The Mexico Program at DRCLAS and the Mexico Office are committed to deepening engagement with the region through an active program of events and activities, academic and internship opportunities for students, and support for faculty research.
The DRCLAS Mexico Office was established in 2012 in Mexico City. The Office has three main objectives: to increase Harvard faculty involvement in the region, to help Harvard students connect with relevant academic and professional opportunities, and facilitate Harvard´s collaboration with public and private institutions, as well as other organizations in the region.
2016-17 Activities & Highlights
The MCCP hosted and cosponsored 10 events and a two-day conference during the 2016-17 academic year. Among those events, four were particularly noteworthy.
In the early days of the fall semester, the MCCP partnered with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mexican Caucus to host a policymakers’ networking event and forum on campus. The event, which was attended by over 100 guests, convened dozens of Mexican legislators who analyzed Mexico’s current challenges and opportunities with a university-wide group of Mexican students.
To kick off the spring semester, the MCCP held a two-day conference titled Mexico City at a Crossroads: Urban Challenges of the 21st Century. Mexico City Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera delivered a keynote address at the Graduate School of Design titled Urban Challenges in an Era of Climate Change. The Mayor’s keynote address, attended by over 200 participants and streamed to hundreds globally, opened up the discussion to the environmental, energy, and public health problems associated with pollution, carbon emissions, and sprawl in Mexico City. The second day of the conference consisted of three panels jointly run by Mexican government officials, activists, leading researchers, and Harvard faculty.
In March, the MCCP hosted award-winning Salvadoran journalist Oscar Martínez, who gave a talk entitled Central America: The Region of Those Who Flee. Martínez appeared alongside MCCP faculty member Ieva Jusionyte (Anthropology / Social Studies) to discuss the varying motivations for Central American migration from the civil wars of the late 20th century to the continuing violence of the present day.
Finally, the MCCP welcomed a group of Mexican experts in collaboration with the Colegio de México and the Consulate of Mexico in Boston. The one-day symposium, titled Struggles for Peace in Mexico, addressed efforts to achieve peace following periods of extreme violence, including trust and empathy-building initiatives between victims and officials.
For more information, please contact:
Rachel Murray-Crawford for inquiries related to the Mexico Program in Cambridge and/or Student Programs.
Mauricio Benítez Iturbe for inquiries related to programming in Mexico.
Ariana Campos Domínguez for inquiries related to student programs in Mexico City.