[Cultural and Humanitarian Agents Seminar]

Peace Making By All Means

Inspired by a family tragedy in his childhood, Saliya learned that peace was something you cannot compromise. Throughout a professional career of two decades as a marketing practitioner, he found numerous ways to use art, sports and education to connect people. In his early years, having lived through a youth-driven insurrection, and a separate devastating war in Sri Lanka, he began a lifelong study on the role of the humanities to humanity. Saliya recalls his experience working with political and business leaders, brands and the public to reveal the importance of the humanities studies in making the world a better place.

Saliya Weerakoon, a senior corporate executive, angel investor and an educator with over 23 years of professional experience, is currently pursuing post-graduate studies in public leadership. He is a passionate advocate of youth empowerment and equal opportunity in education. Saliya has experience in the Asia Pacific and Middle-Eastern regions with iconic organizations and continues to advise policymakers in strategic communications.

A 45 minute presentation will be followed by an in-depth discussion. Free and open to the public.

October 25th, 2018 | 6.30PM - 8.30PM


Plimpton Room (Barker 133), Barker Center, 12 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Register for the event at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/peace-making-by-all-means-tickets-50538666512?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


The Cultural and Humanitarian Agents seminar series is a collaboration between the Cultural Agents Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, co-sponsored by Mahindra Humanities Center and The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

This seminar series features a range of contemporary mentors who recognize art and interpretation as fundamental to active citizenship. The series works within a long humanistic tradition dedicated to civic development, focusing on identifying artists, educators, and other practitioners who have developed creative practices that reflect on the role of art in building civil society and responding to its challenges. 

In the spirit of a new Gen Ed course at Harvard College, “Rx: Arts for Global Health,” this series dives  into global and public health. Academics, artists, and politicians present cases, display agency, and pose provocative questions about the role of the arts and aesthetics in breaking emerging patterns of illness and disease through non-technical, creative solutions.

Faculty Chairs: Doris Sommer and Vincenzo Bollettino

Student Coordinators: Alen Agaronov and Jahnvi Singh