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Latin America Research Center

The Latin America Research Center (LARC) was opened in Buenos Aires in 2000. The LARC was founded to satisfy strong interest on the part of the HBS faculty in this dynamic region. As a result, the LARC's work has greatly increased the volume of in-depth research and course materials that focus on business management issues specific to Latin American companies. In addition, the LARC has strengthened its relationships with important profit and not-for-profit constituencies throughout Latin America.

Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, in Washington, DC, is an institute of Harvard University dedicated to supporting scholarship internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships, meetings, exhibitions, and publications. Located in Georgetown and bequeathed by Robert Woods Bliss and Mildred Barnes Bliss, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes scholars to consult its books, images, and objects, and the public to visit its garden, museum, and music room for lectures and concerts.

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

The mission of the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies is to expand research and teaching on Latin America and related fields at Harvard, strengthen ties between Harvard and institutions throughout Latin America, and enhance public understanding of Latin America in the United States and abroad.

Cuba Studies Program

The David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) seeks to continue, consolidate, and extend its program of scientific and scholarly exchanges with Cuba. The Cuba Studies Program departs from two basic premises. First, restoring and enhancing cooperation between the U.S. and Cuban academic communities can play a significant role in promoting peaceful changes within and between our two countries.

Program on Crisis Leadership

Through research, teaching, and work with governments and practicing professionals, the Program on Crisis Leadership (PCL) seeks to improve society's capacity to deal with natural disasters; infrastructure, technology, and systems failures; emergent infectious disease; and terrorism. PCL takes a comprehensive perspective, looking at risk reduction strategies, emergency preparedness and response, and disaster recovery.

Innovations in Democratic Participation

Innovations in Democratic Participation fosters research to understand the character, causes, and consequences of participatory governance practices throughout the world.

Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning

Crisis mapping initiatives, information communication technology, and early warning systems have the potential to prevent mass atrocities, mitigate the effects of natural disasters, strengthen international aid agency coordination, improve resource allocation, develop timely policy, and help us evaluate current humanitarian practices. All of the required technology, data-gathering methods, and analytical frameworks exist currently - with many experts in each area residing at Harvard University.

Initiative on Contemporary Islamic Societies

The Harvard Initiative on Contemporary Islamic Societies is essentially a safe harbor for academics, human rights advocates, and policy specialists from across the Muslim world. It is a venue for substantive discussion at the intersection of human rights, Islamic studies and broader Muslim societal issues.

Islam in the West Program

Western Europe and North America are home to rapidly expanding Muslim minorities, increasing the need for data on the relationship between Islam and democracy. The Islam in the West Program aims to contribute to the global debate on Islam through an in-depth examination of the religious, political, and social situations of American and European Muslims, and by illuminating the relationships of these communities with the Muslim world at large.

Copyright for Librarians

"Copyright for Librarians" aims to inform librarians about copyright law in general, as well as the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries, especially those in developing and transition countries.

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