On Sunday, October 26th, Barnard opened its doors to the public for Founders Day, a daylong celebration of the College’s 125th anniversary and legacy of excellence in educating women. This campus-wide event featured a variety of free, family-friendly activities showcasing all that is special about Barnard, the premier liberal arts college for women in New York City.
- The unveiling of “Barnard Way” at the corner of West 116th Street and Broadway, co-named in honor of this landmark anniversary. City officials and elected representatives attended, including DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg ’86, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Councilmember Mark Levine, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and others.
- Live performances, including comedy by the all-women troupe Control Top Improv, plays by writing and acting group Late Nite Theatre, and new work from CoLAB, a multi-genre performing arts collective.
- Mini-courses taught by Barnard’s liberal arts faculty, including a Group Voice class, an African Dance class, and lectures on New York City’s politics, history, public services, environmental initiatives and more.
- The opening of an art exhibition featuring works by alumnae artists including Erica Baum ’84, Sarah Charlesworth ’69, Annabel Daou ’89, and Louise McCagg ’59, among many others, which will be open through November 17.
- The launch of Barnard Dances 125, a multimedia installation that, with the help of a smartphone app, brings historical photos to life with dances choreographed by current students.
- Kid-friendly activities including science demonstrations in Barnard’s laboratories, fitness activities and an obstacle course run by Barnard’s physical education department, and games and crafts hosted by the renowned Barnard Toddler Center.
- A screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary about a Barnard alum shown at the College’s annual Athena Film Festival.
- A screening of The Barnard Class of 1971: The Way It Was, a documentary about coming of age in the tumultuous late 1960s.
- Tours of Barnard’s campus including specialized admissions tours, architecture tours, geology tours, tours of Barnard’s LEED-certified green roof and rooftop greenhouse, and more.