Steph Burt

Steph Burt

Professor Steph Burt in her book-filled office.

Steph Burt

Hey Professor: Science Fictional Future

We need ways to imagine a future that is different from the present, because the present isn't really working out all that well and because we would like the future to be different.

Art and Politics

New English Requirement Fuels Debate Over Canon

​When English department chair James W. Simpson told The Crimson on March 23 that future concentrators would be required to take at least one course that featured authors “marginalized for historical reasons,” he met a chorus of off-campus objections.

Lena K. Felton

Endpaper: Final Postcard from Home

Harvard isn’t an easy place. It seems to run on anxiety, which first struck me when I moved into a too-small dorm room on a muggy August day more than three years ago.

Barker Center 114

English Department Diversity Course Requirement Approved

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.

Barker Center
Humanities Division

English Department Proposes Diversity Requirement

The English Department proposes new requirements for curricular diversity.

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.