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Global Week: Reflecting on Empathy Through Socially Engaged Art

October 28, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

This workshop led by University of Miami professor and artist Xavier Cortada, creator of the Longitudinal Installation, will allow students to have a first-hand multicultural experience of the power of socially engaged art to create empathy on global issues such as climate change.

Prof. Xavier Cortada has partnered with Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Global Week faculty to develop virtual experiences that allow a cultural exchange. By being exposed to different cultural perspectives and views, students have broadened their understanding of our generation’s local and global challenges.

Prof. Xavier Cortada created the Longitudinal Installation in the South Pole in 2007 and the North Pole in 2008. During both visits. Cortada placed 24 shoes in a circle, each aligned across 24 longitudinal shoe markers, and read a quote aloud that revealed a person’s experience with climate change from that part of the world. Then, he placed the shoes inches apart along the converging lines of the longitudes crossing the places where these individuals lived, conceptually diminishing the distance between them. His artistic ritual illustrated how everyone in the world has been profoundly impacted by climate change.

Learn more about the workshop at: https://sites.google.com/itesm.mx/copia-de-globalweekxaviercorta/inicio



October 28, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Hemispheric University Consortium and University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences


Zoom (virtual event)