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Bennington College celebrated the achievements and the future promise of the Class of 2017 at Commencement this year, with an inspiring and rousing sendoff by Cornell William Brooks, a leading civil rights activist and former head of the NAACP. 

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By Aruna D'Souza

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In a partnership with the Vermont Arts Exchange (VAE), In Short, the Minor opens at the North Bennington Train Depot and runs through the weekend.

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Co-organized by faculty member Jon Isherwood and Bennington Museum curator Jamie Franklin, 3D Digital: Here and Now is a collaboration between Bennington College and the Bennington Museum that highlights artists, designers, and manufacturers whose work exploits the potential of new technologies to push material practice. The exhibition runs through June 15.

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Bennington was well represented in Vermont's Japanese Speech Contest, with students Thomas Melvin ’15 and Hoa Nguyen ’16 winning first place in the intermediate division, and Ella Peake ’17 and Carolina Roque ’17 taking second in the introductory division.

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“I don’t think teaching is so different from studying,” music faculty member Nick Brooke told the incoming class in his Convocation address. “Teaching has that restless curiosity. At Bennington, the faculty is told to teach what keeps us awake. Truth is, I’m most alive when teaching what I’m on the cusp of knowing.” 

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Training Wheels, a Vermont Arts Exchange exhibition of print work by ten Advanced Printmaking students from Bennington College, will open at the Bennington Train Depot. The show will kick off with a reception on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:30 pm and runs through February 29, by appointment.

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On October 2015, students in a course taught by faculty member Benjamin Anastas launched a blog tracing Bennington’s outsized impact on the world of literature and asking what accounts for it. Literary Bennington features author interviews, short pieces of journalism and reviews, and coverage of literary events on campus.

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The Bennington College team won the Best Student Team at the Vermont Hackathon Hack the Climate, run by HackVT. Rohail Altaf '17, Asad Malik '19, and Sarah Shames '17 created an app called Grow, which allows people within two miles to create a community cyber food market.

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Students make news for their FWT jobs at cultural institutions: Carling Berkhout ’19 in The Manchester Journal about the Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Sarah Jack ’17 in the Bennington Banner about Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, NY, and Sam Wood ’19 in the Cape Cod Times about the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre.