ANTH S-1140 Icons: A Material History of Harvard

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7-week session | CRN 32787

This course explores how material culture creates and supports the frameworks within which people live. To this end, we investigate the history and perception of Harvard University through material icons: tangible and embodied symbols of the school. From the veritas shield to sweatshirts, printing type to the John Harvard statue, objects, places, people, images, and songs created the institution we know as Harvard while expressing broader historical trends. Topics include gender, power, consumerism, and identity. Video tours, place-based exercises, and online discussions foster experiential learning. While exploring the hidden histories of this iconic university, students gain critical thinking skills and new perspectives on American cultures, histories, and identities.

Course information
Class meetings

Online (live) web conference
Mondays, Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 pm

Start date

Monday, June 19


4 credits

Course tuition


Enrollment status

  • Limited to 35 students
    Registration Closed
  • Notes

    This course is taught via live web conference using Zoom. Harvard College students see additional information.




    Christina J. Hodge, PhD.

    Associate of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University and Academic Curator and Collections Manager, Stanford University Archaeology Collections

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