From the President

Monday Message from President Walker—March 22, 2021

The following message was sent to Students, Families, Faculty, and Staff on March 22, 2021.

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Families

Happy spring, Bennington College!

COVID-19 Update

On Friday, Governor Phil Scott announced the great news that every adult in Vermont (including Bennington students living on campus) will be eligible to receive a vaccine in the next few weeks. Beginning April 5, everyone 40 and older can make an appointment; and on April 19, everyone 16 and older may do so. Bennington faculty and staff received a memo earlier today with more details about current vaccine policies in Vermont and neighboring states. Students will receive a separate communication with details about timing and transportation to vaccine locations, in addition to the discussion on Discord.

We still have zero active cases of COVID-19 on campus, but I want to reiterate the necessity of our continued adherence to Bennington’s masking, distancing, testing, and reporting protocols. Any deviation from this is a violation of trust within this community. We can’t let our guard down now.

Tomorrow: Adams-Tillim Lecture with Artist Albert Chong

Tomorrow night at 7:00 pm, tune in to enjoy this year’s Adams-Tillim guest lecturer Albert Chong. Chong is a contemporary artist working in the mediums of photography, installation and sculpture. His work explores questions of mysticism, spirituality, race, identity and more. He is a Spring 2021 VALS artist here at Bennington. Established in 1992, the Adams-Tillim Lecture is a fresh opportunity to highlight great talent in the visual arts, and to celebrate Bennington’s storied role in the field.

Mark Your Calendars for "Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains"

I am thrilled to announce that, beginning on March 29, students, faculty and staff will be able to stream Queens Girl: Black in the Green Mountains—the acclaimed work written by alum Caleen Sinnette Jennings '72 which was inspired by her time at Bennington. The streamed production will be available until April 10 and will conclude that evening at 7:00 pm with a live conversation with Jennings to focus on the critical questions raised by the piece.

This special event is hosted by the President’s Working Group on Antiracism with the extraordinary help of an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and students. We will have more details about how to stream it and sign up for the live discussion in the coming days. In the meantime, you can read more about Jennings and her Queens Girl Trilogy, in partnership with Everyman Theatre.

Have a great week,

Laura Walker