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Recent News and Press

Pop-Up Repair shop merges sustainability and social activism

For Prof. Sandra Goldmark, the environmentalist mantra of “the three Rs”—recycle, reduce, reuse—is missing one other critical “R”: Repair. “It is a part of waste reduction and sustainability that is underdeveloped,” says…

On NPR, Prof. Lynn Garafola reflects on revolutionary ballet performance

danceLynn GarafolaOn an NPR segment about the 1913 premiere of Igor Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring," dance professor Lynn Garafola talks about this revolutionary ballet performance that shocked audiences a century ago. An excerpt: "This was…

MSNBC features Emily-Anne Rigal '16, founder of WeStopHate

activismcultureRising sophomore Emily-Anne Rigal '16 is featured as MSNBC's "Foot Soldier of the Week." Watch the video highlighting Rigal's anti-bullying organization, WeStopHate:  

Brownfield Action course prepares students for environmental science careers

liberal artsscienceenvironmental scienceFor the past decade, Barnard’s environmental science department has offered a course that allows students to experience firsthand the complex task of cleaning up a hazardous waste site, or brownfield,…

The Daily Beast features book by Estelle Freedman '69, who will speak on campus this fall

alumnaeBCRWOn September 12, the Barnard Center for Research on Women will welcome alumna Estelle Freedman ’69, professor of history at Stanford University, for a lecture on her new book, Redefining Rape: Sexual Violence in the Era of Suffrage…

Two Barnard alumnae named among 2013 PEN Literary Award Winners

writingPEN America has announced the winners and runners-up of the 2013 PEN Literary Awards, the most comprehensive literary awards program in the country. This year’s recipients include two Barnard alumnae: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist…