Indigenous men and women wearing masks at the wake of Cacique Messias Martins

Spotlight

Eyes on COVID-19

Our latest Spotlight holds a collection of COVID-related articles.

If you would be interested in contributing articles or photographs, please contact June Carolyn Erlick, jerlick@fas.harvard.edu.

Articles

October 2021 Articles

Past Months

So Close, Yet So Far

So Close, Yet So Far

English + Español
Last December, my boyfriend Alejandro and I had been apart for a year due to Covid-19 travel restrictions. I managed to snag a very full flight to Cuba to see him. At the time, Cuba was…

Terrorism, Sects and Banditry

Terrorism, Sects and Banditry

English + Español
Messianism, conspiracy theories, prophecies, temporary standstill and the collective feeling that humanity will not be able to escape its fate have been reinforced during the Covid-19…

Hope in Uncertain Times

Hope in Uncertain Times

English + Español
The Covid-19 crisis represents a special opportunity to reimagine education and education systems. Currently, some educators, social entrepreneurs, and policy makers are developing…

Ephemeral Memorials

Ephemeral Memorials

The emotional challenges of Covid-19 have been immense, especially when it comes to memorializing the dead—both our own loved ones and the nameless others lost in an enormous…

MASI, the Peruvian Ventilator

MASI, the Peruvian Ventilator

English + Español
I don’t know what was more distressing: the sound of the ambulance sirens announcing more Covid infections and more deaths or the desperate telephone calls. The jingle of…

Compassion in the Storm

Compassion in the Storm

English + Español
Stimulated by a recent invitation by my dear friend and mentor Fernando Reimers to share some personal insights into the challenges for educational leadership in these times, I was immediately…

Above the “Marombas”

Above the “Marombas”

English + Portuguese
In June of the second year of the new biological or biocultural plague ravaging humanity, I crossed the wooden bridges of the small Amazonian community of Cacau Pirêra, in the district…

How to Boost Economic Development in Latin America?

How to Boost Economic Development in Latin America?

English + Español
As someone who has worked in economic development in Latin America for more than 20 years, I’ve witnessed more failures than success stories. Frustrated on the plane back from another failed attempt to contribute to development, I decided to reflect on “what” to reform and “how,” to better understand the path to economic development for the entire region within the Covid-19 context…

An Educational Calamity

An Educational Calamity

English + Español
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”

Finding out “We”

English + Español
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

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?)

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

English + Español
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

Culture in Quarantine

English + Español
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…

Learning and Hope in Sinaloa

Learning and Hope in Sinaloa

English + Español
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…

We Can’t Stop

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 Rock Salt of the Earth

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

The Endurance of Age

The Endurance of Age

English + Español
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…

Colombia’s Young People: Facing Bullets for Their Beliefs

Colombia’s Young People: Facing Bullets for Their Beliefs

Colombia’s Young People: Facing Bullets for Their BeliefsPhotos by: Valentina Prada Florez, Instagram @valentinapradafl  As their country tries to move towards peace, Colombia’s young people are doing everything they can to meet the moment. It’s something that I...