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Ahmad Yassir ’20 stayed in the town of Bennington after graduation and works as a digital advertising and marketing specialist for the Bennington Banner. He had an amazing 2023.

Bennington College was on the ground in Dubai as the 28th round of UN sponsored climate negotiations got underway.

Souleymane Badolo’s people gave him dance, and dance gave him opportunities to learn, choreograph, and teach around the world. Now, he is using his influence to provide greater access to a crucial resource: water.

Souleymane Badolo
Souleymane Badolo during a talk given as a part of the 2023 Visionary Leadership Award presentation.

In December 2022, when the Taliban’s ban on tertiary education took effect in Afghanistan, Aisha Khurram was about to finish her law degree. She and her classmates mourned the painful repeat of history. Two decades of progress for women’s rights—which in 2020 related to more than 100,000 Afghan women enrolled in public or private universities and more than 2,000 female lecturers at higher education institutions—were being reduced to ashes.

Alma Reiss Navarre ’24 is from Harlem. They had ballet instruction from the time they could walk and were on track to join a professional dance company when the pandemic struck and canceled performances for the foreseeable future.

Dancer, choreographer, and activist Souleymane Badolo MFA ’13 has been named the 2023 recipient of Bennington College’s Dr. Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award. This annual award recognizes an engaged Bennington alumni who has successfully demonstrated leadership and confident willingness to step forward and take risks in order to solve problems and achieve results in the areas of education, government, the arts and sciences, or industry.

Experts on Iranian culture and politics blur the lines between the familiar and the unfamiliar.

Peter Welch, one of two United States senators representing the state of Vermont in Washington, D.C., will hold a public Town Hall Meeting at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, April 4 at Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA). The event aims to build consensus and trust among people with different political perspectives.

Bennington County’s leadership and collaboration efforts were highlighted during a first-of-its-kind public safety summit held at Bennington College. 

Through a thought-provoking Q & A, Susan Sgorbati, the Director of Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), reveals a refreshing philosophy and original means of working toward a better world. Interview by Chief Writer Ashley Jowett.

The director of Bennington College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), Susan Sgorbati, will join Asim Zia, PhD, Director, the Institute for Environmental Diplomacy and Security, Professor of Public Policy & Computer Science, Department of Community Development and Applied Economics & Department of Computer Science at the University of Vermont, and Oluowo Freeman of the African Centre for Climate Actions and Rural Development Initiative (ACCARD) and others to present an event at the 2023 United Nations (UN) Water Conference.

The drive to connect and make food more accessible during Field Work Term inspired students and faculty to reimagine and expand a pandemic-era program with BIPOC students in mind. 

Will Greer ’25 spoke with Paige Colby ’25 on his work in local politics and his time at Bennington.

Bennington College’s Prison Education Initiative (PEI) has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation to continue and expand a program bringing quality liberal arts education to incarcerated students at Great Meadow Correctional Facility, a maximum-security men’s prison in Comstock, NY.
 

The Social Kitchen in the Student Center hosted a traditional Pakistani dinner on January 14 with Ayesha Attique as a special guest.

By Paige Colby '25

Bennington College students testified to the Town of Bennington Select Board about the scourge of oil trains parked in the community.

On October 20, 2022, Bennington College and local community members gathered for a conversation with U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy. The conversation took place as the College named its Public Policy Forums after Senator Leahy in recognition of his service to the state of Vermont.

Lika Torikashvili '22, Georgia's Youth Representative to the United Nations, hosted a Jewish-Muslim Peace Talk through her nonprofit, Network of Former Youth Delegates to the United Nations.

Lika Torikashvili '22, a former UN Youth Representative of Georgia, has co-organized a series of roundtable discussions with UNFPA and UNESCO in Afghanistan on Online Education through her non-profit, the Network of Former Youth Delegates to the United Nations.

Visionary and futurist Divine Bradley MFA ’22 turned his passion for reimagining and transforming education into an immersive learning experience for the Bennington community.

By Halley Le '25

Environmentalist, educator, and founder and CEO of ECO City Farms, Margaret Morgan-Hubbard ’67 has been named the 2022 recipient of Bennington College’s Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award.

David Bond has been awarded the New Directions Prize by the American Anthropological Association (AAA).

For HuffPost, Vermont State Sen. Brian Campion and CAPA Director of Public Policy Programs, shares how he helped guarantee that Vermont schoolchildren all have access to local, fresh foods for the 2022-23 school year.

Faculty member and cultural anthropologist David Bond has just published a new book, Negative Ecologies: Fossil Fuels and the Discovery of the Environment (University of California Press). 

Senior fellow and visiting faculty member Beyond Plastics president Judith Enck has been featured in Forbes to discuss Beyond Plastics, shifting the waste reduction burden from the consumer to the producers, and the crucial need to hold companies accountable.

Senior fellow and visiting faculty member Beyond Plastics president Judith Enck was featured on Spectrum News NY1 to discuss the recent Supreme Court ruling that limited the EPA's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions.

Faculty member Noah Coburn, along with Abdul Khabir Saber and Malvika Dang '24, shared what they learned about teaching students from and about Afghanistan despite Taliban restrictions that have stifled education in the country.

Dean of the College and Director of the MFA in Public Action Brian Michael Murphy is a founding board member of Outpost, a residency for creative writers of color from the United States and Latin America.

Faculty member and cultural anthropologist David Bond has been invited to join a new international coalition of social scientists studying climate change.

Projects for Peace has announced its 2022 cohort of grantees. This year, one hundred and twenty-nine projects from 85 partner institutions were selected, with two projects being chosen from the College.