Cultural Agents: Why Art?  and Pre-Texts Workshop

  • WHEN: November 3 & 4 | (Lecture) 4:10pm, (Workshop)  8:00am - 4:00pm
  • WHERE: 27 Memorial Drive West, Bethelehem, PA 18015 
  • WHAT: Join Professor Doris Sommer for the lecture "Cultural Agents: Why Art?" at the University of Lehigh's Public Humanities Series, co-sponsored with the Southside Initiative and Literature and Social Justice. A Pre-Texts workshop will be held on the following day. 

XVI Anual Reunion of BID Group and Civic Society


  • WHEN: November, 8 & 9 | 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • WHERE: Sheraton  Hotel, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • WHAT: The Inter-American Development Bank’s mission is  to provide long-term financing for institutional, social, and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. It also realizes vanguard investigations and offers political consultation, training, and technical assistance to public and private clients around the region.

    Professor Doris Sommer will be participating as a panelist in a session dedicated for the topic “The use of innovation and its impact in sustainable development”. She will be speaking about the Pre-Texts methodology and its recent implementation in Nassau, Bahamas in collaboration if IDB for a group of art professors. Sommer will also share Cultural Agents Initiative’s vision for promoting innovation, literacy, and citizenship.

    Professor Doris Sommer will also lead the forum: "Alternatives for Sustainable Growth and Human Capital” from 2:30 pm to 3:20pm. To check out a live transmission of the forum visit:

For the forum website, please visit:


Pre-Texts Workshop at Waltham Public Schools

  • WHEN: November, 14 | 3:30pm – 5:30pm
  • WHERE: High School Library, Waltham Public Schools, MA
  • WHAT: Professor Doris Sommer and her team of Pre-Texts facilitators will lead a training workshop for education leaders of Waltham Public Schools. 


Language Acts and Worldmaking in Conversation with Cultural Agents

  • WHEN:  November, 18 | 6:30 pm 
  • WHERE: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, King's College London, UK 
  • WHAT: Language Acts and Worldmaking is a flagship project funded by the AHRC Open World Research Initiative, which aims to regenerate and transform modern language research and learning by foregrounding language's power to shape how we live and make our worlds. To mark the launch of Language Acts and Worldmaking, Professor Doris Sommer will discuss her groundbreaking work with Cultural Agents Initiative, which promotes the divergent thinking of arts and humanities in the service of solutions to real life problems. Pre-Texts workshops will also be held at King’s College London and the University of Westminster.

For more details of the project and event schedule, please visit:

For the full overview of the whole month, see November's newsletter: