• 55984

Force of Nature: 35 Years of Environmental Science

climate changeenvironmental sciencenew york citySTEMsustainability Barnard’s Department of Environmental Science was founded 35 years ago. Its origins, however, reach as far back as Barnard’s first year, 1889, when students studied geology, geography, and mineralogy with Columbia University professors. Below we share the history of the department as it grew from one course to a department that is leading innovation in environmental research and education.

The Rise of Environmental Science

On November 14, 2017, the […]

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  • 55832

From The Ground Up: The Centennial of Barnard Hall

architecturecolumbiaconstructiondesignhistory Barnard Hall Through The Years

One hundred years ago, in November of 1917, Barnard Hall officially opened its doors. At first known as Students’ Hall, it was renamed in 1926 in honor of Frederick A. P. Barnard, Columbia University’s tenth president (1864-1889), who had fought unsuccessfully to admit women to Columbia and after whom the College is also named.

In the early days, when Barnard College was founded in 1889, it was […]

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  • 56498

BCRW Researcher Andrea Ritchie Examines Police Violence Against Marginalized Women

activismfeminismimmigrationrace and ethnicitywomen As Researcher-in-Residence for the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), attorney and community organizer Andrea J. Ritchie researches and has developed a framework for the philanthropic community to support new models of activism for the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and criminal justice. She is also part of the first cohort of Barnard’s Social Justice Institute, which launched last year. Ritchie’s expertise on police violence, highlighted in […]

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  • 55833

The Attack on Lower Manhattan

The following message was sent to the Barnard community.

Dear Members of the Barnard Community, 

Together, we join the City and the nation in mourning the victims of yesterday’s act of terrorism in Lower Manhattan. Our hearts ache for all who have been touched by this unthinkable tragedy.
At difficult times like this, we remind students of the following on-campus resources:

Dean of Studies Office
105 Milbank Hall
(212) 854-2024

Furman Counseling Center
100 Hewitt Hall
(212) 854-2092
After-hours psychological emergency […]

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  • 55621

Professor William Sharpe First Barnard Professor Honored with Fulbright Visiting Professor Award

europefellowships & grantsliterature & poetry Professor of English William Chapman Sharpe is one of three senior scholars honored with a Fulbright Visiting Professor Award—and the first from Barnard—which, according to the US-UK Fulbright Commission, is “viewed as among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar programme” and honors those who “have significant teaching and publication records.” Sharpe will teach and conduct research at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland from January to July 2018. His research […]

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  • 55282

President Sian Beilock Leads the Conversation on Combatting Performance Anxiety

college presidentpsychologySTEM Barnard’s eighth president, Sian Beilock, is a cognitive scientist by training and the author of two books on the mind-body connection (Choke and How the Body Knows Its Mind). She has focused much of her research efforts on discovering strategies and tools to improve individuals’ performance in high-stakes scenarios, such as a season-clinching basketball game or an important exam. A sampling of interviews and op-eds published since her arrival […]

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  • 55271

Barnard Raises Nearly Half a Million Dollars on Giving Day 2017


During Giving Day 2017, Columbia University’s annual 24-hour online fund drive, Barnard received over $474,000 in support for financial aid and faculty research, and $9,000 in challenge funds, for a total of $483,000.


Thanks to generous alumnae, students, and friends of the College, the College received 1,613 gifts and had the fourth-highest alumni participation rate of all 19 schools and programs that took part. Members of Barnard’s Class of 2018 […]

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  • 55269

Professor Reshmi Mukherjee Named American Physical Society 2017 Fellow

fellowships & grantsphysics Reshmi Mukherjee, the Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of Physics & Astronomy, named to the prestigious American Physical Society.The American Physical Society (APS) has selected Reshmi Mukherjee, the Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of Physics & Astronomy, as one of its 2017 Fellows.

The APS Fellowship Program was created to recognize members who may have made advances in physics through original research and publication or made significant innovative contributions in the application of […]

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  • 55032

Professor Paige West Named Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar

education Paige West, the Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology, has been named a Visiting Scholar for the 2017–2018 academic year, by the Phi Beta Kappa Society. This is the second consecutive year a Barnard professor has received the honor; David Weiman, the Alena Wels Hirschorn ’58 Professor of Economics and Faculty Director of the Empirical Reasoning Center, received the 2016–2017 disctinction. West is one of 15 scholars chosen from a range of disciplines that include chemistry, history, […]

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  • 56500

The Schomburg Center: Prof. Karen Fairbanks Redesigns Harlem Treasure

architecturenew york cityrace and ethnicity The Schomburg Center for Research in Black CultureThe Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture—an institution integral to Barnard’s Harlem Semester—has been newly renovated, thanks to the architecture firm led by Claire Tow Professor of Professional Practice and Department of Architecture Chair Karen Fairbanks. Her architecture firm, Marble Fairbanks, reimagined the Harlem center so that it now displays a portion of its collection to the street. […]

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  • 54815

Prof. Mary Gordon Published in Best American Short Stories of 2017

literature & poetry Photo credit: Christopher GreenleafMary Gordon ’71, the Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing, who published her eighth novel There Your Heart Lies in May, returns with her personal short story “Ugly” in The Best American Short Stories 2017.

The anthology series, first published in 1915, “compiles a collection of remarkable writing that celebrates the best short fiction of the moment” across the country. To learn more about The […]

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  • 54532

Professor Paige West Wins Distinguished Book Award

columbiaendowmentrace and ethnicity Pictured at the 2017 Columbia University Press Distinguished Book Award ceremony (from left to right): Jennifer Crewe, Associate Provost and Director, Columbia University Press; John H. Coatsworth, Provost, Columbia University; Jane Gaines, Co-Chair, Distinguished Book Award Jury and Chair of Columbia University Press’s Faculty Publication Committee; and Paige West, Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University.Paige West, Claire Tow Professor of Anthropology and author […]

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  • 54512

Visual Artist Toyin Ojih Odutola to Join Barnard College as Orzeck Artist-in-Residence

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Beth Kwonbkwon@barnard.edu

NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2017 – Toyin Ojih Odutola, the Nigerian-born visual artist whose pen-and-ink sketches explore the concept of race—most recently in response to the violent Charlottesville protests—is joining Barnard College as the Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Distinguished Artist-in-Residence. Ojih Odutola’s exhibition “To Wander Determined” will open at the Whitney Museum of American Art on Oct. 20 and marks her first solo exhibition […]

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  • 54515

Barnard Welcomes New and Returning Faculty

This fall, Barnard’s academic departments welcomed a number of new faculty, as well as returning faculty taking on new roles. Their diverse research and teaching interests as well as their extensive expertise will expand the depth of course offerings and research on campus, and will be invaluable to Barnard’s continued pursuit of academic excellence. Read more about each of them below.

New Faculty

Thea Abu El-Haj
Associate Professor, Education

Thea Abu El-Haj is an Associate […]

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  • 54503

Message from President Beilock: Barnard's Response to New Travel Restrictions

Dear Barnard Community,

Yesterday, President Trump announced new restrictions on travel to the United States, replacing his previous executive order issued in March. When the restrictions take full effect on October 18, each of eight countries—Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad, Venezuela and North Korea—will face its own set of travel restrictions. In most cases, citizens of these countries will be unable to immigrate to the United States, and many will be […]

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  • 54504

Barnard Professors Help Revolutionize the Economics Curriculum

economicseducation In the wake of the unpredicted worldwide financial crisis that began in 2008, and in response to critics—many of them current students—who complain that the concepts they’ve learned don’t always apply to a post-2008 world, economists began to reevaluate not just the content but also the delivery method of the classic economics curriculum.

Professor Rajiv Sethi is part of an international group of scholars involved with the CORE (Curriculum Open-access Resources […]

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  • 54297

Carol Dweck ’67 Receives $3.9 Million Education Prize

alumnaepsychology Carol S. Dweck ’67, Lewis and Virginia Eaton Professor of Psychology at Stanford University and this year’s keynote speaker at Convocation, is one of two inaugural laureates named by the Yidan Prize Foundation in China. She will receive HK$30 million—approximately USD$3.9 million—in recognition of her contribution to education and to help fund future research.

Dweck is known for her work on mindset theory: the idea that one’s implicit view of their […]

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  • 53755

Response to the U.S. Department of Education's Announcement on Title IX Regulations

The following email was released to students on Friday, September 8, 2017.

Dear Barnard Students,
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced that the Department intends to develop new regulations to govern how colleges and universities respond to reports of sexual harassment and sexual assault under Title IX. Nothing is expected to change before the Department has conducted an extensive process of review and public comment. During this period, Barnard’s policies and […]

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  • 53708

Message from COO Goldberg and Provost Bell: Welcome Back

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

Welcome back to those who have been away, and a warm welcome to all as we start the new academic year. We hope that you had a productive and restful summer.  

Now that the fall semester is upon us, we want to share with you progress and key developments that happened over the summer months.

We are just about one year away from officially […]

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  • 53501

In Support of Undocumented Students

immigration Dear Members of the Barnard Community,


Today, the U.S. Attorney General announced that the administration plans to rescind the important program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This wrong-minded decision will adversely impact hundreds of thousands of young people who deserve the opportunity to build successful lives here in the United States. It also puts at risk one of our highest priorities as a liberal arts college: helping to […]

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  • 53502

Message from President Beilock: A New Academic Year

Dear Barnard Community —

I am pleased to welcome you back to campus for the start of the 2017-18 academic year. I hope you had an enjoyable and productive summer, and I look forward to starting off the fall semester together. 

Since this is my first academic year at Barnard, I am only beginning to experience what is so special about this campus community. I know you have questions for me. I have […]

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  • 54281

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

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 […]

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  • 54288

Summer Research: Institute Supports Nearly 150 STEM Students

careerSTEM Barnard’s 2017 Summer Research Institute supported 147 students who conducted scientific research, working closely with faculty mentors in labs at Barnard and around the New York City area for 10 weeks. Now in its fourth year, the fully subsidized program provides an immersive opportunity for students in biology, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, neuroscience and behavior, physics and astronomy, and psychology. In addition to their lab work, participants attend lectures and […]

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