Covid-19 news and activities

Covid-19 news and activities

Below is an archived list of Covid-19 essays and activities that involve members of the CIS community. 

June 23, 2020


Quoted in the news:


  • June 23, 2020 | Starr Forum: When Culture Meets Covid-19, How does culture impact a country’s response to the current crisis?  How does this and other political and security factors impact its next steps?  This talk focused on the following regions: Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America.  Speakers included Suzanne Berger, Yasheng Huang, Peter Krause and was moderated by Chappell Lawson.
  • May 11, 2020 | Podcast on Climate, Communications, and COVID, an interview and talk to share; both about how COVID-19 affects things from communications to climate change.  Ari Jacobovitz, Managing Director of MIT-Africa, interviews Michala Mackay, the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Sierra Leone. 
  • May 7, 2020 | COVID-19: On the Ground in India, webinar to learn about the efforts of MIT alumni tackling the global crisis in India.  Panelists included: Hank Levine, Founder of iPlace USA (SM '85), Mukesh Bansal, IAS officer (MBA '19), Anushka Shah, Founder of Civic Studios, Anirudh Sharma, Founder of Graviky (SM '14), and Rijul Kochhar, Anthropologist (PhD MIT-HASTS).
  • May 6, 2020 | Israeli Medical Innovation, Coronavirus-Era, academia, startups and the health system with MIT alumni and Israeli healthcare leadership.  Introduction by MISTI MIT-Israel alumna Peniel Argaw ('17), Meng ('18), with speakers Ayla Matalon, Avner Halperin, Dr Eyal Zimlichman, and Professor Avi Schroeder.
  • May 1-3, 2020 | Ari Jacobovits, managing director of the MIT Africa program, helped organize a hackathon on Covid-19, Africa Takes On Covid-19 challenge, with collectives from around the world—drawing from universities, industry, government, and NGOs, among others.  CIS research affiliate Claude Grunitsky covered the story in his publication True Africa
  • April 24, 2020 | Starr Forum: Amazon Burning. Covid-19. Ghosts of Climate Future?, featuring Carlos Nobre, Brazil’s leading expert on the Amazon and climate change, discussing the global fight to save our planet and lessons we can learn from the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.  Moderated by Elizabeth Leeds.
  • April 23, 2020 | Starr Forum: Rethinking National Security in the Age of Pandemics, experts considered whether the coronavirus crisis might lead to a rethinking of defense strategies.  Speakers included Yasmeen Silva, Joe Cirincione, and Vipin Narang and was moderated by Jim Walsh.