How to Survive a Plague: Film Screening & Panel Discussion

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March 5, 2024
12:00 — 2:30 PM

W. W. Hagerty Library, Room L33 (3300 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA) & online

Attend a screening of How to Survive a Plague: The Inside Story of How Science & Citizens Tamed AIDS, a powerful documentary that tells the story of two coalitions—ACT UP and TAG (Treatment Action Group)—whose activism and innovation turned AIDS from a death sentence into a manageable condition. Despite having no scientific training, these self-made activists infiltrated the pharmaceutical industry and helped identify promising new drugs, moving them from experimental trials to patients in record time.

The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q/A with Dr. Randy Sell, ScD, Professor at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health, Department of Community Health and Prevention, who participated in a number of actions in the film.

The film screening and discussion will examine movie themes and its connection to the National Library of Medicine’s traveling exhibit, AIDS, Posters, and Stories of Public Health: A People’s History of a Pandemic, which is on display at Drexel University from February 12 through March 22, 2024.

This is a hybrid event. Seating for the in-person event is limited, and registration is required. Visit the Drexel Libraries event page for more information and to register:

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