Panel Discussion: Social Development and the Arts in Latin America


Thursday, October 11, 2018, 3:30pm to 5:00pm


CGIS South, S250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Classical music training for underprivileged children and youth, through El Sistema, proves that excellence in art is a principle for social development in Latin America and beyond.

Our conversation develops this lesson from four perspectives:
Professor Tarun Khanna, of HBS and author of a Case Study on El Sistema
Professor Doris Sommer, of FAS and founder of Cultural Agents
Eduardo Méndez, Executive Director of El Sistema 
Enrique Márquez, Director General of the Veracruz Institute of Culture, México

The arts play a measurable role in the development of children and youth. Our panel will consider art’s contributions to critical thinking, a sense of belonging, constructive competition and a meaningful life. We will also address the challenge of engaging decision makers to scale up the work that art does for society.
This event is organized in collaboration with Cultural Agents.