The Well-Versed Institute | Poetry at MIT

Published on: January 2, 2020

“The world counts on MIT to help invent the future. This limitless assignment requires the ability to visualize things no one has seen before, to create unexpected combinations, to listen to different voices and find new harmonies together.”

— L. Rafael Reif, President, MIT

Treat yourself to the 2020 IAP “Pleasures of Poetry” sessions The roots of MIT’s literary and arts traditions can be traced back to the earliest years of the Institute’s history. The initial MIT course catalogue of 1865 offered classes in English and other modern languages; the Banjo Club and the first Tech Orchestra were formed in 1884; MIT’s Dramashop launched with a Eugene O’Neill play in 1927; and in 1932, the Institute’s newly formed Division of Humanities offered instruction in, among other subjects, music, fine arts, English, and literature.

The Pleasures of Poetry: Celebrating Twenty-Five Years in 2020

One shining example of the literary arts at MIT takes place each weekday afternoon during the annual January winter break, when a group of MIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather around a long table in Building 14 for “Pleasures of Poetry” series — a renowned, month-long course that runs during the MIT Independent Activities Period (IAP). Read more here…