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World AIDS Day

A A Bronson detail from artwork
Conceptual artist AA Bronson (left) will discuss his work in relations to AIDS at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. At right is one of the images that he will reference during his talk “General Idea and Their Image Virus.”

To mark this year’s World AIDS Day, a series of events exploring some of the major issues and challenges of the AIDS epidemic, now in its 25th year, will be held at the University and locally. World AIDS Day was created in 1988 by the United Nations World Health Organization to raise awareness that HIV/AIDS is a global epidemic.

Michael Keefer, principal investigator for the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit at the University says “this World AIDS Day marks the beginning of the first large-scale study of a preventive HIV vaccine on the African continent, and is a testament to the hundreds of healthy HIV-negative volunteers who have rolled up their sleeves to help, as well as to the dedication of the Rochester community’s collaborative efforts.”

Groups from the Medical Center and from the College will join members of the Greater Rochester community in collaborative efforts to raise HIV and AIDS awareness. Participating groups include the HIV Vaccine Trials Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital, the River Campus Health Promotion Office, the Humanities Project at the University, Hartnett Gallery, Global AIDS Interest Network, Action for a Better Community, PeaceArt International, and AIDS Rochester.

An exhibition reflecting changes in perceptions of AIDS will be on display in the Hartnett Gallery in Wilson Commons from Monday, November 27, through Wednesday, December 20. Vision = Life: AIDS Posters from the Edward C. Atwater Collection features selected posters from more than 29 countries that show different societies’ understanding of sexuality and disease and raise questions about the politics of visibility. The posters are from the collection of Edward Atwater, a western New York native who practiced medicine and taught at the medical school for 37 years. The exhibition is part of Hartnett Gallery’s “Visualizing the Humanities” program, which, according to gallery director Derek Rushton, “seeks to foster a space where creative and sociopolitical dialogues can take place cooperatively in contemporary art both within and beyond local, state, and national borders.” An exhibition reception at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, in the Hartnett Gallery will feature Atwater and Canadian artist AA Bronson. For more information, contact the gallery at x5-4188.

Bronson will discuss his work with the three-man artist team General Idea in an hour-long lecture at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons. He will speak about the work of General Idea, with a special emphasis on their seven years of AIDS-related projects in addition to his own solo work since the deaths of his collaborators.

Other event highlights include HIV prevention outreach at 8 p.m. on Monday, November 27, and Tuesday, November 28, in the Susan B. Anthony Halls; a Peer Advocacy Health Fair hosted by University Health Service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, in Douglas Dining Center; a panel discussion, “Let’s Talk about HIV,” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, in the Gowen Room in Wilson Commons; free HIV testing from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, December 1, on the Wilson Quadrangle and in Wilson Commons; a PeaceArt International benefit fundraiser program featuring children dancers and musicians from the Rochester Indian community and Thomas Warfield, the Rochester Gay Men’s Chorus, Rochester Women’s Community Chorus, RIT/NTID Dance Company, and others at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 1, at the First Universalist Church, 150 S. Clinton Avenue; and a faith-based prayer gathering for all persons living with or affected by HIV or AIDS on Sunday, December 3, at Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs Street.

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