Reunion 2009

Congratulations to all alumnae who celebrated Reunion 2009 at Barnard, and thank you for attending! Over the course of the weekend of June 4-7, the Alumnae Association welcomed 1287 alumnae and guests, including faculty, staff, and students for a diverse and entertaining program of events.

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Photo Highlights from the Weekend

On Thursday night while many attended off-campus cocktail parties and happy hours throughout the city, over 100 gathered in the James Room for the celebratory Alumnae of Color Dinner. At this year’s event author Cristina Garcia ’79 read a compelling and amusing excerpt from her latest novel and the Honorable Sheila Abdus-Salaam ’74 spoke about her time at Barnard and journey to the New York State Supreme Court.

Photos from Thursday, June 4

The Annual Awards Luncheon was held Friday in LeFrak Gymnasium. President Debora L. Spar reflected on her first year at Barnard and her encounters with three powerful women—Hillary (Clinton), Diana, and Athena. The Award for Service to Barnard was presented to Arlene Kelley Winer ’54 and Daphne Fodor Philipson ’69. The Honorable Margot Botsford ’69, of the Massachusetts Supreme Superior Court, and noted journalist Maria Hinojosa ’84, received Distinguished Alumna Awards.

Photos from the morning and afternoon of Friday, June 5

Friday’s program included two discussion panels—Women and Science Education and a faculty panel on “The Great Recession” featuring President Spar, Professor Perry Mehrling, and Assistant Professor Kimberley Johnson.

Audio/video for these panels coming to iTunesU soon!

Despite the rain, we had an incredible turnout Friday night for the class dinners. Alumnae and their guests, from the Class of 1944 to the Class of 2008, gathered in 14 locations throughout campus for an evening of delicious food and spirited conversation.

Photos from the evening of Friday, June 5

Saturday morning featured a standing-room only “coffee break” with Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Chair of the Barnard College Board of Trustees, who discussed Barnard today and the challenges of modern feminism. Later in the day a distinguished group of panelists discussed the phenomena of social networking. The panel discussion concluded with sneak-peak at the new alumnae website which will debut this summer.

Photos from the morning and afternoon of Saturday, June 6

Audio of Anna Quindlen’s remarks coming soon!

As in past years, the Barnard Women through the Ages storytelling show was tremendous hit and this year’s LGBTQ tea had a record turnout of over 80 alumnae and Tri-College friends!

Video of the Barnard Women Through the Ages

Saturday’s festive Gala dinner was held under the tent on Lehman Lawn. Joya Banerjee ’04, an HIV/AIDS activist, received the Young Alumna Award. Feminist scholar Estelle Freedman ’69 and Ann Brashares ’89, author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series were both honored with the Millicent C. McIntosh Award for Feminism. Dr. Alison Estabrook '74, Director of the Comprehensive Breast Center at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, received the Woman of Achievement Award. In their remarks the women all reflected on the significance of their time at Barnard in shaping their professional lives. After dinner many stayed late to dance to the music of a swinging jazz band.

Photos from the evening of Saturday, June 6

Sunday morning alumnae, friends, and family members filled Sulzberger Parlor for a moving memorial service honoring alumnae who have passed away. The weekend concluded with a family-friendly brunch under the lawn tent complete with face painting, arts and crafts, and an appearance by Millie the Bear!

Photos from Sunday, June 7


The dedication of the Alumnae Association Reunion Committee and Class Reunion Committees ensured Reunion 2009 was a fun-filled weekend to remember.

We look forward to welcoming you to campus for Reunion 2010, June 3-6!

Date: 6/17/2009