Dr. Mariko Silver, President of Bennington College, to attend Teaching for Experience Symposium

Dobbs Ferry, NY, January 15, 2016
– Building on her inspirational address last summer, we are thrilled to announce that Dr. Mariko Silver, President of Bennington College, will join us again this summer.

Dr. Mariko Silver, President of Bennington College, is one of the leading thinkers on educational policy in the United States.

As last summer’s participants can attest, Dr. Silver is uniquely qualified to frame the most significant questions teachers and education institutions are grappling with today.  Dr. Silver will underscore the importance of experience-based learning in secondary schools and speak to the increasingly important role of experience-based learning at the college level. 

We are thrilled and honored that President Silver is taking time from her busy schedule to be part of the Symposium yet again. Her expertise, perspective and presence will bring yet another level to an already remarkably rich three days.

Registration for the Teaching for Experience Symposium is open.  If you have questions, please call 914-479-6502.

About Dr. Mariko Silver:

Dr. Mariko Silver is the 10th president of Bennington College, a liberal arts college distinguished for its pioneering initiatives in higher education. Prior to assuming Bennington’s presidency in 2013, Dr. Silver served as senior advisor to the president of Arizona State University (ASU). She was acting assistant secretary for international affairs and deputy assistant secretary for international policy in the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama, and policy advisor for innovation, higher education, and economic development in the administration of Arizona’s governor Janet Napolitano. She also served as technology policy specialist in the office of the executive vice provost at Columbia University.

The early years of Dr. Silver’s presidency have been marked by a reanimation of Bennington’s signature educational innovations. Together with the faculty, Dr. Silver has expanded and extended the opportunities students have to discover, develop, and put to practice the capacities they will need to meet the demands of an increasingly unknowable future.

Dr. Silver serves on the steering committee for the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. She is a member of the Presidents' Assembly for the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges and the Association of Colleges and Universities, as well as a member of the American Association of Geographers and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has served on the boards of the Humanity in Action Foundation, Planned Parenthood of Arizona, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Dr. Silver holds a BA in History from Yale University, an MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the University of Sussex (UK), and a Ph.D. in Economic Geography from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).



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