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

December 2021 Articles

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…

Past Months

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…

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…