About the Centers

The Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning houses a range of flexible learning spaces, including centers for empirical reasoning, digital humanities, design, media, pedagogy, and movement. In addition, the Vagelos Computational Science Center, located on the fifth floor, is an inviting space where students and faculty collaborate on pioneering research in data and computation. 

Design Center

The Design Center (DeC) is an incubator for creative making where students will experiment with, pilot, discover, and test new tools and practices. From 3D printers and laser cutters to sewing machines and soldering irons, the range of equipment allows students to create costumes, electrical prototypes, devices to support their research projects, and much more. This center is committed to maintaining an open and accessible culture of making—once trained on the equipment, members of the Barnard community can visit anytime the space is open.

Primary Contact: Jen Brown, jebrown@barnard.edu

Digital Humanities Center

The Digital Humanities Center (DHC) is a research, teaching, and learning facility designed to foster technological approaches to the humanities to help researchers create dynamic connections between the analog and the digital. The DHC will provide students and faculty with support for a range of methods, from textual and timeline analysis to sonification and mapping. Additionally, the space will host conversations about the intersections of critical theory, technology, the humanities, and feminism, and is equipped with video conferencing technology to connect people around the globe.

Primary Contact: Madiha Choksi, machoksi@barnard.edu

Empirical Reasoning Center

The Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) helps faculty, students, and alumnae engage critically with data, both qualitative and quantitative. Now located in The Milstein Center, the ERC continues to offer advanced software for statistical, textual and spatial analysis, and data visualizations. Through course workshops and staffed drop-in hours, the ERC provides the Barnard community with empirical research support and technology training.

Primary Contact: Alisa Rod, arod@barnard.edu

Elsie K. Sloate Media Center

The Sloate Media Center is a place for experimentation, research, and original content creation. With both a bookable production studio and a drop-in post-production lab, the Center allows digital media producers to access recording equipment and editing software. Additionally, it provides support for community members who are interested in incorporating media into their research and instruction.

Primary Contact: Melanie Hibbert, mhibbert@barnard.edu

Vagelos Computational Science Center

The Vagelos Computational Science Center (CSC) facilitates the understanding of how data technology can help find solutions to the world’s most complex problems. Students can use the CSC’s visualization wall to collaborate on code, see each other's work, and share ideas. In addition to the high-tech computer classroom, the CSC offers a CS/Math Collaborative Space where students can work together and a lounge space for socializing and relaxing.

Primary Contact: Tim Halpin-Healy, thalpinh@barnard.edu

Movement Lab

The Movement Lab is designed for experimentation and exploration at the intersection of dance, performance, and technology. It is a flexible, modular space for movement research, production, collaboration, and interdisciplinary interaction. The Lab’s trans-media function serves to enhance critical thinking and learning through body-and-brain connection as it seeks to explore emerging trajectories in art science and technology. The facility can be reserved for collaborative research and practice that connects movement and performance to multidisciplinary discovery.

Primary Contact: Gabri Christa, gchrista@barnard.edu

The Center for Engaged Pedagogy

The Center for Engaged Pedagogy (CEP) advances the practice of teaching and the experience of learning on Barnard’s campus. With its deep history and commitment to academic excellence and close faculty-student interaction, Barnard has from its inception been an ever-evolving laboratory for innovative teaching and engaged learning. The CEP continues to build on that history as it gathers, connects, and expands best pedagogic practices, and offers new methodologies and support-systems for student learning.

As a forum for dialogue within and across Barnard’s departments, centers, programs, libraries, and collections, the CEP invites experimentation in the classroom, laboratory, studio, and in the community at large. The CEP is founded on the conviction that the best teaching is the most inclusive teaching. Supporting Barnard’s commitment to create an environment where no voices are silenced and all of us can thrive, the CEP explores, promotes, and exemplifies effective and contextual practices to serve every member of the Barnard community. It serves as a hub for student learning and support at all levels of the curriculum by providing student tutorials on study strategies, the use of new technologies and much more. For faculty, the CEP offers workshops and 1-1 sessions on topics ranging from inclusive teaching strategies to the use of streaming technology in classroom instruction.

Primary Contact: Miriam Neptune, mneptune@barnard.edu