Genes, Minds, and Culture

Course Details

This course examines various cultural practices that seem to contradict human nature. For instance, why do people worldwide use chili peppers in their cooking despite humans' aversion to spiciness? Similarly, why can some populations consume milk into adulthood, while others experience lactose intolerance? Finally, why are individuals from certain nations more self-centered than those from others?

1. Most buildings have suites, typically featuring a common room, two to four bedrooms, and a shared bathroom.                                      

2. Other buildings have rooms off a hallway with a shared bathroom.                                                                                                              

3. Proctors reside in most entryways and hallways of the Yard and Union dorms, and the Houses; their foremost responsibility being the safety and well-being of their students.

1.A challenging and inclusive learning environment with abundant opportunities for meaningful interactions with peers and instructors.

2.An accelerated curriculum tailored for the summer term, enabling you to complete a rigorous program in a shorter timeframe.

3.Join a global network of like-minded peers who share your drive, inquisitiveness, and dedication to personal and professional development. Series: A mix of the latest releases and long-standing fan favorites, every weekend night

2.Athletics: Weekly pick-up games and tournaments across a range of sports, usually basketball, soccer, dodgeball, tennis, and running

3.Language Tables: Informal conversation tables over meals in the dining halls, for those interested in practicing a second language, missing their native tongue, or anywhere in between.

4.Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Sessions: Led by trained facilitators designed to promote students’ understanding of and appreciation for diversity, inclusion, and belonging

5.Special Events: Large-scale events that vary from year to year. For example: Arts Night in Annenberg, Game Night in Annenberg, Cake Decorating Contest, World Cup Watch Parties, Olympic Games Watch Parties, Election-Year Political Debate Watch Parties.



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Typical duration:

1 week 4 days


July 24 - August 4

Age Range:

Harvard Summer School is an academically rigorous experience for learners of all ages.

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Testimonials from our students

The best lesson I have had so far was at the beginning of the course when we studied Game Theory, and when we did presentations in class about shops or platforms that we had to imagine ourselves.

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The best thing about the Medicine course was the interactivity of the lectures. My tutor was really interested in the subject, so I always felt like I could go up to her and ask her questions, whether they were about what we were learning or about other areas of biotechnology.

Taylor Johnson

The course gave me an insight into how to make arguments in support of or against certain positions which is useful in law and the tutor assisted me in how to structure these arguments. I've enjoyed the company of having a roommate and that you make so many new friends.

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