Pre-Texts in Mexico
Prof. Doris Sommer met with Mario Chavez, Director of the National System of Normal Schools in Mexico, in Mexico City and they agreed to launch a nation-wide Pre-Texts training program. The program will start with an executive workshop during the week of Dec. 16th in Saltillo to train directors and capacity builders of Normal Schools. Conversations are also underway to collaborate with the national system of the Universidad Pedagógica in Mexico.
Pre-Texts at the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning
The Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning will offer a 3-session Pre-Texts workshop with Prof. Doris Sommer. The first session took place last Friday, Oct. 11th and the next two sessions will take place on Friday, Oct. 18th and 25th.
Pre-Texts is educational acupuncture. With a single prompt: “Use the text to make art,” we activate both cognitive and emotional dynamics. The pleasures of playing with a challenging text (literary, scientific, historical, political, etc.) drive literacy, innovation, and citizenship like gears of a holistic system for development. Culturally diverse colleagues multiply perspectives, contribute arts, and deepen interpretation. Diversity is therefore admired rather than resisted. With Pre-Texts, intellectual and socio-emotional learning go together. At these workshops, participants will get a taste of the Pre-Texts method, and think about how to use it in the Harvard classroom.
Read more about the workshop and register here.
LaTosha Brown will be speaking in the class Politics: The Greatest Art on Oct. 16th at 12pm in Sever Hall, Room 201. Ms. Brown is an award-winning organizer, philanthropic consultant, political strategist and jazz singer with over twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on a wide variety of issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights. She is the co-founder of Black Voters Matter Fund, a power building southern based civic engagement organization that played an instrumental role in the 2017 Alabama U.S. Senate race. Ms. Brown is principal owner of TruthSpeaks Consulting, Inc., a philanthropy advisory consulting firm in Atlanta, GA. For more than 25 years, she has served as a consultant and advisor for individual donors, government, public foundations and private donors.
Read more about LaTosha Brown here.
Juma Assiago will be speaking in the class Politics: The Greatest Art on Oct. 23rd at 12pm inSever Hall, Room 201. Mr. Assiago is a social scientist and works as an Urban Safety Expert with UN HABITAT. He joined the Safer Cities Programme in 1999, assisting governments and other city stakeholders to build capacity at the city level to adequately address urban insecurity and to contribute to the establishment of a culture of prevention in developing countries.He has served in various UN inter-agency coordinating processes and technically supported various international youth crime prevention and governance processes. He is also involved in developing safety tools in urban contexts, particularly those targeted at social crime prevention. His main area of focus is on youth crime and delinquency in cities. Mr. Assiago is currently involved in developing the Global Network on Safer Cities, which among others is defining the key role of the police in urban development and developing a network structure taking into consideration the governance of safety and safety in public spaces.
Medicine with Words Series: When the Symbolic Becomes Really Real (redux)
On Monday, Nov. 1st, the Medicine with Words Seminar and Connectionists and Facilitators: Cultural Agents Coin Words will present a workshop on When the Symbolic Becomes Really Real (redux) with Sam Durant (Artist, CalArts) and Prof. Nick Smith (Philosophy, University of New Hampshire) at the Mahindra Humanities Center. Renowned artist Sam Durant returns to Harvard to continue the dialogue surrounding his work and his future projects, this time in dialogue with Prof. Nick Smith from UNH, the foremost specialist on the philosophical analysis of apologies.