Fellow Voices is made up of a group of Writing and Speaking Fellows at Barnard College, and is overseen by Rebecca Kelliher, Coordinator of the Writing and Speaking Programs. Read on to learn more about each of them, or click to learn about our philosophy.
Writing Fellow │ Major: English
Megan is an avid Radiolab listener, a fan of Butterfingers, a late-sleeper, a sometimes guilty and sometimes proud fan of E!, absolutely terrified of elephants, a collector of elephant trinkets (NO ivory included), a feminist, a frequent customer at Chipotle, and a happy member of the Barnard Writing Center. In addition to her love for writing, Megan is also interested in storytelling through media such as radio and video. Her idol is some mix of Robert Krulwich, Virginia Woolf, and Beyonce.
Writing Fellow │ Major: American Studies
Alison Economy enjoys playing “Home on the Range” on the harmonica and hanging American ephemera on her wall. Last semester, she learned that trying to navigate Dublin with a map from James Joyce’s time was among the most inspiring ways to get lost. She seeks out oddities in her everyday life and believes an eye for the new, the rare, and the curious lie at the heart of good writing — and good fellowing.
Speaking Fellow │ Majors: Political Science & French
Alejandra Figueroa is a Bronx native, now residing in Mississippi. She loves trying new things, especially food. She hopes to travel the world, and India is one of the countries she hopes to visit in the near future. She is always looking for new venues in the city. One of her favorite spots is a well-hidden gem, the Wave Hill public garden, located in the Bronx. It fascinates her that rhetoric is everywhere — tied into even the smallest of interactions, both verbal and non-verbal. She knew she wanted to be a Speaking Fellow even before starting her first semester at Barnard! She secretly wishes she were an actress (don’t we all?). She also likes 80s movies, the Avengers, Roiboo’s Wedding Chai tea, spending time with her younger siblings, photography, and, of course, Netflix!
Speaking Fellow │ Major: Urban Studies
Annelise Finney loves both cities and nature, which can be a confusing combination. Where humans choose to spend their time, and how they interact with space and with each other fascinates her. This includes how they speak, what they say, and how they it. Speaking is something most of us do everyday, yet it is far from the mundane. Speaking causes things to happen. Think about this the next time you speak to someone: just a simple manipulation of muscles has an effect on the world around you. Your words are your power- use them.
Writing Fellow │ Major: English (Creative Writing) & Ancient Studies
Aliza Goldberg, double majoring in English (Creative Writing) and Ancient Studies, clearly has trouble making major decisions. Yet during her time at Barnard, becoming a Writing Fellow was never a decision with which she struggled. She loves languages both dead and alive, and has studied Latin, Spanish, Italian and Vietnamese. This summer Aliza will be interning at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi in the economics section, which has nothing to do with any of her majors or minors but does offer adventure. You can read about her past adventures on her blog alizid.blogspot.com. Along with fellowing, Aliza enjoys going to museums, traveling, reading The Aeneid, writing, and revising. She has revised this bio numerous times and is still unhappy with it.
Writing Fellow │ Majors: Dance & History
Bridget Jamison is certain that she has the very best job in all of Barnard. She hails from the D.C. suburb of Vienna, Virginia, but she’s currently enjoying the glorious view of the Hudson River and the state of New Jersey that she has from her dorm window. She loves stories—particularly those we tell ourselves, those we tell future generations (there’s the history major), and those we tell without words (there’s the dance major). Her grand scheme for the year is to write a novel, but reading and rehearsals will probably get the best of her.
Speaking Fellow │ Majors: Anthropology (Archaeology track) & English
Emily likes the ways we humans attempt to breach the gaps between us with written and spoken language as well as nonverbal expression in art, dance, and other media which led her to both her current majors and her position in the Speaking Fellows. Outside of interpersonal communication, Emily likes nail polish, pumpkin flavored everything, inner-machinations, the Atlantic ocean, and musty libraries. In her free time, Emily tries to make the most of NYC’s incredible art collections open to the public, but usually ends up back in the Egyptian Wing at the Met.
Writing Fellow │ Majors: Neuroscience and Behavior & English, Minor: Classics
Christina is a senior Writing Fellow, who loves studying the human mind through biology, literature, and history, and she can often be found making references to things like chemistry and poetry in the same sentence. Her favorite topics are wave-particle duality and the Heisenberg principle, Shakespeare and Steinbeck, and Ovid and Cicero; any combinations are even better. You can find more of her writing on her personal blog about food allergies in New York city, Brunch with Bear. Her passions beyond writing include sunbathing, watching Baz Luhrmann’s movies, and teaching young children.
Speaking Fellow │ Major: Political Science
Raney is a Southern girl living in the big city and loving (almost) every second of it. Her interests include: reading/talking about/obsessing over the Harry Potter series, arguing with people on Columbia’s mock trial team, making a fool of herself in Zumba class, and reading through the night. She has a long “NYC bucket list” that she’s slowly working though in her free time. She hopes to use this blog as a space to think about how speaking impacts the way that we see each other; communication builds perception, and she plans to reflect on this in her role as a Speaking Fellow and blogger.