Matt Thomann, The "disease du jour": HIV, Sexual Subjectivity, and Belonging in Côte d'Ivoire

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Contact person: Rhiannion Graybill

This talk focuses on a United States-funded project aimed at scaling-up HIV testing and treatment among men who have sex with men (MSM) in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire. I examine how sexual and gender minority activists work within and against metric-based measurements of "MSM reached" central to such US global health programming. HIV peer educators and activists often refer to this work as “making MSM” – that is, they are keenly aware of and creatively respond to the imperative to produce quantitative results from their outreach and prevention efforts. Drawing on eight years of ethnographic research, this talk raises central questions about the impact of the increased inclusion of “key populations” in global health in the fourth decade of the HIV epidemic.

Anthropology and Sociology

Documentary Screening: Michael Caplan's ALGREN

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Contact person: Rashna Richards
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The Film and Media Studies Program at Rhodes College invites you to a screening of Michael Caplan’s ALGREN, a riveting documentary about the National Book Award-winning writer Nelson Algren. Known as “the bard of the down-and-outer,” Algren portrayed the grittier side of Chicago. His books are about drunks and pimps and prostitutes and junkies, and they capture a sense of raw, unsentimental alienation from life. Ernest Hemingway considered Algren second only to William Faulkner in the canon of American writers.

Caplan’s documentary premiered at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2014. It has received rave reviews. The Hollywood Reporter praises the way it “weaves together Algren’s life in an absorbing blend of interviews, voiceovers and, most compellingly, a trove of Art Shay photographs.”

Michael Caplan is an Associate Professor in the Cinema and Television Arts Department at Columbia College and an award-winning independent director/producer. He will take questions after the screening.

Indie Memphis

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

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Contact person: Christy Waldkirch

Please join us in a celebration of this Pre-Hispanic cultural tradition. Experience altars made by your friends along with papel picado. Learn to construct paper flowers and have your picture taken in the photo booth. Join us for Pan de Muerto and delicious Mexican food.

A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

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Getting Your Passion Going to Save the Planet: A Lecture by Sam Lovejoy

From Thoreau to contemporary passive resistance movements, Sam Lovejoy will discuss political philosophy and his experiences as one of the leading environmental activists of our time. Sam Lovejoy was a founder of the non-violent, direct action NO NUKES movement. In 1974 he knocked over a 500-foot weather tower in his home town of Montague, MA, to protest a planned nuclear power plant project. He immediately turned himself into the police, and handed the sergeant a 4-page statement taking full responsibility for his actions. He was indicted for a felony and stood trial, defending himself without a lawyer. He was acquitted by the judge after an 8-day trial. Thus began the opposition to nuclear plants being built throughout the country and the world.

Anthropology and Sociology