Stories of Pandemic: The COVIDLatino Community Health Campaign and the Journal of a Plague Year

Event Date: 
Monday, September 19, 2022 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Event Location: 
ASU California Center
Presented by: 
School of Historical Philosophical and Religious Studies, School of Transborder Studies

America’s more than 60 million Latinos are among the many people of color who have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, people are still struggling with a lack of knowledge about variants and booster shots, state vaccination websites that don’t have Spanish instructions, ways to find appointments in their communities and fears that they could be targeted for immigration enforcement.

Please join us for an interactive exhibition, discussion and reception that features images, text and sound that interprets the history and stories of the COVID-19 pandemic by drawing materials from the crowd-sourced, rapid-response digital archive of the pandemic, titled "A Journal of the Plague Year: An Archive of Covid-19." The exhibit will feature the COVID Latino Project, which is a health communication campaign that merges the social/health sciences with the arts to create culturally-tailored COVID-19 information for Latino communities across the U.S. In addition, the exhibition will showcase artwork created for the campaign, including cartoons by renowned artist Lalo Alcaraz, artwork by local artists, a series of animated explainer videos and student-curated exhibits touching on various issues around COVID-19 misinformation.

Led by ASU’s School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies and ASU’s School of Transborder Studies, curated by students, scholars, librarians and teachers, the COVID-19 archive explores how diverse communities from around the world have understood and interpreted the pandemic. The exhibit will include work developed by Santa Monica Hopes and students at Orange County’s Garden Grove School District.