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Family Weekend 2014


This year's Family Weekend will be held on October 24th - 25th.  Our weekend includes various open houses, classes to audit, faculty lectures, theater performances, and an opportunity to hear from President Spar.  We also invite you to attend the Founders Day festivities between 11am - 4pm on Sunday, October 26th.  For more information about Founders Day, please click here.





Below is the Family Weekend Schedule.  Please visit our website often, as we will be updating and adding to the schedule.  Room locations will be printed in the program given at the Check-In & Information Center. 


Friday, October 24th

8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Check-In & Information Center
Pick up your program, nametags and tickets and get answers to any questions you may have.
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Classes to Audit
Please click here to see a schedule of classes open to visitors.
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Open House: Psychology Department Speech Perception Labs
Researchers work with subjects to investigate our ability to comprehend meaning from words and utterances.
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Open House: Psychology Department Toddler Center
Teachers and undergraduate students interact with two year olds in order to study human social development.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Open House: Biology Department Arthur Ross Greenhouse
Specimens from over 45 plant families inhabit this beautiful 3,400-square-foot facility atop Milbank Hall.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Open House: Chemistry Department
Tour the Chemistry Department teaching and research facilities and hear about some of the exciting research going on in the department.
1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Open House: Student Services
Drop by the offices of our many Student Services to meet the administration and staff and to learn more about programs and services they offer our students.
1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Dance Showcase: “Performing Tradition & Innovation”
Enjoy a series of performances by student groups in the Dance Department.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Spotlight on Faculty: "Melting Arctic Ice"
Stephanie Pfirman, Professor of Environmental and Applied Science, speaks about the changing Arctic and Barnard's leading role in Arctic research, education and outreach.
Musical Interlude Provided by Bacchantae
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Three Deaths and a Problem: The Future of Higher Education in the United States
Join President Debora Spar as she discusses the landscape of higher education. 
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception
Family members may enjoy refreshments and chat with the College’s deans and directors of student services.
8:15 pm 
Shabbat Dinner
Columbia/Barnard Hillel invites students and their families to Shabbat Dinner, followed by a faculty speaker.  
$25/guest, $5/student.  Advance registration required at https://cbhillel.wufoo.com/forms/family-weekend-registration/.
8:00 pm
The Theatre Department Presents: Faust 2.0
After Goethe, with translation by David Luke 
Directed by Sharon Fogarty
Dramaturgy by Hana Worthen
While Goethe’s massive original places Faust at the center of the philosophical, social, and political questions of his era, questions still evocative in the twenty-first century, it also figures “women” into the gendered field of Enlightenment rationality, the field of (white, European, propertied) humanist “Man.” This adaptation inquires into the gender dynamics of Goethe’s work, imagining a counter voice to his “eternal feminine,” a voice freeing itself from a logic of extrinsic desire. 
Faust 2.0 is a co-production with the experimental theatre company Mabou Mines and features Barnard and Columbia students.
Tickets: $10 general admission, $5 with BC/CUID
Post-Performance Reception
Meet and greet the cast and crew and enjoy light refreshments after the performance.

Saturday, October 25th

9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Check-In & Information Center
Pick up your program, name tags, & tickets and get answers to any questions you may have.
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Buffet Brunch
Begin the day of activities with a festive brunch.  Begin the day of activities with a festive brunch.  $20 per person, including Barnard students.  Advance registration is required.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Fall Fest 
For all Barnard students and visiting younger siblings
Enjoy fun fall activities with family and friends!  This event is hosted by the RAs from the Quad residence halls: Brooks, Reid, Sulzberger, Hewitt, and Sulzberger Tower. There will be food, activities, and excellent music.
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Dean’s Discussion: “Thriving as a First Year Student”
Rebecca Grabiner, First-Year Class Dean, and Courtney Bazan Colvin, First-Year Focus Director in Residential Life, are joined by a panel of Barnard students as they reflect on the academic and residential programs designed for first-year students and offer advice on how students can benefit from instructors, advisors, and RAs in their first year at Barnard.
11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Deans’ Discussion: “After the First Year: What’s Next?”
Members of the Office of the Dean of Studies discuss some of the milestones that upper-class students encounter during their Barnard careers, such as selecting a major, completing degree requirements, and considering study beyond the undergraduate degree.  Panelists include Christina Kuan Tsu, Sophomore Class Dean; James Runsdorf, Junior Class Dean.  Moderator: Natalie Friedman, Dean of Studies and Senior Class Dean.
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Spotlight on Faculty: "Are Hindus Polytheists?"
John Stratton Hawley, Professor of Religion
For centuries it has been commonplace wisdom in the West that Hindu religion is polytheistic.  Yet many modern-day Hindus reject that claim, saying theirs is a monotheistic faith.  In this illustrated talk we will ask: What is the truth, and what are the stakes of the debate? 
1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Dean’s Discussion: “The Study Abroad Experience”
Gretchen Young, Dean for International and Cultural Studies, moderates a panel of current students who have returned from studying abroad.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Dean’s Discussion: “Internships – Learning Outside of the Classroom”
Won Kang, Senior Associate Director of Career Development, and current Barnard students will discuss the importance of internships experiences, especially in a downturned economy, in preparing students for future careers.  The panel will also provide information regarding funding opportunities available to Barnard students engaged in unpaid internship positions.
3:00 pm
The Theatre Department Presents:  Faust 2.0
Please see Friday's description for details.
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Family Gathering
To cap off the day’s activities, gather with other Barnard families to enjoy a small bite and a hot beverage before heading off campus for dinner.
8:00 pm
The Theatre Department Presents: Faust 2.0
Please see Friday’s description for details.




Barnard Classes Open to Visitors on Friday, October 24



General Chemistry I (Lecture)
11:00 am-11:50 am
Instructor:  John Magyar
Organic Chemistry II (Lecture)
10:00 am-10:50 am
Instructor:  Christian Rojas


First-Year English (Workshop)
10:10 am-11:25 am
Instructor:  Wendy Schor-Haim


Elementary French I
11:00 am-11:50 am
Instructor:  Masha Mimran
Elementary French I
12:00 pm-12:50 pm
Instructor:  Masha Mimran


Intermediate German I
11:40 am-12:55  pm
Instructor:  Foteini S Amartzi
Intermediate German I
1:10 pm-02:25 pm
Instructor:  Irene Motyl


Introduction Vocal Repertoire (Lecture)
12:00 pm-1:45 pm
Instructor:  Jean-Paul Bjorlin


Third-Year Russian I
1:10 pm-2:25 pm
Instructor: Anna Dvigubski
Fourth-Year Russian I
10:10 am-11:25 am
Instructor:  Anna Dvigubski  


Intermediate Spanish I
8:40 am-9:55 am
Instructor:  Maria Eugenia Lozano
Intermediate Spanish I
10:10 am-11:25 am
Instructor:  Maria Eugenia Lozano