Freshman Seminars

Freshman Seminars can offer an excellent introduction to the Arts & Humanities. A liberal arts education thrives when there is ample opportunity for contact with faculty and discussion in small groups. Freshman Seminars offer precisely these conditions. If you are curious about a certain department or program, check and see if any of the faculty members are teaching a Freshman Seminar. Many Freshman Seminars are taught by leading experts in the field, offering students a remarkable chance to jumpstart work in an area of interest.

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Below are the Freshman Seminars being taught by faculty members in the Arts & Humanities this year.

Fall 2019


FRSEMR 23C: Exploring the Infinite
Peter Koellner (Philosophy)


FRSEMR 30Q: Death and Immortality
Cheryl Chen (Philosophy)


FRSEMR 31E: Magic and Other Virtual Realities
Shigehisa Kuriyama (East Asian Languages & Civilizations)


FRSEMR 31M: In Pursuit of the Ordinary: Genre Painting in Boston-Area Museums
Joseph Koerner (History of Art & Architecture and German)


FRSEMR 31N: Beauty and Christianity
Robert Kiely (English)


FRSEMR 33C: Borges, Garcia Marquez, Bolano and Other Classics of Modern Latin American Narrative
Mariano Siskind (Romance Languages & Literatures)


FRSEMR 33X: Complexity in Works of Art: Ulysses and Hamlet
Philip Fisher (English)


FRSEMR 34X: Language and Prehistory

Jay Jasanoff (Linguistics)


FRSEMR 35N: The Art and Craft of Acting
Remo Airaldi (Theater, Dance & Media)


FRSEMR 36G: The Creative Work of Translating
Stephanie Sandler (Slavic Languages & Literatures)


FRSEMR 36P: To Far Places: Literature of Journey and Quest
William Graham (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)


FRSEMR 36S: Comparative Historical Mythology
Michael Witzel (South Asian Studies)


FRSEMR 37P: Reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace
Julie Buckler (Slavic Languages & Literatures)


FRSEMR 37Y: Muslim Voices in Contemporary World Literature
Ali Asani (The Study of Religion)


FRSEMR 43D: Christianity and Slavery in America, 1619-1865: A Student-Curated Library Exhibit
Catherine Brekus (Harvard Divinity School)


FRSEMR 60C: Comics and Graphic Novels

Stephanie Burt (English)


FRSEMR 60D: Ireland Rising
Catherine McKenna (Celtic Languages & Literatures)


FRSEMR 60H: Faith and Fiction in American History
David Holland (Harvard Divinity School)


FRSEMR 61C: Spanish-American Culture and Society in the 1960s – The Last Utopia?

Diana Sorensen (Romance Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature)


FRSEMR 61M: Silk Road Stories
Mark Elliott (East Asian Languages & Civilizations and History)


FRSEMR 62F: Talking, Literary Animals

W. James Simpson (English)


FRSEMR 62I: Experiencing Poetry: Love, War, Nature and Religion in Four Major Twentieth-Century Poets

Neil Rudenstine (English)


FRSEMR 62L: Knowing Cicero
Jared Hudson (The Classics)


FRSEMR 62P: War in Fiction and Film
Justin Weir (Slavic Languages & Literatures and Comparative Literature)


FRSEMR 62S: Challenging Reality: Literature and Social Justice
Nicole Suetterlin (German)


FRSEMR 62T: Migrants in Fiction and Film: Case Studies of Love, Loss, War and Death

Francoise Lionnet (Romance Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature and African and African American Studies)


FRSEMR 62U: Zombies and Spirits, Ghosts and Ghouls: Interactions between the Living and the Dead
Shaye Cohen (Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)


FRSEMR 62W: Music from Earth

Alexander Rehding (Music)


FRSEMR 62X: Regulation or Anarchy? The State and Its Critics

Susanna Siegel (Philosophy)


FRSEMR 62Y: Back to the Future: How the Past Imagined the Cities of Tomorrow

Bruno Carvalho (Romance Languages & Literatures)


FRSEMR 63C: The Symphonies of Dmitri Shostakovich

Anne Shreffler (Music)


FRSEMR 63D: Ancient Greek Tragedy for the Twenty-First Century

Naomi Weiss (The Classics)


FRSEMR 63F: Gnosticism and Film

Charles Stang (Harvard Divinity School)


FRSEMR 63H: Ethics for a Broken World

Edward Hall (Philosophy)


FRSEMR 63I: The First Americans: Portraits of Indigenous Power and Diplomacy

Shawon Kinew (History of Art & Architecture)


FRSEMR 63J: Islam vs. Image? Visual Representations in Islamic Art

David Roxburgh (History of Art & Architecture)


Spring 2020

FRSEMR 32M: Food for Thought: Culinary Culture in Spain and Beyond
Johanna Damgaard Liander (Romance Languages & Literatures)


FRSEMR 33R: The Chinese Language, Past and Present
C.-T. James Huang (Linguistics)


FRSEMR 34V: Broadway Musicals: History and Performance
Carol Oja (Music)


FRSEMR 38X: Work: An Audio/Visual Exploration
Robb Moss (Art, Film & Visual Studies)


FRSEMR 62V: Faulkner, Ellison, Morrison
Jesse McCarthy (English and African & African American Studies)


FRSEMR 62Z: Buddhist Enlightenment: Visions, Words and Practice
Ryuichi Abe (East Asian Languages & Civilizations)


FRSEMR 63E: Religion, Neuroscience, and the Human Mind
David Lamberth (Harvard Divinity School)