A Case for Curiosity

A Case for Curiosity


Food For Thought

  • The microscope of a literary legend.

  • An illustration of a cannibalistic fish in the middle of his supper.

  • The nose cone of a missile given as a Valentine's Day gift. 

On display, these objects and many more curiosities seem completely disparate, but their stories come together to illustrate the interwoven and multidimensional nature of history.  Although they are part of Harvard's Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, their foremost scientific functions only begin to define the narratives brought to the foreground in this exhibition. The objects are assembled in order to show how they connect broadly to major historical movements in the United states and cultural issues such as race, gender, politics, health, communication, memory and art.

This student exhibition was curated by nine students as their was their final project for the undergraduate course, USW30: Tangible Things: Harvard Collections in World History. The course was taught in Spring 2015 by Prof. Laurel Thatcher Ulrich and CHSI Curator Sara Schechner.

Take a look at all the curiosities via Waywiser.

May 2015 through March 2016
The Foyer Gallery, Science Center 371