Workshop on Humanity & the Humanities


We're Nora Lessersohn (CMES) and Joe Vignone (NELC), founders and co-coordinators of the Harvard GSAS Workshop on Humanity & the Humanities.

This brand new peer-led workshop aspires to bring together students from all the disciplines of the humanities at Harvard to discuss the ways in which we as students and scholars define, describe and conceptualize the category “human” in our work.

We're pleased to announce the workshop schedule for the fall semester!

All workshops will take place in CGIS Knafel K105 on Tuesdays at 5:30pm.

At a Glance

18 October – Axel Marc Oaks Takács (ThD candidate, Harvard Divinity School)

Cultivation of Desire: The Role of Apophasis and Theophany Between Text and World


1 November – Shaye J.D. Cohen (Professor of Hebrew Literature and Philosophy, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)

Adamin the Mishnah


15 November – Rob Ames (PhD candidate, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations)

Humanity and/as Modern Religion: Adamiyat, Insaniyat, and Qanun in Mirza Malkum Khan and Safi ‘Ali Shah

NB: Location is Semitic Museum 201 (6 Divinity Ave)


29 November – Nora Lessersohn (PhD candidate, CMES History)

An Ottoman Abroad: The American Life of Christopher Oscanyan (1815–1895)