Human 10a. A Humanities Colloquium: From Homer to García Márquez

Davíd Carrasco, Stephen Greenblatt, Jay Harris, Jill Lepore, Deidre Lynch, Louis Menand

  • FALL 2016
  • TUESDAYS, 10:00am - 11:29am (lecture) + 90-minute professor-led section

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The course will be lotteried by application process, administered at the first course meeting, on Thursday, September 1, at 10:00am in the Fong Auditorium (Boylston 110). See the course website for more details.

  • Location: Fong Auditorium (Boylston 110)
  • Course ID: 110440
  • Class Capacity: 90
  • Consent Required: Instructor


2,500 years of essential works alongside current art events. Humanities 10a includes works by Homer, Plato, Aristotle, Sophocles, Dante, Shakespeare, Mozart, Austen, Douglass, and García Márquez, as well as the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament and the Declaration of Independence.

Course Notes:

Weekly 90-minute sections in this course are led by the professors. Students also receive instruction in writing and join at least one visit to a cultural venue or event in Cambridge or Boston.

The course is designed for freshmen interested in further work in the Humanities. Humanities 10b, which meets in the Spring and is open only to students who have completed Humanities 10a, includes works by Beckett, Woolf, Joyce, Nietzsche, Rousseau, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Murasaki, Augustine, Virgil, Sophocles, and Homer. Most students take both semesters of Hum 10, but students who do not take 10b receive full credit for 10a.  Hum 10a meets the General Education requirement for Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding. Hum 10a and 10b meets the General Education requirements for both Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding and Culture and Belief as well as the Expos requirement. The course may not be taken Pass/Fail, and auditors are not permitted.