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Every Sunday until the end of term B-Rad will release a new radio podcast featuring music created at Bennington. This week will be an eclectic mix of music created in the past year. Future weeks will highlight different classes and styles. Tune in every Sunday.Tune in!
Beyond BenningtonWorks: Admitted Student Live Events
Browse live events with current students and faculty throughout the rest of April and May. While all events are open to all admitted students, some are tailored to specific audiences to allow you to hear from students with similar perspectives.
Events with Faculty
- Thursday, May 7, 5:30 pm EDT
Drama at Bennington
Join Drama faculty members Michael Giannitti, Dina Janis, Sherry Kramer, Jean Randich, and Jennifer Rohn as well as current students for a conversation and Q&A on studying drama at Bennington.
- Sunday, May 10, 12:00 pm EDT
Join current literature and poetry students for a reading of new work followed by a Q&A with Literature faculty Benjamin Anastas, Michael Dumanis, and Manuel Gonzales.
- Sunday, May 17, 12:00 pm EDT
Painting & Drawing at Bennington
Join internationally recognized visual arts faculty members Mary Lum and Ann Pibal to discuss the ways in which teaching painting and drawing is approached at Bennington College. What does it mean to encourage students to develop ideas and skills simultaneously, and what do words such as ‘craft’ and ‘technique’ mean within the context of a dynamic and rigorous visual art pedagogy and the contemporary Art World? What is a painting or a drawing in the 21st Century?
- Saturday, April 25, 12:00 pm EST
Music at Bennington
Join music Faculty and students for live workshops followed by a Q&A.
12:00-12:45 pm | Get into the groove by learning West African and Brazilian Rhythms. Percussion workshop with Faculty Michael Wimberly.
12:00-12:45 pm | Hacking for the Homebound. Electronic Music workshop with Faculty Nick Brooke.
12:45-1:30 pm | Student panel discussion and Q&A led by Tuva Eid ’20 and Celina Einem ’22.
- Sunday, April 26, 12:00 pm EST
Dance at Bennington
Join Dance faculty member Dana Reitz and current students Lou Brownlee, Sophia Grimani, David Guzman, Angelina Hoffman, and Emma Williams for a conversation and Q&A on studying dance at Bennington.
- Monday, April 27, 4:00 pm EDT
Writing at Bennington
Join Camille Guthrie, Director of Undergraduate Writing Initiatives, and current students Majo Orozco ‘20 and Luciana Arbus-Sandiffio ‘20 for a conversation and Q&A about academic writing at Bennington.
- Wednesday, April 29, 5:00 pm EDT
Learning Language through Culture: Bennington’s Innovative Language Pedagogy
Join French Faculty Stephen Shapiro and other Cultural Studies and Languages faculty for a brief presentation on languages at Bennington. We’ll examine the hidden agenda of many language learning models, Bennington’s content-based pedagogy, and opportunities for language students to work and study on campus and in the world.
- Sunday, May 3, 1:00 pm EDT
Music at Bennington
Join music Faculty and students for live workshops followed by a Q&A.
1:00-1:45 pm | Faculty Workshop: Gather for the joy of singing together; no musical experience necessary. Voice workshop with faculty Kerry Ryer-Parke.
1:00-1:45 pm | Faculty Workshop: Sing in Greek, Turkish, and Macedonian; and learn complex Balkan rhythms. Balkan Music workshop with faculty Joe Alpar.
1:45-2:30 pm | Student panel discussion and Q&A led by Tuva Eid ’20 and Celina Einem '22.
- Sunday, May 3, 11:30 am EDT
Studying the Visual Arts at a Liberal Arts College
Join Bennington faculty members Vanessa Lyon, Ann Pibal, and Sue Rees, along with students Musa Ghaznavi, Paing Hein, and Emily Hinojosa, to discuss studying and making art at Bennington. This panel will provide interactive discussion of the ways students studying the arts at Bennington often move between diverse media and discipline groups including visual art, drama, music, art history, literature, languages, and computer science toward achieving the breadth and depth that characterize a true liberal arts education.
- Monday, May 4, 5:00 pm EDT
Advancement of Public Action at Bennington
Join Director of CAPA, Susan Sgorbati; Associate Director of CAPA, David Bond; and President of the Beyond Plastics Program, Judith Enck for a panel and Q&A moderated by Vermont State Senator and Director of Public Policy Programs, Brian Campion.
Events with our Students
- Friday, May 8, 7:00 pm EST
Museum Fellows Term Q&A
What is the Museum Fellows Term at Bennington College, and how does this help Visual Arts students pursue their artistic work and professional development? Join us for a conversation with two students who have participated in the Museum Fellows Term - a unique winter/spring fellowship in New York City exclusively for Bennington students.
- Saturday, May 9, 11am-10pm EDT
Sunfest: A spring festival of music and fun
Broadcasting live on Instagram with @pacbennington
- Sunday, May 10, 5:00 pm EST
B-Rad Radio Podcast Release: Music and Migration (updated)
- Sunday, May 17, 5:00 pm EST
B-Rad Radio Podcast Release: Senior Musicfest and Double Album Release!
- Sunday, May 24, 5:00 pm EST
B-Rad Radio Podcast Release: The Five Obstructions—Songwriting @ Bennington
- Sunday, May 31, 5:00 pm EST
B-Rad Radio Podcast Release: Final Show—Music Created This Term
Get to know some of the staff that support on-campus life at Bennington.
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 2020 and beyond.
If you are interested in learning more about a particular area of study, our faculty would love to meet with you to share their work, answer your questions, and help you envision how your passions might fit into the Bennington curriculum. Request a conversation with faculty here (for admitted students—login required).
Animation and Video
- Explore student works from animation classes, compiled by faculty member Sue Rees.
- Moving Image at Bennington College: watch a trailer of film/video and animation works from 2018-2019.
Science and Math
- 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.
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
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.
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:
- 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
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.