University of Rochester

EVENT: Talk on the representation of black women in relation to HIV/AIDS

TIME, DATE, AND PLACE: 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on the University of Rochester's River Campus

ADMISSION: Free and open to the public; parking available in Library Lot.

November 5, 2007

As a part of the Frederick Douglass Institute Work-in-Progress Seminar Series, predoctoral fellow Ayana Weekley will present a talk examining the discursive representations of African-American women, gender, sexuality, and HIV/AIDS. In this lecture, "Why Can't We Flip the Script: The Politics of Respectability and Silence in Black Women HIV/AIDS Fiction," Weekley will argue that both marriage and the politics of respectability continue to be important literary conventions for black women writers. She also questions their continued importance in discussions of black female sexualities.