HUM 10

A year of studying the humanities for first-year Harvard students. 

Humanities 10: A Humanities Colloquium is a community in conversation about works of literature, art, and philosophy that we value. In the fall, we move chronologically from the ancient world to the present; in the spring, we begin with a work of modernism and move backward in time to the ancient world. The course is designed for students interested in concentrating in the humanities but all first-year students are welcome. 

Lectures meet Tuesdays 10:30-11:45; writing labs meet Thursdays 10:30-11:30; seminars will be scheduled separately.

FALL  2023 

Homer's Odyssey Norton Edition
Shelley's Frankenstein (1818) Penguin Edition
Euripides' Medea Hackett Edition
Marx's Selected Writings, Hackett Edition
Plato's Symposium Hackett Edition
Kafka's The Trial Schocken Edition
Dante's Inferno Anchor Edition (Hollander Trans.)
Alain Locke's The New Negro
Shakespeare's Hamlet Norton Critical Edition
Morrison's Beloved, Vintage Edition
Schiller's Aesthetics, Wilkinson and Willoughby Edition
Walcott's Omeros, Farrar, Straus and Giroux Edition

SPRING  2024 

Ulysses Gabler Edition
Woolf A Room of One's Own
Dickinson's Poems
Melville's Billy Budd and Other Stories
Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Equiano's Interesting Narrative
Shakespeare's Othello
More's Utopia
Apuleius' Golden Ass
Sophocles' Three Theban Plays
Homer's Iliad

Cover Image: Ladies in Blue fresco reproduction, Emile Gilliéron, Minoan (The Met). Creative Commons