Inside Jordan's Refugee Camp: What Does It Take To Empower Refugees?

Nam Phuong Thi Doan '18

Sitashma Parajuli is rethinking a system that connects different needs across populations, without excluding her own. Can the refugee crisis be tackled in a more creative way with both economic and civic empowerment initiatives, which will not only benefit refugees, but also lay out new possibilities for a more just and sustainable political-economic system of the host country?

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Following the Money: A Look into Field Work Term Grants

By Jorja Rose '18

What brings Bennington students together more than stressing out about Field Work Term plans?  Fall term can feel like a panic of obsessing over your resume, waiting for potential employers to return phone calls and emails, and scrutinizing your bank account.  Grants from the school make previously impossible plans feasible for some students, but things don’t pan out for all grant applicants.  How can we better understand this process, and what needs to change to make Field Work Term a more equitable fixture in the Bennington education?

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Looking Back and Towards the Future

By Jailynne Estevez ‘21

Margaret Mead, a cultural anthropologist in the 1960s, stated: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens, can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead was right. In the 1960s, the Civil Rights movement fought against segregation under Jim Crow Law. This was a drive for social change. It is those who recognize the flaws within a system that congregate in order to fix those flaws.


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