Advancement of Public Action Faculty

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Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

David Bond teaches on the environment and public action. Trained as an anthropologist, Bond studies oil spills and their imprint on environmental science and governance. His work shows how toxic disruptions can fix vital relations with new forms of knowledge and care.

email dbond@bennington.edu
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Director of Public Policy Programs in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Brian Campion facilitates all programs and initiatives connected to state and federal policy; he also serves as a Vermont State Senator.

email bcampion@bennington.edu
call 802-440-4899
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MFA Fellow

Elena Demyanenko was a member of Trisha Brown and Stephen Petronio Dance Companies, which premiered original choreography at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, and other venues. She is the recipient of New York Live Arts and EMPAC Dance Movies commissions and a Jerome Robbins Fellowship.

email edemyanenko@bennington.edu
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Marguerite Feitlowitz is the author of the internationally acclaimed A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture and four volumes of literary translation, many essays, fiction, and criticism.

email mfeitlowitz@bennington.edu
John Hultgren

John Hultgren's work explores the theoretical and ideological foundations of environmental political struggles.

email johnhultgren@bennington.edu
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Yoko Inoue’s multidisciplinary art practice anthropologically examines complex relationships between people and objects, the commodification of culture, and the assimilation and transformation of cultural meaning and values. Using ceramic medium she explores the socio-political and economic implication of products and globalization.

email yinoue@bennington.edu
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Jon Isherwood, a faculty member in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, is a sculptor who has pioneered high-tech CNC technologies, led international projects, and designed opportunities to investigate the sites where the intellectual and physical become visually entangled.

email jisherwood@bennington.edu
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Dean of the College and Director of the MFA in Public Action

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.

email bmurphy@bennington.edu
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Jonathan Pitcher is a scholar of Latin American literature, philosophy, and history whose research interests exceed any one discipline: identity, exile, film, politics, travel, art, architectural ideology, puppetry, and the aftermath of the Boom, to name a few.

email jpitcher@bennington.edu
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Eileen Scully is an award-winning scholar of American diplomacy and international history. Her recent work explores historical understandings of human trafficking and international customary law on the coming, going, and staying of destitute, physically disabled migrants.

email escully@bennington.edu
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Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action

Susan Sgorbati is a professional mediator and educator whose creative research has led to collaboration across disciplines and borders as both an artist and a driver of social change.

email sgorbati@bennington.edu

Visiting Faculty

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Visiting Faculty

Tatiana Abatemarco is an interdisciplinary scholar and educator who works in environmental humanities and sustainable food systems. She uses an ecofeminist frame to explore grassroots, holistic approaches to food justice.

email tatianaabatemarco@bennington.edu
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Visiting Faculty

Dr. Christopher Barsotti, MD, is the founding CEO of the American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine (AFFIRM). He is a community practice emergency medicine physician who serves patients in rural western Massachusetts, southern Vermont and upstate New York, and a certified 4-H youth rifle instructor.

email christopherbarsotti@bennington.edu
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Visiting Faculty

Dana Caspersen is a conflict engagement specialist, award-winning performing artist, speaker, and author. Her work integrates these practices to support people in approaching conflict constructively on individual and community levels. 

email danacaspersen@bennington.edu
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Visiting Faculty

Rabbi Michael Cohen, a longtime environmental activist, has written extensively on the impact of ecological issues on the Middle East peace process.

email mcohen@bennington.edu
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Visiting Faculty

Alisa Del Tufo's career has been dedicated to making impact at the nexus of practice and policy; individual and community change; intellectual pursuit and activism with the goal of ending violence in the lives of women and girls addressing racism and other deep social challenges. She has founded three organizations: Sanctuary for Families, CONNECT, and Threshold Collaborative.

email alisadeltufo@bennington.edu
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Visiting Faculty

For over 35 years, Joe Donahue - the award-winning host of WAMC/ Northeast Public Radio’s The Roundtable - has been widely recognized for fostering insightful, thought-provoking conversation. Donahue offers his listeners some of the world's most fascinating people and subjects. He is a lifelong advocate of reading and writers and hosts the nationally syndicated, The Book Show.

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President, Beyond Plastics Program

Judith Enck is senior fellow and visiting faculty member in the Center for the Advancement of Public Action. She is the President of Beyond Plastics and former EPA Regional Administrator, appointed by President Obama.

email judithenck@bennington.edu
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Guest Faculty

Vivian Nixon is a writer and poet. She has been writing about social justice in Newsmax, USA Today, New York Times, The Hill, and San Francisco Bee and elsewhere since 2004. A Pen America Justice Writing Fellow, Nixon holds an MFA, from Columbia University School of Arts and is Executive Director of College & Community Fellowship. She recently co-edited, What We Know: Solutions from Our Experiences in the Justice System (The New Press).

email viviannixon@bennington.edu
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Visiting Faculty

Lauren Ruffin is a thinker, designer, and leader interested in building strong, sustainable, anti-racist systems and organizations. She's interested in exploring how we can leverage new technologies to combat racial and economic injustice.

email laurenruffin@bennington.edu
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Visiting Faculty

David Zicarelli '83 is a software designer and entrepreneur practicing in the area of artistic and organizational creativity.

email davidzicarelli@bennington.edu

Instructor/Technician

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MFA Fellow

Divine Bradley is a futurist that has dedicated decades to reimagining the experience of school, communal spaces and creating transformational programming for the demographics they serve. A serial ideator and social entrepreneur that loves to dream BIG, explore the impossible and collaborate with people with prolific creativity, imagination and discipline, to produce ideas.

email divinebradley@bennington.edu
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Research Fellow

Ben Hall ’04 is a chef/activist/artist based in Detroit. Hall’s work revolves around the forms community takes. Particularly at the Russell Street Deli, a 30-year-old heritage restaurant in Detroit’s "Eastern Market", which Hall owns and operates as a long-term sited project dealing with labor structures, how capital routes itself, and hierarchical power structures.

email benhall@bennington.edu
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MFA Fellow

Sal Randolph is an artist working between language and action, through performance, experimental publishing, and the creation of social spaces, at the intersection of attention, time, feeling, capital, and crisis.

email salrandolph@bennington.edu