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Executive Director

This month at the Regional Office

Dear <<First Name>>,

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies Regional Office has a new leader! I am pleased to announce that Marcela Rentería has been appointed Program Director. Marcela, who joined DRCLAS in 1999, was part of the team with Steve Reifenberg that founded the Regional Office in 2002, and has been an integral part of DRCLAS ever since. As we develop programs on and about Latin America, involving Harvard faculty and students in advance research and education, Marcela has played key roles. Most recently, her leadership in the Recupera Chile Project demonstrates Marcela's enthusiasm, vision, and dedication to our goal of making a difference in the Region. We look forward to working with Marcela in her new role and send our most enthusiastic congratulations.  


Ned Strong
DRCLAS Executive Director

Sea Farmers, a New Initiative of the Recupera Chile Project

A four-day workshop took place in August in Laraquete and Coliumo bays (in the Bío Bío Region) to help 17 artisanal fishermen and women learn about small-scale aquaculture production and commercialization. In collaboration with Universidad de Concepcion’s (UdeC) Research and Development Group in Mussel Production (ProMytilus), the workshop was an initiative of the Regional Office’s Recupera Chile Project.

Besides providing training in the technical aspects of mussel cultivation, the workshop helped participants understand the importance of developing strong business plans to make their aquaculture enterprises profitable and sustainable. As a result and with the help of Recupera Chile, the participants, mostly women, decided to form the group “Granjeros del Mar” (Sea Farmers), with the objective of creating economic development plans, and launching a common management platform to apply for local and international funding for their enterprises.

To jumpstart the search for seed funding and secure support from the local government, DRCLAS’ Ned Strong and Marcela Rentería met with Bío Bío Governor Rodrigo D
íaz, along with former Bío Bío Governor Martin Zilic, UdeC Scientist Eduardo Tarifeño, Harvard Medical School Professor Judith Palfrey, and Alex Mansfield, a New England scientific expert on aquaculture production. The project also counted with the support of local leaders in aquaculture, Jessica Cabrera and Victor Guaqui, who are a clear example of its potential as an enterprise in the Bío Bío region.

New Custer Fellowship and Visiting Scholars from the Region

Each year, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies selects a number of distinguished academics and professionals who wish to spend one or two semesters at Harvard working on their own research and writing projects. This academic year, we are pleased to announce the launch of the Custer Fellowship, which was created by the Tony Custer Family Endowment, and is available to scholars and/or leading practitioners from Peru or dedicated to the study of Peru. The inaugural scholar for the fellowship will be political scientist, Maritza Paredes, from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. We are grateful to DRCLAS Advisory Committee Chairman Tony Custer and his family for supporting the work of Peruvian scholars and professionals (and those dedicated to the study of Peru) through this fellowship.

We are also pleased to announce the following academics from the Region as part of the DRCLAS Visiting Scholars for this academic year. The Luksic Visiting Scholars will be Sebastián Soto, from the Law School at the Universidad de Chile, and Luis Valenzuela, from the School of Urban Design and Planning at the Universidad Adolfo Ibañez. The de Fortabat Visiting Scholar will be Monica Gordillo, from the National University of Córdoba. The Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar will be Beatriz Paola Urdinola, from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia at Bogotá. We would like to congratulate this year's visiting scholars, and thank our donors for their wonderful contributions promoting Latin American studies at Harvard and in the Region. 

ARTS@DRCLAS Overseas Special Project: Conceptual Stumblings

As part of the ARTS@DRCLAS overseas initiatives to broaden Harvard’s presence in the region, Harvard Professors Sergio Delgado and Tom Cummins visited Santiago, Chile in August to lead the Conceptual Stumblings Round Tables.  In parternship with Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC) and the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), this research project aims to consolidate a new body of knowledge about Chilean contemporary art. Conceptual Stumblings started in 2008 as a revision of the last 40 years of visual arts in Chile, establishing a dialog among the most prominent Chilean artists and a group of American scholars.

Besides the three round tables that took place this past month, this research project will feature an international seminar in October 2014 at Harvard University, an art exhibition that will be on view during fall 2015 at the MSSA, and the publication of a book. Conceptual Stumblings is one of the twelve projects included in the 2013-14 Harvard-Chile Innovation Initiative, which provides start-up funds for collaborations between Harvard and Chilean colleagues for joint research and programs. This initiative is sponsored by Chile’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) and the Ministry of the Economy.

From Study Abroad Program Participant to Fulbright Scholar in Chile

In fall 2009, Harvard undergraduate Richard Coffin participated in the DRCLAS Study Abroad Program in Chile. Five years later, now as a Harvard alumnus, he returned to Santiago as a Fulbright Scholar. From March until November 2014, Coffin is part of a selective group of professionals conducting research in Chile through the prestigious Fulbright Program. His research project focuses on the Chilean youth's political participation, in light of the recent change in the Chilean voting system (voting is no longer mandatory) and the surge of student protests since 2011. Through his research project, Coffin tries to understand why Chilean students are actively involved in political protests, but are not making it to the polls to vote. 

During his time abroad as an undergraduate through DRCLAS, he enrolled in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and took courses on Latin American politics and civic engagement. Upon his return to Harvard, he continued his studies on the subject and decided to write a senior thesis on the civic and political engagement of immigrants in the United States across socioeconomic status. Coffin began working in market research after graduating from Harvard, but his passion for politics and Latin America remained present. With the onset of the student protests in Chile in 2011 and as a result of his experience studying abroad, he decided to find a way to be part of and understand this historical time in Chilean politics. Coffin remarks, "I didn't want to just be behind a desk during such a tumultuous and fascinating time in Chilean history. I wanted to be in the middle of it." The Fulbright Program has allowed him to do so. "I am grateful to the Fulbright Program for this amazing opportunity, and also to DRCLAS for paving the way for me to achieve all of this. DRCLAS was fundamental in me coming to Chile in the first place, and provided me with tools and connections that were critical in allowing me to come back a second time and engage in this research project. I highly recommend that Harvard undergraduates study abroad through DRCLAS and take advantage of the significant resources the Center has to offer," concluded Coffin.

Harvard Alumni Reception in Chile

In August, Ellen Guidera, Harvard Club of Chile’s President, hosted a reception at her home in Santiago, congregating current and former leaders of the Club, members of the Club’s Advisory Board, Harvard faculty member Judith Palfrey, DRCLAS staff, and recently admitted Harvard students from Chile. The reception served as an opportunity to share the new initiatives of the Club this new academic year. At the event, Professor Palfrey offered an informal presentation on the aquaculture project “Granjeros del Mar,” explaining the project’s overall vision and lessons learned in the past four years through Recupera Chile.

Pablo Zamorano, an incoming Harvard freshman, also attended the event. Pablo’s story is a remarkable one, as he is the first student from a public school in Chile (Instituto Nacional) to attend Harvard College. Pablo, originally from Santiago's neighborhood of Puente Alto, received a scholarship from Education USA to apply for free to colleges in the United States. He was accepted to Harvard in April with a full financial aid package, and he will be the first in his family to attend college. Pablo is also the first student from a public school to have participated in the World Schools Debating Championships in Turkey. At the reception, Pablo was presented with an award from various Harvard alumni and friends of the Club, who contributed funds to support his personal expenses not covered by Harvard's financial aid.

In this Issue:

Open House Celebration

Thursday, September 11, 2014
1730 Cambridge St., 2nd floor
Cambridge, MA

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies invites you to the Annual DRCLAS Open House Celebration. Learn more about our programs and join us for refreshments and entertainment. For more information, click here.

ARTS@DRCLAS: Ecological Urbanism Symposium
Friday, October 10, 2014
Santiago, Chile

The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies are pleased to announce the symposium, exhibition and presentation of the book Urbanismo Ecológico in Santiago, Chile. For more information, click here.

Latin America Career Fair at Harvard University
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Harvard Faculty Club
Cambridge, MA

The LatAm SIG will be hosting a Latin America Career Fair at Harvard this fall, in partnership with DRCLAS and Harvard's Office of Career Services. We are very excited about this unprecedented opportunity to foster links between Harvard and Latin American companies, helping the region attract some of the world's top talent. For more information to participate as an employer or job applicant, click here.

Recupera Chile y UdeC realizan taller de acuicultura para pescadores artesanales
Como parte de las acciones conjuntas de la UdeC y el Proyecto Recupera Chile, del Centro David Rockefeller de Estudios Latinoamericanos, de la Universidad de Harvard, orientadas a la recuperación de localidades costeras afectadas por el maremoto de 2010 en la región, la próxima semana se llevará a cabo el taller "Planes de Negocios en Acuicultura de Pequeña Escala." Read more here.

UdeC y Recupera Chile formarán “granjeros del mar”
Granjeros del mar es el nombre del nuevo proyecto impulsado por la UdeC y el Programa Recupera Chile, de la Universidad de Harvard, en el marco del trabajo conjunto que han llevado a cabo en la región desde 2010, para apoyar la recuperación de las localidades costeras más afectadas por el maremoto. Read more here.

Richard Elmore, académico de la Facultad de Educación de la U. de Harvard: "La idea de cómo mejorar la calidad del aprendizaje está siendo ignorada por los creadores de las políticas"
A este académico le parece una noble idea que la reforma educativa que se discute en Chile apunte a la igualdad, y opina que terminar con el financiamiento compartido es correcto. Read more here.

Expertos de Harvard lideran plan para desarrollar acuicultura en el Bío Bío
Expertos de Harvard están diseñando un proyecto para desarrollar la acuicultura en el sector costero de la región del Bío Bío. Desde el Gobierno advierten que potenciar esta área productiva es una oportunidad frente a la escasez de recursos del mar. Read more here.

Expertos de Harvard analizan 40 años de arte chileno en la UC
Las mesas redondas tituladas “Conceptual Stumblings/ Vacilaciones conceptuales (Arte chileno 1973-2013)” son una colaboración entre la Escuela de Arte UC, el Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende y la Universidad de Harvard; que hacen posible esta actividad abierta al público. Read more here.

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