Upholding human dignity amid COVID-19 and economic collapse

July 28, 2021

“The largest economic contraction since 1709’s great frost . . .”; “The largest collapse since the 1930s . . .”; “The largest recorded decline of […]

The pandemic reveals truths old and new about migration from Central America 

July 1, 2021

Last year about this time, we wrote in this space that the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras had two paths out […]

In The Media

Waiving patents isn’t enough—we need technology transfer to defeat COVID

May 13, 2021

Global Affairs Professors Tamara Kay and Susan Ostermann call for technology sharing to beat COVID-19 in an op-ed for The Hill. “It is in the interest […]

Human dignity in a pandemic year and beyond

April 23, 2021

One year ago, on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and one month after global lockdowns began, the Keough School launched the blog Dignity and […]

Pinot Noir and dignity needs

April 9, 2021

In a memorable scene from the 2004 movie Sideways, one of the main characters describes his love for Pinot Noir, emphasizing its delicacy as a […]

Handwashing without WASH and lockdowns without toilets: critical contradictions amid COVID-19

March 22, 2021

When COVID-19 became a global pandemic, frequent handwashing, lockdowns, and social distancing were quickly prescribed to control spread and limit new infections. Among these measures, […]

Their deaths shame us all: neoliberalism, COVID-19, and the banality of evil

March 16, 2021

In late March 2020, as the potential scale of the COVID-19 epidemic became clear, a televised conversation unfolded between Fox News host Tucker Carlson and […]

Mapping multiple crises through the geographic information system

January 28, 2021

It has been a year since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency in January 2020. (It was declared a […]

Overcoming metropolitan bias: prospects for a new urban paradigm

December 10, 2020

The year 2020 has brought unrelenting crises: a raging COVID-19 pandemic, a worsening climate emergency, and a media environment that dangerously amplifies our differences. In […]

Being-for-others and integral human development

November 12, 2020

“Hell is—other people!” Thus, Jean-Paul Sartre dramatically summarizes the predicament of those condemned in the afterlife through one character in his play, No Exit. No […]