Even before the blizzard of January 2016 swept through the Northeast, the winds of change were blowing vigorously across our Morningside campus. The LeFrak Gymnasium underwent significant renovations, becoming a strikingly contemporary interior that now houses—albeit on a temporary basis—Barnard’s library, new office space, meeting rooms, and small study areas. Always a harbinger of spring, the magnolia tree was moved 30 feet to a new location to prepare for the demolition of Lehman Hall and the start of construction of the teaching and learning center. The new complex will provide a 21st-century approach to learning that embraces new technologies, media, and the changing ways we learn. Related to that construction, the underground tunnel system is closed, and a new covered pedestrian walkway now stretches from Barnard Hall to Milbank.
In this issue, we spotlight the three couples—the generous lead donors—who have jumpstarted the construction of the new teaching and learning center with a total of $70 million dollars. Learn about the roots of their philanthropy, how their vision for the College’s growth and continued educational leadership spurred their giving, and how they expect to pass on their legacy to future generations.
We also provide highlights of new academic programs, including Barnard’s Artist-in-Residence program, which brings famed ballerina Wendy Whelan to the campus for master classes and public events. Please enjoy reading about Barnard Teaches, which incorporates technology and new ways of doing research with subjects ranging from art history to Africana studies. Professor Alex Cooley, director of the Harriman Institute, devoted to the study of Russia, Eurasia, and Eastern Europe, also explores new courses of study for Barnard students interested in the region.
Finally, Barnard Magazine will also give way to the winds of change as this member of the Class of ’67, who has led this publication since 2008 and has been gainfully employed on and off since the age of 15, opens a new page of life in retirement. It’s been more than a pleasure, but who among us doesn’t like fresh starts? — Annette Kahn
Visit barnard.edu/tlc to learn more about the teaching and learning center, the LeFrak Center, and to see campus updates.