World AIDS Day

Performances, Screenings, Exhibitions, Discussions to Commemorate World AIDS Day at UCLA

Wednesday, December 01, 2004
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Procession at Noon Will Launch "I Know—And Knowledge is Power" Campaign

As part of UCLA Year of the Arts, the university is observing World AIDS Day on December 1 with a series of events throughout campus. Spearheaded by a campus consortium organized by David Gere, an associate professor in the Department of World Arts and Cultures, and Edwin Bayrd, executive director of UCLA AIDS Institute, events include an exhibition of international AIDS posters; film and television screenings (including Oprah Winfrey); theater and choreographic performances; and public panels of national AIDS leaders. In addition, a dramatic noontime march will end at Bruin Plaza, encouraging members of the campus and Los Angeles communities to get tested and learn their HIV status.

Highlighting the day will be the launch of "I Know—And Knowledge is Power," a year-long campaign to encourage people to learn their HIV status. A campus-wide procession at noon will culminate at Bruin Plaza with celebrities and live entertainment on the Bruin stage. People dressed in black and wearing red ribbons will be converging on Bruin Plaza from the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden on north campus, the Medical Center on south campus and the student residency halls on west campus.

Marchers will be wearing signs bearing statistics such as: In the United States as of 2002, new AIDS diagnoses indicated that 30% are attributable to heterosexual acts and 40% to sex between men; more than two-thirds (68%) of estimated new AIDS diagnoses among women were due to heterosexual contact and 29% to injection drug use; and in 2001 teen girls represented more than half (56%) of reported HIV cases among those aged 13-19. Worldwide, the major route of HIV transmission is heterosexual sex; as of 2002 an estimated 15 million living children had lost one or both parents to AIDS; and only 7% of people with HIV in need of antiretroviral therapy have access to prevention and treatment programs.

Throughout the day, the Department of World Arts and Cultures and UCLA AIDS Institute, in partnership with the UCLA Library, UCLA Film and Television Archive, OID Instructional Media Library, UCLA International Institute, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières, and Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law, will lead campus and community participants in considering the ways in which people can help stop AIDS around the world. Every two hours, a new AIDS awareness perspective will be featured along with powerful messages from outspoken artists no longer willing to stand silent in the shadow of government indifference and social disapproval.

Schedule of Events

Event Description

9:00 - 10:50 a.m.


Royce Hall 314

Public service announcements can be as witty as The Three Amigos, with their boisterous trio of animated condoms, or as incisive as those created by students of designmatters in their ongoing collaboration with the United Nations. Come hear how it’s done and dream up a PSA of your own. Open to UCLA students who sign up in advance at the World Arts and Cultures office, Kinross Building, Room 200.

  • Firdaus Kharas, co-creator and co-producer, The Three Amigos;
  • Mariana Amatullo, co-founder and co-director, designmatters;
  • Moderated by Amy Shimshon-Santo, Department of World Arts and Cultures

10:00 a.m.-12 noon

AIDS and the Moving Image

OID Instructional Media Lab, Powell Library, Room 270

On World AIDS Day, regular operations of the Instructional Media Lab will be suspended for two hours in order to present an eclectic selection of AIDS-themed news and public affairs programs, TV dramatizations, and instructional media. Over 30 individual viewing stations will continuously display a mix of programming from the past 20 years in the hope of raising AIDS-awareness and initiating further discussion.

A sample of the types of programming to be featured:

  • Oprah Winfrey (1989) - Discussion of discrimination against people with AIDS.
  • Absolutely Positive (1991) - Narrator/filmmaker Peter Adair asks 11 people - women and men, gay and straight, from all walks of life - to share their stories regarding HIV.
  • And the Band Played On (1993) - Made-for-cable movie based on journalist Randy Shilts’ bestseller about the beginnings of the AIDS crisis.
  • Non, je ne regrette rien (No Regret) (1990)
    Filmmaker Marlon Riggs’ look at five seropositive black gay men and their individual confrontations with AIDS.
  • Odo Ya! Life with AIDS (1997) - A look at how the Brazilian religion Candomble has provided a source of strength and power for a group of AIDS sufferers.
  • Shouting Silent (2002) - An adult orphan who lost her mother to HIV/AIDS returns home to document other young women who have lost their mothers to the AIDS pandemic in Africa.
  • Sponsored by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and the OID Instructional Media Library.
  • Seating is limited

12 noon-12:50 p.m.

I Know—and Knowledge is Power

Bruin Plaza

Come to central campus for the formal launch of the year-long “I Know—And Knowledge is Power” campaign, which encourages members of the UCLA and wider community to find out their HIV status. A non-invasive, highly accurate, rapid test, using saliva to determine if an individual has been exposed to the virus, will be administered. Members of the AIDS Institute’s executive office and participating celebrities will be tested on camera at this media event, which will be centered on a mobile rapid-testing van. Passersby will be invited to join them. (Status results will be not be disclosed.) People who participate will receive a red rubber wristband emblazoned with the motto “I Know.” The Institute’s six undergraduate AIDS ambassadors will hand out information on the “I Know” campaign to get out the message that knowing one’s HIV status gives a person power over the virus—the power to control its spread within infected individuals and the power to control its spread within the community.

  • Special guests and entertainment to be announced
  • Sponsored by UCLA AIDS Institute. Free

1 p.m.

Make Art/Stop AIDS

Performance Showcase
Freud Playhouse

From dance to spoken word, and from solo performance art to stunning photography, these five international artists demonstrate what art can accomplish at a time of worldwide cataclysm. In the process, they also define a new approach to public health, galvanized and strengthened through partnerships with the arts.

  • Peter Carpenter, choreographer, U.S.
  • Sunil Gupta, photographer, India and U.K.
  • Jessica Holter, writer, Punany Poets, U.S.
  • Ntare Mwine, actor and playwright, Uganda and U.S.
  • David Roussève, choreographer, U.S.
  • Moderated by David Gere, UCLA Dept. of World Arts and Cultures

Sponsored by the School of the Arts and Architecture and the Department of World Arts and Cultures

3:00 - 4:50 p.m.

AIDS Treatment: Reaching the People?

Freud Playhouse

This hour-long film (2003) follows the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in three very different settings: Guatemala, Thailand, and Malawi. You meet patients and their families as they struggle with the day-to-day challenges of accessing and adhering to antiretroviral treatment, confronting stigma, and maintaining dignity. The film screening is followed by a Q&A with doctors who have worked in the affected countries.

  • Dr. Gildon Beall
  • Dr. Rick Hamner
  • Dr. Deborah Milligan
  • Moderated by Roger Bohman, Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology

Sponsored by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins sans Frontières

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Condom Talk: HIV Prevention and the Law

Freud Playhouse

Whether you are a lawyer or are simply interested in AIDS and international affairs, join in this evening symposium on the legal impediments to the dissemination of maximally effective AIDS education and prevention efforts. Edwin Bayrd, Executive Director of UCLA AIDS Institute, and Brad Sears of the Williams Project lead the discussion.

  • Charles Henry, director, Los Angeles County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy
  • Prof. Gia Lee, UCLA expert in constitutional law
  • Paul McNamee, Office of AIDS Surveillance, New York City Department of Health
  • Julie Stinberg, ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project
  • Stuart Biegel, UCLA education law expert

Sponsored by UCLA AIDS Institute and Williams Project on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at the UCLA School of Law

7:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.


Libraries throughout UCLA campus

In observance of World AIDS Day, the UCLA Library will present a selection from a recently acquired collection of AIDS posters from around the world. The posters will be on view in various campus libraries including the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, the College Library, and the Charles E. Young Research Library.

Among the countries represented are Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Switzerland, Uganda and the United Kingdom.

Sponsored by the UCLA Library
For further information, call (310) 825-6925.

Campus parking is $7 and is available in Lot 4 for Royce Hall and the Powell Library (enter the campus at Sunset Boulevard and Westwood Plaza) and in Lot 3 for the Freud Playhouse (enter the campus at Hilgard Avenue and Wyton Drive). The Kinross Building is located at 11000 Kinross Avenue, west of Gayley, in Westwood Village. Paid parking is available in adjacent structure 32.

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Comparative and Interdisciplinary Research on Asia, UCLA International Institute, World Arts & Cultures/Dance, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, UCLA AIDS Institute, the University of California Humanities Research Institute