Witness to a Lost Generation: An evening with Sarah Schulman
November 2, 2012 § Leave a comment
Sarah Schulman’s latest non-fiction 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. Schulman also recently co-produced United in Anger: A History of ACT UP (dir. Jim Hubbard, 2012), the new feature length documentary about the birth and life of the AIDS activist movement from the perspective of the people at the height of the epidemic. As an extension Schulman and Hubbard’s collaborative ACT UP Oral History Project, the documentary weaves between oral histories of members of ACT UP, as well as rare archival footage, depicting the lives lived and lost as ACT UP targeted corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect.
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.
Co-presented by Cineworks, Arsenal Pulp Press, SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement, Western Front
Saturday, November 3, 2012. 8 p.m. (doors at 7:30pm) Free
Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front, 303 8 East Avenue