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A dystopian metropolis plagued by dragons. A disillusioned detective back on the beat. An exploration of what it means to be black, feminist, and female in America. A deep dive into the new science of psychedelics. Across millions of words and myriad perspectives, one constant is clear: 2018 was a big year for Bennington writers.

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While students embark on Field Work Term, an annual work-learning term during which students gain hands-on experience and test their classroom ideas in the world of work, Bennington faculty offer their reading recommendations to keep everyone’s intellectual juices flowing wherever they are.

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Afghanistan's parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 20, 2018 after a long delay, will give a sense of how far diplomatic and military efforts in the country may—or may not—go in the future, writes faculty member Noah Coburn in The Diplomat.

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In September, Noah Coburn published his fourth book, Under Contract: The Invisible Workers of America's Global War.

Part memoir, part travelogue, and part retelling of the war in Afghanistan through the eyes of workers, Under Contract unspools a complex global web of how modern wars are fought and supported, narrating war stories unlike any other. 

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In an editorial for The Diplomat, faculty member Noah Coburn opposed the Trump administration's consideration of an Afghanistan strategy that places greater dependence on private security contractors. 

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An op-ed by anthropology faculty member Noah Coburn in the Kathmandu Post warns of the growing risks for international security contractors—particularly those from Nepal—being hired by private companies to assist the Afghan military in an increasingly unstable region.

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The Diplomat published an opinion piece by Noah Coburn about the decreasing confidence many Afghans feel for their government and the possibility of change. 

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Inside Higher Ed wrote about Bennington’s pop-up courses, highlighting the flexibility of the model, and the breadth the pop-up courses offered by faculty members across the disciplines.

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Faculty member Noah Coburn was recently quoted in a New York Times article about Afghans' increasing reliance on the Taliban to settle justice disputes. 

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Noah Coburn’s work in anthropology was featured in an article about the danger that a damaged economy can present to small villages in Afghanistan, a danger that can rival even that of war. The author of the article quoted passages from Coburn’s 2011 ethnography, Bazaar Politics: Power and Pottery in an Afghan Market Town

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Noah Coburn published an opinion piece in the Globe and Mail arguing that if Canada and the U.S. are going to continue to rely heavily on security and other contractors, they must examine the human and political cost.

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Faculty member Noah Coburn published an opinion piece on the need for better cooperation and transparency, via the Kathmandu Post. He argues that Both Nepal and the governments of donor countries have failed to provide any protection for migrant workers.

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Noah Coburn spoke to BTWBerkshires about his new book, Losing Afghanistan: An Obituary for the Intervention, recently published by Stanford University Press, and his longtime work in that country studying the effects and conditions of war.

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Two students, two alumni, and a faculty member have been awarded 2015 Fulbright grants to support their academic and professional work abroad. 

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Faculty member Noah Coburn has been monitoring Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election with a team of Afghan researchers in Kabul.