Newsleter, April 2021

Upcoming Events

Justicia Restaurativa en Colombia y las Humanidades/ Restorative Justice in Colombia and the Humanities

Thursday, April 15, 2021, 2:00pm ET

Among Colombia’s efforts to create lasting peace after 60 years of civil war, the transitional justice court, Jurisdicción especial para la Paz, is charged with developing mechanisms and practices to create restorative justice. The balance between demands for legality and for feasibility requires the sensitivity and the imagination of magistrates and their interlocutors, including victims, victimizers and lawyers on both sides. This webinar will explore the notable advances of the JEP in engaging humanistic strategies for the work of transitional justice, in conversation with Magistrate Roberto Vidal Lopez and the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University. Presented in collaboration with Cultural Agents and Jurisdicción Especial para la Paz JEP.

This event is virtual and will be held in Spanish with simultaneous English translation.
To register, click here.

IAP Presents: Referencias para un Nuevo Renacimiento, with Elena Pisonero
April 7, 2021, 11:00am Boston, 5:00pm Madrid

On Wednesday, April 7th, Elena Pisonero will speak at the IAP Symposia about “References for a New Rebirth,” accompanied by Doris Sommer, Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, IAP Academic Advisor and Executive Committee DRCLASS. Organized by International Academic Program (IAP) and the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM). Register here.

Pre-Textos em Português 

Rebeca Brito, coordinator for Futbol Viral, will be leading a virtual Pre-Texts workshop in Portuguese this coming April and May. If you are interested in participating, please email for more information, and to register. The deadline to sign up is Friday, April 2nd.

G20 Culture Webinar “Building Capacity through Training and Education. Human Capital – The Driver of Culture-Led-Regeneration”

April 13th, 2021 from 6:00 to 10:30  ET

Doris Sommer will speak at the G20 Culture Webinar on April 13th. She will be part of a panel discussion on “Engaging Communities and the Next Generation.” The event is organized by the Italian Ministry of Culture, Directorate General for Education, Research and Cultural Institutes. Stay tuned on our website for more updates regarding registration information.


Highlighted News

Pre-Texts Africa Regional Director Tom Osborn announced as TED Fellow

Congratulations to our Pre-Texts Africa Regional Director, Tom Osborn, who was announced as a Ted Fellow this past week! The TED Fellows program provides transformational support to a global community of over 500 remarkable individuals who are collaborating across disciplines to spark positive change around the world. We applaud the work of Tom, both with his endeavors as a Cultural Agent, and beyond. Read more about the TED fellows here.


Matheus Batalha Moreira Nery at Conecta Escolas Exponenciais 2021

On the 24th and 25th of March, an important congress called Conecta Escolas Exponenciais 2021 happened in Brazil. This event was dedicated to Brazilian teachers and principals of elementary and high schools. The opening of the second day of the event was made by Professor Matheus Batalha,  who in his talk analyzed some of the main challenges for Brazilian education from the humanities’ perspective, in addition to presenting the Pre-Texts Program to a large group of educators. A writer by vocation, his talk was based on elements of his own life story and how Pre-Texts, a remarkable moment in his life, led him to change his views on education and to constitute a project to help other educators to achieve more engagement with their students by using this protocol. His talk and his newspaper chronicle article, where he shares his views about this experience, can be accessed through the links below.

Watch Matheus’  talk here and read more about it here.

Cultural Agents joins the Climate Heritage Network

Cultural Agents was recently admitted to the Climate Heritage Network. The Climate Heritage Network’s Madrid-to-Glasgow Arts, Culture and Heritage Climate Action Plan is its roadmap to mobilising arts, culture and heritage for climate action, which was release in December in Madrid, Spain at COP25, the 2019 UN Climate Summit. The Plan consists of 8 activities developed via a consultative process that engaged several hundred colleagues in over a year of discussions, whose goal was to identify and prioritize concrete actions that would help, at scale, fulfill the potential of arts, culture and heritage to aid communities in achieving the ambitions of the Paris Agreement. Cultural Agents is thrilled at this new partnership, and looks forward to contributing to its mission.

For more information, visit:

Carla Campbell launches project “Children’s Voices” in Nassau, The Bahamas

The Children’s Voices organization uses Art to help students find their voice. Founder and recent PhD candidate in Visual Arts, Carla Campbell, partners with Harvard Cultural Agents and Pre-Texts to host an Arts Empowerment workshop for “at-risk” learners this summer under the theme “Creative Genius Initiative.” Students are offered a scholarship based on art teacher recommendations, artistic skills and “at-risk” indicators held at the phenomenally creative space of Project I.C.E in Nassau, Bahamas from June 28 to July 30th 2021. The Pre-Texts pedagogy is interwoven throughout the structure of the camp from morning tangents to afternoon reflections (“What did we do?”). Students have opportunities to engage with  Pre-Texts trained Harvard interns and local artists.

Visit or email to learn more.



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