Location, Location, Location: Barnard’s Belated Embrace of Its Urban Identity
Barnard has always been, as Columbia University’s full title has it, “in the City of New York,” but has it always been “of the City of New York”? Professor of history Robert McCaughey says that for much of its first 90 years Barnard resisted the urban essence of its identity, preferring instead to identify with the “country college” sylvan ideal of the other Seven Sisters. Only in the last four decades has the College fully embraced the gritty and energizing implications of its urban setting. How did this change of attitude help Barnard grow into the institution we know today? And what took it so long? Join Professor McCaughey for a fascinating look at the evolution of our beloved school. The first in a series of conversations preceding Professor McCaughey’s book on Barnard’s history.