Graduating Class: '17

Aaron Hammond

Computer Science (6-3) & Literature (21L)

“I found my time in literature essential in providing a humanistic counterweight to my technical studies at the Institute. The flexibility of the course and breadth of expertise among the faculty enabled me to pursue a program that catered to my interests in critical theory and complemented my work in natural language processing and human-computer interaction. Whether the topic was theories of composition of the Tanakh, scribal authority for The Canterbury Tales, the music videos of Janelle Monáe, theoretical accounts of the modern zombie, or periplum in Tony Kusher’s Homebody/Kabul, my classes in literature consistently challenged me to reflect and reexamine, and I feel better prepared on the other side to be the sort of technologist I want to be.”