Slavic Languages and Lit

Humanities for Hire

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.


Svetlana Boym, Professor Whose Work ‘Transformed,’ Dies at 56

Colleagues remember the late Slavic and Comparative Literature professor as an avid writer and artist whose work was known around the world for its transformative power.


Snow Days by Concentration

Now that everyone has frolicked sufficiently, snow days have become a time for learned contemplation. FM considers how students of various concentrations can best use their time off.

Academic Fair at the Plaza
On Campus

Opening Days


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.

Romance Languages


Romance Languages

Studying the Uncommon

In the seventeenth century, Harvard students were required to take three years each of Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Syriac as well as demonstrate fluency in Latin as part of their graduation requirements, according to The Crimson.



Polish poet Stanislaw Baranczak and his wife.

Flyby Blog

This Week's Arts Cover: Stanislaw Baranczak

This week’s Crimson Arts cover story is about Polish poet and Harvard professor Stanislaw Baranczak. The piece focuses on Baranczak’s ...

In The Meantime

Past Tense: Nabokov and Jakobson

“Gentlemen, even if one allows that he is an important writer, are we next to invite an elephant to be Professor of Zoology?”


Even When No One is Looking

Poet Stanislaw Baranczak had no desire to shoulder his country’s burden. What he wanted was to write free from the confines of communist censorship.


9 AM: How Do You Say "Lesson One" in Polish?

The real professor walks in on the hard sound of the “k.” The English postdoc calls out, “How do you say ‘breast milk’ in Polish?”