Students Crowd Humanities 10a Lecture
College Life

Humanities 10 Students Spend Wintersession with 'Ulysses'

While many relished the last week of their winter vacation, 24 enthusiastic students returned to campus a week early for a Wintersession course on James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

On Campus

Making Space: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Arts at Harvard

As Harvard’s undergraduate student body has grown ever more diverse, many challenges remain in making the University a fully inclusive institution for all those admitted. According to The Crimson’s annual survey of graduating seniors, students of color at Harvard are less likely to concentrate in the arts and humanities than their white peers. But both faculty and students say that making the arts more open has rarely been so important.


Professors Find Ways to Bring Election into the Lesson Plan

As Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton make the final push before Election Day on Nov. 8, Harvard faculty are working to integrate the historic moment into their teaching.

Interfaculty Initiatives

Spooky Shakespeare HarvardX Course Debuts on Halloween

A new massive open online course will debut on HarvardX Monday, but with a special Halloween twist: the course is titled “Hamlet’s Ghost.”

On Campus

Unsex Me: The Ag’s Gender-Bent “Macbeth”

With Malcolm and Banquo cast as women, the audience now must contemplate seemingly simple plot points. “Why does Banquo get passed up for the promotion?” director Kier W. Zimmerman ’19 says. “Is it a gender thing?”

Louis Menand

English Prof. Louis Menand Receives National Humanities Medal

Harvard English professor and Pulitzer-winning writer Louis Menand will receive the National Humanities Medal for his writings on cultural history.

Sun in the Stacks

Sun in the Stacks

English Department graduate student David A. B. Nee reads by the September sun in the Widener Library stacks.

Glenda Carpio
Af Am Department

Glenda R. Carpio

In her current work on immigrant literature, Carpio is interested in when “America fails the person or when the person can’t cope with the difficulties of becoming someone else."

Marketing The Humanities

Marketing the Humanities

A number of events over Advising Fortnight fit into the larger trend of job-oriented marketing within the Arts and Humanities as many concentrations seek to attract more students and address their career concerns through an increase in job-focused advising events, alumni interactions, and published materials.

Tea Party
Food and Drink

A Readable Feast

The Harvard English Department shares their favorite succulent meals in literature.


Former Times Editor Weighs in on 2016 Elections Coverage

​Jill E. Abramson ’76, the former executive editor of The New York Times and lecturer in the English department, lamented the lack of in-depth investigative reporting this election cycle.


'Technical Difficulties' Delay Expos Sectioning for Freshmen

The system designed to assign Expos sections experienced “unexpected technical difficulties” late Saturday night, pushing sectioning into the following evening.

Creative Writing Theses
Humanities Division

Number of Creative Thesis Writers Doubles

Twenty seniors are currently working on creative theses—double the number of students who wrote them in 2013.

Creative Writing Theses

Creative Writing Theses

Twenty seniors are pursuing creative writing theses through the English department this year, double the number of students who wrote a creative writing thesis in 2013.


Two Harvard Seniors Selected for Marshall Scholarship

Bianca Mulaney ’16 and Rebecca M. Panovka ’16, friends and fellow Quincy House residents, have been named Harvard’s two newest Marshall scholars to their shared surprise and disbelief.