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Harvard Latin American Weekend

April 17-18, 2015

The Latin America Learns conference is just one part of a broader set of events that will bring together a diverse and engaged audience interested in a range of issues and opportunities for the region. Please plan to join us for:


Latin America Learns: Building Participation & Civic Engagement for the 21st Century

Friday, April 17
Presented by the Latin America Education Forum, an officially recognized student organization of the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Askwith Hall, 13 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA

Bringing together policymakers, educators, innovators and researchers to engage in dynamic dialog surrounding the role of Education in establishing, maintaining and strengthening the social cohesion required to propel the region, its individual nations, and its people to their full potential in the 21st Century.



7:30-8:30: Registration

8:30-8:40: Welcome

8:40-9:15: Keynote – Rodrigo Hübner Mendes, Ashoka Fellow, CEO Instituto Rodrigo Mendes

9:30-10:45: Session 1: The Role of Education in the Peace Process

  • How can Education contribute to the resolution of conflict, including war, gangs, cartels and other sources of violence?
  • What role can Education play in preventing conflict?

11:00-12:15: Session 2: Fostering an Inclusive Society

  • How can Education help bring all sectors of the population to fully participate in society, contributing as active citizens to the social and economic development of Latin America as a region?
  • What are the challenges and potential solutions to fully realize the potential of urban poor, rural and indigenous citizens?

12:15-1:30: Break for Lunch & Networking Opportunities

1:30-2:45: Session 3: The Future of Teaching

  • What are the most pressing challenges related to teachers and teaching quality in the region?
  • How have initiatives implemented in public, private and nonprofit sectors contributed to attracting talented individuals to the profession?
  • What is most effective to train and motivate teachers to deliver their best effort in every classroom?

3:00-4:30: Panel: Vision for Latin American Education in the 21st Century

  • Education Ministers outline Education Reform plans for their country, focusing on their vision as to the purpose of education and discussing initiatives being pursued to accomplish that purpose
  • Students share their perspective, priorities, challenges/barriers as students, vision of ideal classroom

4:30-5:45: Breakout– Working Sessions with Education Ministers

  • Education Ministers present policy issue or initiative for collaborative discussion and input from attendees

6:00-6:15: Conference Closing Comments

6:15-8:00: Break for Dinner & Networking Opportunities


A Celebration of Latin American Arts & Culture

Friday, April 17 – 8:00pm
Knafel Center – Radcliffe Yard

An evening of entertainment and sweets – wine/beer bar and delicious regional desserts



Shaping the Identity of a Continent

Saturday, April 18

Presented by the Latin American Caucus, an officially recognized student organization of the Harvard Kennedy School:

John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 John F. Kennedy Street, Cambridge, MA
Harvard Kennedy School

Exploring the role of Latin America’s identity and common realities to design regional policies and lay the groundwork for similar social movements, the Conference will address four overarching themes that we believe are crucial to the future of the region: urban inequality, conflict arising out of the exploitation of natural resources, drug policy, and Latin American identities in art and politics.




The Dual Identity of Latin American Cities


Conflicting Visions: Modern Economic Development Models and Indigenous Minorities


Drug Cartels and Violence: What are the Solutions?


Untold Truths: The Role of Artistic Expression and Politics in Perpetuating Stereotypes

Click here for more information on attending Shaping the Identity of a Continent.


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