Dr. Mariko Silver will be installed as the 10th president of Bennington College on Saturday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the College's Greenwall Auditorium. The ceremony will include musical performances by students, faculty, and distinguished guests, inaugural readings prepared by bestselling author Jonathan Lethem ‘86 and literature faculty member Michael Dumanis, and an inaugural address by President Silver before an assemblage of academic leaders, trustees, alumni, and friends from around the country, as well as faculty, staff, students, and members of the Bennington community.

When: Saturday, April 26, 10:30 a.m.

Where: Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College

Additional inaugural programming will take place beginning Friday, April 25, through Sunday, April 27, including lectures, panel discussions, performances, and more:

What: A showing of Belarusian Dream presents four short plays (all are finalists in the 2014 Belarusian Dream International Playwriting Festival, which explore human rights in Belarus, "the last dictatorship in Europe," focusing on women, the LGBT community, and tourists in both dark and comic plays. A discussion will follow.

Where: Margot Tenney Theater, Bennington College

When: Friday, April 25, 8:30 p.m.

What: The Children's Arts, Crafts and Play Program hosted by the Bennington Early Childhood Center will include watercolor, play dough, and finger paints, as well as collage and jewelry making.

Where: Up Café (in the Student Center), Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 1:30 p.m.

What: Are We Alone? A unique part of being human is our ability to dream things beyond what we know, and to seek answers to the very boldest of questions we can ask. Where did we come from? What is our destiny? Are we alone? These questions spark our imaginations in a fundamental way. We've all looked at the stars in the sky and wondered if someone on a distant world was doing the same. Join us for a visual, musical, and scientific journey of exploration for life in the universe with Laurie Leshin, member of the Mars Curiosity Rover team and president-elect of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and faculty member and composer/percussionist Susie Ibarra, whose latest work with singer/songwriter Mirah, "We Float," is inspired by first explorations in space. Introduced by astronomer and faculty member Hugh Crowl.

Where: Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 1:45 p.m.

What: Creative Placemaking in a Rural Context. ArtPlace America, a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks, and federal agencies, was founded to accelerate "creative placemaking" -- that is, putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies to revitalize communities in ways nothing else quite can. Commonly associated with urban areas -- every neighborhood on their "America's Top 12 ArtPlaces" is located in a city -- the work being done in small towns and rural areas is often overshadowed. Please join Jamie Bennett, executive director of ArtPlace America, in conversation with alumna Judy Grunberg ‘55, founder of PS21 in Chatham, New York; Matthew Perry, cofounder of Vermont Arts Exchange; and faculty member Dina Janis, artistic director/executive director of the Dorset Theatre Festival.

Where: Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 1:45 p.m.

What: The Legacy of U.S. Intervention: Lessons from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan. Since 2005, faculty member Noah Coburn has spent much of his time conducting research in Afghanistan. Just back from monitoring the recent presidential elections, Coburn will share his thoughts on the future of Afghanistan, the effect of the upcoming troop withdrawal, and the legacy of international intervention. Joining him are students Ben Simpson ‘16 and Ali Faateh Khwaja ‘14. Simpson, a veteran combat medic from the 82nd Airborne, who served in Iraq, will reflect on his experience in the U.S. Army and on his studies of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11. Khwaja, who has worked for the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, The New York Times, and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, will discuss how the war on terror has affected Pakistani politics and culture. Join Coburn, Simpson, and Faateh Khwaja in this roundtable conversation to discuss 13 years of war and intervention in the region, and how careful thought and analysis might better prepare us to avoid future conflicts.

Where: CAPA Symposium, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 1:45 p.m.

What: Butoh Movement Workshop: Fluid Hug-Hug. "The name Fluid Hug-Hug reflects how I strive to work with people. I believe a person needs to be fluid in order to exchange with different people. Like water, this fluidity makes it easier to be around individuals from different backgrounds," says regular visiting faculty member Kota Yamazaki. Please join Yamazaki and his collaborator and wife, Mina Nishimura, for an introduction to butoh -- a Japanese movement-based art form that explores the ambiguities, complications, darkness, and joy of being human. Yamazaki explains, "By accepting both what's surrounding you and what's happening inside yourself, using imagination and establishing a sense of presence, your body will keep transforming and inviting dance."

Where: Studio E303, VAPA, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 1:45 p.m.

What: The Inflatable Space Project. Designed to be transitory, transportable and transforming this experimental space was developed by the Field Research of Closed Cells class to be a structure that feels completely new and unknown. The design organically arose from studies of form, membrane properties and dialogue. Digital modeling and pattern-making were employed to push the boundaries of the chosen materials which are sturdy, reusable and ultimately recyclable. The industrial fan used to inflate the space is repurposed from the Dickinson Science Center. Sculpture Technician, John Umphlett MFA ‘99, faculty member, Guy Snover ‘06, and students.

Where: Cricket Hill Lawn, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 1:45 p.m.

What: The Shift: The Techno-Human Condition. "Let's take seriously for a moment the idea that an utterly unprecedented shift is underway, one that recasts not just our behaviors but also our core assumptions," says Sven Birkerts, director of the Bennington College Writing Seminars. While science policy expert Dan Sarewitz wonders, "How can human intentionality and rationality -- those paragons of the Enlightenment project -- be meaningfully expressed when accelerating technological evolution and complexity make a mockery of conventional notions of comprehensibility?" Please join Birkerts and Sarewitz as they consider how humans are transforming cognitively, imaginatively, socially, even physically, as technology wraps, embeds, and intersects with our physical and conscious worlds.

Where: Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.

What: Gender and Genre. Dancer Monique Jenkinson ‘92's work explores femininity, glamour, physicality, difficulty, and process. Both as herself and as her award-winning drag queen alter-ego, Fauxnique, Jenkinson's work moves outside and between recognizable genres. She says, "I have not ‘fallen into' the spaces between disciplines, but have intentionally placed myself there-drawing on physicality (classical ballet and post-modern improvisation), theatricality (camp, the ridiculous and the absurd), and theory (queer and feminist)." Please join us for a performance of Jenkinson's work followed by open conversation led by faculty member Erika Mijlin about our mutable and evolving notions of gender and genre.

Where: Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.

What: The Surprise Social Entrepreneur. For Laura Callanan, "social entrepreneur" is more than a buzzword; it describes the artists and arts organizations she most admires. Yet, in conversations about social innovation, artists are frequently missing. Please join Callanan and her longtime friend, James Houghton P'17, founding artistic director of Signature Theatre in New York and director of the drama division at the Juilliard School, as they discuss how artists use their vision and creativity to transform people and communities, and why the the world should embrace artists as the bold entrepreneurs they are.

Where: Tishman Lecture Hall, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.

What: Solving the Impossible. Faculty member Susan Sgorbati ‘72, MFA ‘86 believes that "groups with the right kind of capacities for problem-solving and empathy can design structures that will solve complex problems." Please join Sgorbati, her students, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (New England) staff members Nancy Grantham, public affairs director and chief of staff for the regional administrator and Dan Abrams, lead region coordinator for the office of the administrator and special assistant to the regional administrator, Shira Sternberg ‘05, whose most recent position was with the EPA, and Bill Scully ‘94, developer and hydropower advocate. They will participate in a conversation about the role college students and citizens can play in climate-change action and their role in the North Bennington Street Lamp LED Project.

Where: CAPA Symposium, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.

What: The Inflatable Space Project. Designed to be transitory, transportable and transforming this experimental space was developed by the Field Research of Closed Cells class to be a structure that feels completely new and unknown. The design organically arose from studies of form, membrane properties and dialogue. Digital modeling and pattern-making were employed to push the boundaries of the chosen materials which are sturdy, reusable and ultimately recyclable. The industrial fan used to inflate the space is repurposed from the Dickinson Science Center. Sculpture Technician, John Umphlett MFA ‘99, faculty member, Guy Snover ‘06, and students.

Where: Cricket Hill Lawn, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 3 p.m.

What: Sage City Symphony. Salute to President Silver. Sage City Symphony will present Fanfare for the Uncommon Woman, No. 1 by Joan Tower ‘61.

Where: Greenwall Auditorium, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 5 p.m.

What: Coffee and Dessert in Student Houses. Our students invite you into their living rooms for coffee, dessert, and conversation.

Where: Bingham, Fels, Perkins, and Woolley houses, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 7 p.m.

What: The Thread: Storytelling. Presented by the Bennington Radio Project, The Thread is a live storytelling event where stories are shared on theme. This event's theme is "The Tipping Point." Stories of times that have pushed us over the edge -- come hear Hans Olsen ‘17, Emily Gaynor ‘16, Alan Dupont ‘15, and a yet to be named faculty member, tell stories and add your name to the bowl if you have a story to share!

Where: Down Cafe´(in the Student Center), Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 8 p.m.

What: Stargazing. Please join faculty member astronomer Hugh Crowl and students for a tour of our observatory and the night sky. Public observing typically runs for approximately one to one and half hours, depending on the number of people who show up. Also, public observing is "weather permitting," so please make sure to check back here after 5 p.m. on the day to see if we will be able to observe that night.

Where: Stickney Observatory, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 8:30 p.m.

What: Inauguration Dance Concert. The dance program presents an hour-long program of selected solos, duets, and group works created by seniors during the current academic year.

Where: Martha Hill Theater, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 8:30 p.m.

What: Open Mic.Jump on stage and show us your stuff. Students, faculty, staff, and guests encouraged!

Where: Student Center, Bennington College

When: Saturday, April 26, 9 p.m.

What: Pancake Breakfast Benefit for North Bennington Fire Department. President Mariko Silver, her husband Thom, faculty, staff, and firefighters from the North Bennington Fire Department (NBFD) will serve breakfast amidst two special performances by the Bennington Children's Chorus. Every card swipe from a student will count as a donation to the NBFD as will proceeds from the $5 entry fee for all other attendees. Firefighters, their families, and members of the chorus eat free.

Where: Commons Dining Hall, Bennington College

When: Sunday, April 27, 9 a.m.