Core Seminars

This year’s seminars:

Every Humanities major must complete two core seminars - one on Interpretations and one on Modernities. The most recently-offered seminars are listed below. 

2022-2023

  • Looking beyond art history’s traditional understanding of “medium” as referring to what a work of art is made from, this seminar explores the broader range of “media” that were central to early modern debates in science, religion, and the arts. 

    Fall 2022
    TBD
  • A psychological study of love, marriage, and family through literature, visual arts, and music, from the ancient world to the mid-20th century. Works will be principally drawn from the Western tradition with some from Indian, Chinese, and Arabic traditions.

    Fall 2022
    TTh 1pm-2:15pm
  • In this seminar we will close-read a wide range of Emily Dickinson’s poems, seeking to understand tensions that run throughout her work, between feeling and intellect, chaos and control, power and passivity, things hidden and revealed, ecstasy and despair, life and death. 

    Fall 2022
    TBD
  • Drawing on English-language literature, art, and history-writing since 1800, this class explores how the past can illuminate and complicate the ways we perceive the present. 

    Fall 2022
    MW 11:35am-12:50pm