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This month at the Regional Office

Dear <<First Name>>,

It is a real honor for me to be the new Program Director of the DRCLAS Regional Office. I, alongside Steve Reifenberg, founded the office in August 2002, coming originally from working at DRCLAS Cambridge. Since then, I have worked ceaselessly to promote the growth of interdisciplinary faculty projects that have left a long-lasting footprint in the region. For the last twelve years, I have also contributed in the creation of networks with key local academic institutions, government officials, and important public and private organizations, enabling Harvard University to grow its presence and impact in the region. I'm honored to succeed Ned Strong's incredible leadership, and I feel fully committed to continue spearheading academic initiatives that will make a difference not only in the lives of Harvard students, faculty and staff, but also in our local communities.

We are grateful to you, our friends and supporters, for contributing to our past success, and I look forward to continue collaborating with you in the future.


Marcela Rentería
Program Director, Regional Office

Wood Urbanism Collaboration in Chile

The colloquium Wood Urbanism: from the Molecular to the Territorial took place at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (HGSD) on September 25 and 26, bringing into conversation scholars and practitioners focusing on wood from diverse perspectives. This event aimed to examine the implications and potential of wood urbanism, drawing particular focus to the complex relationships between land-use, wood production, and wood construction today. The event marks the initiation of a research collaboration between the HGSD's Energy, Environments, and Design Lab (EED), and the Centro de Innovación y Desarrollo de la Madera (CIDM) at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). This collaboration is essential to PUC's plans to develop, together with major players in the Chilean forestry industry, the first high rise wooden buildings in Chile, based on new construction technology.

The colloquium at the HGSD was a continuation of the International Conference on Wooden High Rise Buildings, held at PUC this past August. For this conference, a select group of architects and engineers from five countries, including HGSD's Kiel Moe, Jane Hutton and Daniel Ibañez, visited Santiago, Chile to present their work on wood urbanism. 

These events are part of the research project Cellular Solids: Thermodynamics of Wood Urbanism, one of the twelve projects included in the 2013-14 Harvard-Chile Innovation Initiative (HCII). The HCII provides start-up funds for collaborations between Harvard and Chilean colleagues for joint research and programs, and is sponsored by Chile’s National Council for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) and the Ministry of the Economy.

Granjeros del Mar Initiative Moving Forward

This past month, DRCLAS and Recupera Chile staff met with representatives from CORFO-Bíobío, Innova-Bíobío, Sernapesca, Subpesca, Seremi of Economy, and Universidad de Concepcion (UdeC) to present the "Integrated Coastal Development: Sea Farmers initiative" (or Granjeros del Mar initiative), and discuss funding opportunities for the development of 13 aquaculture projects in the Bío Bío region. Bío Bío Governor Rodrigo Diaz, through the Regional Director of CORFO, convened this meeting, as development of small-scale aquaculture projects is one of the main goals of the regional government. Further meetings are scheduled to define priorities in the launching of the projects and identify possible financial mechanisms to support them.

The Granjeros del Mar initiative aims to support groups of artisanal fishermen and women, by facilitating the development of small-scale aquaculture projects, especially the cultivation and commercialization of shellfish and macro algae. The Granjeros del Mar initiative is part of the Regional Office's Recupera Chile project, in collaboration with UdeC's Research and Development Group in Mussel Production (ProMytilus).

From Summer Intern to Professional Dancer in Colombia

This past month, Harvard undergraduate Javier Aranzales became one of the inaugural members of the Compañia Colombiana de Danza, the first national and professional ballet/contemporary dance company in Colombia. His decision to audition for the dance company and take time off from his studies came after Aranzales's participation in the DRCLAS Summer Internship Program in Bogotá, Colombia. This past summer, Aranzales, a native Colombian studying government at Harvard, worked at the Bogotá’s Center for Social Innovation, a branch of the National Agency to Overcome Extreme Poverty (ANSPE). "My internship experience at the Center for Social Innovation brought forth the realization that my heart lies in promoting and advancing the arts, such as through a government position," said Aranzales when reflecting about his summer.

Aranzales decided to reconnect with his roots and pursue a summer internship in social innovation in Colombia after taking Professor Doris Sommer's course Cultural Agents, and learning about former Bogotá Mayor Antanas Mockus’ use of art in government initiatives. As Aranzales embarks on his semester-off from Harvard, he is excited about what the opportunity to dance professionally in Colombia means to him, "the idea of being an ambassador for dance in my country gives me goose bumps because one of my missions in life is to live for the arts and to spread and share their power and beauty with the world." To read more about Javier Aranzales' path as an ambassador for the arts, please visit the DRCLAS Regional Office blog

Chef Javier Ampuero at Harvard

In September, the DRCLAS Andes Initiative, in collaboration with Harvard's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and Adams House, invited renowned Peruvian chef, Javier Ampuero, to give a presentation on the gastronomical boom of Peruvian cuisine around the world. Over 100 attendees from across the University and the general public participated in this public event, which took place at Adams House on Harvard's campus. In his presentation, Ampuero showcased the diversity in cuisines across Peruvian regions and their ties to Peruvian customs, described the importance of Peruvian native potatoes and quinoa in the Andean country's gastronomy, and shared his personal experience traveling within Peru and around the world spreading his country's gastronomy. 

The event was organized by Dr. Johanna Liander, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures, as part of her course: Spanish 30: Four Countries and their Cultures, and as a continuation of the Regional Office's January Program in Peru: Lengua, Cultura, Gastronomía y Servicio a la Comunidad. Led by Dr. Liander, nine Harvard undergraduates participated in the second iteration of this program in Lima this past January, and had the opportunity to improve their Spanish, while learning about Peruvian culture, history and gastronomy through classes, community service, excursions, and residence with a Peruvian family. 

The Regional Office is most grateful to Judy and Sean Palfrey, the Masters of Adams House, for hosting Chef Ampuero's event.

In this Issue:

We are pleased to announce the launch of the DRCLAS Regional Office Blog. Find out more about the experiences of students and faculty in Regional Office programs.

ARTS@DRCLAS: Ecological Urbanism Symposium
Friday, October 10, 2014
Sala A1, Centro Cultural
Gabriela Mistral in 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.

4° Seminario Internacional de Educación Inicial: CREANDO OPORTUNIDAD
Wed., November 19, 2014
Centro Cultural Gabriela Mistral in Santiago, Chile

Fundación Oportunidad, in collaboration with the DRCLAS Regional Office, is pleased to announce the 4° Seminario Internacional de Educación Inicial: CREANDO OPORTUNIDAD, taking place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Santiago, Chile. Please save the date and stay tuned for more details. 

Programa Granjeros del Mar en la VIII Región: La Universidad de Harvard les da una mano a los pescadores chilenos
A través de talleres con los que se enseña a realizar cultivos sustentables, la casa de estudios busca apoyar a quienes se vieron afectados por el terremoto de 2010. Read more here.

Entomologist Brian Farrell new Director of DRCLAS
Biology Professor Brian Farrell has taken the reins of Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), with an eye toward strengthening scientific ties between Harvard and Mexico, the Caribbean, and the nations of Central and South America. Read more here.

Conceptual Stumblings. Un Reporte
El pasado 13 de agosto se llevó a cabo en el Campus Oriente de la Pontificia Universidad Católica (PUC) la actividad Conceptual Stumblings (Vacilaciones Conceptuales), organizada por el Centro de Estudios Latinoamericanos David Rockefeller de la Universidad de Harvard (DRCLAS), el Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA) y la misma universidad que sirvió de sede (PUC). Read more here.

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