The New School's Theresa Lang Community and Student Center 55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor.
(New York, NY, Nov. 20, 2006) -- In commemoration of World AIDS Day and the 25th anniversary of the advent of the epidemic, The New School's Wolfson Center for National Affairs will host two panels on Dec. 1 that will examine the impact of AIDS on the arts and on science.
1) "AIDS and the Politics of Science"
The first panel, "AIDS and the Politics of Science," will explore the way AIDS has brought politics and science into conflict and collaboration. In the early days of the epidemic, the political drive to address AIDS and HIV came from the street. Today it comes from foundations, governments, and business. Activists, clinicians, and scientists will discuss what the intersection of science and politics has wrought and where politics is taking science today.
former executive director of the Maryland AIDS Administration and a
founder and chairman of Maryland's AIDS Legislative Committee, a
statewide non-profit advocacy and lobbying organization.
2) "Beyond Lament: AIDS and the Arts"
The second panel, "Beyond Lament: AIDS and the Arts," will look at how the artistic response to AIDS has changed our perception of the disease and of life, love, death, and survival. Artists of all kinds were among the first to respond to AIDS, finding myriad meanings in the pandemic. Now, in this panel, artists and cultural critics explore the implications of an epidemic that can still seem unimaginable-even as they ask whether AIDS as a treatable disease has lost its cultural punch.
Jorge Ignacio Cortinas, an author and AIDS and immigration activist who is playwright in residence at the Hartford Stage in Connecticut;
Samuel Delany, professor of English and Creative Writing at Temple University and author of numerous works of non-fiction and novels, including The Tale of Plagues and Carnivals, the first novel from a major American publisher about AIDS;
Mark Doty, a poet whose many awards include the National Book Critics Circle Award;