Humanities 10A. A Humanities Colloquium: From Homer to Garcia Marquez

Instructor: Louis Menand , Stephen Greenblatt
Terms: Fall Term

Tuesdays, 10-11:45 am | Location: TBA

Enrollment: Limited to 90.

2,500 years of essential works, taught by six professors. Humanities 10a includes works by Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Sappho, Murasaki, Bernal Díaz, Shakespeare, Douglass, Du Bois, Woolf and García Márquez, as well as the Declaration of Independence and The Federalist Papers. One 75-minute lecture plus a 75-minute discussion seminar led by the professors every week. Students also receive instruction in critical writing one hour a week, in writing labs and individual conferences. Students also have opportunities to visit cultural venues and attend musical and theatrical events in Cambridge or Boston.

Notes: The course has a two-step lottery and application process. This includes a mandatory first meeting for all interested students on Tuesday, September 4. See the course website for full details.
The course is open only to freshmen. Students who complete Humanities 10A meet the General Education requirement in Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding. Students who take both Humanities 10A and Humanities 10B fulfill the General Education requirements for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding and Culture and Belief as well as the College Writing requirement. This is the only course outside of Expository Writing that satisfies the College Writing requirement. No auditors. The course may not be taken Pass/Fail.


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