SPARK is a biweekly series of provocations and conversations designed to 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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Funding for SPARK is provided by

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In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and the movement for Black lives illuminated the need for deep change and a complete re-imagining of our approaches to community safety, economic security, and access to education. In 2020-2021, our SPARKs were virtual conversations with visionaries working in these three areas.