AADS Work-in-Progress Series: To Make the Wounded Whole, African American Responses to HIV/AIDS

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Venue:FIU Modesto Maidique Campus, Labor Center (LC) Room 309

Who: Daniel Royles, Department of History
What: To Make the Wounded Whole: African American Responses to HIV/AIDS
When: Monday, March 19th at 1:00 PM
Where: LC 309, FIU MMC

Discussants: Albert Wuaku, Department of Religious Studies and Alexandra Cornelius, Department of History

Synopsis: This chapter from Daniel’s book manuscript in progress, To Make the Wounded Whole: African American Responses to HIV/AIDS, examines the Black church's responses to HIV/AIDS in African American communities through the work of The Balm in Gilead. The group began as the Harlem Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS in 1989 before incorporating as a nonprofit, and has since worked to develop the capacity of Black faith communities to deliver education about HIV prevention and care. Beginning in the late 1990s they expanded their work to Africa and the Caribbean, where their worked intersected with both U.S. leaders' concern about AIDS as an issue of international security and the George W. Bush administration's interest in faith-based programs. This story traces the promise and pitfalls of HIV work in Black faith communities, and illustrates the ways that the epidemic allowed for the renegotiation of Black identity and community at local, national, and international levels.

Friendly reminder: Our Work-in-Progress sessions are small, informal, and safe spaces were faculty members share working drafts. Rather than presenting a paper, authors begin with a very brief set of comments about the piece, goals for publication, particular areas for focused feedback, etc. A discussant/discussants then provide their comments before we move to an open discussion. Attendees are expected to come having already read the piece being discussed.

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