Fall for Bennington

Fall for Bennington 2022

Join us Saturday, October 15 for 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 2022 Schedule

Arrival and Breakfast

8:15-9:00 am | Open to students and families.

Join us in getting you, and your fellow prospective students, settled into Fall for Bennington over breakfast.

Welcome from Bennington Leadership

9:00-9:30 am | Open to students and families.

Bennington’s President, Vice President of Enrollment, and Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion welcome you to this exciting event.

Creating at Bennington: Session One

9:45-10:45 am | Open to students and families.

Join faculty and students as they share works in progress through the first series of Bennington’s faculty-led sessions. You will be able to choose one of the following:

Philosophical Puzzles

Description: Philosophers often use thought experiments to test our intuitions about questions concerning, for example, the limits of knowledge, meaning in life, and consciousness. This session will explore a few famous philosophical puzzles and discuss their implications.

Science and Math: In Their Element: Scientists at Work

Description: Students will share their current explorations in science and mathematics in and around the Dickinson Science building. Visitors will be able to participate in catching birds (safely) in a mist net for study, and to participate in an experiment in cell biology and genetics. Visitors can also tour the facilities and ask questions about science and mathematics at Bennington College. Facilitated by faculty members in science & mathematics.

Literature: Poetry at Bennington

Description: Eight current students present brief readings of poems they have written at Bennington, followed by a Q&A about the Literature program.

Creating at Bennington: Session Two

11:00 am-12:00 pm | Open to students and families.

Join faculty and students as they share works in progress through the second series of Bennington’s faculty-led sessions. You will be able to choose one of the following:

Cultural Studies and Languages: What is it like to learn languages and cultures at Bennington College?

Description: At Bennington, students learn a language while exploring and acquiring various contents and stimulating scenarios for research and study such as Chinese modern art, French films, Japanese history, and art and literature from the Spanish-Speaking World. Please join this workshop to experience what students are creating while learning languages and exploring cultures. In this workshop participants will experiment with sample activities from Spanish and Japanese courses. Information about study away and services to local communities will be provided.

Visual Arts: Unconventional Space Installation

Description: In spring 2022, students in the class “Field Research in Unconventional Space” built a large inflatable sculpture. Participants in this session will enter the sculpture for an immersive auditory and sensory experience.

Dance: Internal Landscapes of the Listening Body

Description: Wake up your body and mind through a series of QiGong based moving meditations, stretches, and breathing exercises, that soften internal pathways with circles, spirals, figure eights and undulating waveforms. With this activated focus we will embark on dance improvisations using imagery and guided physical prompts.

Lunch with Us!

12:00-1:00 pm | Open to students and families at the Dining Hall in Commons.

Enjoy a chance to eat a typical Bennington meal!

Planning your Path: Academic Structures at Bennington College

1:00-2:00 pm | Open to students and families.

These sessions are designed to present Bennington’s support structures. Choose one of the following:

Academic Support & Advising

Join Academic Services staff and current students to explore the wide range of support and guidance you can expect in your studies at Bennington College. This session will be particularly helpful for students who have an IEP or 504 Plan in high school and intend to request academic accommodations in college.

Financial Aid and Affordability at Bennington

Join a representative from the Office of Financial Aid to learn about financial aid practices, affordability, and how Bennington supports students financially throughout the admissions process and their time on Bennington's campus. Please note that this session will be offered twice during today's event.

Housing and Student Life

Representatives from the housing and student life office will speak about life on campus and what it's like to be part of the Bennington community. Topics of discussion will include student life events, housing assignment and roommate matching processes, accommodations in housing, and lived experiences in the housing communities at Bennington.

Stories from the Field

Curious about Field Work Term, one of the most unique aspects of Bennington's progressive liberal arts education? Come hear about this immersive experience from Bennington's experts: our students. No two Field Work Term experiences are alike, but they all have a few things in common: they have the power to transform students' lives, help them stand out from their peers and prepare them remarkably well for life after Bennington. Our student panel will pique your curiosity with stories of creative, high impact and global pursuits and give you the insider view on how they made these experiences happen.

Student Perspectives

2:15-3:00 pm | *Open to students only.

Take this opportunity to pick a theme and speak with current Bennington students in an open chat about what this looks like at Bennington.

FLoW Perspectives:

Come hang out with student leaders from first year, low income, and working class backgrounds! Let's discuss what it means to be "FLoW" at Bennington.

Queer BIPOC Experience: 

Take a moment to chat with current students about the Queer BIPOC experience at Bennington.

House Cultures and Roommate+ships: How to Navigate? 

Discussion centered around House Traditions, Bennington Student’s signature Coffee Hour, House Chairs, Roommate Agreements, setting boundaries, among others.

Chronic Illness, Disability and Accommodation at Bennington:

Sit with current students as they discuss chronic illness, disability and accommodations at Bennington.

Affordability at Bennington

2:15-3:00 pm | Open to Parents and Guests.

Learn about Bennington’s financial aid processes and how the College works to be affordable for all students.

Admissions Office Open

3:15-3:45 pm | Open to students and families.

Come and have a snack with us to ask any final questions, or hit the road if you're ready.

 

On-going Programming

Campus Tours (60 minutes: meet at Flagpole)

Offered at 10:45 am, 1:00 pm and 2:15 pm | Open to students and families.

If you have never experienced a Bennington campus tour, you will have the option to explore campus with a student guide.

Interviews (30 minutes: meet counselors in the Admissions Office)

Open to students.

Pre-register to secure your spot. Meet and chat with an admissions counselor.

Walk-In Questions (All day).

Open to students and families.

Pop-by our Admissions Office in the Barn if you have any questions about our programming, locations, future events, admissions questions or just for a chat!

Register Here!

Student Voices

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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.

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A Different Type of Tour

Explore campus through the eyes of our students.

Watch now!
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Plans and Advanced Work

Students discuss their self-designed academic Plans and their senior Advanced Work projects. For more insight into how students craft these, be sure to visit our YouTube channel.

Watch now!

Faculty Voices

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Get to know some of the staff that support on-campus life at Bennington, and watch interviews, lectures, and performances featuring the work of our talented and dedicated faculty members.

Watch now!
white haired man with glasses and mustache (Donald Sherefkin) shown from the shoulders up wearing blue plaid button down seated in front of large bookshelf

Donald Sherefkin

Architecture Faculty Member

Watch now!
woman wearing a pink button down (Aysha Peltz) shown from the waist up standing in a ceramics studio

Aysha Peltz

Ceramics Faculty Member

Watch now!
man in red shirt and hat (Tim Schroeder) standing with hands behind in front of a small river

Tim Schroeder

Earth Science Faculty Member

Watch now!
dark-haired bearded man (Thomas Leddy-Cecere) in blue collared shirt shown from the shoulders up in front of a white wall with large brown bookshelf

Thomas Leddy-Cecere

Sociolinguistics Faculty Member

Watch now!

VIRCLASS

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

Earth and Environmental Science

STEM

Languages

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.

Music

Watch the first episode of The Lens, featuring an interview with musician and Music SEPC representative Maddy Wood '22.

Take a listen to a selection of the class of 2020's senior work: Senior MusicFest 2020 and Lorem Ipsum by Maeve Bustell '19.5 (program here).

Listen to some music by Bennington alumni: Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath '10), Real Estate (Alex Bleeker '08), and Sir Chloe (Dana Foote '18, Teddy O'Mara '18.5, Pixel West '18, and Willy Giambalvo '20)

Theater

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.

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: 

Listen to some student Radio Plays, including A Moment of Connection by Kiana Ortega, Love in the Dark by Tess Seaver, and Take Yo Shit by Ayana Sterling

Watch B E L O N G by JJ Langham.

Dance

Selections from Advanced Projects in Dance, taught by David Thomson:

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
  • 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. 

Visual Art

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.