Newsletter, November 2018


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.

Upcoming Events

Magallanes is a 2014 Peruvian drama film directed by Salvador del Solar (former Minister of Culture of Peru and current Custer Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University).

On December 3rd, 2018 from 6 pm onwards
At CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium (S010), 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Visit this link for more details.

Join us as the former Minister of Culture of Peru, Salvador del Solar, examines the “informal economy” by asking what it would mean to lead an informal way of life while being an active citizen of a democracy.


On December 7th, 2018  from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

At Room 201, Harvard Hall, Harvard Yard, Cambridge, MA


Registrations for this event are now closed.

For details, visit this link.

Cultural Agents News

From October 16-20, 2018, Twenty-six senior and junior researchers from across the world met at the Ettore Majorana Centre for Scientific Culture, in Erice (Sicily) Italy for the Thirteenth International School on Mind, Brain and Education (ISMBE) “Migrants and Refugees in the 21st Century: Children in and out of schools”.

Prof. Doris Sommer presented her paper “Pre-Texts: A global weave of art and admiration” highlighting the role of individual and community languages and local traditions in developing holistic education and 21st century skills.
For details of this event, click here.
“We have an opportunity to reimagine the role of education to strengthen civic bonds inside and across borders…. We can and must learn to admire, rather than tolerate, the immigrant’s talents for self- fashioning and for collaboration. We need to convert a dread of the unfamiliar “Other” into empathy, solidarity, and a democratizing desire for cultural difference.”

Read and sign the MBE 2018 Statement Mass Migrations: A Planetary Emergency here.

The HGSE XMedia Lab and Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard hosted a seminar on Educational Technology and Language Learning on Monday, November 19th, at the Harvard faculty club. Students and audience had the opportunity to have a conversation with some of the most renowned scholars and industry leaders, including a Turing Award winner, President appointed members of the National Science Board; Executive Dean of Harvard SEAS, Director of Harvard Technology in Education Program, and more.
For details of the event, visit this link.


Pre-Texts News:

The Pre-Texts workshop on November 2nd, 2018, was testament to how literature, art, myths, theater, and critical thinking can be combined to form a powerful learning tool. Among the participants were guests of honor, Darla Anderson (Producer of the Pixar hit Coco) and Salvador del Solar (former Minister of Culture, Peru), academics, artists, and students. We gathered at the Center for Government and International Studies at Harvard University on a rainy Friday morning to read and play with “The Agony of Rasu-Ñiti” by José María Arguedas.
Link for the report on our Pre-Texts website.

Para finales del mes de noviembre, 50 educadores de las instituciones de Terraplén (San Martin, Cesar) y La Paz (Apartadó, Antioquia) finalizarán el proceso de implementación de Pre-Textos en estos espacios educativos. Les compartimos el reporte preliminar de las actividades que se realizaron en el taller de capacitación realizado en agosto y septiembre de este año.

La metodología Pre-Textos fue el reconocimiento dado a estas instituciones en el Foro Educativo Nacional de 2017, evento liderado por el Ministerio de Educación Nacional de Colombia, gracias a la UNESCO y la Embajada de Canadá en colaboración con Corpoeducación.

Sigan atentos a nuestras redes sociales y sitios web para conocer más detalles sobre las actividades diseñadas por estos nuevos facilitadores en Pre-Textos.

Para ver el reporte de este taller, siga el siguiente enlace.

Del 5 al 8 de noviembre, facilitamos por primera vez el taller de capacitación en la metodología Pre-Textos en la ciudad de Madrid. Las sesiones fueron programadas en la junta municipal de Vicálvaro donde trabajamos específicamente con 25 agentes sociales de la Cañada Real. El texto leído en las sesiones fue un segmento de Antígona, el cual fue interpretado por un grupo de personas de diferente orígenes que al final convirtió el taller en un espacio multilingüe de creación artística.
Para más información sobre el taller, los invitamos a leer el artículo que el diario del Ayuntamiento de Madrid publicó sobre esta actividad en el siguiente enlace.


The SHARELAND Doctoral Colloquium, as part of Habitat UN, invite architects, landscape architects, urban planners, designers, artists, sociologists, economists, ecologists and researchers in the field of urbanisation to bring together their knowledge, experience and lessons learned in the development of new approaches and ideas.
Abstract submission: November 30th, 2018

For more information, click here.


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November 2, 2018
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