Family Weekend at Bennington College

Family Weekend

October 6–8, 2017

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Schedule: Family Weekend, LAB Weekend 2017

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

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Friday, October 6

9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Bookstore Extended Hours

1:00 - 5:00 PM
Please check in at the registration table for your welcome packet and refreshments.

1:00 - 5:00 PM
Administration Offices Open

2:00 - 2:30 PM
Dean of Students & Dean of Studies Welcome and Orientation to Weekend
Cricket Hill Barn

2:00 - 4:00 PM
Campus Tours
Meet at flagpole. There will be two tours. 

4:15 - 5:15 PM
LAB Alumni Talk | Forging a Path in Photography: Margo Davis '65
Margo Davis '65 is a fine-art black and white photographer with a focus on people and humanist photography.  She has many publications which are listed at Her latest book is ANTIGUA 1967-1973 (Nazraeli Press). She has an active teaching career at Stanford University, and formerly at UC Berkeley and Santa Cruz Extension programs.  Her work is in the collections of Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Brooklyn Museum, and Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris.
VAPA Crit Room B206 (Back Crit Room) 

5:30 - 7:00 PM
Harvest Dinner
The Harvest Dinner will feature "Farm to Table" dining. The dining staff work with our own student-run Purple Carrot Farm and other local farms to serve you a taste of the memorable Vermont fall harvest season. Tickets are located in your packet if you prepaid for the dinner. If you have not prepaid but have decided to join us, we are delighted to have you; please have cash or credit available at the door.
Student Center Dining Hall

7:00 - 10:00 PM
Hootenany! Bonfire
Enjoy a bonfire with the campus Hootenany Club for an evenings campfire complete with traditional, bluegrass and group sing-a-longs. Acoustic instruments welcomed and encouraged!
Commons Lawn, End of the World

8:30 - 10:00 PM
Nights Sky Observation with Hugh Crowl (weather permitting)
Please join physics and astronomy students for an evening guide to the stars. This event is weather-dependent, be sure to check for updates.                                                                                                                   Stickney Observatory


Saturday, October 7

10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Bookstore Extended Hours

8:30 - 9:30 AM
Family Volunteering Breakfast
Please join President Mariko Silver, Vice President for Institutional Advancement Matt Rizzo, Director of Field Work Term and Career Development Faith McClellan, and Director of Admissions Fumio Sugihara for breakfast and conversation about how you can participate in the College community and become an integral part of the Bennington network. All are welcome to visit Bennington’s downtown office and learn about ways you can help further Bennington’s mission through involvement in Field Work Term, Admissions, connecting with other parents, involvement with local events, and fundraising.  
Office of Institutional Advancement, 210 South Street, Suite 101, Bennington, VT
(corner of South and Union Streets; parking available in lot on Union Street)

9:00 - 2:00 PM
Please check in at the registration table for your welcome packet and refreshments. If you have already checked in, stop by for a light continental breakfast, including coffee, tea, apple cider and Bennington homemade granola.

9:45 - 10:45 AM
Faculty Session | Ikuko Yoshida: Japanese Aesthetics and Ikebana
In this workshop, participants will explore the Japanese perspective on aesthetics through one of the prominent art forms of Japan - Ikebana (Japanese Flower Arrangement).  The workshop will begin with the exploration of the history and the philosophical principles of Ikebana and analyze the Japanese sense of beauty by contemplating various styles of Ikebana from various schools. The participants will also practice Ikebana, applying their understanding of Japanese aesthetics and the relationship between human and nature.

9:45 - 10:45 AM
Faculty Session | Barbara Alfano: Food in Italy
Food in Italy is an introductory course to Italian. This is a hands-on session in which the participants will experience how students learn the language at Bennington. Join the workshop for a great opportunity to get acquainted with the language and the Italian food culture.
East Academic Center (EAC) 2

9:45 - 10:45 AM
Faculty Session | Terry Creach: Bennington’s Dance Legacy, 1932 to Today
How did Bennington College become the nurturing “Home of American Modern Dance” in America within just a few years of its founding in 1932? We will look at rare footage of dance on the College lawn from 1938, as well as excerpts from a film focused on the pioneering leadership of Martha Hill. Pulling photos from the Bennington College Archives, we will review the early years, and also look at the decades of extraordinary artist-faculty who have contributed to the College dance legacy.
CAPA Symposium

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bennington Today: A Conversation with President Mariko Silver and Chairman Alan Kornberg '74
Families are invited to join President Mariko Silver and Chairman Alan Kornberg ’74 for a conversation about Bennington and its future.

12:00 PM - 2:45 PM
Coffee Cart to Benefit Empty Bowls
Visit the Coffee Cart on the Brick Patio. This fundraiser supports the Empty Bowls Promotions.                             Brick Patio 

12:00 - 1:30 PM
BBQ Lunch, Soccer Game, and Clubs and Organizations Meet and Greet
Join us on the campus soccer field for an exhibition featuring Bennington’s own “Pioneer” soccer team. A BBQ lunch will be available for purchase on-site and a small cross-section of Bennington's many student-led clubs and organizations will be on hand for Q&As and more. Please bring your BBQ lunch ticket, cash, or credit to pay on site. You may have obtained a pre-paid ticket, which was available for purchase at registration, you are also welcome to pay with cash at the door.
Soccer Field (rain location: Student Center)

1:15 - 2:30 PM
Making a Difference in Detroit:  A Conversation on Entrepreneurship, Activism, and Art with Ben Hall '04 and Susan Sgorbati '72 MFA '86, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action.
President Silver will introduce Ben Hall '04 as the 2017 recipient of the Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award. Visual artist, composer, activist, and chef, Ben owns the Russell Street Deli, a heritage restaurant and soup manufacturer, with business partner Jason Murphy '09. Together, Hall and Murphy have had an impact on raising more than $125,000 for Gleaners Community Food Bank, producing 375,000 free meals. They have also presented congressional briefings on the challenges of entry-level jobs in foodservice and the limits of growth for minimum wage workers. Ben has a forthcoming solo show at the end of this month at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit entitled Slow An Alarm Until It’s A Tone.
CAPA Symposium

2:00 - 4:00 PM
Campus Tours
Meet at the Flagpole on the hour. 

2:45 - 4:00 PM
Faculty Session | Susan Sgorbati '72 and Bruce Williamson: Dance and Music Improvisation Ensemble
Dancers and musicians - focused on work in the performance of improvisation – demonstrate their weekly “practice,” giving attention to the development of individual movement vocabularies, pattern recognition, emerging forms and structures, rhythms, and the interplay of two time-based art forms.
VAPA Dance Studio E303

2:45 - 4:00 PM
Faculty Session | Annabel Davis-Goff: Incarceration in America
More than 2.2 million Americans are currently in prison or jail, and seven million Americans are under correctional supervision. The United States of America has the highest documented rate of incarceration in the world. Faculty member Annabel Davis-Goff will look at the basic facts and discuss the Bennington College Prison education Initiative.  
CAPA Symposium

2:45 - 4:00 PM
Faculty Session | Kerry Woods:  Reading the Local Landscape (weather permitting)
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 or original research project. 
Lawn in front of Jennings Music Building

2:45 - 4:00 PM
Life After Bennington (LAB) Alumni Talk | Careers in Journalism: Charlotte Albright '72
Charlotte Albright '72 is a senior commentator for Vermont Public Radio and a senior writer for Dartmouth College’s news site. She has worked broadly in radio, television, and print journalism for over twenty years, and has taught at Vermont’s Lyndon State College and the Maine College of Art. Charlotte received BA in Literature at Bennington College (1972) and Ph.D. in Literature at Boston University (1980).
CAPA Design Lab 2

2:45 - 4:00 PM
Life After Bennington: Recent Alumni Perspectives | Crystal Barrick Morales Coto '11; Tambu Kudze '10; Jonah Lipsky '13; Olympia Shannon '13; moderated by Olivia Judson '17
Recent alumni share their experiences of life after Bennington and how they have balanced following their passions and building a career.
Tishman Lecture Hall

4:15 - 5:15 PM
Reception for Faculty and Families
Petrie Terrace (rain location: VAPA Upper Galleria)
The event will be accompanied by a performance by a student musical duo, featuring Leo Cohen '19 on guitar and Sam Diedrich '19 on keyboard.

5:00 - 6:00 PM
Campus Renovations Talk
The College is undertaking the largest renovation project in its history with a restoration of the iconic Commons building. Please join Associate Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning Andy Schlatter for this discussion of a series of additional renovations that have recently provided several new facilities through the revitalization and adaptation of existing buildings.
East Academic Center 1

5:15 - 6:15 PM
Student Health Center Reception and Open House
Student Health Center

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Dinner on your own
Look to your Bennington & Downtown Guide and supplement located in your Family Weekend packet. Please enjoy the many restaurants in North Bennington, Bennington, and the surrounding Southern Vermont area.
North Bennington/ Downtown Bennington

8:30 - 10:00 PM
[Alternate Date] Nights Sky Observation with Hugh Crowl (weather permitting)
Please join physics and astronomy students for an evening guide to the stars. This event is weather-dependent, be sure to check for updates.
Stickney Observatory

9:00 - 11:00 PM
Live Music Concert/Dance 
Student Center, DownCaf


Sunday, October 8

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Bookstore Extended Hours

8:00 - 9:30 AM
Yoga with Jennifer Clarkson-Smith
Wake up your body and soul with an all-level 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). We practice yoga in bare feet; please be prepared to remove both shoes and socks.
End of the World, Commons Lawn (rain location: top level of Meyer Rec Barn)

9:00 - 10:00 AM
Alumni Parents Breakfast
Enjoy a light breakfast and connect with fellow alumni parents (and grandparents!) across class years who now have students studying at Bennington.
Joan Goodrich Garden, Crossett Library (rain location: Library Conference Room)

1:30 - 2:30 PM
House Coffee Hour
Student House Chairs host weekly coffee hour meetings for residents. Stop in for a visit at your student's house.    Student Houses  



Ongoing Events 

October 7 (Opening)- December 15
Exhibition Opening at Bennington Museum: Photographs by Laura Gilpin and her Circle
A photography exhibition co-curated by Bennington students enrolled in the class, "Laura Gilpin & The Platinum Print", offered Spring 2017 and taught by faculty member Jonathan Kline. This is a unique opportunity to view vintage photographs, many of them platinum prints, from the first half of the 20th century by famed photographers Laura Gilpin, Gertrude Kasebier, Clarence H. White, and Clara Sipprell. The exhibition will take place at the Bennington Museum with an opening reception, free to the Bennington College community, on Saturday, October 7, from 2:30-4 PM.
Bennington Museum; 75 Main St, Bennington, VT 05201

October 7 at 7:00 PM
Jill Eisenstadt '85 Reads from Swell                                                                                                                        Jill Eisenstadt ’85, critically acclaimed author of From Rockaway and Kiss Out, will read from her new novel Swell at Northshire bookstore in Saratoga Springs.                                                                                                 Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY

October 7-8
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.



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