Faculty-Led Programs

Every year, Barnard faculty lead programs off-campus - either as part of a semester course or as stand-alone opportunities in the summer or winter. 

Faculty-led programs in 2017-18 included:

Architecture: Design Studio III - Mexico City, Mexico

Led by Ignacio Galan and Karen Fairbanks 

November 3-12, 2017

TThe course explores architecture’s role in the shared management of resources and the construction of communities at different scales in Mexico City. After several semesters of work dedicated to local sites in New York City, Design III offers senior students an opportunity to consider international locations and address contemporary global concerns at the end of their studio sequence, incorporating critical questions, research methods, and design strategies that are characteristic of architect’s operations at this scale. Mexico City is an exceptional case study to address pressing questions that concern the understanding of the contemporary built environment, considered as complex articulation of physical and political forces, cultural and material networks, and social arrangements, in which architecture participates.


Visual Arts: Capstone Experience for Majors - Berlin, Germany 

Led by Joan Snitzer and John Miller

March 21-26, 2018

Visual Arts majors had the opportunity to experience the vibrant arts scene in Berlin by visiting museums, galleries, and studios.  Professors Snitzer and Miller organized meetings and discussions with active artists, curators, and critics in the city, giving students a window into working in the arts.  See the PDF iconberlin_2018.pdf to learn more.


Music: Barnard-Columbia Chorus Concert - Modena and Reggio Emilia

Led by Gail Archer 

May 21-26, 2018

Professor of Professional Practice of Music Gail Archer brought 45 members from the Barnard-Columbia Chorus to Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy, to perform Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Messa da Requiem in two concerts. The first performance, which took place at the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, included selections from Requiem. The second performance took place at the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia with the theme of "Connecting Students, Academics, and Community through the Arts."  The trip completed a choral exchange program between the College and the Choir of the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, which rehearsed at Barnard and performed the same selections in the U.S. at the Church of the Ascension, in April. Watch the Spring 2018 performance here.


German: Vienna Stories - Vienna, Austria 

Led by Irene Motyl-Mudretzkyj

May 9-16, 2018

In conjunction with the spring 2018 course Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices , students explored the use of digital technology for analyzing culture, language and identity in one of Europe’s most diverse cities—Vienna, Austria. During a one-week stay in Vienna, students put their German-language, filming and digital technology skills to use gathering ethnographic material for a short German-language documentary film on identity, the notion of homeland, and stereotypes. Live encounters with native Viennese as well as recent migrants from Turkey, Serbia, Afghanistan, and Syria served as the main sources for the video.  See this student-made video on the program. 

The program will be integrated into the spring 2018 course Vienna Stories: Filming Identities and Voices and will travel to Vienna during spring break, March 10-16, 2018. 


French: Translating Theatre Workshop - Paris, France (3 credits)

Led by Laurie Postlewate

June 1 - July 1, 2018

Senior Lecturer in French Laurie Postlewate hosted students from Barnard for a 3-credit Theatre Translation Workshop. During the month, students explored how the translation of a text intended for performance is shaped by the context of its enactment and reception. They also discussed five French-language plays and translated them into English, both individually and collaboratively, and attended new productions of the translated plays in Paris.


Anthropology: Field Methods and Laboratory Methods in Archaeology - New Mexico (4 credits)

Led by Severin Fowles

June 5 - August 2, 2018

Department of Anthropology Chair Severin Fowles often directs excavations in New Mexico. This summer he created two new, for-credit research courses: Field Methods in Archaeology (June 5 – July 3) and Lab Methods in Archaeology (July 5 – Aug 2). In each class, a group of ten students conducted immersive fieldwork for four weeks in two neighboring areas (present-day Dixon and the contemporary tribal reservation of Picuris Pueblo, whose ancestors have lived at the same site for more than a millennium), learned archaeological methods, and studied the history of 17th- to 19th-century Southwest indigenous and colonial communities. The two courses fulfill the Foundations curriculum lab science requirement.


Dance: Barnard Dance in Paris

Led by Colleen Thomas-Young

June 1-30, 2018

Associate Professor of Professional Practice in Dance Colleen Thomas-Young traveled with students to Paris, for the eighth year, with the Barnard Dance in Paris program. Throughout June, the students attended modern and ballet technique classes offered by choreographers living in Europe, including a course on Parkinson’s disease that explored improvisation and somatic practices. In addition, they participated in a mime class with artists from the Marcel Marceau legacy and performed their own choreographed solos for their residence and community of friends.


Psychology: Research in Metacognition & Korean Language Study - Seoul, South Korea 

Led by Lisa Son 

June 25- July 25, 2018

Associate Professor of Psychology Lisa Son collaborated with Najaad Dayib ’19 in Korea this summer. Dayib is a cognitive science major who is interested in the interaction between human and machine. Under Son’s mentorship, Dayib is working on the effects that technology has on patience as students interact with a computer. “Najaad plans to collect data cross-nationally to compare behavior between Korea and the U.S.,” Son says. “Once the data are collected, she'll be excited to disseminate her findings and conclusions.”