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September - November 2015

A Public Talk by Keiko Fujimori at Harvard

DRCLAS and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs organized a public talk by Keiko Fujimori, Peruvian politician and leader of the political party Fuerza Popular. The talk, which took place at Harvard in September, was moderated by Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government, and served as an opportunity for faculty, students and the general public to engage in a dialogue with Fujimori about her political career and aspirations. Click here for more information and to watch full videos of Fujimori's talk.

ARTS@DRCLAS Events in Chile

In September, ARTS@DRCLAS organized 3 public events in Santiago, Chile, including the opening of the exhibition Ausencia Encarnada at Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA). The exhibition, curated by Liz Munsell, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, USA), portrays ephemerality and collectivity in Chilean Art from the 1970s, and is based on DRCLAS-led research project Conceptual Stumblings. The exhibition opening included a private guided tour with renowned collectors and gallerists from Latin America, a selected group of members of New York's Museum of Modern Art, and local scholars and artists. In October, as part of the exhibition, MSSA hosted a special performance by Chilean artist Cecilia Vicuña titled "London Lecture: “El arte es la revolución”, 1974-2015."

Related to the exhibition, ARTS@DRCLAS organized a presentation of part of the forthcoming volume of Conceptual Stumblings at the 
Chilean art fair Ch.ACO. Vacilaciones conceptuales: diálogo sur-norte sobre experimentalismos en Chile featured a dialogue between Harvard professor and co-editor of the book, Sergio Delgado Moya, and book contributor, Ana Maria Risco. In addition, as part of ARTS@DRCLAS Overseas Faculty Series, Professor Delgado led a public talk and workshop on aesthetics in consumer society at the School of Art of Universidad Católica de Chile.

Conferences in Chile: Antarctica & Climate Change; Didactic Museography

In October, DRCLAS, Museo Marítimo Nacional, Corporación Patrimonio Marítimo de Chile, and Fundación Mar de Chile, organized the conference La Antártica y el cambio climático, led by James McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography. Taking place in Valparaíso, Chile, the conference was based on Professor McCarthy's research on climate change. As a preamble to the conference, Judith Palfrey, Professor of Pediatrics at the Harvard Medical School, led a presentation on Recupera Chile's work on health and education related to the ocean.

Simultaneously, David Ellis, President Emeritus of the Museum of Science (Boston, MA) and former interim director of the Harvard Museum of Natural History, led the conference Museografía Didáctica in Valparaíso. Local museum administrators attended the event to learn how to improve their methods creating and displaying exhibitions. During his visit, Ellis also led a similar workshop at the Museo Interactivo Mirador in Santiago. 

Corporate Social and Environmental Responsibility in Chile

Kash Rangan, Professor of Marketing at the Harvard Business School, traveled to Chile to participate in a workshop with leaders from the energy, forestry, salmon, and mining industries in Chile, and scholars from Universidad Adolfo Ibañez and Universidad Diego Portales. The workshop took place at Las Majadas, a new convention center that aims to be the epicenter for transformative conversations that benefit Chile and Latin America. The workshop served as an opportunity for Professor Rangan to obtain valuable information on the challenges leaders in each of the aforementioned industries face and the intricacies of their relations with the communities where they work. Professor Rangan’s visit is a preamble to a series of three workshops titled “A Forum for Building Constructive Relationships for Companies and Communities”, to be held in April 2016, with the participation of prominent leaders in various Chilean industries.

2016-2017 Visiting Scholar Opportunities

Each year, 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 projects through the Visiting Scholars and Fellows Program, or teaching at Harvard through the Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Visiting Professorship in Latin American Studies. The deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is February 1, 2016. For more information, click here

Among the various opportunities available, the following are specific to the Andes and Southern Cone region:
De Fortabat Visiting Scholar Program
Luksic Visiting Scholar Program 

Colombia and Ecuador
Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar Program

Custer Visiting Scholar Program in Peru
Any country in Latin America
Santander Visiting Scholar Program
RFK Visiting Professorship in Latin American Studies

We would like to thank our donors and supporters for their contributions promoting Latin American studies at Harvard and in the region. For more information about the 2015-2016 visiting scholars, fellows and RFK visiting professors, click here.

Language for Learning: Instrument to Capture Academic Language Skills in Chile

In November, Paola Uccelli, Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Education, participated in a seminar in Chile on early childhood literacy and language skills at Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC). Professor Uccelli gave a keynote presentation on the findings from her research conducted in Chile. 

With support from DRCLAS through the Harvard-Chile Innovation Initiative, Professor Uccelli, and Alejandra Meneses, Assistant Professor at PUC, joined efforts in 2014, to examine school-relevant language development during early adolescence in Chilean Spanish-speaking students. Guided by research on Spanish language development and textual linguistics, and inspired by their prior research in English, Professors Uccelli and Meneses embarked on an ambitious initiative to propose an operational definition of Core Academic Language Skills (CALS) in Spanish and to design an instrument to test these skills. This research offers unprecedented evidence as to which language skills are critical to attend in order to improve reading comprehension. For more information, click here.

Event with DRCLAS and DRCLAS Regional Office Advisors and Collaborators in Chile

Ned Strong, DRCLAS Executive Director,
 visited Chile in October to participate in two Harvard faculty-led conferences on climate change and museography. During his visit, the DRCLAS Regional Office organized a luncheon with DRCLAS Advisory Committee members and DRCLAS Regional Office Advisory Group members in Chile, as well as key local collaborators. The luncheon served as an opportunity for advisors and collaborators to learn more about current and upcoming Regional Office-led initiatives.

Recupera Chile Updates

In October, Doug Ahlers, Recupera Chile leader, DRCLAS Associate, and Senior Fellow of the Program on Crisis Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School, visited Chile to serve as keynote speaker at the conference Ciudades en transformación: Cambio climático global, desastres naturales y resiliencia urbana at Universidad del Bío-Bío. In his keynote address, he talked about his experience leading disaster recovery initiatives in New Orleans, New Zealand, Nepal, and Chile. During his trip, he also visited the communities served by Recupera Chile, and participated in a public talk, organized by the Regional Office and the Harvard Club of Chile, on his disaster recovery work across the globe.

Professor Judith Palfrey also traveled to Southern Chile in October, to lead a series of interactive workshops with local Mapuche families, fisherwomen, fishermen, and local coastal communities served by Recupera Chile. The workshops focused on health, the nutritional values of seafood, and marine education. Professor Palfrey also presented on the potential use of seaweed in cosmetics to create economic recovery, as part of the Granjeros del Mar economic recovery plan in aquaculture. 

In November, Fundación Mar de Chile, a long-time Recupera Chile collaborator, facilitated a field trip to Isla Quiliquina for 120 students from Dichato's 
public school, one of the communities served by Recupera Chile. For some students, this was their first time on a boat. The field trip served as an opportunity for them to learn about ocean conservation and to reconnect with the ocean after suffering post-traumatic stress after the 2010 tsumani and earthquake.

Upcoming Overseas Events
Photo credit: Registro de exposición 
Conversación entre los artistas Raúl Zurita y Juan Castillo
Martes 5 de enero, 2016, 19:00 hrs. Sala Federico García Lorca, Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), Santiago, Chile.

Actividad organizada en el contexto de la exposición Ausencia Encarnada.
Conversatorio: Integración social a través de las artes
Miércoles 13 de enero, 2016, 11:00 hrs. Capilla Sofitel Legend Santa Clara
Cartagena, Colombia.

A través de la iniciativa "Social Integration through the Arts" de DRCLAS y como parte del Cartagena Festival Internacional de Música, los profesores de Harvard Steve Seidel y James Honan liderarán un conversatorio, con la participación de Paula Moreno, ex-ministra de Cultura de Colombia y Bruce Mac Master, presidente de la Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia.
Landscape as Urbanism
March 15-21, 2016
Colombia, Chile & Brazil

The Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with ARTS@DRCLAS and local universities and institutions, will organize 3 symposia to be held in Medellin (March 15), Santiago (March 18), and Brasilia (March 21) to discuss the topic of Landscape as Urbanism in Latin America, and reflect on the potential for sustainable urban development in the region. More information coming soon. 
Past Events
 at Harvard
Andes & Southern Cone Program
Fall 2015 - Past Events

• Argentina: Economic Challenges for the New Government

• Caso Nisman en Argentina

• Politics in the Bullring: Democracy and Anti-Bullfight Movements in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

• Derechos Humanos en el Cono Sur: Dos casos en Chile y Argentina

• Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela

For a full list of past Andes & Southern Cone events at Harvard, click here.

Harvard In the News
La Antártica tiene un rol fundamental en el cambio climático
Tanto el continente blanco como el Ártico son los primeros en dar señales de los cambios. Por ello pueden entregar pistas para entender cómo avanza el calentamiento global. Leer más aquí.
Chile, el arte efímero y las cicatrices duraderas
El Museo de la Solidariad de Salvador Allende recoge en una muestra las perfomances y arte colectivo chileno durante los setenta. Leer más aquí.
Después del desastre
Doug Ahlers es especialista en recuperación de catástrofes. En Nueva Orleans, Nepal o Chile, Ahlers estudia cómo las comunidades se recuperan tras ellos. Leer más aquí.
Nexos Chile-USA: Divulgadores Científicos: “El Impacto de la Ciencia en la Sociedad”
Entre el 6 y 7 de noviembre la Universidad de Harvard fue el epicentro de la “VI Reunión de Científicos Chilenos en Estados Unidos”, en esta oportunidad la temática principal fue “Beyond the Bench: The Impact of Science in the Community”. Leer más aquí.
Hausmann plantea atraer talento extranjero para potenciar el crecimiento de largo plazo en Chile
El profesor de Harvard sostuvo que muy pocos emprendedores hoy en el país son inmigrantes. Leer más aquí.
Galuccio disertó en un simposio de energía en Harvard y luego se reunió con estudiantes argentinos
El presidente y CEO de YPF, Miguel Galuccio, brindó una exposición en Harvard, en el marco del 12th Annual Energy Symposium que organiza el Energy & Environmental Club. Leer más aquí.
El cambio climático: un riesgo para los seres humanos
“Hay múltiples acciones a tomar para desacelerar el impacto que las personas provocamos en el planeta” señaló el experto norteamericano James McCarthy en Fundación Chile. Leer más aquí.
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