The Barnes Club is managed and developed by graduate students, and helps to foster a stronger community for all graduate students and the Department of History.
To this end, the Barnes Club:
- serves as a vital link between graduate history students and the History Department, informing students about departmental news while also providing a consistent means of communicating and voicing ideas to the faculty;
- organizes social events as well as professional development workshops tailored to historians;
- distributes an email list with information on department events and activities, conference and career opportunities, and social events;
- arranges and hosts the annual James A. Barnes Club Graduate Student Conference, one of the largest and most prestigious graduate student conferences in the region.
Barnes Club membership costs twenty-five dollars per year, which helps to pay for the Barnes Club conference, social events, and other activities including afternoon workshops, and professional development panels, and discussions on teaching.