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#tbt: Let Them Eat Keats

In 1955, English replaced Government as the most popular concentration among Harvard College freshmen. That’s right—back in the days before Sparknotes, hundreds of undergrads willingly signed up for English classes way before “Chick Lit” was even an option.

On Campus

Artist Spotlight: Benjamin Bagby

Composer, harpist, and performer of medieval music, Benjamin Bagby is currently touring the country performing “Beowulf” in its original Old English.

Thermonuclear Monarchy

Professors Discuss Nuclear Warfare and Democracy

Professor Elaine Scarry discussed her new book, "Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing Between Democracy and Doom" Thursday.

Overcoming the Odds

Former College Roommates Discuss Ups and Downs of Professional Writing

The event, sponsored by the Harvard College Writing Program, allowed both author’s to tell the story of how they progressed from being students at the College to bestselling writers.

English Advising Event

English Advising Event

The English Department hosts a"Cupcakes and Soundbites" event during Advising Fortnight. Teaching Fellow A. Joseph McMullen wraps up a two minute discussion on the English Junior Tutorial.

Venn Diagram of Shakespeare and Shake Shack

Venn Diagram: Shakespeare vs. Shake Shack

Lines sometimes seem impossible Loved by bourgeois New Yorkers Might be first-date material for Harvard students Best when accompanied by alcohol Much ado about nothing

The Harvard Book Circle

The Book Circle Across the Street

Once a month, a group of ten to 20 people push the shelves in the left room of the Harvard Book Store to make space for their discussion. They’ve just finished reading a book for the month’s meeting. The regulars exchange glances as they look around at the new faces.

Humanities Division

Creative Writing Program Hopes for Capital Campaign Support in Continued Expansion

The English Department seeks to grow its creative writing offerings, as student demand continues to grow. Two creative writing instructors have already joined the faculty this year.


Avia Tadmor

“Clinical psychology and poetry are very different axes to the same ambiguous and complex human experience,” Tadmor says.

Seamus Heaney Memorial

Seamus Heaney Memorial

Keir D. GoGwilt, a postgraduate fellow, plays a song during Seamus J. Heaney’s memorial service at Memorial Church. Semuas J. Heaney, a former Harvard professor, won the 1995 Nobel Prize in Literature and passed away Aug. 30, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.


Same Story, New Book: Repackaging Humanities at Harvard

Recently, national news outlets have declared a crisis of the humanities. But at Harvard, the plot gets more complicated. The challenges facing Harvard's humanities necessitate changes to course offerings far more than the core of the humanistic enterprise.


Launch of Digital Dickinson Archive Clouded by Controversy

Wednesday’s launch of the Emily Dickinson Archive, a Harvard-led open-access website compiling hundreds of images of the poet’s surviving manuscripts, was supposed to be a celebration of successful scholarly collaboration. But a public dispute with Amherst College over control of and credit for the project has clouded the once-heralded launch.



Rebecca J. Scott discussed her book “Freedom Papers” at the Thompson Room in the Barker Center on Thursday afternoon. The event concluded the lecture series titled “Social Facts and Legal Factions” organized by the Hutchins Center.


Venn Diagram: English Muffin and English Concentrator

Mix well with Smuckers Work better with coffee Well bread

Concentration Advising Fair

How To Pick the Right Concentration

If you’re a sophomore, you’re probably freaking out about having to declare your concentration by mid-November (and by even earlier for some programs). To help you avoid picking the wrong one, Flyby compiled a cheat sheet detailing some possible areas of study.

Youth Homelessness in the Square
Harvard Square

For Homeless Youth, Age Can Compound Challenges of Life on the Streets

On Year Later: Boston Marathon Bombings
Boston Marathon

VIDEO: Looking Back One Year Later, Harvard Affiliates Prepare to Return to Finish Line

Johnston Gate Arts Cover

Rebuilding the Past: Harvard's Beautification Renaissance

Awkward Eye Contact

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