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Leading Black Feminist Scholar Hortense Spillers: For the Enslaved, Love Was Unstable

BCRWrace and ethnicityslaveryfeminism Literary critic and black feminist scholar Hortense Spillers—one of the foremost scholars today in African American criticism—delivered a lecture on campus to a packed audience of 275 Barnard community members on February 16. Spillers—whom Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) director Tina Campt described in her introduction as the “fierce, radical, and uncompromising author of transformational essays”—is the Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor in the English Department at Vanderbilt University. […]

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Prof. Peter Balsam: Timing is Everything

psychology Timing is everything, according to Peter Balsam. The professor of psychology and Samuel L. Milbank Chair spoke to a packed crowd at Barnard Hall on January 26 as he delivered the Faculty Research Lecture about his life’s work: studying the profound relationship between time and all of our actions and perceptions.

According to Balsam, thought and behavior are organized in relation to time. “Time is a fundamental part of our perceptions and experiences,” he […]

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Donate Blood, Help Save Lives!

The Interchurch Center, in partnership with the New York Blood Center is hosting a Blood Drive on February 13, 2017.

For more information please view the flyer or follow the event link below:

To make a donation appointment, please click here:

Thank you!


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Prof. Joel Kaye Wins Prestigious 2017 Haskins Medal

academiafacultyhistory Prof. Joel KayeJoel Kaye, professor of history, will be awarded the 2017 Haskins Medal for his latest book, A History of Balance, 1250 – 1375: The Emergence of a New Model of Equilibrium and Its Impact on Thought, by the Medieval Academy of America. This award is presented annually to a single book, recognized by the Academy as a “distinguished publication in the field of medieval studies.”

Prof. Kaye’s book examines […]

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Krista Suh’s ’09 “Sea of Pink”

activismalumnae As protests against the Trump administration began to take shape in the weeks after the election, screenwriter Krista Suh ’09 began thinking of possible ways to make an impact. The outcome was the Pussyhat Project, a simple hat-knitting initiative that resulted in a sea of hand-made, hot pink cat ears flooding Washington, D.C., and many of the sister marches in cities around the world on January 21. The unique idea drew […]

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All Eyes on D.C.: Professors Respond to the Women’s March on Washington

academiasocial justice On January 21, hundreds of thousands of passionate Americans will unite for the Women’s March on Washington. The mission of the March is “to stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families—recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.” Here, Barnard professors reflect on why this March is significant, how […]

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Prof. Hisham Matar Nominated for Two Prominent Literary Awards

literature & poetrywriting PEN America and the National Book Critics Circle announced this week that they have nominated English professor Hisham Matar’s book, The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between, as a finalist for their annual awards. The memoir, which details Matar’s journey to his native Libya in search of answers regarding his father’s imprisonment and eventual disappearance, also appeared on several “Best of 2016” lists by prominent news […]

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration – January 2017

If you missed our MLK Celebration on January 11, 2017, you can now watch it on our Youtube page.

Featuring keynote speaker, Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes and a special performance by The Interchurch Center Gospel Choir.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFWhjWJkV8Q Come Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote Speaker: Reverend Dr. James A. Forbes Jr. Special Performance: The Interchurch…


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Break This Down: Q & A with Prof. Jonathan Rieder on MLK, Jr.

social justice It’s been over three decades since Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a federal holiday—but the public image of the man hasn’t grown with the times.  Sociology professor Jonathan Rieder, a leading Dr. King expert, offers his opinions based on decades of pioneering research.  His most recent books are The Word of the Lord is Upon Me: The Righteous Performance of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gospel of Freedom: Martin […]

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A Message to the Barnard Community on Tolerance, Diversity and Inclusion

The following message was sent  from President Spar to the Barnard Community on December 22, 2016.
Dear Members of the Barnard Community,
As we await the start of a new year—a time when we strive to look ahead with renewed optimism and hope—there is no doubt that the tone on campus and across the country is tinged with concern for the future. How might potential changes in federal law and policy affect us […]

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The Best Books of 2016 and The Professors Who Wrote Them

Throughout the year 2016, many Barnard professors have published works from journal articles to full-length books.  Several of the College’s professors have landed on notable “Best of 2016” book lists. Below are five authors who have been singled out for recognition.

Professor Séverine Autesserre ISA | Best Book of the Year 2016

Peaceland: Conflict Resolution and the Everyday Politics of International Intervention
by Prof. Séverine Autesserre

Prof. Séverine Autesserre spent several years doing fieldwork on […]

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Prof. Kimberly Marten Receives Prestigious Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship

academiaRussiaPolitical Science Kimberly Marten, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Political Science, has been awarded an International Affairs Fellowship for Tenured International Relations Scholars by the Council on Foreign Relations.  Marten is a member of the first class of senior scholars selected for this year-long fellowship in its nearly 50-year history.
The goal of this new program is to help close the gap between research and practice on peace and security issues, […]

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Gospel Choir in Concert – December, 14 2016

The Interchurch Center’s Gospel Choir in Concert – 12/14/2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-lO-3dD5Nc Interchurch Center’s Gospel Choir at the TIC Chapel Jeff Bolding, Director


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Barnard Presidential Task Force Recommends Divestment from Companies that Deny Climate Science

environmentsustainabilityclimate change NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2016 – The Barnard Presidential Task Force to Examine Divestment has submitted to the Board of Trustees its report on fossil fuel divestment. After a nine-month review, the Task Force recommends that the College divest from all fossil fuel companies that deny climate science or otherwise seek to thwart efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change. The Task Force, comprised of trustees, faculty, staff […]

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Golden Globe Nominee Lauren Graham ’88 Presents the New Gilmore Girls

alumnae Photograph by Chris Taggart It has been nearly a decade since Lauren Graham ’88 first starred as the matriarch in Gilmore Girls, but it may not feel that way to fans of the cult classic, which got a reboot on Netflix this year. To celebrate the release of the new four-part miniseries and Graham’s return to the famous role, Barnard’s Young Alumnae Committee hosted a screening of the premiere episode, […]

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Lynn Garafola, Dance Historian and Critic, Retires from Barnard College

visual arts The eminent dance historian and critic Lynn Garafola ’68 is retiring from Barnard College this fall after serving on the faculty for 16 years.  Garafola is the founder of the Columbia University seminar Studies in Dance and a leading expert on Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, probably the most influential twentieth-century ballet company.  She is the author of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and Legacies of Twentieth-Century Dance, the editor of several […]

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Students Respond to Election with Hope & Eye on History

politicsstudents Processing the presidential election results, members of the Barnard community reflect on how to move forward.
Rose Reiken ‘20 wrote an open letter in the Huffington Post to “girls growing up under President Trump” in which she encourages them to “work together to lessen the hate in this country.”  She reminds them that, as Hillary Clinton said in her concession speech, they are valuable, powerful, and deserving of the right to chase their dreams. […]

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An Open Letter to Stephen Bannon from President Spar and the Seven Sisters Leaders

President Spar, in conjunction with the presidents of the Seven Sisters colleges, released an open letter this morning to Stephen Bannon, the media executive recently tapped by the incoming Trump administration to serve as Chief Strategist in the White House. The letter affirms each college’s respect for and pride in their students and alumnae, and takes exception to his disparaging remarks. 

The full text of the letter may be found below:

An Open […]

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Barnard Activism: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

activismBCRW On the heels of an historic election that caught many social justice activists—within and without the Barnard community—by surprise, alumnae and students came together to talk about activism across generational lines.  Members of the Class of 1971 who had participated in the Columbia University student protests of 1968 exchanged insights with student activists on November 15 in an electrifying panel discussion followed by table-talk dialogue.  The event was sponsored by […]

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Timeline Photos

The Interchurch Center will collect toys & books for Hour Children, Inc., an organization that cares for the children of incarcerated women.

Please bring your new, unwrapped toys or books to
Suite 240 during normal business hours from
November 28 – December 9, 2016.

Thank you for your consideration.


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Barnard College President Debora Spar to Step Down in March 2017


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NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2016—Barnard College President Debora L. Spar announced today that she will resign in March of 2017, after almost nine years leading the college, to become president and chief executive officer of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald ’81, chair of the Barnard Board of Trustees, said, “Debora Spar, quite simply, has transformed and elevated Barnard over these past nine years, building on its […]

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The Day After

On My Mind: Arnie Eisen


Arnold M. Eisen, one of the world’s foremost experts on American Judaism, is the seventh chancellor of The Jewish Theological Seminary.

I woke up Wednesday morning breathing deep with relief that the long nightmare of the campaign was finally behind us—and fearful that my fellow Americans and I will not be able to find it in ourselves to overcome divisions greater than at any time since the […]

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The Interchurch Center Coat Drive is currently taking place until
November 18, 2016.

Donate your gently used coats to help our neighbors in need.
Men’s coats are in high demand.

Donations can be dropped off on the main floor by the elevator banks. Thank you for your consideration!


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