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In his article for Bon Appetit, visiting faculty member Ben Hall '04 takes readers on a culinary survey of the best of Detroit's restaurants.

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. Read more

Bennington students, working in collaboration with the State Department's Art in Embassies program, are creating a public artwork for the U.S. Embassy in Oslo, Norway—and, in the process, are learning how art can function as a form of diplomacy. By Aruna D'Souza.

The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation held a meeting of community member and local legislators from Vermont on September 28 in at Bennington College to answer questions from the community, and communicate further information about PFOA as it unfolds. 

This summer five Bennington students from Bosnia explored the intersections between peacebuilding and theater through their work with The Center for Peacebuilding (CIM) in Sanski Most, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Now, they are bringing what they’ve learned back to Bennington. They will present their work at the Peacebuilding in Action panel on October 1 at the Center for the Advancement of Public Actions (CAPA).

On Thursday, October 6, Bennington College welcomed EPA Senior Health Scientist Joyce Donohue. In May 2016, the EPA issued a new guidance level of 70 ppt for PFOA in drinking water. Dr. Donohue gave a public lecture on the background and significance of the new EPA health guidance level for PFOA in drinking water. 

Representatives from a class gave a report to the Village Board of Trustees on Tuesday about their ongoing research to generate a feasibility study on local dams and waterway privileges. 

On the eve of the presidential inauguration, a top journal in American anthropology has published a collection of essays, co-edited by Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action David Bond, which raises new questions about the rise of Trump and the current state of American politics. The collection features work from leading anthropologists who offer provocative reflections on the culture of Trump and popular misconceptions of class and race today. These wide-ranging essays offer bold new interpretations of solidarity, hate and the future of American democracy.

The Mellon Foundation recently awarded $135,000 to the Consortium on Forced Migration, Displacement and Education—a group comprised of Bennington, Vassar, Sarah Lawrence, and Bard colleges—to explore innovative ways to engage with urgent issues of displacement and forced migration.

Bennington College hosted a public meeting on PFOA on Thursday, April 27, 2017. At this meeting, the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR) and Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) updated the community about ongoing negotiations with Saint Gobain and reviewed the state’s current analysis of the nature and scope of PFOA contamination in our region. ANR Secretary Julie Moore applauded the “very active” work of Bennington College in responding to this nearby environmental problem.

Bennington College faculty David Bond and Tim Schroeder also provided an update of their ongoing research into PFOA in our environment.

The inaugural Taconic Mountain Student Water Conference: PFOA took place in CAPA on Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20. Co-organized by David Bond (Bennington) and Ken Facin (Hoosick Falls Central School Distrct), Friday's events were geared towards educating local high students, while Saturday's were open to the public. The second day of the conference provided an opportunity for residents of both the Bennington area and Hoosick Falls to receive updated information and the results from recent tests. Robert Bilott, who spearheaded efforts to expose PFOA contamination of drinking water supplies, gave the keynote speech. 

In a project led in part by faculty member David Bond and Dean of Research, Planning, and Assessment Zeke Bernstein, residents of Hoosick Falls and Petersburgh, NY and North Bennington, VT impacted by PFOA contamination are being urged to fill out a new community health questionnaire.

An online forum of scholarly essays co-edited by faculty member David Bond examines the stark social divides being exposed with Donald Trump’s contentious rise to power.

Bennington’s Incarceration Taskforce was featured in a recent Vice piece on student advocacy groups that “could lead a new age of activism.”

As part of faculty member Yoko Inoue’s course, “Social Kitchen: Ceramics, Food and Community,” the College once again partnered with Greater Bennington Interfaith Community Services to host the “Empty Bowls” event at Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

Faculty member and associate director of Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action, David Bond, was profiled by the New School for Social Research, where he received his PhD in anthropology, for his work studying “the history of our present.”

The Bennington Banner published an op-ed by faculty member and Associate Director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action David Bond, which gave context and concerns to the subject of the oil train now parked near residential areas in North Bennington. 

Bennington College's Skill Share program is partnering with a new community gathering space to promote positivity through interactive art, music, and healthy food. The Green Table Pop-up Co-op, which opened this month, hosted a bookmaking workshop in collaboration with the Skill Share program as one of its first official events.

Asad J. Malik ’19 spoke at The Atlantic's Innovation Game event in Washington, DC, about his augmented reality documentary, Asad and Assad, which uses holograms to tell stories that portray the “wide spectrum socio-political experiences of people perceived as Muslim in the United States.”

Bruna Dantas Lobato '15 interviewed faculty member Marguerite Feitlowitz for Exchanges Literary Journal as part of a series on translators who also teach. 

Director of Bennington’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA), Susan Sgorbati, and faculty member in the environment and Associate Director of CAPA David Bond have been named Global Affiliates at the University of Vermont’s Gund Institute for Environment.

Associate Director of Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) and Environment faculty member David Bond has been invited to become a Member of the School of Social Science at the prestigious Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) for the upcoming academic year.

Bennington’s experiential “learning by doing philosophy” of education allows students to assemble a toolbox of skills, which in turn prepare them to not just secure a job, but also to become innovators and leaders in their chosen fields.

The Women Empowerment Center, developed in Pakistan by Muhammad Haroon '18 with a grant from Davis Projects for Peace and support from Bennington's Field Work Term office, is featured in the organization's 2017 annual report. 

Experts from Afghanistan and Pakistan were recently brought together by CAPA and the Institute of Environmental Diplomacy and Security (IEDS) at the University of Vermont to discuss issues around the contested Kabul River Basin. Participants came to an agreement on a framework -- to collect data and create strategies -- modeled after successful projects in Israel, Jordan, Peru, Ecuador, and Cyprus.

On Friday, March 8, Judith Enck addressed the College and local community on "The Trump Assault on Environmental Protection and What You Can Do About It" as part of CAPA's Environment and Public Action Initiative.  

Once an S.E.C. regulator, now thriving as a lawyer for whistle-blowers, Jordan Thomas '92 has built one of the top legal practices in the country defending those who expose corporate wrongdoing. 

Since its launch in 2015, Bennington College’s Prison Education Initiative (PEI), a program of the Center for the Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) founded by faculty members David Bond and Annabel Davis-Goff, has worked to bring liberal arts programming to the maximum-security men’s prison Great Meadow in Comstock, NY.

How can food capture what makes a community distinctive? As a graduating senior studying Visual Arts, Public Action, and Dance, Isabella Poulos ’18 has devoted her time at Bennington to studying the intersection of food, art, and community.

Faculty member Rabbi Michael M. Cohen discusses the recent diplomacy summit of experts from Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Peace Centre at Dawson College in Montreal.