Apply to the #InTheCity Visual Arts Fellowship!

Apply to the #InTheCity Visual Arts Fellowship!

The first of its kind at Harvard, #InTheCity Visual Arts Fellowship will select St. Louis-based fellows tasked with capturing different parts of the city in response to the question “What is St. Louis to you?” and pair them with student ambassadors responsible for contextualizing their work. As an on-campus ambassador for the fellowship, you will curate an exhibition on Harvard’s campus and help structure the fellowship’s program over the course of an academic year.

Students in China win all the prizes with Language Out Loud and Pre-Texts

Students in China win all the prizes with Language Out Loud and Pre-Texts

Pre-Texts, as part of the Language Out Loud (LOL) campaign, is being piloted for the first time in China as a literacy pedagogy in the Nord Anglia Chinese International School (NACIS), Shanghai.

The results of the students’ efforts shone through when they participated in a nation-wide short story competition on “Me & China” by Littlestar Magazine in 2019 and they won all the top prizes!

Memoirs of/for a Future Reconciliation

Memoirs of/for a Future Reconciliation

Where: April 13, 2019 | 1- 5 pm (Light lunch will be served)

Where: Resource Room (S216), DRCLAS, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

In this highly anticipated gathering, writers Renato Cisneros (“La distancia que nos separa”), José Carlos Agüero (“Los rendidos: Sobre el don de perdonar”) and Lurgio Gavilán (“Memorias de un soldado desconocido”) join literary scholar Alexandra Hibbett and renowned political scientist Alberto Vergara to engage in a discussion not only of their respective works but, more importantly, on what they have learned from each other through the capacity of literature to open new spaces for reconciliation.

Empathy and/or… Ways of Caring

Empathy and/or… Ways of Caring

Empathy signals care for others, but also knowing what others feel. Our conference will consider possible differences between caring and knowing, along with corollary effects in security, medicine, politics, ethics, education, and the arts.

March 14, 2019 | 5pm - 9pm at Tsai Auditorium, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

March 15, 2019 | 9am - 12pm at Belfer Case Room, CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

Language Out Loud Competition

Language Out Loud Competition

The Language Out Loud Competition celebrated the film ‘At Eternity’s Gate’ and used its evocative visuals and script as a tool to teach language arts to young students across Hong Kong and mainland China. Participants translated quotes from the script from English to Chinese and drew artwork and made videos inspired by their interpretations of the script.

Panel Discussion: Social Development and the Arts in Latin America

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 3:30pm to 5:00pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street


Classical music training for underprivileged children and youth, through El Sistema, proves that excellence in art is a principle for social development in Latin America and beyond.


Our conversation develops this lesson from four perspectives:
Professor Tarun Khanna, of HBS and author of a Case Study on El Sistema
Professor Doris Sommer, of FAS and founder of Cultural Agents
Eduardo Méndez, Executive Director of El Sistema
Enrique Márquez, Director General of the Veracruz Institute of Culture, México


The arts play a measurable role in the development of children and youth. Our panel will consider art’s contributions to critical thinking, a sense of belonging, constructive competition and a meaningful life. We will also address the challenge of engaging decision makers to scale up the work that art does for society.

This event is organized in collaboration with DRCLAS

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Women in Art: Can Women Artists Inspire Social Change?

Please join the Harvard Business School Association of Boston, in partnership with the Massachusetts State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:30pm. The evening begins with hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine during the welcome reception followed by a stimulating conversation highlighting the power of women and the arts as catalysts for change.

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Speakers include:

  • Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums and expert on Doris Salcedo (Curator of The Materiality of Mourning, at the Harvard Art Museums, 2016-2017)

  • Professor Doris Sommer, Director of Cultural Agents Initiative and Professor of Romance Languages and Literature and African American Studies at Harvard University.

  • Adriana Zavala, PhD, Associate Professor, Tufts University, Department of Art and Art History (Curator of Frida Kahlo's Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, 2015).

Tuesday, September 25, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30pm
6:00 - 6:45pm: Doors open for Registration and Welcome Reception in the Williams Room
6:45 - 7:00pm: Transition downstairs to Spangler Auditorium
7:00 - 8:30pm: Program, Q&A

Harvard Business School, Williams Room/Spangler Auditorium, 117 Western Ave, Boston, MA

TICKETS (includes hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine and program)
Chair's Club and President's Club Members: Complimentary
Executive Club Members and Member Guests: $45
Non-Members: $60


A(n)esthetics and the Analgesic Museum


Join us as Ian Koebner, PhD explores the role of museums as public health partners. Koebner will focus on Art Rx, an innovative collaboration between the Crocker Art Museum and the Integrative Pain Management Program at UC Davis, and draw from the fields of pain research and the philosophy of aesthetics.

Ian Koebner, PhD, is the Director of Integrative Pain Management and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at UC Davis. His latest research examines the potential of museum engagement to reduce pain and social disconnection among individuals with chronic pain.

~45-60 minute presentation will be followed by discussion. Event is free and open to the public. RSVP optional. Seating limited.

Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard Barker Center, Room 211 (2nd Floor), 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA 02130

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This event is part of the ongoing Cultural and Humanitarian Agents seminar series co-sponsored by the Cultural Agents Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, with support from Mahindra Humanities Center.

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 leaders 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 deeper into global and public health as 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 creative, non-technical solutions.

Faculty Chairs: Doris Sommer and Vincenzo Bollettino


*Photo courtesy UC Davis Health




Pre-Texts for Baldwin



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Pre-Texts invites you to participate in creative interpretations of James Baldwin's essay 'Nothing Personal' at the installation


Autumn (... Nothing Personal) by Teresita Fernández


in Tercentenary Theatre, Harvard Yard


on September 7th, 14, 21st, and 28th, 2018 from 3-5p


This series will prepare you to interpret complex texts through art making. Participate in all four sessions to earn a participation certificate.


This workshop series will be led by Prof. Doris Sommer


This workshop series is sponsored by Harvard University Committee on the Arts, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning


Pre-Texts in India



In June 2018, Pre-Texts facilitators Polly Lauer and Jahnvi Singh traveled to Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu in South India to begin a year-long Pre-Texts project with the CSI Girls Higher Secondary School (grades 6-12). A er receiving an invitation from CSI Bishop Appasamy College of Arts & Science (BACAS) and the Church of South India, which operates a network of schools for underprivileged children, the Pre-Texts team (Anshul Kumar, Lauer, Singh) secured a grant from Harvard University’s Lakshmi Mittal South Asia Institute’s Seed for Change grant program to work with a team of teachers in the school. Nestled in the Western Ghats, Coimbatore is famous for its textile legacy, with a deep tradition of handloom weaving that still continues in its rural outskirts. Students at the school come from both the city and farther away communities, the latter boarding at the school’s on-campus hostel. Some teachers, as well, travel daily from cities up to two hours away.

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Pre-Texts in Ireland


For the 2018 summer session of Aceti’s Comparative Cultural Policy and Administration course, which later took students to Dublin and London, Pre-Texts chose Michel Foucault’s Discipline and Punish as raw material for training. Facilitated at Harvard’s Peabody Museum, the workshop once again offered opportunities to connect the museum’s exhibits to the target text as students developed confidence in speaking and writing while exercising their creative skills towards academic and professional goals. The first session began as always, with ice breakers, followed by the text read out loud as participants designed book covers. After book covers, everyone asked a 

question of the text, so that students had the chance to examine it both for basic language use and for high-order concepts. They later led a gallery “amoeba tour” of the Peabody's third floor: each student took a turn to adopt a line from Foucault for interpreting an object on display and then guided the others to reflect on the proposed connection. In another particularly effective student-designed activity, the novice facilitators selected keywords from the text and randomly assigned them to participants. The participants then had to write a poem of at least six lines from phrases in the text to develop references to the assigned word. After each poem was read out loud, the group had a round table discussion about how some words stimulated similar poems and what that indicated about themes of the text. It was especially useful for the Chinese students as a mature and meaningful way to build vocabulary. "What Did We Do?", a key Pre-Texts moment that concludes every activity, requires participants to share reflections on the particular process. It caught on quickly, with outspoken and insightful comments from the Chinese students who appreciated the responsibility to speak, which relieved a hesitation to use English publicly.


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