The mission of Project Continuum is to bring together Barnard alumnae ages 50 and over, and to promote dialogue around the diverse personal and professional issues they face. This affinity group is committed to providing resources, support, and information on subjects affecting their intellectual, physical, and emotional well-being; as well as providing opportunities for cultural and social activities and promoting alumnae engagement.
Launched in 2004, Project Continuum grew out of the Alumnae Association of Barnard College’s recognition of the singular needs of this segment of its alumnae community. The innovative initiative is unique among its peer institutions, and was acknowledged in 2007 by CASE, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, with a Gold Award in Alumni Relations Programming and a Silver Award in Leadership in Alumni Relations.
The Project Continuum volunteer alumnae committee is chaired by Joan Jankell ‘58, and meets throughout the year to plan events.
The 2012/2013 program year offered tours of the New York Botanical Garden, the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia and a backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera. Events at Barnard included two book-signing events: A Century of Wisdom by Caroline Stoessinger ’58 which also included a live musical performance, and How to be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick by Letty Cottin Pogrebin, Nieca Goldberg ’79 MD spoke about “You and Your Aging Heart,” and Professor Achsah Guibbory addressed “What’s a nice Jewish girl doing becoming an expert on Christian literature?”
For 2013/2014, Project Continuum is planning an active roster of events and stimulating presentations, many with close Barnard connections starting with a tour of the Museum of Chinese in America led by Wanda Chin ’77. The committee will also be undertaking a comprehensive online survey of Barnard alumnae, in the over 50 age range, to better understand their current interests and needs and to tailor their programs accordingly.
Refer to the calendar of events for current offerings and registration information.
Staff contact: Susan A. Seigle ’67 at firstname.lastname@example.org
“First you’re young, then you’re middle-aged, then you’re wonderful.” -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth