danceLynn GarafolaOn an NPR segment about the 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," dance professor Lynn Garafola talks about this revolutionary ballet performance that shocked audiences a century ago. An excerpt: "This was not ballet," says Lynn Garafola, a professor of dance at Barnard College and author of a history called Diaghilev's Ballets Russes. "It was a style of expressive performance that was extremely violent, and that seemed to depart completely from conventional ballet vocabulary. It included a lot of stamping. It included jumps. It didn't aspire to be ethereal — in other words, to look like jumps that could hang in the air. ... They seemed to go up simply to crash down into the earth. And then there were parts where they were simply trembling, when their hands were in fists, doing something that seemed, for all the world, to be primitive." Listen and read. Prof. Garafola is an acclaimed dance [...]
For Prof. Sandra Goldmark, the environmentalist mantra of “the three Rs”—recycle, reduce, reuse—is missing one other critical “R”: Repair. “It is a part of waste reduction and sustainability that is underdeveloped,” says Prof. Goldmark, a member of Barnard’s theatre faculty, who recently launched an initiative to make repairing items a viable alternative to throwing away and replacing them. Read more >> “We are facing enormous problems on this planet that can’t wait—we can’t just recycle our way out of this mess. We have to extend the life of objects as well,” says Goldmark. The heart of the project is a fix-it shop tucked in a tiny storefront on Broadway in the northern Manhattan neighborhood of Inwood. Open only for the month of June and funded primarily by an indiegogo.com campaign, Pop-Up Repair served local residents, who brought in broken objects to be fixed by a team of “repair wizards.” Led by Prof. Goldmark and her husband [...]
activismcultureRising sophomore Emily-Anne Rigal '16 is featured as MSNBC's "Foot Soldier of the Week." Watch the video highlighting Rigal's anti-bullying organization, WeStopHate:
financial aidIn an article focusing on low-income students and their enrollment at the nation's top schools, The New York Times reported that "Efforts to Recruit Poor Students Lag at Some Elite Colleges." In contrast, Barnard College was ranked 5th among elite colleges with the highest enrollment of low-income students. During the 2010-11 academic year, 21% of Barnard students received Pell Grants, "the main form of federal aid for low- and moderate-income students." In presenting the argument, the piece unveiled data collected by the U.S. Department of Education which found "wide disparities among the most competitive private colleges." An excerpt from the article: "Researchers at Georgetown University have found that at the most competitive colleges, only 14 percent of students come from the lower 50 percent of families by income. That figure has not increased over more than two decades, an indication that a generation of pledges to diversify has not amounted to much. Top colleges differ [...]
activismentrepreneurshipfeminismglobalReflections by Hilana Ezekiel ’15 On Monday July 29, 2013 Barnard College hosted the Women in the World Foundation’s Next Generation Leadership Academy, sponsored by Newsweek and the Daily Beast. Fifty young women ages 18-25, selected from a pool of more than 400 applicants, attended the all-day conference that featured panels of successful women speaking about their own experiences as well as sessions on engaging in social entrepreneurship and activism. The day started with a panel entitled “Portrait of a Woman Leader”; one of the participants was Barnard President Debora Spar. Moderator and Vanity Fair writer Marie Brenner referenced Spar’s new book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, giving it a “two-word review: Buy it.” Spar’s book discusses women’s attempts to have it all and argues that having it all, in fact, is impossible. Spar mostly addressed the tension between being a career woman and a mother. While motherhood is not in my [...]
foreign policyKimberly MartenFollowing President Obama's decision to cancel his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Barnard political science professor Kimberly Marten appears on various news programs discussing the implications for US-Russia relations. Watch Prof. Marten on MSNBC's "Disrupt." From WNYC's "The Takeaway:" "... On Wednesday, President Obama announced his decision to cancel his summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, marking the first time that an American president has called off a publicly announced visit to Russia since the end of the Cold War. The move is largely being attributed to frustration over Russia’s decision to offer temporary asylum to intelligence analyst and NSA leaker Edward Snowden, though American officials insist that issues of trade, missile defense and human rights were also factors at play. Kimberly Marten, professor of political science at Columbia University’s Barnard College, discusses the implications of the cancellation. ..." From KPFK's "Background Briefling with Ian Masters:""...We begin with today’s announcement from the White [...]
religionElizabeth CastelliIn The Nation, religion professor Elizabeth Castelli responds to the ongoing conversation about author Reza Aslan's creditbility as a scholar and historian. An excerpt: "One could go on through Zealot, pointing out places where Aslan represents a particular issue as straightforward and uncontroversial when, in fact, the matter remains the subject of considerable debate among specialists. Or one could ask about the method for his selection of scholarly works on which his discussion depends—and why many important works that would complicate his narrative are missing from the bibliography of the book. (The absence of traditional footnotes—the sine qua non of scholarly documentation—makes it quite difficult, if not impossible, to trace the lineage of many of the claims in the book, the lengthy bibliography at the end notwithstanding.) These would be among the numerous legitimate criticisms that historians of early Christianity and biblical scholars—specialists in the field—might lodge. But there is something else, more elemental to consider [...]
globalgovernmentSheri BermanFor The New York Times, political science professor Sheri Berman writes an opinion piece comparing the European Revolutions of 1848 to the current uprising underway in Egypt. An excerpt: "Karl Marx wrote that history repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce. He had in mind the Revolution of 1848, when a democratic uprising against the French monarchy collapsed into a Bonapartist dictatorship just as the French Revolution had six decades earlier. In 1848, workers joined with liberals in a democratic revolt to overthrow the French monarchy. However, almost as soon as the old order collapsed, the opposition fell apart, as liberals grew increasingly alarmed by what they saw as “radical” working class demands. Conservatives were able to co-opt fearful liberals and reinstall new forms of dictatorship. Those same patterns are playing out in Egypt today — with liberals and authoritarians playing themselves, and Islamists playing the role of socialists. Once again, an inexperienced and [...]
On Good Morning America and in Glamour magazine, President Spar explains why women should stop trying to "have it all"
presidentcareergenderfeminismDebora SparWatch President Spar on Good Morning America, as she discusses why young women should stop trying to be perfect. Unfortunately your browser does not support IFrames. In the current issue of Glamour magazine, read an article from her forthcoming book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection. An excerpt: "It wasn't supposed to be this hard. Like many women, I grew up believing we were equal to men, that we could have sex whenever we wanted, children whenever we chose, and work wherever we desired. For years, as a professor at Harvard Business School, I was the only woman in a room of alpha men and still I always felt equal. And I was. Then five years ago I was offered the chance to become president of Barnard College. There was barely a man in sight, and the change gave me a front-row view of what women are thinking and feeling now. We [...]
writingPEN America has announced the winners and runners-up of the 2013 PEN Literary Awards, the most comprehensive literary awards program in the country. This year’s recipients include two Barnard alumnae: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Katherine Boo '88 has received the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The award is in recognition of her first book Behind the Beautiful Forevers, which also received the National Book Award in 2012. The Galbraith Award recognizes the author of a distinguished book of general nonfiction possessing notable literary merit and critical perspective and illuminating important contemporary issues. Read more from The New York Times, The Washington Post, and NPR. Annie Tucker '02 received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant for her translation of Beauty Is A Wound, a novel by Indonesian writer Eka Kurniawan.
alumnaeBCRWOn September 12, the Barnard Center for Research on Women will welcome alumna Estelle Freedman ’69, professor of history at Stanford University, for a lecture on her new book, Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage and Segregation, which was recently highlighted by The Daily Beast. An excerpt from the article: "For much of American history, white men could own others’ bodies—not only black men and women in slavery, but also white women in marriage. Until quite recently, for instance, it was not illegal for a husband to rape his wife. In the 19th century, if a young woman was raped and impregnated, her father could even sue the assailant for the lost income from his daughter’s incapacitation. Slave owners could buy black women specifically to serve their sexual urges. With emancipation and other reforms, the laws evolved, but the practice did not. “Legal change,” Freedman said in an interview with The Daily Beast, [...]
liberal artsscienceenvironmental scienceFor the past decade, Barnard’s environmental science department has offered a course that allows students to experience firsthand the complex task of cleaning up a hazardous waste site, or brownfield, and returning the land and buildings to productive use. Created by Senior Lecturer Peter Bower, Brownfield Action (BA) is a web-based interactive simulation where, over the course of a semester, students use maps, documents, videos, and scientific data to conduct environmental site assessment investigations and solve problems in environmental forensics. For many Barnard students, a semester with BA sets a tone for their academic careers. And for some alumnae, the course has shaped their professional paths. Read about their experiences below. Ten other colleges, universities, and high schools around the country also use the Brownfield Action curriculum and software. In May, educators from those schools gathered at Barnard for a seminar on new developments with the simulation, which has evolved into a collaborative network. [...]
globalgovernmentforeign policyKimberly Marten Watch political science professor Kimberly Marten on Al Jazeera America, where she comments on Russian President Vladimir Putin's offer to remove chemical weapons from Syria. Prof. Marten specializes in international relations and international security. Her research focuses on warlords and militias and their relationship to sovereign states and state
economicsgenderparentingHoma ZarghameeThe Los Angeles Times highlights economics professor Homa Zarghamee’s research on why single mothers are happier today than decades ago. An excerpt: "The report, published online in the Journal of Happiness Studies, tracks how women answered questions on a nationally representative survey between 1972 and 2008. When the researchers tried
Music professor Gail Archer is interviewed on WNYC's "One NY Artist," where she discusses her own career as a female organist in a male dominated field, as well as the need to promote women composers and their musical work. She also discusses Musforum, an online magazine and network for