History and Literature

Romance Dept

Students Lobby University to Tenure Latinx Studies Professor

More than a dozen students have launched a letter-writing campaign in support of Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literature and History and Literature Lorgia Garcia Peña’s bid for tenure.

Wrongful Convictions
Student Groups

Panelists Discuss Combatting Wrongful Convictions, Reforming the Criminal Justice System

Legal experts and criminal justice reform advocates gathered in Tsai Auditorium to discuss mitigating wrongful convictions in the United States criminal justice system Monday evening.

Roberta Kaplan
Harvard Law School

Roberta A. Kaplan to Speak at Harvard Law School Class Day

Kaplan, who graduated from the College with a degree in History and Literature, is notable for successfully representing Edith Windsor in the Supreme Court case United States v. Windsor in 2013.

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Harvard Students Rally for Ethnic Studies Outside Alumni Conference

More than 50 Harvard students gathered outside the Charles Hotel Friday afternoon to demand the University create a formalized ethnic studies program.

Classics Carmen

Why I Declared: Humanities Edition

Last but certainly not least, Flyby sophomores planning studies in Humanities fields share their declaration process.

Barker Center

History and Literature Increases Ethnic Studies Offerings

​This semester, students concentrating in History and Literature can take a course on fashion and slavery—and receive credit toward the concentration’s newly-created Ethnic Studies track.

Barker Center

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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.