Comics have a long history in the arenas of public health messaging, political activism, and memoir. Comics can bear witness to stigmatized realities, create a new medium for representation, and inspire community engagement and empowerment. This lecture by the author MK Czerwiec will contextualize the new graphic memoir Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 within the history of comics about HIV and AIDS.
6:30p – Lecture
7:00p – Q&A with Dr. Mita Mahato
7:15p – Audience Q&A
7:30p – Book signing/selling and reception with complimentary light hors d’oeuvres, wine, and beer
“MK Czerwiec’s tales of her nursing work on an AIDS unit chart a remarkable episode in the history of medicine. It’s a time of staggering loss but also remarkable change. Through the lives and deaths of individual patients, written and drawn in documentary detail, we see the power dynamic between doctor and patient begin to shift. When cure is not an option, care takes on a new meaning.” —Alison Bechdel, author of Fun Home
*This program is at the DePaul Art Museum, where the exhibition, “One day this kid will get larger” is showing until April 2.