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This month at the Regional Office

Dear <<First Name>>,

In May, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies celebrated its 20th anniversary. As you will see below, this important milestone was a chance to look back at the Center's origins, enjoy its current success, and look forward to a promising future. The Regional Office continues to contribute to the Center's future, as we facilitate faculty programs in disaster recovery and continue contributions to scientific and academic pursuits in the Region. We are also maintaining a strong focus on student programs as we welcome 46 Harvard students to the Region to participate in various internship and immersion programs over the next two months.

We are grateful to you, our friends and supporters, for contributing to our past success and for being part of our next 20 years.


Ned Strong
Program Director

20th Anniversary of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

In the past 20 years, DRCLAS has committed to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment and contemporary affairs of Latin America; to foster cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the Americas; and to contribute to democracy, social progress and sustainable development throughout the hemisphere.

On May 9th and 10th, the Center celebrated this milestone at the annual meeting of the DRCLAS Advisory Committee. The weekend provided a series of panels, presentations and social events focusing on the founding, current success, and the future of DRCLAS. Followed by a warm introduction to open the weekend by Tony Custer, Chair of the Advisory Committee, John Coatsworth, former DRCLAS Director, and Neil Rudenstine, former Harvard President,  joined the Center’s outgoing Director, Merilee Grindle, and Brian Farrell, the incoming Director, in a panel relating the early history of the Center. A panel, chaired by Steve Gullens, followed and touched on the the state of science in Latin America and the promising trends in science development in the region.  

A gala dinner honoring David Rockefeller, present at the celebration, featured Harvard President Drew Faust and Harvard Professor Michael Sandel, whose course, “Justice," is one of the most viewed lectures on YouTube. Professor Sandel provided new insights into modern society’s dominance of markets at the expense of basic values. Two panels followed the next day. David Carrasco chaired an intriguing panel on religion and immigration, followed by a discussion led by Jack Shonkoff on the brain and economic development. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick spoke in the closing plenary session on the potential of Latin America as a partner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The closing luncheon provided a chance to recognize and thank DRCLAS Director Merilee Grindle’s outstanding service over the last eight years and to welcome Brian Farrell as the new Director.

Aquaculture Project in Areas Affected by Earthquake and Tsunami

During their visit to Cambridge in May, DRCLAS Regional Office's Ned Strong and Marcela Renteria reunited at the Harvard Faculty Club with the multidisciplinary faculty team from the Recupera Chile project: Professor Doug Ahlers, Harvard Kennedy School; Professor Judy Palfrey, Harvard Medical School; Professor Miho Mazereeuw, Director of the Urban Risk Lab at MIT; and consultants in medicine and aquaculture, Elizabeth Peacock (HMS) and Alexander Mansfield. The purpose of this meeting was to establish an economic development plan for an aquaculture project to be implemented in Dichato and its surrounding areas, which were heavily affected by the earthquake and tsunami in 2010. The goal of this aquaculture project is to support small entrepreneurs in Coliumo B
ay and the hatchery project established by scientists from Universidad de Concepcion, by developing a strong business plan that would allow the community to benefit from mussel production, as well as from the tourism associated with the aquaculture farms.

Teaching Innovation

One of Chile’s top universities, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María is a leader in teaching innovation. In the last several years, with the support of the Chilean Ministry of Education's Higher Education Improvement Program (MECESUP) and of Harvard-Affiliated LASPAU, dozens of faculty members have participated in workshops, seminars, and hands-on training in new methods of interactive learning.  On May 20th, the university awarded certificates to over 50 faculty members. The training involved workshops by noted Harvard faculty such as the Minerva Prize winning physicist, Eric Mazur. We congratulate UTFSM faculty on their accomplishments and Academic Vice Rector Juan de la Fuente for leading this initiative.

Partnership with Chilean Student Group

With the arrival of 46 Harvard undergraduates in the Region to participate in the DRCLAS summer student programs, the Regional Office partnered with Centro de Estudios Sociedad Libre (CESL), a student-run organization at the Pontificia Universidad Católica, to establish a cultural and intellectual exchange between the Harvard and Chilean students. In a time of important political and social changes occurring in Chile, the CESL students, most of whom study law, will be able to provide a valuable insight to their Harvard counterparts regarding the state of Chilean politics and the way Chileans engage in them. Meanwhile, Harvard students will be able to shed light on some of the issues the United States faces, such as universal healthcare and immigration, encouraging a comparison on the ways social and political issues are addressed by different governments. During this summer exchange, CESL students will be invited to join cultural activities organized by the Regional Office and vice versa. Furthermore, three members of CESL will be serving as interns at the DRCLAS Regional Office this summer, along with Pablo Zamorano, a Chilean student who was recently admitted to Harvard College.

In this Issue:

DRCLAS Programs and 
Events in the Region

- 20th Anniversary of DRCLAS
- Aquaculture Project

2014 Latin American Cities Conferences: Santiago
Friday, June 27th at 9:00 am

Americas Society/ Council of the Americas and Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs will host the ninth annual Latin American Cities Conference in Santiago. Speakers will address Chile's economic forecast, growth prospects, and the country's increasingly important role in regional trade networks. Click here for more information and to register.

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The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies is grateful to its friends and donors for their commitment and support. We are particularly grateful to Andrónico Luksic for his great generosity, supporting core activities of our Regional Office and contributing to this decade of success. 
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