Sarah Schulman’s book, The Gentrification of the Mind (University of California Press, 2012) examines the intersection of the American AIDS crisis and urban development. She was the first person in America to write on AIDS and the homeless (The Nation and The Village Voice). Twenty five years later on April 25, 2012, Occupy Wall Street teamed up with ACTUP along with supporters from Housing Works, Health GAP, National Nurses United, OWS Healthcare for the 99% Working Group, Visual AIDS, MIX NYC, Le Petit Versailles, Queerocracy, Queering OWS and other groups who converged for a daylong siege in Lower Manhattan.
We will be focusing on Chapter 2 “The Gentrification of AIDS” as a launching point to the evening’s discussions. A parallel interest in the discussion of gentrification is the role of documentation.
Sarah Schulman (b. 1958) is a prolific American writer, historian, and activist. She is the co-founder of ACTUP (AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power) and MIX NYC. Currently, she is Professor of English at The City University of New York, College of Staten Island, a Fellow at The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, and on the Advisory Collective of the Human Rights and Social Movements Program at Harvard’s Kennedy School.
Amy Fung is a writer and organizer currently based in Vancouver. For more information visit AmyFung.ca
Alex has been involved with VIVO for several years, in many capacities, including video restoration, installation, distribution, and various programming endeavours. He also programs experimental radio for Soundscapes on CFRO. He has a degree in film studies and comparative literature from the University of Alberta.