Jennifer Brier, PhD
Director, Gender & Women’s Studies Program, University of Illinois-Chicago

As we approach the fifth decade of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, we continue to have a pressing need for a useable and meaningful history of how people— across identity categories of sexuality, gender and race—struggled and fought to make minoritized communities healthy in the face of profound abandonment and opprobrium. In this talk, historian Jennifer Brier will detail a series of powerful examples of resistance to this silencing in hopes of sparking a conversation about how to imagine a future without AIDS.

Jennifer Brier directs the Program in Gender and Women’s Studies at UIC, where she is also an Associate Professor of GWS and History. She specializes in US history of sexuality and gender and public history. Brier is the author of Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Response to the AIDS Crisis, published by the University of North Carolina Press. Brier is at work on a major public history project called History Moves, a community-curated mobile gallery that will provide a space for Chicago-based community organizers and activists to share their histories with a wide audience. The current project is “I’m Still Surviving” a multimedia presentation of the women’s history of HIV/AIDS.

Co-sponsored by the Chabraja Center for Historical Studies and the Sexualities Project at Northwestern (SPAN).  Lunch will be served. This lecture will also be available to be streamed remotely using BlueJeansThis lecture will be hosted on the Evanston campus in room 1-515 of Kresge Hall.