Speaking Through Silence: A Public Conference on HIV/AIDS Histories


About This Event

This conference, in conjunction with the Memorial Art Gallery’s exhibition, Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster (March 6 – June 19), features scholars of HIV/AIDS history alongside medical practitioners and activists from the Central New York region sharing their knowledge and experience of HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, care, representation, and memory.

University of Illinois at Chicago historian Jennie Brier will give the keynote, “I’m Still Surviving: Towards a Women’s History of HIV/AIDS in the United States.” Panels include “HIV in Black and Brown Communities: What’s Going On?;” “HIV at the Intersection of Art and Activism;” and “Public Health Harm Reduction: Lessons from the HIV/AIDS Epidemic.”

The conference will also include presentations by Jessica Lacher-Feldman, curator of the University of Rochester AIDS Education Poster Collection and Donald Albrecht, curator of Up Against the Wall: Art, Activism, and the AIDS Poster, followed by a tour of the exhibition. Panelists include Patricia Coury-Doniger, Gary English, Ted Kerr, Mical Raz, Benita Roth, Diane Morse, Alexis Pleus, Jeffery McCune and Laura Stamm.

The conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Tickets are available now! If you register before March 7, 2022, free lunch is available. Post March March 7, 2022, lunch is available for purchase.

All attendees agree to follow the COVID-19 policies.

March 18, 2022, 9 a.m.

Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607

HS9 HIV/AIDS Activism and Public Health


Host: University of Rochester

Activity Category: Conference Exhibit

Activity Audience: Open to the Public


RSVP by March 14, 2022

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