In this conversation, students are expected to consider and engage with the following questions: What is a Harvard education good for? What besides a successful career? How can your four years in the College develop both mind and character? How can an education help you both achieve personal fulfillment and contribute to our society? What do you want to get out of your college education and how will you meet those goals?
How it works:
During Opening Days, incoming first-years will participate in small, seminar-style discussions facilitated by Harvard faculty members based on selected readings. Students are asked to prepare for the discussions by watching this short video from Jay Harris, Dean of Undergraduate Education. In addition, students are asked to read the following the selections:
- “Apology" from Plato's Five Dialogues
- Chapters one and four from W.E.B. DuBois’s Souls of Black Folk (also available from Google Books for electronic reader)
The discussion will be scheduled during Opening Days. Students are expected to have completed the readings before attending.