President’s page

President’s page

Spring 2017
Greetings. After nine years, the Barnard President’s Page finds a new—interim—voice. I have been serving as Interim President now for a few months and will continue on...
Fall 2012
One of the questions I get asked all the time is “why is college so expensive?” It is a question that has exploded now beyond the confines...
Winter 2013
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Erica Jong’s (Class of ’63) epic Fear of Flying, a passionate and explicit tale that broke the boundaries of feminine...
Spring 2013
When I was in college in the early 1980s, letters—on paper, in ink, with self-licked stamps and everything—were the primary form of communication. Cell phones, Facebook, and...
Summer 2013
Several weeks ago, an article in The New York Times caught my attention. It was ostensibly a real-estate piece; an only-in-hipster-Brooklyn story of a young man who,...
Fall 2013
This year, for the third time, I am doing the college tour. That is, like hundreds of thousands of families across the United States—and, increasingly, the world—I...
Spring 2014
I first went to china in 1994, 16 years after deng xiaoping quietly unfurled a stream of quasi-capitalist experiments that would eventually transform his vast and complicated...
Winter 2015
Over the past few years, there has been a growing visibility of transgender individuals across our society, and an increasing recognition that, for many people, gender identity...
Summer 2014
Like most good celebrations, the ritual of commencement is typically a predictable affair. Each year, on lawns and under tents and in football stadiums across the country,...
Spring 2015
The news from Silicon Valley these days is mixed. From low-slung buildings and gleaming new campuses, firms that didn’t even exist five years—or six months—ago are leading...