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Featured News â€¢ Summer 2016

DRCLAS Summer Programs in Latin America for Harvard Students

This past June, fifty-nine Harvard students traveled to Latin America to participate in the various eight-week DRCLAS summer programs. Through the Summer Internship Programs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Peru, forty-three Harvard undergraduates were placed in internships in public and private organizations in diverse fields, including education, human rights, engineering, and the arts, among many others. Moreover, as part of the Health and Spanish Immersion Program in Chile, thirteen students explored their interest in medicine and public health through a unique array of opportunities, such as medical shadowings at public hospitals and clinics, presentations on public health issues in Chile, and community service at health-related non-profit organizations.

This summer, three students also participated in the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Program in Panama, the HBS Global Initiative Collaborative Internship Program in Brazil, and the Summer Study Abroad at Colegio de Mexico, respectively. Click here for more information about DRCLAS summer programs and opportunities for Harvard students.

10th Anniversary of the Brazil Office

From left: Marcos Lisboa, President, Insper; Mark C. Elliot, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Harvard University; Marcia Castro, Associate Professor of Demography, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health; Frances Hagopian, Faculty Chair, Harvard Brazil Studies Program; Susanna Lemann; Claudio Haddad, Chairman of the Board, Insper, and Chair, Harvard Brazil Office Advisory Group; Edward Glaeser, Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Virgilio Almeida, Professor, UFMG, and 2016 CAPES Distinguished Brazilian Professor, Harvard University

To celebrate its accomplishments of the past decade and look ahead to future challenges and opportunities, the DRCLAS Brazil Office organized a one-day event in São Paulo to highlight the positive impact resulting from collaborations between Harvard faculty and students and Brazilian scholars, government officials, partner organizations, and trained professionals. Since its founding and under Jason Dyett's leadership for 9.5 years, the Brazil Office has surpassed expectations by providing broad support to Harvard faculty and students across the University while advancing key areas such as early childhood development and cities. Click here to read the 10th anniversary report of the Brazil Office, which illustrates the increasing engagement of Harvard faculty and students with Brazil, and the growing presence of Brazilians at Harvard.

DRCLAS Advisory Committee Member Elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers

DRCLAS Advisory Committee member, Alejandro Ramirez Magaña

In late May, Harvard announced the results of the annual election of new members to the Board of Overseers. DRCLAS Advisory Committee member, Alejandro Ramirez Magaña, is among the five newly elected Overseers. The new members were elected for six-year terms and will join the other Overseers in their primary function of encouraging the University to maintain the highest attainable standards as a place of learning. Click here for more information.

Harvard's Vice Provost for International Affairs Visits Chile

From left: Andrés Velasco, former Minister of Finance in Chile; Mark C. Elliot, Vice Provost for International Affairs

As part of his mission to advance Harvard's international academic initiatives and extend the University's global reach, Mark C. Elliott, Harvard’s new Vice Provost for International Affairs, visited Chile in June. While in Santiago, he visited the DRCLAS Regional Office (RO), and met with RO Advisory Group members, Harvard students participating in DRCLAS summer and study abroad programs, local Harvard alumni, RO project collaborators, and RO staff. During his visit, Mr. Elliott also led a talk, moderated by Andrés Velasco, former Minister of Finance in Chile, on the current state of the University and its global strategy.

DRCLAS Visiting Scholars and Fellows

Each year, DRCLAS selects 10-12 distinguished academics (Visiting Scholars) and professionals (Fellows) to spend one or two semesters at Harvard working on their own research and writing projects. The program creates a community of scholars with diverse perspectives on Latin America, and offers a unique environment for the scholars to learn from and interact with each other.

This year’s pool of applicants was among the most competitive ever, with just over 10% of the candidates being offered a fellowship. The university-wide, cross-disciplinary mission of DRCLAS is exemplified through the diverse disciplines and projects represented by this year’s cohort, which includes economists, legal scholars, political scientists, historians, biologists and archaeologists. In addition to the Visiting Scholars, DRCLAS will also welcome Helena Alviar García, Dean of the Law School at the Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia, as a Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor. She will teach at the Harvard Law School during spring 2017. Click here for more information and a complete list of Visiting Scholars.

New Faculty Members at Harvard

Harvard University is pleased to welcome new faculty hires whose research is related to Latin America. Scott Mainwaring is the new Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies and the Faculty Co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program. He joined the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School after teaching at the University of Notre Dame for thirty-three years. At Notre Dame, he won university wide prizes for research and for graduate student teaching, as well as a prize for mentoring undergraduate research. He served as director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies for thirteen years and as Chair and Director of Graduate Studies of the Political Science Department.

Photo credit: Stephanie Mitchell, Harvard Staff Photographer

Ieva Jusionyte has joined Harvard as assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Committee on Degrees in Social Studies. Between 2012 and 2016, Dr. Jusionyte was assistant professor of anthropology and Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, where she coordinated the Crime, Law, and Governance in the Americas program.

Featured Upcoming Event
Annual DRCLAS Open House Celebration
Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at 6pm
DRCLAS, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA

Join us for Brazilian themed music and refreshments at the annual DRCLAS Open House celebration. The event will feature the opening of the fall 2016 exhibition, EL HAMBRE DE MI CORAZÓN, showcasing a selection of works by Chilean poet Raúl Zurita, former Robert F. Kennedy Professor in Latin American Studies at Harvard.

Featured Press Coverage
Between Cuba and Harvard, an uncommon garden
In the summer of 1899, Boston sugar magnate Edwin F. Atkins and Harvard professors George L. Goodale and Oakes Ames gathered in a busy sugar mill in Cienfuegos, Cuba, for a meeting that led to the establishment of one of the world’s richest tropical gardens. Read more here.
Celebrating a decade in São Paulo
In a few short weeks, the world will turn its attention to Rio de Janeiro for the Olympic Games. But before any medals are awarded, Harvard celebrated two of its own milestones in Brazil: the 10th anniversary of the Harvard Brazil Office and the first round of Lemann Brazil Research Fund grants. Read more here.
Raúl Zurita obtiene el Premio Iberoamericano de Poesía Pablo Neruda 2016
Desde la casa porteña del poeta Pablo Neruda, La Sebastiana, el Ministro de Cultura, Ernesto Ottone, levantó el teléfono para anunciarle a Raúl Zurita su más reciente reconocimiento: el Premio Iberoamericano de Poesía Pablo Neruda 2016. Read more here.
Spring 2016 Issue
Read the Spring 2016 issue of ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America on El Salvador.
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