Category: Student Views

Conducting Virtual Research for Argentina

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It might not be the way most college sophomores spend their Friday nights. Whether it was a high-stakes game of Jenga or just listening to how someone’s day had gone, I found that my experience

The Longest Christmas

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I smile as my mother and I dance along to the music, the quick beat resonating with our bodies as we move. “El jolgorio está! Te digo que está bien por la maceta, vamos a gozar, ja ja, wepa, wepa, wepa,” the music booms through the room, the maracas shaking to the beat…

Health as Human Right

I began the year 2020 on the eighth floor of Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in the first of many future visits with my oncologist. Though I had received a lymphoma diagnosis just before Christmas, a few days later, on January 4th, I sat in a dorm room at the University…

The WhatsApp Experience

A relatively young commercial city of around 80,000 inhabitants in the Colombian vast oriental plainlands received about 18,000 internally displaced persons of the country’s longstanding

Remembering Chilean Folktales

When you were growing up, you probably loved to listen to bedtime stories before bed. If you are from the United States, you may have heard tales of princesses being rescued by princes…

Researching Architecture Without Leaving Home

2020 was the beginning of my master’s degree studies. At the end of 2019 I found out that I was accepted into the at the University of São Paulo master’s in history and

The Literate Universe and the Pandemic

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When my father tested positive for Covid-19 we became a worried, and lost, family. We didn’t know how he had become infected or what we could do to help him…

Death in Paradise

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Flying in from the north, you can see the geographic divide of the virus in the shift from the sickly yellow-green of the pineapple fields to the dark rise of lush mountain ranges. From the sky you can see the plantations, where impoverished immigrant workers have no social distancing, PPE, or access…

Where Were the Women in Colonial Brazil?

Exploratory archival research can be a solitary – not to mention thankless – task. Most of the time, we spend many hours going through very old manuscripts whose historical value we can’t even determine for sure. The goal is usually to find some sort of primary source…

A Tale of the Three Canudos

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When we arrived it was still daytime. It had taken us twelve hours to get there, almost twice as much as expected. As I got off the bus, I felt a heat wave slap me on the face. The air was humid,

A Window to Latin America

Everybody knows that doors either block your entrance or invite, depending on if they are closed or open. But windows are different, like eyes, are meant to look out onto the world. Some windows are open, others closed; some are forever broken, others reflect bright lights…

Connecting to Chile

I didn’t expect to be waking up in my childhood bedroom in southwestern Ohio on May 31. In fact, I had expected to be far away from my hometown, living in Santiago, Chile, completing an internship with Ashoka Chile, the Santiago branch of the world’s largest organization for…

Landmines and Hearing Health: Overlooked Injuries in Colombia

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I was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia, at the end of the 1980s. At the time, my hometown was considered one of the most dangerous cities in the world due to widespread drug trafficking. In addition to this, my country experienced one of the largest and painful armed…

Villahermosa in times of Covid-19

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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Harvard decided that for safety and health reasons, all students would have to take a 100% online curriculum at least for this semester. That meant that…

Bringing Art to Campus with Revista Creativa Manifiesto

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Cuba is an artsy place. While studying in Havana in the fall of 2018, it was impossible for me to go anywhere without stumbling across street performers, murals, plays or concerts, a veritable explosion…

The COVID-19 Response in Mexico

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For the past summer, I have been working remotely with the Global Health Institute at the Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico City, Mexico, an opportunity that has let me peel back the…

Women’s Education as Miskito Self-Preservation

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In the mornings, we woke up to the frogs calling out for rain. My routine as a child was the same every day; I would crawl out from my mosquito net and look for my mother. She would already…


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