Newsletter, March 2021

Cultural Agents News

Alta Acciona- Universidad Austral, Chile, March 18th
El arte: una herramienta para la transformación de la educación y la ciudadanía

Doris Sommer and Luis Camnitzer will be speaking at the International seminar “Art: a tool for transforming education and citizenship,” organized by the ALTA-UACh Talent School with the sponsorship of the Acciona Program of the Ministry of Culture, Arts and Heritage. This event will take place on Thursday March 18 at 3:00pm ET, 4:00pm Chile via Zoom. Interested parties can register by sending an email to


Updates from Spanish 129a

This semester, Doris Sommer and José Molinas are leading a course titled “Culture and Development in Reciprocity: Paraguay.” This seminar is an interdisciplinary approach to research about Paraguay that takes Reciprocity, a core practice in Latin American cultures, as the pedagogical structure for studying the region. Harvard students are work in reciprocal collaboration with students in Paraguay, alongside a series of invited lecturers. This past week, artist Koki Ruiz spoke about Tañarandy, a case of community arts and local economic development, in the town of San Ignacio. You can watch the lecture HERE.


Futbol Viral: Facebook Live event March 17, 2021, 7:00pm ET

Futbol Viral Mundial is hosting a facebook live panel with Nice Machado, family counselor and Luiz Roberto Silva, psychologist. See the Futbol Viral Facebook page to stay updated:


  Virtual NGO CSW Forum 65, March 14-26, 2021
NGO CSW/NY organizes the civil society side of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). The NGO CSW Forum runs parallel to the official session taking place at the UN Headquarters. This provides civil society the opportunity to engage in the processes and CSW sessions without ECOSOC-accreditation or a UN grounds pass. Cultural Agents will be featured in a panel on Arts and Sports  on March 18th during this forum. Register for the forum here:


Pre-Texts News

Pre-Texts Internships Summer 2021

After months of preparation, Pre-Texts will be launching its first ever remote summer internship program this coming June! Harvard College students will be working with various organizations across the world to work on both Pre-Texts other projects respective to their host organizations. With over fifteen participating organizational partners and 18 interns, we are thrilled to see the collaboration that is to come. Stay tuned for more features on our participating organizations, and our students.


Hong Kong Workshop

A group of passionate principals and teachers from Hong Kong met with Professor Doris Sommer as a part of The Language out Loud program, sponsored by ThinkSeries Hong Kong. Together, educators mixed reading, custom activities and fun, and came out with new possibilities! No one wanted to end after six continuous sessions.  There was magic! And the journey continues. Visit our Pre-Texts page and the Language Out Loud website for more information.

Nairobi team building workshop

This year, in partnership with the Shamiri Institute, we will be implementing Pre-Texts as an after-school program in low-income schools in urban slums in Nairobi, Kenya. To do this, we will be training 22 18-to-22 year-old high-school graduates as Pre-Texts Facilitators. In preparation for the training workshop, we conducted a team building exercise in Kenya led by our Africa Director, Tom Osborn. Stay up-to-date on our work in Kenya via the Pre-Texts  in Kenya page

Jurisdicción Especial Para La Paz

Pre-Texts concluded its workshop with the JEP this month. The Participation Commission of the Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP), in alliance with the High Council for the Rights of Victims, Peace and Reconciliation of the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá and the Initiative of Cultural Agents at Harvard University come together to develop a process of appropriation of the Pre-Texts methodology. The purpose of the space is to strengthen the dynamics of participation between victims and their defenders in the design and implementation of Works and Actions of Reparative Content (TOARS). See more of JEP’s collaboration with us on our website.

Highlighted Events

ICOMOS Webinar Series SDGWG Webinar 5
Policy + Partnerships: Coming Together to Mobilize Heritage for Sustainable Development

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 9:00am ET
Register here


Creativity, Connection and Health: Using the Arts to Enable Healthier Communities

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at noon EST
Zoom link to join:
Live Webinar Series with Educapaz

Caminos de Paz Cases for Culture Cultural Agents Opportunities Partners Pre-Texts Rennaisance Now
March 4, 2021
by Rodriguez