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

May 2022 Articles

Brazil’s Vaccinated Democracy

Brazil’s Vaccinated Democracy

In March 2021, former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a current presidential candidate, posed a pointed question in a speech lambasting President Jair Bolsonaro’s Covid-19 response. “Where is our beloved Zé Gotinha?” Zé Gotinha is not a respected public health expert or crisis manager

Past Months

The Gift of Art

The Gift of Art

My dear friend, Colombian pioneer performance artist, Maria Evelia Marmolejo, (Cali, Colombia, 1958) whom I met during the research for the exhibition Radical Women: Latin…

Masks: A Luxury Item in Haiti

Masks: A Luxury Item in Haiti

English + Português
“Nurse Marie” tells her patients over and over again to keep their masks safe, clean, and sanitized. Masks are a luxury item in Haiti. “I always make it a priority here at the hospital…

A Nation at a Crossroads

A Nation at a Crossroads

Winds of change, fueled as much by politics as by the pandemic, framed the rise, campaign and inauguration of Gabriel Boric, 36, who took office March 11 as the youngest president in Chile’s…

Notes on Filmmaking

Notes on Filmmaking

English + Português
When the pandemic was declared March 11, 2020, I was in the midst of releasing a film. I am a Brazilian filmmaker, and the film in question…

Let’s Talk about Resilience

Let’s Talk about Resilience

English + Español
When I joined the International Domestic Workers Federation (IDWF) family in October 2019, I never imagined that a few months later I would experience both the pain and…

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

A Few Shocks Away from Poverty

English + Español
Growing up in Lima Peru, I can remember people saying, “There is no middle class.” This was an exaggeration. Not all the non-poor were rich—far from it—but the differences in the living …

The Future is Female in Honduras

The Future is Female in Honduras

English + Español
In March 2020, I was notified of my acceptance to the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) to complete a Master of Arts in Public Administration as part of the Mason Program and Mid-Career cohort…

Friends Who Disappear

Friends Who Disappear

I first met Marvyn Perez in 1988 when I was teaching English in Mexico. I was having dinner at the home of Guatemalan exiles, fellow instructors at the university in Puebla. Marvyn…

Global Memorial to the Pandemic

Global Memorial to the Pandemic

English + Español
On the afternoon of Friday, March 13, 2020, the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in Uruguay was announced. At that time, I made the decision to ask the 100 employees of Gómez Platero Arquitectura & Urbanismo…

That Lovely Violence of Ours

That Lovely Violence of Ours

English + Español
It used to be there were products that hid violent messages to attract consumers. Now, there is nothing subliminal in finding human heads inside coolers with a grocery store brand, heads rolling in a bar in the middle of the track, heads slaughtered on video, heads shattered…

Reinventing Research in Times of Pandemic

Reinventing Research in Times of Pandemic

The pandemic, a global health emergency, descended upon us in March 2020. In this unexpected crisis with unknown disastrous implications, to write about the process of research in urban studies, social sciences or other fields of the humanities might seem irrelevant…

Mastering Unity

Mastering Unity

So implores native son Manuel, who returns to Fonds Rouge, Haiti, after toiling on Cuba’s sugar plantations in Gouverneurs de la Rose´e´ (“Masters of the Dew”), the…

Planting Dreams

Planting Dreams

English + Español
Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano once wrote, “Many little people, in small places, doing little things, can change the world.” A few days ago, I called my friend and retired teacher Elena…

Overcoming Gender Bias

Overcoming Gender Bias

All around the world, students find their education severely disrupted by Covid-19—including at Harvard and for this Chilean at Harvard in particular. In Chile, all educational institutions in the…

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…