Cultural and Humanitarian Agents is a seminar co-sponsored by the Cultural Agents Initiative and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, and 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. In particular, it focuses on identifying artists, educators, and leaders who have developed creative practices that reflect on the role of art in building civil society and responding to its challenges.

Upcoming Events

Symbolic Reparations
Friday, March 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:00am
Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 9:00am
Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University; Boston University

Friday, March 31 | 5pm - 7pm | Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University

Angela Perez
Cultural Vice President, Banco de la Republica de Colombia

Jennifer Schirmer
Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Lisa Laplante
Director of Center for International Law and Policy, New England Law Boston

Moderator and Comments

Liliana Obregon
Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar at DRCLAS, Harvard University

Saturday, April 1 | 9am - 12pm | Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University

Jose G. Nugent
Director, Lugar de Memoria, Lima, Peru

Cristina Lleras
Museo Nacional de la Memoria, Bogota, Colombia

Sergio Rojas
Professor, Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Julian Bonder
Partner, Wodiczko+Bonder; Professor of Architecture, Roger Williams University

Moderator and Comments

Peter Winn
Professor of Latin American History, Tufts University

Saturday, April 1 | 12pm - 2pm | Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University

Lunch and Keynote (Lunch will be provided)

James E. Young
Professor Emeritus and Founding Director, Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst


Doris Sommer
Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Saturday, April 1 | 2:30pm - 5pm | Room 133, Barker Center, Harvard University

Benvenuto Chavajay
Artist (Guatemala)

Juan Manuel Echavarria
Artist (Colombia)

Rafael Lozano-Hammer
Artist (Mexico)

Moderator and Comments

Tania Bruguera
Artist (Cuba)

Sunday, April 2 | 9am - 1pm | Boston University

Workshop Led by SRRP Members

Marco Abarca
Universidad de Puerto Rico

Jose L. Falconi
Harvard University

Robin Greeley
University of Connecticut

Michael Orwicz
University of Connecticut

Ana Maria Reyes
Boston University

Fernando J. Rosenberg
Brandeis University

Kaira M. Cabañas, University of Florida
Clinical-Artistic Tableaux: The Emergence of Art as Psychiatric Care in Transatlantic Perspective
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 4:00pm
Room 133, Barker Center

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"