University of Rochester

Neilly Lecturer Gerald Oppenheimer Speaks to the Politics of AIDS

November 21, 2013

TIME, DATE, PLACE: 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, Rush Rhees Library, Hawkins-Carlson Room, University of Rochester River Campus. A reception will follow the presentation.

WHAT: Gerald Oppenheimer— historian, health policy analyst, and epidemiologist— will give a talk on the politics and ethics associated with HIV and AIDS titled, "Death, Stigma and Commitment: The AIDS Epidemic—32 Years and Counting." The lecture is part of this season's Neilly Series Lectures.

For over three decades, Americans have lived with an epidemic that has now become almost invisible. But earlier in the arc from past to present, HIV/AIDS was a disorder that strained credulity, engendered panic, and called our medical and scientific systems into question. In characterizing HIV/AIDS today, Oppenheimer will discuss the political and ethical challenges raised by an epidemic intimately associated with fundamental changes at home and new demands globally.

The talk will be accompanied by a slide show of AIDS posters from the University's collection, one of the largest AIDS education poster archives in the world.

Oppenheimer is a professor of history and public health at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research has included analysis of health services, the costs of funding health services for those with HIV/AIDS, and ethical issues raised by the HIV/AIDS epidemic for private health insurance system.

ADMISSION: The talk is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in the Library Lot.

SPONSOR: River Campus Libraries with support from the Andrew H. and Janet Dayton Neilly Endowed Fund.

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