Area Programs and Offices


The ARTS@DRCLAS Program seeks to foster and develop the scope of Latin American visual and performing arts at Harvard University through exhibits, conferences, concerts, and performances hosted by the David Rockefeller Center Cambridge and overseas offices.

Andes and Southern Cone Program

The Andes Initiative has expanded and been renamed as the Andes and Southern Cone Program. The Program works to increase the visibility of the countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela at Harvard University through diverse academic programmatic activities and in collaboration with student organizations and the DRCLAS Regional Office in Santiago, Chile.

Brazil Studies Program and Office


The Brazil Studies Program and Brazil Office expand research and teaching opportunities for Harvard faculty and students across the University. We provide guidance and support to professors and students who have never stepped foot in the country as well as to those who have strong roots in Brazil but can benefit from support and local networks to accelerate and deepen their work.

Cuban Studies Program

Cuba Studies Program

DRCLAS seeks to continue, consolidate, and extend its program of scientific and scholarly exchanges with Cuba. The Cuba Studies Program departs from the basic premises that restoring and enhancing cooperation between the U.S. and Cuban academic communities can play a significant role in promoting peaceful changes within and between our two countries; and, strengthening and establishing institutional ties promotes interaction and collaboration among current and future intellectual and opinion leaders and thus catalyzes positive changes in Cuban and U.S. perspectives and government policies. 

Mexico & Central America Program and Office

Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean, and Mexico Office

The Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Program at DRCLAS is 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.

Interpreting Displacements

Interpreting Displacements is a thematic initiative in 2016-17, featuring programming inspired by and in collaboration with the Harvard Art Museum's exhibition by Colombian sculptor Doris Salcedo, titled "The Poetics of Mourning", on view from November 2016 to April 2017.

Regional Office in Santiago, Chile

Regional Office in Santiago, Chile

The DRCLAS Regional Office (RO), based in Santiago, Chile, supports Harvard faculty, students, and staff from any part of the University and to strengthen ties between the University and institutions in the region. The office primarily serves the Southern Cone and Andean countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.

Democracy and Memory

Democracy and Memory

During the fall semester of 2013, the 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.  

Outreach Activities

Outreach Activities

DRCLAS promotes awareness of and teaching on Latin America across an array of disciplines both within Harvard University and to outside audiences. In addition to support for faculty and students in research and courses, DRCLAS reaches beyond the University, promoting learning about the region to elementary, middle and high school teachers and students as well as the community at-large.