[Cultural and Humanitarian Agents Seminar Series]

The Informal Economy: A Seminar with the Former Minister of Culture of Peru

What is known as the "informal economy” – a phenomenon especially prevalent in highly unequal, developing countries – needs to be examined, discussed, and, arguably, redefined from angles different than those that are economic. Rather than just an informal “market,” the case could be made for an informal "way of life.” This seminar hinges on the thesis that if democracy is conceived as built on the foundations of a social contract, what are the political implications of having three quarters of the population living in the fringes of the regulatory framework? Is it possible, or what does it mean, to lead an informal way of life and still be regarded as a citizen?

Former Minister of Culture of Peru, Salvador del Solar is an actor, filmmaker, and lawyer. He holds a master’s in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs of Syracuse University with a focus in Intercultural Communication and Negotiation. He taught Political Communication at the Catholic University of Peru and written a weekly column on public affairs for the newspaper El Comercio. Salvador is currently a Visiting Fellow at Harvard University’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies.

A 45 minute presentation will proceed with an in-depth discussion. Free and open to the public.

December 7th, 2018 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM


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

Register for the event at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-informal-economy-a-seminar-with-the-former-minister-of-culture-of-peru-tickets-50536497023?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