BenningtonWorks is a daylong celebration of our collective works-in-progress. This is a unique chance to visit the studios and classrooms where students and faculty have been hard at work this term—and share in their most recent projects.
Because our work is a portrait of our culture, we've invited prospective students and their families to attend. More information about the schedule for prospective students can be found on the BenningtonWorks page.
Schedule of Events
11:30 am -12:30 pm Sessions
In Motion, In Progress: Dance Works
Students creating new works for performance this term will show and discuss their current research.
Faculty: Terry Creach
Student participants: Lucy Ordaz ’20, Hilary Clark ’20, and other students
Literature out Loud: New Works: "The Technology of Heartbreak: Short Fiction"
Franklin Living Room
How do you write a compelling and heartbreaking story that isn’t simply a manipulative one-note dirge? Literature students in Manuel Gonzales’ class will present works in progress.
Faculty: Manuel Gonzales
Student participants: Matthew Tuckner ’19, Emma Bushmann ’20, Carling Berkhout ’19, Ashley Escobar ’22, and other students
Floods: An Economic Analysis of Natural Disasters
CAPA Design Lab 2
Students will present their research into the causes and effects of flood disasters, including 2016 Mississippi floods, 2011 Vermont floods, and 2002 Germany floods. While these flood disasters have occurred in different times and regions of the world, there are certain similarities in their nature, causes, and outcomes. Students examine how a natural physical event like a storm or heavy rainfall can turn into an economic and social catastrophe when the conditions of natural hazards and economic vulnerability coincide for people in a region.
Faculty: Lopamudra Banerjee
Student participants: Blythe Choulika Poor ’22, Ashely Edwin ’22, Aracely Llanas ’21, Tran Nguyen ’21, and Lucy Royte ’21
In Their Element: Scientists at Work
Students studying science and mathematics at Bennington not only have a vast array of opportunities to pursue or become involved in original research while classes are session–they also frequently pursue research at world-class institutions over the summer. During this session, students will present their summer research in a multitude of disciplines.
Student participants: Adityajit Kang ’19, Josephine Bunnell ’19, and Amanda Bacon ’19
1:45-2:45 pm Sessions
Languages in Action
Students working in Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, and Spanish will present their original research, and talk about community outreach, study abroad, and life after Bennington.
Student participants: Chinese: Fiona Eden ’19 Study Abroad: Daniel Coelho ’19 (China)
French & FWT: Katie Hibner ’20 and Megan Swanson ’21 Italian: Isabella Cassano ’19
Japanese: Katharine Rose ’19 Spanish: Doménica Montaño ’20 and Vilmari González ’19
Village School of North Bennington: Lydia Duff ’21
Bennington Elementary School: Steven Hendricks ’20 and Katharine Rose ’19
Rhetoric: The Art and Craft of Persuasion
The ability to speak and write persuasively is an essential skill for everyone. Whether you are writing a plan essay, applying for a job, or running for public office, you need to be persuasive and compelling. Led by faculty member Karen Gover.
Faculty: Karen Gover
Open Rehearsal: The Christians
VAPA Lester Martin Theater
The Christians, by Lucas Hnath, is part church service, part public debate, part gospel concert. Directed by faculty member Kirk Jackson with musical direction by faculty member Kerry Ryer-Parke.
Faculty: Kirk Jackson and Kerry Ryer-Parke
Student participants: Pastor: Nick Hennessy ’20 Associate: Sam Mistry ’19 Elder: Musa Ghaznavi ’20 Congregant: Olivia Keane ’19 Wife: Fiona DeVito ’19 Choir Director: Tre’Mia Wilson ’21 Assistant Director: Paul Birtwistle ’20 Stage Manager: Liv Fassanella ’21 Assistant Stage Managers: Alicia Katz ’21, Daniela Naranjo-Zarate ’22, Matthias Campbell ’19 Production Dramaturg: Rob Ascher ’19
VAPA Brick Patio
Students working with faculty members Donald Sherefkin and Dana Reitz present works in progress that modify and transform campus spaces.
Faculty: Dana Reitz and Donald Sherefkin
Student participants: Lucy Barcott ’21, Zen Beattie ’21, Esme Chant ’19, Frances Erlandson ’20, Lucas Galante ’19, Jenna Litton ’20, Zofia Noble ’20, Louisa Parker ’21, Maria Salim ’21, Fiona Spiegler ’21, Abbey Starling ’19, and Lydia Thompson ’21