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The Athena Film Festival is This Week!


This year’s festival includes an amazing array of films about women and leadership. Directed by talented filmmakers, the features, documentaries, and shorts tell stories of courage, grit, persistence and indomitable spirit.  At our awards ceremony on Feb. 7 we will honor distinguished women who have left their mark on the film industry.  From Gale Anne Hurd – this year’s recipient of the Laura Ziskin Lifetime Achievement Award – to Ava DuVernay, Molly Haskell, Rose Kuo, and Pat Mitchell, the award winners have led with grace and integrity, blazed trails and set an exemplary example for younger women who aspire to leadership.  

All-Access passes are $65, and individual tickets are $12 for adults and $5 for students. Click here to see a full line-up of films, panels and workshops or read more about the festival here.

Athena Global Shorts Premiere

On Thursday, January 17 the Athena Center, in collaboration with UN Women and the US Mission to the UN, hosted the premiere screening of the Athena Global Shorts, a collection of four short films. Held at the US Mission, the premiere was well attended by a diverse group of people from across the globe. 

Previously shown at the 2012 Athena Film Festival, the films (Tasnim, Northeast Front, The Director, Umoja: No Men Allowed) celebrate the power, audacity and creativity of international women leaders. Now compiled onto a 56-minute DVD, the shorts are being distributed by UN Women to their Committees in18 countries.  Contact the Athena Center if your organization is interested in showing the Athena Global Shorts.  The program is sponsored by ADP.


Now Open: Leadership Labs for Spring 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013 marked the start of this semester’s exciting line-up of Leadership Labs for Barnard students.  Students can choose from among 20 workshops that focus on an array of leadership skills.  Based on the Athena Core10, a new set of tools for successful leadership, the workshops range from "Things Every College Woman Needs to Know to Keep her $20s in her 20’s" to "How to Build a Website to Changing Hearts and Minds: Lobbying and Leadership".  

Click here for a complete list of workshops.

Athena Center Events

Athena Power Talks: A Conversation with Sheila Nevins '60


Monday, March 5, 2013
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Diana Center Event Oval

Tickets are FREE. Click here to reserve seats.

Athena Power Talks are poignant conversations with today’s thought-leaders discussing the most pressing and provocative topics on women and leadership. This semester, we welcome Sheila Nevins, President of HBO Documentary Films, for a conversation with Barnard President Debora Spar.

Widely regarded as the most powerful executive in the documentary community, Sheila Nevins is often described as the “de Medici of Television” for her unwavering support of nonfiction filmmakers. Projects bearing her imprimatur have won 34 primetime Emmy Awards, 37 news and documentary Emmy Awards, 15 Academy Awards, and 25 George Foster Peabody Awards—including, in 1999, a personal Peabody for being “one of the true independent spirits in television today, whose passion and vision consistently create excellence.”

International Visiting Scholar comes to the Athena Center

The Athena Center welcomes Political Science Professor Ludger Helms, from Innsbruck University in Vienna, Austria. He will be visiting Barnard in February.

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