Barnard Teaches

Barnard Teaches: Real Place + Digital Access is a technology and place-based learning initiative made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This major grant supports curricular innovation using new technologies through active faculty collaborations with curators, archivists, and collection managers at New York City institutions such as museums, libraries, and archives.


Clips are from the following courses: A Virtual Enlightenment, New York City's Gilded Ages, and The Worlds of Ntozake Shange and Digital Storytelling.


New courses with place-based learning and digital components:

  • Students learn at New York City institutions

  • Digital components enhance and enrich the learning experience

  • Collaborations between faculty, curators, and digital innovators create new points of access to share and learn information


  • Create prototypes for innovative pedagogical models of teaching
  • Utilize resources at NYC institutions
  • Use technology to enhance learning
  • Teach practical digital skills
  • Assess and repeat – lessons learned from the first course are applied to the second run of the course 


*Listed in order of first course offering

A Virtual Enlightenment

Anne Higonnet, Professor of Art History

New York City's Gilded Ages

Kimberley Johnson, Former Professor of Urban Studies & Political Science

Meredith Linn, Former Assistant Term Professor of Anthropology in Urban Studies

The Worlds of Ntozake Shange and Digital Storytelling

Kim F. Hall, Professor of Africana Studies & English

Digital Footprints

Archival/New Media Research at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Paul Scolieri, Professor of Dance 

Environmental Visualizations of NYC

Toxic Territories and Future Possibilities

Kadambari Baxi, Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture

Karen Fairbanks, Professor of Professional Practice in Architecture

  • Offered Spring 2018, next offering TBD
  • Course website coming soon

Plants and Profit: The Global Power of Botany

Hilary Callahan, Professor of Biology

  • Offered Spring 2018 and Spring 2019
  • Course website coming soon