January 2016

Pre-Texts Workshop in Chile

Doris Sommer is leading a Pre-Texts training workshop for the new network of Centros de Creacion – CeCrea – of the Consejo de la Cultura in Chile. One workshop is at the Consejo’s headquarters in Valparaiso; the other is in Coyhaique. Educators in the workshop will implement Pre-Textos in the new Centers during after-school and vacation projects aimed to develop creative skills, citizenship and a love of learning among Chile’s children and youth.

Pre-Texts in Signet Society

On December 11th, Professor Sommer hosted a Pre-Texts workshop at Harvard’s Signet Society. The Signet is acommunity of artists, including undergraduates and faculty members, which serves a setting for conversation and collaboration. Our hope is to expand our organization’s mission to include a service element, and Pre-Texts is the perfect ticket. We are already a group brimming with passion for the arts and the wholehearted belief in their power to educate, enfranchise, and make change. Next semester, we hope to expand our work with Pre-Texts to help foster this enthusiasm in the larger Boston community. The December 11th workshop, during which we engaged in a variety of exercises surrounding a passage from Prometheus Bound, was a lovely introduction to the Pre-Texts approach. All of the Signet members who attended enjoyed themselves and came away with an invigorated enthusiasm for our Signet Service initiative. We look forward to future work with Pre-Texts! 

- Magdalene Zier, Signet Society


"Arts to the Rescue" Fair Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding 13: "Cultural Agents", Harvard University

The Cultural Agents' Fair 2015 was held on December 9 in CGIS Knafel Café. More than 30 creative students' projects were presented as part of their final works for the Cultural Agents course leaded by professor Doris Sommer.

Immigration, Environment, Mental Health, Education were some of the problems that students addressed in their projects responding with innovative ideas and new approaches. Each student or team presented their projects and then there was an open space where students asked and dialogued among them.

This Fair put in evidence the students' creativity and concern about today's problems and demonstrated how Arts have a fundamental rol in creating new ideas to face deep and complex issues, challenging us all to become new Cultural Agents.

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