Harvard launches "Humanities course of the future"

October 23, 2007

Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt, founder of the New Historicism and author of the bestselling life of Shakespeare, "Will in the World," applied the "insane resources of Harvard" this summer to transform his scholarship into a revolutionary new multimedia-enhanced course, "Travel and Transformation." Integrating Google Earth and 17th-century woodcuts, Greenblatt and a team of tech whizzes have created a deep, rich media website designed to bring his students into the minds of early explorers and slave traders. Student blogging counts for 20% of the grade. Harvard is aiming to create hands-on, interdisciplinary courses that represent a "huge leap" and evolution in teaching methods. The course even gets a 13-minute "trailer" every bit as flashy as a PBS series promo.