DRCLAS Newsletter, Fall 2015 - View this email in your browser

Harvard in Latin America / 
Latin America at Harvard

Featured News â€¢ Fall 2015

Dear Friends and Supporters of DRCLAS,

We are pleased to launch the first DRCLAS bimonthly newsletter, a way to keep our network of friends and supporters up-to-date on the Center’s efforts to be a bridge between Harvard and Latin America and the Caribbean. As you can see from examples of activities featured below, Harvard’s presence in the region continues to expand, activities at Harvard featuring Latin America and the Caribbean are ever more relevant, and the Center continues to exert broad influence in fields of great importance to world affairs. None of this could happen without the support and active participation of our friends, donors, and program sponsors. For that we are deeply grateful, and welcome your feedback as we provide recent news and information about upcoming events and initiatives.

Brian D. Farrell
Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

Science Symposium Brings Five Harvard Professors to Brazil

Professors Naomi Pierce, Scott Edwards, Brian Farrell, Scot Martin, and Frances Hagopian participated in a three-day visit to Brazil in October. These Harvard scientists presented their research at the University of São Paulo (USP), participated in roundtable discussions about opportunities for future collaboration with thirteen Brazilian professors, and visited USP labs.

Study Abroad Program in Cuba

This past fall nine Harvard College students spent the semester at the University of Havana, through the DRCLAS Study Abroad Program in Cuba. The Program, now in its eighth year, is offered every fall. Program participants live together in a residence in the Vedado neighborhood of Havana, and take four courses with Cuban students at the University. Students also have the unique opportunity to attend biweekly presentations by former DRCLAS Visiting Scholars from Cuba, to complement and contextualize their studies. In addition, program participants partake in several cultural activities, including a trip to the eastern part of the island.

Clubes de Ciencias in Latin America

In January 2014, a group of graduate students from Harvard and other universities in the U.S. and Mexico launched Clubes de Ciencias México, with support from Fundación Harvard en México, DRCLAS, MIT, and Mexican governmental entities. The initiative delivers Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workshops to high school and college students, as well as mentoring to empower students to take charge of their own science education. Since then, Clubes de Ciencias México has expanded from one to six cities across Mexico.

This past October, a similar group of graduate students from the U.S. and Latin America launched Clubes de Ciencias Colombia, with support from COLCIENCIAS, Universidad de los Andes, SENA, and the government of Antioquia. The first workshops took place in Bogotá and Antioquia. The initiative recently expanded further with the creation of Clubes de Ciencias Bolivia, launched in Santa Cruz in early January 2016.

A Public Talk by Keiko Fujimori

As part of the Andes and Southern Cone Program, 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 Ms. Fujimori about her political career and aspirations. Click here for more information and to watch full videos of Ms. Fujimori's talk.

Antarctica’s Role in Climate Science

In October, DRCLAS, Museo Marítimo Nacional (MMN), Corporación Patrimonio Marítimo de Chile, and Fundación Mar de Chile, organized the conference La Antártica y el cambio climático. The event, which took place at MMN in Valparaiso, Chile, was led by James McCarthy, Professor of Biological Oceanography. 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 at MMN. Local museum administrators attended the event to learn how to improve their methods for creating and displaying exhibitions. The two conferences are part of an ongoing initiative to develop an interactive wing at MMN on Antarctica's role in climate science and the history of Chile's involvement in that continent.

Featured Upcoming Event
Landscape as Urbanism
March 15 - 21, 2016
Colombia, Chile & Brazil

The Department of Landscape Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, in collaboration with ARTS@DRCLAS and local universities and institutions, will host three symposia, to be held in Medellin (March 15), Santiago (March 18), and Brasilia (March 21), to discuss the topic of Landscape as Urbanism in the Americas, and reflect on the potential for sustainable urban development in the region. More information here.

Fall 2015 Issue
Read the Fall 2015 issue of ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America on energy, oil, gas and beyond.
Featured Press Coverage
Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, former visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and DRCLAS faculty grant recipient, wins this year's Pritzker Architecture Prize for work initiated with DRCLAS. Read the news article here.
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