Institutional News

Top 10 Stories of 2023

As we look forward to 2024 and reflect on the past year, celebrate all that Bennington College has accomplished with the 10 most-read stories from 2023.

10. Oceana Wilson, Dean of the Library, on Banned Books Week

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Banned Books Week was observed October 1-7, 2023. We checked in with Dean of the Library Oceana Wilson to learn more about what Banned Books Week means to her.

9. Landmark Game Feels Like a Win

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Bennington College's co-ed soccer club took on Landmark College's team during a much-anticipated October match.

8. New Courses for the Fall of 2023

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From Photography and Migration to How to Build a Forest to Ethical Translation: Eye on on Race, Gender, and Queerness, Bennington's ever-evolving curriculum incorporates the latest in faculty research and student interest. 

7. Bennington College Celebrates the Life of Alan Arkin '55

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Bennington College celebrates and remembers the extraordinary life of actor and friend of Bennington College Alan Arkin ’55. Arkin’s family announced his passing on June 29, 2023. 

6. Juan Baena Appointed Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving

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Juan Baena joined the Institutional Advancement team on November 20 as the Senior Director of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. Baena joined Bennington from EverTrue, a donor experience platform, and had previously served within the institutional advancement team at Williams College. 

5. Senior Show 2023

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Bennington College's Senior Show is an annual tradition that provides an opportunity for Visual Arts students to exhibit in the storied Usdan Gallery. The works are evidence of the graduates’ technical skill, emotional representations of their Bennington years, their own maturing identities, and how they relate with others. 

4. Bennington Welcomes New Faculty for 2023-2024

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After extensive searches, the Bennington College community was thrilled to welcome eight new faculty members beginning in Fall 2023 and Spring 2024.  

3. Bennington College Welcomes the Class of 2027

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This fall, Bennington College welcomed a robust and diverse class of 211 new first-year and transfer students hailing from 36 states and 16 countries.

2. 48 Hours in Bennington, VT

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In the style of The New York Times's “36 Hours in [insert-great-destination]” articles, this recommended itinerary highlights local points of interest and reveals the active, indulgent, and creative character of this picturesque corner of Southwestern Vermont. 

1. Bennington College Announces the Winners of the 2022-2023 Young Writers Awards

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Nine students from high schools around the world were selected as winners of Bennington College’s 2022-2023 Young Writers Awards, a free-to-enter annual competition offering cash prizes up to $1,000. Have a high school-aged writer in your life? Encourage them to sign up for information on future contests.