If you could write a book about anything what would you write about?
Leah ‘13 - Biracial American Identity (I’m half-Japanese and did a paper about this my junior year. It was personal to me, and I learned a ton. People need to know about this!!)
Holly ‘13 - Italian-American Food Culture and/or the History of Pugs
(“Did you know that pugs originated in ancient China and then were super popular in Holland. Also Queen Victoria loved them. She had kennels of pugs. It’s interesting. I think people need to know that.”)
David ‘13 - Jesus Fanfiction (he said this as a joke, but I shouted “I’m writing it! I’m writing it!!” before he could think of something else.)
Glennis ‘15 - A book about street names and how they tell a story about a place. (“I’m hoping to do a radio show about it this summer.”)
Marta Strigham (Visit Coordinator at the Admissions Office) - An Oral History of Bennington from her perspective. (She’s worked here for 33 years!!)
Eric ‘13 - A Political History of German Unification (he doesn’t want a blurb.)
Holly K ‘06 (Admissions Counselor) - Either a memoir about her grandparents’ lives or a History of Media and Technology over the past 50 years and how it relates to Education Policy.
Lauren M. (Admissions Counselor) - The Agony of Gardening (“I’m serious. Right now I’m mad because my lilies didn’t come up [then she listed a bunch of other flowers that didn’t emerge this year] It stresses me out. WHERE DID THEY GO? Its not like I can say ‘I have a mole problem.’ No, I got rid of my mole problem.”)
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Classes Fall 2012
"SHH! The Social Construction of Silence" with Ron Cohen
A social psychology class. I’m focusing on the formation and perpetuation of the cultural boundary through silence between the American North and South regions.
"Vocal Chamber Ensemble" with Tom Bogdan
Basically a choral singing class. We’ve been doing sacred and secular pieces from lots of different time periods. My favorite part is that we’re singing compositions by Bennington professor (a one of my personal inspirations) Kitty Brazelton.
"Battle of the Bands: Blackface, Brass, and Civil War" with Kitty Brazelton
A music history class that focuses on the time period in American history from the late 1800s to the mid 1900s from the perspective of the band.
"Art History Tutorial" with Andy Spence
This class has only four students in it! It’s for advanced art history students who are working on independent long-term projects. Mine is about a sculpture called “The Sphere” by Fritz Koenig and the way in which the artwork changed into an artifact after September, 11th.
"Special Projects in History" with Eileen Scully
Another independent projects class, but this one is to prepare for my final Field Work Term. I’m going to be travelling through several states in the American South with fellow senior Jessieh Johnson-Cunningham. We’re planning to collect individual histories from as many people as we can and then create a performance piece in our last term using these stories.
Classes Fall 2011
Beginning Composing with Allen Shawn (my advisor)
In this class, we learn to create short pieces of music for various instruments. The cool thing is that our completed pieces are often played for the class by Bennington professors. Hearing music that I wrote being played by amazing musicians is such a thrill!
Making and Writing Group Music, a tutorial with Kitty Brazelton
A group of friends learning to write music together. It’s a tutorial, which means that it wasn’t on the curriculum. We created the class ourselves!
Art in America Since WWII with Andy Spence
An art history class that covers art in America… since World War II… self explanatory but still amazing.
Jazz Vocal Workshop with Tom Bogdan and Bruce Williamson
In this class, we sing jazz standards while learning microphone-singing technique, vocal improvisation, phrasing, and transposition among other things. It’s such fun, and the music is amazing.
Sacred Harp Singing School
A group of students singing together in an American tradition that is centuries-old. More on this in a future post!
I know that this is a lot of music classes for one term. This is uncommon at Bennington, but since my knowledge of music is slightly lower than most music-concentration Bennington students, I felt the need to catch up.
Plus, I’ll be starting an independent project soon!! More on that later.