A few weeks ago, my son and I got into a fight. It wasn’t the kind of fight that typically erupts between a mother and her 19-year-old son. We weren’t battling about the car, or my credit card, or his search for a summer job. We were fighting instead about the truth. Specifically, we were fighting about Wikipedia, and what it says about wisdom.
Portrait of President Judith R. Shapiro by Thomas Loepp, Photograph by Aaron W. Kinard
Outstanding Barnard alumnae are selected through a rigorous application and interview process, notes Janet Bersin Finke ’56, chair of the Fellowship Committee. Winners represent the power and promise of a Barnard education. The Fellowship for Graduate Study is generously funded by the Edith and Frances Mulhall Achilles Memorial Fund.
On May 18, 2009, members of the Class of 2009 assembled on the South Lawn of Columbia University for Barnard College’s 117th Commencement. This speech was delivered by Sarah Besnoff, president of the Student Government Association.