That sounds great! You can see the Fall ‘13 (and some of the Spring ‘14) curriculum here.
You’d have to get a little more specific before I could give you any book recommendations. Although this is a great one: The Story of Mankind by Henrik van Loon (see an excerpt from the preface below).
Our professors tend to be pretty busy, especially at this point in the term (we’re in finals), so you might not get a response as soon as you’d like. You might have better luck after June 1st.
- David ‘13
Unfortunately, he’ll be leaving us in the fall. He was only signed for a one-year contract pending Carol Pal’s return. No word yet on where he’s going, but I’ve slipped him this “watch” so we can keep track of his movements:
- David ‘13
You have to take a chance; in that respect, Bennington is very much like the real world. It’s more than just bulling your way into a course, it’s forcibly extending yourself — taking that chance.
Doug Cumming, class of ‘74. Published in the 1976-1978 curriculum.
Not very much is handed to you here but there is a lot for the asking.
Michael Pollan, class of ‘77 on Bennington. Published in the 1976-1978 curriculum.
Things have been a little slow in the office lately so I’ve been brushing up on my Bennington history. This morning I read through “Benningway: A student’s guide to Bennington College, 1978-1980”. It was quite an entertaining read and full of beautiful pictures like this one:
I can’t help thinking, “those were the days” when I read things like, “Each house has its own pet regulations – some are no pets, some have limited numbers of
None the less I had seen something that night which overawed me. It was all in the day’s work - an exhausted division returning from the Somme Offensive - but for me it was as though I had watched an army of ghosts. It was as though I had seen the war as it might be envisioned by the mind of some epic poet a hundred years hence.” - Siegfried Sassoon
I’ve been reading about the Battle of the Somme non stop for about three days now for a presentation, and it’s starting to get prettyyyyy depressing.
With Bennington’s Plan Process you won’t have any college required courses. Along with your Plan committee you’ll decide what classes you believe you should take as a history focus. I guarantee you that you will step out of the box a bit and take some classes in unexpected disciplines but it will be YOUR decision.
The point of this class is not to change you, because you only truly change when you’re in love.
Broad yet beautiful statement (perhaps slightly tongue in cheek) from history professor Eileen Scully at the start of my Special Projects in History class, a class for students wanting to do advanced independent work in history.
-India K, ‘12