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Composer, writer, and director who fashioned a unique style of socially engaged musical theatre

Photograph © Jack Mitchell (New York Times)

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Media and participatory practice artist Marina Zurkow connects people to entrenched nature-culture tensions and environmental messes, offering humor and new ways of knowing, connecting, and feeling. 

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Former Faculty

Daniel Michaelson is co-creator of Bennington College’s mediation curriculum, cofounder of a program to re-engage Bennington-area youth with their education, and a professional costume/set designer. He was one of a team of international collaborators in the creation of a play for peace building.

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Visiting Faculty

Alisa Del Tufo's career has been dedicated to making impact at the nexus of practice and policy; individual and community change; intellectual pursuit and activism with the goal of ending violence in the lives of women and girls addressing racism and other deep social challenges. She has founded three organizations: Sanctuary for Families, CONNECT, and Threshold Collaborative.

Annabel Davis-Goff

Annabel Davis-Goff is a novelist, screenwriter, essayist, social justice advocate, and a driving force behind Bennington College’s Incarceration in America and Prison Education Initiatives.

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Former Faculty

Mansour Farhang’s long career in international relations has included a diplomatic post and many distinguished research and teaching positions. He taught for more than 30 years at Bennington and returned as a visiting faculty member in 2017.

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Pilot who learned to fly during her freshman year at Bennington, graduated early to become a WASP in World War II, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 2010

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Former Faculty

Ivan Goff is an Irish traditional musician active internationally and on the New York scene. His academic research focuses on aurality and sound studies across a range of topics including film sound, music, and literature.

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Judith Enck is a senior advisor at the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development. She will work with Bennington students to tackle the giant emerging issue of our time:  plastic pollution.

Co-founder of Resonant Energy
Since 2016, Resonant Energy, co-founded by Ben Underwood ’13, has been on a mission: to make solar energy accessible to traditionally underserved communities and public institutions. In that time, they have brought solar energy to 45 nonprofit institutions and 27 middle-to-low-income households. They hope in the next five years to have reached 5,000 rooftops. Marking the second year since they relocated their office to Dorchester, MA in April, The Boston Globe reported on their work in and around the community, where they have become known as the group to go to if you’re a nonprofit looking for solar.

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Susan Sgorbati, the director of the Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action, is a professional mediator and educator whose creative research has led to collaboration across disciplines ranging from dance improvisation to biology to visual arts, as both an artist and a driver of social change.

Ben Underwood

Co-Founder and President of Resonant Energy, which brings solar energy to underserved communities. Fulbright scholar who studied biogas in China and recipient of Davis Projects for Peace Grant, with which he developed five urban biogas projects in Kathmandu.

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Author of Gender Trouble, one of the most important works of philosophy and gender theory of the postmodern era

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Former Faculty

Erika Mijlin is a producer, editor, writer, and founding partner of the media production company Artifact Pictures.

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First United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues and former executive director of Global Rights

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Elena Demyanenko was a member of Trisha Brown and Stephen Petronio Dance Companies, which premiered original choreography at Baryshnikov Arts Center, New York Live Arts, and other venues. She is the recipient of New York Live Arts and EMPAC Dance Movies commissions and a Jerome Robbins Fellowship.

Ujwal Thapa

Founder of Bibeksheel Nepali, a populist political party​ founded in the wake of Nepal’s 2015 earthquake

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Principal design director for Xbox who is implementing a radical vision for Microsoft

Photograph © Chloe Aftel

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Brian Campion facilitates all programs and initiatives connected to state and federal policy; he also serves as a Vermont State Senator.

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Former Faculty

Thom Loubet was a public radio producer at KUNM in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He is also a touring musician and the executive director of a major children’s educational foundation—and brings all this experience to the classroom, where he teaches radio and podcast production.

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A “legal rebel” and one of the architects of the SEC’s Whistleblower Program

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Aaron Landsman makes live performances and other events, at the intersection of art and community organizing. His work has been presented extensively in New York, in several US cities, and internationally in Norway, Serbia, Morocco and the UK.

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Former Faculty

Peter Pagnucco is a mediator and trainer who works with private and public clients to address a variety of conflicts related to everything from business activities to land use to domestic relations.

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Former deputy assistant secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Delia Saenz
Former Faculty

Delia Saenz is a nationally-recognized expert in the area of understanding diversity in groups, and has been a leader in conversations about diversity and inclusion, women and people of color in STEM fields, and sustainability.

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Former Faculty

Currently a leader with the National Audubon Society in Vermont, David Mears is an environmental attorney with a career as an educator, advocate and public official.

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Marguerite Feitlowitz is the author of the internationally acclaimed A Lexicon of Terror: Argentina and the Legacies of Torture and four volumes of literary translation, many essays, fiction, and criticism.

Mohammad Moeini-Feizabadi
Former Faculty

Mohammad Moeini-Feizabadi's research focuses on the relationship between R&D, the productivity of labor, the profitability of manufacturing businesses, and economic growth.

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Leader in the development of sustainable business models, brands, and social movements