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[Webinar] Thinking AIDS, Thinking COVID-19: Political Responses, Necropolitics, and Marginalized Populations

When: Tuesday, April 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CT

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Dylan Peterson   (847) 467-2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


This Webinar took place on April 21, 2020. You can find a recording and a recap of key takeways here


Controversial comparisons have been drawn between the novel coronavirus/COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS. When are these comparisons useful and when are they misleading? Why have governments used carceral tactics to address both viruses, when criminalizing sickness does not help the public health? And what can both pandemics teach us about how racism, as Ruth Wilson Gilmore put it, manifests as "the state-sanctioned or extralegal production and exploitation of group-differentiated vulnerability to premature death?" Northwestern professor Dr. Steven W. Thrasher will touch on these issues and more in our next webinar.

Dr. Thrasher is the Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice in reporting at the Medill School of Journalism. He is also a faculty member of the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing at Northwestern University, where his research focuses on HIV/AIDS, race and policing. His writing has been published by the New York Times, Guardian, Esquire, Journal of American History, Souls and in ten book anthologies. In 2019, Out magazine named him one of the 100 most influential and impactful LGBTQ+ people of the year for his writing on the criminalization of HIV. Twitter: @thrasherxy

This webinar will be available through WebEx at this LINK.  Please use the following passcode when accessing: 1234. The talk will begin at 12 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, April 21.

This is part of the Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs’ Confronting COVID-19: Global Implications and Futures webinar series.

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