Ignite your thinking about change and how it happens. Through interviews, book talks, field trips, film screenings, and more, you'll get to know the women and nonbinary people leading change in a wide range of areas, and learn more about the hard, but important, work of building a better future.

SPARK is open to all members of the Barnard community, including faculty, staff, alumnae, and friends of the college.

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SPARK with Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay | What can we do NOW to save reproductive freedom?

On September 1, 2021, Texas' Senate Bill 8, which effectively bans abortions after 6 weeks of pregnancy, went into effect. Join us for a conversation with Kathryn Kolbert and Julie F. Kay about reproductive freedom - the threats and more importantly, what we can do about them. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021
6PM - 7PM 

This SPARK will be virtual. Register here

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SPARK with Kaylin Marcotte '12 | Supporting Women Through Entrepreneurship

How do you turn a hobby into a business? And how can that business lift up other women? Join us for a conversation with Barnard alumna and entrepreneur Kaylin Marcotte ’12. Kaylin is the founder & CEO of JIGGY, a direct-to-consumer jigsaw puzzle brand on a mission to modernize and elevate the humble jigsaw, and support female artists around the world.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021
6:15PM - 7:15PM 

This SPARK will be in person for Barnard students/faculty/staff, virtual for alums and members of the public. Register here

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