For over 130 years, Barnard has been a hub for intellectual engagement — not just for students but for the entire community. That legacy of enrichment continues today with Pro Tip, a new monthly series that will bring together faculty and staff for thought-provoking conversations.

The TED Talk-style presentations, led by different Barnard employees, will provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to showcase their interests, passions, and expertise with the community. Attendees will walk away with best practices, tips, and tricks to use in their own lives.

“Barnard is thrilled to convene faculty and staff members in this relaxed setting for community building and knowledge sharing,” said Emma Wolfe ’01, the Senior Advisor to the President for External Relations and Leadership Development.

The talks on November 9 will feature inaugural speakers Aaron Kinard, Manager of Printing and Auxiliary Services; N. Jamiyla Chisholm, the Communications Department’s Director of Creative Content; and Anne Higonnet, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Art History.

Find more information about the upcoming speakers and their talks, below.

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Aaron Kinard 

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Kinard serves as the Manager of Barnard’s Printing and Auxiliary Services, a position he’s held for the past 15 years. Before that, he worked as a campus security guard for 20 years. A skilled artist across various mediums, Kinard has received international attention for his work with dioramas and a coveted spot in the National Geographic Complete Photo Guide: How to Take Better Pictures for one of his photos.

For his Pro Tip talk, Kinard will talk about how to confront fear while pursuing a passion, whatever it might be.

N. Jamiyla Chisholm 

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Jamiyla Chisholm is the Director of Creative Content for Barnard’s Communications Department, where she has told the unknown stories that lie within our College for nearly six years. As a seasoned journalist and editorial consultant, Jamiyla has written about arts and culture for many different outlets and companies. In 2022, the Amazon imprint Little A published her first memoir, The Community.

In “How to Write a Memoir,” Chisholm will demystify the process of producing a personal narrative and discuss how to overcome the inevitable feelings of vulnerability it demands.

Anne Higonnet  

Anne Higonnet

Anne Higonnet, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Art History, has been at Barnard since 2001. She teaches Introduction to Art History and a new course called Clothing, which has attracted over 200 students. Before coming to Barnard, Higonnet taught at Wellesley.

More details about Higonnet’s Pro Tip talk are to come.

Staff and faculty can fill out this form to suggest future speakers and provide feedback about the series.