Surviving Your First Year at Harvard: Lessons of Resiliency From Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo





María Luisa Parra-Velasco (Department of Romance Languages and Literatures)
Freshman Seminar 63S  4 credits (spring term)  Enrollment:  Limited to 12

Are you trying to discover your passion in life? Is love a concern of yours? Do you often think about your appearance, and what others might think of you? Is a strong sense of community important to you? Do you fantasize about (better) Mexican food at Annenberg? Are you looking for opportunities to express your creativity? If any of these questions resonate with you, then this seminar is for you. This seminar will explore ways to tackle these and other questions by learning about the Mexican global icon Frida Kahlo. Born in Mexico City at the beginning of the twentieth century, Frida was a bright, complex, unapologetic and creative woman. She built strength and resiliency from a very young age in the face of polio and a terrible accident that incapacitated her from her teen years until her death at 47. Despite these hardships, Frida never forgot to enjoy life and to love both men and women. She was always in solidarity with those in need, and through her art she gave voice to the voiceless: women, indigenous communities, and the disabled. As we learn about Frida’s journey, we will travel in time through Mexico’s complicated social history and Mexico’s rich and creative popular culture which includes fashion, cuisine and music. We will discover the hidden gems of Mexican art within Boston and Harvard Museums. Finally, this seminar hopes to be an open door to explore the vast field of the Humanities and art making.

Note: The pre-requisite for this seminar is to be curious, inquisitive, and creative. No background in the arts is necessary.

See also: Spring 2021