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Welcome to BenningtonWorks!

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Welcome Message from Interim President Isabel Roche

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A Welcome from Tony Cabasco, VP for Enrollment Management

Join Us Anytime!

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BenningtonWorks Continues!

Thank you to everyone who attended BenningtonWorks live events on April 19. The event was a success and we enjoyed connecting with all of you. If you missed the event, don't worry, you can watch these recordings of the live sessions.

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A Conversation with Senior Leadership

Join members of the College’s leadership for a conversation about Bennington followed by a Q&A.

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Q&A with Career Development & Field Work Term

Learn about Field Work Term—Bennington’s unique annual internship experience—as well as career advising, on-campus work, graduate school advising, and work-integrated learning throughout the curriculum.

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Working with Faculty and Advisors at Bennington

Join Visual Arts faculty member Elizabeth White and two of her advisees, Gabriela Yadegari ’21 and Phoebe van Essche ’21, for a discussion on student-faculty relationships, advising, and the academic journey at Bennington.

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Q&A with Student Life and Housing

Watch a conversation with Student Life staff members about housing, clubs and organizations, student life, and living at Bennington. 

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B-Rad, the Bennington Radio Station

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.

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BEYONDBENN

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 
    Student Reading
    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?

Past Events

  • 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)
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  • Sunday, May 17, 5:00 pm EST
    B-Rad Radio Podcast Release: Senior Musicfest and Double Album Release!
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  • Sunday, May 24, 5:00 pm EST
    B-Rad Radio Podcast Release: The Five Obstructions—Songwriting @ Bennington
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  • Sunday, May 31, 5:00 pm EST
    B-Rad Radio Podcast Release: Final Show—Music Created This Term
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Campus Conversations

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Campus Conversations

Get to know some of the staff that support on-campus life at Bennington.

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Academic Services & First Year Forum

Meet the team (via video) that organizes orientation, first-year forum, international student services, and study abroad.

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Health and Wellness

Learn about the services and programming offered in the Student Health Center with Ali Tartaglia, Director of Student Health Promotion.

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Disability Accommodations & Support

Meet Katy Evans, Academic Services and Accommodations Counselor.

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Crossett Library

Meet Jared Della Rocca, Director of Library Services at Crossett Library.

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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.

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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 view the Advising at Bennington live session.

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Faculty Spotlights

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Watch these interviews, lectures, and performances featuring the work of our talented and dedicated faculty members.

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Donald Sherefkin

Architecture Faculty Member

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Aysha Peltz

Ceramics Faculty Member

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Tim Schroeder

Earth Science Faculty Member

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Thomas Leddy-Cecere

Sociolinguistics Faculty Member

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Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly

French Faculty Member

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Tatiana Abatemarco

Food Studies Faculty Member

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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 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).

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Earth Science

Go on a virtual field trip with faculty member Tim Schroeder

Science and Math

Society, Culture, and Thought (SCT)

Explore student work in the social sciences through these examples of senior work and theses. 

Music

Watch the Sing class, taught by Kerry Ryer-Parkein action

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.

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: 

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 
  • 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

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.

 

Alumni Messages

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Alumni Messages

Alumni share their congratulations, thoughts, and advice to accepted students. Welcome to the Bennington Community!

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Dania Clarke '15

A message from Dania Clarke '15

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Kent and Amy Hikida '85

"Welcome to Bennington," a message from Kent and Amy Hikida '85

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Nigel Poor '86

A welcome message from Nigel Poor '86

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Asad J. Malik '19

A welcome message from Asad J. Malik '19.

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A welcome message from Tracy Katsky Boomer '91

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BenningtonWorks Audio

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BenningtonWorks 2020 Soundtrack

A soundtrack to your day featuring recent releases by Bennington alumni, including work by Mountain Man, as seen above during their performance at Commencement 2019.

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BenningtonWorks 2019 Soundtrack

Recent works and classic hits from Bennington alumni.

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Long Form

Podcasts and audiobooks from Bennington alumni including Jason Moon '13, pictured above.

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