Democracy and Memory (FALL 2013)

During the fall semester of 2013, the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) collaborated with several other centers and institutes at Harvard University in a multidisciplinary exploration of the relationship between democracy and the collective memory of violence, injustice, repression, and resistance in Latin America.  

This major collaborative opened with the DRCLAS Open House and ARTS@DRCLAS exhibition opening on September 11, 2013. Throughout the semester, scholars from the social sciences, arts and humanities, and the physical sciences will collaborate in seeking a better understanding of the interaction of democracy and memory from multiple perspectives. In addition to a major scholarly conference on November 1 and 2, 2013, the two-month collaborative featured a distinguished lecture series; art and poetry exhibitions; artistic performances; and a film series. See the Full Program for details.

The collaborative provides a new and groundbreaking opportunity to explore an important theme from a variety of disciplines and for students and faculty from multiple departments to come together. We anticipate that the publications associated with the collaborative and conference will have a major scholarly impact.

Collaborators and Co-Sponsors: 

Ash Center for Democratic Governance
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Harvard Film Archive
Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
Harvard Law School Human Rights Program
Nieman Foundation for Journalism
Office of the Provost
Weatherhead Center for International Affairs