SHARP Internships

The Summer Humanities and Arts Research Program (SHARP) is a 10-week immersive summer program that aims to build community and stimulate creativity among a small cohort of Harvard undergraduate researchers in the humanities and arts. SHARP fellows work on research projects with Harvard-affiliated faculty, researchers, and senior library and museum staff. Recent projects have been led at the Harvard Art Museums, Houghton Library, and the Peabody Essex Museum, as well as with individual faculty members from a number of academic divisions.

SHARP fellows contribute to the rich, interdisciplinary intellectual, social, and residential environment in activities that include roundtable lunch talks with distinguished faculty speakers, pre-professional seminars, and opportunities to explore Harvard and the New England region more broadly.

Lisa NewProf. Elisa New interviews Shaquille O'Neal on "Poetry in America"

Here are a few examples of the 2020 SHARP Fellowships opportunities with Arts & Humanities faculty members:

  • “Abolitionist Women and Their Worlds”: Course Development ResearchAssist Professor Tiya Miles with in-depth research to develop an archive-intensive course "Abolitionist Women and Their World," an exploration of nineteenth-century activist women’s lives that underscores the critical difference of the past from the present while also recognizing that some questions repeat across time. This course is part of Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America’s major project, with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to commemorate, interrogate, and redefine the narrative of American women’s citizenship. Conduct broad and deep research into the Library’s rich collections and be tasked with locating specific materials, surveying collections, identifying potentially relevant sites and artifacts, and other research tasks as assigned.
  • Diversity in Digital Space: Join Harvard Library staff (Christina Linklater), faculty (Professors Carol J. Oja and Braxton D. Shelley of the Music Department), and students who are collaborating on an exhibition, a symposium, and two concerts to mark the golden anniversary of the landmark book The Music of Black Americans (1971). These events, scheduled for the spring semester of 2021, will honor both the book and its author, Eileen Southern (1920-2002), who was the first African-American woman tenured in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Gain hands-on experience in designing and implementing an online exhibit, with the goal of reaching a diverse audience.
  • Poetry in America: Work with Professor Elisa New of the English Department on online course development and educational program evaluation for the third season of the Poetry in America television series, as well as  with the Education Team to update and add to their suite of online courses aimed at K-12 teachers and students. Hone close-reading and research skills and become familiar with the library of footage and adept at watching, editing, and reviewing educational media, identifying key teaching moments, and developing curricula or assessments tailored to learning outcomes. Gain a nuanced understanding of copyright law and assist the Poetry in America team with copyright compliance and rights acquisition.

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