Winter 2011

Barnard launched the Women's Studies Major in 1974. Alumna Lois Elfman '80 looks at the careers, changes, and challenges over 30 years.

For academically outstanding students seeking a career in theatre, music, or dance, Barnard’s liberal arts programs and location in a world-class performance arts capital entice growing numbers. Faculty department heads W. B. Worthen, Gail Archer, and Mary Cochran tell Barnard Magazine why.

Barnard students study overseas as more international students come to the college.

Exploring the role of sports in the creation of women leaders.

A generous benefactor supports faculty research and exemplary teaching.

A modern-day makeover in Altschul Hall is an important step for the department’s future.

How men can help women.

Barnard’s annual Family Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for families to visit the campus, meet some of the people who make the College such a special place, and, of course, spend time with their Barnard students.


If there is one word that rattles young professors, it might be this one: tenure. To attain this status, which offers both job security and prestige, a faculty member must undergo a grueling review process of skills and scholarship. At Barnard, tenure-track instructors often endure an intensely challenging stretch, as they are expected to turn out research in the manner of faculty at a large university like Columbia while frequently carrying the heavy course load typical of professors at smaller colleges like Barnard.