For our first interview, Flora Sapio spoke to the issues of COVID-19 in Italy and its wider implication. For our second interview, Larry Catá Backer spoke of COVID-19 and meaning making. Yuri Gonzalez was interviewed about COVID-19 and the developing situation in Cuba, which has been able to project medical assistance outward even as it faces the challenges of a developing state. Alice Hong provided insight on COVID-19 from the perspective of a foreign student in the US. GAO Shan spoke to the way that the COVID-19 pandemic from a comparative context of Wuhan (where his family lives) and the US Midwest (where he now resides). Keren Wang considered the ways in which each system framed the pandemic in ways that could be understood, noting how differences in those understandings could produce very different responses. Jonathan Kiwana spoke to issues of COVID-19 and Africa, focusing on Uganda and the region. Pini Miretski spoke to the situation in Russia, Israel and states of the former Soviet Union, and the enhanced use of technology for meeting the challenge of COVID-19. And Nicolas Scholz spoke to the situation in Germany, from the perspective of a European federal republic, within the historical context of European shocks of the last century and on the contradictions of nationalism and globalization.
Bethany Salgado currently works in demand planning and customer logistics within the consumer products industry while she is completing her master's in international affairs at Pennsylvania State University. During her graduate program, Bethany has focused on corporate governance and responsible business conduct in addition to attaining a certificate in supply chain management. Prior to starting her graduate degree, Bethany worked at the State Department where she helped U.S. companies implement best practices for social and environmental responsibility across global supply chains. She also has experience with a variety of think tanks, nonprofits, and in state and federal government.