Politics, the Greatest Art (Gen Ed 1139)





Why are the humanities a foundation for ethics and for democracy?


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Doris Sommer

How does thinking like an artist ignite political change? We explore the question in collaboration with the Institute of Politics at Harvard Kennedy School. Through guest lectures, we update classic readings on the effects of creative interruption. Readings from Aristotle to Habermas will arouse questions and speculations in written assignments. The final project is to design a collaborative creative intervention for a political challenge. An accompanying individual essay traces the development of this intervention with references to cases and readings covered in class. Students can pursue practical work while reflecting on general issues through an engaged learning option. This course will prepare you to recognize and to contribute to political change through unconventional interventions broadly defined as art.

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