AIDS | SIDA: Global Updates, Art, and Performance

AIDS | SIDA: Global Updates, Art, and Performance

Academic updates on HIV/AIDS from Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Southeast Asia plus related performance art from each region.

Wednesday, May 07, 2008
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
200 Glorya Kaufman Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Photo credit: Don Cole

AIDS has affected the world in profound ways.  According to a UNAIDS report, “To date around 65 million people have been infected with HIV and AIDS has killed more than 25 million people since it was first recognized in 1981.”  The report went on to say that in 2005, three regions led the toll in global deaths due to AIDS:  Latin America (59,000), Asia (200,000), and Sub-Saharan Africa (2 million).  

On May 7th, UCLA’s International Institute will be addressing this issue with updates in various regions.  They will also use the occasion to discuss how creativity plays a role in global HIV education/prevention and how art is used to communicate response to AIDS.  The afternoon will focus on Latin American, Asia (specifically South Asia and Southeast Asia), and Africa.  The updates will have a unique perspective as it discusses bridging art, activism, and science across regions. 

The closing speaker will be actress Gloria Reuben, who starred in the ground-breaking role of HIV-positive nurse Jeanie Boulet on ER.  She will discuss her work as artist and activist.


1:00  Welcome:  Nicholas Entrikin, UCLA International Institute

1:15  Introduction:  David Gere, UCLA Art|Global Health Center

1:30  Africa Performance:  Sabela d. Grimes, Student, UCLA World Arts and Cultures

1:45  Africa Update:  Paula Tavrow, UCLA Dept. of Community Health Sciences

2:00  Latin American Performance: Alejandro Brito, Lettre “S”

2: 15  Latin American Update: Evelyn Gonzalez, AIDS Project Los Angeles


2:45  Southeast Asia Update: Donald Moriskey, UCLA Dept. of Community Health Sciences

3:00  Southeast Asia Performance:  Giovanni Ortega, Artist

3:15  South Asia Update:  Roger Detels, UCLA Dept. of Epidemiology

3:30  South Asia Performance:   Gurupada Chitrakar, Lecturer and Nandita Palchoudhuri, Lecturer

3:45  Art and AIDS:  Gloria Reuben, Actress

4:00  Invitation to see the exhibit "MAKE ART|STOP AIDS" by David Gere and the puppeteers

4:10  Exhibition Viewing at the Fowler Museum

5:00 Close

Parking at UCLA costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.

Larissa Deckert

Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Latin American Institute, UCLA International Institute, Center for India and South Asia, World Arts & Cultures/Dance, UCLA Art|Global Health Center