The Worlds of Ntozake Shange and Digital Storytelling

The third Barnard Teaches course will be a yearlong seminar with the second semester taught with a digital lab. During the first semester, the course will examine Ntozake Shange’s works as part of a larger dialogue between the black arts and black feminist movements. During the second semester, the class will work with Barnard’s professional archivists to learn how to select and photograph objects for archival purposes.

New York City’s Gilded Ages: Coming of Age, Past and Present

The second Barnard Teaches course will be a lecture and digital lab on the original Gilded Age (1870s-1900s) and the present “Second Gilded Age.” This course will examine how the Gilded Ages have shaped and are presently shaping NYC and will also compare the experience of young adults growing up in NYC in the late 19th century and today by focusing on material objects of personal adornment. Work will be completed onsite at the NYHS with the help of NHYS staff members. The instructor will work with ICP to teach the digital lab, and the labs will take place both at ICP and Barnard.

A Virtual Enlightenment

The pilot Barnard Teaches course is a seminar and digital lab on the material world of the Enlightenment. Four class sessions are taught onsite at The Met by Met curators. The invention of the private interior, the birth of global capitalism, and the rise of individualism are studied through their expression in some of the most glorious craned furnishings ever created. The instructor works with Alex Gil from Columbia University’s DHC to teach a 1-hour digital lab that meets once a week. Instead of writing papers, students create digital work, leading to a course website.

Scrivener Software for Senior Thesis Writers

One of the English Department senior seminars, "A d–d mob of scribbling women": Nineteenth-century American Women Writers, had been on hiatus since 2003, but in response to departmental need, Professor Lisa Gordis brought it out of retirement and revised it first as a general seminar and then as a senior seminar. The revision of the course focused on scaffolding of the thesis writing process, and included the use of Scrivener software. Scrivener is an inexpensive program that is designed to manage large writing projects.

Digital Shange Project

The Digital Shange project uses the works and papers of Barnard alumna Ntozake Shange (BC ’70) to offer students a deeper understanding of African diaspora, women’s history and feminist politics, an integrated/contextual study of the performing arts; and the potential for personal transformation. Shange is best known for her Broadway play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1975).

The Golden Age of Versailles

The Golden Age of Versailles is an interdisciplinary course that explores the vibrant culture emanating from the court at Versailles from the period of the renovation and development of the château in the reign of Louis XIV (1661-1715) to the French Revolution. Work with primary sources in the form of literary and philosophical texts will be enhanced by study of other aspects of the cultural life of Versailles, including architecture, sculpture, painting, garden design, theater, dance, music and fashion.

Economics of Money and Banking

For fifteen years, Professor Mehrling has been using his course "Economics of Money and Banking" as a laboratory for rethinking the foundations of monetary economics, as an attempt to come to grips with the brave new world of financial globalization.

In Fall 2012, the Institute for New Economic Thinking filmed the class as a way to make its content more universally available. In Fall 2013, the course was offered online through Coursera and on-campus as the first fully "flipped" class at Barnard.