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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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The launch of Bennington College’s new Art for Access initiative has yielded more than $3.1 million to establish the College’s inaugural Art for Access scholarship fund, which will provide financial aid for talented students who otherwise would not be able to afford a Bennington education.

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In her column for Forbes, President Mariko Silver writes about how cultivating professional relationships can help to bridge the advantage gap for recent graduates entering the workforce. 

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Red Square, 1959, by Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011). Oil and crayon on sized, primed canvas. 68 x 126 1/4 in. Image courtesy of Bennington College.

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Novelist, poet, and literary critic Garth Greenwell delivered the Bennington Writing Seminars 47th Commencement address.

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Greetings from beautiful Bennington, where the trees are frosted with snow and students are making final preparations for Field Work Term. The past few months have brought new opportunities for artistic discovery and intellectual collaboration. Students dove into fall term eager to flex their creative, analytic, and democratic muscles and start building a better world. We are excited to share with you all the great work that is under way. 

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Bennington College announced today that former Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator Judith Enck is launching a project, Beyond Plastics, that will work with college students and community leaders around the country to reduce plastic pollution.

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Responding to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's $1.8 billion gift to his alma mater Johns Hopkins University, President Mariko Silver writes in her Forbes column about college access, championing access to more kinds of schools for more kinds of students.

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In her column for Forbes, President Mariko Silver writes about how to channel the concern, energy, and improvements in electoral turnout into lasting civic engagement.

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Today, President Mariko Silver sent the following memo to the Bennington community.

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Today, President Mariko Silver sent the following memo to the Bennington community.

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Matthew Groner, a rising third-term MFA candidate in fiction, has been selected as the second Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars, working in the classroom for a full term beginning in Spring 2019.

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In her column for Forbes, President Mariko Silver writes about the year-round civic engagement efforts—including, but not limited to voting—that create a robust democracy.

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The College is pleased to announce a new two-year Master of Fine Arts in Public Action degree, launching in Fall 2018.

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In her column for Forbes, Mariko Silver, president of Bennington College, discusses the valuable lessons students can glean from internships that go differently than they initial expected.

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For many young adults, college is the first time they get to independently navigate their own lives. From incorporating feedback from professors into developed projects to managing and balancing course requirements with personal relationships and work experiences, college is intended to be demanding for all students.

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“I don’t normally teach people who are studying dance or music,” said human rights lawyer Andrea Galindo. “So although I’m not normally teaching only lawyers, because people working in human rights come from different backgrounds as well, this is a whole new level.”

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Bennington College celebrated the achievements of the Class of 2018 at Commencement this year with speaker Liz Lerman, who bestowed upon graduates a series of wishes for their futures.

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Starting this fall, Bennington College will participate in a four-college consortium focusing on the global refugee crisis, supported by a $2.5-million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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President Mariko Silver announced the Campus Renewal campaign via the following memo sent to the Bennington community:

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On September 4, 2018, the Bennington community gathered to celebrate the start of the academic year and welcome over 200 new first-year students to the College. 

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This September, over 200 first-year students arrived at Bennington College in Vermont.

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The newly relaunched Bennington Review has released its fifth issue, featuring innovative poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and film writing around the theme of “Fauna.”

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As we round the corner into the new academic year at Bennington, we carry the momentum of all that our community accomplished over the past year. The feats of our students, faculty, and staff—enlivened by Bennington’s pioneering spirit—astonish year after year, as you’ll see for yourself below.

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A new show at Usdan Gallery opens June 28. Vital Curiosity draws connections with other exhibitions in the region this summer, and marks the arrival of a new director and curator for the gallery.

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Bennington College recently announced that over 2,000 donors raised almost $7.5 million for the Bennington Fund, making the last fiscal year the best yet for fundraising.

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Thanks to a generous and sustaining gift from an anonymous donor, the Bennington Writing Seminars is pleased to announce it will begin offering the Donald Hall Scholarship for Poets.

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The Princeton Review released its ranking for the top 384 colleges in America, and Bennington featured prominently in several categories. As one of Princeton's 2019 Best Northeastern Colleges, Bennington continues to excel in the region as an institution that is "academically outstanding and well worth consideration in your college search."

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Lisa Ann Cockrel, a third-term MFA candidate in nonfiction, has been selected as the first Residential Teaching Fellow at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

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The Bennington Writing Seminars, in partnership with PEN Center USA, has announced that during the September 2018 admissions period, it will once again be offering a scholarship of $10,000 to an alumni of PEN's Emerging Voices Fellowship program.