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An international policy expert who worked in the Obama administration has been chosen to succeed Elizabeth Coleman as president of Bennington College.

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As we welcome in the New Year, I wanted to take a moment to share with all of you some of my first term reflections.

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President Silver spoke with Scott Smallwood of The Chronicle of Higher Education about what drew her to Bennington.

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Every Bennington education begins with a question. My Bennington education did.

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It was not quite a year ago that I arrived on the Bennington campus, thrilled to be joining this remarkable community—a community that over the next twelve months would add two more Pulitzers to its ranks, two more Fulbrights, another New York Times Magazine cover story, an upcoming solo exhibition at the Walker Art Center, an Echoing Green Fellowship, and countless other triumphs large and small.

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President Silver spoke with Vermont Edition about her first year at Bennington and her plans moving forward.

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As I begin my second year as Bennington’s president, I am working every day to build on the hundreds of conversations I have had with students, alumni, faculty, staff, and parents over the past year. With each encounter, each moment, each day, I am ever more certain that Bennington has a crucial role to play in shaping the landscape of higher education today.

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President Silver was quoted in the Huffington Post on the subject of how colleges can respond to student protests. She emphasized the importance of bringing students into the process of how policies are created.

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President Silver joined Anthony Carnevale, director of the Georgetown Center on Education and the Workforce, and Dale Stephens, founder of UnCollege, a gap-year program for young adults, to talk to host Laura Knoy about new research on college degrees and integrating work experience with academics.

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President Silver spoke with NHPR's The Exchange about the value of integrating work experience into academics.

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"A Bennington education is an education in the real." These were the words of class speaker Parke Haskell ’15 to her fellow graduates at this year’s commencement. “We don't ask questions that already have answers,” she continued. “We are encouraged to reach beyond the realm of the ascertained, to take risks and leap into the very scary real, where we do not know at all what will happen, where questions only engender more questions, where nothing has a name. This is why I believe that a Bennington education is the most terrifying and gratifying one in the world.”

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President Silver authors an opinion piece in the Hechinger Report, in which she argues for the value of helping students cultivate a productive dissatisfaction. 

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We are intimate, our classes are small, our houses are homes. But we take up space in the world—in the cultural landscape, in the landscape of higher education, and in the global landscape of ideas and makers. And that’s because we think big.

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In a letter to the Bennington College community, President Mariko Silver announced the appointment of Paige Bartels, vice president of institutional advancement, to a new role as senior vice president for strategic partnerships.

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Bennington College President Mariko Silver recently spoke at a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues at the CFR headquarters in New York. The working group is exploring the role of colleges and universities in a changing world and how institutions can better meet the challenges of globalization.

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President Silver contributed a chapter to "Women in the Academy: Learning from our diverse career pathways" (Lexington Books, April 2016), edited by Nichola D. Gutgold and Angela R. Linse.

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A collection of updates to the community regarding North Bennington water supply.

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In an essay in Inside Higher Ed, President Silver examines the intersection of sex, gender, power and policy in the workplace. This article has been adapted from her chapter in Women in the Academy: Learning From Our Diverse Career Pathways, published by Lexington Books.

 

 

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Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), beginning July 1.

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A consortium of local business leaders, institutions, and civic-minded investors, including Bennington College, announced a plan to transform the block of historic buildings at the Four Corners of Bennington, VT into a vibrant, mixed use downtown space with offices, in-town living, restaurants and retail.  

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Bennington was one of three colleges in a Forbes feature about colleges that are about to be hot under bold, entrepreneurial leadership.

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Mariko Silver is a featured guest speaker at the Liberal Arts Imperative in the Digital Age: A Higher Education Summit hosted by Northeastern University and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The two-day summit aims to "convene leading thinkers on higher education to explore [the] proposition: the liberal arts matter more than ever in the 21st century, and they matter for everyone." Silver will be participating in two panels, "Integrating the Liberal Arts & Experiential Learning at Home and Abroad," and "The Liberal Arts Imperative, STEM, and Professional Education."

 

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The Manchester Journal reported this week on U.S. Representative Peter Welch's visit to Bennington and his support of the downtown revitalization project.

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President Mariko Silver was among the thought leaders and college presidents approached byThe Chronicle of Higher Education to weigh in on the future of higher education. 

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Bennington College President Mariko Silver joins more than 100 other college and university presidents in an open letter to President-elect Donald Trump that urges him to forcefully “condemn and work to prevent the harassment, hate, and acts of violence that are being perpetrated across our nation, sometimes in your name, which is now synonymous with our nation’s highest office.”

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In the wake of the election this November, The Chronicle of Higher Education published an opinion piece by Mariko Silver called "Learning How to Be Together." 

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Ithaca College's student newspaper, The Ithacan, spoke with Bennington president Mariko Silver for a piece about Title IX's future under a Trump administration. 

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The following statement was issued by President Mariko Silver to the campus community recently.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article about the role of college presidents in the age of Trump that featured Mariko Silver. 

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Mariko Silver was one of four women in leadership roles featured in a Psychology Today article, "The View from the Top."