Cultural Agents is a platform for academics, artists, community leaders, and active citizens in general. It is an invitation to revive a long humanistic tradition that combines arts and research in the service of civic development.
Change requires imagination, thinking like an artist, so we learn from exemplary creative agents and share lessons that can challenge stale paradigms with artful alternatives. The purpose is both intellectual and social. Thinking and doing go together.
Professor of Art and Human Rights at the University of Connecticut. He received his Doctorate in 2010 from Harvard University. His latest academic publications include "The Great Swindle: A Project by Santiago Montoya" (2014) and "Ad Usum / To be used: The Works of Pedro Reyes" (2017). His monograph on Mexican artist Pia Camil, There are no Friendly Fires, will be published in 2022.
Doris Sommer is Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and of African and African American Studies. She is founder of Cultural Agents, an Initiative at Harvard and an NGO dedicated to reviving the civic mission of the Humanities.