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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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A new initiative to bring cutting-edge computer science training to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals in New York and Vermont has been awarded a $300,000 National Science Foundation grant.

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The survey, which was distributed by the College and completed by 443 people in Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, NY, and Bennington VT, investigated cases of cancer and other illness tied to the presence of PFOA in drinking water.

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Susan Sgorbati, director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), sat down with Nam Phuong Thi Doan '18 for a Q & A interview about her work.

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Associate Director of Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) and faculty member David Bond was interviewed by Spectrum News regarding the findings of the College's most recent PFOA study.

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Bennington students, working in collaboration with the State Department's Art in Embassies program, are creating a public artwork for the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway—and, in the process, are learning how art can function as a form of diplomacy. By Aruna D'Souza.

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Hundreds of residents gathered in Exeter, NH, for a two-day summit on perfluorinated compounds like PFOA. Hosted by the EPA, this inaugural summit brought together impacted communities, state agencies, and EPA leaders to discuss the ongoing response to PFOA contamination in New England and beyond.

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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’s experiential “learning by doing philosophy” of education allows students to assemble a toolbox of skills, which in turn prepare them to not just secure a job, but also to become innovators and leaders in their chosen fields.

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Since its launch in 2015, Bennington College’s Prison Education Initiative (PEI), a program of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) founded by faculty members David Bond and Annabel Davis-Goff, has worked to bring liberal arts programming to the maximum-security men’s prison Great Meadow in Comstock, NY.

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How can food capture what makes a community distinctive? As a graduating senior studying Visual Arts, Public Action, and Dance, Isabella Poulos ’18 has devoted her time at Bennington to studying the intersection of food, art, and community.

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On April 12, Bennington College participated in Middle School Access Day, an event designed to give local middle school students a preview of college opportunities. 

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Faculty member Rabbi Michael M. Cohen discusses the recent diplomacy summit of experts from Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Peace Centre at Dawson College in Montreal.

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Once an S.E.C. regulator, now thriving as a lawyer for whistle-blowers, Jordan Thomas '92 has built one of the top legal practices in the country defending those who expose corporate wrongdoing. 

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On Friday, March 8, Judith Enck addressed the College and local community on "The Trump Assault on Environmental Protection and What You Can Do About It" as part of CAPA's Environment and Public Action Initiative.  

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The Women Empowerment Center, developed in Pakistan by Muhammad Haroon '18 with a grant from Davis Projects for Peace and support from Bennington's Field Work Term office, is featured in the organization's 2017 annual report. 

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Experts from Afghanistan and Pakistan were recently brought together by CAPA and the Institute of Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) at the University of Vermont to discuss issues around the contested Kabul River Basin. Participants came to an agreement on a framework -- to collect data and create strategies -- modeled after successful projects in Israel, Jordan, Peru, Ecuador, and Cyprus.

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Associate Director of Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) and Environment faculty member David Bond has been invited to become a Member of the School of Social Science at the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) for the upcoming academic year.

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As part of faculty member Yoko Inoue’s course, “Social Kitchen: Ceramics, Food and Community,” the College once again partnered with Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services to host the “Empty Bowls” event at Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

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Bennington’s Incarceration Taskforce was featured in a recent Vice piece on student advocacy groups that “could lead a new age of activism.”

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Bruna Dantas Lobato '15 interviewed faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz for Exchanges Literary Journal as part of a series on translators who also teach. 

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Faculty member and associate director of Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action, David Bond, was profiled by the New School for Social Research, where he received his PhD in anthropology, for his work studying “the history of our present.”

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An online forum of scholarly essays co-edited by faculty member David Bond examines the stark social divides being exposed with Donald Trump’s contentious rise to power.

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Bennington College's Skill Share program is partnering with a new community gathering space to promote positivity through interactive art, music, and healthy food. The Green Table Pop-up Co-op, which opened this month, hosted a bookmaking workshop in collaboration with the Skill Share program as one of its first official events.

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Asad J. Malik ’19 spoke at The Atlantic's Innovation Game event in Washington, DC, about his augmented reality documentary, Asad and Assad, which uses holograms to tell stories that portray the “wide spectrum socio-political experiences of people perceived as Muslim in the United States.”

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The Bennington Banner published an op-ed by faculty member and Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action David Bond, which gave context and concerns to the subject of the oil train now parked near residential areas in North Bennington. 

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Director of Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), Susan Sgorbati, and faculty member in the environment and Associate Director of CAPA David Bond have been named Global Affiliates at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment.

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The inaugural Taconic Mountain Student Water Conference: PFOA took place in CAPA on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. Co-organized by David Bond (Bennington) and Ken Facin (Hoosick Falls Central School Distrct), Friday's events were geared towards educating local high students, while Saturday's were open to the public. The second day of the conference provided an opportunity for residents of both the Bennington area and Hoosick Falls to receive updated information and the results from recent tests. Robert Bilott, who spearheaded efforts to expose PFOA contamination of drinking water supplies, gave the keynote speech. 

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The Mellon Foundation recently awarded $135,000 to the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education—a group comprised of Bennington, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, and Bard colleges—to explore innovative ways to engage with urgent issues of displacement and forced migration.

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In a project led in part by faculty member David Bond and Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment Zeke Bernstein, residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, NY and North Bennington, VT impacted by PFOA contamination are being urged to fill out a new community health questionnaire.