Join some of the country’s most notable scholars for evenings of discussion on topics inspired by the City Museum’s Activist New York exhibition. All illustrated lectures are free. Reservations are required.
AIDS Activism as American History
Dr, Claire Potter, The New School
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Join us for this final lecture of the school year. Our speaker, Claire Potter, Professor of History at The New School for Public Engagement, and co-director of The Humanities Action Lab, uses publicly available oral histories to examine the role that New York City activists played in the national response to the AIDS epidemic. Drawing on the work she and her students have completed through the Digitizing ACT UP Oral History project, Dr. Potter will examine how the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power (ACT UP), created in March 1987, drew on existing forms of activism and pioneered creative new ways to influence the political and medical system.