Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Narratives of What Now: Thinking of Tyre Nichols

 Dear First-Years,

The following is a message from the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

Barnard College

Dear Barnard community,


Please join us for a discussion on campus this Friday, 2/10, from 12-2 PM in Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall 3rd Floor.


Narratives of What Now: Thinking of Tyre Nichols

Professors Yvette Christiansë and Jennie Kassanoff and colleagues will facilitate a conversation with students, faculty and staff that seeks to help unpack and contextualize the state violence that killed Tyre Nichols. This will be the first of a series of conversations and workshops in partnership between the DEI Office and campus partners, such as BCRW, for our community to learn and process together.

Register here for this event.





Jennifer Rosales

Vice President for Inclusion and Engaged Learning,

Chief Diversity Officer


As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.


The First-Year Team

Updates: Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP)


Read on for February 2023 news, programming, resources and services from the CEP.


Events and Opportunities

For Students

Studying for Memory and Comprehension | February 22, 4:15-5:15pm

Recalling information is one of the most important academic skills and will be needed in almost all of your courses. Whether you are seeking to improve your study skills or preparing for an exam, this workshop can help you tackle memorizing and retaining large amounts of information through science-backed study methods and strategies. We will also create personalized study plans during this workshop. This workshop is paired with this guide on our website. RSVP here.

The CEP's weekly co-working hours: Parallel Play and Study Café

Parallel play typically describes young children playing next to each other without the need for interaction. The CEP is putting our own spin on it by continuing Parallel Play with Pals! These will be hosted weekly by your CEP pals with corresponding playlists ranging from those with a peaceful ambience to various genres each session, such as lo-fi, house, and R&B. Spanning from Milstein 125 to 126, Parallel Play with Pals is the perfect atmosphere for getting your work done (such as for your senior thesis!) while sharing comfortable silence or a curated ambience with other students. Meanwhile, our Study Café encourages students to come to the CEP for a casual study environment and for resources and support from our student interns. You can also find these hours, as well as other events, on our public calendar.

Community-Wide Programming

Archives Drop-Ins | February 13, 4-4:45pm

Barnard Sustainability Campus Discussion | February 8 & 9

This month, the Office of Sustainability & Climate Action is organizing two campus conversations that will engage the entire Barnard community. There, the CEP will be facilitating a panel discussion on climate, sustainability, and environmental harm in the curriculum at Barnard with faculty panelists. In addition, the Office of Sustainability will discuss planning for net zero emissions, teaching about sustainability and climate, and working towards a just, equitable, and circular campus. This event will take place on February 8 from 4-6pm in the Diana Event Oval (RSVP here), and virtually on February 9 from 5-6pm (find the link here).

Zora Neale Hurston Film Screening | February 9, 6pm

Thursday evening, the Office of DEI, Sloate Media Center, and the Department of Africana Studies invite you to their Zora Neale Hurston '28 watch party! Zora Neale Hurston: Claiming a Space is an in-depth biography of the influential author and Barnard alum, acclaimed 20th-century “novelist, folklorist, anthropologist,” and “Genius of the South.” After the screening, there will be a Q&A and debriefing with Prof. Monica Miller.


For Students



Check out the CEP's Reference Library!

Interested in browsing any of these titles? The CEP's in-house reference library is now open to new readers! Visit the CEP (126 Milstein) during our Parallel Play or Study Café hours (Monday-Thursday) or email pedagogy@barnard.edu to schedule a visit.

Book Spotlight

As a companion to the screening of Zora Neale Hurston's biographical film (see Community-Wide Programming above), we at the CEP are spotlighting Approaches to Teaching Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God and Other WorksEdited by John Lowe, this volume "helps instructors situate Hurston’s work against the various cultures that engendered it and understand her success as short story writer, playwright, novelist, autobiographer, folklorist, and anthropologist."

5th Annual Barnard Bold Conference | March 31, 2023

Save the date for the 5th annual Barnard Bold Conference, first created in 2018 by Barnard alum Shreya Sunderram BC ‘19. There will be multiple sessions that engage with specific topics related to teaching and learning. In celebration of the 5th anniversary of the Bold Conference, this year’s Bold Conference will feature a special conversation with Shreya Sunderram BC ‘19 and Barnard Faculty Thea Abu El-Ha & Yvette Christiansë at 4:30pm. Registration and conference program coming soon!

Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies Corner

Over the last few years, a narrative has emerged across both national and higher education journalism that goes something like this: in an era of increasing political polarization, the need for colleges to host difficult dialogues about high stakes topics has never been more urgent…and it has never been more impossible. Journalists and scholars writing in legacy publications have given different names and causes to this supposed impossibility, variously referring to “cancel culture” “safetyism,” “self-censorship,” or overly sensitive, illiberal, and “coddled” students. But we are skeptical that the popular “cancel culture” narrative is either accurate or useful. Instead, we are in the process of exploring alternative ways of understanding both the necessity and challenge of dialogue in the present—a project we are currently referring to as “Dialogue against/without disposability.” Taking as its problem a broader punitive culture that cannot be explained in terms of generational differences between students and instructors or as a unique property of college campuses, this project seeks to identify concrete ways that people can cultivate dialogical spaces and strategies that are critically conscious of the problem of assigning value to some and consigning others to superfluity. We will share more information about how you can become involved in this project as it develops. To start, Barnard instructors can complete the survey linked above and here to help us understand some of the major challenges related to dialogue that they see in their classes today.
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As always, please don't hesitate to reach out with any questions.


The First-Year Team