Established on July 1, 1997, the Harvard University Asia Center was founded as a university-wide inter-faculty initiative with an underlying mission to engage people across disciplines and regions. It was also charged with expanding South and Southeast Asian studies, including Thai Studies, in the University’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
The Center sponsors a number of seminars, conferences, lectures, and programs during the academic year including the annual Tsai Lecture, the Modern Asia, Southeast Asia, and Islam in Asia seminar series, the Ezra F. Vogel Distinguished Visitors Program, and Asia Vision 21 conference. In addition to its award-winning Publications Program, the Center issues a weekly bulletin featuring Asia-related events at Harvard and in the greater Boston area as well as an on-line newsletter.
Founded in 1994, Harvard's David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) works to increase knowledge of the cultures, economies, histories, environment, and contemporary affairs of past and present Latin America. DRCLAS's main office is located on the second floor of the Center for Government and International Studies at 1730 Cambridge St., Cambridge, Massachusetts. DRCLAS operates three overseas offices: the Regional Office was established in Santiago in 2002, primarily serving the Southern Cone and Andean countries of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru and Uruguay; the Brazil Office was established in São Paulo in 2006 to facilitate ties between Harvard and Brazilian academic and research institutions; Mexico & Central America Office was established in Mexico City in 2013, serving Mexico and the Central American countries of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama.
The Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies is the intellectual home of Harvard scholars and students with an interest in this critical region of the world. Our mission is fourfold: To generate and disseminate original research and scholarship on Russian and Eurasian studies; to promote the training of graduate and undergraduate students interested in the region; to create and sustain a community of scholars at all levels of academic achievement; to ensure that society at large benefits from the exchange of information and ideas at the Davis Center.
One of the cornerstones of our mission is to develop and deliver high quality resources and programming that will educate the general public (and specifically K-12 teachers and students) about the history, culture, and current events of Russia and Eurasia. We do this by developing and executing high-quality events and programming (including workshops for teachers, in-classroom lectures, cultural events and webinars) as well as developing, disseminating and helping teachers make use of curricular, digital and material resources. Please be in touch with us if we can help you bring this rich and vibrant region into your classroom teaching.
The Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI) is a cross-university Institute, which aims to build and strengthen an emerging field of global health. HGHI works to develop an educational platform that reframes world health issues within a broader context and establishes a conceptual foundation to guide the design of new curricula. Our educational efforts extend beyond new courses in global health to initiatives that support the integration of a global health perspective into learning opportunities across the university and beyond. HGHI facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration to fill high-priority knowledge gaps, pilot new models for experiential learning, incentivize innovative pedagogy, and produce ‘public goods’ for global health teaching and learning. We leverage the intellectual capacity and convening power of Harvard University to form collaborative frameworks and principled partnerships that tackle the most intractable challenges through informed action -- whether it be agenda-setting, decision-making, or formulation of policy. HGHI incubates innovative ideas for social change, incentivizes attention on the most relevant global health challenges through support of junior faculty and doctoral students, and invests in emerging leaders - who can serve as change agents - through cross-cutting initiatives that engage scholars and leaders from all parts of the world. Our aspiration is to equip future generations - inclusive of all professions - with the knowledge, skills and values necessary for serving as agents of change, recognizing that real progress will require a transformation in education across disciplines, and integrated global action.
Founded in 2006, the Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program (AISP) is a university-wide, interfaculty initiative dedicated to furthering the scholarly study of Islam and the Muslim world in a broadly interdisciplinary context. Central to its academic and scholarly objectives, the Alwaleed Program seeks to bridge gaps in understanding between the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds and provide outstanding programming and resources on Muslim cultures and societies from Europe and the West to sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Outside the classroom, AISP’s lectures series, conferences, workshops, arts performances and other events encourage an understanding of the broader Islamic world in its global and transnational context and advances interdisciplinary studies that are cross-national and comparative. We seek to promote the diffusion, exchange and discussion of a wide body of research, and to encourage interaction among academics—at Harvard and beyond—from various traditions of learning.