HIST 12U: Quad Lab: Histories of Technology, Society, and Place at Harvard




Everything has a history. The food that we eat, the heat that warms us, the gardens we pass through, the buildings that give us shelter all bring us into complex, vital relationships with the past. This course converts the Radcliffe Quad into a laboratory for the exploration of those relationships. Our purpose is to develop a set of methods suited to writing the history of the present. We will explore archives and boiler rooms, databases, and rooftops. Course meetings will be split between Cabot House and the Schlesinger Library.