Akiva Jackson

Comparative Literature, Class of 2020

I’m a Comparative Literature major.

Role(s) held in the Humanistic Studies Program:

Symposiarch

Activities on campus:

Sinfonia Orchestra, Religious Life Council, Outdoor Action

Why I decided to study the humanities:

Because I believe deeply that the pursuit of knowledge does not just involve assembly of facts but a striving to attune ourselves with the moral core of our humanity.

What I have gained from the humanities:

Through literature and philosophy I have been forced to grapple with fundamental questions of who I am and given the tools to understand my life and purpose.

HUM Sequence fall break trip:

On the HUM trip to Rome I explored how one can authentically relate to, and understand, classical art torn so deeply out of its original context, and specifically studied the way contrasting art and industrial machinery in the Central Montemartini museum provoke the visitor to see classical sculpture in a way more true than a simple collection of busts could.

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