News and Publicity

Portrait of the Documentarian as a Young Man: Film Explores Midcentury Archive of Kalahari People
Che R. Applewhaite ('21), member of the MPES Student Advisory Committee, is featured in the Harvard Gazette to discuss his first short documentary, "A New England Document". The film was an official selection at the 2020 Sheffield Doc/Fest, a prominent global documentary film festival. Read more
 
Crossing the Science-Community Divide
Vollmer-Snarr teaches chemistry students to see how small reactions can help solve global problems like COVID-19 in her course CHEM 100R: Experimental Chemistry and Chemical Biology. Read more
 
Harvard Crooners: Building Intergenerational Relationships Through Participatory Music Making 
The world is rapidly aging, and yet aging is fraught with many difficulties. In particular, the rights of older people to partici- pate fully in cultural life are frequently not met. To help address this issue, we propose an innovative model for inter- generational, participatory music-making between younger people and older people. Specifically, instead of giving tradi- tional, non-participatory performances for older people as is commonly done in nursing homes and other elderly institu- tions, we advocate for engaging seniors in collective music- making and singing. We believe this kind of collective music- making will better meet the rights of older adults to participate in cultural life and will lead to stronger intergenerational relationships.
 
Alan Yang, Ellen Li & Megan Zhao (2017) Harvard Crooners: Building Intergenerational Relationships Through Participatory Music Making, Journal of Intergenerational Relationships, 15:4, 419-422, DOI: 10.1080/15350770.2017.1368359
 
Connecting Harvard History to its Surroundings
First-year students in Professor Ariane Liazo's Expos 20: Class, Race and Space in Boston and Cambridge delve into Harvard's archives to learn about how physical spaces promote or detract from social interactions based on class and race. Read more
 
Working with Local Communities to Engage with Global Issues
María Luisa Parra-Velasco, Senior Preceptor in Romance Languages and Literatures, shares the role of engaged scholarship in her course Spanish  59: Spanish and the Community. In this course, she partners with Spanish-speaking local orgnaziations to provide her students with various positions and internships that enhance their language acquisition. Read more
 
Classroom Theory, Community Action
Dr. Flavia Perea, Director of the Mindich Program in Engaged Scholarship, discusses her Social Studies seminar SOCSTD 68UH: Urban Health and Community Change: Planning Action with Local Stakeholders. In the course, students have the opportunity to work with community health stakeholders in Somerville, Massachusetts. Read more
 
Tremble Clefs Reflection
Jamasb Sayadi '17 reflects on his time performing with the Jewish Family and Children's Service's Tremble Clefs music group. He joined the group through Professor Andew Clark's MUSIC 176: Music and Disability. Read more