Barnard celebrated the grand opening of The Cheryl and Philip Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning on October 3, 2018. “The Milstein Center is more than a wonderful new building,” said President Sian Leah Beilock at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the 128,000-square-foot, environmentally friendly structure. “It is a hub of teaching and learning, a place where we will look at pedagogy with fresh eyes and innovative tools.” The Center, she said, offers an opportunity to change the way we think about libraries and study spaces and how we interact in the classroom.
Built on the former site of Lehman Hall, designed by the award-winning firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and named in honor of Barnard Board of Trustees Chair Cheryl Glicker Milstein ’82, P’14, and her husband Philip Milstein ’71CC, P’14, who donated $25 million for the project, the building facilitates dialogue and collaboration among students and faculty. It houses the Library, Barnard’s Archives, and seven innovative Centers that fuse 21st century-technologies with teaching and learning in a myriad of disciplines. Said Provost Linda Bell, dean of the faculty and Claire Tow professor of economics, “The Milstein Center provides tools to enable everyone in the Barnard community — faculty and alumnae as well as students — to engage in deep learning and growth.” •