Newsletter, October 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

Prof. Doris Sommer presents ‘Pre-Texts: A Global Weave of Learners’ at the Thirteenth International Summer School on Mind, Brain and Education as part of the panel discussion on Engaging Immigrant and Refugee Youth in and out of Schools.

On October 20th, 2018

At the Ettore Majorana Foundation and Centre for Scientific Culture, Erice (Sicily) Italy

For details of the event, click here.

Join us as Saliya Weerakoon recalls his experience working with political and business leaders, brands, and the public to reveal the importance of humanities studies in making the world a better place.

On October 25th, 2018 | 6:30-8:30 p.m.

At Plimpton Room (133), Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

Click here to RSVP.

For details of the event, click here.

Join us for a celebration of Día de los Muertos with a free screening of the Disney Pixar film COCO and a Q&A with one of the filmmakers, Academy Award winning producer Darla Anderson on November 1st, 2018 and a one-on-one session with Darla Anderson and “Coco” Lead Cultural Consultant Marcela Davison Aviles ’80.

Film Screening on November 1st, 2018

At Sever Hall 113, Harvard University, Sever Hall Harvard, Cambridge, MA 02138
7.30 p.m. onwards

One-on-one session with Darla Anderson and Marcela Davison Aviles on
November 2nd, 2018

At Adams House Lower Common Room
4 to 6 p.m.

Click here to RSVP.

For details of the event, visit the CA Calendar.

Join us for a one-day session in creative interpretations of challenging texts through Pre-Texts!

Place: TBD
On November 2nd, 2018 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Click here to RSVP. Only limited spots available.

For details of the event, click here.

Cultural Agents News

The arts play a measurable role in the development of children and youth. Held on October 11th, 2018, this panel discussion considered art’s contributions to critical thinking, a sense of belonging, constructive competition and a meaningful life. We also addressed the challenge of engaging policy makers to scale up the work that art does for society.

For details of speakers, click here.

On September 12th approximately 30 pain specialists, artists, activists and museum professionals, including representatives from the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and the Institute of Contemporary Art came together for a symposium titled, “a(n)esthetics: the art of analgesia” to explore these questions and the intersection of art and pain management practices.

The very next evening, as part of the Cultural and Humanitarian Agents Seminar series at the Mahindra Humanities Center, Ian Koebner offered a presentation, “The Analgesic Museum,” on his research exploring the role of museums as public health partners in the effort to reduce chronic pain.

Link for the report on our Cultural Agents website.

Queremos darle nuestras infinitas gracias a Laura por su paciencia, creatividad y gran trabajo. Laura fue la coordinadora de proyectos de Agentes Culturales Colombia, cargo en el que desarrolló diferentes proyectos, entre los que se encuentra el taller Pre-Textos en Quibdó y Parques Educativos Pensamiento Crítico y Metodologías Lúdicas de Lectura y Escritura a Través de la Metodología Pre-Textos en el departamento de Antioquia. Solo nos queda decir de parte del equipo en Boston y Colombia, y nuestros colaboradores alrededor del mundo:
Good luck! We will miss you!

Pre-Texts News:

The installation Autumn (…Nothing Personal) by Teresita Fernández was designed to be a space of aesthetic exploration and collaborative interactions. What better way to bring people together than to play with the site and the text with Pre-Texts! Through September 2018, the Harvard University Committee on the Arts and the Harvard Art Museums invited the Cultural Agents Initiative to facilitate Pre-Texts workshops to creatively read and interpret James Baldwin’s “Nothing Personal.

Link for the report on our Pre-Texts website.


Cultural Agents celebrates Dr. Rana Dajani and her incredible work in “We Love Reading” acknowledged by the 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Awards. With her organization “We Love Reading” Rana Dajani promotes the experience of reading in children and empowers youth and women readers to become leaders in their communities. Dajani provides a solution for positive child development at low cost, which is highly sustainable and has reached thousands of youth and refugee children in Jordan and beyond. She received a 2018 Klaus J. Jacobs Award for social engagement and innovation, honoring her efforts to plant the love of reading in children and unlock their hidden potential to become changemakers.

Click here for more info on “We Love Reading”.
#ArtsMatterDay October 26!

The arts drive our economy, enhance education, and help build vibrant and connected communities. Arts matter in Massachusetts. To make spread this message, on #ArtsMatterDay October 26, 2018 MassCreative is inviting the creative community to flood social media with images and videos celebrating why arts matter.

Sign up here to join this initiative.


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