Harvard students celebrate the stories behind their grades

Friday, April 5, 2019 - 15:10 in Psychology & Sociology

While filming a documentary about relationships between longtime white residents of Lewiston, Maine, and the city’s Somali refugee community, Jacob Roberts ’19 attended his first Somali wedding, almost crashed in a hot air balloon, and learned that academic fulfilment extends far beyond a transcript. Roberts recounted these experiences at an open mic celebration for The Transcript Project, a creative contest in its second year that offers undergraduates the chance to rethink their academic trajectory at Harvard through artistic expression. This year, students were asked to submit reflections on a transformative semester on campus, and the entries were celebrated at the open mic event on Tuesday. Roberts’s submission focused on “Nonfiction Video Projects,” a course in which students filmed a documentary during the summer and edited the footage in the fall. His experience exemplified the mission that Robin Kelsey, dean of arts and humanities and Shirley Carter Burden Professor of Photography, set for...

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