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This Fall, The Elizabeth Coleman Center for the Advancement of Public Action at Bennington College in Bennington, Vermont presents: Public Policy Forums @ CAPA.

The series invites guest speakers from the private and public sectors to address a range of important topics in the current national dialogue such as gender and race; food and social justice; the environmental health impacts of herbicides and pesticides; foreign policy, and the growing problem of plastic pollution.

This Thursday’s Public Policy Forum @ CAPA at Bennington College is on the topic of Gender and Race in America. To learn more visit

We are joined by series facilitators: CAPA director Susan Sgorbati and Vermont State Senator Brian Campion.

9/14/18 Panel

Sep 14, 2018

  The Roundtable Panel: a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator and visiting professor at Bennington College Judith Enck, and Times Union Columnist Chris Churchill, and Siena College Economics Professor Aaron Pacitti.

9/7/18 Panel

Sep 7, 2018

  The Roundtable Panel:a daily open discussion of issues in the news and beyond.

Today's panelists are WAMC’s Alan Chartock, Former EPA Regional Administrator and Visiting Professor at Bennington College Judith Enck, Albany County District Attorney David Soares, and counter-terrorism expert Malcolm Nance.

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A Bennington College survey of residents in the PFOA contaminated village of Hoosick Falls in eastern New York finds higher rates of illnesses among residents exposed to the toxic substance than did a previous study conducted by the New York State Health Department.

A map showing concentrations of PFOA detected east of Bennington, Vermont
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Researchers at Bennington College have released data that may show how far a toxic chemical has spread through the air from a closed factory in southern Vermont.

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Recently, an engineering firm hired by company Saint-Gobain released a more than 5,000-page report detailing its initial findings into groundwater pollution in Bennington, Vermont.

Dr. Randy Anselmo, director of Health Services at Bennington College in Vermont, has started his own business to address a problem for small, rural private colleges, camps and boarding schools: access to reliable healthcare services. His answer: telemedicine. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen sat down with Anselmo to talk about his startup, BeWell.


Throughout Friday and Saturday, students, scientists, state and local officials, and area residents are exploring the ins and outs of the PFOA contamination of water supplies in Hoosick Falls, New York, and Bennington, Vermont.

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Vermont officials traveled to Bennington College Thursday night to give residents an update on the effort to bring clean drinking water to people living with contaminated wells. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports.

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Bennington College will host a conference on the future of higher education in prisons this week. 

Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin’s office has announced results from surface water testing in Bennington and North Bennington, as state authorities are hoping to determine the source and extent of a chemical contamination.

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Bennington College has received a $90,000 grant to study the chemical PFOA, which has been found in surrounding water sources. WAMC's Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard spoke with faculty at the college who will be guiding research into a subject with many unknowns.