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From the launching in Peru of ReVista: The Harvard Review of Latin America at Universidad del Pacifico to the solidification of our student programs in Colombia, this past month we continued expanding our initiatives and partnerships across the Region. Although one of our main goals is to bring Harvard to Latin America, we strongly believe in the importance of bringing Latin America to Harvard. Through the Visiting Scholars and Fellows Program, we make that happen every year, by welcoming a number of distinguished scholars and professionals, who wish to spend one or two semesters at Harvard. The next application deadline for the program is on February 1, 2015. 

With a full year ahead of us, we look forward to continuing building bridges between Harvard and the Region through interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as making a positive difference in our local communities in Latin America and at Harvard. 


Marcela Rentería
Program Director, Regional Office

Launch of Fall 2014 Issue of ReVista in Peru

On December 3, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, in collaboration with Universidad del Pacífico, launched in Peru the fall 2014 issue of ReVista: The Harvard Review of Latin America. This issue is dedicated to Peru and analyzes various aspects of the country, including recent economic, political and social transformations, and the richness of Peruvian culture and gastronomy, among other topics. The event featured a keynote presentation by DRCLAS Advisory Committee Chair Tony Custer, as well as remarks by DRCLAS Executive Director Ned Strong and June Erlick, Editor-in-chief of ReVista. The event also included a panel discussion on the foreseeable future of Peru with distinguished scholars and professionals. The event concluded with the recognition of a myriad of Peruvian photographers who received an award for their photographs that were featured in the fall issue of ReVista, and an exhibition called “Los Rostros del Perú” by the Photography Association Ojos Propios. For more information and photos of the event, please click here

Inauguration of UTEC Campus

This past December Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnología (UTEC) inaugurated its campus in Lima's neighborhood of Barranco. The campus is considered to be one of the most innovative and modern in Latin America due to its infrastructure and advanced technology. DRCLAS Director Brian Farrell and DRCLAS Executive Director Ned Strong attended the inaugural event, along representatives from UTEC's partner universities in the United States. This past October Eduardo Hochschild, founder of UTEC, and Fawwaz Habbal, Executive Dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences signed a historic agreement that establishes collaborations in research, innovations in engineering education, and student programs. The DRCLAS Regional Office will facilitate and provide ongoing support for these academic endeavors.

Granjeros del Mar Gourmet in Valdivia

From December 12-14, members of the Recupera Chile project participated in the Feria Gastronómica Marina (FEGAM) in Valdivia, Chile to promote the "Integrated Coastal Development: Sea Farmers initiative" (Granjeros del Mar). This event served as an opportunity to promote Granjeros del Mar's artisanal products to a community specialized in gourmet gastronomy. Chef Jeronimo Rosas, from the Bio Bio region, attended the fair and offered oyster tastings produced by artisanal fishermen and women who are part of Granjeros del Mar. One of the short-term goals of this initiative is to supply fresh seafood, cultivated by artisanal fishermen and women, to gourmet restaurants in the region. For a video of Chef Rosas' visit to a Granjeros del Mar's sea farm in Coliumo Bay, please click here.

Visit of Professor Sheila Jasanoff to Chile

On December 10, the DRCLAS Regional Office organized a luncheon with Sheila Jasanoff, Professor of Science and Technology Studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. This served as an opportunity for Professor Jasanoff to present on her research domains: innovation, environmental policy, and technology and society. Distinguished professionals attended the luncheon and spoke about the role of technology and innovation in their fields. The U.S Embassy in Chile and the Consejo de Innovación para la Competitividad organized Professor Jasanoff's visit to Chile, which featured workshops on how to develop plans to promote scientific research that could alleviate problems faced by Chilean society.

Expanding Networks in Colombia

This past December DRCLAS Regional Office's Marcela Renteria, Pilo Mella, Marcela Ramos and Marco Perez-Moreno visited Colombia to meet with 
collaborating organizations, Harvard alumni and potential partner institutions. This served as an opportunity to increase the visibility of the Regional Office, strengthen existing relationships and develop new partnerships, which in turn create more opportunities for Harvard faculty and students interested in Colombia. One of the results of this visit is an increase in the number of non-profit, governmental, and medical partner institutions, providing more diverse opportunities for Harvard students participating in the 2015 DRCLAS Pre-Med Program and Summer Internship Program

2015-2016 Visiting Scholars Program

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. Among the various DRCLAS opportunities available, the following are specific to the Region:

  • Luksic Visiting Scholar Program in Chile
  • De Fortabat Visiting Scholar Program in Argentina
  • Custer Visiting Scholar Program in Peru
  • Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar Program in Colombia and Ecuador
  • Santander Visiting Scholar Program for any country in Latin America
  • Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professorship in Latin American Studies

The deadline for the 2015-2016 academic year is February 1, 2015. For more information about the programs, click here

In this Issue:

DRCLAS Summer Programs for Harvard students
Application deadline: February 8, 2015 at 11:59 pm

In summer 2015, DRCLAS is pleased to offer structured internship and immersion programs in the following countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru. Since 2005, more than 600 Harvard students have participated in DRCLAS programs in Latin America. For more information, click here.

UTEC firma acuerdo con Harvard en ingeniería
La Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnología (UTEC) y Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), a través de DRCLAS, firmaron un acuerdo de cooperación, que establece el desarrollo de programas de investigación en ingeniería y programas de intercambio entre Lima y la ciudad de Cambridge, que beneficiarán a alumnos y profesores. Read more here.

ReVista de DRCLAS dedica edición especial al Perú
El desarrollo económico y social logrado por el Perú en los últimos años fue el motivo principal para que el afamado David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, de la Universidad de Harvard, dedique una edición especial de su publicación “ReVista” a hablar de nuestro país y de su progreso. Read more here.

Presentan ReVista "Harvard Review of Latin America" dedicada al Perú
La Universidad del Pacífico realizó el lanzamiento de la ReVista, Harvard Review of Latin America. Un número dedicado íntegramente al Perú con una colección de artículos sobre gastronomía, arte, herencias del pasado, bajo diversas perspectivas. Read more here.

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies‏: Perú suena fuerte en el mundo
"Perú es hoy en día la estrella de Latinoamérica. La transformación como país ha sido sorprendente y en la actualidad el nombre de Perú suena con fuerza a nivel mundial," afirmó Ned Strong, del David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), de la Universidad de Harvard. Read more here.

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