null Newsletter No 3/2021 - A Completely Different Planet: COVID-19 One Year On


A Completely Different Planet: COVID-19 One Year On

By Lucy Howe López 

Planet earth
Photo by Bruno Sersocima from FreeImages

"Looks like we are going back to a completely different planet." These were the words of astronaut Jessica Meir as she prepared to leave the International Space Station after seven months in April 2020. The World Health Organization had declared the COVID-19 outbreak as a pandemic on 11 March 2020 not long before her descent back to Earth. That same week on Friday 13 March 2020, as Swiss borders closed, we were locking up our offices, handing out the few laptops available, moving to our homes and to rapidly installed online workspaces ahead of the full lockdown the following week.

We had been watching the news since mid-January through February as cases started to be reported from China and East Asia, then North America, Oceania and Europe in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, spreading to North Africa, the Middle East and South America. We grew increasingly uneasy as the number of COVID-19 infections, hospitalisations and deaths climbed and the virus came closer. The first cases identified in most countries were travellers bringing the virus with them with cases confirmed in 121 countries by 13 March 2020.

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First Blue Table Webinar - Ethics and the pandemic: Are lessons ever learned?

Join us for our first Blue Table Webinar on 24 March 2021! The first webinar is titled 'Ethics and the Pandemic'. Join the Academy in discussion with key note speaker, Dr Ross Upshur. His talk will focus on the ethical issues in the COVID-19 pandemic and if lessons are ever learned. 




Are Health Passports the future?
Earlier this month the EU announced the presentation of the Digital Green Pass, which aims to provide proof of vaccination or COVID-19 test results. This blog post raises critical questions from an ethical perspective. 
Poetical Excursus: Life Means Freedom and Choice
A poetic excerpt from 'Who Cares About Ethics?' by one of the editors, reflecting on ethics in celebration of World Poetry Day on 21 March.

Academy - Online Learning Experience

Student Essay: Studying during a Pandemic

Follow us on the journey of learning from and with students through their reflective stories. Read ‘How our life has been changed by COVID-19' narrated by Elizabeth Silayo, doctoral student from Tanzania at the Augustana University in Germany.

Interreligious Cooperation for Peace
This course is the first part of three online courses that shape the Executive Certificate Programme on Interreligious Cooperation for Peace. You will undertake a unique learning journey where you will learn about religion and religions and how religious communities can engage and learn from one another.
Starting date: 12 April 2021
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Responsible Leadership 
Develop critical thinking about the theory and practice of responsible leadership. This course will examine different theories and will focus on dialogical leadership, which enables transparent and effective deliberation.

Starting date: 12  April 2021
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Library - Open 24 Hours for You

Book of the month: Global Citizenship Education 
This open access book takes a critical and international perspective to the mainstreaming of the Global Citizenship Concept, and analyses the key issues regarding global citizenship education across the world. 
Library tips
Check out our Library tips and follow our YouTube playlist for short tutorials to better utilise the Library. 
Discover new author profiles
Discover the new author profile section in the Library. This feature has been developed to help you promote your work in both your personal network and with a broader network of like-minded people. 

Publications - Read everywhere

圣商灵粮 Daily Bread for Christians in Business

Moses, C.

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Missional Encounter: Approach for Ministering to Invisible Peoples

Paul K. Musolo W'Isuka

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Migrants, Asylum Seekers and Refugees: A Euro-African Problem in the 21st Century

Chigozie Nnebedum

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Events - Coming soon...

National Seminar on Reimagining Ethics and Sustainable Strategies in Post-Covid Society  
When: 19 March 2021
Where:  St Jude's College,Thoothoor, India

What:  Seminar 
Blue Table Webinar 
When: 24 March 2021
Where: Online
What: Online Webinar 
Curso-Taller: Cómo incluir la Ética en la formación Universitaria
When: 5, 12, 19 y 26 de abril de 2021 
Where: Online 
What: Free Online Course-Workshop (In Spanish)

CallS for Papers - CONSULTATIONS

Conference on Covid-19 Emerging Ethical Issues in Higher Education: Experiences, Challenges, Solutions
Deadline for submission of abstracts: 2 April 2021
Consultation on Ethics in Higher Education as a Key Driver to Recovery in the Higher Education Sector in a World Living with COVID-19
Deadline for contributions: 15 April 2021

Network updates

New cooperation agreement with Bedër University College, Albania has signed a new cooperation agreement with the Bedër University College in Tirana, Albania. The cooperation agreement, which came into effect on 1 March 2021, is rooted in the shared goal of promoting ethics in higher education. 
Co-sponsored statement: COVID-19, Human Rights and Youth
During the 46th session of the Humans Right Council, co-sponsored an oral statement on COVID-19, Human Rights and Youth. The statement drew attention to safeguarding the right to education of children and young people during the pandemic.

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