Newsletter, January


Arts and Humanities Civic Engagement


Cultural Agents is an interface between academic learning and civic engagement. The Initiative promotes arts and humanities as social resources.


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  • Pre-Texts Workshop at Emory University, Atlanta
  • WHEN: January 14, 2016
  • WHERE: Emory University, 201 Dowman Dr, Atlanta, GA 30322, United States
  • WHAT: Emory College Language Center and the Center for Faculty Development and Excellence co-sponsor a Pre-Texts Workshop leaded by Professor Vialla Hartfield-Mendez and Professor Bobbi Patterson.
  • Pre-Texts in Chile!
  • WHEN: January 12-16, 2016
  • WHERE: Centros de Creación, Valparaíso and Coyhaique
  • WHAT: In alliance with the Ministry of Culture in Chile, Doris Sommer, Eileen de los Reyes, Pedro Reina and Elsa Mosquera will be facilitators from Pre-Texts Workshop playing and working with teachers and artists in CECREA (Centros de Creación).

General News: Pre-Texts 

Pre-Texts in Signet Society

On December 11th, Professor Sommer hosted a Pre-Texts workshop at Harvard’s Signet Society. The Signet is a  community of artists, including undergraduates and faculty members, which serves a setting for conversation and collaboration. Our hope is to expand our organization’s mission to include a service element, and Pre-Texts is the perfect ticket. We are already a group brimming with passion for the arts and the wholehearted belief in their power to educate, enfranchise, and make change. Next semester, we hope to expand our work with Pre-Texts to help foster this enthusiasm in the larger Boston community. The December 11th workshop, during which we engaged in a variety of exercises surrounding a passage from Prometheus Bound, was a lovely introduction to the Pre-Texts approach. All of the Signet members who attended enjoyed themselves and came away with an invigorated enthusiasm for our Signet Service initiative. We look forward to future work with Pre-Texts!

– Magdalene Zier, Signet Society

General News: Cultural Agents

“Arts to the Rescue” Fair Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 13: “Cultural Agents”, Harvard University

The Cultural Agents’ Fair 2015 was held on December 9 in CGIS Knafel Café. More than 30 creative students’ projects were presented as part of their final works for the Cultural Agents course leaded by professor Doris Sommer.Immigration, Environment, Mental Health, Education were some of the problems that students addressed in their projects responding with innovative ideas and new approaches. Each student or team presented their projects and then there was an open space where students asked and dialogued among them.

This Fair put in evidence the students’ creativity and concern about today’s problems and demonstrated how Arts have a fundamental rol in creating new ideas to face deep and complex issues, challenging us all to become new Cultural Agents.

Conference 2016 “Weapons of Social Justice: Reinvention through Language, Literature and Culture”, UCLA 

The 13th Annual SPGSA conference at UCLA is receiving proposals for the conference this upcoming April 21st, 2016: “Weapons of Social Justice: Reinvention through Language, Literature and Culture”  This conference seeks to investigate how the Humanities, and in particular Language & Literature departments, respond to historical and current events of social injustice. How have representations of resistance in cultural production informed social movements in the Luso-Hispanic world? How can the university be more active and engaged in their surrounding communities? How have 21st century social movements revolutionized the way culture is produced and consumed in the Luso-Hispanic world? How do we protect indigenous and minority languages? How do we guarantee access to basic services in any native tongue?

Submission deadline: Jan 31st, 2016.
Questions and comments are welcomed at

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