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Memory Lives On: Documenting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic

October 4–5, 2019 UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Memory Lives On: Documenting the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
is an interdisciplinary symposium exploring and reflecting on topics related to archives and the practice of documenting the stories of HIV/AIDS. 

The task of documenting the history of HIV/AIDS and thinking about the present and future of the epidemic is daunting. The enormity and complexity of the stories and perspectives on the disease, which has affected so many millions of patients and families around the world, present significant challenges that demand continual reexamination. Questions of “what do we collect and from where” and “whose stories do we know best.”  The ways in which we handle documentary evidence and produce knowledge from that evidence has profound effects on a huge range of social, economic and health outcomes. In examining and reflecting on our knowledge of the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its future, we hope to improve our understanding of the true effects of the disease, and what it can teach us about future epidemics.

The Symposium will take place in Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in San Francisco, October 4th and 5th 2019.  The program will be an afternoon session and evening reception the first day, followed by a full day of presentations the second. Also sign up for repository tours on October 3 at GLBT Historical Society Archives and SFPL History Center.

Presented by UCSF Library Archives and Special Collections, GLBT Historical Society, San Francisco Public Library History Center, and UC Merced Library as part of the NEH Funded grant project The Bay Area’s Response to the AIDS Epidemic.

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UCSF Mission Bay Campus
Byers Auditorium in Genentech Hall (not Byers Hall)
600 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94158

There is a small block of rooms available at the Park Central Hotel in Downtown San Francisco at the discount rate of $179. The hotel is centrally located, and connected via MUNI to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus by taking the N-Judah/T-Third line from the Montgomery Street Station. Register or call the hotel directly at 888-627-8561 and ask for the UCSF Library Block.  

More information
Contact David Krah or see the UCSF AIDS History Project
and the event on Facebook.

Memory Lives On Program Committee

Monica Green, Ph.D.,  Professor of History, Arizona State University

Victoria Harden, Ph.D., Director (retired) of the Office of NIH History

Richard  McKay, DPhil,  Wellcome Trust Research Fellow, University of Cambridge

Barbara A. Koenig, Professor of Medical Anthropology and Bioethics in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Institute for Health and Aging and Head of UCSF Bioethics Program

Jay Levy, MD, Professor UCSF School of Medicine

Eric Jost, Digital Marketing Manager, SF AIDS Foundation

Jon Cohen, Staff writer for Science Magazine

Mark Harrington, Executive Director, Treatment Action Group

William Schupbach, Wellcome Library

Jason Baumann, Susan and Douglas Dillon Assistant Director for Collection Development and Coordinator of Humanities and LGBT Collections, NYPL

Polina Ilieva, Head of Archives and Special Collections, UCSF Library