History and Literature

Barker Center
FAS

Hist & Lit to Offer Ethnic Studies

Undergraduates concentrating in History and Literature will now be able to specialize in an ethnic studies field.

Barker Center
College

History and Literature Seniors Submit Theses

Drained after months of work, seniors at the College are beginning to finish their theses, and History and Literature concentrators turned in their works this week.

Kevin Birmingham
History and Literature

Kevin Birmingham

History and Literature Lecturer Kevin Birmingham delivers the department’s spring lecture, “Treason is a Form of Obscenity,” to students at the Barker Center Thursday.

Academics

Students Use New Hist and Lit Field to Explore Ethnic Studies

The Modern World field allows students to more easily explore topics such as migration and diaspora at a time when many students have been calling for increased ethnic studies course offerings and an ethnic studies department.

Marketing The Humanities
Advising

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.

Vampire Vibes: The Dark Side of Modern Culture
History

Vampire Vibes: The Dark Side of Modern Culture

Bettina Stoetzer, assistant professor at MIT, lectures on German literature to the audience. Last Friday, an interdisciplinary conference called "Vampire Vibes: The Dark Side of Modern Culture" was held on problematics of identity, deviance, and power in modern history, literature, and media.

Barker Center Cafe Re-Opens
Student Life

History and Literature Changes Concentration Offerings

​In response to changing student interests, the History and Literature department has offered new fields of study and more specific subfields, allowing for greater flexibility in students’ studies.

William James Hall
Race

Dominance of Western Perspectives Troubles the Social Sciences

American and Western European foci and schools of thought continue to dominate social science fields at Harvard, frustrating some students and faculty even as other perspectives and methods grow.

Humanities for Hire
College

The Humanities at Work

The universe of higher education often bemoans a "crisis" in the humanities, with supposedly dwindling numbers and few job prospects. At Harvard, humanities concentrators face a crisis of choice, attempting to balance their passions with factors like stability and employment. For Harvard graduates, the question is not so much whether you’ll get a job with a humanities degree—it’s where.

College

Hist and Lit Concentrators Near Thesis Completion

Hist. and Lit. concentrators will celebrate submitting senior theses on Friday with champagne, cookies, and camaraderie.

College

New Civil War Course Finds its Footing Among Various Disciplines, Venues

In a partnership between the A.R.T. and the History and Literature Department, "Staging the Civil War" navigates literary, theater, and archival sources to bring a new perspective to the Civil War.

College

Gillett Assumes Role as Lowell Interim Dean

Rachel A. Gillett, an assistant director of studies for the Committee on Degrees in History and Literature, became interim House dean on Nov. 3 after the current dean took a maternity leave.

How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard
On Campus

How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard

Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, delivers a lecture titled "How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard" at the Knafel Center on Thursday night. Lepore's lecture accompanied the recent release of her newest book, titled "The Secret History of Wonder Woman".

The Secret History of Wonder Woman
On Campus

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Jill Lepore, David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, looks up at her presentation, titled "How Wonder Woman Got into Harvard". Lepore's lecture at the Knafel Center accompanied the recent release of her newest book, titled "The Secret History of Wonder Woman."

Barker Center Cafe
Food and Drink

Beatnik at the Barker

Breaking news: the dream of the ’90s is alive in our very own Barker Café. On Oct. 16, hipster Harvard students and professors were finally relieved of their pent-up anguish and at last given a quality coffee stop besides the distressingly mainstream Lamont Café or pricey Square establishments.