Annual Colloquium - 2012
Going Viral: Thirty Years of Living with HIV/AIDS
Other Colloquium Events
Film: The Other City (Monday, May 19, at 8:00 PM)
In every city, there’s another city that visitors rarely see. But this city isn’t just anywhere—it’s in Washington, D.C. The very city that is home to the capitol of the most powerful country in the world has an HIV/AIDS rate that is not only the nation’s highest, but rivals some African countries. In this documentary, director Susan Koch introduces us to the people who live in the shadow of the Capitol but remain almost invisible to the lawmakers and lobbyists who live there. It’s about politics and ideology, corruption and bureaucracy, and an epidemic that grew out of control while few people paid any attention or cared.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt
Michael P O'Brien ARC
THE NAMES PROJECT
Exhibition opening ceremony: Tuesday, March 20 at 4:15 pm
Reading of names: 12:00 noon, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday
Established in 1987, The NAMES Project Foundation is the international organization that is the custodian of The AIDS Memorial Quilt. The AIDS Memorial Quilt began with a single 3 x 6 foot panel created in San Francisco in 1987. Today, The Quilt is composed of more than 47,000 individual 3 x 6 foot panels, each one commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS. In this second exhibition of the AIDS quilt at SMCM we will be featuring ten panels, including some requested by community members. Name reading ceremonies will be held daily. Exhibition to run through March 23, 2012.
HIV/AIDS 101 (Tuesday, March 20 at 8:15 PM)
Dr. SAMANTHA ELLIOTT and Dr. JEFF BYRD
Most people are familiar with the idea that HIV causes AIDS. However, how does this actually happen? Join SMCM's Biology faculty members Dr. Jeffrey Byrd and Dr. Samantha Elliott as they discuss the basic biology behind HIV infection and the development of AIDS. Viral replication, the host immune response and how anti-retroviral drugs work to reduce the impact of HIV infection will be discussed.
COLLOQUIUM ROUNDTABLE (Thursday, March 22 at 8:15 PM)
Joe Lucchesi, Moderator
Lucchesi will be joined on stage by Colloquium speakers Robert-Guroff, Parikh, and Román to discuss issues raised by their presentations.
HELPING INDEPENDENT PROSTITUTES SURVIVE (HIPS) Activism Workshop (Friday, March 23 at 3:00 PM in Daugherty-Palmer Commons)
HIPS was founded in 1993 by a coalition of service providers, advocates, and law enforcement officials as an outreach and referral service. Utilizing a harm reduction model, HIPS’ programs strive to address the impact that HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, discrimination, poverty, violence, and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work in Washington, D.C. We'll discuss ways to get involved with HIPS and other activist groups on and off campus, and the need for progressives to be lifelong activists in the fight for social justice.
FREE HIV TESTING will be available for the SMCM community March 20 – March 22, 2012 on the second floor of the Library. Appointments can be made in the Health Center.