Andes & Southern Cone

What drew me back? On deciding to spend a second semester in Chile

By Annie Savaria-Watson, CASA Chile Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 (Brown University ’19)

The Andes Mountains rise almost 20,000 feet next to the Metropolitan Region. They stand sentinel above Santiago- rising steeply from the valley floor, dipping down towards the city in precipitous rolling foothills, until they bump into the Natural Parks of the city limits, intermingling with the edges of Lo Barnechea, Las Condes, La Reina, Peñalolen, La Florida, and Puente Alto. The Andes define the collective mental map of Santiago (the...

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Why Chile? Endnotes on My Semester in Santiago de Chile

By Julia Kirschenbaum, CASA Chile Fall 2017 (Brown University ’19)

As I look out the window of my parents’ living room in New Jersey at a harsh winter whiteout, I am brought back to the view of the snowcapped cordillera that greeted me through my bedroom in Las Condes on my first day in Chile.  It is hard to believe that I am already back home after five months abroad.

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El arte obliga a pensar, buscar respuestas y aprender a escuchar críticas

January 14, 2018

Todos estos valores son claves para la educación actual, entre cuyas tareas está formar jóvenes que se enfrentan a un mundo incierto, donde son más las preguntas que las certezas. En el año 1899, el artista francés Jean-Marc Coté imaginó el futuro de la educación a través de un dibujo. En su ilustración, la sala de clases del siglo 21 se muestra como un espacio donde los alumnos llevan cascos en sus cabezas: mediante cables conectados a estos particulares sombreros, el profesor -un hombre mayor rodeado de libros- les traspasa su conocimiento. Los estudiantes están sentados uno detrás del...

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The Origins of Narcotrafficking' Deconstructs Histories of the Colombian and Mexican Illegal Drug Industries

November 18, 2017

For decades, stories of drug trafficking and violence associated with illegal drug industries have influenced the international public perception of both Colombia and Mexico. On November 17, 2017, two leading policy analysts and historians, Lina Britto and Froylán Enciso, who center their research on Colombia and Mexico, respectively, convened at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies to consider the longer histories of the two countries that paved the way for the emergence of booming drug industries. With a focus on regional conditions, Britto and Enciso discussed the...

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With Help from Google Maps: Seeing things differently

By Austen Sharpe, CASA Chile Spring 2017 (Brown University '18)

In my mind, there's no questioning the superiority of google maps, but I've got a bone to pick. When following a route up close, the map occasionally rotates and reverts to showing the full length of a trip. In Santiago, where my mean transport time was over an hour, this unsolicited shift in perspective was drastic and irritable. As if on cue (just moments before my stop), the blue orb neatly skimming along the street would abruptly change velocity and I'd be left frantically...

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Student of life: Studying Abroad in Santiago

By Brenda Morales, CASA Chile Spring 2017 (Brown University '18)

When you sign up to study abroad, you are told to look forward to a semester of learning and growth. You are told that studying abroad is an invaluable experience that you will carry on for the rest of your life. After studying abroad in Chile for one semester, I can confirm that all of this is true. What I wasn’t told, partly because there was no way for others or I to know, was the people I would meet, the type of relationships I would build, and the specific learning...

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Chile Senator Guido Girardi Signs Letter of Intent to Collaborate with DRCLAS

September 25, 2017

DRCLAS was pleased to host Senator Guido Girardi, Senate Vice President in Chile, on September 21 and 22. During this visit, DRCLAS director Brian Farrell and the senator signed a letter of intent focused on strengthening collaboration in science, technology and innovation dissemination, and public engagement activities among Harvard University and the Republic of Chile. The visit was featured in the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. The article text appears below:

Girardi firma acuerdo entre Harvard y el Congreso Futuro 23 Sept 2017 Este jueves se reunieron en la Universidad de...

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A Counterclockwise Summer

By Lauren Spohn, SIP 2017 (Harvard College '20)

“Do the toilets really flush counterclockwise in the Southern Hemisphere?” That was the first question my mom asked me when she picked me up from the airport after my summer abroad in Buenos Aires. I smiled and offered a quick reply, “It’s not just the toilets that run counterclockwise in Argentina.”

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A Breath of Fresh Air: My First Experience in Buenos Aires

By Isabel Bernhard, SIP 2017 (Harvard College ‘20)

This past summer of 2017, I participated in the David Rockefeller Center’s Student Internship Program (“SIP”) in Argentina. I am a rising sophomore intending to study Social Studies and hoped to link my high school focus in Spanish with my current interest in Political Science. I was excited about SIP because among its opportunities, it offered the chance to intern in the municipal government of Buenos Aires for eight weeks. This seemed like the perfect hybrid between my...

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