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Bennington College was awarded an "Energy Leadership Award"  in the institutions division from Efficiency Vermont as part of the 6th Annual Best Practices Exchange, and staff member Holly Andersen received the Energy Champion Award. 

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An exhibition of artist books by renowned publisher and book artist Gunnar Kaldewey opens with a reception on Tuesday, September 19, at 6:30-7:30 PM in Usdan Gallery. The exhibition, Gunnar Kaldewey Artist Books 2011-2017 marks the opening of the 2017-18 season.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article by Duncan Dobbelmann about the challenges–and opportunities–presented by offering pop-up courses.

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This September, over 220 first-year students will arrive at  Bennington College, in Vermont. This will be the largest incoming class on record for the College and is representative of the growing recognition the College is receiving for its innovative approach to the liberal arts as well as its commitment to making a Bennington education more accessible than ever.

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Bennington College announced today that poet Mark Wunderlich has been named the next director of the Bennington Writing Seminars, the College’s MFA program in writing.

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Bennington College Faculty Members David Bond, Janet Foley, and Tim Schroeder have been awarded a $300,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to deepen and expand the College’s response to PFOA contamination in New York and Vermont.

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Bennington College President Mariko Silver recently joined mayors, governors, other leaders in higher education, businesses, and investors in declaring, via an open letter, that they will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.

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A new show at Usdan Gallery opens June 28. Vital Curiosity draws connections with other exhibitions in the region this summer, and marks the arrival of a new director and curator for the gallery.

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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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We’re breaking new ground—literally and figuratively—at Bennington, with a raft of new partnerships, new teaching initiatives, new faces, and new spaces. This embrace of change is part of our history and our DNA at Bennington—but no matter how constant the pace, with each step into the new comes a renewed energy and excitement.

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The New York Times called the Gunnar Schonbeck instrumentarium on view at MASS MoCA’s new Building 6 “perhaps the most promising symbol of MASS MoCA’s future.”

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This fall will see the launch of the Paran Creek apartments—a new, experimental housing community for Bennington students in North Bennington, a short walk from campus.

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The third floor of Commons was the crossroads of intellectual and cultural life of the 20th century: where Helen Frankenthaler '49 and Paul Feeley painted, where Martha Graham danced, where Bob Dylan sang, and where Gunnar Schonbeck made his instruments. Now, it fully reopens for the first time since the 80's and the last time before a complete renovation of the building for a visual and performative arts show. 

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Mariko Silver was interviewed for two articles featured on Linkedin.com about the role that mentoring can play in professional success.

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The town of Bennington was named the third most arts-vibrant small community in the country by the National Center for Arts Research. 

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The artist, curator, urbanist, and facilitator Theaster Gates was in residence at Bennington College in April, speaking to students, faculty, and staff about making place and making change, the two driving forces of his work. The highlight of his time on campus was the Adams–Tillim Lecture, which he delivered on April 25. By Aruna D'Souza

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The Boston Globe covered the fifth annual First Generation College Student summit, and highlighted the work that Bennington does to support international and first generation students through mentorship and advising. 

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Hydropower developer Bill Scully ’94 is working with Bennington students on two new power generation projects in the village of North Bennington.

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Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) hosted a talk by two United Nations delegates on women's empowerment and the changing role of women in the workplace.

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NAACP President and CEO Cornell William Brooks will address the class of 2017 at Bennington College’s 82nd commencement dinner on Friday, June 2nd, at 7:00 pm on Commons Lawn.

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President Mariko Silver spoke with Psychology Today about some of the gender-based challenges still facing female leaders today despite the increasing representation of women in leadership roles. 

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On Monday, February 20th at 8 pm at The Pershing Square Signature Center in New York City, Bennington College, in association with The 24 Hour Plays, will present The 24 Hour Plays®: A Bennington Tribute to Spencer Cox. This one night–only event will take place at The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre and will bring together Bennington College alumni and friends—including Emmy, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, and Obie winners and nominees—to write, cast, rehearse, and present six one-act plays within a 24-hour period. Ticket sales and donations will benefit the Spencer Cox ’90 Scholarship for student activists at Bennington College.

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Today, President Mariko Silver sent the following memo to the Bennington community.

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President Silver published an essay about student expectations that protests will be part of their college experience, and the role of educators in helping them learn how to effect change.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article about the role of college presidents in the age of Trump that featured Mariko Silver. 

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A group of students is starting a public seed-sharing library at Crossett Library, Bennington College that is free and open to the community. 

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Bennington is the home of individualized education, but it is also a shared endeavor. We are a community of creative thinkers who are constantly generating new ideas and ways of working—together—on campus and out in the wider world. Every single day, we make the decisions, clear the spaces, and extend the invitations that allow us to build the College, collectively and collaboratively, according to our most deeply-felt principles, ideals, and aspirations.

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The following statement was issued by President Mariko Silver to the campus community recently.

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In an essay in Inside Higher Ed, President Mariko Silver argues the presidential campaign has underscored that sexual harassment is widespread throughout American society, and colleges must take a similarly broad-based approach to address it.

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In the wake of the election this November, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an opinion piece by Mariko Silver called "Learning How to Be Together."