Faculty, alumni, staff and students are in the headlines calling attention to toxic waste sites, single use plastics, children in ICE detention camps; their films, artwork, journalism, performances, businesses albums and more are earning national attention as well. For the full recap of the headlines, click on the stories below.

Single Use Plastic Ban

Senior CAPA Fellow, founder of Bennington’s Beyond Plastics institute, and former EPA administrator Judith Enck has been all over the news as a top expert in plastics reform … [more]

When We First Arrived

Faculty member Mary Lum was one of 100 leading and emerging artists who made work for DYKWTCA (Do You Know Where The Children Are?) … [more]

Exposing Soil Contamination

Associate Director of Bennington’s Elizabeth Coleman Center for Advancement of Public Action (CAPA) David Bond and Beyond Plastics founder and visiting CAPA faculty member Judith Enck discovered PFAS in soil and water surrounding the incinerator … [more]

The Astronomy Club

The Astronomy Club, a new Netflix sketch comedy show featuring the first all-Black house team at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre in New York is receiving rave reviews and earning loyal audiences beyond the stage it first originated … [more]

Pulitzer Prize Nominee

Nigel Poor ’86, co-creator of the hit podcast Ear Hustle, was nominated this year for a Pulitzer Prize in Audio Reporting. Speaking with the Sacramento Bee Poor reacted to the nomination, “To me, it came as a shock, a total shock … [more]

Initiating Creative Chaos

Forbes featured Asad J. Malik ’18—founder and head of 1RIC—this past fall after the exclusively Augmented Reality (AR) studio inked a seven figure investment deal … [more]

Shirley Captivates and Haunts

Shirley—the novel by Susan Scarf Merrell MFA ’09, which takes Shirley Jackson as its main character and is plotted on Bennington College’s campus—was adapted into a critically acclaimed, genre-blending film by the same name … [more]

Familiarity and Surprise

Work by visiting faculty member Farhad Mirza ’12 and Katarina Burin was exhibited in Boston’s Anthony Greaney last fall. The show received a rave review and was featured in The Boston Globe[more]

Queer Coming-of-Age

Cubby, a “quirky queer coming-of-age comedy” co-directed by Ben Mankoff ’11, made the rounds of the international queer film festival circuit since its release last year … [more]

Segregated Academies

Last summer, journalist Ellen Ann Fentress MFA ’08 penned an essay for The Bitter Southerner about her experience attending a segregated school—a reality more than an estimated 750,000 white children experienced in the 1970s … [more]


NPR favorites, Sylvan Esso (Amelia Meath ’10 and Nick Sanborn) performed another Tiny Desk Concert in May, this time at home … [more]

True Crime Hit

True crime podcasts are enjoying a heyday. Following the hit, groundbreaking podcast Serial, hundreds of serialized crime podcasts have sprung up on public radio stations and online … [more]

Behind the Song

This past year, Jonathan Mann ’04 announced the launch of his new podcast, “As it Happens: Song a Day.” Mann’s YouTube Channel, Song A Day Guy, publishes a new song every day, that is written, performed and produced by Mann … [more]

Beethoven & Aortic Dissection

Forbes featured Chief of Cardiac Surgery at Stamford Hospital Dr. Michael Coady ’89 in a report published this past December … [more]

Faking Fine Art for Film

When The New York Times featured the work of Fanny Pereire ’82 in May, she summed up her role on film and tv in one sentence: “I create art collections for people who don’t exist.” … [more]

A Tribute Album

This spring The Liz Swados Project was released, an album of 14 songs from 10 of her works for stage … [more]