Category: Spotlight: Eyes on COVID-19

An Educational Calamity

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Not long after the first cases of Covid-19 appeared in the news in early 2020, I was preparing to attend Teach For All’s Potential Partner Immersion Training in Nepal. As one of the co-founders…

Finding out “We”

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It all started in 2020. I work at Enseña Peru, seeking to build a movement of leadership for a transcendent education for everyone in Peru. We offer three leadership programs…

Resiliency in Uncertainty

As the Covid-19 pandemic raged across the globe, educators and policy makers were put in the position of making difficult decisions based on little information. As a student in Fernando…

Where do we, women, go? (Quo vadis, women?)

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During the last year, we have witnessed a sudden, traumatic change in our lives. We have seen how the pandemic accelerated inequality in the world, jeopardizing decades of social…

Culture in Quarantine

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During the Covid-19 pandemic, cultural institutions suffered long closures. In South American countries, these institutions will not only require greater economic solvency, but also the…

Cuban Working Women during the Pandemic

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These are machista comments that I gathered while standing with other Cubans in the longest lines I can recall since the appearance of Covid-19. The meaning of these…

Learning and Hope in Sinaloa

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Adapting to the challenges of grad school while also working a full-time job and raising children in a pandemic has not been easy. But with great effort comes reward. And by far, the…

Has Brazil Recovered? Wait, Not so Fast…

Every time I opened the newspaper recently, I encountered exciting news about Brazil, my home country. The economy grew 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2021, returning to pre-pandemic…

Covid-19: At the Beginning

The first time I realized I could offer photos to people who had endured more than I could even imagine was when I was 22 years old and living in Egypt as a freelance photojournalist. A…

We Can’t Stop

Latin America has become a hotspot for Covid-19 as the number of cases rises and persists. It’s a region that brings together ideal conditions for a pandemic: lack of investment in health care systems and a dependence on informal…

The Accordion Experience in Public Spaces

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It was not easy to begin my doctoral program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design when the world is changing at rates that I had never witnessed before. The remote mode gave me the…

The Rock Salt of the Earth

In Maceió, my hometown in Brazil, adding to the Covid-19 crisis, my community has been concerned about how to handle the crisis generated by the rock salt extractive business that so far

Online Justice in a Pandemic

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Gustav Radbruck, a 20th-century German legal scholar and politician, lived through a time of revolutions, wars and fundamental changes in the perception of law and justice…

Connecting Boston with Latin America

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From the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, our social, academic and cultural gatherings took a 180 degree turn. The conferences we used to go to and the spaces for networking had to

The Endurance of Age

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Growing old in the hills of Nueva Esperanza, southeast of Lima, Peru,  has never been easy, even before the arrival of the Covid-19 pandemic. This settlement in the district of Villa María del Triunfo was established in a sandy area in the 1950s as a solution to the housing…

The Challenges of One Nonprofit During Covid-19

The first time I realized I could offer photos to people who had endured more than I could even imagine was when I was 22 years old and living in Egypt as a freelance photojournalist. A…

Boats of Hope

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In May 2020, almost a year ago, as Covid-19 spread across the Amazon, it took nurse obstetrician Elizabeth Martel Fernández about 14 hours to reach the hospital from the community of Juancito in the…

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