Life During Memorialization: History and the Ongoing Epidemic of HIV/AIDS in the USA

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: The Arts

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Life During Memorialization
Fall 2023
Taught By: Theodore Kerr
Section: A

CRN: 5448

Credits: 4

Is activism a form of memorialization? What does the ongoing story of HIV tell us about race, gender, and culture in the USA? Through exploration of architecture, art, dance, film, literature, performance, theory, visual art, and other modes of communication, students will be exposed to historic and contemporary HIV related culture within a US context. Through the work, they will have an opportunity to consider how they know what they know about HIV/AIDS, the role that culture plays within the epidemic, and ideas around how the stories we tell inform the individual and collective action we take / don’t take. The course will include readings of theory that helped shape understandings of the crisis, followed by a survey of collective projects and individual works made in the last 10 years that both illuminate histories of HIV/AIDS while telling us something about the epidemic in the present. Students will have an opportunity to consider HIV through the lens of other contemporary subjects, such Black Lives Matter activism, and the COVID-19 epidemic. This course will meet once each week synchronously via Zoom, and employ asynchronous methods in place of a second weekly meeting.

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: The Arts (ART)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 11, 2023 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 19, 2023 (Sunday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 12:42am EDT 9/29/2023

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 6:00pm - 7:40pm
Building: Eugene Lang 65 W11th
Room: 258
Date Range: 8/29/2023 - 12/14/2023