Newsletter, 24 December 2013

“All aesthetic judgment is really cultural evaluation.”-Susan Sontag
24 December 2013
Happy Holidays from Cultural Agents!

We wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your support. We hope you have the best holiday season with family and friends.

See you all in 2014!

In case you missed it, below are some photos from the end of the semester.

art is a force that drives innovation

The final project for the Cultural Agents course, led by Professor Doris Sommer and Professor Francesco Erspamer, was to design your own cultural intervention.
Here are highlights from the Art & Science Fair, where interventions created by Harvard College were featured.

Painting the buses in Lahore, Pakistan.

Jack in the Box Compost!

Raising consciousness about marijuana production.

Doris can’t hold back her excitement.

High school students from the Open Minds Saturday Program read Jorge Luis Borges’s “The Circular Ruins.” Special thanks to Colton Valentine (Harvard College ’16) for facilitating and to Anne Sanderson for making this collaboration possible.

Pre-Texts at Harvard

Pre-Text Course, Spanish 90p
Pre-Textos: Las artes interpretan

Starting with the classic Pedro Páramo by Juan Rulfo, Professor Doris Sommer and Visiting College Professor Kahlil Chaar-Pérez used the Pre-Texts methodology to teach Spanish to Harvard College students.

A look at a few of the final projects from the Pre-Textos class!

A detail of a charcoal drawing inspired by Pablo Neruda’s “Poema 1.”

Media presentation inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’s “La Biblioteca de Babel.”

A collage tile piece inspired by Octavio Paz’s Salamandra.

Newspaper collage inspired by Octavio Paz’s El mono gramático.

Freshman Seminary 36i
Reading Theater Politically

Fr 90w
“Bad” Women in French Literature

ACLS New Faculty Fellow, Professor Andreea Marculescu used Pre-Texts principles for her Freshman Seminar, Reading Theater Politically, as well as her French course, “Bad” Women in French Literature.

“How to Identify a Witch”
A student drawing inspired by Arthur Miller’s 
The Crucible.

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December 24, 2014
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