News: Top (column 1)

  • Meeting Held to Update the Community on PFOA Information, Research

    The Vermont state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) hosted a community meeting at Bennington College to discuss the ongoing PFOA issue in the region. David Bond, the principal investigator and associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), provided an update on the College’s work thus far. More.

  • President Silver Announces Rizzo to Head Institutional Advancement

    President Mariko Silver announced today that Matthew Rizzo has been appointed vice president for institutional advancement. He will partner with President Silver and the Board of Trustees to lead the College’s development and engagement activities. More.

  • Summer Brennan '01 Wins Literary Reporting Award

    Summer Brennan '01 won NYU's second annual Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. Brennan's first book was The Oyster War: The True Story of a Small Farm, Big Politics, and the Future of Wilderness in America. She has written for New York Magazine, Scientific American, Pacific Standard, McSweeneys, The Millions, The Rumpus, and others. More.

  • Duplan '14 featured on PBS NewsHour

    Poet Anaïs Duplan '14 spoke with PBS NewsHour about about her work delving into the history of Mary Bowser, a Civil War spy. More.

  • Bond Talks to VPR About NSF-Sponsored Class on PFOA

    David Bond, faculty member in anthropology and associate director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action, spoke with Vermont Public Radio about a course that he is co-teaching with chemist Janet Foley and geologist Tim Schroeder about PFOA contamination in New York and Vermont. The course is made possible by a $90,000 Rapid Response grant from the National Science Foundation. Listen here.

  • NSF Awards Bennington Grant to Study PFOA

    The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Bennington College nearly $90,000 for a Rapid Response grant to support a new course and conduct original research on the the emerging contaminant PFOA. Read more.

  • Lewandowski '97 Wins Visionary Leadership Award

    Sheila Lewandowski '97, longtime arts advocate and co-founder of The Chocolate Factory, an award-winning incubator for experimental performance in Queens, New York, has been awarded the 2016 Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award at Bennington College. Read more.

  • Disability as a Design Problem

    August de los Reyes ’95 spoke with Fast Company’s Co.Design about his radical vision for Microsoft — a design sensibility rooted in empathy and accessibility. Read more.

  • President Silver Speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations about U.S.-India Relations

    Bennington College President Mariko Silver recently spoke at a meeting of the Council on Foreign Relations’ Higher Education Working Group on Global Issues at the CFR headquarters in New York. Silver spoke about U.S.-India relations and the findings of the recent CFR-sponsored independent task force, of which she was a member. Read more.

  • President Silver Announces Bartels as SVP for Strategic Partnerships

    In a letter to the Bennington College community, President Mariko Silver announced the appointment of Paige Bartels, vice president of institutional advancement, to a new role as senior vice president for strategic partnerships. Read more.

  • Critics' Picks

    Bennington alumni play a starring role in The Millions’ list of Most Anticipated Books of 2016, which includes works by Hannah Tennant-Moore MFA ’10, Sara Majka MFA ’09, Cynthia Sweeney MFA ’13, and Charles Bock MFA ’97, as well as faculty member Alexander Chee.

  • Brooke Allen Publishes Bio of Benazir Bhutto and Letters of Terry Southern

    Faculty member Brooke Allen's biography of Benazir Bhutto, Favored Daughter, is hailed by Kirkus as "a compelling look at Bhutto’s tumultuous life and Pakistan’s roiling history," while the New York Times describes her contributions to Yours in Haste and Adoration: Selected Letters of Terry Southern, as "excellent and often droll."

  • Özel '02 Wins NASA Prize for Mars Housing Solution

    A team led by Guvenc Özel '02 won fourth place in a NASA competition to design a 3D-printed habitat to be used in Mars exploration. Read more.

  • Bennington Production Featured at the Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival

    Road to Paradise by Carson Efird ’05 is being restaged by faculty members Jenny Rohn and Kirk Jackson at the Tennessee Williams Festival in Provincetown, Mass. The piece was originally commissioned by Bennington Drama for the first year of the festival, and has been invited to return for the 10th anniversary celebration. Read more.

  • Forbes Ranks Bennington as One of America's Most Entrepreneurial Colleges

    Citing Field Work Term, Forbes magazine recently ranked Bennington as the forth most most entrepreneurial college in the nation. Read more.

  • Sinclair '10 Wins 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry

    Safiya Sinclair '10 has been awarded the 2015 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry, given by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, for her manuscript, Cannibal. Sinclair is currently pursuing a PhD in literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California, where she is a Dornsife Doctoral Fellow. Read more.

  • Gloria Steinem Addresses Graduating Class

    In a speech that tackled sexism, racism, organized religion and the wisdom of condescending turtles, Gloria Steinem shared what she called 10 pieces of advice at the commencement dinner for Bennington College on Friday. Read more.


    This month's Architect magazine, the journal of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), features Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), designed by the award-winning architectural team of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. CAPA, a $20-million complex of three buildings clad in reclaimed Vermont marble, was completed in the summer of 2011. Look.

  • NYT Mag: Sally Mann's Exposure

    An excerpt adapted from renowned photographer Sally Mann '73's forthcoming memoir, Hold Still: A Memoir With Photographs, was published in The New York Times Magazine. The piece recalls the mixed reaction to her 1992 book of photographs, Immediate Family, which included controversial images of her children. The memoir is a "testimony to photography’s power to evoke tender, lucent portraits of the past," according to a review in  Kirkus


    A New York Times review of pianist Julia Bartha's CD of faculty member Allen Shawn's original works called Shawn's compositions "deliberate, skillfull" and "dazzlingly conceived." Read the full review (third one down the page) here. Shawn's was recently commissioned by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra to write an 80-second fanfare in honor of their 80th season. His composition was “brilliant and colorful" said a Times Argus review.


    NPR recently featured No Small Children, a punk band that was started as a way for the members—including Nicola Berlinsky ’91—to create a space for themselves outside their day jobs as teachers. More.


    Faculty member Kerry Woods last semester completed a month-long Fulbright Senior Specialist program project in Slovenia. He was collaborating with Slovenian scientists from the University of Ljubljana to develop a network of forest researchers in eastern/central Europe to use of long-term data-sets from European old-growth forests.  The project culminated in an international workshop that he organized with Dr. Thomas Nagel at Ljubljana

  • Inoue Earns Arts Fellowship

    The New York Foundation for the Arts has awarded faculty member Yoko Inoue a Fellowship in Craft & Sculpture. The $7,000 fellowships are awarded to individual artists living and working in New York State and are intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice. Read more.

  • Alumni to Write, Perform in Benefit to Honor Director, Faculty Member Nicky (Joel) Martin

    On Monday, January 19th at 8 pm, The Public Theater will present The 24 Hour Plays®: A Bennington Alumni Tribute to Nicky Martin. This one night–only benefit will bring together Bennington College alumni—including Emmy, Tony, and Golden Globe winners and nominees—to write, cast, rehearse, and present six one-act plays within a 24-hour period.  More.


    Fulbright scholar Ben Underwood '13 was interviewed by southwest China’s largest English-language media outlet about his current project to develop a large-scale biogas plant in Kunming. Read more.

  • New Yorker Tech Issue Features 'Digital Rock Star' Max Nanis '12

    Computer programmer Max Nanis '12 was at the center of a New Yorker article about a cast of "digital rock stars" who are in such high demand that a talent agency was formed to represent them. Read more.

  • On View: (Un)governed Spaces, A Portrait of Afghanistan

    A multimedia exhibition offering a complex portrait of modern Afghanistan through photographs, paintings, text, and video, opens with a reception and artist’s talk on Tuesday, October 28. The exhibition runs Tuesday–Saturday, 1:00–5:00 pm through December 2 in Usdan Gallery. Learn more.

  • Fridley ’97 Advances Darwin's Theory on Invasive Species

    With his recently published study on invasive species, by Dr. Jason Fridley ’97 is "the first to test [Darwin's ideas] in a meaningful way," said one expert in the New York Times. Full coverage.

  • New Works By Mary Lum on View in New York

    An exhibitions of small-scale photo and acrylic collages by visual arts faculty member Mary Lum opens October 23 at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York. Read more.


    Backstage magazine recently highlighted Bennington in an article titled “The Rankings Are In: Ten Colleges Sure To Kickstart Your Theater Career.”  More

  • Slipped Gears Exhibition Digs Into Ubiquitous Technology

    Slipped Gears, a multimedia exhibition featuring the work of nine artists, opens in Bennington's Usdan Gallery on Tuesday, September 16, at 6:30 pm. The show offers challenging responses to a moment of tectonic cultural transition, when technology increasingly resides in and around us. The exhibition is available for viewing Tuesdays - Saturdays, from 1-5 pm, through Thursday, October 16. It is free and open to the public. Read more.


  • MFA Alum Katy Simpson Smith ‘2014’s Most Buzzed About Debut Author’

    Katy Simpson Smith MFA’13’s new novel The Story of Land and Sea is “not only among the most assured debut novels in recent memory,” raved a Vogue magazine review. “It heralds the birth of a major new talent.” Read more.

  • Rock Stars: Robotic Sculpture and Tuscan Stone

    Faculty member Jon Isherwood will be featured in an international exhibition of contemporary sculpture using robots to carve Tuscan marble. The show opens at The Museum of Sculpture and Architecture (MUSA ) Pietrasanta, Italy on July 5, 2014. Read more.

  • Commencement 2014

    Fear and the courage to overcome it were the themes of the 79th Bennington commencement dinner. Full coverage.


    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.

  • 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.

  • Bauer Wins PEN New England Award

    Literature faculty member Doug Bauer has won the 2014 PEN New England Award for nonfiction for his latest book, What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death. Bauer’s poignant collection of essays weaves the stories of his own and his parents’ lives, the meals they ate, the work and rewards and regrets that defined them, and the inevitable betrayal by their bodies as they aged. Read more.

  • Speaker Series Announced: Environmental Change and Infectious Disease

    The Bennington College Program on the Environment is launching a speaker series examining the effects of environmental change, from climate change to urban and suburban development, on infectious diseases for both humans and animals. Read more.

  • Bennington’s “self-identity is as an innovative school”

    President Mariko Silver recently spoke with The Chronicle of Higher Education. Watch the video.

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    How to boil water—and heat a college campus

    Boston Globe columnist Joan Wickersham cites Bennington's biomass heating system as an example of biomass done thoughtfully. Read more.

  • Crossett Library Receives Gift of Rare Book

    Bennington's Crossett Library announces the addition a two-volume, limited edition Pennyroyal Caxton Bible, designed and illustrated by printmaker Barry Moser. Generously donated by Bruce and Suzie Kovner, the exquisitely crafted book is the first illustrated Bible of its kind since Gustave Doré’s edition of the Le Saint Bible in 1865. More.

  • Bauer Publishes Book of Personal Essays

    In his poignant new book, What Happens Next? Matters of Life and Death, faculty member Douglas Bauer weaves the stories of his own and his parents’ lives, the meals they ate, the work and rewards and regrets that defined them, and the inevitable betrayal by their bodies as they aged. More info.

  • Convocation Welcomes Class of 2017

    “I don’t think teaching is so different from studying,” music faculty member Nick Brooke told the incoming class in his Convocation address. “Teaching has that restless curiosity. At Bennington, the faculty is told to teach what keeps us awake. Truth is, I’m most alive when teaching what I’m on the cusp of knowing.” More coverage.

  • Bennington Among '25 Most Literary Colleges in America'

    Bennington joined a list that includes Princeton, Harvard, NYU, University of Chicago, Columbia, Williams, Smith, and Vassar as one of the top 25 most literary colleges in America. "Bennington became a destination for future writers after high profile names like Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, and Jonathan Lethem came out of there in the 1980s," said "It remains the kind of college that future novelists dream of attending." Read more.


    Visual arts faculty member Jon Isherwood’s interview with influential sculptor and former Bennington faculty member Anthony Caro was published in the July/August issue of Sculpture Magazine. Read it here.

  • Dr. Mariko Silver Appointed 10th President of Bennington

    After an extensive search, the Board of Trustees has announced that Dr. Mariko Silver has been named the 10th president of Bennington College. A leading educational, public policy, and international strategist, she has held prominent roles at Columbia University, at Arizona State University, in the administration of Arizona’s governor Janet Napolitano, and in the Obama administration. “This is a thrilling moment for Bennington filled with promise and possibility,” said Alan Kornberg ’74, chairman of the Board. Read the full press release here.


    Visual arts faculty member Ann Pibal, alumnae Kiran Desai ’93, Anne Waldman '66, and Cora Cohen '64, 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Russ Feingold Hosts Community Discussion at Bennington

    Former Wisconsin Senator and co-chair for President Obama's re-election campaign Russ Feingold visited campus for a series of classroom discussions, presentations, and interviews beginning on Tuesday, November 13, and concluding Wednesday, November 14, with a community-wide discussion in the Student Center. Read more.

  • White House Names Nigel Jacob 'Champion of Change'

    The White House last week recognized CAPA fellow Nigel Jacob and Chris Osgood, co-chairs of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), as “Champions of Change” for their commitment to creating a more open and innovative government through entrepreneurship. Read more.

  • 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, 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.

  • Susie Ibarra Performs in London Olympic Festival

    Music faculty member Susie Ibarra joined leading musicians from all 204 Olympic nations for a two-day music festival celebrating the opening of the 2012 Summer Games in London. Read more.

  • 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.

  • Pibal in NYC Group Exhibit

    Visual arts faculty member Ann Pibal’s small-scale paintings are on view in a group exhibition at Sikkenma Jenkins & Co Gallery on West 22nd St., New York. The exhibition, running through July 27, features paintings by eight contemporary artists who predominately work in small or modest scale. “Small paintings intimate the domestic and the personal,” says Pibal. “They create a space the size of one viewer at a time.” Read more.

  • 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.

  • Water Dialogues (April 16-21)

    The Bennington College Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) presents a weeklong program of lectures, panel discussions, and workshops dedicated to the complex issues surrounding our most fundamental natural resource. All events are free and open to the public. View the schedule here.

  • Maliha Ali ’15 Wins $10,000 Projects for Peace Grant

    Maliha Ali ’15 has earned a $10,000 grant from the Davis United World Scholars Projects for Peace program to design and implement a public action project in her native Pakistan. More.

  • Emmy-Winning Actor Peter Dinklage ‘91 to Deliver Commencement Address

    Bennington is pleased to announce that recent Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Peter Dinklage ’91 will address this year’s graduating class at the College’s 77th Commencement Dinner on Friday, June 1. Read more.

  • Liz Deschenes Discusses Work Included in Whitney Biennial

    Photography faculty member Liz Deschenes, one of 51 artists selected to participate in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s prestigious Biennial exhibition, discusses her innovative work with photograms in a video featured on the museum's website. Watch.

  • Architectural Record Features CAPA in March Issue

    This month's Architectural Record features Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action in its special section on buildings for social change. “Three new buildings on the Bennington College campus incubate public action by fostering both discussion and quiet contemplation.” Read more

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • acclaimed Indie Rockers to Perform at Bennington

    Titus Andronicus, one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “seven best new bands of 2010, “ will perform live at the Bennington College Student Center on Friday, Nov. 11, at 10:00 p.m. Tickets ($10 for general public; $7 with any student college ID) will be available at the door on the night of the event. Read more.

  • Early in the Year, a Familiar Trend: Students Serving the Community

    When Hurricane Irene struck just three days before the start of fall classes, returning students barely had time to move into their houses before they were out in the community helping flood victims salvage theirs. Read more.

  • MASS MoCA Puts Spotlight on Mary Lum

    A new work by visual arts faculty member Mary Lum is included in MASS MoCA’s current exhibition The Workers, which examines the various ways that labor is represented in the world today. Lum’s mixed-media piece, “Tinker Tailor Soldier Sailor,” includes fragments from hand-torn paper bags, each stamped with the name of the person responsible for that bag’s production. In conjunction with her work in the exhibition, Lum also designed a billboard (pictured above) located on Route 8 in North Adams, and is featured in the museum’s ongoing artist spotlight series. Read it here.

  • Bennington Ranked Among 10 u.s. Colleges with Best Architecture

    Bennington was named one of "ten college campuses with the best architecture" by Architectural Digest, joining a list that includes Harvard, Yale, MIT, Brown, Cornell, and the University of Virginia, among others. Read more.

  • Oceana Wilson Offers Summer Reading Recs on Vermont Public Radio

    Director of Library and Information Services Oceana Wilson joined VPR’s Vermont Edition this week for its annual Summer Reading Show, an always-popular episode that asks book experts from around the state to weigh in with their summer reading recommendations. Listen to the episode here.

  • Susan Sgorbati Awarded Creative Research Residency at RPI

    Dance faculty member and professional mediator Susan Sgorbati has been awarded a six-week Creative Research residency at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute's Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center. Read more.

  • 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).

  • Milford Graves to Perform at Benefit Concert for Japan

    Music faculty member and jazz percussionist Milford Graves will perform at a benefit concert for Japan on Friday, April 8, at the Abrons Art Center in Manhattan's Lower East Side. Graves will join an esteemed lineup that includes Thurston Moore, Elliott Sharp, and Matthew Shipp, among other renowned performers. For more information, or to make a donation online, click here.

  • Katie Peterson awarded $25,000 Artist Grant

    Literature faculty member Katie Peterson was one of 14 artists and the only poet to be awarded an unrestricted $25,000 grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts this year. Read more.

  • Allen Shawn's New Memoir Garners National Acclaim

    Critics everywhere are praising music faculty member Allen Shawn’s new memoir Twin, which looks back at the inextricable bond and life-defining relationship he’s shared with his autistic twin sister, Mary, who was placed in an institution for the mentally disabled at the age of eight. Read more.

  • Bennington Joins Brown, Wesleyan, Among “Top 12 Non-Traditional Colleges”

    Bennington was named one of the "top 12 non-traditional colleges" by The Huffington Post, joining a list that includes Brown, Wesleyan, Sarah Lawrence, the New School, and St. John's College. Read more

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    Brian Morrice '11 lands white house internship

    Brian Morrice '11 was one of 140 young leaders selected nationwide to serve as a White House intern this spring. Read more.

  • Bang on a Can All-Stars Perform Commission by Nick Brooke

    The famed electric chamber ensemble Bang on a Can All-Stars premiered a commission composed by faculty member Nick Brooke this month at the Merkin Concert Hall as part of the inaugural Ecstatic Music Festival—a three-month, 14-concert event showcasing collaborations between songwriters, composers, and performers from classical and popular music traditions. Read more.

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    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.

  • Tyler Gaviria, MATSL ’11, Named N.C. Foreign Language Teacher of the Year

    Master of Arts in Teaching a Second Language (MATSL) candidate Tyler Gaviria '11 has been named 2010 Teacher of the Year by the Foreign Language Association of North Carolina. Read more.

  • Poets & Writers Goes One-On-One with MFA Faculty Member Major Jackson

    Profiled in the current issue of Poets & Writers Magazine, MFA faculty member Major Jackson discusses his life as a writer, his just-published collection of poetry, and shares a few thoughts on the Bennington Writing Seminars—which the magazine recently ranked among the best low-residency MFA programs in the world. Read the profile here

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Dina Janis Brings New Life to Dorset Theatre Festival

    The Boston Globe lauded drama faculty member Dina Janis in her new role as artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival, a storied, 35-year-old professional summer program in Vermont. Read the article here.

  • Dana Reitz Revives Acclaimed 1994 Show Necessary Weather

    Dance faculty member Dana Reitz and dancer/choreographer Sara Rudner garnered rave reviews for their recent reprisal of their 1994 show Necessary Weather at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York. Read more.

  • 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. Listen to the interview here.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Artist Nick Tobier to Lecture at Bennington

    Artist and educator Nick Tobier will speak about his recent and upcoming work on Tuesday, March 23, at 7:30 pm in the College's Tishman Lecture Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.

  • Doug Bauer scores $25,000 Literature Fellowship

    The National Endowment of the Arts has awarded author and faculty member Doug Bauer a $25,000 grant in support of his ongoing work in contemporary literature. Read more.

  • 60+ Students, Staff Volunteer Locally for Bennington ACTS Day

    More than 60 Bennington students and staff members painted, gardened, cleaned, and beautified several sites in the local community last Saturday for the first annual Bennington ACTS Day. Read more.

  • Oceana Wilson Discusses Recent Honor on VPR

    Oceana Wilson, Director of Library and Information Services, was interviewed on Vermont Public Radio after winning the American Library Association's "I Love My Librarian Award." One of 10 winners chosen from more than 3,200 nominations, Wilson received $5,000 and was honored at a ceremony in New York. Listen to her interview here.

  • Noryang Yeshi '11 opens Exhibition of Photos by Leprosy Patients

    The Anandwan exhibition includes 30 photographs taken by Yeshi and two young leprosy patients from the Anandwan Rehabilitation Center, a leprosy clinic in Central India. Noryang traveled to Anandwan during over Field Work Term, bringing with her five digital cameras to distribute among patients. Read more.

  • Ann Pibal Awarded $20,000 Artist Grant

    Faculty member Ann Pibal was one of 30 U.S. artists to receive a $20,000 grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Read more.

  • Architecture Project by Evie Garf '11 Featured on

    A photo of Evie Garf 11's "Book-Dependent Shelf," an inverted bookshelf she made for an architecture course two years ago, was featured last week on "The Book Bench," a New Yorker blog that frequently publishes great images of books from around the world. Check it out here.

  • Tom Bogdan Scores Second Fulbright

    Music faculty member Tom Bogdan has been awarded his second Fulbright Grant to teach American composer Meredith Monk's A Celebration Service to musicians and dancers abroad. Read more

  • 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." Read the article here.

  • Mary Lum earns prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship

    Faculty member Mary Lum has been awarded a 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship to support her ongoing work in the visual arts. One of 180 Fellows chosen from some 3,000 artists, scientists, and scholars, Lum plans to continue her work on Tracing The City, she says, "a drawing project that encompasses the experience of living in, wandering through, reading about, recording, and remembering the city." Read more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Remembering Bill Dixon, Bennington Faculty Member, 1968-1995

    It is with great sadness that the Bennington community notes the passing of jazz composer, trumpeter, and longtime faculty member Bill Dixon, who died June 16, 2010, at his home in North Bennington. He was 84. Read more.

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  • Thirty Years After its Last Issue, Bennington Review Resumes Publication

    Bennington Review, a national biannual print journal housed at Bennington College, recently relaunched thirty years after its last publication. The inaugural issue features work by award-winning writers, including recipients of the Pulitzer Prize and the Whiting Writers’ Award, as well as National Endowment for the Arts and Guggenheim fellows. The Review publishes innovative, intelligent, and moving poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and film writing by both up-and-coming writers as well as prominent authors. It also strives to publish work by under-represented groups, including writers of color and women. More

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    “A Safe Space, But Not One Free From Discomfort” 

    Utopia Is No Place, Utopia Is Process, an exhibition that will transform Usdan Gallery into a space for critical feminist pedagogy, is on view until May 12. Inspired by Bennington’s experimental curricula and its history as a women’s college, the project features a selection of video art, a site-specific installation by Ella Dawn McGeough, a D.I.Y. printing press, and an important work by the pioneering artist Lorraine O’Grady. More

  • Sachs '89 is Everywhere

    Tom Sachs ’89 was profiled in The New York Times recently in an article that talked about his Willy Wonka-esque studio, his exhibition “Tea Ceremony” at the Noguchi Museum in Queens, NY (through May 24), and his upcoming retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum (April 21–14).

  • The Yes Men Give the Adams-Tillim Lecture

    Andy Bichlbaum, one half of The Yes Men, gave the Adams–Tillim Lecture this year. Bichlbaum talked about his activist legacy, starting with his early days with Act-UP to The Yes Men's pranks on major corporations. Read more.

  • The Politics of Knitwear

    Caroline Stinger ’16 was thrown into the midst of presidential politics this Field Work Term, when she was commissioned by a celebrity to make a sweater for a Bernie Sanders rally. Read more.

  • Hacking for Change

    Asad Malik ’19 began his Field Work Term in Libya and finished it in Silicon Valley, all in pursuit of his goal to effect social change through technology. Read more.

  • Anderegg Talks to CNN about San Bernardino

    Faculty member David Anderegg spoke with CNN about parental anxiety in the aftermath of the San Bernardino attacks. Read more.

  • Literary Bennington Launches in October

    On October 15, students in a course taught by faculty member Benjamin Anastas will launch Literary Bennington, a blog tracing Bennington’s outsized impact on the world of literature and asking what accounts for it. It will feature author interviews, short pieces of journalism and reviews, and coverage of literary events on campus. Read more.

  • Mariko Silver on Cultivating Dissatisfaction in the Liberal Arts

    Bennington College President Mariko Silver writes in an op-ed in the Hechinger Report about the need to cultivate dissatisfaction among liberal arts students as a way to empower them to make changes in their institutions and in their worlds. Read more.

  • Lethem '86 in the New York Times and the Guardian

    Lucky Alan and Other Stories, the latest collection from Jonathan Lethem ’86, has been reviewed widely and warmly since its publication in February. The New York Times calls him “the king of sentences,” while the Guardian says the best stories offer a daring and affecting connection to the real. Read more, and here.

  • Five From Bennington Awarded 2015 Fulbright Grants

    Two students, two alumni, and a faculty member have been offered 2015 Fulbright grants to support their academic and professional work abroad. Read more.

  • Viral Cascades

    Devin Gaffney ’10 spoke with both The Boston Globe and WBUR's Here and Now about his cutting-edge research on "viral cascades," a term used to describe “the phenomenon of content spreading quickly and widely through a human social network via its digital shadows.” Listen.

  • CAPA Conference to Focus on Prison Reform

    As part of its Incarceration in America Initiative, Bennington College will host a conference, Effecting Change, on May 15-16, at the College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA). The conference will focus on innovative and effective programs that contribute to reform of the current incarceration and criminal justice system in this country. Read more.

  • Three Alumni Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

    Three alumni have been awarded 2015 Guggenheim Fellowships on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise: Amanda Church ’76 (fine arts), David Lazar ’77 (general nonfiction), and Amy Williams ’90 (music). Read more.


    Faculty member Charles Schoonmaker has earned a IRNE (Independent Reviewers of New England) Award for best costume design for his work on Venus in Fur at the Huntington Theatre last winter. He was also nominated for an Elliot Norton Award by the Boston Theater Critics Association for his work on Far From Heaven at Speakeasy Stage Company.


    Bennington College has received $5 million for visual arts program from Helen Frankenthaler Foundation. Read more.

  • Educating Max

    The Deseret News recently wrote a profile on Bennington, featuring Max Nanis ’12. The piece discusses how the College's unique curriculum, Field Work Term, and faculty advising structure help students succeed. Read more.


    Genevieve Belleveau ’07, Michael Chinworth ’08, and Jo-Anne Hyun ’12 will be performing in faculty member Nick Brooke’s show, Psychic Driving, at the HERE Arts Center on March 10 and 11. More.


    Faculty member Elena Demyanenko's latest work, Blue Room, will be performed at New York Live Arts at 7:30 pm on February 25 and 28. Music faculty member Nick Brooke and MFA fellow Dai Jian are also collaborating on the piece. More.


    A retrospective by former longtime faculty member and internationally celebrated abstract painter Paul Feeley is currently on view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York, through February 15. "Feeley’s role in spearheading the art department at Bennington College during the late 1930s is legendary," the Gallery said in a press release." Read more.

  • $20 Million Gift to LA Phil Honors Deborah Borda ’71

    One of the largest gifts in the history of the Los Angeles Philharmonic was made in honor of alumna Deborah Borda ’71 to endow the organization’s top leadership position, which Borda has held since 2000. Read coverage in the LA Times.

  • Video: Students Lead LED Street Light Project for EPA

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documented a student-led initiative to convert the Village of North Bennington to LED street lighting as part of the agency’s recently formed partnership with the College. Watch.

  • Anastas Pens Poignant Essay in New York Times

    Faculty member Benjamin Anastas' essay, "Questions for My Grandfather’s Psychiatrist," was published in the The New York Times as part of the paper's ongoing series about psychotherapy. Read it here


    The night after Alex Bleeker ’08 performed on Conan with his band Real Estate, Amelia Meath ’10 (of Sylvan Esso, who played Conan the week prior) and Alexandra Sauser-Monnig ’09 sang backup for Hiss Golden Messenger on the Letterman show.


    A group of students in Robert Ransick's "Social Practices in Art" course are expanding on class project to launch an online forum for public discourse around community issues in greater Bennington. Read more in the Bennington Banner.

  • Bergman MFA'10's Forthcoming Book "Heartbreaking, Lovely"

    MFA alumna Megan Mayhew Bergman's forthcoming collection of stories, Almost Famous Women, received a starred review from Kirkus, and is an Indie Next Pick for winter. Due out in January, Academy Award-winning actress Anjelica Huston called it "heartbreaking and lovely." Read more.

  • DamNation Film Screening and Panel Discussion

    Bennington will host a screening of the documentary DamNation on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 pm. The screening will take place at the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), and will be followed by a panel discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Read more.

  • Bennington Introduces New Application Option

    Bennington College has introduced a new application option for students applying for a place in the College’s 2015 entering class. Read more.


    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.


    For the second year in a row, a Bennington faculty member has been named winner of the prestigious Rappaport Prize. The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum announced Liz Deschenes as recipient of the $25,000 award, after selecting Ann Pibal last year. Read more.

  • Wiseman '15 Published in LA Review of Books

    Sasha Wiseman '15 reviewed Jenny Offill's new novel, Dept. of Speculation, in the the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read.

  • Anastas in NYT Magazine

    Read literature faculty member Benjamin Anastas’ “The Breakup List” in the June 13 New York Times Magazine.

  • Bennington Students Win Japanese Speech Contest

    Bennington was well represented in this year’s Vermont Japanese Speech Contest, with students Thomas Melvin ’15 and Hoa Nguyen ’16 winning first place in the intermediate division, and Ella Peake ’17 and Carolina Roque ’17 taking second in the introductory division. More coverage.

  • 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.

  • Coburn Monitors Afghanistan’s Presidential Election

    Faculty member Noah Coburn has been monitoring Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential election with a team of Afghan researchers in Kabul. More.

  • President Silver Speaks Before VT Lawmakers

    "Vermont is not alone in the challenges it faces in reinventing once thriving industrial towns for the 21st century," President Silver told the House and Senate Committees on Education of the Vermont General Assembly. "I hope you will see a role for Bennington College in helping our community and our state prepare for and weather these transitions." Read more.

  • Remembering Joe McGinniss (1942-2014)

    Acclaimed journalist and bestselling author Joe McGinniss, a Bennington faculty member in the 1980s, passed away on March 10, 2014. He was 71 years old. Mr. McGinniss first came to prominence in 1969 with the release of his first book, The Selling of the President 1968, which made him the youngest living author to have a No. 1 nonfiction bestseller. To read his obituary in The New York Times, click here.

  • Block '80 Receives Leadership Award

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

  • Bennington Among ‘Top 12 Colleges with Great Professors’

    CBS Moneywatch reported that Bennington—along with Centre College, Swarthmore, St. John’s, Claremont McKenna, and others—ranks among the Princeton Review’s ‘top 12 colleges with great professors.’ Read more.

  • Mogelson ’05 Pens Cover Story of NYT Magazine

    Journalist Luke Mogelson ’05 penned the Nov. 17 New York Times Magazine cover story about Afghan and Iranian migrants attempting to reach Australia from Indonesia by boat. Mogelson and a photographer embedded themselves on the dangerous 200-mile voyage across the Indian Ocean, which has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 refugees. Read.

  • Ibarra Creates NYC Digital Soundwalk

    A public art installation by music faculty member and TED Senior Fellow Susie Ibarra offers a musical pilgrimage through 12 culturally significant locations in lower Manhattan, each featuring an original composition inspired by the history of the site itself. Read more.

  • Woods' Research Suggests Forest Canopies Protect Species from Climate Change

    Ecology faculty member Kerry Woods contributed to a study finding that forests with dense canopies create a microclimate that protects a variety of vulnerable plant species from warming air temperatures. The study, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, was picked up by several media outlets, including BBC News. Read more.

  • Bennington Honored for Sustainability Practices

    Efficiency Vermont has recognized Bennington College for achieving the highest energy savings of any college or university participating in its two-year Energy Leadership Challenge. More.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Sgorbati Publishes Book on Emergent Improvisation

    Faculty member Susan Sgorbati’s has published a new book with Emily Climer ’12 and Marie Lynn Haas ’12 on Emergent Improvisation: Where Dance Meets Science on Spontaneous Composition

  • Isabelle Parker '16 Blogs for Grub Street

    Isabelle Parker '16 guest blogged for the literary non-profit Grub Street (where she interned this summer) on "The Value of Structure and Creativity in Poetry," based on two Bennington courses she took with faculty member Michael Dumanis. Grub Street is the second largest independent center for creative writing in the U.S. Read more.

  • President Silver Profiled in Chronicle of Higher Ed

    Newly appointed President Mariko Silver spoke with The Chronicle of Higher Education about why she listened to her gut and came to Bennington. Read more.

  • KOHUT Analyzes effective Leadership in HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW

    Matthew Kohut, a fellow at Bennington's Center for the Advancement of Public Action, co-authored the cover story of the Harvard Business Review’s July/August issue. The article, which compares warmth- vs. fear-based leadership models, comes in advance of Kohut’s new book, Compelling People: The Hidden Qualities That Make Us Influential, which he co-authored with John Neffinger. Read the article here.

  • Ann Pibal Awarded $25,000 Rappaport Prize

    The DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum has named visual arts faculty member Ann Pibal winner of its prestigious Rappaport Prize, which awards $25,000 each year to a contemporary artist with ties to New England. For coverage in the Boston Globe, click here.

  • Poem by Mark Wunderlich published in New Republic

    Literature faculty member Mark Wunderlich's poem "White Fur" was published in the June issue of the New Republic. Look.


    The stories that comprise MFA alumna Jamie Quatro ’09’s debut collection, I Want to Show You More, according to noted literary critic James Wood in his New Yorker review, “are passionate, sensuous, savagely intense, and remarkable for their brave dualism.” Read more.

  • Pibal Opens Solo Show in Boston

    An exhibition of new paintings by faculty member Ann Pibal is on view at Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston through Saturday, May 4, with an opening reception on Friday, April 5. The exhibition, LOS DOS, which represents Pibal's continued investigation into the possibilities presented by abstract painting, can be viewed online here.

  • Brazelton Wins Prestigious Composition Prize

    Music faculty member Kitty Brazelton was awarded the 12th annual Carl von Ossietzky Composition Prize by the University of Oldenburg for her setting of Psalm 104 for mixed choir, percussion, and organ. Read more.

  • Julie Last Engineers Grammy-Nominated Album

    Music faculty member Julie Last is the audio engineer behind bestselling chantmaster Krishna Das’ latest album, Live Ananda, which was nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for Best New Age Album. Last’s work captures the depth and spirit of a group of chanters on a three-day retreat in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Listen here.

  • Bennington Makes 'Best Classroom Experience' List, Among Others

    The Huffington Post published the Princeton Review's "Best Classroom Experience" list, where Bennington joined the likes of Swarthmore, Wellesley, and the United States Military Academy in the top 10. Bennington was also ranked in the categories of "Class Discussions Encouraged" (#3); "Best College Dorms" (#5), "Best College Theater" (#6). and "Students Study the Most" (#15).

  • CAPA Architects Awarded Top AIA Honors

    Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, the team behind Bennington's Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), has won the highest honor the American Institute of Architects bestows on an architecture firm. Read more.

  • Insight-Decision-Action: An Interview with Gong Szeto

    Klat magazine, a contemporary art, design, and architecture publication, spoke with graphic designer and CAPA fellow Gong Szeto about his ongoing work in collecting and visualizing geopolitical data to enhance the risk assessment capabilities of U.S. federal agencies. Read more.

  • New Works by Jon Isherwood On View in Numerous Exhibits

    Several large-scale sculptures by visual arts faculty member Jon Isherwood have been installed at the Songzhuang Art Museum in Beijing, the deCorva Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, and on the campus of Rhode Island College in Providence, RI. Read more.

  • The Long Way to Bennington

    The Bennington Banner chronicles two first-year students' 350-mile bike ride to college. Read.

  • Usdan Gallery Presents: 'Uniting States of Americans'

    Usdan Gallery’s first exhibition of the year, Uniting States of Americans, a presentation by Cynthia Weber that documents and juxtaposes two of the most significant periods in recent American history, is on view through Oct. 18. Read more.

  • President Coleman to Retire in June 2013

    Bennington President Elizabeth Coleman announced on Sept. 19 that after 25 years of leadership, she will retire from the presidency in June. Over the coming weeks and months, we will post details about the search for Bennington’s next president on our website. 

  • New Works by Mary Lum on View in NYC

    An exhibit of new works by visual arts faculty member Mary Lum will open with a reception at Yancey Richardson Gallery (535 West 22nd St., New York, NY) on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6:00 pm. The exhibit, Small Structures—on view through Oct. 20—includes a series of small-scale photographs and acrylic-based collage works on paper, hung end-to-end in a line throughout the gallery. Read more.

  • Bennington Earns CASE Fundraising Award

    The Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) has honored Bennington with a 2012 Educational Fundraising Award for the exceptional performance of its institutional advancement program over the past three years. Read more.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Carol Pal Publishes Debut Book on 17th-Century Female Scholars

    History faculty member Carol Pal’s debut book, Republic of Women—released this month by the Cambridge University Press—tells the story of a transnational network of female scholars who were active members of the 17th-century republic of letters, and demonstrates that this intellectual commonwealth was a much more eclectic and diverse assemblage than has been assumed. Read more.

  • Commencement 2012

    Emmy winner Peter Dinklage ’91 and class speaker Bryan Conover '12 addressed close to 1,200 members of the Class of 2012, family, and guests at Bennington's 77th Commencement Dinner. Coverage: video, photos, media.

  • a big week for mfa faculty

    MFA faculty member Tracy K. Smith has won literature's most coveted prize for poetry, while Writing Seminars director Sven Birkerts was elected to one of the most prestigious honorary societies in the country. Read more.

  • 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.

  • Accolades Abound for Megan Mayhew Bergman's Debut

    The Boston Globe called faculty member and MFA alumna Megan Mayhew Bergman “a top notch emerging writer” after the release of her universally praised debut, Birds of a Lesser Paradise. The collection of 12 stories has been named a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writer’s Selection, as well as an Indie Next Pick and Amazon Top Ten pick for March. It also received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly and was named a “Must-Read Book for March” by O Magazine. For the full Boston Globe review, click here.

  • Kerry Woods Published in Canadian Journal of Forest Research

    Ecology faculty member Kerry Woods’ research on "Losses in understory diversity over three decades in an old-growth cool-temperate forest" has been published in the March issue of the Canadian Journal of Forest Research. Read more.

  • 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.

  • Burlington Free Press: 'How Modern Dance Took Root in Vermont'

    The Burlington Free Press looks back at the artistic innovators who put Bennington on the map as the birthplace of modern dance—as well as those who have helped maintain its status as an iconic American dance institution. Full story.

  • 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.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Salt Prints by Jonathan Kline Exhibited at UVM

    Visual arts faculty member Jonathan Kline’s exhibition at the University of Vermont showcased 17 prints produced using one of the many historic photographic processes that he’s dedicated his recent career to preserving. Read more.

  • Mountain man joins feist on david letterman show

    Amelia Meath '10, Molly Sarle '12, and Alex Sauser-Monnig '09—better known as Mountain Man—provided backup vocals for Feist on the Oct. 4 Late Show with David Letterman. Mountain Man has been touring with Feist this fall as she promotes her new album Metals.

  • Rotimi Suberu Speaks at International Conference on Nigerian Politics

    Political science faculty member Rotimi Suberu presented a paper on "Prebendal Politics and Federal Governance in Nigeria" at an international conference on Nigerian politics recently. Read more.

  • Editorial by David Anderegg Published in New York Times

    An editorial by psychology faculty member David Anderegg was published in The New York Times' “Room for Debate” series, which calls on experts from various fields to weigh in on news events and other relevant issues. Anderegg’s piece, Moving On With Our Lives, addresses the issue of  “What parents should reveal about ‘life before children,’ and when.” Read it here.

  • CAPA: A New Chapter Begins

    A $20-million, state-of-the-art, green academic facility for a progressive new model of liberal arts education is officially open at Bennington College. Read more.

  • Bennington Becomes First U.S. School to Participate in European Dance Festival

    Bennington College this summer became the first American school to participate in the European Schools Festival at the National Center of Contemporary Dance in France. Read more.

  • Mary Lum’s New Exhibition “Mind Bending,” says Boston Globe Art Critic

    Faculty member Mary Lum's mixed-media exhibition at Carroll and Sons gallery in Boston is "mind bending," declared Boston Globe critic Cate McQuaid. "Lum has taken over the gallery, commanding the viewer's attention in ways large and small." The exhibition aims to evoke the experience of city life through paintings, collages, photographs, and drawings of varying scale. Read the entire Globe review.

  • 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.

  • On 117th Birthday, Martha Graham Dances Across Google’s Homepage

    In the 1930s and 40s, Bennington School of the Dance founding faculty member Martha Graham changed the face of modern dance. May 11, on what would be her 117th birthday, the undisputed mother of modern dance changed the face of the world's leading search engine: Google. Read more.

  • Photo by Thomas Bruno ’14 Chosen for Greenpeace Exhibition in Turkey

    Thomas Bruno ’14 was one of 19 amateur photographers and the only American to have his work selected for an upcoming Greenpeace exhibition for pollution awareness. Read more.

  • Bennington RELEASES Second Edition of National ONLINE Literary Anthology

    Bennington has released the second annual edition of plain china, the only national online compilation of undergraduate writing today. Read more.

  • 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.

  • President Coleman Keynotes nais annual Conference

    President Coleman delivered a keynote speech at the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) annual conference this month, discussing Bennington’s major curricular initiative to reorient the liberal arts around 21st century problems and needs. Read more.

  • Valerie Imbruce Discusses NYC’s Food System on Pacifica Radio

    Environmental Studies Director Valerie Imbruce was interviewed on WBAI Pacifica Radio in New York City for a segment on the City's plans to make its food system more locally sourced and accessible to low-income and immigrant communities. Listen to her interview here.

  • David Anderegg Speaks at TEDx-Brussels Conference

    Psychology faculty member David Anderegg spoke at the TEDx Conference in Brussels, Belgium, last month on the growing culture of anti-intellectualism in America—a topic central to his critically acclaimed 2008 book Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them. Watch his talk here.

  • 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.

  • Mansour Farhang Hosts Conference on Advancing Democracy in Iran

    Faculty member Mansour Farhang and Maryland University professor Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak have received multiple grants—including $50,000 from George Soros's Open Society Institute—to convene a conference on "Toward a Culture of Civil Liberties, Human Rights and Democracy in Iran" at the University of Maryland's Roshan Center for Persian Studies, from October 28-31. Read more.

  • Green Campus

    Bennington Banner Highlights Campus Sustainability Initiatives

    Bennington's campus bike share program, public transportation stop, and student-run organic garden are a few of the new sustainability initiatives that were highlighted last week by the Bennington Banner. Read the article here.

  • 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: Top (column 3)

  • Connecting Through Place: The Future of a New England Mill Town

    Bennington faculty and students used the town and landscape of Bennington as a vehicle to understand connections between the biophysical world, societal issues, and history. The College was awarded a National Science Foundation grant in 2012 in support of a three-year curricular project aimed at exploring sustainable futures for former mill towns in New England. There will be an exhibition of student work on view at the Left Bank Gallery in North Bennington May 23 through 27. The opening reception will take place on Friday, May 20 from 5 pm to 7 pm. Read more.

  • New Exhibition Highlights College's Role in Digital Design

    Co-organized by faculty member Jon Isherwood and Bennington Museum curator Jamie Franklin, the exhibition 3D Digital: Here and Now highlights artists, designers, and manufacturers whose work exploits the potential of new technologies to push material practice, including works by Bennington College students, alumni, faculty and staff. The exhibition runs through June 15. Read more.

  • Sinclair '10 Wins $50K Whiting Award

    Safiya Sinclair ’10 has been awarded a 2016 Whiting Award, given annually to ten emerging writers based on early accomplishment and the promise of great work to come. Tracy K. Smith, a former faculty member, received the award in 2005.

  • Oscar Nod for Mooser '01

    Bryn Mooser ’01 has received an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Short for Body Team 12, which he coproduced with David Darg. The film follows the lone female member of a team responsible for collecting the bodies of the dead during the Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

  • Top Dorms

    Town and Country highlighted Bennington and other colleges that topped the Princeton Review’s 2016 rankings of the best college dorms, food, and happiest students.

  • Swados '73 Remembered by the New York Times

    Elizabeth Swados ’73, whose groundbreaking work began while still a student at Bennington, is described in an obituary in the New York Times as “a composer, writer and director who fashioned a unique style of socially engaged musical theater.”

  • China Dialogues Turns Collaboration into Art

    In a new project at the Usdan Gallery at Bennington College, artists, dancers, curators, students, and thinkers from China and the U.S. are turning the process of collaboration into a form of art. Read more.

  • Freshman's New App Hopes to Inspire Global Conversation

    Asad Malik ’19, a freshman at Bennington College, is co-creator of a new app that hopes to create a global “connected mind” when users share their thoughts and ideas. Read more.

  • Mayhew Bergman (MFAW '10) Appointed Associate Director of MFAW Program

    Megan Mayhew Bergman (MFAW '10) has been appointed associate director of the MFA in Writing Program at Bennington College. She is the author of two critically acclaimed works of short fiction (Birds of a Lesser Paradise and Almost Famous Women) and is at work on a novel that will be published by Scribner. Read more.

  • Marble Codes: Robotic Sculpture from Garfagnana

    Digital Stone Project, the not-for-profit technology organization led by faculty member Jon Isherwood, recently held the symposium and exhibition Marble Codes: Robotic Sculpture from Garfagnana in Florence, Italy. Digital Stone Project uses innovative digital technologies to serve artists, architects, designers, and the public. Read more.

  • An Interview with Mark Wunderlich

    Literature faculty member Mark Wunderlich, whose recent poetry collection, The Earth Avails, won the 2015 Rilke Prize, is interviewed in the current issue of The American Literary Journal. His poem "The Corn Baby" was published in the May 15 New York Times Magazine.


    Co-curated by Tower 49 Gallery Director Ai Kato and critic and curator Karen Wilkin, The Bennington Legacy traces the lineage of a group of influential artists and teachers who were associated with the abstract modernist movement at Bennington College from the early 60s through the 80s. The exhibition is currently on view at Tower 49 Gallery in New York City. More info.


    Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage ’91 (Bennington’s 2012 commencement speaker) promoted the hit series’ upcoming season on a recent Daily Show with John Stewart. Watch.


    Faculty member Andrew Spence is one of 30 artists included in a major exhibition surveying new work in pattern, repetition, and motif at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery (between 51st and 52nd Streets, NYC). The exhibition opens with a reception on March 16, 6:00–8:00 pm, and runs through June 12 (Monday–Friday, 8:00 am–6:00 pm). More info.

  • Wunderlich Wins Prestigious Poetry Prize, Finalist for Another

    Faculty member Mark Wunderlich recently won the 2015 University of North Texas’ Rilke Prize for his latest collection, The Earth Avails. The $10,000 prize recognizes a book that “demonstrates exceptional artistry and vision.” Mark was also a finalist for the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His recent poem, "My Night with Jeffrey Dahmer,"recounts in chilling detail his encounter with infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer at a Madison, Wisconsin, bar. Read the poem in The Stranger.


    The Journal of Student Research recently published a paper with work by Bennington students, under the direction of faculty member Amie McClellan. The paper looks at the impact of a common detergent on individual cells. While the impact on more complex organisms has been studied, this is, to McClellan’s knowledge, the first such study at the cellular level. Read more.


    Faculty member Thorsten Dennerline was one of 34 artists selected from some 2,000 submissions for inclusion in the International Print Center New York Winter exhibition; his submission is a book of his own images and text by fellow faculty member Mark Wunderlich. More.


    Faculty member Noah Coburn was recently quoted in a New York Times article about Afghans' increasing reliance on the Taliban to settle justice disputes. Full article.


    New works by artist Devin Powers '05 on view at Lesley Heller Workspace in New York "muster an elaborate physicality while corralling a profusion of references to different cultures, mediums and artifacts," said a recent review in The New York Times. Read more. .

  • Berkshire Eagle: Student Printmaking Show 'Deeply Affecting'

    The Eighth Annual Bennington Printmakers' Show, currently on view at the Vermont Arts Exchange, reveals a "mastery of of the printmaking process, as well as original and often deeply affecting ideas," said a recent review in the Berkshire Eagle. Read more.


    Actor John Boyd ’03 has landed a role on the new season of the Fox series Bones as FBI agent James Aubrey. “It’s really fun to get to come onto a show and discover all of the stuff that everyone sort of takes for granted and sees all the time,” Boyd said. Watch.

  • Sammartino '99 Wins Visionary Leadership Award

    Victoria Sammartino '99 was awarded the Dr. Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award. Sammartino is the founder of Voices UnBroken, a nonprofit dedicated giving vulnerable young people--including those in juvenile justice facilities, group homes, residential treatment facilities, jails, and other alternative settings--tools and opportunity for creative self-expression. Inspired by her experience teaching poetry readings on Rikers Island while a student, she began the nonprofit one year after graduating from Bennington. Read more.

  • Deschenes 'Turns Gallery Into Camera'

    With her current exhibition at the Walker Arts Center in Minneapolis, faculty member Liz Deschenes—recently dubbed a “giant of post-conceptual photography” by the New York Times—“turns the gallery into a camera,” writes one critic. Read more.

  • PEN/Faulkner Celebrates Malamud

    Hundreds of literary fans and notables gathered in Washington D.C. last week for a celebration of what would have been longtime former faculty member Bernard Malamud's 100th year. Read more.

  • Allen Shawn Pens 'Engrossing Portrait' of Leonard Bernstein

    Faculty member Allen Shawn is earning widespread praise for his recently published biography of internationally celebrated composer, conductor, and classical pianist Leonard Bernstein. More.

  • Students Perform Weekly for Alzheimer's Patients

    Music faculty member Michael Wimberly's class performs every Wednesday for patients in the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center."We often lose sight of the fact that it's not just medicine that keeps you well," SVMC director of planning James Trimarch told the Bennington Banner. "It's this. It's music, love, activities with your friends." Full coverage.

  • Amar Sahay ’97 Awarded $2.75 Million To Study How The Brain Curbs Fear

    Neurobiologist Amar Sahay ’97 has been awarded a $2.75 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore how the brain curbs fear, with the goal of developing new therapeutic strategies to help people with generalized anxiety disorder or post-traumatic stress disorder. Read more.

  • Nominations Invited for Dr. Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award

    Bennington College is pleased to invite nominations for the 2015 Elizabeth Coleman Visionary Leadership Award. This annual award, established in honor of Bennington’s ninth president and current director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), recognizes a distinguished Bennington alumna/alumnus, faculty or staff member, or an individual from the larger Bennington community whose innovative and inspirational leadership is advancing civic and cultural life and improving the lives of others. Read more.


    Bennington fared well in several national rankings compiled by The Princeton Review’s annual Best Colleges Guide, including “Professors Get High Marks” (#2), “Best Classroom Experience” (#4), “Best Theater" (#4), and “Most Accessible Professors” (#6). Read more.


    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.


    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.


    Mariko Silver sat down with Danny Frank of Greater Northshire Access Television to talk about what brought her to Bennington.

  • Stone Carving in the 21st Century

    On Saturday June 21, faculty member Jon Isherwood joined other artists to present work with new technologies and marble. The conference delved into ideas and techniques surrounding art and sculpture in a post digital environment. Read more.

  • Local Action, Global Change

    From the local to the global, morning headlines describe problems that seem impossible to fix. But what if a college course taught students skills to tackle them anyway? Susan Sgorbati’s Bennington College introductory conflict-resolution class, “Solving the Impossible,” attempts to do just that. And with powerful results. Read more.

  • Deschenes Earns High Praise in NYT

    A New York Times art critic praised faculty member Liz Deschenes as “one of the quiet giants of post-conceptual photography” in a review of her current exhibition at Miguel Abreu Gallery in New York. Read more.


    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.

  • 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.

  • Plain China, Vol. 5

    Bennington student editors have released the fifth volume of plain china, the first and only literary anthology showcasing the best undergraduate writing from across the country. Look.

  • Feitlowitz Translates Salvador Novo’s Autobiography

    Literature faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz’s translated autobiography of Mexican writer Salvador Novo, which includes 19 translated sonnets, recounts Novo's coming-of-age amidst the violent Mexican Revolution and offers a history of his passions—both literary and otherwise. Published this spring by University of Texas Press, Pillar of Salt is "nothing short of beautiful," wrote critic Micah McCrary in his review. Read more.

  • 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.

  • Liz Deschenes’ Exhibition

    The Walker Art Center announces a solo exhibit of Bennington faculty Liz Deschenes’ work. Read more.

  • Bennington Tops List of 'Colleges With the Highest Rate of Student Internships'

    Bennington was one of eight Colleges in the country to report that 100 percent of its graduates participated in an internship during college, according to U.S. News and World Report. While on average, only 37.7 percent of U.S. college students from the class of 2012 interned at some point in their undergraduate career, 100 percent of Bennington students participate in a seven-week internship—every year—during Field Work Term.

  • Pal Wins AHA Prize

    History faculty member Carol Pal has been named winner of the American Historical Association's 2013 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for her book Republic of Women: Rethinking the Republic of Letters in the Seventeenth Century. More.

  • Video: All-Class Reunion Highlights

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

  • Carlos Mendez '15 Published in Journal of Biological Chemistry

    Carlos Mendez '15 co-authored a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry based on research he conducted over the summer and during last year's Field Work Term at the University of Southern California. The paper provides insight into “an alternative molecular basis for the initiation events in skin cancer.” Read more.

  • Your Voice in my Pocket

    A podcast by Jason Moon ’13 finds that voice messages are sometimes saved for the message, and other times saved for the voice. Listen.

  • 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.

  • Alfano Examines 'American Myth' in Italian Film & Lit

    Faculty member Barbara Alfano’s new book, The Mirage of America in Contemporary Italian Literature and Film, examines the use of images associated with the U.S. in Italian novels and films released between the 1980s and the 2000s. The book explores how the individuals portrayed in these works—and the intellectuals who created them—confront the cultural construct of the American myth. Read more.

  • Edelman Shares Expertise on Science Channel

    Faculty member and brain researcher David Edelman, whose current research involves putting octopuses through mazes, discusses how alien minds might function on the popular Science Channel program Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman. More here.

  • '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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Four students Awarded Top Writing Fellowships

    Two Bennington students have been invited to Bucknell University this summer, and two others to Skidmore College, for highly selective, nationally sought-after creative writing fellowships. Read more.

  • Camille Guthrie Guest Blogs for Poetry Foundation

    Literature faculty member Camille Guthrie is guest blogging in April for the Poetry Foundation’s blog, “Harriet,” in celebration of National Poetry Month. Guthrie’s recently released collection, Articulated Lair, a series of poems about the art of Louise Bourgeois, was chosen as the January book-of-the-month for The Rumpus Poetry Book Club. She discusses the collection here.

  • 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.

  • Benjamin Anastas’ New Memoir Draws Praise in NY Times

    Undergraduate and MFA faculty member Ben Anastas' new memoir, Too Good to Be True—about having and losing it all, both in literature and life— “is smart and honest and searching,” raved one New York Times review, “…so plaintive and raw that most writers (and many readers) will finish it with heart palpitations.” Read more.

  • Unsettled and Perpetual: Camille Guthrie Interviews Ann Pibal

    A conversation between literature faculty member Camille Guthrie and visual arts faculty member Ann Pibal was published in the biannual literary arts journal Fence. Pibal's 2011 piece, FLS2, was featured on the front cover. More.

  • Maliha Ali '15 Leads Peace Project in Pakistan

    Maliha Ali ’15 led in the restoration of a defunct public library in her native Pakistan this summer through a $10,000 grant from the Davis United World Scholars Projects for Peace program. She spoke with the Rutland Herald about her experience here.

  • 80+ Students and Staff Volunteer Locally

    More than 80 Bennington students and staff members spent a recent Saturday pitching in around town and continuing the College's Hurricane Sandy relief efforts as part of the Bennington ACTS annual day of service. Full story.

  • 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.

  • Usdan Gallery Presents Middle Falls by Linda Matalon

    Matalon is a second-generation Post-Minimalist. She operates at a remove from the style's originators, but remains a true believer, expanding and refining a known vocabulary with her own expressive needs, approach to materials and assured touch. Matalon will speak about her work on Tuesday, November 6, at 7:30 pm, in Tishman Lecture Hall. The exhibition is on display in Usdan Gallery through November 30 (gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 1:00–5:00 pm). Read more.

  • 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.

  • Two Students Tapped to Read at Burlington Book Festival

    Rebecca Valley ’16 and Anna Rutenbeck ’16 were two of sixteen Vermont students chosen to share their writing at this weekend’s Burlington Book Festival. Both native Vermonters, Valley and Rutenbeck read their poems as part of the Millennial Writers on Stage event, sponsored by the Young Writers Project and Vermont Public Radio. To read their work, click here.

  • Convocation 2012: Librarian Oceana Wilson Welcomes Incoming Class

    "Embrace the possibilities in each of you," Bennington's convocation speaker, Oceana Wilson, told the class of 2016. "Know that Bennington will enlarge not only your mind but also your heart, and that your Bennington education will be a love affair or a lover’s quarrel or perhaps—and I think most ideally—it will be both." Coverage: news, video, photos

  • Bennington Receives $200K Grant from National Science Foundation

    The National Science Foundation has awarded Bennington a $200,000 grant in support of a three-year curricular project aimed at exploring sustainable futures for former mill towns in New England. Read more.

  • Poetry International Goes In-Depth with Ed Ochester

    Vermont-based poet Chad deNiord's conversation with MFA faculty member Ed Ochester was published recently in Poetry International magazine. deNiord, who's known for his in-depth interviews of renowned American poets, visited Ochester during the Bennington Writing Seminars summer residency in June. Read the interview here.

  • Souleymane Badolo MFA ’13 WINS Juried Bessie Award

    The New York Dance and Performance Awards has named Souleymane Badolo MFA ’13 winner of its prestigious Juried Bessie Award for his innovative approach to dance in New York City. Read more.

  • Deschenes Exhibit at Art Institute of Chicago

    Photography faculty member Liz Deschenes has collaborated with Austrian photographer Florian Pumhösl on an exhibition currently on view at the Art Institute of Chicago. The exhibition, Parcours—a French word for “route”— is inspired from an unrealized exhibition proposal of the 1930s by Austrian-born Bauhaus designer Herbert Bayer, according to the museum. Read more.

  • VPR: ‘CAPA dedicated to idea that education should serve public interest’

    Vermont Public Radio reported on the recent Water Dialogues that took place at Bennington’s Center for the Advancement Public Action. “CAPA is designed to involve leaders and visionaries who are working to effect change on many fronts around the world,” VPR’s Susan Keese reported. Listen to the full story here.

  • Lehrer Earns Fourth Tony Nomination

    For his sound design of the Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Death of a Salesman, faculty member Scott Lehrer has earned his fourth Tony Award nomination in five years. Read more.

  • Fast Co. Praises 'Citizens Connect' App Developed by Nigel Jacob's Office

    As co-chair of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Bennington CAPA fellow Nigel Jacob is showing how technology can be used to empower citizens and involve them in the inner workings of the city, according to Fast Company Magazine. Full story.

  • Plain China, Vol. 3

    Bennington student editors have released the third volume of plain china, the first and only literary anthology showcasing the best undergraduate writing from across the country. The current issue features work selected from more than 50 undergraduate literary journals, and includes writers from Princeton, Louisiana State University, University of Georgia, Bard College, Harvard University, UC-Berkeley, Northwestern, and Stanford, among others. Read it here.

  • Carol Pal Earns Prestigious Huntington Fellowship

    History faculty member Carol Pal has been named next year's Dibner Fellow in the History of Science at the renowned Huntington Library in California. During her year at the Huntington, Carol will be working on her second monograph, Transient Technologies. Her first book, Republic of Women, will be published in May by Cambridge University Press.

  • 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.

  • Thorsten Dennerline Selected for International Print Center Exhibit

    The International Print Center New York has selected a series of prints by visual arts faculty member Thorsten Dennerline for its “New Prints 2012/Winter” exhibit—a collection of 68 prints by 45 artists selected from a pool of more than 2,300 submissions. Read more.

  • 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.

  • Liz Deschenes to be Included in 2012 Whitney Biennial

    Photography faculty member Liz Deschenes is one of 51 artists selected to participate in the Whitney Museum of American Art’s prestigious Biennial exhibition— the Museum’s signature survey of contemporary American art and one of the leading art shows in the world. Read more.

  • VPR Commentary Lauds CAPA

    Vermont Public Radio commentator Don Kreis aired his thoughts on Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) after a recent visit to campus. “I'm here to testify that the Center for the Advancement of Public Action—CAPA, as it's known on campus—is not a gimmick,” said Kreis. “And I know that not by speaking with anyone from Bennington College. Their remarkable new building speaks for itself. 
CAPA exudes audacity, conviction and humanity.” Listen here.

  • CAPA Fellow Nigel Jacob Nominated for 2011 Public Official of the Year Award

    GOVERNING magazine has nominated Nigel Jacob and Chris Osgood, co-chairs of the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, for its annual Public Official of the Year award. A current fellow at Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), Jacob has been working with Osgood (and some Bennington students, among others) to harness new technologies in ways that strengthen public services and increase citizen engagement. Their work "could fundamentally change the way citizens interact with cities,” the magazine wrote. Read more.

  • Megan Mayhew Bergman Anthologized in 2011 Best American Short Stories

    A story by visiting literature faculty member Megan Mayhew Bergman is included in the recently released 2011 Best American Short Stories. Entitled “Housewifely Arts” Mayhew Bergman’s story follows a grieving daughter who drives miles because she yearns to hear her dead mother’s parrot mimic her mother’s voice. Mayhew Bergman’s first collection of stories, Birds of a Lesser Paradise, is due out in March 2012 and has been selected by Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program. For more on her work, click here.

  • Yoko Inoue one of ten artists to receive $25,000  grant

    Visual arts faculty member Yoko Inoue was one of ten artists selected to receive a $25,000 grant from the Anonymous Was A Woman Foundation. The unrestricted grant enables women “at a critical juncture in their lives or careers to continue to grow their work,” according to the Foundation. Inoue is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work includes sculpture, installation, collaborative projects, and public intervention performance art. For more on her work, click here.

  • 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 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.


    An exhibition by seven advanced printmaking students from Bennington College will be on display in the Vermont Arts Exchange’s Mill Gallery at the Sage Street Mill in Bennington. The show, titled “I Will Try to Put Down on Paper,” opens with a reception on Wednesday, Nov. 30, from 7:00-8:30 p.m., and will be on view through Saturday, Feb. 25. Read more.


    Bennington is in the running to be named the most vegan-friendly College in America for the second consecutive year. The full story. Where to vote.

  • College Community Celebrates CAPA Opening

    The opening weekend celebration for Bennington’s new Center for the Advancement of Public Action was both an unveiling of the stunning architectural design of Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, as well as an introduction to the people and programs that are shaping the Center’s aims to fuse thought and action around the most pressing issues of our time. For photo and video coverage of the weekend, click the icons at the bottom of this page.

  • Bennington Pledges Carbon Neutrality by 2030

    By signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment on Oct. 11, Bennington has pledged to achieve 100-percent carbon neutrality by 2030. But as a recent article in the Bennington Banner points out, efforts by the College to shrink its institutional carbon footprint have been underway for years. Read the article here.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Remembering Former First Lady, Bennington Dancer Betty Ford (1918-2011)

    The Bennington community joins the nation in mourning the loss of beloved former First Lady Betty Ford—a Bennington School of the Dance alumna—who died on July 8 at the age of 93. Read more.

  • Gunnar Schonbeck Honored at Solid Sound Festival

    Longtime Bennington faculty member Gunnar Schonbeck was honored at Mass MoCA's Solid Sound Festival recently when Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche performed using the unique handcrafted instruments for which the late music teacher is known. Read more.

  • Rebecca Tinsley Pens Novel Based on DarfurI rEFUGEES

    Former BBC journalist and human rights activist Rebecca Tinsley—a member of the Advisory Council for Bennington's Center for the Advancement of Public Action—has penned a new novel based on the stories of genocide survivors she met while doing humanitarian work in Darfur. Read more.

  • Tanya Schmid's Photo Exhibition is More Than a Senior Project

    Through photographs and testimonies, Tanya Schmid '11 tells the story of a low-income neighborhood in Arica, Chile—a city she visited while studying abroad last year—where, more than 20 years ago, the dumping of arsenic, lead, and 14 other toxic minerals has had devastating health effects on its residents. Read more.

  • Marguerite Feitlowitz Praised for Book on Argentina’s “Dirty War”

    In his column in the Buenos Aires Herald, celebrated journalist and human rights hero Robert Cox dubbed faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz's book on Argentina's infamous Dirty War "the most important book to appear so far on the consequences of the vicious cycle of terror and violence that enveloped Argentina in the 1970s." Read more.

  • 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.

  • President Coleman Keynotes Conference on World Affairs

    President Coleman delivered a keynote address on "What Matters" to kick off the 63rd annual Conference on World Affairs, a five-day event at the University of Colorado Boulder that draws nearly 100,000 people from around the country each year. Read more.

  • In Ceramic Arts Magazine, One Faculty Member Reviews Another

    Philosophy faculty member and art critic Karen Gover's review of Barry Bartlett's new work appeared in a recent issue of Ceramics: Art and Perception, a leading international magazine in the field of ceramic arts. Read more.

  • Paul Voice’s New Book Examines Philosopher John Rawls

    Philosophy faculty member Paul Voice examines the influential work of prominent political philosopher John Rawls in his new book Rawls Explained, published in April by Open Court Press. Read more.

  • Karen Gover Wins Prize from American Society for Aesthetics

    Philosophy faculty member Karen Gover was named winner of the American Society for Aesthetics' 2011 John Fisher Memorial Prize, awarded bi-annually for an original essay in aesthetics. Read more.

  • Donald Hall

    Donald Hall Awarded  National Medal of Arts

    Bennington Writing Seminars Writer-in-Residence Donald Hall, a former Poet Laureate of the United States, was one of 10 artists to be honored by President Obama this week with the prestigious 2010 National Medal of Arts. Watch the White House ceremony here.

  • 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.