Winners of the PNK Fellowship: an Argentinian, a Brazilian and a Colombian

On August 15 in Buenos Aires the new PNK Fellows for the period 2013-2014 were announced. Six honorable mentions were also given among 100 candidates from 10 countries. The fellowship includes a two-week visit to New York where the fellows will work at The New School.

Germán Alejandro Linzer (Argentina), María Villa (Colombia) and Fernando Kleiman (Brazil) are the winners of the 2013-2014 President Nestor Kirchner Fellowship. They will travel to New York for two weeks to do research, training and networking activities hosted by the OLA at The New School.

The ceremony took place in Casa Patria Grande in Buenos Aires with the presence of David E. Van Zandt, President of The New School; Carlos Ruta, Rector of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín; Cecilia Nahón, Argentine Ambassador to the United States, Jorge Argüello, Argentine Ambassador to Portugal; and Margarita Gutman, Director of the Observatory on Latin America (OLA). Also present was the Undersecretary of Management and Public Labor of Argentina, Andres Gilio.

“I am very excited. We are at a point in which the access to new knowledge implies an opportunity but also a big responsibility. This fellowship aims for regional integration; it sets Latin America as a point of reference of critical and autonomous thinking that generates new alternatives for other countries, and for the world”, said Linzer who is an economist with a Master’s Degree in Science, Technology and Innovation Management.

For the David Van Zandt, President of The New School, the goal of the university is to "see young people in action", and added: "For the PNK Fellows to be in a different environment, discuss with other people, make contacts, and create agenda, is going to be very useful. Everything is fruitful. It is meaningful to have this experience outside of Latin America”.

Also, Carlos Ruta assured: "it is necessary to train and promote young people and intellectuals who have a call for public service and who understand what the common good is. The first common good is knowledge." Then, he emphasized the synergy of the Universidad Nacional de San Martín with the New School as his US counterpart in integration projects.

The winning essays were: “Notes on the Conception of Technology Development for Argentina and Latin America” (Linzer), "Meaningful Experiences and Art Mediation Research Laboratories" in art and education (Villa) and " Productive Inclusion - Decent work as a right and not an obligation” (Kleiman).

In addition there were honorable mentions to Pamela Verónica Morales (Argentina), Miranda Patricia Cassino (Argentina), Glauciene Diniz Lara (Brazil), María Beatriz Rocco González (Uruguay), Gerardo Alberto Arce (Peru) and Inés Barboza (Argentina).

As a closing remark, Gilio -Argentinian Labor Undersecretary- said: "we are all winners with this initiative, because only by supporting science and investing in education and knowledge, can we aim to have an integrated society, economic development, and a fully democratic society". Nahon, the Argentinian Ambassador to the US, stressed: "young intellectuals who work in the public sector of our region often have the chance to go to United States to be trained, to learn and to listen to new ideas. But the important thing here is that there is a double way dynamic which gives to these young researchers who serve their respective countries the opportunity to be spokesmen and women of what happens in Latin America".