Michael Weishan

Michael Weishan

AB from Harvard College '86
Michael Weishan

Michael Weishan graduated with a degree in the Classics and Romance Languages in 1986. He is best known for having hosted the PBS series “The Victory Garden” for five seasons (2001–07), and, before that, “The Cultivated Gardener” on NPR (1999–2001). He has published three books on horticulture, keeps up a  blog called “Old House, Old Garden,” and has his own landscape design firm, Michael Weishan and Associates. He is also the Executive Director of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Foundation, which has completed the renovation of the FDR Suite at Adams House and sponsors the FDR Global Fellowship and the FDR Center for Global Engagement, an on-campus non-partisan think-tank. In 2013 he published a new biography of Roosevelt, “FDR: A Life in Pictures.”

"Deciding to concentrate in the Classics was by far the best decision I made at Harvard, both in terms of my undergraduate experience, as well as my future career. As a student, I was the envy of all my friends: happily ensconced in a welcoming department where my normal class size was uniformly less than their packed sections, and where I was tutored by world-class professors pleased to share their passion with undergraduates often still fresh from the woods (in my case, literally, from the forests of Wisconsin.) I couldn’t have been happier, or more at home. In terms of career preparation, to study the Classics means to know the best of humanity: the sublime association of language and literature; the essential origins of art and architecture; the intertwined disciplines of logic and philosophy; and perhaps most importantly, the invaluable catechism that our shared 3000-year history grants to us all, if only we would listen.

In short, my degree in Classics has proven a first-class passport on the road map to everywhere — and one, you can rest assured, that maintains a distinctive cachet acknowledged by employers and admissions officers the world over. So do yourself the grandest of favors, concentrate in the Classics, and join me on your journey of a lifetime."

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