One of the keys to the success of the Santiago Center’s many public programs is that they are organized jointly or under co-sponsorship arrangements with leading Chilean universities, think tanks, business organizations or NGOs. In this way, they are able to reach a larger audience and, most importantly, create and strengthen Columbia University’s ties with the local academic/scientific/business community.
The programs have had a multidisciplinary focus and range from mental health to the arts and from human rights to business affairs. The Center has also placed particular emphasis on the earth sciences, corporate governance, media and communications, public policy and science.
Responding to the Covid-19 crisis, the Center turned to the webinar format to continue offering public programs featuring leading Columbia faculty members. Since going online in March 2020, it held several online events including: