Barnard College News

Research chemist Alison Scorese ’16 and entrepreneur Rhitu (Rhi) Risal ’14 discuss their shared love for Barnard and beauty.

The Athena Film Festival’s virtual format this year means films about women leaders from the 11th annual event will stream directly to your devices throughout March.

Barnard College’s Athena Center “Challenges” students to tackle food insecurity with the help of top industry experts during a collaborative problem-solving experience.

Through the Athena Center’s Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship Program, Kory Louko ’17 gains real-world experience organizing the Athena Film Festival.

Ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the Athena Film Festival, Ashley Bush reflects on being a student coordinator for the first-ever Festival in 2011 and the lasting impact it had on her award-winning filmmaking career.

We are delighted to announce that Umbreen Bhatti ’00 has joined Barnard as the Constance Hess Williams ’66 Director of the Athena Center for Leadership. Umbreen brings a fresh perspective and considerable expertise to the Athena Center, with a focus on helping our students develop the skills they need to address today’s opportunities and challenges in creative and original ways.

The 2019 Athena Film Festival opened on Thursday, February 28th with the New York Premiere of 'Fast Color', a film about a superhero who is forced to run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. The festival continued throughout the weekend to showcase even more fierce and fearless women leaders featured in inspirational films like 'On the Basis of Sex', 'On Her Shoulders', and 'Ask For Jane'. In addition to films, the festival had some great receptions, workshops, panels, and an activism booth. The festival concluded with a bang when U.S. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attended as a panelist to support the New York premiere of 'Knock Down the House' on Sunday, March 3rd.

Kathryn Kolbert argued the case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey before the Supreme Court as a public interest attorney specializing in women’s reproductive rights. Melissa Silverstein founded Women and Hollywood, an initiative that “educates, advocates, and agitates for gender diversity and inclusion in Hollywood and the global film industry,” according to its website. At Barnard, they worked together to create an innovative event that promotes a new kind of leadership, uniting politics and film.

Former Athena Scholar Zoë LePage ’13  is highlighted in Barnard Magazine, talking about her nonprofit, which started out as her senior social action project. It's called Exhale to Inhale (ETI), which uses the healing practice of trauma-informed yoga to empower survivors.

The 2019 Athena Film Festival has announced its lineup of narrative, documentary and short films, and additional programming. Take a look at the amazing schedule and get your tickets and passes today! The 9th annual festival takes place February 28 - March 3, 2019.

The Athena Film Festival (AFF) at Barnard College announced today its film slate, including opening night, closing night, and centerpiece films, as well as additional programming for the 2019 festival. The ninth annual festival, co-founded by the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College and Women and Hollywood, will take place February 28 to March 3, 2019, at Barnard College in New York City.

Natasha Cox ’19, who interned at the Office of the President of Malta, Her Excellency Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca, through the Athena Center for Leadership Studies Global Summer Fellowship, shares how she used the connections she built during her internship to invite President Coleiro Preca to Barnard. 

Forty years ago, mothers in the paid labor force were fighting for protections and rights. Working Mother Media founder Carol Evans says they still are.

The Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College announced today their 2017 Class of Distinguished Fellows, which includes best-selling author and founder of Working Mother Media Carol Evans, progressive media strategist Jehmu Greene, community health organizer Manmeet Kaur and gender justice leader Kavita Ramdas.

Barnard is a preeminent incubator for the world’s next generation of women leaders. Students enter with passion and intellect, and they graduate with an enhanced sense of identity and purpose.

Programming at the Athena Film Festival focused on human rights, activism, and empowering a new generation of women leaders.

Born or bred, women leaders still remain less the rule than the exception, commanding our curiosity and attention. What brought them to the pinnacle of their professions? Intense focus, the guidance of an enlightened mentor, networks of other professionals, sheer ambition combined with a sharp intellect, a talent for taking chances, or all of the above? In conjunction with the launch of The Athena Center for Leadership Studies, we asked five outstanding alumnae leaders in a variety of professions about their careers, leadership styles, and shortlists of leadership requirements. Read on and see if you agree.