall MFA ’00, and former Literature faculty member and current MFA faculty member April Bernard.
Deane Carriage Barn, Fireplace Room

5:00–7:00pm
Alumni: Registration continues
Deane Carriage Barn

5:00–6:30pm
Bennington Review Reborn at 50: A Tribute and Celebration
A kickoff reception for Reunion and Family Weekend and celebration of the relaunch of the literary journal with readings from former literature faculty member and current MFA faculty member April Bernard, James Allen Hall MFA ’00, and current students.
Deane Carriage Barn Pit

5:00–6:30pm
Sit Still with a Presence Exhibition Opening
The opening of Sit Still with a Presence will coincide with the relaunch of the Bennington Review. Exhibition is curated by Paige K. Johnston and features the work of Cora Cohen ’64, Helen Frankenthaler ’49, Elana Herzog ’76, Patricia Johanson ’62, Constance McMillan ’46, Jo Ann Rothschild ’71, and Grace Bakst Wapner ’55
Deane Carriage Barn, Fireplace Room

5:30–7:00pm
Families: Harvest Dinner
The Harvest Dinner for families features “Farm to Table” dining. The dining staff work with our own student-run Purple Carrot Farm, and other local farms to serve up a taste of the memorable Vermont fall harvest season! Pre-paid dinner tickets are located in the registration packet. Tickets are also available for cash or credit purchase at the door, as pre-paying is not required. 
Commons Dining Hall

6:30pm
Alumni have dinner on their own 
As dinner is not provided, take this opportunity to explore restaurants in town; suggestions for local businesses are provided in the downtown guide, and list of weekend discounts in your packet. Please enjoy the many restaurants in North Bennington, Bennington, and the surrounding Southern Vermont area. 

5:00–8:00pm
The Sage Street Mill Group Show
Curated by five recent alumni, this show will include alumni and student work. Curated by: Marina Allen ’16, Fae Blackmer ’16, Olivia Brooks ’16, Duncan Bullen ’16, and Tayler Jones ’16
Sage Street Mill, North Bennington 

6:00–9:00pm
Inflatable Space 
With John Umphlett MFA ’99
This inflatable, experimental space was developed by the Field of Research of Closed Cells class, and will be illuminated by the projection of an eye. 
College Drive

7:00–8:00pm
LAB Conversation: Ways to Make Music as Work 
Join Sam Clement ’08, Nathaniel Reichman ’98, and faculty member Nick Brooke for an engaging conversation on charting various kinds of paths in the music world.
Jennings 136

7:00–8:00pm
LAB Conversation: Finding your Niche in the Working World of Dance 
Join Cori Olinghouse ’01, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko ’05, and faculty member Terry Creach to discuss launching your life’s work in the post-graduation world of dance.
VAPA E315

7:00pm
Bennington Connects Bonfire
Enjoy a bonfire with student organization Bennington Connects, who aim to provide a platform for all students to facilitate dialogue on emerging global and local issues.        
Beyond End of the World

7:00–8:00pm
Tour of the Vermont Tissue Hydroelectric Redevelopment and Spirits Sampling 
Bill Scully ’94 will offer brief tours of the Vermont Tissue Hydroelectric Redevelopment, an environmentally groundbreaking project, the only hydroelectric plant in the country that improves water quality while harnessing a renewable resource. Right next door, sample complimentary spirits and have a signature cocktail (cash bar) such as the “End of the World,” “Secret Garden,” “Jennings and Tonic,” and “VAPA40” from the new distillery in town.
Spirits of Old Bennington Distillery + Vermont Tissue Hydroelectric Redevelopment, Route 67A, North Bennington

8:00pm
Night Sky Observation with Hugh Crowl (weather permitting)
Led by astronomy faculty member Hugh Crowl, this event is an evening guide to the stars while sipping hot cider. Meet in front of the Commons at 7:45pm and walk down to the Stickney Observatory. This event is weather-dependent. Check for updates on observatory.bennington.edu.
Meet in front of Commons

8:00–9:30pm
The Work and Process of the Independent Filmmaker Today / Film Excerpt from Lane 1974
Discussion of the process of independent filmmaking from funding, to casting, and distribution with SJ Chiro ’87, Debra Eisenstadt ’91, Brian Katz ’92, and Maria Rosenblum ’91, moderated by film/video faculty member Kate Purdie. An excerpt from Chiro’s upcoming film Lane 1974 will be shown. Eisenstadt’s feature, Before the Sun Explodes, will be shown Saturday evening. #VAPA40
Kinoteca

8:30–11:00pm
Open Mic Night
An open mic for alumni and current students, MC’d and facilitated by the Bennington Songwriters Circle. All talents welcomed! Sign-up begins at 8:00pm. 
Student Center

9:00 pm
Alumni gathering hosted by Milestone Reunion Classes                
Pangaea Lounge, North Bennington 

Saturday, September 24

All Day
Golf Cart or Walking Student-led Tours
With student tour guides
Meet at flagpole
        
8:00am–12:00pm
Registration/Reunion Packet Pick Up
Welcome Tent

8:00–9:00am
Vinyasa Flow Yoga
Led by Tracey Forest of Spirit Hollow 
Wake up your body and soul with an all-level flow yoga class. Stretch your body and center your mind for the day’s activities through focused breath, deep body awareness, and joyful, flowing movement. This class will make you feel great as you have fun. All are welcome; no yoga experience necessary. Please bring a mat and comfy clothes (no jeans).
End of the World (Rain location: Meyer Rec Barn Studio

8:00–11:00am
Bennington Breakfast Granola Bars
Welcome Tent

8:00–10:00am
Continental Breakfast
Commons

8:30–9:30am
Students and Alumni of Color Breakfast Gathering
Led by Institutional Coordinator for Diversity and Inclusion Lydia Brassard ’08
Joan Goodrich Garden, Crossett Library (rain location: Crossett Library)

9:00am–6:00pm
Bookstore Extended Hours
Bookstore

9:30–10:30am
LAB Workshop: How Social Media Can Launch Your Life’s Work                
Adnan Iftekhar ’97 shares his insights about the value of networking through social media and provides creative examples and best practices about how to build and brand a meaningful online presence. This workshop is for students only.
Dickinson 212 

9:30–10:30am
Commons Renovation: Design Preview
Join us for a virtual tour of the proposed Commons renovation design through drawings and plans, as presented by the design team from Christoff:Finio Architecture, Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning Andy Schlatter, and Senior Vice President of Institutional Initiatives David Rees.
Tishman

9:30–10:45am
Faculty Sessions

The Sound of Wood…an exploration of shape, tone and texture.
…Idiophones vibrate without the use of membrane or string. 
With music faculty member Michael Wimberly 
The Bennington Mallet Ensemble will create sonic vibrations, shapes and textures that explore the dynamics of wood, metal, and brass. The ensemble will present these ideas along with work-in-progress pieces.
Jennings Back Patio

Bennington Translates
With literature faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz, Katie Foster ’15 , Bruna Danta Lobato ’15, Tommy Melvin ’16, and Selina Petschek ’15 and current students Tonie Grisanti ’19, Nessie Nikouradze ’18, Asmita Saha ’18, and Anya Smith ’17
As our community has become more and more international, literary translation has taken on a whole new prominence on campus. Come hear some recent graduates and current students talk about the ways that translation has become part of their literary, arts, and service-oriented lives. French, Georgian, Japanese, Italian, Latin, Serbo-Croatian, and Spanish will be in the mix in this event. 
Franklin Living Room

Millennial Politics
With history faculty member Eileen Scully and Vermont State Senator Brian Campion
Eileen and Brian will lead a discussion about the current presidential campaign.
EAC 1

Chinese Art and Culture from Ancient to Contemporary
With languages faculty member Ginger Lin 
Participants will learn about the origin and evolution of Chinese characters and how they are composed. By studying the form of the most basic Chinese characters, they will simultaneously gain insights into traditional Chinese cultural values. Participants will also get an introduction to contemporary avant-garde art in China through photos of art works, articles, and videos on various artists.
Dickinson 117

Black Video Division
With video faculty member Karthik Pandian
We will watch video art created by black artists and discuss the formal strategies they have used to address race in this medium. We will then collaborate to make a video drawing on participants’ own experiences of race at Bennington. Alumni with recollections of the Black Music Division are especially encouraged to attend!
Kinoteca

Reading the Local Landscape 
With biology faculty member Kerry Woods
We will use the Bennington College campus and its environs as a field laboratory, exploring how natural history observations can be used to generate insights into ecological dynamics and the short- and long-term histories of the landscape at a range of spatial scales. Similar exercises lead students to original research projects.
Note: This will be outside. Dress for the weather and for walking on forest trails. This outing may run a little past 10:45 am.
Meet in front of Jennings

10:00am–12:00pm
Alumni Memory Project Open Hours
The Alumni Memory Project (AMP) is a group of students and alumni whose mission is to record multi-generational alumni memories to share with and to preserve for the Bennington College community. Please stop by to record a short story from your time at Bennington with student interviewers. 
CAPA Front Room

10:00am–5:00pm
Video Selections of Emergent Improvisation Project 
Videotaped performances from The Emergent Improvisation Project National Performance Network Tour (2006), which were recorded at the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, Bennington College, and the Flynn Theater. On view continuously throughout the day. #VAPA40
Newman Court

10:45–11:45am
LAB Workshop: Networking as Cooperative Practice         
Practice the essentials of making connections without all the stress. During this interactive session, led by Director of FWT and Career Development Faith McClellan, you’ll learn how to navigate professional conversations with ease. Then, you can try out what you learned throughout the rest of the day (and especially at the 5pm community reception). This workshop is for students only.
Dickinson 239

11:00am–12:00pm
Admissions Tour for Legacy Prospective Students
A student-led tour for family members of alumni who are interested in applying to Bennington. 
Cricket Hill Barn 
        
11:00–12:00pm
Alumni: Conversation with President Mariko Silver
Alumni will hear updates from Bennington’s president, Mariko Silver, and discuss Bennington’s future.
Student Center

11:00am–2:00pm
42.921332, -73.241638 
An exhibition of artwork from Bennington’s collection curated by Nico Dregni ’16 and student Hans Olsen ’17#VAPA40
Stickney Observatory

11:30–1:30pm
Barbecue Lunch and Soccer Match on Commons Lawn
Barbecue lunch served on the Lawn while you cheer on the Bennington Pioneers versus School for International Training of Brattleboro, Vermont (at 12:00). Please bring pre-paid lunch tickets.
Commons Lawn (Rain location: Dining Hall)

12:00–1:00pm
Lunch for Alumni Architects and Designers 
Alumni architects and designers share stories about their time in VAPA and their trajectories since attending Bennington with architecture faculty member Donald Sherefkin.
Joan Goodrich Garden, Crossett Library (Rain location: VAPA B206)

12:30–1:00pm
Tour of Purple Carrot Farm
Tour of the student-run garden and farm led by student guides and members of the Bennington Sustainable Food Project
Meet at Flagpole

1:00–4:00 pm
The VAPA Reader: Creating a publication from the archives and reflections
Ian Dolton-Thornton ’11 will lead visitors in how to use the equipment in the Word & Image Lab to customize and bind their own copies of a brand new publication about the history of the Visual and Performing Arts center (VAPA).  #VAPA40
Word and Image Lab

1:00–2:00pm
STEAM: Arts and Innovation in the 21st Century
Conversation between Babette Allina ’81, who has been a driving force in the science, technology, arts, and math (STEAM) movement, and President Mariko Silver about the historic and continuing importance of cross-disciplinary education at Bennington with specific attention to the ways that art and design are central to driving innovation in the 21st Century. #VAPA40
Tishman

1:00–2:30pm
Conversation on Diversity and Inclusion at Bennington College and Beyond
Come learn more about the College’s approach to pluralism and inclusive practice. Attendees will learn about the work of the President’s Task Force on Campus Inclusivity, and alumni will have an opportunity to reflect and share how diversity and pluralism informed their work/life/commitments at Bennington and afterward. 
Moderated by Director of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Lydia Brassard ’08.
CAPA Design Lab 2 

1:00–2:45 pm
Open rehearsal of August: Osage County by Tracy Letts 
Students and faculty will be rehearsing this term’s production of August: Osage County, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer, Tony, and Drama Desk awards for best play. The production is co-directed by drama faculty Kirk Jackson and Jenny Rohn, who will also perform roles. Please feel free to come (quietly!) in and out as you please. Starting at 2:00 pm student designers will present their work. The play contains mature subject matter.
Lester Martin Theater, VAPA

2:00–2:30pm
LAB Conversation: Emerging Scientists at Work
Join Chernoh Jalloh '15, Genelle Rankin '15, and Naima Starkloff '15 for a conversation on working in the sciences, facilitated by Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment Zeke Bernstein. This discussion is intended to share the different paths one can take in the first year or two post-graduation, and the questions these young alumni wrestled with in the process of deciding what was next.
Dickinson 239

2:00–6:00pm
Alumni Memory Project Open Hours
The Alumni Memory Project (AMP) is a group of students and alumni whose mission is to record multi-generational alumni memories to share with and to preserve for the Bennington College community. Please stop by to record a short story from your time at Bennington with student interviewers.
CAPA Front Room

2:30–3:00pm
“Runaways”: Experimental Performance
An experimental performance incorporating art, music, and dance by Josh Blackwell ’95, Alex Huberty ’95, Daniel Roberts MFA ’14, Jacob Robichaux, Lizzie Scott, and current students.  #VAPA40
Petrie Terrace, VAPA (Rain location: Newman Court

2:30–3:30pm
Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality: The Brave New World of Media
Bryn Mooser ’01, co-founder and CEO of Huff Post-RYOT shares the latest storytelling examples of virtual reality and augmented reality to enact social change, moderated by media faculty member Erika Mijlin. There will be an opportunity to see stories from a virtual reality headset.
CAPA Symposium

2:30–3:45pm
Architecture 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, Annie Coggan ’85, Robert Delanghe ’13, Evie Garf ’11, Kent Hikida ’85, Garrick Jones ’94, Josie Lawlor ’04, Jacob Perkins ’07, Kyle Schroder ’09, Chendru Starkloff ’13, and Lawson Wulsin ’05. Moderated by architecture faculty member Donald Sherefkin#VAPA40
VAPA B206 Back Crit Room

2:45–3:15pm
LAB Conversation: Creating a Life in Drama and Theater
Join Jonathan Marc Sherman ’90, Paul Cello '92, Max Wolkowitz '09, and faculty member Dina Janis for a conversation on the world of drama and theater post-graduation.
Lester Martin, VAPA

3:00–4:00pm
Alumni Dance Films
Two alumni dancers will show films of their work: Ghost line directed by Shona Masarin and Cori Olinghouse ’01 and Explicit Female, Body Etudes & Female on Stage by Zornitsa Stoyonova ’06#VAPA40
Kinoteca

3:00–4:00pm
LAB Conversation: Language as Livelihood
Join Bennington faculty and alumni for a conversation on working with languages and translation post-graduation. With language faculty Barbara Alfano, Jon Pitcher and Ikuko Yoshida and Heke Kennon ’08, Bruna D. Lobato ’15, and Tommy Melvin ’16.
Dickinson 117

3:00–4:00pm
LAB Conversation: Making Words Work through Careers in Publishing and Writing
Vice president for communications Janet Marsden moderates a conversation with Jill Eisenstadt ’85 and literature faculty member Brando Skyhorse on their experience in the publishing world, plus practical tips for writers interested in publishing their work.
Barn 124

3:30–4:30 pm
We’re the Jam in the Sandwich: Caregiving for Any Age
A humorous, serious, and practical conversation with Diane Cameron MFA ’99 about caregiving and caregivers of the “Sandwich Generation,” people who are raising families while caring for their parents. Please join us to look at the needs, demands, strategies, and even the literature of caregiving. 
CAPA Faculty Lounge

3:30–4:30pm
Unexpected Careers: The Paths to the Entrepreneurial Life
Join a discussion with Brendon Blake ’92Blaine Graboyes ’95, Adnan Iftekhar ’97, Riva Magaril Poor ’56, David Zicarelli ’83, moderated by visual arts faculty member Robert Ransick, about Bennington pathways to entrepreneurial careers and creative problem solving.
CAPA Symposium 

3:30–4:30pm
VBS (violet burning sunset) Artist Talk 
Odili Donald Odita MFA ’90, Devin O’Brien Powers ’05, and Lauren Seiden ’03 discuss their work in VBS (violet burning sunset), the alumni exhibition in Usdan Gallery. Moderated by Paige K. Johnston#VAPA40
Usdan Gallery

3:30–5:00pm
Alumni: 50th Reunion Reflections
The classes of 1965, 1966, and 1967 celebrating their joint 50th Reunion come together for sharing of work, ideas, and discussion about their experiences at Bennington and beyond.
CAPA Design Lab 1

3:45–4:15pm
LAB Conversation: Professional Possibilities in Architecture        
A conversation about working in the world of architecture hosted by Kent Hikida ’85, Annie Coggan ’85, and architecture faculty member Donald Sherefkin.
VAPA B206

4:00–5:00pm
Alumni Dance Work and Group Improvisation 
Emily Climer ’12 will present Thread Trace, followed by a group improvisation showing by Emily Climer ’12, Nicole Daunic ’03, Marie Lynn Blocker Haas ’10, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko ’05, Katie Martin ’04, Cori Olinghouse ’01, Joseph Poulson MFA ’11, and Zornitsa Stoyonova ’06#VAPA40
VAPA E303, Dance Studio 

4:30–5:00pm
LAB Conversation: The Working Life of an Artist        
Join Bennington alumni for a conversation on working in the arts post-graduation, facilitated by Paige Johnston. Participating alumni include Nicole Czapinski ’06, Mary Early ’97, Odili Donald Odita MFA ’90, and Devin O’Brien Powers ’05.
VAPA F106, Kinoteca Classroom        

5:00–6:00pm
Faculty/Alumni/Students/Families Reception and opening of VBS (violet burning sunset) exhibition
Join Bennington faculty, alumni, students, and families for drinks and refreshments, as well as an ensemble interlude performance with music faculty members Kerry Ryer-Parke ’90 and Tom Bogdan and Michael Chinworth ’08, Dane Whitman ’16, and Liam Dailey ’14.
Usdan Gallery Porch

6:30pm
Families have dinner on their own 
As dinner is not provided, take this opportunity to explore restaurants in town; suggestions for local businesses are provided in the downtown guide and list of weekend discounts in the registration packet. Please enjoy the many restaurants in North Bennington, Bennington, and the surrounding Southern Vermont area. 
        
6:30–8:00pm
Alumni: Reunion Farm to Table Celebration Dinner
Alumni are invited to enjoy a locally-sourced dinner with friends and the presentation of the Hudas Liff ’45 Volunteer Award to one of your classmates.
Greenwall

8:00–9:00 pm
“Emergent Forms” Conversation and Screening
Created by Elliot Caplan and Susan Sgorbati ’72 MFA ’86, this film documents the collaboration and exchange of ideas of a select group of dancers, musicians, designers, and scientists that have extended the possibilities of both the dance and the science on the subject of improvisation.
With Director of CAPA Susan Sgorbati ’72 MFA ’86 and alumni dancers Emily Climer ’12, Nicole Daunic ’03, Marie Lynn Blocker Haas ’10, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko ’05, Katie Martin ’04, Cori Olinghouse ’01, and Zornitsa Stoyonova ’06#VAPA40
Tishman

8:00pm
Night Sky Observation with Hugh Crowl (weather permitting)
Led by astronomy faculty member Hugh Crowl
An evening guide to the stars while sipping hot cider. Meet in front of the Commons at 7:45 pm and walk down to the Stickney Observatory. This event is weather-dependent. Check for updates at observatory.bennington.edu.
Meet in front of Commons

9:00–11:00pm
Screening of Before the Sun Explodes and Q&A
See the critically-acclaimed film which premiered at SXSW (South by Southwest festival) this spring, co-written and directed by award-winning filmmaker Debra Eisenstadt ’91.
Kinoteca

9:00pm
Alumni Bands
Student Center

Nektones
The Nektones are a Soul/R&B quintet with a musical palette defined by the landscape of the North East Kingdom of Vermont. With Matt Scott ’06, Sam Clement ’08, Nathanael Reynolds, Micha Carbonneau, and Peter Krag.

Uni Ika Ai
Uni  Ika  Ai (pronounced: oo-nee ee-kuh eye) is a new Brooklyn-based dream-pop band comprised of music veterans Maia Friedman ’09 (Bobby, Toebow), Peter Lalish (Lucius, Elizabeth & The Catapult), Tom Deis (Via Audio), and Dan Drohan.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

8:00–10:00 am
Continental Breakfast
Dining Hall, Commons 

9:00am–5:00pm
Bookstore Extended Hours                        
Bookstore

9:00–10:00am
Breakfast Gathering for International Students and Alumni 
Joan Goodrich Garden, Crossett Library (Rain location: Crossett Library)

9:00–11:00am
Alumni/Students Pick Up Soccer Game
Commons Lawn

10:00am–12:00pm
LAB: Mock interviews for seniors
Advance signup required.
FWT Office, Barn 112

10:00–11:00am
Families: Bennington Today—A Conversation with President Mariko Silver
Families are invited to join President Mariko Silver for a conversation about Bennington and its future.
Student Center

11:15–12:15pm
Family Volunteer Involvement Conversation
As your student forges their Bennington path, we invite you to get involved. Please join President Mariko Silver, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Matt Rizzo, Dean of Field Work Term and Career Development Holly McCormack, and Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Hung Bui for coffee, cider donuts, and conversation about how you can participate in the College community and become an integral part of the Bennington network. All are welcome and invited to share their expertise and ideas about furthering Bennington’s mission through involvement in Admissions, ​Field Work Term, career mentoring, and fundraising. 
Upcafe

11:15–12:15
Time Capsule   
With CAPA Faculty member Erika Mijlin and students.
A group of Bennington students have designed a time capsule to represent the life of the college community in 2016, in documents and objects. The time capsule contents will be displayed and the capsule itself will be dedicated at this short ceremony, before being buried and designated to be opened in the year 2066. #VAPA40
Circle driveway between VAPA and CAPA (rain location: CAPA Lens)

11:30–2:00pm
Soup Bowls
An extension of a local initiative, the Empty Bowls Soup Supper, for which ceramics faculty work with a local organization to create bowls for a soup supper which raises money to relieve food insecurity in Bennington County. The harvest soup is made with ingredients donated by the student-run Purple Carrot Farm and the Bennington Commons Dining Hall. Come learn about this example of student participation in the greater Bennington Community.
As an alternative, brunch will be served in the Commons Dining Hall from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. 
Outside Ceramics Studio 

2:00–4:00pm
Bowl Making Workshop
With faculty member Aysha Peltz
No experience necessary! Join ceramics faculty member Aysha Peltz in a bowl making workshop. All bowls made today will be glazed, fired, and donated to the local Empty Bowls organization. 
Ceramics Studio, VAPA

Afternoon
Tours of Salem Artworks 
Founder and Executive Director of Salem Artworks Anthony Cafritz ’85 will be giving personal tours of the art center and sculpture park during the 10th Intercollegiate Iron Pour. A full schedule of events for the weekend can be viewed here.
Salem Artworks, Salem, New York

Programming details for all events are subject to change.