Representations of HIV/AIDS

We will explore how HIV/AIDS has been portrayed in diverse genres through the perspectives of the scientist and the literary critic.

About The Course

This class engages students in a transdisciplinary conversation about representations of HIV/AIDS: in science writing, journalism, visual art, literature, drama, and popular culture. We believe that scientists and cultural critics can learn valuable lessons from one another, even as they create their own responses to HIV/AIDS. Today, over 30 years since the first scientific reports of HIV/AIDS, the pandemic remains a major health concern throughout the world. But, rays of hope have led to speculation that an AIDS-free generation may be possible. In such a timely moment, it is essential for us to connect across the "two cultures" as we consider the social and scientific implications of HIV/AIDS.

Recommended Background

No prior college-level experience with biology or literary study is required, though it is recommended that students have completed high school-level biology and literature courses. In the... see more...