The Uneven Racial and Ethnic Impacts of COVID in Latin America


Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 12:00pm to 1:20pm

This event is part of a virtual series. To watch the recording, click here

Speakers: Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Senior Fellow at the Center for Democracy Development and Rule of Law, Stanford University; Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University; Edward Telles, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
Moderated by: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University

COVID-19 has exposed Latin America’s immense inequalities that leave some groups more exposed to the virus, its economic consequences, and the policing of quarantine measures.  This panel examines the distinct burdens and vulnerabilities of Latin America’s indigenous and Black populations.  Has COVID-19 magnified racial and ethnic inequalities?  Have the experiences of COVID-19 been similar or different for indigenous compared to Black communities?  Which governments have been more successful in addressing the uneven effects of COVID-19 across racial and ethnic groups?  And how have protests against police brutality and structural racism in the United States echoed in Latin America?

Presented in collaboration with Weatherhead Center for International Affairs and Afro-Latin American Research Institute