Congrats to Prof Diana Henderson for the 2024 Levitan Teaching Award!

Published on: May 21, 2024

Best of the Best!

Recipients of the James A. and Ruth Levitan Teaching Award in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences, are among the finest teachers at the Institute. Nominations are made by students.

Warmest congratulations to Professor Diana Henderson & all!

“Professor Henderson is one of the best instructors I’ve had at MIT. I’ve had the privilege of both learning from her and working beside her. In my freshman year, I took Writing with Shakespeare and Modern Drama as a student, and this fall, I served as a teaching assistant for Writing with Shakespeare. I came into Writing with Shakespeare knowing essentially nothing about Shakespeare or theater. If anything, I went in with a negative conception of Shakespeare as the cause of significant distress from reading Macbeth in high school. During the class, we read The Merchant of Venice, Othello, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Winter’s Tale. The class was filled with “WOW” moments. I learned that Shakespeare invented phrases like “star-crossed” and “heart on my sleeve,” and some of the themes he wrote about, such as anti-semitism in his portrayal of Shylock, are still relevant and alluded to today.”

View the Gallery of 2024 Recipients here…