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Tuesday, January 31, 2023 4pm

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Harvard Radcliffe Institute
Knafel Center
10 Garden Street
Online on Zoom
Tue., Jan. 31, 2023, 4 – 5 p.m.

Harvard Radcliffe Institute is pleased to welcome Elisa Loncón Antileo to deliver the Rama S. Mehta Lecture for 2022–2023. In 2021, Loncón was elected as one of the representatives of the Mapuche people to the Chilean Constitutional Convention and was then named the Convention’s first president (July 2021–January 2022). The Convention was tasked with rewriting the dictatorship-era constitution, a process that began after mass protests across the nation in 2019 and a national vote in favor of replacing the old constitution in 2020. Although Chilean voters rejected the proposed revisions in September, the process of developing the recommendations—which directly addressed issues of gender parity in representation and environmental protections, among other changes—was instructive and will inform subsequent efforts toward reform.

In her talk, Loncon will discuss her experience—from personal, professional, and philosophical perspectives—leading the historic Chilean Constitutional Convention as an Indigenous woman, as well as lessons learned from her involvement. The roles of gender and indigeneity are inextricably linked in her analysis, and she will share her thoughts in the context of the Mapuche philosophy and knowledge paradigm, feminine spirits of the earth, and research methodologies shared by Indigenous peoples.

Gazette Classification: Diversity and Inclusion, Humanities, Lecture, Special Events
Organization/Sponsor: Harvard Radcliffe Institute
Speaker(s): Elisa Loncón Antileo, Representative, Chilean Constitutional Convention (2021), and President, Chilean Constitutional Convention (July 2021–January 2022); professor, department of education, University of Santiago de Chile; Indigenous rights and languages activist
Cost: Free
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