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Literature of Social Reflection Course
Retrospection

The Literature Class Bigger Than CS50

Harvard has experienced a recent decline in English and humanities concentrators, a trend mirrored nationwide. So what made this particular literature class such a staple of the course catalog, some thirty years ago? And what might its absence suggest about the changing nature of literature classes on campus?

Destruction at Semitic Museum
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The Story of the Story of the Semitic Museum Bombing

As the museum’s current deputy director and curator, Joseph A. Greene, notes, “the more interesting story here is the story of the story, not the story itself.” In the decades since the bombing of the Harvard Semitic Museum, the specifics have faded. “The facts about the event itself … get a bit lost in all the mythology,” Greene says. “That’s what I mean about the story of the story.”

Museum Staff Assess Damage
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Museum Staff Assess Damage

The bomb’s explosion caused major structural damage to the upper floors of the Semitic Museum, causing part of the attic’s floor to collapse.

Destruction at Semitic Museum
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Destruction at Semitic Museum

On October 14th, 1970, an explosion ripped through the third floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum, just north of Harvard Yard

Literature of Social Reflection Course
Gen Ed

Literature of Social Reflection Course

General Education 105: “Literature of Social Reflection” was taught by Dr. Robert M. Coles ‘50.

The Grape Coalition
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The Great Grape Debate

By 1997, the students who had pressured Harvard to boycott grapes in 1992 had graduated. To many students, the absence of grapes didn’t signify the presence of an ongoing boycott, but rather simply went unnoticed.

Free University Archives
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Harvard’s Free University

Free schools were cropping up across the country, promising the kind of free-access, progressive education conventional institutions seemed to lack.

Free University Archives
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Free University Archives

A poster created by the Free University organizers to promote their event — the first dance publicly intended for all sexualities in the Boston area.

Rebellion of 1818
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When the Sophomores Threw Potatoes

Two hundred years ago, a major food fight went down — and an entire class was expelled for it.

nanda devi
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nanda devi

Miss Radcliffe Finalists
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The Radcliffe Club of San Francisco is not Extinct

We don’t have as many young people in our club as we’d like. Nonetheless we’re pleased that we’re still here. So we’ll stay for now, as Radcliffe girls, together.

Widener Library
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The Harvard Pee-In of 1973

Kennedy dubbed the action “A Protest Pee-In On The Harvard Yard.” The demonstrators, following Kennedy’s cue, lined themselves up and slowly poured glass jars full of yellow liquid down the steps

Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, 1915.
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Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, 1915.

Immigrants arriving at Ellis Island, 1915.
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The Harvard Alumni Who Fought to Keep Immigrants Out

In the tradition of their Harvard educations, the League’s executives embarked on a faux-intellectual mission to build a scientific and logical basis for nativism.

Harvard Divinity School
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When ‘He’ Isn’t God Anymore

It’s 1971 at the Harvard Divinity School and someone has just referred to God as a man. In response, several dozen students pick party noisemakers off their desks and blow. They fill the room with high-pitched, fart-like squawks.

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