Sponsored by Globe Med and The Bioethics Society
Guest speaker: Suzanne Willard
This Tuesday night, April 23rd, Globe Med and Bioethics society screened “How to Survive a Plague”, an award winning documentary chronicling the lives of HIV+ activists throughout the AIDs epidemic of the 80’s and early 90’s. Focused on the group of intelligent, passionate and brave individuals at the head of the gay rights activism group, ACT UP, the documentary shows what it is like to have to fight what seems the whole world in order to save your own life and the lives of the friends and family you love. TERRIFYING. EMPOWERING. HEARTBREAKING. PAINFUL. EXHAUSTING. MORE FULFILLING THAN ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN IMAGINE.
After the documentary, we sat down with Dr. Suzanne Willard, an expert on the Act Up movement and a Nurse Practitioner with considerable experience in the HIV/AIDs field. As the group members shared their responses to the documentary, Dr. Willard revealed to the audience that she personally knew many of the heroes in the video and had the opportunity to work with them during the trying times witnessed in the documentary. After a few personal remarks, Ms. Willard continued on to lead a discussion on ACT UP, the current state of HIV/AIDs epidemic and sustainable activism.
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