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Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 20, 2018 after a long delay, will give a sense of how far diplomatic and military efforts in the country may—or may not—go in the future, writes faculty member Noah Coburn in The Diplomat.

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International human rights and racial justice lawyer Gay Johnson McDougall ’69 is the 2018 recipient of Bennington College’s Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award.

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First United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues and former executive director of Global Rights

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AdWeek selected Asad Malik '19 as one of its 2018 Young Influentials, a selective group of 31 media, marketing, and tech talents who are innovating in fields from AR to Activism, Data to Diversity. 

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How can artistic and cultural displays in public places contribute to a community’s overall health? At The Trust for Public Land, Roua Sibai ’21 explored this question during her summer Field Work Term (FWT) as a creative placemaking intern.

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In September, Noah Coburn published his fourth book, Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America's Global War.

Part memoir, part travelogue, and part retelling of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of workers, Under Contract unspools a complex global web of how modern wars are fought and supported, narrating war stories unlike any other. 

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Debbie Warnock's work draws upon sociology, education, and social statistics to investigate how underrepresented students access and experience higher education.

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Emily Mitchell-Eaton is a critical human geographer who studies how empires create diasporas that stretch to unexpected places. Her work focuses particularly on migration between the Pacific Islands and the U.S. South. As a geographer interested in mobility and migration, she explores how racial meanings, laws and policies, military infrastructures, and emotions travel through space and over time.

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How do social factors shape our use of language, and how does language use in turn impact our construction and perception of society? A sociolinguist, Thomas Leddy-Cecere addresses these questions through his research in Arabic and contemporary American English.

 

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For those looking for an intensive summer Field Work Term (FWT) experience, the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, hosted by the Research Institute in Sociology and Social Inequality at Texas A&M University, literally turns up the heat.

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Brian Michael Murphy is a media archaeologist, poet, and essayist. In his work, he examines how media technologies, from taxidermy to digital photography archives, represent and reshape human experience.

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In an editorial for The Diplomat, faculty member Noah Coburn opposed the Trump administration's consideration of an Afghanistan strategy that places greater dependence on private security contractors. 

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Brian Morrice '10 was one of 140 young leaders selected nationwide to serve as a White House intern this spring.

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Asad Malik ’19 has been named a Top 10 Filmmaker to Watch in 2018 by The Independent.

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An award-winning teacher, Ronald Cohen focuses his research in social psychology on issues of justice and silence, and takes his practice into the community with his work on reparative justice.

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Anne Gilman employs behavioral, big-data, and electrophysiological methods to track the impact of long-term expertise on fast-acting cognitive processes.  Her research on musical training and language expertise as influences on memory informs the design of multimedia displays.

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Heather Vermeulen’s research and teaching focuses on transatlantic slavery and its afterlives, ecology, literature and arts of the African Diaspora, and gender and sexuality studies.

 

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Anna Bean is an independent scholar living in Vermont. She has taught in Performance Studies, Theater, American Studies and African-American Studies Programs at New York University, Williams College, Wesleyan University and Marlboro College. Her current work is on transperformance on stage and in television in American popular performance.

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Faculty member Ella Ben Hagai recently published an op-ed in Haaretz. 

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Faculty member Karen Gover recently published a guest blog post on Aesthetics for Birds about Christoph Büchel's controversial petition to designate President Trump's eight border wall prototypes as a national monument. 

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Liz Ahn Toupin was one of the country's first Asian American college deans. Her career at Tufts spanned a tumultuous period of societal, educational and institutional upheaval.

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If Picasso doodled on a napkin, contemporary art lovers and critics alike would probably scrutinize it for signs of genius.

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Nush Laywhyee ’19 initially came to Bennington excited to study medicine. After a Field Work Term (FWT) experience at a hospital, however, he realized that it wasn’t for him.

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Search engine optimization, data management, and...rapping? At first glance, selling train tickets might not seem like an artistic job, but as Zanna Huth ’20 can attest, Trainline’s innovation-friendly culture encourages creative work.

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"The next passenger should be coming in for secondary screening any moment now. You know the drill. Don’t take too long.”

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Faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz published "A Tale of Survival," a review of Sergio Bitar's Prisoner of Pinochet: My Year in a Chilean Concentration Camp, through ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America.

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Faculty member Ella Ben Hagai's article "'We Didn't Talk About the Conflict': The Birthright Trip's Influence on Jewish Americans' Understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" was recently published in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology.

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Bulleh ki jaana main kaun: Politicisation of Sufi Shrines in Pakistan

Thesis-novel by Syeda Rumana Mehdi '18