Kensinger Meetings are inspired by former anthropology faculty member Ken Kensinger, who taught at Bennington from 1971-95. For nearly twenty years Kensinger hosted summer meetings on campus for colleagues from around the world interested in sharing ideas on field research in lowland South America. Known widely as a generous and insightful colleague, Kensinger welcomed scholars at all points in their careers and from all perspectives in his burgeoning field to engage in deep conversations on subjects at the center of their most current work. Each year, CAPA hosts one of two Kensinger Meetings held at Bennington College.
CAPA convened distinctive contributors from diverse disciplines such as dance, music, science, public administration and the military to discuss the role and practice of improvisation in today's political and creative arenas. All guests, carefully selected by the organizers, engaged with the practice of improvisation in one form or the other. Some of the research questions for discussion and inquiry included:
This research opportunity is a concentrated multidisciplinary forum for teachers and practitioners to present their individual research to the wider community. To be able to share and compare experiences around this subject material will enhance individual understanding of the questions proposed.
Susan Sgorbati, Dance and Conflict Resolution, CAPA, Bennington College
Bernard Grossman, Physics
Andrew Goldman, Ph.D.
Cordelia Sand, Feminist Science Studies
Stuart Kauffman, Science, MacArthur Fellow
Capt. Todd Veazie, Military National Counterterrorism Center, Washington, D.C.
Susie Ibarra, Music
Elena Demyanenko, Dance
Benjamin Harley, Dolphin Dance Project
Dr. Chisa Hidaka, Dolphin Dance Project