New Beginnings

Four times a year, Barnard Magazine lands in your mailbox, offering a window into what’s happening on campus, what fellow alumnae are up to, and what members of your class are reporting in Class Notes. We also know—thanks to your letters and requests—that you’d like to learn even more about activities on campus and watch videos, listen to audio interviews, and share stories from the magazine on social media. This spring, we’ve redesigned the magazine’s website to enhance those offerings. Of special interest is the wealth of videos we have featuring alumnae, faculty, and students. Recent videos have captured the magic of the Global Symposium in Paris  and the reminiscences of noted playwright and poet Ntozake Shange ’70 on the occasion of her archives coming to Barnard. We hope you will return here to see these videos and many other offerings.

There are some other new beginnings here. After many years of editing the magazine, Annette Kahn ’67 retired in February, and I am honored to take the helm. I arrived in March from Princeton, where I worked for 15 years, most recently as an associate editor at the University’s alumni magazine. A graduate of Vassar College and Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, I am no stranger to Barnard, having written frequently for Barnard Magazine over the last decade, including profiles of literary agent Molly Friedrich ’74, TV producer and writer Veena Sud ’89, actress Ariane Rinehart ’15, and many others. 

I relish the opportunity to get to know many more of Barnard’s alumnae, faculty, students, and staff. Barnard is a unique place where women’s education is paramount and women leaders abound, nestled in the city where I grew up. I look forward to meeting many of you at reunion, commencement, and around campus. If you spot me getting a latte at Liz’s Place—or you’d like to drop by my office on the second floor of the Vagelos Center—please do say hello!

—Jennifer Altmann

Latest IssueSummer 2021

The extraordinary class of 2021 sets off on their next adventure.