human rights

The contrast could not have been starker. On one day in August two glossy magazines showed up in my mailbox. One, the Barnard Magazine, showed three beautiful young women, elegantly dressed and beaming, holding champagne glasses and enjoying the festivities around their fifth reunion. The other, TIME, depicted a once equally beautiful woman, looking out from her head shawl and into the camera, revealing nothing. Her nose had been cut clean off—punishment by the Taliban, the article explained, for having fled her abusive in-laws. The woman, Aisha, was 18.

Activist pursue human rights and the public interest.

In July 2003, a Barnard delegation comprising four students, two faculty members, and one alumna traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa to take part in a research trip on the physiological and social effects of vanadium poisoning in a small mining town.