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To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Mailman School's ICAP will host a special screening and panel discussion on December 2. Faculty are contributing to this and other events to honor World AIDS Day. See below for a select listing of related events and visit the HIV/AIDS expertise page for information about faculty working in the field.
“Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic”
Hess Student Commons
ICAP hosts a special film screening of the widely acclaimed “And the Band Played On” about the first years of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and the political infighting that hampered early efforts to contain the virus. Based on the book by Randy Shilts published 20 years ago, the movie framed how AIDS was understood and discussed going forward.
Following the film, ICAP Director Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, will lead a panel discussion with invited guests: Mark Harrington, executive director of Treatment Action Group, Joan Kaufman, PhD, director of Columbia Global Center/East Asia, Emily Koech, MD, MPH, student at the Mailman School of Public Health, and Julie Myers, MPH, New York City Department of Health.
“Talk is Cheap: Saving Lives, Ending AIDS, and Putting Our Money Where Our Mouth"
Leading up to World AIDS Day, Dr. El-Sadr took part in a Town Hall event at the NY Public Library and convened by The Atlantic and MAC AIDS Fund. Experts from around the world came together with the aim to galvanize the American public and corporate establishment on the disease. NIH NIAID (Allergy & Infections Diseases) Director Anthony Fauci gave the keynote address. Dr. El-Sadr was on the panel that discussed “Fresh Thinking and Disruptive Strategies to End AIDS” and which also included Stephen Lewis, Co-Founder and Co-Director of AIDS-Free World.
“A Time of Reflection”
On December 1, Robert Fullilove, EdD, professor of Sociomedical Sciences, will be a featured speaker at the God’s Love We Deliver vigil and program, “A Time of Reflection."
NYC Health Department's World AIDS Day Breakfast
Alwyn Cohall, MD, professor of Sociomedical Sciences and director of the Harlem Health Promotion Center (HHPC), will receive an award on behalf of the HHPC from New York City Health Commissioner Thomas Farley at the Health Department's World AIDS Day Breakfast at the New York Academy of Medicine. The award recognizes exceptional work in HIV/AIDS in New York City. Dr. Cohall also serves as the director of Project Stay (Services to Assist Youth), the New York State Department of Health funded program that provides confidential health services to young people affected by or infected with HIV/AIDS.
Green Haven Correctional Facility
Dr. Fullilove will also be the keynote speaker at the request of inmates of the Green Haven Correctional Facility in upstate New York on December 2nd. His talk will discuss HIV and racial/ethnic health disparities in the U.S. and explored the ways in which the epidemic comes on top of a significant disease burden that communities of color in this country must confront. Dr. Fullilove has been a frequent guest lecturer on HIV/AIDS as part of the Bard Prison Initiative's Citizen Science Lecture Series/ Prisoners for AIDS Counseling and Education (PACE).
UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights Annual Meeting
As a member of the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights Terry McGovern, JD, professor of Population and Family Health, is taking part in the annual meeting in Geneva, December 3-6th. Established in 2002 to advise UNAIDS on all matters relating to HIV and human rights, the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights speaks with an independent voice and offers recommendations to the UNAIDS Secretariat and cosponsors. In 2011 the Group issued a statement encouraging UN Member States to reaffirm a focus on human rights that has driven 30 years of progress in the global HIV response and outlined five key priorities for Member States.
AIDS Philanthropy Summit
Professor McGovern will also moderate a special session for the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC) at the AIDS Philanthropy Summit on December 10th on Community-Driven Grantmaking. The AIDS Philanthropy Summit is an annual conference of representatives of private and public funding organizations, affinity group members, and invited speakers or guests.