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“This Tu b’Shevat, I am reflecting on the current state of our trees and how they have changed over my lifetime,” writes Dr. David Kraemer, JTS’s Librarian & Professor of Talmud & Rabbinics in .

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Barnard College Expands Pathways to Graduate School with New 4+1 Programs

educationhealth & wellness NEW YORK, January 22, 2019 — Barnard College announced today a suite of pathways for its students to obtain Columbia University graduate degrees in five years by taking master’s-level courses alongside foundational undergraduate courses.

These “4+1 Pathways for Accelerated Graduate Study” enhance the depth of Barnard’s existing partnerships with Columbia University, and include newly added degree programs at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), and the Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH), augmenting a roster of 4+1 Pathways that also include Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. A full list of the 4+1 Pathways can be found on the Beyond Barnard website.

Students apply to these accelerated graduate programs in their junior year, enabling them to tailor the remainder of their undergraduate studies to finish with both a BA from Barnard College and Master’s degree from Columbia University one year ahead of the time it typically takes to obtain both degrees.

In a competitive job market, employers are increasingly seeking candidates with advanced degrees. According to a 2016 survey of 2,300 hiring and human resource managers by CareerBuilder that was featured in Fast Company, nearly a third (32 percent) of managers reported bumping up education requirements for new hires, with 27 percent recruiting only those who hold master’s degrees for positions that once required four-year degrees. With the addition of 4+1 Pathways, Barnard is providing its students the ability to gain an advantage one year earlier than their peers and at less overall cost.   

“We’ve seen an increase in recent years in the number of Barnard students pursuing degrees in STEM fields,” said Barnard President Sian Leah Beilock. “The accelerated pathways help lower long-standing barriers for women and minorities in these important areas by opening streamlined entry points for advanced study. I am excited to see how our Barnard students will use this program to jump start their work and make their mark in the world.”   

Barnard’s two newest 4+1 Pathways join existing 4+1 Pathways in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The latest additions extend advanced degrees to Barnard students interested in STEM fields, and mirror an emerging trend among its recent graduates. In the College’s Class of 2018, 35 percent were math and science majors—an 11 percent increase from ten years ago—compared to about 21 percent nationally. Furthermore, one-third of minority students at Barnard were STEM majors, a significant jump from the national average of 23 percent.

“Barnard offers students varied opportunities to gain a broad education across the arts and sciences, while also working toward specialized, advanced degrees in emerging disciplines such as biomedical engineering and environmental health,” said Provost and Dean of the Faculty Linda Bell. “Combined with our unique Foundations curriculum that asks students to think theoretically, empirically, and technologically, to write effectively, and to speak persuasively, 4+1 graduates will come out equipped with both the hard and soft skills that will allow them to make a substantive impact in these highly competitive

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Turning 15 On The Road To Freedom (@T15OnTheRoad )

Get your tickets here for our 4 shows this weekend 2 shows today and tomorrow! Tickets are still available:

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Are you looking for a devotional podcast that combines progressive theology with social justice? Be Still and Go has over 70 episodes available with a new season beginning March 6.Visit or search for Be Still and Go wherever you listen to podcasts.

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom is the story of Lynda Blackmon, the youngest person to march from Selma to Montgomery.Join us for one of the three remaining performances on this weekend and a talk back at each matinee. Find out more at .


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“It is time to stand up and march again. It is time for the children to stand up again, to pick up this mantle and to win this fight or else we will all fall down.“ -Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Turning 15 on the Road to FreedomFind out more at

The Riverside Church (@RiversideNYC )

“Music allows us to protest with sound.”Now that’ll preach.Join us for Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

The Riverside Church (@RiversideNYC )

“The first time I saw this play it literally blew me away.” -Lynda Blackmon on seeing her story turned into a play.Join us for one of three remaining weekend performances of Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom. Find out more at

The Riverside Church (@RiversideNYC )

Join us this morning at 11:00 am ET for worship with Pastor Amy preaching on this weekend.Join us in person in the Nave or online at . And stick around to see the powerful and prophetic play, Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, at 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm.

shauna niequist (@sniequist )

WOW. A spectacular performance of the stage adaptation of Lynda Blackmon Lowery’s book “Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom” at , & afterward a conversation with Ms. Blackmon & the cast. Tickets still available for tmrw’s shows at 2 & 6.

Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons (@GuthrieGF )

“Many of King’s strongest allies urged him to remain silent about the war or at least to soft-pedal any criticism.“ Michelle Alexander likens the struggle for Palestinian rights to MLK’s famous anti-Vietnam speech at .

Aaron Niequist (@aaronieq )

Wow. My family was incredibly moved by this performance today at . The brilliant cast told the true story of Lynda Blackmon, the youngest person to walk from Selma to Montgomery on the Voting Rights March in 1965. The storytelling was great, & the music blew us away. – at Riverside Church

The Riverside Church (@RiversideNYC )

Our Sunday morning worship with preaching is happening NOW. Join us from wherever you are at as we sing, pray, preach, and more on this weekend.

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Don’t let winter weather keep you from coming to church. We’ll bring church to you!

Anna Meyer (@annakmeyer )

There are, obviously, so many reasons I love . Today: because in a litany of MLK quotes -“How often the Church has been an echo rather than a voice.”

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When threatened by walls, what must we do? Chancellor reflects on the government shutdown and

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Early bird pricing for Limmud New York ends today. Join Jews of all ages & backgrounds for the annual festival celebrating the rich diversity of Jewish culture, life, & learning. Several JTS faculty will be teaching sessions.

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Cantor Jeff Warschauer (CS ’15) shares his love of klezmer music. “Klezmer is really good music,” Warschauer said. “It’s very emotional. At its best, it’s very soulful. It is transcendent..”

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Amy Butler (@PastorAmyTRC )

Looking forward to sharing in MLK Shabbat services tonight ! The Inspirational Gospel Choir will be coming along with me. Join us!

Jennifer Finney Boylan   🦑 (@JennyBoylan )

I cannot tell you how proud I shall be to be at on Monday to hear and Ta-Nehisi Coates in conversation as part of MLK Day observances. makes this happen. We all make this happen.I’ll see you on the mountaintop.

Morningside Area Alliance (@MorningsideNY )

RT : Celebrate MLK Weekend at Riverside with Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom and MLK Now.