Heat & Light: Advice for the Next Generation of Journalists
Benny Carter's widow enlists a friend to breathe new life into the jazz great's gorgeous melodies.
In the late 1950s, the eminent anthropologist, professor, museum curator, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and Barnard alumna Margaret Mead ’23 invited young photographer Ken Heyman, whom she had met earlier during his student days at Columbia, to accompany her on a field trip to Bali.
On December 15, Barnard College, along with schools across the country, released the results of its Early Decision application process. We sent acceptance letters to 240 presumably happy young women and their families, generating a wonderful bubble of excitement in return. “Our entire family is ecstatic to learn that Isabel has been accepted to Barnard,” wrote one delighted grandmother to our admissions staff. “We are all calling each other, laughing and exclaiming with joy.” “We have all worked so hard to get here, so now we can breathe!” scribbled a young woman on our newly assembled Facebook page. “CONGRATS everyone! Barnard College Class of 2015, here we come!”
Blogging, clicking, downloading - and other adventures in educational technology
Peak Performances, the overall theme of this issue, readily applies to the three performing arts departments—dance, music, and theatre—at the College, profiled in a photographic essay within these pages. But, as we considered the various thematic possibilities, our final choice appeared most apt: A liberal arts education at Barnard is designed to provide the tools for a peak performance throughout the life of each student who comes here.
These four women have translated thousands of texts, ranging from Russian plays to Japanese animation scripts. Credit their liberal educations, a tendency toward perfectionism—and the power of pure serendipity.
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.