Bennington College graduates encouraged to ‘be radical’ about issues

This article by Derek Carson originally appeared June 4 in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — The Bennington College Class of 2018 were given a heartfelt farewell this weekend, and received best wishes from a Bennington College alumna who throughout her career found new and creative intersections between her passions: community engagement and dance.

The college’s 83rd commencement address was delivered on Friday evening by Liz Lerman, who founded the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in 1976 and led it until 2011. The conferring of degrees ceremony was held the next day.

“Liz is a groundbreaker and model of how artists can engage the urgent questions of their times, whether they’re drawn to issues of social justice, poverty, the environment, scientific advances, or community engagement,” said Bennington College President Mariko Silver. “Her work, which uses creativity and humor to reflect, reshape, and re-imagine the world around her, will be of utmost relevance for our graduates, and we look forward to hearing from her.”

“I’m looking forward to returning to Bennington, a place I called home when I was 17,” said Liz Lerman in advance of giving the address. “When I was asked to be this year’s commencement speaker, what came to mind was the opportunity and the responsibility of speaking with the graduating students as we live through this time of historical reckonings. So of course I said `yes.'”

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