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 2013/2014 program year offered tours of the Museum of the Chinese in America led by docent Wanda Chin ’77 with a welcome from the museum’s architect Maya Lin, the Hispanic Society of America, and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Avery Library Archives led by Carol Anne Fabian Director of the Libarary, as well as a book signing of Hidden in Plain Sight with author Jane Allen Petrick ’67 joined by Art History Professor Elizabeth Hutchinson in a discussion of the people of color in Norman Rockwell’s paintings, and a lively evening of discussion with President Emerita Judith Shapiro who addressed her experience with retirement in a talk dubbed Retirement Interruptus.
The 2014/2015 program year kicked off in August with a tour of the FRD Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island led by Sally Minard, president and CEO of the Park conservancy, followed by a picnic lunch catered by Great Performances. The Project Continuum committee will undertake a comprehensive online survey of Barnard alumnae, in the over 50 age range, to better understand their current interests and needs and to tailor 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 or 646.745.8315.
“First you’re young, then you’re middle-aged, then you’re wonderful.” -- Alice Roosevelt Longworth