The Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning houses a range of flexible learning spaces, including centers for empirical reasoning, digital humanities, design, media, pedagogy, and movement. In addition, the Vagelos Computational Science Center, located on the fifth floor, is a space where students and faculty collaborate on pioneering research in data and computation.
The Design Center (DeC) is an incubator for creative making where students will experiment with, pilot, discover, and test new tools and practices. From 3D printers and laser cutters to sewing machines and soldering irons, the range of equipment allows students to create costumes, electrical prototypes, devices to support their research projects, and much more. This center is committed to maintaining an open and accessible culture of making—once trained on the equipment, members of the Barnard community can visit anytime the space is open.
The Digital Humanities Center (DHC) is a research, teaching, and learning facility designed to foster technological approaches to the humanities to help researchers create dynamic connections between the analog and the digital. The DHC will provide students and faculty with support for a range of methods, from textual and timeline analysis to sonification and mapping. Additionally, the space will host conversations about the intersections of critical theory, technology, the humanities, and feminism, and is equipped with video conferencing technology to connect people around the globe.
The Empirical Reasoning Center (ERC) helps faculty, students, and alumnae engage critically with data, both qualitative and quantitative. Now located in The Milstein Center, the ERC continues to offer advanced software for statistical, textual and spatial analysis, and data visualizations. Through course workshops and staffed drop-in hours, the ERC provides the Barnard community with empirical research support and technology training.
The Sloate Media Center is a place for experimentation, research, and original content creation. With both a bookable production studio and a drop-in post-production lab, the Center allows digital media producers to access recording equipment and editing software. Additionally, it provides support for community members who are interested in incorporating media into their research and instruction.
The Movement Lab is designed for experimentation and exploration at the intersection of dance, performance, and technology. It is a flexible, modular space for movement research, production, collaboration, and interdisciplinary interaction. The Lab’s trans-media function serves to enhance critical thinking and learning through body-and-brain connection as it seeks to explore emerging trajectories in art science and technology. The facility can be reserved for collaborative research and practice that connects movement and performance to multidisciplinary discovery.