Thursday, July 28, 2016

Introducing our NLM traveling exhibit, "Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture"

If you visit the OHSU Library in the BICC building in the next few weeks, you’ll notice that Maija and I have installed our traveling NLM exhibit, Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture. The exhibit will be on display today until 8/15, at which point we will be moving it to our partners at the Q Center in North Portland for them to host for the remainder of its time in Portland (through 9/4).

Here’s a bit more about the exhibit from the National Library of Medicine traveling exhibits site:
“The National Library of Medicine is pleased to present our latest traveling exhibition, Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture. The exhibition explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that ‘centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.’ Surviving and Thriving presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis.”

We hope you get a chance to stop by, check out the panels, and pick up a brochure. This exhibit feels very timely in its arrival, as we have a stellar research team on campus currently working to develop an HIV vaccine: