Cultural Agents

Director Doris Sommer

Cultural Agents is an interface between academic learning and civic engagement. The Initiative promotes the divergent thinking of arts and humanities in the service of solutions to real life problems.

In courses, conferences, and community-based projects, we join a range of creative collaborators to feature art and interpretation as integral to active citizenship. Art is a force that drives innovation in everything from education, medicine, science, law, political leadership, and business. With a long humanistic tradition dedicated to civic development, and thanks to contemporary mentors  who show how the challenges of scarcity, violence, and disease respond to creative interventions, Cultural Agents links resourcefulness with service.

Among our activities this year is a collaboration with constitutional lawyers in Colombia to develop a protocol for symbolic reparations, especially among Afro-Colombian victims of armed violence. We have also expanded our Pre-Texts training (in Literacy, Innovation, Citizenship) through affected areas of Colombia and in Boston, notably with a Somali immigrant youth group.

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