MCA Past Events

MCA Past Events

2017 Apr 26

Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Program Seminar: Daily Life and Governance at Ancient Teotihuacan, Mexico

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S030 (Gathering Room)

Speaker: David Carballo, DRCLAS Santander Visiting Scholar & Associate Professor of Archaeology, Boston University
Moderator: William Fash, Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology

Two dimensions that make the ancient Mexican metropolis of Teotihuacan remarkable in terms of pre-modern societies are its enigmatic political organization, which presents a “faceless” system of governance, and the fact that the majority of its occupants lived in multi-family apartments—unique in the ancient world for a city of… Read more about Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Program Seminar: Daily Life and Governance at Ancient Teotihuacan, Mexico

2017 Apr 13

Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Program Conference: Struggles for Peace in Mexico

1:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Hall (S020)

Over the last decade, Mexico has become an epicenter of criminal violence in the region, and this side of the story is regularly reported in the news. Less attention has been paid to the struggles for peace. In this conference, we will discuss two initiatives undertaken by the "Seminar on Violence and Peace" of El Colegio de Mexico (ColMex). This activity is part of an ongoing effort by DRCLAS, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, and the Seminar to build a network of scholars from ColMex and Harvard interested in these issues.

Conference Schedule:

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2017 Apr 01

Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century - Panel Discussions

10:00am to 6:45pm

Location: 

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall, Harvard Yard

Urban Challenges in an Age of Shifting Sovereignties
Register here. Registration is not required to attend, but it is encouraged.

See the full program agenda here.

This two-day conference addresses current challenges hampering Mexico City’s urban development, sharing lessons learned so far and engaging in a dialogue with Harvard faculty and… Read more about Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century - Panel Discussions

2017 Mar 31

Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century - Keynote Address*

6:30pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street

Keynote Address: Urban Challenges in an Era of Climate Change

Speaker: Miguel Angel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City
Introduction: Jorge DomínguezAntonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico, Department of Government; Chair, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies

Live streaming will be available here.

*This presentation will be conducted in Spanish with simultaneous… Read more about Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century - Keynote Address*

2017 Mar 08

Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Program Seminar: Central America: The Region of Those Who Flee

5:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker:  Óscar Martínez, Investigative Journalist, ElFaro.net

Moderator: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology

Óscar Martínez, an award-winning journalist, will discuss the pressing issues surrounding Central American immigration. From the civil wars of the late 20th century to the continuing violence of the present day, northern Central America has been a region that expels its very own people. Largely because of this fact, migration is a phenomenon that shapes these societies. To flee from the… Read more about Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Program Seminar: Central America: The Region of Those Who Flee

2016 Dec 15

Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico: Final Presentation of a Three-Year Research Project Funded by INFONAVIT

10:00am to 12:00pm

Location: 

Room 112 in Gund Hall, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico

Diane Davis (Principal Investigator of Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico—RESHIM) will present the results of the Governance Report and Best Practices focusing primarily on the Urban Value Creation Platform for sustainable… Read more about Rethinking Social Housing in Mexico: Final Presentation of a Three-Year Research Project Funded by INFONAVIT

2016 Nov 29

Under the Wall: Infrastructure as Security and as Threat on the U.S.- Mexico Border

5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Ieva Jusionyte, Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Harvard University

Moderator: Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Planning and Urbanism, Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Politics of security on the U.S.-Mexico border have expanded from traditional concerns with drug trafficking and unauthorized migration to a paradigm of “all threats and hazards,” which includes wildland fires, floods, and toxic spills that can spread downwind, downhill, and downstream from Sonora… Read more about Under the Wall: Infrastructure as Security and as Threat on the U.S.- Mexico Border

2016 Nov 09

Staying a Step Ahead: Institutional Flexibility in the Rehabilitation of Social Housing in Oaxaca, Mexico

6:30pm

Location: 

Graduate School of Design, Gund Hall, Room 112

Officials from Fundación Hogares and the Mexican National Workers’ Housing Fund Institute (Infonavit) will join UPD faculty and students in a discussion of planning and design strategies deployed to address the growing problems of housing abandonment in Mexico.

Using a focus on a social… Read more about Staying a Step Ahead: Institutional Flexibility in the Rehabilitation of Social Housing in Oaxaca, Mexico