Thursday, February 9, 2023 12pm
About this Event
Searching for Home in the Early AIDS Crisis
Katie Batza, Associate Professor, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
THU FEB 9, 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Lunch will be provided, please RSVP by Feb 2: RSVP HERE
In the early 1980s, popular culture portrayed the American Heartland as a cultural ideal, particularly for white America. However, in exploring the realities of the AIDS crisis in the region, we see that home was much more complicated and elusive, particularly for those whose lives were most impacted by the epidemic. This talk will explore the confluence of cultural erasure, a deadly pandemic, and a need for home. It will not only touch upon the history of community building amidst the early AIDS epidemic in the region, but will also explore the machinations of exclusion for folks of color and queer folks as well as the various forms of resistance to find, make, and be home.