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News: Alumni (column 1)

  • 2014 ALUMNI EMMY NOMINATIONS

    2014 ALUMNI EMMY NOMINATIONS

    Earning Emmy nominations this year are Julie Tucker ’89 (Best Casting for a Comedy—Nurse Jackie), Peter Dinklage ’91 (Best Supporting Actor in a Drama—Game of Thrones), and Orange is the New Black, ft. Joel Garland ’97 (Best Comedy Series). Read more.

  • OF MICE AND MEN, FEATURING JOEL MARSH GARLAND ’97, OPENS ON BROADWAY

    OF MICE AND MEN, FEATURING JOEL MARSH GARLAND ’97, OPENS ON BROADWAY

    The much-anticipated Broadway revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men opened with a high-powered cast that includes James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester, and alumnus Joel Marsh Garland ’97. Read more.

  • Fiction by Luke Mogelson ’05 Featured in Paris Review

    Fiction by Luke Mogelson ’05 Featured in Paris Review

    Alumnus Luke Mogelson’s short story To the Lake was published in the spring 2014 issue of The Paris Review. Mogelson, a freelance journalist and recipient of Stanford University’s prestigious Stegner Fellowship, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Magazine and has been published in The New Yorker, GQ, The New Republic, and The Nation, among others. For more of his work, click here.

  • A Writer's Room

    A Writer's Room

    In a New York Times Magazine feature on famous writers’ rooms, Jonathan Lethem ’86 shares a view of the study in his Blue Hill, Maine, summer home, where he wrote portions of several books, including his latest, Dissident Gardens, which is due out this fall. Look.

  • SEVEN FROM BENNINGTON EARN GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIPS

    SEVEN FROM BENNINGTON EARN GUGGENHEIM FELLOWSHIPS

    Alumnae Kiran Desai ’93, Anne Waldman '66, and Cora Cohen '64, visual arts faculty member Ann Pibal, and MFA faculty members Major Jackson, J.C. Hallman, and Brenda Shaughnessy are among the 175 artists, scholars, and scientists—out of nearly 3,000 applicants—to receive 2013 Guggenheim Fellowships. More.

  • Video Portrait by Lincoln Schatz '86 on View at Smithsonian

    Video Portrait by Lincoln Schatz '86 on View at Smithsonian

    Artist Lincoln Schatz ’86’s compelling new video portrait, The Network, a single-screen video that constantly recombines 89 interviews with politicians, scientists, innovators, and scholars, is currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Read more.

  • Faculty, Alumna Newt Research Garners Attention

    Faculty, Alumna Newt Research Garners Attention

    Biology faculty member Betsy Sherman’s study on eastern red-spotted newts, co-authored by Katie Van Munster ’08 in Northeastern Naturalist, suggests that the amphibian is highly adaptable to conditions imposed upon it by humans. Read more.

  • Remembering Trustee Carolyn “Crossie” (Crossett) Rowland ’37

    Remembering Trustee Carolyn “Crossie” (Crossett) Rowland ’37

    A life trustee of the College, Carolyn (Crossett) Rowland—Crossie to her Bennington friends—died this week at the age of 96. She was a trusted advisor, dedicated philanthropist, and most extraordinary woman. Read more.

  • Ellen McCulloch-Lovell ’69 on ‘Nontraditional’ College Presidents

    Ellen McCulloch-Lovell ’69 on ‘Nontraditional’ College Presidents

    Marlboro College President Ellen McCulloch-Lovell ’69 addressed the growing trend of "nontraditional" college presidents—those who came from outside of the academic community, as she did—in a recent op-ed in The Chronicle of Higher Education. "We bring with us a healthy impatience," she wrote. "The reply to 'We don't do it this way' is 'Why not?'" Read more.

  • Dinklage ’91 Named Best Supporting Actor (Again)

    Dinklage ’91 named best supporting ACTOR (Again)

    Peter Dinklage ’91 won a Golden Globe award for best supporting actor in a TV series, miniseries, or movie for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister in HBO’s Game of Thrones—the same role that earned him an Emmy for best supporting actor late last year. Watch.

  • Tom Sachs '89 Named One of Wall Street Journal Magazine's Top Innovators

    Tom Sachs '89 Named One of Wall Street Journal Magazine's Top Innovators

    Artist Tom Sachs ’89 was featured in Wall Street Journal Magazine’s “Special Innovator’s Issue” which described his recent short film 10 Bullets as a “brilliantly twisted homage to corporate training films as well as an amusing look at Sachs’s exacting studio process.” Watch it here.

  • Bennington Band BOBBY’s Debut Album Previewed on NPR’s First Listen

    Bennington Band BOBBY’s Debut Album Previewed on NPR’s First Listen

    A year after forming as Tom Greenberg ‘10's senior project in music, BOBBY, a band made up of current Bennington students and recent grads, has been signed by Partisan Records and will be releasing their self-titled debut album on June 21. The album was featured this week on NPR's First Listen series, which previews select, upcoming albums in their entirety. Listen here.

  • Peter Dinklage ’91 Wins Emmy for Game of Thrones Role

    Peter Dinklage ’91 Wins Emmy for Game of Thrones Role

    For his role as Tyrion Lannister in the critically acclaimed HBO series Game of Thrones, Peter Dinklage '91 earned a 2011 Emmy Award for best supporting actor in a drama series. Casting director Julie Tucker '91, a five-time Emmy nominee and two-time winner, was nominated for two awards this year for her casting of Showtime's The Big C and Nurse Jackie. Read more.

  • Will Stratton ’09 Back in the News with Third Album

    Will Stratton ’09 Back in the News with Third Album

    A recent profile in the New York Press placed singer/songwriter Will Stratton '09 in good company, likening music from his latest album, New Vanguard Blues, to "Nick Drake ... suddenly blessed with John Fahey's blues guitar picking skills."

     

  • Actor Alan Arkin ’55 Discusses new Memoir on NPR

    Actor Alan Arkin ’55 Discusses new Memoir on NPR

    Award-winning actor Alan Arkin ’55 discussed his recently released memoir An Improvised Life last week on NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Listen here.

  • Bret Easton Ellis ’86 Reflects on Bennington in Recent Interview

    Bret Easton Ellis ’86 Reflects on Bennington in Recent Interview

    Iconic writer Bret Easton Ellis '86 was on Northeast Public Radio last week promoting his new novel Imperial Bedrooms, the sequel to his bestselling debut Less Than Zero, which, published by Vintage in 1985, launched the 21-year-old Bennington student into literary stardom. Listen to the interview here.

  • award-winning Composer Elizabeth Swados ’73 Profiled in LA STAGE

    award-winning Composer Elizabeth Swados ’73 Profiled in LA STAGE

    Award-winning musician, director, and composer Elizabeth Swados '73 looked back on her Bennington days in a recent LA STAGE article announcing the revival of The Good Woman of Setzuan, a play for which she composed the original score. Read the article here.

  • Filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein ’78 Offers Advice to Current Students

    Filmmaker Mitchell Lichtenstein ’78 Offers Advice to Current Students

    "Be enthusiastic about your work, but always stay humble," alumnus Mitchell Lichtenstein '78 told a room full of Bennington students as part of the "Beyond Bennington" speaker series, which invites alumni to campus to discuss their careers with current students. Read more.

News: Alumni (column 2)

  • SYLVAN ESSO ON TONIGHT SHOW

    SYLVAN ESSO ON TONIGHT SHOW

    Sylvan Esso, featuring alumna Amelia Meath ’10, made their network television debut last week when they performed their hit song “Coffee” on The Tonight Show. Watch.

  • TARTT ’86, MARSHALL ‘75 WIN 2014 PULITZERS

    TARTT ’86, MARSHALL ‘75 WIN 2014 PULITZERS

    Two alumnae are among the six Pulitzer Prize winners for literature this year. Donna Tartt '86 won in the category of fiction for her novel The Goldfinch, while Megan Marshall '75 won for her biography Margaret Fuller: A New American Life. Read more.

  • Block '80 Receives Leadership Award

    Block '80 Receives Leadership Award

    Holly Block '80 was awarded the inaugural Dr. Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award. Read more.

  • 'Idea Channel' Host Mike Rugnetta '06 Wins Webby

    'Idea Channel' Host Mike Rugnetta '06 Wins Webby

    Mike Rugnetta ’06, creator and host of the PBS Idea Channel, has won a 2013 Webby Award for Best Web Personality. The Idea Channel is a weekly web series that examines the evolving relationship between modern technology and art. Check it out.

  • Holland Taylor ’64 Earns Tony Nod for Best Actress

    Holland Taylor ’64 Earns Tony Nod for Best Actress

    Emmy-winning actress Holland Taylor ‘64 has been nominated for a 2013 Tony Award for her portrayal of legendary Texas Governor Ann Richards in her one-woman Broadway hit, ANN. More.

  • Jesse Cottrell '07 Examines NYPD's 'Stop and Frisk' Policy in Atlantic

    Jesse Cottrell '07 Examines NYPD's 'Stop and Frisk' Policy in The Atlantic

    A recent piece by Jesse Cottrell '07 in The Atlantic examines New York City's contentious Stop and Frisk program, which has been praised by some as an effective crime-lowering tactic, while being criticized by others as unconstitutional and racist. Read more.

  • Jason Fridley ’97 Receives $25,000 Blavatnik Award

    Jason Fridley ’97 Receives $25,000 Blavatnik Award

    The New York Academy of Sciences has awarded Dr. Jason Fridley ’97 a 2012 Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists in support of his research on the impact of climate change and invasive species on terrestrial ecological communities. Read more.

  • Real Estate Performs on NPR’s World Cafe

    Real Estate Performs on NPR’s World Cafe

    A live performance by Real Estate, the acclaimed indie rock band featuring Alex Bleeker ’08 (above left) on bass, was aired on a recent episode of NPR's World Cafe, a nationally broadcast program that showcases indie rock, singer-songwriters, folk, alternative country, blues, and world music. Listen here.

  • Dinklage ’91, Tucker ’89 Earn Back-to-Back Emmy Award Nominations

    Dinklage ’91, Tucker ’89 Earn Back-to-Back Emmy Award Nominations

    Actor Peter Dinklage ’91 and casting director Julie Tucker ’89 have been nominated for Emmy Awards for outstanding work in primetime television for the second straight year. Read more.

  • Mountain Man scores rave review in new york times

    Mountain Man scores rave review in new york times

    Mountain Man, the up-and-coming folk trio of Amelia Meath '10, Molly Sarle '12, and Alex Sauser-Monnig '09, continued to impress on their recent summer tour, which included a stop at the 2011 Newport Folk Festival (listen on NPR), and an "engrossing performance," according to The New York Times, at the famed Mercury Lounge. To read the entire Times review, click here.  

  • A Conversation with Actor Alan Arkin '55

    A Conversation with Actor Alan Arkin '55

    Actor Alan Arkin ’55, best known for his Academy Award–winning performance as the grandfather in Little Miss Sunshine, returned to campus for a Q&A with current students. As student blogger India Kieser ’12 writes, it was an inspiring conversation for all. Photos here.

  • Author Kiran Desai ’93 Reflects Upon Journey to America in The New Yorker

    Author Kiran Desai ’93 Reflects Upon Journey to America in The New Yorker

    Man Booker Prize winner Kiran Desai ‘93 was one of six immigrant authors to share their coming-to-America story in a recent issue of The New Yorker. In her essay “Fatherland,” Desai discusses the guilt that she and many of her Indian peers felt when leaving their parents to immigrate to America. Read the essay here (subscription required).

  • Melissa Rosenberg ’86 Establishes Performing Arts Scholarship

    Melissa Rosenberg

    Melissa Rosenberg ’86 Establishes Performing Arts Scholarship

    The College is pleased to announce that screenwriter, producer, and alumna Melissa Rosenberg '86 has made a gift to establish an endowed scholarship in the performing arts. Read more.

  • Mountain Man performs on NPR’s World Cafe

    Mountain Man

    Mountain Man performs on NPR’s World Cafe

    A live performance by Mountain Man, the harmonizing folk trio of Amelia Meath '10, Molly Sarle '12, and Alex Sauser-Monnig '09, was aired this month on NPR's World Cafe, a nationally broadcast program that showcases indie rock, singer-songwriters, folk, alternative country, blues, and world music. Listen here.

  • Faculty Member, Alum Earn Tony Award Nominations

    Faculty Member, Alum Earn Tony Award Nominations

    Faculty member Scott Lehrer and alumnus Alexander Dodge '93 were nominated for 2010 Tony Awards for their behind-the-scenes work on two critically acclaimed Broadway productions. Read more

  • Sarah Stanbury ’71 Wins Guggenheim

    Sarah Stanbury ’71 Wins Guggenheim

    Alumna Sarah Stanbury '71 has been awarded a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship for her ongoing work in medieval English literature. An English professor at the College of the Holy Cross, Stanbury's work examines what manmade objects in the work of Chaucer tell us about the people and period. Read more.

  • Gretel Ehrlich ’67 Wins Thoreau Prize for Excellence in Nature Writing

    Gretel Ehrlich ’67 Wins Thoreau Prize for Excellence in Nature Writing

    PEN New England has named author Gretel Ehrlich ‘67 winner of the 2010 Henry David Thoreau Prize for Literary Excellence in Nature Writing. Read more.

  • Bennington Students, Recent Alums Garner Musical Acclaim

    Bennington Students, Recent Alums Garner Musical Acclaim

    Late Show with David Letterman, Rolling Stone magazine, NPR, and Spinner.com are just a few of the news and entertainment outlets that have featured music by Bennington students or alumni in the past month. Read more.

  • Savannah Dooley ’07 to Pen New ABC Family Series

    Savannah Dooley ’07 to Pen New ABC Family Series

    A television series conceived by Savannah Dooley ‘07 when she was a student at Bennington has been picked up by ABC Family and will air on the network this summer. Read more.

  • Actress Holland Taylor '64 Discusses Upcoming Solo Show on NPR


    Actress Holland Taylor '64 Discusses Upcoming Solo Show on NPR

    Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor '64 was on NPR's Morning Edition this week to discuss her upcoming one-woman play about former Gov. Ann Richards of Texas, one of her personal heroes.

  • Lincoln Schatz ’86's Portraits for Esquire to be Displayed in Smithsonian

    Lincoln Schatz ’86's Portraits for Esquire to be Displayed in Smithsonian

    The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery has selected Lincoln Schatz's 2008 commission for Esquire magazine, Portrait of the 21st Century, for inclusion in their collection. The series of 19 portraits, which includes George Clooney, Jeff Bezos, and LeBron James, will be on view through 2011 in the exhibition "Americans Now." For more information, or to view a documentary on the project, click here.

News: Alumni (column 3)

  • Recent Alums Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grants

    Recent Alums Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grants

    Ben Underwood ’13 and Forest Purnell ’14 were awarded Fulbright Study and Research grants to pursue work in China this fall. Read more.

  • Bleeker '08 Performs on Letterman Show

    Bleeker '08 Performs on Letterman Show

    Real Estate, the acclaimed indie rock band featuring Alex Bleeker ’08 on bass, performed their song “Talking Backwards” on the April 9 episode of Late Show with David Letterman. Watch.

  • Dinklage '91 Talks Bennington in Esquire

    Dinklage '91 Talks Bennington in Esquire

    Emmy- and Golden Globe–winning actor Peter Dinklage ’91 (Bennington’s 2012 commencement speaker), discusses fame, friends, and his college years in Esquire magazine. Check it out.

  • New Novel by Donna Tart 'Dazzling'

    New Novel by Donna Tartt ‘86 ‘Dazzling,’ Raves New York Times

    The New York Times called Donna Tartt’s new novel, The Goldfinch, a “glorious, Dickensian novel that pulls together all her remarkable storytelling talents into a rapturous, symphonic whole and reminds the reader of the immersive, stay-up-all-night pleasures of reading." Read more.

  • Video: All-Class Reunion Highlights

    Video: All-Class Reunion Highlights

    Bennington is never more alive than during Reunion and Family Weekend. Enjoy the highlights here.

  • Amelia Meath ‘10 on Tour with Bon Iver

    Amelia Meath ‘10 on Tour with Bon Iver

    Sylvan Esso, a new side project of Amelia Meath ’10 (of the hugely popular Bennington trio Mountain Man) is touring this fall with Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Collections of Colonies of Bees, who’ve together formed the band Volcano Choir. Check it out.

  • Michael Pollan '76 Discusses New Book on NPR

    Michael Pollan '76 Discusses New Book on NPR

    Bestselling food writer Michael Pollan '76 discussed his new book, Cooked, which offers a powerful argument for a return to home cooking, on NPR. Listen.

  • The New Yorker Lauds New Spinto Band Album

    The New Yorker Lauds New Spinto Band Album

    The New Yorker's Ben Greenman showed love for the latest Spinto Band album (feat. Thomas ‘06 and Sam Hughes ’08), saying: “Some songs are melancholy, some ebullient, some stately, some hyperactive, and others are all at once, like “What I Love,” which we are pleased to offer here.”

  • Bryn Mooser '01 Named One of Esquire's 'Americans of the Year'

    Esquire Names Bryn Mooser '01 an 'American of the Year'

    For his humanitarian work in Haiti, which includes building schools and water systems, helping to run a crematorium, and starting a baseball little league in earthquake-ravaged Port-Au-Prince, Bryn Mooser was named one of Esquire's "Americans of the Year." Full story.

  • Jan Hadwen Hubbell ’78 Pens Award-Winning Screenplay

    Jan Hadwen Hubbell ’78 Pens Award-Winning Screenplay

    What started as a side project three years ago for Colorado-based teacher and writer Jan Hadwen Hubbell ’78 has earned the title of Best Comedy at this year’s Los Angeles Film & Script Festival. Full Story.

  • Devin Gaffney ’10 Analyzes Romney, Obama Twitter Activity In Atlantic

    Devin Gaffney ’10 Analyzes Romney, Obama Twitter Activity In Atlantic

    When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney gained more than 100,000 Twitter followers over a single weekend, many in the social media world did a double take. Devin Gaffney ’10, a master's candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute and founder of 140kit.com, did a full-blown statistical analysis. The surprising results of his study can be found in a recent article he co-authored in The Atlantic. Check it out.

  • Will Stratton’s New Album ‘One of Year’s Best’

    Will Stratton’s New Album ‘One of Year’s Best’

    PopMatters magazine wasn’t short on accolades in a recent profile of singer/songwriter Will Stratton ’09, proclaiming: “this Bennington graduate’s fourth full-length [album], Post-Empire, just so happens to be one of the best albums released so far this year." Read more.

  • Student, Alum Publish Web Research on 'Socialbots'

    Student, Alum Publish Web Research on 'Socialbots'

    Max Nanis ’12 and Ian Pearce ’11 are two of the authors behind the current cover story of Interactions magazine. The article, "Socialbots: Voices from the Fronts," is based on a study they conducted with web researcher Tim Hwang on fake online identities (“bots”) that can interact with humans and even boost human-to-human interaction on social networks such as Twitter. The results of their study were first published in the MIT Technology Review.

  • Carol Channing ‘42 Documentary Makes NYT ‘Critic’s Pick’ List

    Carol Channing ‘42 Documentary Makes NYT ‘Critic’s Pick’ List

    A new documentary on legendary actress Carol Channing ’42 was dubbed a “Critic’s Pick” this month by The New York Times. The film, Carol Channing: Larger Than Life, follows the actress from childhood through her 91st year—a span, the documentary affirms, in which she’s hardly lost a step. For the entire Times review, including a clip of the film, click here.

  • Dinklage ’91 Named Best Supporting Actor (Again)

    Holland Taylor ‘64 Wins 2012 Arts Leadership Award

    Actress Holland Taylor ’64 has earned this year’s Public Leadership in the Arts Award from the Americans for the Arts organization. Given in recognition of “an elected official or artist who plays an important role in the advancement of the arts and arts education,” past recipients include public officials Nancy Pelosi, Edward Kennedy, and Arnold Schwarzennegger, as well as artists Herbie Hancock, Harry Belafonte, Tony Bennett, and Gloria Estefan. Read more.

  • Remembering Modern Art Icon Helen Frankenthaler ’49 (1928–2011)

    By Helen Frankenthaler '49

    Remembering Modern Art Icon Helen Frankenthaler ’49 (1928–2011)

    The entire Bennington community mourns the loss of Helen Frankenthaler ’49, who died on December 27, at the age of 83. Read more.

  • Liz Lerman ’69 Awarded $50,000 Artist Grant

    Liz Lerman ’69 Awarded $50,000 Artist Grant

    Choreographer Liz Lerman ’69 (above, center) was one of 50 artists this year to receive a $50,000 fellowship from United States Artists (USA). Read more.

  • Real Estate (feat. alex bleeker '08) Scores High Marks for New Album

    Real Estate (feat. alex bleeker '08) Scores High Marks for New Album

    Real Estate, the acclaimed indie rock band featuring Alex Bleeker ’08 (second to left) on bass, recently released their second studio album, Days, which Pitchfork.com called “evidence that great music doesn’t have to sound hard to make, even if it is.” Watch the video for their new track, “It’s Real”. For more on the band, click here.

  • Stegner Fellow Mogelson ‘05 Pens NYT Magazine Story on Accused U.S. Soldiers

    Stegner Fellow Mogelson ‘05 Pens NYT Magazine Story on Accused U.S. Soldiers

    Luke Mogelson’s investigative exposé on the alleged murders of three Afghan civilians by U.S. soldiers appears on the cover of the May 1 New York Times Magazine. Recently discharged from the National Guard, Mogelson was one of 10 writers out of nearly 1,900 applicants this year to receive the prestigious Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University’s creative writing program.

  • Susan Rethorst '74 wins $75,000 Alpert Award in Dance

    Susan Rethorst '74 wins $75,000 Alpert Award in Dance

    Choreographer and performer Susan Rethorst '74 is one of five artists to receive the 2010 Alpert Award in the Arts, a $75,000 prize to support her ongoing work in contemporary dance. Read more.

  • Alumni-Owned Theater Earns Praise in NYT

    Alumni-Owned Theater Earns Praise in NYT

    Alumni Sheila Lewandowski ’97 and Brian Rogers ’95 were the focus of a recent New York Times piece lauding their management of the award-winning Chocolate Factory Theater in New York. Read the article here.

  • Actor, Activist Tim Daly ‘79 to Deliver Commencement Address

    Actor, Activist Tim Daly ‘79 to Deliver Commencement Address

    Bennington is pleased to announce that actor, director, producer, and activist Tim Daly '79 will address this year's graduating class at the College's 76th commencement dinner on Friday, June 3, at 7:00 p.m. on Commons Lawn. Read more.