We are excited to announce the addition of a newly acquired collection to the archive. This collection includes materials assembled and organized by William R. Alschuler, California Institute of the Arts science faculty, for a class on the AIDS epidemic he was teaching in 1993-1996 entitled, “AIDS as exhibit.” It contains flyers, handouts, newsletters, and other publications from numerous public health departments and community based organizations in California and around the country with information about AIDS transmission and prevention, treatment, testing protocols, nutrition, service organizations, legal rights and educational resources as well as newspaper and journal clippings and course syllabi about the history of the AIDS epidemic. The final project of this class included exhibits curated by students that were displayed in hallways at California Institute of the Arts.
Thursday, January 10, 2019, 12 – 1:15 pm
Parnassus Library, 5th Floor, Lange Room
Expanding on one thread from his recent book, Patient Zero and the Making of the AIDS Epidemic (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017), Richard A. McKay, D.Phil. will present findings from his archival research across North America to illuminate historical aspects of sexual health and sexually transmitted infections among men who had sex with men. The talk will focus on California in the 1950s and 1960s, with a particular emphasis on developments in homophile activism—the forerunner of later gay rights organizing—and public health. Dr. McKay will also reflect on the methodological challenges of carrying out research on a topic for which patient records and other source materials were routinely destroyed to preserve confidentiality.
MONDAY DEC 10, 12 – 1:15 PM
5TH FLOOR, LANGE ROOM,
Join Associate Professor of History, Deirdre Cooper Owens as she explains how the institution of American slavery was directly linked to the creation of reproductive medicine in the U.S. She will provide context for how and why physicians denied black women their full humanity, yet valued them as “medical superbodies” highly suited for experimentation. Engaging with 19th-century ideas about so-called racial difference, Cooper Owens will shed light on the contemporary legacy of medical racism.