Beyond Borders: Barnard Professors & Students Participate in Study Programs Across the Globe

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globalperforming artsstudentstranslation Over the past decade, the Barnard curriculum has expanded its global influence by increasing opportunities for faculty and students to gain educational, work, and volunteer experience. The innovative programming takes students abroad in the context of a course, a major, or a research project. Recent programs sent students to Oslo, Norway and Stockholm, Sweden to take in architecture with Professor Karen Fairbanks, and to Lausanne, Switzerland where the Barnard-Columbia Chorus performed under the leadership of Professor Gail Archer. Today, Barnard’s global footprint reaches to more than 65 countries.

This summer, six professors led students to five countries to explore dance, gender studies, language, metacognition, and theatre. Programs ranged from one to four weeks and took place in Austria, Barbados, France, The Netherlands, and South Korea.


Prof. Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj, Vienna, Austria (May 12-19)

The Barnard German Department awarded $1,000 scholarships to four students for a one-week program in Austria called Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices. Led by Senior Associate in German Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj, students used their German-language, film, and digital skills to gather ethnographic material to produce a short German-language documentary on identity, the notion of homeland, and stereotypes.

Students interacted with native Austrians as well as the city’s recent immigrant population, conducted and filmed interviews, and worked on a field study project on Viennese coffee houses. The capstone program’s innovative approach—using technology for foreign language and cultural learning—served as a pilot for a Advanced German language course, which will be offered in the spring semester of 2018, in which students will produce a documentary film in German. This course will fulfill the Foundations curriculum’s “modes of thinking” requirement in the category of  “Thinking Technologically and Digitally” and will contain a study abroad component. Watch a short video of “Vienna Stories 2017.”


Prof. Laurie Postlewate, Paris, France (May 22-June 8)

Senior Lecturer in French Laurie Postlewate hosted students from Barnard and Columbia and universities in Canada, England, and France on a three-week workshop in Paris where they attended five theatre events and translated plays from French to English. Students discussed translation theory applied to theatre and shared their work with one another. This program was sponsored by the Geen Family Foundation.

“This pilot experience was significant in that it allowed us to expand the robust program in translation studies and practice to include theatre in both text and performance modes and to sponsor collaboration with students coming from different countries with somewhat distinct translation cultures,” says Postlewate.



Prof. Colleen Thomas-Young, Paris, France (June 1-30)

Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance Colleen Thomas-Young traveled with students to Paris, for the seventh year, with the “Barnard Dance in Paris” program. Students participated in morning dance technique classes and workshops, with international artist Anna Chirescu and others, and attended more than a dozen dance performances. Among this year’s highlights were The Paris Opera, the Batsheva Dance Company, Crystal Pite, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and companies from Algeria, Lebanon, and Syria. Following a choreography course, students created solo dances based on a personalized

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