Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture

Exhibit Author: 
National Library of Medicine
University of Arizona Health Sciences Library
Exhibit Start Date: 
May 20, 2019 (All day)
Exhibit End Date: 
Jun 29, 2019 (All day)


This National Library of Medicine exhibit explores the rise of AIDS in the early 1980’s and the evolving response to the epidemic over the last 30 years. The title Surviving and Thriving comes from a book written in 1987 by and for people with AIDS that insisted people could live with AIDS, not just die from it. Jennifer Brier, the exhibition curator, explains that “centering the experience of people with AIDS in the exhibition allows us to see how critical they were, and continue to be, in the political and medical fight against HIV/AIDS.” Surviving and Thriving presents their stories alongside those of others involved in the national AIDS crisis. The six-banner traveling exhibition utilizes a variety of historic photographs as well as images of pamphlets and publications to illustrate how a group of people responded to, or failed to respond, to HIV/AIDS.

Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture is a traveling exhibition from The National Library of Medicine, curated by Jennifer Brier, PhD, University of Illinois

Last updated Jul 1, 2019 by sflores