For four days in April, the campus sprang to life with the sound of spoken-word poetry, as hundreds of performers converged at Barnard for the annual College Union Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI).

“There’s been a dramatic transformation,” says Professor Tina Campt. “There’s been the transformation of going from nothing to something.” She’s talking about the Africana Studies Program, which she directs—and which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.


Seniors present new plays in staged readings for the thesis in playwriting.

Three senior theatre majors present their theses in directing, which run in repertory in the first of two installments of Senior Thesis Festival 2013.


Directed by David Paul, Sarah Ruhl’s retelling of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is a bold and beautifully strange meditation on love and grief.

A performance becomes a political force