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Featured News • Fall 2016

Forum on Biodiversity in Colombia


Brian D. Farrell, Director, DRCLAS, participated in Gran Foro de la Biodiversidad, a Colombian initiative that aims to create a space for national and international conferences, to discuss the importance of preserving biodiversity, and show how, through science research, one can find alternative options to gain value from biodiversity in a sustainable manner. The event, held in September in Bogotá, Colombia, also featured presentations by Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia, and Brigitte Baptiste, Director, Instituto Alexander Von Humboldt, among other speakers. Click here for information. 

Social Integration through the Arts: Snapshots of Practice

Held in October at Harvard University, the symposium Social Integration through the Arts: Snapshots of Practice and its related academic programming brought together Harvard faculty and cultural leaders from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and the United States to engage in dialogue about the power of the arts in creating social integration and enriching quality of life for communities. The three-day encounter addressed various topics, such as learning in and through the arts, creating and measuring social impact, promoting community engagement, developing institutional partnerships with stakeholders, and achieving financial sustainability, among others.


As part of the ongoing initiative Social Integration through the Arts in the Americas, the events were organized by the Arts in Education Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the DRCLAS Regional Office, with the generous support of Jaime Urrutia Montoya (AB '63), and funding from a DRCLAS Faculty Grant. The initiative's fourth encounter will take place in Frutillar, Chile, in January 2017.

Visiting Scholars and Fellows Program


Each year, through the Visiting Scholars and Fellows Program, DRCLAS 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. DRCLAS offers residential fellowships for visiting scholars and fellows from Argentina, Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Scholars from other countries whose work focuses on Brazil, Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela are also eligible. The deadline for the 2017-2018 academic year is February 1, 2017. Click here for more information. 

Engineering and Applied Sciences Collaborations in Chile and Argentina

In September, Frank Doyle, Dean of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), visited Santiago, Chile, and Buenos Aires, Argentina, to meet with government officials, and leaders in business and education. While meeting with deans and faculty members of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and other universities in Santiago, Dean Doyle spoke about the dramatic growth of engineering and applied sciences at Harvard, and discussed the potential for research collaborations and opportunities to launch new student exchange programs. 


In Argentina, Dean Doyle shared SEAS vision with several groups of Harvard alumni, CEOs, and young entrepreneurs, highlighting SEAS collaborative nature and its focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. He also participated in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Multi-Conference on Systems and Control in Buenos Aires, where he and his colleagues ran an educational workshop on the artificial pancreas. The DRCLAS Regional Office and the Harvard Business School’s Latin American Research Center helped facilitate Dean Doyle's visit to the region. Click here for more information. 

Workshops on Emerging Innovations in Conservation Finance


In September, Las Majadas de Pirque, in
partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the DRCLAS Regional Office, Fundación Robles de Cantillana, Templado, and Qué Pasa, hosted the three-day workshop Emerging Innovations in Conservation Finance. Alongside experts in land conservation and conservation finance from Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and the United States, David Foster, Director, Harvard Forest, James Levitt, Director of the Program on Conservation Innovation, Harvard Forest, and Rand Wentworth, Senior Fellow in Environmental Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, participated in the workshop. Throughout the three days, the attendees, which hailed from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, had the opportunity to define and discuss the issues having or that will potentially have a substantial impact on conservation finance in the Americas. The encounter was of special significance in Chile due to two ongoing initiatives: the passage by the Chilean Congress of the Derecho Real de Conservación, which allows private landowners to protect their land in perpetuity, and a project now being negotiated by the Government of Chile and Tompkins Conservation that may protect as many as 10 million acres as new or expanded National Parks.

Harvard Joins Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA)

In fall 2016, DRCLAS and the Office of International Education at Harvard College launched two term-time study abroad programs as part of the Consortium for Advanced Studies Abroad (CASA): CASA Argentina in Buenos Aires, and CASA Chile in Santiago. In spring 2016, Harvard joined the non-profit consortium, which involves nine leading U.S. universities, and was formed with the purpose of organizing and delivering rigorous education abroad programs for students of the nine member institutions.


In July, the DRCLAS Regional Office welcomed the first cohort of students to the two programs. Throughout the past five months, the students had the unique opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture and the Spanish language, and to enroll directly in courses at local universities, for which they will receive transfer credit to apply towards their undergraduate degrees. Through the two CASA Programs, the students also had access to non-credit internship opportunities linked to their area of academic studies.

Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970s Now


Responding to the coup d’état and its aftermath in the 1970s, Chilean artists residing in Santiago and abroad created works that spoke to their experience of political, social, and geographic marginalization. The exhibition Embodied Absence: Chilean Art of the 1970son view October 2, 2016 to January 8, 2017 at the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts (CCVA) at Harvard, brings works of art and documentation from this historic period into dialogue, with new performances and collaborations with contemporary Chilean artists of a younger generation. The exhibition forefronts the challenges of historicizing elusive artworks by presenting works that take photographic and video documentation and human memory as points of departure, reactivating, rearticulating and witnessing the interventions and works through the lens of the contemporary moment.

The exhibition is co-organized by CCVA and DRCLAS, as part of the latter's research project Conceptual Stumblings. The first iteration, Embodied Absence: Ephemerality and Collectivity in Chilean Art of the 1970s (September 2015-January 2016), was organized by Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende in Santiago, Chile, in collaboration with DRCLAS.

Peruvian Engineering Students Explore Cleaner Methods for Mining Gold


In August, six engineering students from Peru's Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología (UTEC) worked in research labs at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to study more environmentally friendly gold extraction methods. The group of students are part of a collaborative ongoing program between the two institutions. Students from SEAS traveled to Peru in January, joining forces with UTEC peers to prototype three devices: a water filter that uses cilantro to remove heavy metals, a turbine-driven centrifuge to remove large particulates, and an electromagnetic filtration system.
During the August segment of the exchange program, UTEC students worked in the SEAS Active Learning Labs and in the lab of Chad Vecitis, Associate Professor of Environmental Engineering, to develop and test a gold dissolution method using iodine. Click here for more information.

Interpreting Displacements and Migrations through the Arts and Sciences


Doris Salcedo, A Flor de Piel (detail), 2013. Rose petals and thread. Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum.
Interpreting Displacements and Migrations through the Arts and Sciences is a thematic initiative at DRCLAS for the academic year 2016-17, in connection with the Harvard Art Museums' special exhibition Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning (on view November 4, 2016 to April 9, 2017). The exhibition brings together a deeply evocative constellation of recent works by Doris Salcedo, the renowned Colombian sculptor and visual artist known for her sculptures and public installations that respond to the testimonies of survivors and victims of political violence. DRCLAS is pleased to collaborate with the Harvard Art Museums and other units to offer a series of events drawing attention to the causes and effects of displacement in Latin America. Click here for more information about the initiative and related upcoming events.

Recupera Chile - Fall 2016 Updates

In September, Dr. Lili Peacock-Chambers presented the work of the Recupera Chile Child Mental Health team at the first Medecins Sans Frontieres Paediatric Days conference in Stockholm, Sweden. The presentation focused on a qualitative study of child well-being and community recovery, four years after a natural disaster in Chile.


Recupera Chile's Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds initiative helped organize the visit of fifty women from the town of Coelemu's mental health unit to an organic community garden union in the town of Tomé, with the goal of receiving training in organic gardening systems and rainwater collection. The Municipality of Coelemu supported the visit, which was led by the town's public health service, in collaboration with a local program of Chile's Ministry of Agriculture. Thus far, the program has built greenhouses in four rural health centers to support the development of healthy habits, and self-management and nutrition practices in the community.


In Dichato, Fundación Consejo de Curso imparted a workshop on socioemotional and learning skills to fifty school teachers. In the upcoming weeks, subsequent workshops with the participating teachers will take place through interactive online seminars and reflection sessions.

EL HAMBRE DE MI CORAZÓN, poems by Raúl Zurita


DRCLAS, in collaboration with Sergio Delgado Moya, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures (RLL), created an installation of poems by the celebrated Chilean poet Raúl Zurita, a foremost figure of contemporary Latin American literature. The poems selected for EL HAMBRE DE MI CORAZÓN are representative of the poet's larger body of work: poetry that broaches themes of pain, death, redemption, and hope. On walls and in nooks scattered through DRCLAS, the exhibition (on view September 6, 2016 to March 1, 2017) showcases the work of one of the most resonant voices in poetry from the Americas, temporarily placing it in the heart of a dynamic center of scholarship in a style and proportion that plays on the monumentality of Raúl Zurita's landscape poems. The academic programming accompanying the exhibition includes a poetry reading and a workshop with RLL students. Click here for more information. 

Harvard Faculty Visits to Chile

In November, Michèle Lamont, Professor of Sociology, of African and African American Studies, and of European Studies, visited Chile to participate in the annual conference Desigualdades, organized by Centro de Estudios de Conflicto y Cohesión Social and the International Inequalities Institute of the London School of Economics and Political Science. At the conference, Professor Lamont gave a keynote presentation on the research for her book Getting Respect: Responding to Stigma and Discrimination in the United States, Brazil, and Israel. During her visit, she also met with a group of DRCLAS Regional Office staff and collaborators.


In July, Dan Levy, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair of the SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, visited Chile to lead workshops with students from the Pontificia Universidad Católica (UC) on the value of pursuing a career in public policy, and with a group of UC professors on the challenges of teaching quantitative methods in multidisciplinary contexts. The event was organized by UC's School of Government and Centro de Estudios Sociedad Libre.

Upcoming Events in the Region
Seminario: Recursos Naturales, Diversificación Productiva y Política Industrial
Tuesday, December 6, at 8:30am
Santiago, Chile

Speakers: Dani Rodrik, Professor of International Political Economy, Harvard Kennedy School; William Maloney, Chief Economist, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank. Click here for more information.
DRCLAS in the News
Art as politics in ’70s Chile
What do artists do in the face of a brutal crackdown on expression? They make art that can’t be traced. In Chile, in 1973, a military coup brought down the socialist government of President Salvador Allende and put strongman Augusto Pinochet in power. Read more here.
Frank Doyle, decano de la Escuela de Ingeniería de la U. de Harvard: "Se ha puesto mucho énfasis en el concepto de la convergencia"
De visita en Chile, el académico reconoce que su principal desafío es reinventar una institución con más de 160 años de trayectoria. Para ello, su tarea se concentra en ligar su ciencia con otras áreas del saber; desde temas de salud hasta otros relacionados con la sustentabilidad. Lee más aquí.
Bioeconomía, la próxima revolución de Colombia
Durante el evento convocado por Bibo, de El Espectador, y Colombio Bio, de Colciencias, expertos dieron las claves para que el país se encamine hacia una economía que no riña con el medioambiente. Lee más aquí.
Mourning for strangers in the YouTube era
Shortly after dawn a few weeks ago, as Colombians were absorbing the surprising news that voters had rejected a deal to end five decades of civil war, an answer to similar questions started taking shape in the Plaza de Bolivar, Bogota’s main square. Read more here.
The Arts and Social Integration
How can the arts best be used to create educational programs and multidisciplinary partnerships? That was the focus of the symposium held earlier this month as part of the Social Integration Through the Arts (SITA) initiative, a collaboration between HGSE’s Arts in Education Program and the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. Read more here.
Innovaciones emergentes en el financiamento de la conservación
Hoy nos vemos enfrentados a grandes desafíos para la conservación a nivel mundial, pero para Chile es particularmente importante por dos razones. Lee más aquí.
'Disappearing’ Chilean art
Carpenter Center exhibit examines art created during the Pinochet regime, and adds fresh elements to it. Read more here.
DRCLAS Regional Office Blog
Check out the DRCLAS Regional Office's blog to learn more about student experiences in programs and initiatives in the Andes and Southern Cone region.
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