Lux addresses international conference on COVID-19 challenges
Steven Lux, director of
Maxwell’s Executive Education program, was invited to speak on an international
panel coordinated by 2019-2020 Humphrey Fellow Barbara Cecilia Barrios Dumanoir
of Panama. Lux was one of 12 presenters in the Panama City-based virtual
program “International Congress: Reality Facing COVID-19,” September 1 to 3.
Lux, who spoke about
public policy, said the event highlights Maxwell’s impact and ongoing international
relationships with Humphrey fellows.
key aspect of the Humphrey Fellowship program at Maxwell is the ability for
fellows to generate a transformative impact upon return to their countries,”
Lux said. “We strive to maintain these connections as it both informs theory
Also on the agenda were
leadership, logistics, psychoeducation, education, reproductive health,
neuroscience, and health.
Barrios discussed higher
education, technology and intermediate school. She recently wrote and led a
training session addressing how the coronavirus pandemic highlights the need
for Panama and other countries to improve education.
“We want to transfer
cross-sectional knowledge to find answers to the different situations created
by the pandemic,” Barrios said. The format allowed experts to exchange
perspectives using technology – a tool whose benefits have become increasingly
important as the pandemic closed schools and businesses beginning in March.
“Technology allows us to
reduce and eliminate distances,” Barrios said. “Many times when we are immersed
in a problem it is difficult to see other perspectives and options; these
experts can share a different view.”
The free conference was
presented via Zoom from Santa María la Antigua University. Each day between
300-400 people viewed the event.
Barrios invited Lux
because public policy expertise is missing in Panama and much of Latin America.
“Here we don’t have public policy related to the pandemic and it will be
interesting to listen to the recommendations and words from an expert,” she
has impacted public policy in two primary ways, Lux said. “One is the public
health policies of countries and how the pandemic has laid bare the
discrepancies of wealth and associated disparities,” he explained. “Another is
the larger scope of transitioning to a new policy environment where the future
is unknown. How do people live in that sphere and how does government govern?”
Barrios said the
organizers hope to present more virtual conferences “to help our countries in
improving our situation, and in being prepared not for the future but for the
International Congress’ conference brought together leaders from across Latin
America to be immersed in interdisciplinary approaches to the pandemic,” Lux
said. “Gazing through these lenses and perspectives within a virtual conference
format enabled a greater diversity of participants to gain knowledge.”