Our Thursday morning shift had a discussion about our understanding of facism. I realize that we all have our own prejudice against the idea of fascism in relation to its historical context. I would like to assume that you are not wanting to promote politically promoted racism and oppression and I would like to know more about how you identify with fascism. Why do you believe in fascism? On what basis do you identify as a fascist?
Bennington is notorious for asking students WHY. I believe that you cannot make an informed argument unless you understand the “why’s” and the limitations of your thinking. So I would like to turn this back to you and ask:
The example that we used to think about this was about a student coming onto campus and believing that abortion should be illegal, they could argue in various ways. If they were well informed and open to healthy debate, then they could be well received because promoting a belief with a broad understanding of its basis as you understand it gives way to better conversation.
If you want to talk further, feel free to email me: firstname.lastname@example.org (I am also involved in the Gender and Sexuality Minority Alliance group and Sexual Wellness Advocacy Group so we can talk about your other identities as well)
Just like most communities at Bennington, the queer community is apparent in various ways. We have a group called queer @ Bennington which can be a great resource. Bennington, like most any college, is a space for you to come in with a mainly-blank slate to really explore yourself as a person, questioner, and thinker. I think Bennington establishes a safer space for queer identified or questioning youth to do just that.
If you are looking to see if you will fit in here, no worries… you will find like-minded people and be a part of various communities. As a queer individual myself, I am personally not very involved in the queer @ Bennington group; however, I still feel a part of the queer community on campus. There are various ways to be involved as a queer person on campus. I took a bunch of people to the gender and queer conference at Hampshire this term and that was a wonderful way to spend part of my weekend! If you have any other questions or just want to chat about this more, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com
I know I can only speak for myself, but I have felt very accepted here. I have enjoyed meaningful conversations with friends, events through SWAG (Sexual Wellness Awareness Group) that have opened my eyes to other conversations, and finding general acceptance of various identities on campus.
As someone who has roomed with an anarchist while having a fully radical left neighbor who would live at Occupy in a perfect world, I would say yes. I may have a skewed perception of this, but I think you can find your place here and I know you could deferentially spark some interesting conversations about your viewpoints. I think it may be best put by Emily, a recent Bennington Graduate:
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Bennington accepts IB credit; however, since Bennington does not have general education requirements you will not be exempt from any classes. As far as admissions we look at each student’s application in entirety so it does not place you in an advantage or disadvantaged place in admissions.
As far as dance goes at Bennington, there is a strong emphasis on creating and making work. Please take a look at this page to read a bit more about the dance program. It took me a while to adjust to the dance program here, but I love how I am finding my own vocabulary and voice now. If you have further questions about the dance program or just want to chat with a fellow dancer, I would love to talk about my current classes and projects and hear about your interests:
Let’s talk movement!