The Cultural and Humanitarian Agents seminar series is a collaboration between the Cultural Agents Initiative and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, co-sponsored by Mahindra Humanities Center and Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. This seminar series features a range of contemporary mentors who recognize art and interpretation as fundamental to active citizenship. The series works within a long humanistic tradition dedicated to civic development, focusing on identifying artists, educators, and other practitioners who have developed creative practices that reflect on the role of art in building civil society and responding to its challenges. In the spirit of a new Gen Ed course at Harvard College, “Rx: Arts for Global Health,” this series dives into global and public health. Academics, artists, and politicians present cases, display agency, and pose provocative questions about the role of the arts and aesthetics in breaking emerging patterns of illness and disease through non-technical, creative solutions.


Upcoming Events

Salvador del Solar, Former Minister of Culture of Peru, Harvard University
The Informal Economy: A Challenge to the Social Contract
Friday, December 7, 2018 - 6:30pm
Room 201, Harvard Hall

Cosponsored by the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs

Past Events 2017 - 18

Diego Fernandez, Secretary for Social and Urban Integration, Buenos Aires
What is a Slum? Welcome to #31, Buenos Aires
Jay Critchley, Multimedia Artist and Writer
Affirmative Re-Action
Pier Luigi Sacco, International University of Languages and Literatures, Milan
Reclaiming the Public Domain through Massive Cultural Capability Building
Theresa Betancourt, Boston College
Narrative, Creativity, and Resilience in War-Affected Populations
Sam Durant, CalArts School of Art
How Real is the Symbolic?
Ian Koebner, University of California, Davis
A(n)esthetics and the Analgesic Museum

Past Events 2016 - 17

Symbolic Reparations
Kaira M. Cabañas, University of Florida
Clinical-Artistic Tableaux: The Emergence of Art as Psychiatric Care in Transatlantic Perspective

Past Events 2015 - 16

Alejandra Ballón-Gutierrez, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Kimberly Theidon, Tufts University
Red Carpet: A Possible Form of Affective Politics
Simon Hosie
Planos Vivos: Architecture and Community Engagement in Colombia
Araceli Alonso, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Nikumbuke: Women Turning Structural Violence into Health and Well-Being
Fabienne Le Houérou, Sciences-PO (Aix)
Asylum in France: The Rising Paradox of Individual Compassion and Collective Rejection of the Refugees 1990-2015
Fabienne Le Houérou, Sciences-PO (Aix)
“WOMEN ON THE EDGE” A Tibetan Case Study of Angie a Woman on the Edge in India

Past Events 2014 - 15

Nandita Das, Harvard University
The Role of Arts in Social Change
Jorge Munguía, Buró-Buró
Strategies for Cultural Participation
Mexico at a Crossroads: Political Crisis, Civic Agency and Culture

Past Events 2013 - 14

Matthew Mazzotta, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
OPEN HOUSE: A House with a Secret
Fred Ritchin, New York University
Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen
Panel Discussion with Artists in Context
FeFa in Context

Past Events 2012 - 13

Luis García Nava and Carolina Chávez Mendoza (OSIMMPE)
"he Recovery of the Mixteca Language in the Municipality of Santa María Peñoles, Mexico"
Pablo Rey Mazón, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Basurama: A Framework for Designing Collectively with Waste”

Past Events 2011 - 12

Jocelyn Kelly, Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
"Visual Stories: Working with Reintegrating Child Soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo"
Raúl Cárdenas, Founder and Director of Torolab
"Contested Territories and the Transborder Farm Lab"
Alfredo Jaar
"It is Difficult"
David Lammy, MP, British Labour Party
A conversation with David Lammy
Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogota
"Art in Action: Creative Governance for Cities in Crisis"
Naseemah Mohamed, Harvard University
"The Art of Literacy: A Post-Colonial Pedagogy for Zimbabwe"

Past Events 2010 - 11

Marcos Porras
Oliver Lee Arce
Inaugural Presentation of the Annual "Cátedra de Cultura de México" Award
Pedro Reyes, artist, Mexico
"Palas por Pistolas / Guns for Shovels: Art for Social Change"
Ana Blohm, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
"Art and Medicine"
Frank Pearl, High Counselor for Social and Economic Reintegration in Colombia
"Art for Social and Economic Reintegration of Rebel Groups in Colombia"
Gustavo Buntinx
"Between the Earth and the World: The Shamanic Moment in The Symbolic Exhumation of the Disappeared"