The Humanities Project Events for January 2012

Documenting AIDS Activism, Films by John Greyson
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
6:00 pm
Plutzik Room, Department of Rare Books & Special Collections,
Rush Rhees Library, 2nd floor

The World is Sick, The Pink Pimpernel, and The Ads Epidemic.

"Buggering John Greyson: Works on AIDS, Sex, and Politics from the 1980s" Owens Lecture by Cindy Patton
Thursday, January 26, 2012
5:30 pm
Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library

Cindy Patton examines John Greyson's early film work documenting AIDS activism and engaging with debates about representations of safe sex. Patton juxtaposes Greyson's agitation-propaganda strategy of "buggering" with the later aesthetic of "queering" canonical works that came to charactize the 1990s and 2000s "queer cinema". Patton explores the aesthetic and political differences in these works and suggests that a revival of early works from the AIDS epidemic may suggest routes out of current political impasses in both the gay/lesbian movement and the AIDS activist movement.

Cindy Patton has published widely on AIDS and gender, contributing greatly to the expansion in humanistic study of AIDS beyond the considerations of gay American men. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Community Culture and Health at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, where she is professor of women’s studies, sociology, and anthropology.

Opening Reception for the exhibition Picturing AIDS and Its Publics:
Educational Posters from the Atwater Collection
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
7:00 pm
Department of Rare Books & Special Collections,
Rush Rhees Library, 2nd floor

Over the last 30 years, HIV/AIDS has spread unevenly across the globe. In the process it has altered bonds of intimacy, scientific knowledge, and diverse beliefs about morality and survival. Constellations of imagery from awareness campaigns developed alongside global networks of transmission and treatment. Drawing from the Atwater Collection of AIDS educational posters, Picturing AIDS and Its Publics shows the changing look of AIDS. The posters communicate diverse ideologies and visual strategies, showing how various groups around the world conceive of the virus.