The English Department received a record number of applications to its creative writing program this academic year, according to the program’s director.
The number of students concentrating in Theater, Dance, and Media—Harvard's youngest concentration at four years old—has almost doubled over the past three years.
University President Drew G. Faust and several prominent humanities professors spoke at an event Tuesday discussing the politics of monuments.
“The concern should not be about your transcript, because your transcript is a story. It’s about understanding your story and communicating it, not about trying to alter it,” Waddell said.
In extending the length of the class, the professors added a wider selection of books to the syllabus, which they tweak slightly each year.
The Feb. 8 and 9 “Migration and the Humanities” conference, organized by the Mahindra Humanities Center, set out to illustrate a point: that the humanities are a powerful way of understanding the modern migratory experience.
The committee will work to more directly engage undergraduates, Dean of Arts and Humanities Robin Kelsey said last week.
English concentrators will soon be required to enroll in a course featuring authors who may have been excluded in the past for their race, gender, or sexuality.
“We need to engage this, not just to be better historians,” Beckert said of Harvard's ties to slavery. “We need to acknowledge this history as a way to be able to move forward.”
Professors and administrators are bracing for the potential elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.