Founders Day

Honoring Barnard’s history

By Stephanie Browne ’10

On October 26, the Barnard community and its friends celebrated the College’s 125th anniversary. The day kicked off with the unveiling of Barnard Way, an honorary street designation at 116th Street and Broadway. City officials, including Department of Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg ’86, spoke to the ways Barnard has enriched both Morningside Heights and New York City. The day was packed. Control Top, a student comedy troupe, and CoLAB, a multigenre arts collective, performed on Lehman Lawn. Faculty-led minicourses included a voice workshop, African dance class, and lectures. There were kid-friendly activities, such as science demonstrations, an obstacle course, and games and crafts hosted by the Toddler Center. Also featured: an exhibition of alumnae art and the launch of 125 Barnard Dances, which lets visitors use a smartphone app to bring to life student-choreographed dances inspired by historical photos. A Barnard Hall cake was a sweet way to cap off a day of Barnard pride.

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