Education: Barnard College Celebrates 125 Years




Founders Day welcomes the community to Barnard’s campus for lectures, performances, food trucks, and more

On Sunday, October 26th, Barnard College will open its doors to the public for Founders Day, a day-long celebration of the College’s 125th anniversary and legacy of excellence in educating women.

This campus-wide event will feature a variety of free, family-friendly activities that showcase all that is special about Barnard, the premier liberal arts college for women in New York City.

Beginning at 11am, festivities will include:

An opening ceremony, which will celebrate the unveiling of “Barnard Way” at the corner of 116th Street and Broadway. City officials and elected representatives will be on hand for the occasion, including DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg ’86, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, City Councilmember Mark Levine, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, and others.

Live performances, including comedy by the all-women troupe Control Top Improv, plays by writing and acting group Late Nite Theatre, and new work from CoLAB, a multi-genre performing arts collective.

Mini-courses taught by Barnard’s liberal arts faculty, including a Group Voice class, an African Dance class, and lectures on New York City’s politics, history, public services, environmental initiatives and more.

Exhibition of artwork by alumnae artists including Erica Baum ’84, Sarah Charlesworth ’69, Annabel Daou ’89, and Louise McCagg ’59, among many others.

Barnard Dances 125, a multimedia installation that, with the help of a smartphone app, brings historical photos to life with dances choreographed by current students.

Kid-friendly activities including science demonstrations in Barnard’s laboratories, fitness activities and an obstacle course run by Barnard’s physical education department, and games and crafts hosted by the renowned Barnard Toddler Center.

A screening of American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, a documentary about a Barnard alum shown at the College’s annual Athena Film Festival.

Tours of Barnard’s campus including specialized admissions tours, architecture tours, geology tours, tours of Barnard’s LEED-certified green roof and rooftop greenhouse, and more.

A variety of New York City food trucks.

Founders Day is open to the public and all activities are free of charge. For more information on this landmark celebration, as well as the events happening throughout Barnard’s 125th anniversary year, visit

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The idea was bold for its time. Founded in 1889, Barnard was the only college in New York City, and one of few in the nation, where women could receive the same rigorous and challenging education available to men.

This year, Barnard celebrates 125 years as the premier liberal arts college for women at Columbia University and remains devoted to empowering extraordinary women to become even more exceptional. For more information, visit

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