PAST CONFERENCES

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.

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2020 Conference:
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.

2019 Conference:
Empowering Education

 

By highlighting different aspects of higher education in the modern world, the 2019 Harvard Conference empowered delegates to develop a greater appreciation and understanding regarding education's role in society. Through lectures, discussions, and HCAP's inaugural pitch competition, delegates examined the impacts of existing education policies and practices and explored ways to improve the quality of such institutions, structures, and resources.

 

Speakers included Mark C. Elliot, Myra M. Khan, Wendy Kopp, Anant Agarwal, and Fernando M. Reimers.

Past Conferences:

 

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...

Mumbai

Kathryn Gundersen

Tokyo

Kathryn Gundersen

Bangkok

Kathryn Gundersen

59 Shepard St. Box #315

Cambridge, MA, 02138

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