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Bennington College

Established 1932
Type Private Liberal Arts
Endowment $12,000,000
President Elizabeth Coleman
Provost Elissa Tenny
Dean Wendy Hirsch
Undergraduates 571
Postgraduates 154
Location Bennington, VT, USA
Address One College Drive
Bennington, Vermont 05201-6003
Campus Rural, 550 acres (2.2 km²)
Website http://www.bennington.edu/

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History

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The college's newest student housing, completed in 1999.
The college's newest student housing, completed in 1999.

Bennington College was founded in 1932 as a women's college focusing on arts, sciences, and humanities. It became co-educational in 1969. The campus was once a working dairy farm, and still affords a beautiful view of the Green Mountains. The college has long been known as a leader in progressive, student-centered education, with particular strengths in the creative and performing arts. Image File history File links Unbalanced_scales. ... This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ... This is a file from the Wikimedia Commons, a repository of free content hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. ... Year 1932 (MCMXXXII) was a leap year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1932 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Womens colleges in the United States in higher education are American undergraduate, bachelors degree-granting institutions, often liberal arts colleges, whose student populations are comprised exclusively or almost exclusively of women. ... The Arts is a broad subdivision of culture, comprised of many expressive disciplines. ... Part of a scientific laboratory at the University of Cologne. ... The humanities are those academic disciplines which study the human condition using methods that are largely analytic, critical, or speculative, as distinguished from the mainly empirical approaches of the natural and social sciences. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The Green Mountains may refer to: The Green Mountains in Vermont in the United States extending into southern Quebec in Canada. ...


In 1994, the administration cut back or replaced faculty and abolished presumptive tenure, leading to student and alumni protests, censure by the American Association of University Professors, and other difficulties.[1]. Since then, however, the college's situation has improved considerably due to multi-million dollar gifts from Bennington's earliest classes [2] [3], increased enrollment, and accelerated campus renewal efforts[4]. The New York Times recently recognized Bennington as "one of the country's top private colleges" [5], while Forbes.com observed that it was "high on prestige and low on student-teacher ratios" [6]. Alumna Kiran Desai '93 recently won the famed Man Booker Prize for her novel The Inheritance of Loss [7], while Alan Arkin '55 won an Academy Award in 2007 for his role in Little Miss Sunshine [8]. The American Association of University Professors (AAUP) is an organization of professors and other academics in the United States. ... The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, also known in short as the Booker Prize, is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original full-length novel, written in the English language, by a citizen of either the Commonwealth of Nations or the Republic of Ireland. ...


Bennington ranks 91st on US News Magazine's list of top liberal arts schoolslink title, although significant controversy over such rankings exists. Indeed, Bennington may join Sarah Lawrence and other selective liberal arts colleges in their protest of the rankings system [9]. Also according to U.S. News, Bennington's endowment of less than $12,000,000 places it fifth behind Middlebury College, Norwich University, Saint Michael's College, and Marlboro College among private colleges in Vermont. Founded in the Great Depression, Bennington has historically been underfunded, but the college has worked to address this challenge in recent years through successful fundraising campaigns. U.S. News & World Report is a weekly newsmagazine. ... Middlebury College is a private, small, highly selective liberal arts college located in the rural New England shire town of Middlebury, Vermont, United States. ... Norwich University (NU) is a private university located in Northfield, Vermont. ... Saint Michaels College is a private, residential, liberal arts Catholic college. ... Marlboro College is a small alternative liberal-arts college in Marlboro, Vermont, USA. // Marlboro College was founded in 1946 by returning World War II veterans on Potash Hill in Marlboro, Vermont. ... The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ...


Bennington made national news in 2005 when dance students Kelly Muzzi and Laura Jawitz were rehearsing in a second-story studio and crashed through a plate-glass window, falling onto a brick patio. Muzzi died. Jawitz was seriously hurt. The college later reached a settlement with Jawitz, and established a Safety Fund and Memorial Garden in honor of Muzzi. Later on that year, another Bennington student committed suicide on the campus. In the fall of 2004 Bennington students made headlines when they protested the college's crackdown on campus nudity. Because the college is one of the most expensive in the country, such events brought Bennington considerable and unwanted attention. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


More recently, the college has attracted positive notice for its plans to convert to more ecologically friendly and efficient forms of heating [10] and for the publication of critically-acclaimed new books by faculty members Steven Bach and Allen Shawn. Steven Bach (born April 29, 1940 in Pocatello, Idaho, USA), is the former senior vice-president and head of worldwide productions for United Artists studios. ... Allen Shawn (b. ...

Jennings, the college's music building.
Jennings, the college's music building.
Dewey and Canfield, two of the college's older student housing facilities.
Dewey and Canfield, two of the college's older student housing facilities.

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Education style

Bennington exists on a system of Plans, where students and faculty jointly decide a student's course of study. Main subjects taught include: Social Sciences and Humanities, Dance, Drama, Theater Arts, Music Performance and Composition, Life and Physical Sciences, Literature and Writing, Teacher Education (Center for Creative Teaching), Foreign Language Arts (Isabelle Kaplan Center for Languages and Culture), Visual Arts (ceramics, painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, architecture), Video and Media Studies. The social sciences are groups of academic disciplines that study the human aspects of the world. ... Dance (from French danser, perhaps from Frankish) generally refers to movement used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... A musical composition is a piece of original music designed for repeated performance (as opposed to strictly improvisational music, in which each performance is unique). ... Biology studies the variety of life (clockwise from top-left) E. coli, tree fern, gazelle, Goliath beetle Biology is the science of life (from the Greek words bios = life and logos = word). ... Physical science is an encompassing term for the branches of natural science, and science (generally), that study non-living systems, in contrast to the biological sciences. ... Fixed Partial Denture, or Bridge The word ceramic is derived from the Greek word κεραμικός (keramikos). ... For building painting, see painter and decorator. ... A sculpture is a three-dimensional object, which for the purposes of this article is man-made and selected for special recognition as art. ... Photography [fәtɑgrәfi:],[foʊtɑgrәfi:] is the process of recording pictures by means of capturing light on a light-sensitive medium, such as a film or sensor. ...


Students are held accountable for their work by close critique and review by faculty and peers rather than traditional letter grades. Bennington offers written evaluations rather than a graded scale as the default option for undergraduate performance review. According to the official college website, "all students are encouraged to consider requesting grades for at least two years (or 64 credits) of their study at Bennington so that a GPA might be produced upon graduation." There are no competitive sports teams, fraternities or sororities, ROTC, or school mascots. In education, narrative evaluation is a form of performance measurement and feedback which can be used as an alternative or supplement to grading. ... The terms fraternity and sorority (from the Latin words and , meaning brother and sister respectively) may be used to describe many social and charitable organizations, for example the Lions Club, Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Rotary International, Optimist International, or the Shriners. ... The Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) is a training program of the United States armed forces present on college campuses to recruit and educate commissioned officers. ...


The flow of study at Bennington is referred to as "the Plan Process," and is comprised of the aforementioned critique and review, usually taking the form of reflective essays and Plan Meetings, which roughly occur every other term. Though there is no "core curriculum," students choosing to focus in particular fields are encouraged to take certain classes, or a certain amount of credits in the field. Plan Meetings are attended by the student's Faculty Advisor and a small selection (normally two or three, but sometimes four or even five) of faculty members who may or may not be a part of the student's chosen discipline. Students can request changes to be made to their Plan Meeting rosters.


Bennington is run on a three-term system in which students work on campus for the Fall and Spring terms and complete a 7-week, 210 hour "Field Work Term" during the winter. During this time the campus is mostly closed, and students must seek internships and housing off campus (paid jobs are allowed). On-campus housing is closed from mid-December until March. The Field Work Term office offers many different venues of help for finding and securing jobs. For one full Field Work Term or two half-Field Work Terms, students are allowed to participate in an "Independent Study," which can range from starting an entrepreneurial business to working on one's Senior Project.


Bennington has been part of the SAT optional movement for undergraduate admission since 2006. A liberal arts college is an institution of higher education found in the United States, offering programs in the liberal arts at the post-secondary level. ...


Graduate Program in Writing

Bennington College is home to a low residency MFA program in writing. Core faculty include fiction writers David Gates, Amy Hempel, and Alice Mattison; nonfiction writers Sven Birkerts, Susan Cheever, Phillip Lopate, and Bob Shacochis; and poets Henri Cole, Amy Gerstler, and Ed Ochester. The Executive Director is poet Liam Rector. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Amy Hempel (born December 14, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, USA) is a short story writer, journalist and university professor at Bennington College living in New York. ... Sven Birkerts (b. ... Susan Cheever is a New York City writer whose 13 books include , a biography of Alcoholics Anonymous cofounder Bill Wilson; Home Before Dark, a memoir about her father, John Cheever; and five novels. ... Phillip Lopate is an American essayist, fiction writer, poet, and teacher who was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943. ... Bob Shacochis (b. ... Henri Cole (born 1956) is a poet. ... Amy Gerstler (born in 1956) is an American poet. ... Ed Ochester (b. ...


Bennington College people

Martha Graham
Martha Graham

Among the more notable of Bennington's alumni are: Kathleen Norris (poet), Susan Crile, Merce Cunningham, Kiran Desai, Bret Easton Ellis, Michael Pollan, Helen Frankenthaler, and Jonathan Lethem. Notable current and former (often just visiting) faculty include essayist Edward Hoagland, novelists Bernard Malamud and John Gardner, music composer Allen Shawn, dancer/choreographer Martha Graham, jazz musician Milford Graves, and a number of Pulitzer Prize-winning poets including Stanley Kunitz, Mary Oliver, Theodore Roethke, and Anne Waldman. Image File history File links Martha Graham, 1948 Source: Yousuf Karsh / Library and Archives Canada Copyright: Expired Credit: Yousuf Karsh / Library and Archives Canada / PA-212251 File links The following pages link to this file: Martha Graham ... Image File history File links Martha Graham, 1948 Source: Yousuf Karsh / Library and Archives Canada Copyright: Expired Credit: Yousuf Karsh / Library and Archives Canada / PA-212251 File links The following pages link to this file: Martha Graham ... Notable Alumni Larry Atlas, star of Cruising Bruce Berman (Chairman and CEO of Village Roadshow Pictures; executive producer of The Matrix, among others - attended Bennington as a Chris Barron (Lead Singer of the Spin Doctors) Chris Bowen of the Blue Man Group Ardan Michael Blum Director of a national Charity... for the novelist Kathleen Norris, see Kathleen Norris Kathleen Norris (b. ... Susan Crile (b. ... Merce Cunningham (born April 16, 1919 in Centralia, Washington, United States) is an American dancer and choreographer. ... Kiran Desai (born 3 September 1971) [1] is a South Asian American author. ... Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American author. ... Michael Pollan (b. ... Helen Frankenthaler (born December 12, 1928) is an American post-painterly abstraction artist. ... Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American writer based in New York City, best known for his novels, short stories, and essays, whose work encompasses a variety of genres and styles. ... Edward Hoagland (born December 21, 1932 in New York, New York, USA) is an author best known for his nature and travel writing. ... Bernard Malamud (April 26, 1914 – March 18, 1986) was an American writer. ... John Champlin Gardner, Jr. ... Allen Shawn (b. ... Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 - April 1, 1991), an American dancer and choreographer, is known as one of the foremost pioneers of modern dance. ... Milford Graves (born August 20, 1941) is a free jazz drummer who plays several different kinds of percussion of origins throughout the world. ... The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ... Stanley Jasspon Kunitz (born July 29, 1905) is a noted American poet who served two years (1974–1976) as the Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (a precursor to the modern Poet Laureate program), and served another year as United States Poet Laureate in 2000. ... Mary Oliver (1935 –) is an American poet. ... Theodore Huebner Roethke (; RET-key) (May 25, 1908 – August 1, 1963) was a United States poet, who published several volumes of poetry characterized by its rhythm and natural imagery. ... Anne Waldman (born April 2, 1945) is an American poet. ...


Bennington College in fiction

Bennington has been fictionalized as Camden College in novels by alumnus Bret Easton Ellis. Other writers from Bennington include Jill Eisenstadt, and Jonathan Lethem. Donna Tartt, also a Bennington alumna, set her 1992 novel The Secret History at the fictional Hampden College, which bears a strong resemblance to Bennington. Bret Easton Ellis (born March 7, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American author. ... Jonathan Allen Lethem (born February 19, 1964) is an American writer based in New York City, best known for his novels, short stories, and essays, whose work encompasses a variety of genres and styles. ... Donna Tartt (born 23 December 1963) is an American novelist. ... The Secret History is Donna Tartts first novel. ...


See also

This List of colleges and universities in the United States includes colleges and universities in the U.S. that grant four-year baccalaureate and/or post-graduate masters and doctorate degrees. ...

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