Scrivener Software for Senior Thesis Writers

One of the English Department senior seminars, "A d–d mob of scribbling women": Nineteenth-century American Women Writers, had been on hiatus since 2003, but in response to departmental need, Professor Lisa Gordis brought it out of retirement and revised it first as a general seminar and then as a senior seminar. The revision of the course focused on scaffolding of the thesis writing process, and included the use of Scrivener software. Scrivener is an inexpensive program that is designed to manage large writing projects.

Digital Shange Project

The Digital Shange project uses the works and papers of Barnard alumna Ntozake Shange (BC ’70) to offer students a deeper understanding of African diaspora, women’s history and feminist politics, an integrated/contextual study of the performing arts; and the potential for personal transformation. Shange is best known for her Broadway play, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf (1975).

The Golden Age of Versailles

The Golden Age of Versailles is an interdisciplinary course that explores the vibrant culture emanating from the court at Versailles from the period of the renovation and development of the château in the reign of Louis XIV (1661-1715) to the French Revolution. Work with primary sources in the form of literary and philosophical texts will be enhanced by study of other aspects of the cultural life of Versailles, including architecture, sculpture, painting, garden design, theater, dance, music and fashion.

Economics of Money and Banking

For fifteen years, Professor Mehrling has been using his course "Economics of Money and Banking" as a laboratory for rethinking the foundations of monetary economics, as an attempt to come to grips with the brave new world of financial globalization.

In Fall 2012, the Institute for New Economic Thinking filmed the class as a way to make its content more universally available. In Fall 2013, the course was offered online through Coursera and on-campus as the first fully "flipped" class at Barnard.