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Last fall, Susan Sgorbati '72 & MFA '86 and her class, “Solving the Impossible" worked with the New England division of the EPA and the Village of North Bennington to promote energy reduction by converting the streetlights to LED. 

The project was finished this past September leading the EPA to create the above video profiling the project. Congratulations to Susan and her students for successfully completing such a influential project. 

Read more about the project here


Congratulations to Devin Powers '05 for his recent show of beautiful paintings at Lesley Heller Workspace AND for being reviewed by Roberta Smith in the New York Times! 

Pay a visit to the gallery on Saturday January 31st at 4:30 for an artist talk by Devin. The show will be up until February 1st.

Throughout #FWT2015 we will have seven different student guest editors sharing their work week with you. In between this moment of editor transition, we interrupt to share a few regrams from students in their #FWT location. If you share your view and tag it #benningtoncollege or #FWT2015, we will add it to our #fieldworkterm image and story collection. #benningtoncollege #FWT2015 #FWT #fieldworkterm #internships #college (at Bennington College)

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The Bear (2014)
my animation project from the fall term

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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. :)

The beginning:

The end: 

What's a "great conversation" to me?

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.