At the end of October, the Reimagine End of Life Conference will host a citywide conversation about life and death. The conference is an exploration of death and celebration of life through creativity and conversation. Drawing on the arts, spirituality, healthcare, and design, it creates weeklong series of events that break down taboos and bring diverse communities together in wonder, preparation, and remembrance. Three events will take place at Union: The Trans Sounds of Black Freedom & Black Spirituality, Conversations I Wish [...]
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“The Union of Affirming Christians embraces the full and complete humanity of transgender and non-binary persons. All people are made in the image of God and redeemed by reconciling love of God for the world through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. To deny the humanity of our trans/non-binary family is to deny the love that Jesus offers to all of God’s beloved creation, to deny they are beautifully and wonderfully made by God. The Trump administration’s proposed policy [...]
columbiaSTEMstudents Columbia Engineering Dean Mary Boyce, Barnard President Sian Beilock, and Barnard Provost Linda Bell formalized a new partnership between the schools.Barnard announced a new opportunity for students whose interests lie in engineering to complete both a Bachelor of Arts from Barnard and Master of Science degree from Columbia University’s Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (Columbia Engineering)—making Barnard one of the the first colleges for women to offer a program of this kind. Barnard and Columbia Engineering developed [...]
alumnae Barnard/Columbia 1985-86 women’s basketball team On October 18, the 2018 Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame, marking the 35th anniversary of the Columbia-Barnard Athletics Consortium, is honoring former Barnard President Ellen V. Futter ’71, former Columbia Women's Basketball player Charlene Schuessler Fideler '90 and members of the 1985-86 Columbia Women's Basketball team, which included Barnard alumnae Ellen Sexton Boade ’86, Nina Christopher ’89, Deborah Persico Lynch ’88, Ulana Lysniak ’87, and Wendy Rosov ’86, as well as Coach Nancy Kalafus, Assistant Coaches Barbara [...]
alumnaecollege president Trustee Nancy A. Garvey '71, President Sian Leah Beilock, and Ellen V. Futter '71, President of Barnard 1981-1993 Barnard’s fifth president, Ellen V. Futter ’71, is being honored for her extraordinary record of leadership and service to the College with the establishment of The Ellen V. Futter ’71 Field — to be known colloquially as “Futter Field.” Futter Field is the open green space situated in the center of campus directly in front of The Milstein Center. Trustee Nancy [...]
athleticsstudents One of the many aspects students value about their Barnard experience is the opportunity to compete in NCAA Division I Athletics through the Columbia/Barnard Athletic Consortium. Barnard is the only college for women—and one of only a few liberal arts colleges in the country—to offer Division I athletics. This is the first set of interviews in our 2018-19 scholar-athlete series. Barnard women have an excellent showing on this year's women’s rowing team. Team members include Devon Bernsley ’20, Anna Beshlian [...]
We’re pleased to share a number of new faculty announcements: Union’s new Assistant Professor of Early Church History is Dr. Julia Kelto Lillis. Dr. Kelto Lillis holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. in Religion from Duke University. Her primary research interests concern ancient constructions of social difference, especially in areas of gender and sexuality, and the ways these are discussed in early Christian literature. She teaches courses and topics [...]
athena centerBCRWfellowships & grantsSTEM Since last May, Barnard faculty members were awarded major research grants that support a diverse array of interests, enabling them to continue existing studies and support collaborations with other institutions. Prof. BalsamProfessor of Psychology and Samuel R. Milbank Chair Peter D. Balsam received supplemental funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for his research project “Timing and Associative Learning.” Prof. CarnesProfessor of History Mark Carnes received a grant from the Teagle Foundation to provide general [...]
What do you do? During my final year at UTS, I was a field intern at Covenant Baptist Church (now, United Church of Christ) in Washington, DC. I then worked for the UCC Office for Church in Society for a year. When that was over, I temp’d at an energy company and gradually worked my way into commodities trading but found my true passion lies in the operations and risk management of the energy trading industry. Currently, I am a risk [...]
A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption is a New York Times Best Seller by Bryan Stevenson. EDS at Union selected Stevenson’s book as their community read for the Fall semester and the author will visit the seminary for a public lecture on Wednesday, October 24 at 7:00 pm. This event is sold out but will be available via Live Stream. [...]
Abby Rampone ’20 is currently in Rome to participate in feminist advocacy around the October 2018 synod. This afternoon, I joined a group of more than twenty people, mostly women, outside the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome. Formerly known as the Inquisition, the CDF is the site of the October 2018 Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocations. For a month, Pope Francis will preside over a gathering of over 300 cardinals, bishops, priests, religious, and [...]
On October 3, 2018, Episcopal Divinity School at Union joined with Everytown for Gun Safety, Bishops United Against Gun Violence, and the Episcopal Peace Fellowship for an Interfaith Vigil Against Gun Violence in commemoration of the one-year anniversary of the largest mass shooting in the United States. A recording of the event is available here and a special podcast interview with Bishops Mark Beckwith, Marian Budde, and Ian Douglas is now posted on EDS at Union Now (available on iTunes, Spotify, [...]
Welcome to Shailagh Murray, Executive Vice President for Public Affairs at Columbia University in the City of New York! Shailagh earned her BA from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and her MS in Journalism from Northwestern University. She began her career in journalism, spending more than two decades covering local, national, and international stories for The Tampa Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Her areas of focus included the transition from communism to democracy in Eastern Europe, the rise [...]
athena centercareer Last summer, Natasha Cox ’19 interned at the Office of the President of Malta, Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, through the Athena Center for Leadership Studies Global Summer Fellowship. This fall, Cox used the connections she built during her internship to invite President Coleiro Preca to Barnard. Below is Cox’s story. Natasha Cox '19 Written by Natasha Cox '19 Last spring, the administrative director of student programs at the Athena Center for Leadership Studies, Sarit Abramowicz, confirmed that I [...]