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Mourning the attack in Christchurch, NZ

Community Messages The following message was sent to the Barnard community on March 15, 2019: Dear Members of the Barnard Community,   Together, we join the global community in mourning the victims of Friday’s act of terrorism against Muslims praying in two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Our hearts are broken by this tragedy and for all whose lives have been touched by this horrifying cruelty and the abhorrent bigotry that inspired it. A vigil is being held today at Columbia’s Earl Hall at 2:30 p.m.   At painful, difficult times like this, we encourage students to reach out to the following on-campus resources as needed: Dean of Studies Office: 105 Milbank Hall, (212) 854-2024 Furman Counseling Center: phone lines will remain open through spring break with some clinicians available during the day at 100 Hewitt Hall, (212) 854-2092 After-hours psychological emergency line: (855) 622-1903 After-hours clinician on call: (855) 622-1903 International SOS for those students [...]

Mourning the attack in Christchurch, NZ 2019-03-21T15:45:28-04:00

Beyond the Game: Women, Sports, and Competition

alumnaeathletics   Beyond the Game On Monday, March 11, a high-powered panel extolled the power of athletics to change young women’s lives. The event honored the 35th anniversary of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium, as well as Women’s History Month. Barnard is the only women’s college in the country to compete at the Division I level. Panelists included Meghan Duggan, three-time Olympic medalist and US National Women’s Hockey Team Captain, who led her team to gold in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics and also led a strike for pay equity with the men’s team. She was joined by Judie Lomax ’10, a former professional basketball player and the first Barnard-Columbia women’s player to be named Ivy League Athlete of the Year; Caroline Nelson-Nichols, another former Olympian and the Columbia Lions’ head coach in field hockey; and Michele Roberts, the Executive Director of the National Basketball Players Association. The event was moderated by NBC News and NBC Sports reporter [...]

Beyond the Game: Women, Sports, and Competition 2019-03-21T15:45:30-04:00

The College and Faculty Awarded Major Research Grants

biology This March, Barnard faculty members and some of the College's centers and departments were awarded prestigious research grants that support a diversity of interests, enabling them to conduct new or contiuuing research, or to collaborate with other institutions.    Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology John Glendinning received funding from the National Institutes of Health for his ongoing collaborative research with the University of Tennessee’s Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center.     Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences Jon Snow was awarded a grant from the California State Beekeepers Association for his project “Defining sensitivity of pharmacologic proteasome inhibition of on N. ceranae and its honey bee host.”     In addition, the New York State Council on the Arts awarded Barnard a grant for the Athena Film Festival. Two grants were received in support of Activist-in-Residence at BCRW Tourmaline: an award from the Friends of the High Line and a grant from the Brooklyn Museum. The Overbrook Foundation awarded Barnard a grant [...]

The College and Faculty Awarded Major Research Grants 2019-03-21T15:45:31-04:00

Ariella Napoli ’20 Wins Marianna McJimsey Student Paper Award

asia This spring, Ariella Napoli ’20 won the 2019 Marianna McJimsey Student Paper Award for her paper, “Plurality within Singularity: Choson Korea’s Neo-Confucian Framework.” The annual award recognizes undergraduate student research concerning Asia. "As I finish my undergraduate career, winning this award is a great honor that marks the beginning of my career in academia," said Napoli, who is an Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures major. Napoli’s essay will appear in a forthcoming issue of ASIANetwork Exchange. She will present her findings at this year’s ASIANetwork Annual Conference at the University of San Diego, April 12 – 14, 2019. ASIANetwork is a consortium of over 170 North American colleges that strives to strengthen the role of Asian Studies within the framework of liberal arts education to help prepare succeeding generations of undergraduates for a world in which Asian societies play prominent roles in an ever more interdependent world.

Ariella Napoli ’20 Wins Marianna McJimsey Student Paper Award 2019-03-21T15:45:32-04:00

Black Imaginaries, Scandinavian Diasporas

activismBCRWrace and ethnicity In recent years, artists and activists in Denmark, Sweden, and St. Croix have been at the forefront of movements to acknowledge and reckon with Scandinavia’s colonial history and the relation of this history to racial imaginaries and modes of national belonging in Europe and the Caribbean. Jeannette Ehlers. Photo: Casper Holmenlund Christensen.On March 5 –7, several campus conversations will take place with three artists and activists: Copenhagen-based video, photography, and performance artist Jeannette Ehlers (Denmark/Trinidad); actor, director, and visual artist Ellen Nyman (Sweden); and Virgin Island-based multimedia artist La Vaughn Belle (St. Croix), who is also a Social Justice Institute fellow in the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) through 2020. They will discuss how their art practices across different media are designed to provoke conversation about colonial legacies and contemporary racial politics on the ground in Sweden, Denmark, and St. Croix. In Sweden over the past decade, there has been what [...]

Black Imaginaries, Scandinavian Diasporas 2019-03-15T14:51:04-04:00

Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium in Partnership with On Her Turf Announce "Beyond the Game: Women, Sports and Competition" Panel Discussion

alumnaeathleticscolumbia     Beyond the Game: Women, Sports and Competition   NEW YORK, February 28, 2019 – Barnard College and On Her Turf announced today that Beyond the Game: Women, Sports and Competition, an event and panel discussion celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium, will take place on March 11, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. in the Diana Center Event Oval at Barnard College. It will also be streamed live on NBCSports.com. The Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium is a unique agreement under which women at Barnard College and the undergraduate division of Columbia University compete together as members of university-wide athletic teams— it is the only one of its kind in NCAA Division I athletics. As part of the Consortium’s 35th anniversary university-wide celebration, the moderated panel discussion, sponsored by the Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium in collaboration with On Her Turf, a media collaboration between NBC Sports and Refinery29, will look at how participation in sports impacts women’s lives beyond [...]

Columbia-Barnard Athletic Consortium in Partnership with On Her Turf Announce "Beyond the Game: Women, Sports and Competition" Panel Discussion 2019-03-15T14:51:07-04:00

Meet Barnard’s Student Athletes: Runner Sofia Camacho Ferral ’22

athleticsstudents One of the many advantages that 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. Our interview with Sofia Camacho Ferral ’22 is the newest installment in an ongoing scholar-athlete series. Sofia hails from Paris and is a member of both the Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. She plans to major in biology. Sofia Camacho Ferral' 22How has being an athlete informed your college experience? Being an athlete in college is teaching me to balance my energy both physically and mentally. I am learning to take care of my body in ways that allow me to perform to the best of my ability, both on the track and in the classroom. This obviously includes time management [...]

Meet Barnard’s Student Athletes: Runner Sofia Camacho Ferral ’22 2019-03-07T12:36:28-04:00

Dancer, Choreographer and Filmmaker Yvonne Rainer to Join Barnard College as Orzeck Artist-in-Residence

alumnaeperforming artsvisual arts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Alli Cookemediarelations@barnard.edu 212-854-2037 NEW YORK, February 14, 2019 — As part of its focus on empowering young women to become even more exceptional, Barnard College announced today that dance, choreography and film legend Yvonne Rainer has been named its Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence for 2019. Rainer, an enormously influential figure who has challenged conventional forms and genres for nearly six decades, will begin her one-year residency in Spring 2019, kicking off with screenings of three of her films, which Rainer will introduce. She will also lead an intensive workshop on April 6-7, “Texts / Objects / Movement: Metaphors for Performance,” in which students will explore the creative process through exercises based on her work. In Fall 2019, she will set one of her dances with Barnard students for Barnard/Columbia Dances, as well as participate in various classes, including a seminar about experimental performance that focuses on Rainer’s creative output and its [...]

Dancer, Choreographer and Filmmaker Yvonne Rainer to Join Barnard College as Orzeck Artist-in-Residence 2019-03-14T14:41:51-04:00

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christina Vizcarra Wins $100K Cottrell Scholar Award

chemistry Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christina Vizcarra has won the 2019 Cottrell Scholar Award from the Research Corporation for Science Advancement.  Vizcarra is being recognized by the RCSA as a leader in integrating science teaching and research at a top U.S. research university or a primarily undergraduate institution, and becomes one of a couple dozen leading  scientists who will receive $100,000. Vizcarra is being awarded for her work entitled, “Small Molecule Inhibition of Formin Proteins: Specificity and Mechanisms of Action.” According to RCSA President and CEO Daniel Linzer, “The Cottrell Scholar (CS) program champions the very best early career teacher-scholars in chemistry, physics, and astronomy by providing these significant discretionary awards.” This year’s Cottrell Scholar Conference will be held July 10-12 in Tucson, Arizona. "Barnard is proud that Christina received this honor, as she is the sixth Barnard recipient of this award — joining colleagues Christian Rojas, Reshmi Mukherjee, Dina Merrer, and Mary J. Sever — [...]

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Christina Vizcarra Wins $100K Cottrell Scholar Award 2019-03-06T12:27:17-04:00

Major Research Grants Awarded to Faculty

Anthropology+Archaeologyeconomics This winter, Barnard faculty members were awarded prestigious research grants that support an array of interests, enabling them to conduct collaborative research with other institutions.    Assistant Professor of Economics Anja Tolonen received grant funding from the Project on Resources and Governance (PRG) for a collaborative project entitled “Mining Disease: Contagious Infection and Natural Resource Extraction.”   Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology Paige West, along with her colleague John Aini from Ailan Awareness, was awarded grant funding from the Christensen Fund “in recognition of our partnership and the important role [Barnard and Ailan Awareness have] played in bolstering biocultural diversity…in Papua New Guinea.” They were also awarded a grant for their work by National Geographic this same week.     In addition, the Liman Foundation renewed support for the Arthur Liman-Judith Kaye Public Interest Yale Law School Summer Fellowship Fund and the Liman Foundation New York City Arts Internship Fund. The Athena Film Festival received two awards: a [...]

Major Research Grants Awarded to Faculty 2019-02-14T09:19:20-04:00

Politics & Ethics of Archives: Q & A With BCRW Director Elizabeth Castelli

activismBCRWlibrary The theme of the 44th annual Scholar and Feminist Conference of the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), taking place on February 8-9, 2019, is "Politics and Ethics of the Archive." BCRW Director and Professor of Religion Elizabeth Castelli shares her thoughts on how archives have changed in the digital world, why archivists must approach their work using an ethical lens, and the ways in which archives are political. BCRW Director & Professor of Religion Elizabeth CastelliWhen you use the word “archive” in 2019, to what are you referring? How is this notion of “archive” different from the one commonly held a generation ago? I use the word "archive" to describe repositories of a wide range of artifacts — textual, visual, audio, video, and material. These artifacts can be published or unpublished, public and private, documentary and polemical. With apologies to the journalists among us, I believe that archives are truly the first draft of history. How [...]

Politics & Ethics of Archives: Q & A With BCRW Director Elizabeth Castelli 2019-02-28T11:31:36-04:00

Lecturer Alexandra Watson Wins 2019 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing

fellowships & grantsliterature & poetry Lecturer Alexandra WatsonAlexandra Watson, Lecturer in First-Year Writing, has won the 2019 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing of Apogee Journal. Watson has been given this award, according to the judges, for her “high literary stewardship as the editor of Apogee, a journal of literature and art, foregrounding writers of color and engaging with issues of race, gender, and class, including Apogee's ‘Alternate Canon’ series.” Watson, who has taught at Barnard since 2017, has also taught in Columbia University’s Writing Program and at the nonprofit college-access program Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, where she served as assistant director of writing instruction. She received her MFA from Columbia and her B.A. from Brown. In 2011, Watson co-founded Apogee Journal, a publication dedicated to highlighting marginalized voices in literature and the arts, and has been executive editor since 2015. The "Alternate Canon" series aims to foster a more inclusive system of valuing literature. The [...]

Lecturer Alexandra Watson Wins 2019 PEN/Nora Magid Award for Editing 2019-02-28T11:31:37-04:00

Prof. Séverine Autesserre Examines Peacekeeping Strategies and Congolese Elections

africaelectionspolitics Professor of Political Science Séverine Autesserre, an expert on peacekeeping efforts in Africa and around the world, recently has contributed her expertise to several media outlets with updates on global initiatives and the ongoing elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite its long history of violence, Autesserre maintains that peace in the DRC is possible if political leaders and peacekeepers become more attuned to the needs of local citizens and to their input regarding grassroots approaches. In a late-December interview with China Global Television Network, Autesserre warned that the credibility of the DRC election had been in question since campaigning began two years ago due to issues including faulty voting machine technology and violence against and among opposition parties. She said an outbreak of Ebola has also affected the process; 1.2 million citizens will not be able to vote until March, but the swearing-in of the new president would still be scheduled for [...]

Prof. Séverine Autesserre Examines Peacekeeping Strategies and Congolese Elections 2019-02-14T09:19:22-04:00

Barnard Hosts NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray & Gracie Book Club

literature & poetrynew york city Gracie Book Club President Sian Leah Beilock and First Lady Chirlane McCray kicked off the third season of the Gracie Book Club on January 28. Author Nana-Ama Danquah read from her memoir Willow Weep for Me: A Black Woman’s Journey Through Depression and joined in discussion with Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies Colin Wayne Leach. The Gracie Book Club is a project of First Lady McCray and is part of her ongoing commitment to literacy and New York’s diverse cultural well-being. This season, the Gracie Book Club explores the culture of shame that surrounds mental illness. The Club is open to anyone who wishes to participate. The books that Club members are reading together and discussing offer an opportunity to challenge biases and stereotypes about mental health care through storytelling.  

Barnard Hosts NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray & Gracie Book Club 2019-02-14T09:19:23-04:00

Meet Barnard’s Student Athletes: Coxswain Maya Esberg ’22

athleticsstudents One of the many advantages that 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. Maya Esberg '22 with her boat at the Princeton Chase last fall.Our interview with Maya Esberg ’22 is the newest installment in an ongoing scholar-athlete series. Maya hails from Philadelphia and is a coxswain on the men’s heavyweight rowing team. How has being an athlete informed your college experience? Being on an athletic team in college means you automatically have a group of people looking out for your best interests from Day 1. It brings a sense of security and community. As a first-year, I have a lot of mentorship from my teammates who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Being able to [...]

Meet Barnard’s Student Athletes: Coxswain Maya Esberg ’22 2019-02-06T08:04:54-04:00
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