Arts and Humanities

2017 Mar 02

Topography of Loss: A Symposium on Doris Salcedo: Shadows of the Absent Body

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

The task of public grieving for the countless lives lost to violence requires maintaining the absent body rather than its conversion into presence. The object world houses that absence and allows for its encounter.

We may think that “visibility” is the ethical and political answer to those histories of atrocious loss that leave the dead nameless. But namelessness, too, has to be presented and is part of the contemporary horizon of obliteration and persistence. Every act of “making visible” is haunted by what can no longer appear. It invests a redemptive potential in the field of...

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2017 Apr 06

Arts and Sciences Workshop: La desarticulación: crisis, soberanía e historicidad

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Speaker: Sergio Villalobos Ruminott, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Michigan

Series co-chaired and moderated by Mariano Siskind, Professor and Chair, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, and Brian D. Farrell, Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

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2016 Nov 02

Opening Celebration—Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning

6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: 

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street Cambridge MA

To celebrate the opening of the special exhibition Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning, on view November 4, 2016 through April 9, 2017, the Harvard Art Museums will present a discussion between Doris Salcedo and Elaine Scarry, the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard. The conversation will be moderated by...

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2017 Feb 02

Mirage. The Films of Ana Mendieta

7:00pm

Location: 

Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street

Exiled from Cuba to the United States in 1961, artist filmmaker Ana Mendieta (b.1948) never forgot the ache of leaving her home, family and native soil. Running through her Super 8, 16mm and video work, this theme of displacement speaks directly to Harvard Art Museums’ current exhibition Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning.

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard (DRCLAS), Harvard Art Museums, and the Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts present an evening of Mendieta's striking work. See full...

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2016 Sep 28

Contextualizing the Colombian Peace Process: A Round Table Discussion

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speakers: Helena María Alvíar Garcia Robert F. Kennedy Visiting Professor; Robert A. Karl Santander Visiting Scholar; Liliana Obregón Tarazona Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar; Ana Maria Reyes DRCLAS Santander Visiting Scholar 2016; Jennifer Schirmer, Visiting Scholar at the Religions & the Practice of Peace Initiative at the Harvard Divinity School

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2017 Mar 21

CANCELLED - On Not Being at Home, Part 3: Los Colores de la Montaña/ The Colors of the Mountain

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium S010

***This event has been cancelled***

Los Colores de la Montaña/The Colors of the Mountain (2010)
90 min., color; Colombia, Spanish (English subtitles)

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Manuel, 9, has an old soccer ball he plays with every day in the...

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2016 Nov 22

Tuesday Seminar Series: Peace in Colombia in Historical Perspective

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Robert Karl, Assistant Professor of History, Princeton University; Santander Visiting Scholar, DRCLAS

From land restitution to the role of victims’ voices in reconciliation, Colombia’s ongoing peace process has its parallels in largely forgotten events that transpired more than a half-century ago. This talk examines what Colombian history can – and cannot – tell us about the shape of Colombia’s contemporary conflict and the prospects for a stable and durable peace.

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2016 Dec 08

Arts and Sciences Workshop: Unfinished Transitions: Reading Rural Modernity in Latin America

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Ericka Beckman, Associate Professor of Spanish, University of Pennsylvania

Series chaired and moderated by Mariano Siskind, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

In this workshop we will discuss how fiction represented historical transitions to capitalism in rural twentieth-century Latin America. Against commonplace assumptions about the rural as backward, traditional and/or feudal (in...

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2016 Nov 17

Arts and Sciences Workshop: Indisciplinarity: Analyzing Literature and Visual Culture in Turn of the Century Latin America

6:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Alejandra Uslenghi, Assistant Professor, Department of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literary Studies, Northwestern University. 

Series chaired and moderated by Mariano Siskind, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

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2016 Nov 10

Brazil Studies Program: Conspiração e Orgias: Sexuality, Anticommunism, and the Right in Cold War Brazil

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Benjamin A. Cowan, Assistant Professor, History and Art History, George Mason University

This research draws on previously untapped archives to argue that Cold War struggles against “subversion” must be understood in cultural terms, as a reaction to the consequences—real and perceived—of modernization. Inscribing Brazil’s Cold War military dictatorship (1964-1985) into a century-long, transnational trajectory of right-wing activism, I demonstrate that anti-modern moral panic animated powerful, hard-line members and supporters of the military...

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2016 Oct 19

DRCLAS/CCVA Talk and Wheat-Paste Workshop - Luz Donoso

3:30pm to 5:30pm

Location: 

Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall & CCVA lower level

Speaker: Liz Munsell, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Liz Munsell will present an in-depth lecture Urban Art Interventions,1970s Chile at 3:30 pm as part of the Cultural Agents course at Harvard University in the Fong Auditorium, Boylston Hall (Room 110). She will then introduce the hands-on...

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2016 Sep 15

Brazil Studies Program: "Fascination or Enlightenment in the Age of Neon Light: The Case of Concrete Poetry in Brazil"

12:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Sergio Delgado Moya, Associate Professor, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University 

This presentation is on Brazilian concrete poetry, and it comes from a chapter of Professor Sergio Delgado Moya’s book. The book focuses on art, poetry, and the consumer culture in Mexico and Brazil by studying the avant-garde art and poetry from Mexico and Brazil in the decades after WWII, and singling out a few categories useful for our understanding of aesthetics in the age of consumer culture.

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