Dean Jennifer Fondiller '88 and Lauren Graham '88
It has been nearly a decade since Lauren Graham ’88 first starred as the matriarch in Gilmore Girls, but it may not feel that way to fans of the cult classic, which got a reboot on Netflix this year. To celebrate the release of the new four-part miniseries and Graham’s return to the famous role, Barnard’s Young Alumnae Committee hosted a screening of the premiere episode, “Winter,” on December 3. Before the screening, more than 200 alumnae and students in attendance were treated to a conversation between Graham and classmate and Dean of Enrollment Management Jennifer Fondiller '88, in which they discussed topics such as community, sisterhood, and self-confidence.

In a room brimming with women who arrived with friends from their days at Barnard, Graham shared advice when asked by an alumna how talented women can alleviate self-doubt: “You have to push those feelings aside and just go for it,” she said. “Of course, it also helps to have a close circle of friends,” she added. Graham’s presence and advice energized the alumnae and students.

Graham also has a new book, Talking as Fast as I Can, featured in USA Today. Her talent as an author was recognized by Girls' Life.

Photographs by Chris Taggart