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 […]