The following email was sent to Barnard students on Nov. 27, 2018:

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

On behalf of the Council for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, it is my pleasure to invite you to attend Unseen: Unpublished Black History from The New York Times Photo Archives on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the James Room.  

Unseen was born out of The New York Times photo editor Darcy Eveleigh’s and journalist Rachel Swarns’ discovery of a treasure trove of hidden photographs of black history in The Times archives. Puzzled, they set out to explore the photographs and illuminating stories that were never told in the newspaper of record. Were the photographs--or the people in them--not newsworthy enough? Did they not arrive in time for publication? Were they pushed aside by words or intentional or unintentional biases? 

In a conversation moderated by Professor Kim F. Hall, Unseen co-authors Eveleigh and Swarns will take on these questions and provide insight into what is considered news and who gets to decide. We hope you will join us for what promises to be a lively and enlightening conversation.

Photos from this collection will also be on display in the Altschul Tunnel Exhibit from November 26 – December 31. For more on the event and exhibit, visit

Please remember that the application for the Barnard Inclusion Grant can be found at, and applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26.

We look forward to seeing you on November 29. 

Yvette Christianse
Interim Chair, Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion