Winter 2020

Barnard magazine
On the Cover

Almost 70 years after making history as the first Nepalese woman to attend college in the U.S., Bhinda Malla Shah '56, Nepal's first woman ambassador, shares her story with granddaughter Aarya Shah '23.

Winter 2020

Features

Merri Rosenberg '78 ponders how to step aside gracefully after 40 years of leading.

Writing

As trailblazers and mentors, Barnard's scholars have especially influenced the disciplines of anthropology, psychology, and creative writing, despite the College's relatively diminutive footprint.

Alumnae

Peek in on five workplaces where multiple generations of Barnard grads share history, resources and, of course, a fridge.

Also in this Issue

Public Service

Trained as a teacher, psychologist Vanessa Villafañe Gregory ’73 helps others learn skills to survive trauma.

Giving

On October 23, the Barnard community was brimming with excitement for Giving Day 2019, the online event that brings our global family together for 24 hours of paying it forward to the next generation of bold, brilliant, Barnard women. 

Career

Before musical artists such as Chance the Rapper can release new work, a lot has to happen behind the scenes. That’s where Sharde Simpson ’08 comes in.

Students

Congratulations & welcome to the 632 outstanding members of the Barnard Class of 2023.

 

Student Life

The Barnard community marked the start of the academic year with its annual Convocation, on September 10, 2019, filling the pews of the historic Riverside Church. 

Alumnae

Two Barnard alumnae who graduated almost 50 years apart discuss their lives as women physicists in a field mostly populated by men. 

Leadership

Two new leaders on campus — Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ariana González Stokas and Dean of the College Leslie Grinage — share a commitment to creating an even better Barnard.

STEM

Audrey Heimler '53 was a stay-at-home mother of four who started her pioneering career in the field of genetic counseling at her kitchen table. 

Alumnae

Almost 70 years after making history as the first Nepalese woman to attend college in the U.S., Bhinda Malla Shah '56, Nepal's first woman ambassador, shares her story with granddaughter Aarya Shah '23.

College President

How daring to ask 'Why not?' powers generations of Barnard College alumnae.

Parenting

London-based Shristi Mittal '09 is working to re-create the sanctuary she made for herself at Barnard through her work as a marketing strategist for dine-at-home startup YHangry. 

Public Service

Jyoti Menon ’01, president of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College, marks the end of her term by encouraging alumnae to vote by May 4 in the AABC elections. 

Career

Spotlight on good news from around the Barnard community.

Visual Arts

I Am Queen Mary, a monument memorializing resistance to Danish colonialism in the Caribbean, was installed in the lobby of Barnard Hall on October 15, 2019.

Biology

Testosterone has a reputation as “the male sex hormone.” But professor of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies Rebecca Jordan-Young wants to change all that.

Literature & Poetry

Turn this season of our discontent into glorious summer with books by Barnard authors.