Sandra Thurman, panelists to discuss AIDS epidemic in Atlanta and the South

Published 08-07-2017

by Maureen McGavin

Sandra L. Thurman

A panel of experts and activists will discuss the AIDS epidemic in Atlanta in “On the Front Lines: Experts and Activists Discuss the HIV/AIDS Crisis,” at Emory University’s Woodruff Library on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. The panel is open to the public at no charge.

Sandra Thurman, former White House “AIDS czar” during the Clinton administration, will headline the panel in the Jones Room, which will explore lessons learned, what lies ahead, and the urgency of documenting this history. Thurman is the chief strategy officer in the U.S. State Department’s Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and Health Diplomacy. Click here for full bio.

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The panel will also include:

  • Dr. Wendy Armstrong, professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases and vice-chair of Education and Integration in the Department of Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. She is also the current chair of the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), the former co-chair of the Fulton County Task Force on HIV/AIDS and the medical director of the Ponce de Leon Center of Grady Health System, which is one of the largest HIV/AIDS clinics in the country. Click here for full bio.
  • Dr. Carlos del Rio, chair of the Department of Global Health and professor of epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health and professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at Emory University School of Medicine. He is also program director of the Emory AIDS International Training and Research Program and co-director of the Emory Center For AIDS Research (CFAR). Click here for full bio.
  • Nancy Paris, president and CEO of Georgia CORE and former president of AID Atlanta, and the chair of the Georgia Health Foundation. She is the former director of Hospice Atlanta and former vice-president of the Visiting Nurse Foundation, and a founding member of the board of directors of MedShare International and the International AIDS Trust. Click here for full bio.

This panel is important because it highlights the fact that “every city, no matter how large or small, has an HIV/AIDS story,” says Randy Gue, curator of modern political and historical collections at the Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library. “You often hear about this time period in New York City, San Francisco and Los Angeles, but you don’t hear about it in Atlanta or the South. We need to change that.”

The mission of the Rose Library, according to its director, Rosemary M. Magee, is to “collect and connect stories of human experience and to promote access, learning, and dialogue.” The panel, she notes, “will provide opportunities for just such dialogue and for immersion into the effects of the AIDS epidemic” through the exhibit Billy Howard's “Epitaphs for the Living: Words and Images in the Time of AIDS.” The exhibit is on display until Sept. 10 in the Corridor Gallery outside the Jones Room, where the panel will take place.

The Woodruff Library is located on the Emory campus at 540 Asbury Circle in Atlanta, 30322. Parking is available in the Fishburne deck.

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