Cultural Agents News
The Humanities Institute at the University of Texas, Austin, and the Blanton Museum of Art, invited Prof. Doris Sommer of Cultural Agents to facilitate three days of lively engagement with Cultural Agents’ work from April 3 to 6, 2019.
A playful rendition of ‘Rapunzel’ was the outcome of a collaborative Pre-Texts and cartonera book-making session.
Watch the video of the performance at this link.
On April 19, 2019, The Central America and The Carribean Program at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) in collaboration with Cultural Agents Initiative and other organizations hosted the Puerto Rico: Trouble in Paradise Film Series.
The featured films look at 21st century Puerto Rico, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and the preexisting crisis. The screenings were followed by conversation about the status quo and communities standing up when faced with social abandonment.
Read more about the day’s agenda on our Website.
Prof. Doris Sommer’s A Case for Culture was published recently in the Winter 2019 issue of MLA Profession.
“Today, our responses to urgent challenges, which include inequality, violence, climate change, and migration, should include care for people and for the planet. Sustainable care will depend on the sociability promoted by the arts and humanities… The case method is common in practically every field of academic research. Cases identify a problem and then evaluate intervention techniques. If we dared, we could use this method to respond to humanistic worries by designing hybrid essays that combine approaches from the humanities and social sciences.” – An excerpt from A Case for Culture (Sommer, 2019).
Read the article at this link.
In this highly anticipated gathering held on April 13, 2019, writers Renato Cisneros, José Carlos Agüero, and Lurgio Gavilán joined literary scholar Alexandra Hibbett and renowned political scientist Alberto Vergara to engage in a discussion on their respective works and on what they have learned from each other through the capacity of literature to open new spaces for reconciliation.
The conversation led to an intimate dialogue on April 15 between Renato Cisneros, Alberto Vergara, and Cherman (a graphic artist known for his portraits of more than 300 Peruvian icons) on “Reconciliation” as a keyword and the role of art in the process.