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‘So We Read On’ and Why We Should Keep Fighting About ‘The Great Gatsby’

In Sigrid Nunez’s book The Last of Her Kind, the central character, Georgette, meets her troubling, troubled, wonderful friend Ann when they are both students at Barnard College in New York. I can remember, quite clearly, that school for Georgette consists of her writing a long paper, “Why The Great Gatsby Is Not a Great Book.” … Read More

Women’s College Imposes ‘No Belly, No Butts, No Bras’ Dress Code For RAs, Misses the Point of Feminism

4 months agoLifestyle : xoJane

Barnard College -- who, for the record, offers an “Activist-in-Residence” fellowship -- imposed a dress code on its RAs via a “Training Expectations” contract that they had to sign their first week back. Read more

Barnard College’s “No Belly, No Butts, No Bras” Rule

Two weeks ago, on their first day of orientation training, Barnard College resident advisors (RAs) were surprised to learn they had to sign a “Training Expectations” contract for their first week back, promising not to show any part of their bellies, butts, or bras. The belly-butt-bra prohibition fell under the second of the training expectations: [...]

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." I think it's very important that our scholars are finally being provided with a platform to reach a far wider audience, and Jenny is one of our most articulate spokeswomen. Show More Summary

The Best Way to Change Minds: Come Out, Stay Out and Speak Out

Last week my friend, Professor Jenny Boylan of Barnard College, penned an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times entitled "Trans Community Can Change Minds by Changing Discourse." I think it's very important that our scholars are finally being provided with a platform to reach a far wider audience, and Jenny is one of our most articulate spokeswomen. Show More Summary

Zinesters Take Over a New York City F Train (Peacefully), Will Move on Today to Staten Island Ferry

From The New York Times: The two-day event, called the MTA Zine Residency, had been organized by a librarian and an archivist at the Barnard College library, which they said has the largest circulating collection of zines in an academic library. Show More Summary

Julianna Goldman Jumps from Bloomberg to CBS News

Julianna Goldman is joining CBS News as a Washington correspondent, TVNewser has learned. Goldman, currently the White House correspondent for Bloomberg News, joins CBS in August. The Maryland native and Barnard College/Columbia University...Show More Summary

A summer reading list from college admissions counselors

Here is a rather unusual summer reading list. It was assembled by Brennan Barnard, director of college counseling at  The Derryfield School in Manchester, New Hampshire, who asked college admissions deans and high school counselors to send him recommendations of books that are great summer reads for parents, students and everybody else. The list includes books about […]

Stop Striving for Perfection!

In Debora Spar’s book, Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection, the Barnard college President writes that striving for perfection is a futile goal and it will only lead to frustration and unhappiness.  Debora Spar never thought of herself as a feminist. Show More Summary

Planned Parenthood president: Say ‘yes’ to life…if you make it out of the womb

by Dustin Siggins Ah, irony. From Cecile Richards' commencement speech to Barnard College, an all-women school: These women didn’t wait to be asked. They just jumped headfirst. To borrow some wisdom from Lena Dunham, "Don’t wait around for someone else to tell your story. Do it yourself by whatever means…

Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards Tells College Grads: My Kids are All Abortion Activists

In March, we learned that CEO and president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, would give the Commencement address to graduating students of Barnard College, there were some reactions of shock and disappointment. Kate Christensen, who graduated from Barnard on May 18 and was the president of Columbia University College Republicans, had an […]

GLAAD Cochair Jennifer Finney Boylan Joins Barnard College

The celebrated trans activist and author has been named the prestigious Seven Sisters school's inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer-in-Residence. Featured Image: read more

Students File Federal Complaints Against Columbia University For Mishandling Sexual Violence

Just a day after Columbia University took a stand against sexual violence with a decorated sheet cake, 23 students filed three federal complaints against the University and sister college Barnard, claiming the administration violated Title IX, Title II, and the Clery Act by failing to adequately address allegations of rape and sexual assault. [ more › ]

Columbia University hit with sex-case lawsuit

Nearly two dozen Columbia University and Barnard College students have filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education over the Ivy League school’s handling of alleged sexual assaults.

Twyla Tharp Appointed Distinguished Guest Artist at Barnard College

Beginning this fall, choreographer Twyla Tharp (pictured at left) will be the distinguished guest artist at Barnard College, her alma mater. Tharp will be teaching master classes and leading workshops, as well as lecturing and working on projects between dance and other … Continue reading ?

WBAR-B-Q 2014 lineup (Inc., Ka, LVL UP, Amanda X & more)

Inc. at PIanos in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield) WBAR Barnard College Radio's Annual FREE WBAR-B-Q happens again this year on April 19 on Barnard's Lehman Lawn from noon to 8 PM. This year's will be headlined by Inc. (the...

Body Shaming In College Health Services Needs to Stop

“So it says on your record that you have a history with an eating disorder.” “Yes,” I sputtered. I know it’s true, but no matter how many times the nurse practitioners read it to me at Barnard College Student Health Services, it still feels uncomfortable. “All right, well, we have a new policy where we have to weigh you once a year. Show More Summary

Removal of Barnard Palestine solidarity banner was discriminatory act of censorship

A banner showing a map of historic Palestine with the words "Stand for justice, stand for Palestine" on it was removed by the president of Barnard college. In response, the Center for Constitutional Rights sent a letter to the president, saying that the removal of the banner was an unjustified act of censorship.

Hey Sheryl: Lean On This

In 2011, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO and author of Lean In, the handbook du jour of women's empowerment, exhorted the graduates of Barnard College to change the world. "You are the promise for a more equal world," she said. "Women all around the world are counting on you." Sheryl was right. Show More Summary

What Do Dogs Know, Think, and Feel? A New Book Tells it All

Research-based "Domestic Dogs Cognition and Behavior" edited by Barnard College psychologist Alexandra Horowitz is a must read for anyone interested in what dogs know, think, and feel. It also is essential reading for those interested...Show More Summary

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