Tuesday, November 12, 2019

PDF Deadline and FAQs

The deadline to declare a PDF in a course is Thursday, November 14th!

You might be asking, what does declaring a PDF in a course mean? Well, I'm here to explain this magical option you have and why it rocks.

Writing Center Adds More Hours for Students

Due to popular demand Barnard Writing Center has added more hours the schedule! If you would like to make an appointment with a Writing Fellow please register for or log into your account by following the link: https://barnard.mywconline.com.

If you have any questions email: writing@barnard.edu

Happy writing!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Spring Registration Information

You’ve made it through the first two months of college! Congrats! While there is still about a month and a half to go before you finish your first semester, take a moment to celebrate what you’ve accomplished so far. It can be joining a club or organization you’re really passionate about, acing a midterm, making it to your 8:40 class on time for once, or remembering to get your laundry out of the dryer on time so it doesn’t end up on top of the machines. 

And while you’re celebrating, it’s time to think about spring course registration, WOOOOOOOOOO! It’s almost exactly like summer registration, so don’t worry, you know what you’re doing. There are a few differences with timing and course approval, but you got it. We’ll go over some questions about spring course registration to help move you along:

Thursday, October 31, 2019

About First-Year Seminar in Spring, 2020

To First-Year students taking First-Year Seminar in Spring, 2020:

This spring, the First-Year Seminar (FYS) Program is offering two sections of FYS "Workshop," a four-credit version of FYS designed for students who feel they would benefit from extra support with critical reading and academic writing skills. FYS Workshop fulfills the FYS requirement and is equally rigorous as FYS. There are three main differences:
  • In addition to regular seminar meetings twice per week, FYS Workshop students participate in six "writing labs" connected to each of the three major writing assignments. Half of the labs are run by the instructor, and the other half by Writing Fellows. (The labs meet on six pre-scheduled Fridays, which are listed in the course descriptions.)
  • Every student in FYS Workshop is paired with their own Writing Fellow, giving you an opportunity to get feedback from and discuss your ideas with a trained peer for all three major writing assignments in the class.
  • Each section of FYS Workshop is worth 4 credits (instead of 3).
If you think you would benefit from the extra support FYS Workshop offers, please sign up! There is no special sign-up process; you can sign up for FYS Workshop just like you would any other FYS course. (That said, these two sections are not yet listed in the Course Directory, so please see below for the course descriptions and meeting times.)

If you have any questions about FYS Workshop, feel free to write to Professor Lie-Spahn at clie@barnard.edu or swing by her office hours (Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00pm in 243 LeFrak).


First-Year Seminar Workshop:

Professor Meredith Benjamin
MW 11:40am-12:55pm + required Writing Labs*

Of late, much attention has been given to the political role of feminist anger. However, not all feminist anger is received or interpreted in the same way; not all women have had the same freedom to express or represent anger. This course asks us to think critically about expressions and perceptions of anger. How do race, sexuality, gender identity, class, and ethnicity shape who is perceived as “angry” and whose anger is taken seriously? What other affects circulate and interact with anger: from rage and irritation to wonder and joy? We’ll begin with the figure of the “feminist killjoy,” as theorized by Sara Ahmed and will consider texts by authors including Audre Lorde, Adrienne Rich, June Jordan, Susan Stryker, and Nella Larsen, alongside manifestos, comics, film, visual art, and zines.

*NOTE: This 4-credit version of First-Year Seminar (FYS)—FYS “Workshop”—is specially designed for students who believe they would benefit from extra support with their critical reading and academic writing skills. In addition to regular seminar meetings twice per week, students are also required to participate in six writing labs over the course of the semester. The writing labs for this section will take place on the following Fridays, 11:40am-12:55pm: 1/31, 2/14, 2/28, 3/6, 3/27, and 4/3.


First-Year Seminar Workshop:
Professor Cecelia Lie-Spahn
TR 11:40am-12:55pm + required Writing Labs*

This course is about reproduction—a biological and social process that is often the target of deep-seated ideas about nation, culture, conflict, and definitions of life. Looking at the relationships between reproduction, science, and identity formation, we will explore a variety of literary works, films, journalism, public health studies, and policy/legal texts, all of which differently narrate, debate, script, and theorize about reproduction. Questions we will explore include: what is reproduction—scientifically, culturally, politically, historically? How do recent medical/technological/pharmaceutical developments shape reproductive experiences? What are the distinctions between reproductive rights, health, and justice, particularly in their responses to long histories of reproductive violence? How do different historical and geopolitical contexts shape our understandings and management of reproduction, from in-vitro fertilization and so-called “DIY” abortions, to population and development projects all over the world? Our conversations will both reveal and challenge the way we understand reproduction and the contradictory beliefs and actions associated with it.

*NOTE: This 4-credit version of First-Year Seminar (FYS)—FYS “Workshop”—is specially designed for students who believe they would benefit from extra support with their critical reading and academic writing skills. In addition to regular seminar meetings twice per week, students are also required to participate in six writing labs over the course of the semester. The writing labs for this section will take place on the following Fridays, 11:40am-12:55pm: 1/31, 2/7, 2/28, 3/6, 4/3, and 4/17.

Info Session: Geological Excursion to Eastern Sierra, CA (Nov 7)

Student-Alumnae Thanksgiving Program

Will you be in NYC over Thanksgiving? Fill out this form to participate in the Student-Alumnae Thanksgiving Program, an exciting initiative that provides students with the opportunity to have Thanksgiving dinner at a Barnard Alumna's home, in the event that they are not able to go home for the holiday.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Calling for Nominations: Recognize Your High School Counselor!

CALLING FOR NOMINATIONS: Did you have a guidance or college counselor who made a positive impact on your high school experience? Nominate them for a Barnard Admissions Bold Award!

The Barnard Admissions Bold Award honors outstanding high school counselors who went above and beyond to support their students. This is a special award given out annually based on nominations from Barnard's current first-year class. It recognizes 5 high school counselors and 5 community-based organization counselors who are incredibly dedicated to making a difference in their students' lives.

Click this link to nominate a counselor you feel went out of their way to listen, support, challenge, and advocate for you during high school and during your college search!

Monday, October 21, 2019

Dessert After Dark (Complete survey by Oct 24 and get free dessert on Oct 30 courtesy of SGA)

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Desserts After Dark is an anonymous bi-annual survey distributed to the Barnard student body that aims to collect feedback on campus issues.

Everyone who completes a survey will be eligible to get a free dessert from SGA on the evening of October 30th. Survey closes on October 24th at 11:59pm.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the survey, please feel free to reach out to SGA VP of Campus Life Flosha Liyana at fl2487@barnard.edu.

Biofeedback for Stress Relief (Oct 23, 12-1, Diana Lobby)

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Study Abroad at Oxford and Cambridge Universities

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Study Abroad at Oxford and Cambridge Universities
Friday, Oct 25, 3-4pm
Thursday, Nov 7, 3-4pm
Locations TBD

Information sessions on studying abroad at Oxford and Cambridge Universities.  Hear from returned students, learn about the Oxford and Cambridge colleges with which Barnard partners, and get details on the application process.  

Note: application to Oxford and Cambridge is highly competitive and requires a minimum gpa of 3.7 for Oxford and 3.75 for Cambridge.  For students considering applying for academic year 2020-21, there is an initial internal application round for Oxford - applications are due to Barnard Global by Monday, Dec 2, 2019. 

Check the Global Events page for updated location info. 

FLI Fall Dinner Meetup (Oct 21)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Friday, September 27, 2019

OCT 1 -- "Emergency Care of Wounds That Cannot Be Seen": Healing Justice & Ntozake Shange.

"Emergency Care of Wounds that Cannot Be Seen"

When I die, I will not be guilty of having left a generation of girls behind thinking that anyone can tend to their emotional health other than themselves --Ntozake Shange 

We invite you to our first event,  “Emergency Care of Wounds That Cannot Be Seen”: Healing Justice &  Ntozake Shange. This inaugural program of the Africana-BLAIS "Healing, Creating, Envisioning Freedom Project" celebrates the legacy of Barnard alumna, award-winning poet, Ntozake Shange (BC '70) by revealing to the campus the variety of her works and their relevance for today’s students. When the NSOP groups got the chance to study the famous choreopoem for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf with Professor Pam Cobrin they entered a larger project to share the lessons of Shange’s work with the entire campus. 

In the spirit of Shange’s works, which explored indigenous, black, and folk ways of healing from both immediate emotional wounds and the transgenerational psychic pain wrought by legacies of patriarchal white supremacy, we invite you to participate in a creative ceremony. The Kindred Southern Healing Justice Collective defines “healing justice” as “seeking to interrupt and intervene on generational trauma from colonization and oppression by rooting and remembering our ancestral practices and traditions.” Cara Page, Black Queer Feminist Cultural Worker and Organizer;  Ebony Noelle Golden, Performing Artist, Scholar, and Culture Strategist; and Tiffany Lenoi Jones, Artist, Educator, and Activist, will introduce and explore the ways they are using healing justice lineages for our collective transformation. 

As the first-years learned, much of Ntozake Shange’s work identifies the distinct struggles of women, particularly black women. She included in her poetry topics rarely discussed on a Broadway stage like abortion, domestic violence and PTSD. But at the same time her writing suggests that in poetry and performance, in ourselves and with each other,  we have the tools to resist and heal from oppression. Shange was very proud that her work, in speaking to the specifics of black women’s experience touched a universal chord with women as it was performed in campuses across the US and in performance spaces from Paris to Port-au-Prince, Appalacha to West Africa. Barnard is extremely lucky to have the Ntozake Collection at Barnard College for students to explore.   Follow us @ShangeWorlds on Twitter and Instagram or write us directly at shangeworlds@gmail.com for more information. 

Ntozake Shange (BC ‘71) with 2018 Worlds of Ntozake Shange and Digital Storytelling Class

Healing, Creating, Envisioning Freedom:   The Magic of Ntozake Shange at Barnard College Project  takes up writer and Barnard alum Ntozake Shange’s (BC ‘71) fierce, enabling desire to speak with current and future generations of Barnard graduates and infuses the campus with the spirit of her life, works, and legacy.  Although she is best known for “singing a black girls song,” and for celebrating the beauty of black womanhood, her art emerged from working with multi-racial and multi-ethnic groups. Thus, the project balances helping black girls sing their song and helping all of our students come together around common needs and visions while showing the campus  their involvements with communities and art. Likewise, we are dedicated to integrating the challenges of addressing emotional health and wellness at every level of our engagement with her legacy. Follow us @ShangeWorlds on Twitter and Instagram or write us directly at shangeworlds@gmail.com for more information.  

Monday, September 23, 2019

Columbia-Barnard Global Engagement Fair (Sept 27)

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Interested in studying abroad while at Barnard?  Check out these events:

Columbia-Barnard Global Engagement Fair
Friday, September 27, 2019  1-4pm
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall
Meet with program representatives, former student participants, and key offices.

Study Abroad 101 Info Sessions – Introduction to studying abroad at Barnard
Monday, Sept 23  1-2pm in Barnard 302
Thursday, Oct 3  3-4pm in Diana LL104
Tuesday, Oct 8  12-1pm in Diana LL104
Monday, Oct 14  1-2pm (location TBD)
Thursday Oct 24  3-4pm (location TBD)

Go to https://barnard.edu/global/studyabroad  for more information, or write to studyabroad@barnard.edu.  

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Cicero Speech Contest (Sign up by Friday, September 27)

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Cicero Speech Contest

Do you want to amplify your voice in the Barnard community? Are you seeking a platform to develop your public speaking skills? Share your ideas with an open forum of Barnard administrators, faculty, trustrees, and students at the 2019 Cicero Speech Contest! Winners will be awarded prizes up to  $100!

Sign up by Friday, September 27th at 11:59 PM to compete in ONE of two categories:
  1. Persuasive Advocacy Speech (5 minutes, prepared in advance, with a proposal and a call to action; all participants will have the opportunity to meet with a Speaking Fellow for a one-hour conference prior to the contest)
  2. Impromptu Speech (3 minutes, created on the spot, based on prompt given 30 min. before speech).
The event will take place on Thursday, October 17th at 6 PM in Sulzberger Parlor (Barnard Hall, 3rd floor).

Free food will be provided. 

For more detailed descriptions of each category and general guidelines, please visit: 

Sign-up form also available here.

Questions? Email speaking@barnard.edu.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

First-year Roundtables, Sept 24 and Sept 25,

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Dear First Year Students, 

What has your academic year been like so far? We want to know! 

You are invited to a roundtable discussion facilitated by Barnard students and recent graduates. This is a new initiative created for First-Year students to help Barnard better understand and respond to your classroom experiences. 

We want to know things like: 
  • In what way have your academic expectations coming into Barnard been met and not met so far?
  • What has it been like in the classroom? 
  • Who do you talk to when something goes wrong in the classroom?

In order to accommodate your schedules, the roundtables will be held on two dates: 
  • Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8:00pm in LL001 Milstein
  • Wednesday, September 25, 6:30-8:00pm in LL001 Milstein

Food will be served -- catered by Chipotle!

Those who RSVP via the link by September 20, 2019, are guaranteed a "Barnard Class of 2023" aluminum water bottle.

All Barnard first-years are welcome! 

Sponsored by the First-Year Experience Program and the Barnard Provost

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Writing and Speaking Centers Open Next Week!

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The Writing and Speaking Centers Open Next Week!

Both Centers will be open for appointments Tuesday, Sep. 17th through Monday, Dec. 9th. They will be closed during the following academic holidays: Friday, Nov 1 - Tuesday, Nov. 5, and Monday, Nov. 25 - Sunday, Dec. 1. 

About the Speaking Center: 
The Barnard Speaking Center aims to foster connection through dialogue, listening, and active engagement. Speaking Fellows help their peers tackle challenges such as speaking anxiety and clarifying presentations, with the belief that there is not one type of “good speech.” 

Speaking Fellows are trained to support you at any point in your growth as a public speaker: from developing presentation skills, participating in class discussions, or speaking with your professors during their office hours. Learn more about the Speaking Fellows Program at: speaking.barnard.edu.

To make an appointment with a Speaking Fellow follow this link: speaking.mywconline.com. 

About the Writing Center: 
Writing Fellows help students strengthen their writing in all academic disciplines. Our Program believes writing is a process and writers, no matter how accomplished, can benefit from discussing their work with an intelligent reader before revising it.

Often, the most fruitful dialogues about your writing occur with your peers, Writing Fellows are just that. They are not tutors or TAs. It is not their role to comment on the accuracy of your paper’s content, nor to grade your work. They conference with students about written assignments to help clarify, organize, and strengthen content, so that a non-expert can understand the assignment. Learn more about the Writing Fellows Program at writing.barnard.edu.

To make an appointment with a Speaking Fellow follow this link: barnard.mywconline.com

If you have any questions please direction your inquiries to speaking@barnard.ed or writing@barnard.edu!

Monday, September 9, 2019

Wear your blue Convocation t-shirt this Tuesday, Sept. 10, Riverside Church!

If you got a blue t-shirt at the Back@Barnard Block t-shirt distribution (or if not, swing by Events Management in Milbank Basement 006 today before 6 pm to get one!), now's your chance to wear it and celebrate the start of the academic year with style and enthusiasm.

What's Convocation?Convocation is a long-standing tradition at Barnard, as it formally and symbolically introduces the newest members of our community to Barnard's rich academic traditions and kicks off the academic year.
What if I have class?
Barnard academic classes will be cancelled from 4:00 PM to 6:00 p.m. to allow as many to participate as possible. However, please note that in some exceptional cases, a faculty member may choose not to cancel class for pedagogical reasons, in which case students should attend class.
Okay, I'm in! Where do I go and what do I do?

  • Wear your BLUE shirt Tuesday, Sept. 10!
  • Look for Dean Garay holding a Class of 2023 sign (or, depending on the weather, possibly a not-on-color-trend umbrella...) and wearing a blue Columbia gown with comically long sleeves.
  • We'll all be marching in together- the first-year class is always the largest class at Convocation - let's keep this tradition alive!

*If you're running late, come anyway! If you get there by 4-ish, you'll very likely still be able to march and sit together. If you're much later, you may have to sit nearer the back.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

New Psychology Course Open to First-Year Students!

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The Psychology Department is offering a new introductory level course this year, PSYC BC1020 Behavioral Research Methods and Analysis

This course is for students who are interested in the science of studying human behavior.  Students will be introduced to the types of experimental methods and data analyses that are widely used today in psychology and many other social sciences.  

This course satisfies the Foundations Science Lecture requirement, the Thinking Quantitatively and Empirically requirement, an elective lecture requirement for Psychology majors, and is valuable preparation for students who intend to conduct social science research at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level.

TR 10:10am-11:25am
203 Diana Center
Instructor: Svetlana Komissarouk

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Join us for Opportunities Fair (Sept. 6)

Join us for Opportunities Fair Breakfast // Alumnae Coffee Chats // Panel Discussions


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Beyond Barnard's 2019-20 Theme

Sandra Goldmark will moderate the Careers in Sustainability Panel


The Fall Opportunities Fair is this Friday, and we hope to see you there! We encourage you to read this entire email so that you can take advantage of resources and feel prepared for the event.

There's so much to the Fair, from Graduate Schools and Campus Employers, to organizations hiring for internships and full time positions. It can be overwhelming, we know, but we're here to help. 

Join us for "Making the Most of the Opportunities Fair" if you can, Thursday at noon, at Beyond Barnard (Second Floor, Elliott Hall).

You're also welcome to take a look at our FAQs (linked here). If you have questions, email us at beyondbarnard@barnard.edu.

Invitation to Breakfast!

We have limited space for students to join the KEYNOTE BREAKFAST on DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION: CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES (RSVP HERE), featuring Alumna Lareina Yee '95 (pictured above), McKinsey & Company's Global Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer (9AM, James Room).

President Beilock and Provost Bell will deliver opening remarks. Register here to join us for the conversation!

Alumnae Coffee Chats

Join alumnae from across industries for informal coffee chats. Ask questions and get advice about diverse careers! Sign up here for space with fabulous alumnae, including:

Non-Profits, Advocacy, Arts & Media:
  • Eunice Hong, Director of Philanthropy, CancerCare
  • Marina Lewin, Chief Operating Officer, Fdn. for Jewish Camp
  • Stacey McMath, Dir. of Programs, NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs
  • Lauren Ishida, Director of Promotion, Schott Music
  • Susie Banikarim; former EVP & Editorial Director, Gizmodo
  • Heather Godfrey, Exec. Dir., Dance Project of Washington Heights
  • Brittany Richmond, Research Assistant, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation
  • Sabrina Plum, Project Manager, Via Collective (Design)
  • Amelia Linn, Proj. Mgr. for India, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Carla Glaser, Section Chief, NYC Dep of Environmental Protection

Business, Consulting, Finance, Tech, Executive Leadership
  • Anne McGrath, Executive Director, CCS Consulting
  • Maryam Banikaram, Fmr Global Chief Marketing Officer, Hyatt
  • Julie Melwani, HR Business Partner, Bank Leumi
  • Lauren Alexander, Dir of Strategic Incentive Programs, Fidelis Care
  • Megan Maquera, Senior E-Commerce Manager, Kirna Zabête
  • Melanie Kennedy, Recruiting Specialist, Bank Leumi

Again, sign up here. If you have questions about the alumnae, feel free to email us at beyondbarnard@barnard.edu. They're all amazing and here to talk with Barnard students.

Panel Discussions featuring Alumnae and Faculty

Finally, we wanted to highlight four special panel discussions. Each panel features alumnae, faculty, and senior College leaders who are equipped to talk about specific career areas and about diversity, equity, and inclusion in their field:

  • Careers in Sustainability (1PM). (Moderated by Sandra Goldmark, Director of Campus Sustainability and Climate Action & Assoc. Prof. of Practice in Theatre)
  • Careers in Tech (2PM). (Moderated by Rebecca Wright, Druckenmiller Professor of Computer Science and the Director of Vagelos Computational Science Center)
One last time: please feel free to send questions to beyondbarnard@barnard.edu. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Explore the Entire Fair!

Career Fair
Fall 2019 Beyond Barnard Opportunities Fair
Fri, Sep 6 11:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

3009 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, New York 10027, United States of America
  95 employers attending
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Beyond Barnard Fall 2019 Opportunities Fair - Alumnae Coffee Chats
Fri, Sep 6 11:00 am EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
Diana Center, The Millicent Carey McIntosh Dining Room, 3009 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, New York 10027, United States
See Details
Beyond Barnard Fall 2019 Opportunities Fair - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Panel
Fri, Sep 6 11:00 am EDT - 12:00 pm EDT
Milstein Center, Milstein Center LL001, 3009 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, New York 10027, United States
See Details
Beyond Barnard Fall 2019 Opportunities Fair - Arts Panel
Fri, Sep 6 12:00 pm EDT - 1:00 pm EDT
Milstein Center, Milstein Center LL001, 3009 Broadway, Manhattan, New York City, New York 10027, United States