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Covid Lecture Series

The Asia Center and Center for Latin American Studies have partnered together to bring you a Covid series dedicated to informing you about how Covid has impacted politics in Latin America, first-hand experience in Wuhan from a physician on the ground, India's response to the virus, and how Indigenous communities have been impacted. If you were unable to attend, check-out the YouTube links below.

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First-Hand Experience Fighting COVID-19 in Wuhan

Dr. Zhao, as a chief physician working on the frontline throughout the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan, will share his insights on China's response mechanism, treatment and prevention on COVID-19 pandemic. The talk will be followed by a Q&A session.

Did you miss the event? You can watch it on the Confucius Institute YouTube channel now.

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Mangling the Covid-19 Pandemic in India

Join distinguished academic and writer Šumit Ganguly as he addresses India’s policy response to COVID-19. Ganguly argues India’s response to the COVID-19 crisis has been mostly shambolic. The government resorted to a nationwide crackdown without any preparation, neglected to provide sufficient aid to alleviate the human effects of the pandemic, and, until recently, failed to boost testing. As a consequence, the pandemic has assumed massive proportions, overwhelmed significant parts of India’s anemic health care system, and threatens to undermine much of the economic gains that the country had made over the past decade.

Šumit Ganguly is a distinguished professor of political science and Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also a columnist at and the founding editor at Indian Politics and Policy.

You can watch the talk here!

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The Politics of Covid in Latin America

Latin American countries have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with the impacts exacerbated by weak social protection, decaying health-care systems, and profound socioeconomic inequalities. The economic consequences are also dire, with the region facing its worst recession in a century, pushing the number of people living in poverty up by 45 million.  This panel will examine government responses to the pandemic in Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela, and explore the long-term political implications for the region. 

  • Claudio Holzner, Director, Center for Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of Political Science at University of Utah

  • David De Micheli, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Political Science and Division of Ethnic Studies at University of Utah

  • Laura Gamboa, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Utah

  • Caitlin Andrews-Lee, Assistant Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at Ryerson University

Watch here!

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Impacts of Covid on Indigenous Communities in Latin America

The Coronavirus pandemic has disproportionally impacted a large number of Indigenous groups in Latin America, resulting in widespread death, and uncovering long-standing structural threats to Indigenous peoples’ physical and cultural existence. This is not only tragic because of the loss of these precious lives, but also disrupts intergenerational transfer of cultural knowledge within these ethnic groups. Join Blanca Yagüe as she moderates a discussion with Ángela López Urrego and Jozilea Kangang, who will detail this crisis in some of the areas that are most affected by the pandemic in Colombia and Brazil. This event will consist of a 20-minute discussion with each speaker followed by a Q&A.  


Ángela López Urrego

Candidata a Doctora en Estudios Amazónicos | Universidad Nacional de Colombia sede Amazonia | Grupo de Estudios Transfronterizos GET | Leticia, Colombia                Estudiante invitada del Centro de Urbanización, Cultura y Sociedad | Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique INRS | Montreal, Canadá

Joziléia Kaingang

Indígena Kaingang, liderança Indígena, professora, ativista ambiental, antropóloga, Doutoranda Ppgas/Ufsc | Pesquisadora do Instituto Brasil Plural – Ibp | Consultora da ONU Mulheres | Parte da Frente Indígena e Indigenista de Combate e Controle a Covid19 Na Região Sul | Participa da Rede Global de Mulheres Indígenas Trabalhando pela Cura da Terra | Engajada no movimento de mudança, pela sociedade justa e inclusiva na constante construção de uma sociedade do Bem Viver

Blanca Yagüe

Phd Student In Antropology - University Of Utah | Master in Amazonian Studies - Universidad Nacional De Colombia Sede Amazonia

Watch on our YouTube channel here!

Last Updated: 11/4/21