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Symposium: An Interdisciplinary History of the Struggle Against HIV/AIDS

October 2, 2015 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., S.J. Quinney Moot Courtroom (Level 6), S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah
This Symposium celebrates the opening of the “Kristen Ries and C. Maggie Snyder HIV/AIDS Archive” at the University of Utah Marriott Library. A major purpose of this event is to honor these two medical pioneers, who led the fight against the disease in Utah.

Three renowned scholars from different disciplines – medicine, social history, and law – will present the principal papers that consider the historical arc of the disease from the unique perspective of their disciplines. Panels of experts in each field will then comment on the presentations. Between presentations, Utahns involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS will present tributes to Dr. Ries and Ms. Snyder.

This Symposium is proceeded by the dedication of a history archive at the University of Utah Marriott Library on Sept 30.

The Symposium is being funded in part by a generous grant from the Lee Teitelbaum Symposium Fund at the S.J. Quinney College of Law.

4.5 hours of CLE (pending).

Symposium Agenda

8:00 – 9:00 a.m. – Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Introductions

Robert Adler, Dean – S.J. Quinney College of Law
Terry Kogan, Professor – S.J. Quinney College of Law

9:15 – 10:45 a.m. – Panel One — A Medical History of the Struggle Against HIV/AIDS

Keynote Speaker — Dr. Paul Volberding
University of California at San Francisco

Dr. Mike Saag – University of Alabama, Birmingham
Dr. Judith Currier – Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA                                       

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Break

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. – Tributes to Dr. Ries and Ms. Snyder

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. – Panel Two — A Social History of the Struggle Against HIV/AIDS

Keynote Speaker — Jennifer Brier
Assoc. Prof. of History, University of Illinois at Chicago

Tamar Carroll – Rochester Institute of Technology
Dan Royles – Florida International University

12:45 – 1:45 p.m. – Lunch

1:45 – 2:00 p.m. – Surprise Event!

2:00 – 2:15 p.m – Tributes to Dr. Ries and Ms. Snyder

2:15 – 3:45 p.m. – Panel Three — A Legal History of the Struggle Against HIV/AIDS

Keynote Speaker — Brad Sears
The Williams Institute-UCLA, Executive Director

Scott Burris – Temple University Beasley School of Law
Catherine Hanssens – The Center for HIV Law & Policy

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. – Final Tributes to Dr. Ries and Ms. Snyder

Symposium Participants

Medical Expert on HIV/AIDS:
Dr. Paul Volberding
University of California – San Francisco

paul volberdingPaul Volberding, MD, serves as professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine at the University of California–San Francisco (UCSF) and Chief of the Medical Service at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He is the Principal Investigator and Co-Director of the UCSF-Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology Center for AIDS Research. He chairs the Scientific Advisory Board of the Infectious Disease Institute of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Dr. Volberding is co-editor in chief of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, and a founder of HIV InSite, a comprehensive source of HIV information. He is an editor of Sande’s HIV/AIDS Medicine. He is also the founder and Chair of the Board of the International AIDS Society—USA. He has served as President of the HIV Medical Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and of the International AIDS Society.

Social Historian:
Jennifer BrierJennifer Brier
University of Illinois at Chicago

Jennifer Brier, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois-Chicago, has a joint appointment in the Gender and Women’s Studies Program and the History Department. She researches and teaches courses that explore the historical intersections of gender, race, sexuality, and science. Among her courses, “AIDS, Politics and Culture,” investigates the global AIDS pandemic. Her book Infectious Ideas: U.S. Political Response to the AIDS Crisis (Univ. of N. Carolina Press 2009) received critical acclaim.

Legal Expert on HIV/AIDS issues:
Brad Sears
The Williams Institute, UCLA, Executive Director

Brad SearsR. Bradley (Brad) Sears is the founding director and current Executive Director of the Williams Institute, and an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law. Sears has published a number of research studies and articles, primarily on discrimination against LGBT people in the workplace and HIV discrimination in health care. At UCLA School of Law, he teaches courses on sexual orientation law, disability law, and U.S. legal and judicial systems. Sears has given hundreds of academic and community presentations on HIV/AIDS and LGBT legal issues. He has testified before Congress and a number of state legislatures, authored amicus briefs in key court cases, helped to draft state and federal legislation, and been cited by a number of media, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, and CNN.


Principal Donors to the Archive:

B.W. Bastian Foundation
Community Foundation of Utah
Jane and Tami Marquardt Peace and Possibility Project
Weinholtz Family Foundation


For questions about this event contact Erin (801) 585-3440.

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October 2, 2015
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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