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Catch up with History
Samantha Ortega wins the Katherine Reeve Girard Prize 2022, awarded to a student whose interests are in the international aspects of her major
Daniela Goodman Rabner wins the Schwimmer Prize 2022, awarded to an outstanding graduating senior in the humanities who exemplifies a scholarly commitment to the humanist tradition
Heather Loepere wins the Ellen Davis Goldwater History Prize 2022 for superior work by an undergraduate in history
Ruby Guralnik Dawes wins the Eugene H. Byrne History Prize 2022 for superior work by an undergraduate in history
History Major Daniela Goodman Rabner wins Fulbright to do research in Argentina
Rising Senior History Majors: APPLY NOW for Histories of the Present Senior Thesis Track! To read more about this thesis option and to apply, go here: https://forms.gle/
New Books Podcast - discussion with History Professor Anupama Rao and Wandana Sonalkar, Memoirs of a Dalit Communist
History Professor Celia Naylor's Digital Humanities project (Un)Silencing Slavery: Remembering the Enslaved at Rose Hall Plantation, Jamaica is now live. The other team members and collaborators on this project include Kristen Akey (Barnard Class of '20), Madiha Zahrah Choksi, Moacir P. de Sá Pereira, Alex Gil, and Monique J.S. Williams (Columbia University, Class of '17)
History Professor Anupama Rao interviewed in Columbia News regarding her thinking about identity & difference, equality & exclusion, through the caste system
Mapping Historical New York: A Digital Atlas has won two prestigious prizes from the 49th Annual Map Design Competition of the Cartographic and Geographic Information Society (CaGIS): Best of the Digital/Interactive Map category as well as tied for the Best of Show (all categories). The MHNY project team includes Gergely Baics, Rebecca Kobrin, Laura Kurgan, Leah Meisterlin, Mae Ngai (Co-Principal Investigators); Wright Kennedy, Dan Miller (Project Leaders)
Celebrate Barnard History Students' Stories with the History Student Blog!
Barnard College History Department’s newest senior thesis seminar option, “Histories of the Present” track, celebrates the 2020-2021 cohort’s public history projects! This year’s students have produced three types of projects: podcasts, policy briefs, and op-eds. The “Histories of the Present” track was taught by Professor Nara Milanich and Professor Lisa Tiersten and trained students to bring historical analysis to bear on our understanding of the present.
Shreya Sunderram (Barnard, B.A. in Political Science and Urban Teaching Certificate, 2019) currently teaches 9th grade Global History and 12th grade Government and Economics at the Urban Assembly Maker Academy in NYC. In 2018, she founded the inaugural Barnard Bold Conference which facilitates dialogue between students and faculty. BarnardHistoryBlog invites Shreya to share her insights on high school teaching and how history classrooms can be unique spaces of activism to empower and validate diverse experiences.
In the summer of 2020, Sophia Houdaigui (B.A. in History, Barnard 2021) and Maria Castillo (B.Sc. in Environmental Science, SEAS 2021) drew from their background as children raised by immigrants and identity as hyphenated Americans to put forth a community resource to unpack immigration policies. Hyphenated America offers short guides and fact sheets that make policies like DACA and family separation easily digestible, a podcast that features experts such as reporters, lawyers, professors, and activists in the immigration field, and a weekly breakdown to bring attention to related news, activists, and organizations.