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Break This Down: Q & A with Prof. Kaiama Glover on Haiti, Zombies, and Benign Denials

caribbean, central and south americanorth americarace and ethnicity Prof. Kaiama Glover


In August 1791, the Haitian Revolution began, and more than ten years later, it ended with Haiti becoming the first colony in the region to win independence. To mark the anniversary, French and Africana Studies Professor Kaiama Glover reflects on her latest research, in this special “Break This Down” interview, on dystopian Haiti, zombies, and how pop culture perpetuates and reinforces […]

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A Message from President Beilock and Provost Bell on the Charlottesville Tragedy

Dear Barnard Community,

This weekend’s events in Charlottesville defy reason or explanation. Our functioning as a civil society depends on free expression and open debate, which are utterly preempted by expressions of hatred and acts of physical intimidation and violence. We deplore the acts that cost three lives and many injuries, and we abhor the bigotry that fueled them. Our hearts go out to all those who have been touched by the […]

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Chemistry Professors Awarded National Science Foundation Grants

chemistryneuroscienceSTEM Rachel Austin, Mary Sever, Christina Vizcarra and Andrew Crowther have been awarded National Science Foundation grants.

Profs. Austin, Sever and Vizcarra are collaborating to learn more about the connection between lead exposure and the brain. To that end, they have been awarded a three-year, $294,000 NSF grant. Children exposed to lead in early childhood can become developmentally impaired, and some researchers believe childhood lead exposure may be linked to autism and schizophrenia. The […]

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100 Scientists & Students, Four 40-foot Gamma Ray Telescopes, 10 Years Later

astronomyenvironmentphysics Prof. Reshmi MukherjeeReshmi Mukherjee, the Helen Goodhart Altschul Professor of Physics and Astronomy, has spent years staring into space. Literally. She begins her introductory physics class on noctilucent clouds—clouds seen in polar skies and only at twilight—which some believe are symptoms of climate change. Mukherjee often takes Barnard and Columbia students in her research group to the Fred Lawrence Whipple Observatory 50 miles south of Tucson, Arizona, to research astrophysical […]

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Operation Backpack® Officially Starts
Monday, July 10, 2017 at The Interchurch Center.


Most of the nearly 23,000 children who call a New York City shelter “home” are school age, and one of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on their education.

Last year, we at the Interchurch Center joined hundreds of partners and thousands of individual donors and volunteers. Thanks to our generosity all […]


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Barnard College Board of Trustees Announces New Members

alumnaecollege history Barnard College Board Chair Jolyne Caruso FitzGerald ’81 has announced three new members of the College’s Board of Trustees. They are financial services executive Jyoti Menon ’01, Columbia professor Serge Przedborski P’14, P’17, and Harvard Law School Dean Marcia Lynn Sells ’81. They join three board members who joined the Board during the 2016-17 school year: writer and humanitarian Nina Ansary ’89, president of Barnard’s London alumnae association Leila Bassi ’94, […]

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Climate Change Expert Prof. Stephanie Pfirman Warns That Melting Sea Ice Increases Spread of Pollution

climate changeenvironmentenvironmental scienceSTEM Professor Stephanie Pfirman has long been a champion for the Arctic and the environment. This week, the academic journal Earth’s Future published a study, coauthored by Pfirman alongside colleagues at McGill University and Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, that indicates climate change has had a “stirring” effect on sea ice and the Arctic’s surrounding waters. After tracking ice migration for nearly 30 years, researchers learned that melting ice […]

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Don’t miss tomorrow’s Noonday Concert, featuring
The Interchurch Center Gospel Choir.

Jeff Bolding, director

May 3, 2017 – 12:05PM

The Interchurch Center
475 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10115


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Prof. Tara Well’s Research Offers Pathways to Clarity and Calm

health & wellnesspsychology Prof. Tara Well studies meditation, emotional regulation, and nonverbal communication, and her current research focus—and forthcoming book The Clear Mirror: The Healing Power of Self-Reflection—addresses the effect of mirrors on stress and self-image. She has pioneered the “Mirror Meditation” technique, a practice reminiscent of Buddhist mindfulness that involves gazing intently into a mirror for 10 minutes to better attune the subject to their emotions and bodily sensations. Far-removed […]

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Break This Down: Q & A with Prof. John Glendinning on the Link Between Taste Buds and Insulin Release

STEM John Glendinning, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology, studies feeding and taste focusing on the role of the modern diet and overeating. One of his areas of research is the link between taste buds in the mouth and insulin release in the gut. In a recent paper in the American Journal of Physiology, he revealed the connection between a sweet taste pathway in the mouth and insulin release by […]

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“Solidarity Is a Verb”

activismBCRWpoliticsrace and ethnicity On April 11, a standing-room-only crowd of more than 400 piled into the Diana Center Event Oval to hear a lecture from Alicia Garza, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement and special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance. While the theme of her talk, hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW), was described as “The Future of Black Lives Under a Kleptocracy,” […]

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Katy Lee '17 Receives Fourth Annual Axinn Foundation/Anna Quindlen Award for Creative Writing

literature & poetry

Katy Lee ’17 was awarded the fourth annual Axinn Foundation/Anna Quindlen Award for Creative Writing. The prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior, who receives $25,000 to support her creative writing. It is given by the Joan F. and Donald E. Axinn Foundation in recognition of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anna Quindlen ’74, her outstanding contribution to American life and letters, and her sustained support for the education and […]

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Celebrating Trans Stories and Successes

transgender Photo by Matt Harvey

A diverse and passionate audience of more than 250 people came together on April 4 to attend a film screening and panel discussion at a time in history when trans and gender-nonconforming communities fight for increased protections and understanding.

Hosted by the Barnard Center for Research on Women, “Our Voices: Trans Stories, Trans Justice, Trans Resiliency,” featured powerful short films documenting the intimate world of how the […]

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Prof. Martin Stute Receives Federal Grant to Address Climate Change

environmental scienceenvironmentfellowships & grants Professor Martin StuteCarbon dioxide released into the atmosphere is wreaking havoc on environmental safety and leading to climate change, and Professor of Environmental Science Martin Stute has been on the front lines of research offering a solution to this enormous problem. To aid in his research, Stute, who has a joint appointment with the Columbia University Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, was awarded  a U.S. Department of Energy grant […]

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Prof. Hisham Matar Wins Top PEN America Literary Award

literature & poetry Photo Credit: PEN AmericaPEN America gave its most prestigious award—the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, one of the largest literary awards in the country—to English Professor Hisham Matar for The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between. The inaugural PEN/Jean Stein Book Award “recognizes a book-length work of any genre for its originality, merit, and impact…that has broken new ground by reshaping the boundaries of its form and […]

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Prof. John Hawley Awarded 2017 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize

fellowships & grants Professor John HawleyClaire Tow Professor of Religion John Stratton Hawley was recently awarded the 2017 Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize by the South Asian Council of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) in Toronto for his book A Storm of Songs: India and the Idea of the Bhakti Movement (Harvard University Press, 2015). The book examines the claim that India, such a diverse country, is actually unified by means […]

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Barnard Responds to Syrian Crisis Through Creation of the Ann and Andrew Tisch Scholarship for Refugee Women

immigrationeducationfellowships & grantsstudents Beginning in the fall of 2017, Barnard will offer a newly funded scholarship called the Ann and Andrew Tisch Scholarship for Refugee Women.  The scholarship will be awarded annually, and a student whose education has been interrupted as a result of war, persecution, conflict, natural disaster, or crisis will be able to attend Barnard through a generous gift to Barnard’s endowment from the Ann and Andrew Tisch family. […]

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Teagle Foundation Grant Supports Innovation in the Teaching of Economics

fellowships & grants Since 2013, Professor of Economics Rajiv Sethi has worked with the UK-based group CORE (Curriculum Open-Access Resources for Economics) to develop high-quality, open-access instructional content, distributed worldwide under a Creative Commons license. A $290,000 award from the Teagle Foundation will allow Prof. Sethi—along with department colleagues Prof. Homa Zarghamee and Prof. Belinda Archibong—to establish the first branch of CORE in the United States. This chapter will work to […]

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“Ain’t I a Leader?”, a Women’s History Month Conference.
Showcasing organizations making a difference serving women and girls.

March 8, 2017, 9:00AM – 12:00PM
at The Interchurch Center.

Free & Open to the Public. Breakfast will be served.
For more information, call 212-870-2200.
RSVP at RSVP@interchurch-center.org


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Barnard BOLD Honors Students & Organizations Dedicated to Community

studentsactivismpublic servicestudent life Student Life celebrated five students and three organizations committed to engaging and supporting the Barnard community at the Barnard BOLD dinner reception on February 16 in the Diana Event Oval. Barnard BOLD recognizes the dedication to community that philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs ’35 exemplified. As Boggs said, “We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each […]

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Break This Down: Q & A with Prof. Robert McCaughey on Barnard’s Evolving Identity

college history In his first presentation kicking off a series of lectures on the history of Barnard, “Location, Location, Location: Barnard’s Belated Embrace of Its Urban Identity” (February 21, 6 p.m. in Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall), Professor of History and Janet H. Robb Chair in the Social Sciences Robert McCaughey discusses the significance of the College’s setting. He also reveals that the College resisted its city identity for much of its […]

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