The Harvard College in Asia Program takes pride in the variety and depth of academic topics that our conferences have covered in the past sixteen years. Our speakers, panels and trips have been not just educational, but also a source of inspiration for our participants' career choices.
Each year, HCAP organizes social and cultural events that attract a diverse group of speakers to ensure that the various cultures and views of each one of our partner countries are fully represented. Outside of the academic component of our conference, delegates will have the unique opportunity to learn more about Asia through deep conversations and interactions with their peers.
In each of the past years, more than 200 Harvard and Asian delegates, Harvard faculty and scholars, and other guest speakers from over seven different countries have convened to discuss important topics that affect all of our lives.
Resilience and Reform: Adapting to a Changing World
In a turbulent world marked by rampant xenophobia, crisis, and disorder, our communities must begin to construct a collaborative vision of resilience and reform. Through lectures, presentations, and case studies, we will examine the various ways in which the communities, organizations, and leaders have dealt with issues ranging from the local to the international
level, and devise ways in which governments and citizens alike can become agents of
lasting, purposeful societal change.
Speakers included Professor Shane Greenstein,
Tim Danks, Connie Wang, Wahyu Dhyatmika, Kimmy Yam, Dr. Hieu Nguyen, Vu Van, Dr. Nikki Khanna, Dr. Chelsea Schieder, Dr. Yin Lam Lee-Johnson, Archana Sinha, and Dr. Xi Chen.
Breaking Boundaries: Tech and Media
Through discussions with distinguished speakers and various social and cultural events, delegates explored different aspects of technology and media in the modern world, emphasizing the importance of global leadership in preparing students for life, work, and citizenship.
Speakers included Margot N. Gill, Robin Chase, Abby Fichtner, Keno Fisher, and Carrie Ann Johnson.
2018: Redefining Leadership
2017: Mind, Body, and Society
2016: Equality, Tolerance, and Freedom
2014: Building Sustainable Cities
2013: Civil and Minority Rights
2012: Technology and Social Justice
2011: Global Healthcare Systems
2010: Social Entrepreneurship
FEATURED ALUMNI BLOGS
Inside, we would hear spirited music, taste tulsi leaf on our tongues, feel the cool temple floor beneath our bare feet, smell burning incense, and see radiant images and icons adorning the walls. Just a few minutes spent circling the sacred site would bring our bodies and minds to life...
Tokyo immediately gave me a feeling of serenity and calmness. There was soft, traditional Japanese music playing through the airport corridor as we walked to customs... I don’t think I could’ve chosen a better place to lose my passport if I tried...
After becoming so close with the Asian delegates in January, by spring break I felt like I was going to visit old friends, and it made me all the more excited. Leaving Bangkok after a tearful goodbye, I knew I had a network of friends that would be with me for a long time...