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“Star Trek and Historical Memory,” by Aely Aronoff ’21

image of outer space

Among the most popular shows in American history, Star Trek and its many iterations have left an indelible mark on modern American culture, largely because of the show’s remarkable ability to convey culturally important messages. For my research paper in HSA 10 (the first-year seminar at Harvey Mudd), I explored the ways in which Star […]

“All the World’s a Stage: Building a Mobile Stage Cart for Mudd’s Shakespeare Course,” by Zayra Lobo ’18, Francisco Muñoz ’20 and Laurel Newman ’20

Student project, portable stage

Publicly performing a play is the final project of Harvey Mudd’s annual spring Shakespeare course, one of the College’s most iconic humanities offerings. A major challenge the class faces every year is finding a good location to perform in an effort to bring Shakespeare to as many people as possible. Literature professor Ambereen Dadabhoy dreamed […]

“Context and Understanding Through HSA,” by Casey Gardner ’19

The Forth Rail Bridge, a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Edinburgh

I’ve always seen humanities, social sciences and the arts (HSA) courses at Harvey Mudd as a way of bringing context and deeper understanding to the technical work that we do. It was never a coincidence to me that the HSA department was physically located between the two floors of the engineering department. In order to […]

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Group of students at Stonehenge.

What do Malcolm X, Mary Shelley and Amadeus Mozart having common? A radical revision of their fields of thought and action? Fluency in the communication of ideas? The letter M? In fact, they are all the focus of conversation and curricular innovation at Harvey Mudd College—an institution with a deep commitment to combining STEM education […]