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Trading Throwback Thursday for Campus Picture Friday this week because it’s the OPENING NIGHT of the fall production, Dancing at Lughnasa, directed by faculty member, Jenny Rohn. The drama, written by Brian Friel, centers around the lives of the five unmarried Mundy sisters in a small village in Ireland. Based in the late summer during the harvest festival, Lughnasa, the play demonstrates the difficulties of the Mundy’s through memories recounted by the family. 

If you happen to be in the area and want to grab a ticket email tickets@bennington.edu. Shows will be at 8pm from Friday to Sunday in Lester Martin. 


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Anawan, a five-piece band made up entirely of Bennington alumni (Michael Chinworth '08, Maia Friedman '09, Alice Tolan-Mee '12, Ethan Woods '12, and Trevor Wilson '09) is releasing their NEW ALBUM TOMORROW!! Anawan has already released two albums, Soft Wings in 2012 & All Material on vinyl in 2013. 

If you’re in the New York area, make a point of attending their release party at Baby’s All Right at 146 Broadway in Brooklyn. The party starts at 7:30pm with a cover charge of $8. 

CONGRATS to all of these wonderful alumni!

Cindy Luce and Liz Kahane from Alumni & External Relations planting crocus bulbs with Carlos Torres ’14 and Jiray Avedisian ’14 to honor their classmate Emily Kassier at the site of her memorial bench. The 2014 Senior Class Gift Committee raised $5,000 to create a memorial bench in Emily’s honor. The site is now complete with the planting of the crocus bulbs, a favorite fall moment of Emily’s.

anónimo ha preguntado:

I have three quick questions: one, is Bennington accepting of LGBTQ+ people? Two, is there any preference in the type of application submitted? Like, will the dimensional application give me a better chance of being accepted that the common application will? And three... what is your opinion of the dorms? They look wonderful, but I'm not sure I'll be able to visit for a while, as I live pretty far away.

One: Yes! It really is! Bennington is listed as one of the most LGBTQ+ friendly schools by the Princeton Review, and I can assure you that that is not just an arbitrary superlative. The school is welcoming of people from all walks of life. 

Two: Students who do the Dimensional App over the Common App will not be given preference. Rather, The Dimensional Application is an opportunity for those who do not feel that they would not be well-represented as prospective students by the Common App process.

If you want to read up on it, here’s a helpful link!

http://www.bennington.edu/admissions/apply/dimensional-application

Three: Well, we don’t have dorms per se, we have houses. Bennington housing is student-driven, and student-facilitated; the school takes a somewhat hands-off approach in how they interact with the houses, and as a result, each house has with it a different culture that they cultivate collectively as a community (I did not mean for that to be so alliterative). Each house contributes (I need to stop) to the larger Bennington ecosystem in their own particular way. 

Here’s a super cozy photo of my house, Stokes:

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Hope that helps. Have a great day. 

-Rory 15’

anónimo ha preguntado:

Hello. Im applying to transfer to Bennington, and Bennington is one of my first choices in schools, so I really want to get in. Any tips on enhancing chances? Also, what does the admission office like to see in the main common app essay? Should it be formal or more freestyle? Mine reads: Why do you want to transfer and what goals do you wish to achieve? Thanks for answering, you all seem really amazing.

Hey anonymous,

I wouldn’t say that there is a best way of applying here; all you need to include in the common app essay is what you believe reflects what is important to you. Even if it doesn’t seem like it would be important to anyone else, if you’re passionate about it, it will show. In terms of what admissions “likes to see”, we want to see that you are really reflecting on what it is you want to do, where you’re coming from, and where you want to be. It can be formal, it can be “freestyle”, it can be what you need. 

-Rory 15’

Ps. Also, get in contact with Sarah McAbee at smcabee@bennington.edu

She is the Transfer Counselor, and she can help you out with your applicaton process.

Also, my email, roryc@bennington.edu

Any questions, concerns, et cetera. No worries. 

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Eichmann’s Box // Max Avery Epstein 2014 // I made this film about my trip to Israel in the Summer of 2014. Footage derived from a variety of sources. //

The Best Assignment Ever


This term, I took Michael Cohen’s “Idea’s and Practice: Conflict Resolution” class.  The final assignment for this class was to write a paper analyzing a civil conflict that we find interesting and come up with possible solutions to it. In my paper I analyzed the Sri Lankan civil war  using Edward Azar’s theory of Protracted Social Conflict. 

This paper is definitely my favorite assignment of all time. :)

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The Best Assignment Ever

This term, I took Michael Cohen’s “Idea’s and Practice: Conflict Resolution” class.  The final assignment for this class was to write a paper analyzing a civil conflict that we find interesting and come up with possible solutions to it. In my paper I analyzed the Sri Lankan civil war  using Edward Azar’s theory of Protracted Social Conflict. 

This paper is definitely my favorite assignment of all time. :)

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What's a "great conversation" to me?

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We all have great conversations almost every day. But there are some conversations we have that are powerful enough to describe an entire chapter of our lives.

This is a picture of me receiving the National Literary Award for my novel in 2009 from Mahinda Rajapaksa, the president of Sri Lanka. The award, previously won by other Sri Lankan authors such as Michael Ondaatje has reputation of an average recipient age of 50. I’m the youngest National Lliterary Award winner in the world.  When I walked up to the stage there was applause suddenly paused by a searing silence. Everyone was surprised to see how young  I was.

The conversation I’m having in this picture was no longer than 15 words but looking back, I realize it defines my entire childhood.

The President:  “How old are you?”

Me: “Sixteen, sir”

The President: “How old are you, really?”

Me: “I really am sixteen, sir”

When I published my first novel at the age of fourteen, (after being rejected by several publishing houses that said they “don’t publish books written by kids”) I received all kinds of criticism. Titled Colombo Streets, my book was based on the lives of children (like myself) growing up with the war in Sri Lanka.  While the book sold out 3 editions in a year, became a national bestseller and received many great reviews, there were also many  people in my country who argued that children/ teenagers should not be allowed to publish work about sensitive topics such as ongoing wars and civil conflicts. Some were so infuriated that they created entire hate-blogs on my writing. “A word of advice to parents: Encourage your children to read first, buy them books, rather than let them publish their book. They will thank you for it, when they are ready to write their novel as adults,” one of the bloggers wrote.  I never quite understood why people believed my age should keep me from publishing my work.

I think back to this conversation every now and then. The reason I treasure it so much is because it  reminds me of who I really am. How I  learnt to break conventions at such a young age,   and how I should never let anything; may it be  my age, gender, or the color of my skin;   hold me back from living my dreams.   

I’m eternally grateful to this conversation. Because I truly believe, it is what brought me to Bennington. 

So yeah, that’s a great conversation to me. 

"The plays are a of byproduct of what we do. What we do at Signature is relationships." J. Houghton P’17

 

James Houghton P’17, founding artistic director of Signature Theatre in New York and director of the drama division at the Juilliard School, discuss how artists use their vision and creativity to transform people and communities, and why the the world should embrace artists as the bold entrepreneurs they are.

Hey all,

It’s been a while for those who know me. For those who don’t (!) I’m Michaela & I graduated just last year & am now working in the Alumni Relations Office on campus. Lucky me I get to stick around and learn what others have done after transitioning out of Bennington. Anyway, I wanted to pop in & share RYOT an online news source co-founded by one of our very own, Bryn Mooser ‘01!

The site connects non-profit organization with news stories featured on the site. Following every article there is a link to an organization that does work related to the issues presented in the piece. This is RYOT’s way of allowing the reader to “Become the News” and get involved in the topics we read about in the paper and online EVERYDAY.

Thought I would share it with you all because it’s so Bennington in spirit and just plain fascinating. Take a peek! I apologize in advance because you’ll get lost in RYOT for hours upon hours……