Fall for Bennington 2021
Get ready to experience Bennington College, and all it has to offer! Join Bennington College faculty, current students, and staff for this lively campus event.
Fall for Bennington 2021 Schedule
Welcome from Bennington Leadership
10:00-10:20 am EDT. Open to students and families.
Bennington’s President, Provost, Vice President of Enrollment, and Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion welcome you to this exciting event.
Planning your Path: Academic Structures at Bennington College
10:30-11:20 am EDT. Open to students and families.
This session is designed to introduce Bennington’s academic structure, the Plan process, and Bennington’s experiential learning component, Field Work Term. Current faculty staff and students will discuss how the Plan and FWT work together to provide Bennington students with structures that allow them to design educations individually tailored to their interests and goals.
11:30 am-12:20 pm EDT. Open to students and families.
If you have never experienced a Bennington campus tour, you will have the option to explore campus virtually with a student guide.
Liberal Arts Without Limits
12:30-1:20 pm EDT. Open to students and families.
Join interactive workshops with select faculty and students to explore our academic offerings while providing a window into student/faculty relationships at Bennington.
Select one of the following sessions to attend:
Faculty Session 1: Learn Daoism with Tai-Chi and Qi-Gong
Tai-Chi (Taiji) is a Chinese martial art and meditation system. The symbol of Tai-Chi is the famous Chinese Yin and Yang symbol also called taiji. Qi-Gong is a form of gentle exercise intended to increase one’s vital energy (qi), hence the name. Qi-Gong and Tai-Chi are both commonly practiced by Chinese people. In this workshop, participants will get some hands-on experience with Qi-Gong, and the Tai-Chi martial art and learn a little bit about Daoist philosophy in the process.
Faculty Session 2: Queer French and the Body Politic: From Louis XIV to the 21st century
Examine French culture’s engagement with questions of sexuality and gender, with a focus on authors, artists, theorists, and others who have questioned ideas of normative sexuality from the Middle Ages through the 21st century.
Faculty Session 3: Human Rights and Humanitarian Intervention in Global Politics
Human rights are universal in principle, but often they are systematically violated in practice. In this workshop, we will discuss the emergence of human rights as a norm of global politics and as a foundation for the practice of international humanitarian intervention. We will also discuss challenges to international human rights and humanitarian intervention, including the domestic implementation of universal rights, the principle of state sovereignty, and the doctrine of non-interference.
Faculty Session 4: Key to Songs
In this session, we will look at how songs are a powerful lens for understanding music theory, and can help stock one’s toolbox for composing and songwriting, based on my F21 class Key to Songs. We’ll listen to songs from across genre and cultures, and at the end, talk a bit about being a musicmaker at Bennington.
Health, Wellness and the College’s Response to COVID-19
1:30-2:00 pm EDT. Open to students and families.
Learn more about how the Bennington community is staying safe and healthy during Covid-19.
Coffee Hour: Community at Bennington
2:10-3:00 pm EDT. Open to students and families.
Experience a beloved Bennington tradition, Coffee Hour, where students meet weekly with their house communities to share upcoming events and discuss ways to support one another. An authentically Bennington celebration of home.
Our students are the heart of the Bennington experience. Explore campus through their eyes, and hear them explain, in their own words, their self-designed academic Plans and Advanced Work.
Watch these interviews, lectures, and performances featuring the work of our talented and dedicated faculty members.Watch now!
Virtual Classroom & Gallery
Explore snapshots of work-in-progress, performance, assignments, and other snippets of the classroom experience at Bennington. This section represents a sampling of areas of study and courses, for a bigger picture, you can delve into the full range of Areas of Study and the Curriculum from Spring 2021 and beyond.
Animation, Film, and Video
- Explore student works from animation classes, compiled by faculty member Sue Rees, alongside some projects in progress this semester.
- Check out these student projects from Intro to Video:
Earth and Environmental Science
- Go on a virtual field trip with faculty member Tim Schroeder.
- Listen in on an outcomes-focused conversation with faculty and recent alumni from our Fall for Bennington event.
- Check out this video on understanding the PFOA crisis.
- Watch this video of Lucy Royte '21's advanced work, "Mannhatta's Soggy Fringe: Perishing Water from Empire City"
- Explore student work across the sciences at Bennington. “Discover the Unknown” or check out this field course in Coral Reef Biology, taught by Betsy Sherman. To learn more about our science and math courses, please take a look at the curriculum.
- Watch an interview with Naima Starkloff '15 about her science studies at Bennington.
- Listen in on this conversation between faculty and alumni.
- Watch this video of Blake Jones' Ornithology class.
- Check out these projects by students:
Listen to a conversation with faculty member Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly.
Learn more about French at Bennington!
Society, Culture, and Thought (SCT)
Explore student work in the social sciences through these examples of senior work and theses.
- An English Town's Pilgrimage to Brexit: Coal Mining, New Labour, and White Working-Class Decay
Thesis by Francesca Edwards '18
- Black Ain’t Lack, but Education Ain’t Black: A look at Black American undergraduate students and alumni of Bennington College
Thesis by Mardryka Adzick '18
- Bulleh ki jaana main kaun: Politicisation of Sufi Shrines in Pakistan
Thesis-novel by Syeda Rumana Mehdi '18
In the course The History of Directing, taught by Jean Randich, students work semi-chronologically from the late 19th to the early 21st century, examining how culture and theater interact and change each other. These are examples of the oral slide show presentations students prepare when they report on individual directors.
- Jacob Sanders | F. T. Marinetti presentation
- Biborka Beres | Alfred Jarry presentation
- George Li | Bertolt Brecht presentation
Take a look at this costume design project by Taz Meyers '19.
In this class assignment from Directing I: The Director’s Vision, taught by Jean Randich, students respond to the exercise: Take one minute and find something in your room to create a tableau of a character you either play or direct in Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. Assume an expressive gestural pose for that character and hold it in stillness for 30 seconds while maintaining active thought and emotion inside. Watch now.
Watch this class reel from a recent production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull.
The course Bennington Plays: Playwrights, taught by Sherry Kramer, supports playwrights engaged in the process and techniques of rewriting and staging their plays. Here are two examples of works in progress:
Watch B E L O N G by JJ Langham.
- Lou Brownlee, Railroad #3
- Anna Demchenko, Breath in/Breath out
- Anna Demchenko, Isolation Sketches Series (#1) Climbing the Walls
- Nora Littell, I'm not Gene Kelly
- Kari Ostensen, Lexicon of Movement
In an assignment for Finding Form: Dance, taught by Dana Reitz, students find a passage of literature or music, find aspects of form within it, and use something of the form to make a short movement study.
- Veda Carmine-Ritchie, Inspired by We Will Always Love You by The Avalanches feat. Blood Orange
- Sophia Grimani, Inspired by Dirge by Death in Vegas
- Hanna Stebbins, Inspired by Liver Room, passage by Carolee Schneemann
- Triston Walker, Inspired by This Is All I Have For You by Makoto Matushita
- Emma Williams, Inspired by “Cello Concerto in E Minor, RV 409: (III. Allegro)” by Antonio Vivaldi
In the course Introduction To Phrasemaking & Performing taught by Dana Reitz, students find a specific location to use as a stimulus for making a movement study, all phrasing influenced by the environment. Here are a few examples:
In Dance Making: The Ephemeral Artifact taught by Hilary Clark, students compose using percussive and sustained qualities as source material. Here is a sample of work from this course: Isabel San Millan.
In the course Delights of Ephemera, taught by faculty member and Director and Curator of the Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery Anne Thompson, the class wrote a blog that was compiled by students Charlotte Zinsser and Alex Terjak Wall.